Our Independence Day Weekend

Hi friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful long holiday weekend!  For me, it consisted of a lot of sleep, relaxation, cleaning, eating, baking, grilling, bowling, celebrating Marv’s birthday, hanging out with friends and unpacking from last week’s Ohio trip/packing for this week’s Orlando trip.  Here’s a little recap of the weekend in picture form!

Mr. Squirrel fully embracing the long weekend of relaxation.

Cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  The house smelled SO good!

Going to dinner at Extra Virgin for hubby’s bday.  He’s sporting his new button down that my bro/SIL gave him!

Chickpea fries and empanadas!

Pork belly and duck tongue tacos for the adventurous!

A night of cosmic bowling and birthday cupcakes!

And blowing out trick candles, muahaha.

Thanks for coming out, friends!

Trying the new California Steakburger at Steak ‘N Shake and realizing it’s the closest thing to an In ‘N Out burger in the Midwest.  Next time I’d double the California sauce though (which is like Animal Style sauce)!

Happy Birthday America! 😀

What did you do this holiday weekend?

Have you entered the bow dress or skirt Shabby Apple giveaway yet?


  1. July 4, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    Fun!! And now I’m hungry from all this awesome pictures of food!

  2. July 4, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    what a fun weekend! that squirrel is hilarious, and the cinnamon rolls? oh you’re making my mouth water! 🙂 i’m glad you’ve had so much fun and so many tasty treats this weekend. happy 4th!

  3. July 4, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    This post is making me HUNGRY! Wow, those chickpea fries look amazing!

    Happy 4th to you!

  4. July 4, 2011 / 6:45 pm

    OH! Sandy!!! all the yummy food!! so delish!

    happy 4th of july friend!

  5. July 4, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    Man I’m hungry! Hahaha 🙂
    Have a safe and happy 4th! 🙂

  6. July 4, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    Awwww! Looks like such a fun filled weekend, Sandy. 🙂 Did a lot of relaxing this weekend too. And also checked out some of the sales. Good deals all around!

    xx Love & Aloha

  7. tintin
    July 4, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    ummm recipe for your cinnabuns please??? 😉

  8. July 4, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Wow. I want to try ALL of that food!

    The duck tongue actually looks pretty good, but then again I’m adventurous with food and will eat just about anything.

    As long as it’s dead is my golden rule. Lol.

    Your weekend looked like so much fun and happy belated birthday to your husband! Oh and I see BOWLING, yes, score! Hahah I fail big time at it, but it is fun! 😀

  9. July 4, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    Hi Sandy – looks like the perfect weekend! Ours is still going strong … fireworks to come!

  10. July 4, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    What a cute squirrel! 😀 And all that food looks amazing, yum!

    We spent the long weekend at home and enjoyed our brand new patio :P.

    Have a great week!


  11. July 4, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    aw the pic of you and marv is so cute!!! love the cupcakes pic too – yum!!!

  12. July 4, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    you and marv are sooooo cute together !:)

  13. July 5, 2011 / 12:08 am

    Hehe, Mr. Squirrel looks too cute. And all that food… yummy! I have a serious cupcake craving now. 😉

  14. July 5, 2011 / 1:52 am

    Happy Birthday to your hubby! – looks like a wonderful evening, I LOVE cosmic bowling 🙂


  15. July 5, 2011 / 2:20 am

    You definitely have a packed weekend here. I love that you always have food in your so many of your posts. You make me soo hungry! Looks like your hubby had a good birthday too.

  16. July 5, 2011 / 6:29 am

    I had a fantastic weekend spending most of my time just with my fiance – cleaning, shopping, sleeping, lounging, laughing and planning. It was just what I needed 🙂

    Your weekend looked like a blast too!

  17. July 5, 2011 / 6:39 am

    mmmm those cinnamon rolls and empanadas look ah-mazing. glad you had a good weekend! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  18. July 5, 2011 / 8:07 am

    OMG! Incredible photos of yummy food!! What a terrific way to spend your 4th. That burger looks insane! And I’d love to try those chickpea fries. : )

  19. July 5, 2011 / 8:47 am

    What a fun weekend! That food all looks amazing :). We had a laid back cook out with friends 🙂

  20. July 5, 2011 / 8:48 am

    Chickpea fires sound amazing, and I LOVE that picture of the squirrel hugging the deck. Priceless. Looks like a lovely weekend!

  21. July 5, 2011 / 8:49 am

    Sandy all the pix of the food is making me so hungry right now! looks like you had a great july 4th! have fun in Orlando!

  22. steph
    July 5, 2011 / 10:53 am

    Happy birthday Marv!!

    Wow, duck tongue?!

    Love the squirrel pic.

  23. July 5, 2011 / 12:29 pm

    OH my goodness all that food looks so good!

  24. July 5, 2011 / 12:30 pm

    how fun! i love that picture of the squirrel hahaha. i went karaoke-ing with some of my gfs and then dinner in chinatown. it was fun and relaxing while we avoided the crowds and fireworks. 🙂

  25. July 5, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    awww~ you two are so cute! that shirt looks so cute on marv!!! wish we could be together so he could wear it with evan’s little orange outfit. we totally missed you yesterday~~ had such a fun family bbq. looks like you had a fabulous weekend though! =)

  26. July 5, 2011 / 5:08 pm

    Aww, looks like a great weekend!

  27. July 5, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    I love your weekend recap–everything looked like so much fun, and the food was drool-worthy. (Although I’m not sure I’m brave enough for duck tongue tacos.) I would have liked my long weekend to have more relaxation time, because I’m worn out!!

  28. July 5, 2011 / 9:36 pm

    Oh my gosh Sandy that food! Yum!

  29. July 5, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    Wow, as always, Sandy, your weekend was filled with adventure and great food. So glad Marvin had a great birthday and you celebrated the holiday in style. We were invited for dinner to my brother’s – he’s a world class chef, no lie, used to be in the business. He made a cherry tart which I can’t begin to describe!

    hugs! xo – g

  30. July 6, 2011 / 8:28 am

    Wow! All the food looks so good! Glad you enjoyed the weekend! It was my fiance’s birthday on the 4th, so we had an extra fun weekend as well!

  31. July 6, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    I made cinnamon rolls and cupcakes in the last week! Great minds think alike. Ha! : )

  32. July 6, 2011 / 6:39 pm

    Now I’m really hungry after seeing those cinnamon rolls & cupcakes! Yummm. I’m glad you had a great weekend! 🙂

  33. July 6, 2011 / 6:49 pm

    LOVE those cinnamon rolls! we used to always have those when we were little. So yummy!

  34. July 6, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    Sandy, i have been extremely remiss and i’m sorry for not replying sooner; the comment you left me was uber awesome and appreciated. glad to be here now, your blog is a sight for tired, dreary eyes and i feel absolutely rejuved looking around. thanks for the IHOD love lades!!!

    d-vine celebrations, including your handsome Marvin’s b-day – total blowout! rad shot of the beer and cupcake topper, way to keep it unique. all this food makes me wanna start dinner asap. cheers!

  35. July 6, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    In MAJOR food love with your site right now. Major droolage over everything. Oh, and love your man’s new shirt (it’s kind of orange and blue; go gators! hehe).


    ps: FINALLY moved my blog to wordpress so I have a new URL and lost my followers, sad. If you want to refollow:
    http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com. Thanks!!

  36. July 11, 2011 / 2:03 am

    Oh YUM! The food looks so good. Please tell me you have a recipe for those cinnamon buns that you’re willing to share? They look too good!

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