Barbeque in the Pouring Rain

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Hi, guys! I had a super fun day yesterday. Here’s a quick recap”¦ ready? 3, 2, 1”¦ GO!


I ended up going to CrossFit on Friday night. The WOD included 400 meters of walking lunges in 97 degree weather, so obviously I couldn’t miss it. I ended up beating Mal in a walking lunge race to the finish, so it was totally worth it!

Long story short, I woke up tired and sore on Saturday morning, so I didn’t make it to CrossFit. Instead I dillydallied around the house, did some laundry, read some blogs, and then sat down to a delicious breakfast, which was a Sweet Potato Pancake with almond butter and fresh raspberries on top. (I used this recipe to make the Sweet Potato Pancake recipe, but used 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potato instead of a banana.)

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I also drank a glass of Marylou’s Chocolate Cupcake iced coffee with coconut milk. Mmm!

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I spent the morning catching up with emails and working on next week’s posts for Trading Up Downtown. Mid-morning, I took a break and snacked on some almonds and poured myself another half glass of iced coffee.

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Around lunchtime, I had some errands to run, so I whipped up a smoothie to take with me. In the mix: frozen banana, chopped frozen kale, raspberries, cottage cheese (it blended right in), almond milk, and a packet of Mila (a chia seed blend) that my CrossFit box was sampling. The packet of Mila mixed right into my smoothie and sort of added a nutty flavor to it.


Once I finished running my errands, Mal, Murphy, and I hit the road to drive to our friends’ house for a barbeque.

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It was a beautiful day, so we were excited to eat, drink, and be merry outside, but as soon as we arrived, it started to pour””like CRAZY downpour!

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We all huddled under a tent for a little while hoping to ride out the rain, but then the wind picked up and almost blew over the tent, so we grabbed everything from outside and went indoors.

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Once we dried off and got settled inside, I broke open the bottle of wine that I brought.

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And chowed down!

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It was dinnertime, so I helped myself to a little bit of everything from the spread.

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I brought Mal’s Pasta Salad to the barbeque.

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Cheeseburger me!

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I tried a little bit of everything, but I pretty much ate all of the guacamole myself. It was so amazing. My friend Beth made it, and she said it was just mashed avocado, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Simple yet, oh, so delicious!

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About an hour passed and then the sun came out again! Hooray!

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I grabbed a beer (I wasn’t feeling the wine) and played Polish Horseshoes.

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I always thought Polish Horseshoes was a game that Mal learned at UVM (I mean, hippy skiers from Vermont – it made perfect sense), but I guess it’s pretty well-known since our friend Josh recently bought a Polish Horseshoes set from Amazon.


I teamed up with my friend Jon to play Polish Horseshoes.

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We lost terribly, but we still had a lot of fun!

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After losing at Polish Horseshoes, Jon and I headed over to Cornhole.

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We played against Mal and our friend Ashley”¦ and we lost again. We’re such losers.

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I spent the rest of the afternoon catching up with friends and keeping an eye on Murphy, who kept wandering off and exploring other people’s yards. I actually think he was messing with me because as soon as I called his name, he came running like a bat out of hell because he knew he’d get a treat every time. What a little butthead.

The little butthead enjoyed his first watermelon of the season!

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This dog loves watermelon!

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M & T!

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Toward the end of the evening, a bunch of us played a fun drinking game called “Slap Cup.”

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Here’s how to play “Slap Cup” from

Start with 15 cups in the middle of the table, each about half full, one cup in the middle is entirely full, with two extra empty cups.

Two people across from each other begin, trying to bounce the ping-pong ball into their empty cups.

If a player makes it on their first try, they can pass to anyone, usually the person behind the person who is still trying to make the bounce, “F*cking them.”

Once you make it, pass to the next person. If the next person is still going, you slap their cup and pass over them. When your cup gets slapped, you have to drink. This becomes your new empty.

The game ends when you run out of cups. The loser has to drink the full cup.

This game was hysterical!!! People were slapping the heck out of the cups! LOL!

The evening ended with a fire and some S’mores. Delish!


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Good times! I’m so happy summer is finally here!



  1. i really admire the way you & your friends make such an effort to get together a lot. my group of friends has not been great about that since we all got married, and i’d like to start making the effort again!

  2. This looks like the perfect summer evening. I must try slap cup immediately! My family likes to have beer pong competitions…my brother and I against Mom and Dad! hilarious

  3. I love playing games with my friends. We’re really into “Apples to Apples” when we get together. There’s also this other drinking game that I sucked at but I can’t remember the name! Thanks for sharing your weekend though, looks like fun!


  4. I love playing games with my friends. We’re really into “Apples to Apples” when we get together. There’s also this other drinking game that I sucked at but I can’t remember the name! Thanks for sharing your weekend though, looks like fun!


    (Silly me, I messed up my link in the previous comment! Whoops!)

  5. I LOVE your blog. I love that you are all about a healthy lifestyle while still maintaining a great balance of indulging occasionally and not spending your life at the gym. I am just coming out of an eating disorder and your blog really makes me realize that there is a wonderful happy medium between sitting on the couch all day and exercising for hours at a time. This sounds like the perfect summer evening and I’m hoping to (sooner rather than later) get back to the point when I can enjoy nights like this without freaking out about over-indulging. Also, your pug is fantastic.

  6. That sounds like a fun barbecue! I have played slap cup before and its SO MUCH FUN! We play it with hard liquor though because I can’t beer. Glad you had fun. Have a great Sunday 🙂

  7. That’s funny that you know that game as “slap cup.” It’s a popular drinking game at the university I go to, but we call it “boom.” When you hit someones cup out of the way, you yell BOOM!!

  8. i play slap cup, but instead of slapping the other person’s cup, you stack yours on top of theirs, making it harder to bounce the ball in as the tower of gets higher and higher. one of my favorite drinking games!! 😀

  9. Wow! Our BBQ’s were eerily similar (rain, guac, games, etc), only we call it hill-billy horsheshoes! In years past my night would have ended with flip-cup but the one year old tends to throw a wrinkle in that! On the way home we discussed keeping track so we can alternate who gets to play drinking games!

  10. Fantastic spread! Most of the BBQ’s in Ireland end up being in the rain. We had my brothers 21st in the house a couple of weeks back and had a barbecue…two of em under a gazebo in the pouring rain! The things we do for barbecued food! Happy Summer!

  11. I have recemtly discovered my love of iced coffee. I would love the recipe to Marylou’s Chocolate Cupcake iced coffee with coconut milk that you are referring to…I can’t find it on your site??

  12. hahahah! i’m in college but we call it get the f out and it is hilarious. i hope you woke up feeling okay 😉

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  14. My labrador “loves” watermelon, as soon as it is out of the fridge he is at my feet. I also hold it for him to chomp on…nothing wrong with us dog lovers…LOL!

  15. bags and polish horseshoes look fun!!! not a big fan of drinking games though. unless you call beers on the porch while listening to a police scanner a game. because I totally rock that. and i’m old apparently… 🙂

  16. I played Slap Cup in college but we called it “You Got Served” and then whoever got stuck with the full cup in the middle had to chug the whole thing as quickly as possible while everyone else chants, “you got served! You got served!” Haha! It’s such a fun game!

  17. I never realized that game was called polish horseshoes. Around here I have only seen a homemade version and everyone calls it Beersbee. Looks like you guys had a fun day! I love BBQ’s and yard games!

  18. Ok, this bbq sounds like it was SO fun. I’m very into playing games, so that probably has something to do with it haha. Never heard of Slap Cup, though…I’ll have to bring that back to college with me in the fall for my senior year 😛

  19. haha we call that frisbeerski at home. i’ve also learned that the name “cornhole” is regional and some places just call it bags. and did you know there’s a bags arcade game? i’ve seen it at some bars!

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