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Weekend Bits

This weekend marked an epic one as my entire immediate family came to visit.  This was a rare and happy occasion since one of my brothers lives in Seattle.  He also brought his fiancée with him whom I’d never met.  On top of that, we were celebrating my mama’s birthday!  Needless to say, I was brimming with excitement!!

Mama’s specially requested birthday soup {meuntang}

The birthday cake {raspberry cheesecake}


J’s stuffed ravioli.

We spent a great deal of time fishing and these were the fruits of our labor.  We caught shrimp, crab, and clams and turned it into a massive seafood boil for supper one night.

Daddy grew up in a fishing town and he’s definitely got the magic touch.  He was so lucky that he even found one while we were swimming.  To the left is mom rubbing her finger because she got too close to the crab.  If I owned a fish eye lens, I could have captured all the chuckling faces.


When we weren’t fishing, we were rocking on the porch watching the sun set and listening to baby brother strum his guitar, gobbling lots of homemade treats and playing my new favorite game.

One of those lazy afternoons, we all discovered these growing right in my backyard.

Muscadines and walnuts!  So guess who’s as excited as a kid on Christmas morning?!

We also took a ferry to one of my favorite places in the world, the aquarium.

My sweet future sister-in-law.

I miss y’all already!


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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11 thoughts on “Weekend Bits

  • Eddie says:

    Looks like you had a great time. Family and good food together and then add the beach….awesome. My wife and I love the Beach and the aquarium, we go to South Port NC and then we will just relax and ride the ferry across to the aquarium at Ft Fisher. I will do a boil like that when my girls are with us we can eat our weight in crabmeat as JB would say. LOL

    Thanks for sharing

    “JB=Jimmy Buffet”

  • francesca says:

    Your dad. caught. a fish. with his bare hands. ?
    like a boss.

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Sounds like that you had a great weekend with your family! That raspberry birthday cake looks fantastic.

  • Kelly says:

    Yay, so happy your family came to visit you, that must have been such a wonderful time. The birthday cake looked gorgeous and so did your mom’s seafood birthday soup

  • Lester. says:

    A belated happy birth day to you Mom Angie. Sounds like your family had a wonderful time! MMMMMM! CLAMS!! Every thing looks so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a great day!!



  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    Awww having your family around must have made this weekend extra special

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    what a blessed weekend to have your family with you! That cheesecake looks divine Angela

  • Mary Frances says:

    Looks like you’re having the perfect summer! I hope your mom had a great birthday.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz says:

    Oh what a wonderful weekend to be surrounded by your family, a greet visit. And amazing food to boot.

  • Louise says:

    Hi Angela!
    I’m so thrilled for you! I remember the anguish you had when you were moving. I’m sure you were estatic! Everything looks so yummy especially that cheesecake, oh my. A fish boil right on the beach must have been a dream come true for all of you:) I’m so excited for your discovery. Muscadines and Walnuts! Christmas indeed. Harvesting walnuts is quite a challenge. Let me know if you need any hints. Oh, they stain like crazy!!!

    I’m sure you made lots of memeories this vist, Angela. Cherish them and thank you so much for sharing…

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