English: Bodie Island Lighthouse, Outer Banks,...This past week I went on vacation with my family to the beach.  It has become a tradition every other year.  My parents, siblings, children, nieces and nephew meet at a house we rent in Nags Head.

I realized on this vacation that mothers want their children to get along.  But, why do families think that when they are all together for a week,  there won’t be any strife?  When most families get together, I am sure there are little spats.  Some so small we’ll call them spits. My children, when they are together for a week or more, always get into a little spit or two.  My mother wants all of her children to get along, but when we are all together, spits happen.  It upsets her far more than it upsets us.  As siblings, you survived fist fights, hair pulling, wrecking each others toys, and tattle-taling when you were supposed to keep a secret.  As adults, we’ve put aside the fist fights, hair pulling and wrecking each others toys, but truth be told, the tattle-taling is what usually starts the little spits that can sometimes lead to a little spat.  But, a little spit or even a little spat can never break the bonds that siblings share.  Our longest relationships are with our siblings.  When the week is over, the little spits are forgotten and what we remember is that once again, we all had a grand time.

One part of the tradition is that each person is responsible for a meal, including my adult children.  These are not ordinary meals.  We start thinking about and searching for recipes months in advance.   Two treats are constant:  We always make home made ice cream and always have palacinkys for breakfast with fresh fruit my father picked.

Here are the week’s meals:

1.  Saturday – Bolognese (great meal to freeze and travel with for the first day)

2.  Sunday – Peach pork sandwiches, Baked beans

3.  Monday – Beef and Chicken Tacos (the adult children made this dish)

4.  Tuesday – Mom’s chicken

5.  Wednesday – Chicken Kabobs, Mashed Potatoes, Salad

6.  Thursday – Left overs, boy what a smorgasbord!

7.  Friday – Shrimp, crabs, red snapper – can’t leave the beach without having the beach meal

Of course my brother won hands down for the best meal which I will share below.  I hope this doesn’t cause a little spit with the rest of the group.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 small cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken cut in cubes
  • 1/2 pineapple cut in cubes
  • 1 mango cut in cubes
  • 1 Asian pear cut in cubes
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes

Whisk first 9 ingredients in a small bowl.  Place chicken, pineapple, mango, pear and tomatoes in a gallon sized  ziploc bag.  Place marinade over meat, fruit and vegetables.  Marinate for at least 4 hours.  Place meat, fruit and vegetables on skewers and grill.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 small cloves garlic, minced ( about 2 tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, minced fresh basil, parsley, tarragon, oregano, cilantro or mint leaves (or 2 tbsp. minced fresh thyme or rosemary)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken cut in cubes
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 pint button mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper cut in slices for skewer

Whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl to make marinade.  Place chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms and pepper in gallon sized ziploc bag.  Add marinade and set in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  Place meat and vegetables on skewers and grill.

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4 Responses to vacation

  1. debbie says:

    Hi !!!! Is saturday and mondays receipe online the menu for the week sounds so yummmmmy

  2. lillianccc says:

    I’m willing to bet that if my family vacations involved a menu like the one up above, any spits and spats would be put aside as soon as the food was brought to the table. Great post and lovely recipes as always! 🙂

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