A couple days ago, Jessie and I ventured out to Santa Cruz.
We basically did it to escape the vile wrath of summer here in Rocklin, where it was pushing 110 and where life suddenly become increasingly miserable when a bathing suit and cold showers couldn’t even shake the heat stroke.
Remind me why I’m not living in Seattle??
Anywho, we figured going to the ocean would be part relaxation, part romantic and part escapism, so we headed to the California coast. Everyone loves the ocean.
I mean, it got us wondering: are there people out there living on the beach thinking, “I freaking HATE my life here. The ocean is so effing loud and wakes me up every freakin’ morning; those jobless, no good dolphins won’t shut the hell up, and the whales keep groaning like they own the frickin’ place.”
Because if they exist, they must obviously be creations of the devil and burned at the stake immediately.
Personally, I know that if I lived within walking distance of a beach, you couldn’t get me to come home. I’d be blogging there, picnicking there, walking and running there, yoga-ing there (yeah, I’d do yoga only if I lived near a beach), reading there… everything. I’d probably stop cooking dinner and demand everyone come to the beach for an impromptu BBQ every single night.
But we don’t live near the beach and are sadly three hours from Santa Cruz, so when we take day trips, we try to make ’em count. In lieu of a post, I’m going to post pictures of the ocean and outrageous burgers because they are far more vast and thought-provoking and majestic than any story I could talk about [sometimes].
If you’re in the SC area, you MUST stop here. Local ingredients, house veggie patties (not those frozen pucks–yuck), donut buns(!!) and MAC AND CHEESE BURGERS.
That, my friends, is macaroni and cheese on a burger. Because I am insane. And now I never want a mac and cheeseless burger again. For serious.
Note: American Flag shorts. Yeah, I’m patriotic. True patriots wear American Flag shorts and eat mac and cheese on their burgers, FYI.
Then we went to the Mystery Spot: a cheesy, typical touristy destination though I’ve never been. Basically, folklore has it that either there’s a hole in the O-zone layer directly above the spot, tricking out gravity and whatnot, or there’s an alien space-craft directly below it and some kind of Sci-Fi vortex pull happening. Either way, I stood straight up on that table and because the gravity is wonky there, looked like Superman, complete with manly legs.
There’s the shed. Freaky stuff, man!!
Normally, I would have been hungry pretty soon after that monster burger (yeah, I’m hungry always) but the whole day, I survived on the burger alone. By the time I came home, I wanted something sweet and easy–and let’s face it, something that wouldn’t weigh me down like a huge turkey patty stuffed with avocado and mac.
So it was no question I was going to gobble up this Skinny Funfetti Dip.
After seeing it on Eat Yourself Skinny, I knew I had to make it. Light, yet rich Funfetti cake batter-flavored dip?! It practically was invented for me.
So uh, you need to make it pretty soon because otherwise, you’d really be missing out.
1 box Funfetti cake mix
2 cups low-fat plain yogurt (I had Greek on hand, so I used that, but regular works for smoother dip)
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
1/2 cup sprinkles
1. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, yogurt and Cool Whip, stirring thoroughly until all the cake powder has been absorbed (mixture will be really thick if you use the Greek yogurt).
2. Fold the remaining sprinkles into the dip, and cover the dip with plastic wrap.
3. Allow the dip to chill in the fridge up to 4 hours.
4. Serve the dip with the animal crackers, oreos and pretzel thins. I think this would also be good with Bugles (hello, sweet and salty), apple slices, strawberries, or a spoon 🙂
Now, where is that burger?