Spending the 4th on the Road

My 4th of July was spent on the road. 

Key Largo –>Sarasota –>Bradenton –>Orlando 

After seven hours on the road and a few pit stops, Ryan and I finally made it home. 

The morning began with a yummy protein-packed breakfast. 

Egg Sandwich

I made  myself and egg sandwich with ham on a whole wheat sandwich thin. 

On the side I enjoyed a Florida-fresh orange! 

Peeled Orange

After packing up and saying goodbye to my family, Ryan and I headed to Sarasota for a pit stop at his mom’s house. 

We arrived there around 2 p.m. just in time for a yummy lunch of summer salad, sweet corn on the cob, caramelized onions, a deviled egg and a homemade oatmeal cookie. 

4th of July Lunch

I refilled my plate with potato salad and lots of fruit and also enjoyed four chocolate mousse-stuffed strawberries that were delicious! 

After hanging out for two hours, we headed to Ryan’s dad’s house in Bradenton to pick up Sadie. We were so excited to see our little girl! 

Ryan’s dad and his girlfriend took great care of Sadie and she seemed to feel right at home when we arrived. We spent some time hanging out in Bradenton for a bit before piling back in the car for Orlando. 

We arrived in Orlando late in the evening. All three of us felt tired and decided the rest of the 4th of July would be spent cuddled up on the couch with some pizza! 

I made homemade pizza using a super simple pizza crust recipe. 

Pre-Cooked Pizza

After 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven, the pizza was ready! 

Cheesy Goodness

Several Slices

After baking in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, the pizza was ready! 

Since the crust recipe didn’t involve any yeast or rise-time, this dinner came together in a flash. Ryan gave the pizza two enthusiastic thumbs up! 

Quick Pizza Crust 


  • 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 c. water


Combine all of the dry ingredients. Add oil and water and stir until dough is sticky and soft. Knead on a floured surface for 3 – 4 minutes (I skipped this step). Spread out on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and top with sauce, cheese and desired toppings. Bake for 15 minutes in a 400-degree oven. 


Today’s plans include: 

  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Registering at Williams-Sonoma
  • Looking at wedding bands!!!
  • Errands

I’ll check back in really soon!

22 Responses

  1. Welcome home! Glad you got to make a pit stop to spend some time with family!

    Have fun looking at bands– we really enjoyed that!

  2. Williams and Sonoma is my mecca.

  3. Oh oh that pizza is gorgeous!:):)
    welcome home!!

  4. Welcome home! Homemade pizza is always the most delicious 🙂 So simple, too! Thanks for the recipe!

    Hope your day has a lot less driving 🙂 Glad you enjoyed seeing your family, and hooray for Sadie being back!

    Happy Monday!

  5. I always love your recipes<3
    Come enter my giveaway!
    xo Lynzy

  6. Mmm, you are making me excited for the pizza I will be having tonight 🙂 Glad you are all back safe and sound!

  7. Ooh I love that pizza crust recipe – I’ve been looking for a really simple one so I think I will try it out. Glad you had a great holiday!

  8. Hi Julie! Love your blog – your are a very inspiring lady!

  9. I have a few days of driving coming up in a few weeks, I actually quite like road trips!

    The pizza looks awesome.

  10. Have a great day, Julie! Hope you & Ryan are both feeling 100% now! Seasickness is the WORST!!!

  11. The pizza looks great!!

  12. Love a good homemade pizza!
    Ahhhhh registering & weddings bands – how FUN!!! Have a blast! 😀

  13. I heart William Sonoma.

    Have fun registering!! 🙂

  14. ooo crust without yeast! I must try. I’m usually too impatient for yeast recipes.

    Have fun looking at wedding bands. Trying on rings was one of the moments that made it really real for me!

  15. Yay- Sadie’s back with ya 😀 I was wondering where she was. So glad you guys had such an awesome vacation. & it’s awesome that you got a few breaks in between your drive…& that it was spent with family 🙂

    Good luck with the wedding band search!!!!

  16. Have fun registering for gifts!

  17. This is gonna sound weird, but I love that you eat very…normally. I just mean I feel that most of what you eat is very practical (not always the case in blogworld) and makes you very relatable to your readers. (Are these sounding like compliments? They’re supposed to. ;))

  18. That pizza looks so good- but so simple too!! Good luck with the wedding bands!

  19. I can’t wait to hear how wedding band searching and registering go!

    And pizza is definitely the way to go after a day of travel. We did the same thing the night after we got back from the beach.

  20. […] up and took us back to our apartment where the three of us enjoyed made homemade pizza, using the 15-minute pizza crust recipe we […]

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