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Vacation at the Lake ☀


Kevin’s family and I went on a fabulous vacation to Deep Creek Lake last week.  7 days of relaxation – some days there was rain, some days there was sunshine.  If you follow me on Instagram, you got a taste of our wonderful vacation! I definitely uploaded a new photo every 5 minutes.

It was Kevin’s 27th birthday while we were there. (Yep, I’m a year older than him. But I look younger, right?!) We ate frozen peanut butter and mint chocolate chip pies, drank sangria, played Taboo, and shot pool.  Hikes to waterfalls, long dog walks, antique store shopping, and veggies on the grill. There was lots of beer, food, laughter, and more beer.

I went on lakeside runs with my future sister-in-law (and bridesmaid!) Kerry, we ate s’mores by the campfire, went to the beach with Kevin’s niece, and took plenty of pictures to capture it all. And ate more s’mores after that. 

Roadtrippin’ 😀




Healthy road trip snack: Homemade Baked Apple Chips



Deep Creek Lake

We went on a hike to the waterfalls in Swallow Falls State Park. 


We’ve been there a few times before.

Swallow Falls is where Kevin proposed 7 months ago! 





PS: that’s the exact spot where Kevin got on one knee last January!


We celebrated Kevin’s birthday with sparklers. 


roasting marshmallows

And s’mores.

It was National S’mores Day, after all.


And Skinny Frozen Peanut Butter Pie.

Skinny Mint Chocolate Chip Pie-2

And Skinny Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Pie, too!

There were 12 of us and we were at a higher elevation, so I just figured it would be easier to make no-bake treats for Kevin’s birthday dessert.

Other delicious treats:




Dried kiwi – so tasty!


M&Ms for breakfast. Why not?

Any fun trips you’ve taken this summer? Or will take soon? Tell me about it!


  1. It looks like you had a fabulous time. Jude is too cute!!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful (and delicious) trip!! Love the photos. Can you tell me what photo editor you used for the fourth one down (out the car windshield with the American flag)? I love the effects!

  3. I love the fact you re-visited the spot of the proposal! Too cute!
    And when you come to PA, please feel free to drop off any goodies for a taste-test at my doorstep ;)!

  4. Lovely photos – what a lovely trip – and AMAHZING eats! That Pie! So mouthwatering!

  5. It looks like you had a great vacation. The hubs and I love Deep Creek Lake. We stay in a cabin every November. It’s beautiful up in the mountains. Love those Nike shorts (I happen to have the same pair).

  6. Looks like so much fun! I need to try those two pies.

  7. I love these pictures!! It looks like you had such a wonderful time. (Your dog is so cute! :D)
    There is nothing quite like being on a lake. <3 it's lovely. And nothing quite like muscling through a frozen pie, either. They look soo yummy, though. 😀

    • You’re so sweet Abbie – thank you for the comment about Jude! Being on the lake is just so peaceful. Nothing quite like it!

  8. What a sweet trip, Sally! I laughed out loud at that snap of you and K. looking like axe murderers! Those pies look to die for!! (yuk yuk yuk :))

  9. This looks like a perfect vacation.
    And yes you look younger 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

  10. That looks like my kind of vacation. Dried kiwi is the BEST!
    I can’t wait to see what you guys are up to in Chicago. YOu will love it!

  11. Just read this post, sounds like such a lovely vacation! My boyfriend is 9 months younger than me and he teases me about it each year! I don’t look any older than him though, and neither do you so it’s ok! 🙂

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