Well, greetings from the shore! By the time you all read this, we’ll be all settled into our cottage RIGHT on the sand and enjoying a much-anticipated week away from the daily grind. Hooray!
When planning this vacation, one thing became abundantly clear: my husband and I had vastly different ideas of what our meals away should look like. He had fully expected that we’d be eating just about all of our meals out. Meanwhile, one of the things I adore about renting a cottage is the ability to prepare quick things here and there right at “home.” Neither one of us could understand the other’s mindset, at first.
Once I assured him that, no, I would not feel burdened by preparing meals and, yes, I would absolutely make sure we ate a whole ton of “fun”, atypical things, he relaxed a little bit about my “eat at home” plan. I, in turn, readily agreed to two dinners out because, hey, I’m not crazy– going out is fun from time-to-time!
With all that said, here’s the run-down of what our super-fun and ultra easy and laidback vacation meal plan looks like:
Cereal & Fruit (x3)
Egg Sandwiches on English muffins
Bagels w/ PB, Fruit
Ice Cream, Fruit, & Coffee ON THE BEACH
Macaroni & Cheese
Pasta & Sauce
Burgers, Beans, & Corn
Penne Alfredo w/ Crab, Green Beans
Hot Dogs, Pickles, Corn
OUT x 2
Purple Cows (<– vanilla ice cream, grape juice, 7-UP or seltzer)
And that’ll do it! I did a vast amount of shopping back home at ALDI and made my life oh-so-easy. Is this the way we eat normally? Not so much. But let me tell you– everyone is SO excited about these fun meals and snacks and I deliberately chose things that are totally flexible and easy. Me? I’ll rest a little easier knowing that our budget is in much better shape than it would be with a gazillion meals out.