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!