Beach Etiquette


The locals or in my case, scha-local (a former shoobie that now pays taxes in NJ) usually avoid the popular touristy beaches. Why? Because many of the shoobies (tourists) do not have the best beach etiquette.

For some reason at the touristy beaches, everyone enjoys sitting right on top of one another. Kids are kicking sand at strangers. You can’t hear the music because too many portable stereos are playing at the same time. I can repeat Sally’s life story, and I don’t even know Sally… It’s awful.

So please allow this beach bum to enlighten you.

Proper Beach Etiquette 101:

  1. Bring headphones, or sit far enough away from other people so they don’t have to listen to ‘your’ music. I am sure you have awesome taste in beach tunes, but so does everyone else on the beach. Most of us don’t go there for the DJ competition. Sometimes I like to read a book, or listen to the waves. I’m not a fan of Ja Rule interrupting my peaceful time.
  2. Don’t shake your towel near other people. I mean come on. Common sense. Know which way the wind is blowing. Excuse yourself, and go to an area where you’re not surrounded by people before you shake your towel. Shaking downwind from others is always the way to go! The same goes for your clothes, blankets, shoes, etc.
  3. I’m not Marsha. Throw your football somewhere else. Sorry, but not sorry. The beach is HUGE. Find an open space to toss your football or frisbee around. You want to play soccer or wiffle ball instead? I love them both, but I don’t love getting smacked by a ball I didn’t see coming, or getting sand kicked up on me as you run by. Play nice or go home.
  4. Don’t feed the seagulls, they’re vultures. They are ruthless and if you feed them they think I am going to feed them, and I know better. The last thing I want on a beautiful beach day is to be stalked by those maniacs. I don’t even like sharing my food with my fiance let alone a bird. PLEASE, you’re not doing anyone any favors. They eat PLENTY. The seagulls in New Jersey are obese, they don’t need anymore ‘people’ food. Besides, If they want it bad enough they will take it from you, trust me. Don’t invite them into our zone.
  5. Throw your trash out. This is huge! The beach is one of the best places on earth to visit. Don’t ruin it by being lazy. You pass about 15 trash cans on your way out, take your trash with you. Make it easy on yourself and bring a plastic bag or two with you to the beach. That way you can load up the trash and easily get rid of it all at the end of the day.
  6. If you dig a big hole with the kids, it would be really cool if you filled it back up before you left. It’s just called being courteous.
  7. Spacing… This is almost as big as throwing out your own trash. Please leave enough space between you and your neighbors. If we can hear each others conversations, and we are strangers, we are sitting too close. Again, there is SO much beach for you, your friends, and/or your family to take advantage of. Setting up your umbrella in my direct sunlight = NOT cool. Usually our group sits near the beach exit, far in the back so we don’t have to worry about people sitting right on top of us. Just use your best judgement.
  8. Smoking. I’m not particularly a fan, but if you are, just know where to do it. Again take note where the wind is blowing and try to avoid blowing your smoke in other people’s faces.

How about you? What are your beach etiquette rules?


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes


Serving Size: 24 cupcakes

Chocolate Fudge Cupcake
3 Large Eggs
1/2 cup melted butter (butter not margarine)
1 cup water
Strawberry Whipped Cream (filling)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5-6 T. chopped/processed strawberries
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (from Glorious Treats)
½ cup butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1-4 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream


Chocolate Fudge Cupcake

Preheat oven to 350

Mix on low until blended, then mix on high for 2 mins.

Pour into paper lined cupcake pans.

Bake for 20 min.

Strawberry Whipped Cream (filling)
Chop strawberries in blender (I used my Nutri-Bullet) just until they look thick and “liquidy”. I used really large strawberries and it took 4 to make 5-6 Tablespoons.
Beat whipping cream, and vanilla until it starts to thicken.
Mix in sugar.
Fold in strawberries.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (from Glorious Treats)
Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, about 30 seconds.
Add the cocoa powder( before adding the sugar, so it gets fully incorporated into the butter and cream cheese.)
Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
Slowly add the heavy cream, a little bit at a time until desired consistency is met. (Don’t add too much if you want the frosting to stay in place when piped on cupcakes.)
Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
Use at once or keep refrigerated. (This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.)
Directions for Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Strawberries & Cream filling topped with Chocolate Frosting:
Bake cupcakes and cool completely
Cut out a small section in the center of the cupcake (save in bowl)
Add strawberry whipped cream to the hole
Replace the tops (just do the best you can – or you could just leave them off)
Pipe chocolate frosting on top of cupcake with 1M tip.

The strawberry whipped cream was delicious on top as well, if you want to skip the chocolate cream cheese frosting.

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It’s NOT Pizza.


Have you heard of tomato pie?! I am learning a lot of people in this area have never heard of it or tried it. There’s only a couple of places that I know of in the area that makes it. Perreca’s is a PERFECT example.

Tomato pie is perfect for afternoon parties, ESPECIALLY this time of year. I had a bunch of people over to enjoy the sunshine on Saturday and we inhaled an entire box. It’s room temperature bread with delicious tomato sauce and grated parmesan cheese on top. So I guess it is very similar to a cold sicilian pizza with no cheese, but it is so much cooler to say tomato pie.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Words of Encouragement

If you seek guidance:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your way acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 2:5-6

For those of you seeking assurance:

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. -Hebrews 11:1

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For those of you that need an extra boost of confidence:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. -Psalm 23:4

If you have a decision to make, remember what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Jeremiah 6:16

As explained in Jeremiah 29:11 God has a plan for us. He’s not here to harm us. His plans give us hope. His plans give us a future.

My Celebrity Twin?

On so many occasions I have been told I look like Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars. Honestly I never heard of her until I started getting compared to her. Recently I was stopped in New York City to take a picture with one of her fans. She was disappointed when I assured her I was not Spencer.

Now you vote.

Do I like look her? I say… No.