A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion

July 27, 2019

A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion


4th of July “Flag Fruit Tray” to go along with our
Independence Day breakfast.

Family Reunion Week is one of my favorite times of year!  It is such fun to get together with my kiddies and their families, and enjoying time together!  


 A family photo from last year’s family reunion.
July 3, 2018

Read about last year’s family fun in Minnesota, here.

This year my crew gathered on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for 4th of July Week, with each family “unit” planning/hosting one day’s-worth of activities and meals.
It was a week filled with family fun and delicious meals.


An Evening Family Photo on the Beach
July 4th, 2019

I invite you to relax for a few minutes, grab a glass of iced tea, put your feet up,
and join me in looking through this year’s 4th of July Week photo album.

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Grab a glass of iced tea, and take a few moments to join me
in looking through our 4th of July Week photo album. 

The metal iced tea sign, above, is one of my favorite Marty Mummert pieces.
Read more about sign artist Marty Mummert here, and here, and here.

Photo Album

Friday, June 28

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Everyone, including our grand daughter,
was busy getting ready for our special week. :o)

Saturday, June 29


The first to arrive (the night before), our grand son entertains his little sister. 


More of the “troops” arrive.
Enjoying a pleasant lunch near the water at Skull Creek Boathouse.


Skull Creek even had activities for the children.  :o)


Skull Creek Boathouse tees for sale.


Pool time became a favorite daily activity.

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A sleepy grand daughter relaxes by the pool with her gammy/me.

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My hubby happily opens a belated Father’s Day gift;
a photo canvas of our daughter and Dale running on the Hilton Head beach
in November 2018.

Sunday, June 30


The day begins with an early morning beach stroll.

My son, his girlfriend, and Kali, had arrived late the night before.
They were also “hosts” for the day.


Preparing my son’s girlfriend’s family’s Gigi Cream Cheese, her late grandmother’s
recipe, for us to spread on toasted bagels for breakfast.
It was delicious! I plan to make this often!

See the bottom of this post for the recipe for Gigi Cream Cheese.

The pair also prepared yummy buffalo chicken dip for lunch,
and tasty chicken walking tacos for dinner!


Playing KanJam

You can read about how to play KanJam, here.

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We rounded out the evening by enjoying a sunset view.

Monday, July 1


Our daughter is ready for a swim!


We all enjoyed the community pool.


The youngest of our group was fascinated by the splash pad.


Cooling off at the splash pad.


The lazy river was a big hit, too.


After some time at the community pool,
everyone voted to come back to the private pool and relax.


My daughter in-law and her crew prepare a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner.



Tuesday, July 2


Kayaking was Tuesday’s first activity.


Paddles ready?


Row, row, row your boat…


Our daughter and son-in-law, the “hosting” couple for the day,
treated us to a delicious meal at
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks,
a true Hilton Head Island institution.

Read more about Hudson’s in my previous blog, here and here.


Seeing Spiderman: Far From Home rounded out our day.

Wednesday, July 3

My husband and I enjoyed hosting on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Hubby, busy making his homemade buttermilk pancakes for breakfast.


Always delicious!

For the pancake recipe, click here.


Everyone (some rather creatively) pitched in to help get our gear to the beach. :o)


Taking a break from the beach,
and enjoying the cooler temperature under the beach canopy.
Living only a couple of hours from Hilton Head, Eric (on the left),
happily joined us that morning, and Eric’s girlfriend would join us later in the day.


I did a little cookbook reading under the beach canopy.


A view from the water, back toward the beach


I prepared Frogmore Stew for dinner.

Find the recipe for Frogmore Stew, here.


Frogmore Stew was a hit. :o)


There was none left over!


4th of July embellished ice cream bars were our dessert.
Kali wishes that she could have one. :o)

Thursday, July 4


Four of our more ambitious family members decided to begin this
4th of July by running the HHI Firecracker 5K!


A selfie before the run


Two fashionable runners


Running the HHI Firecracker 5K on a hot 4th of July


A red, white, and blue breakfast tray

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Chillin’ to a little classic Batman.


Enjoying a little 4th of July outlet mall shopping.


My husband’s famous grilled burgers and hot dogs for dinner.


Enjoying some 4th of July Fireworks

Friday, July 5


Ready for some of that tasty Salty Dog cuisine.


A meal with a view, out on the deck


All smiles, having spent their honeymoon on Hilton Head Island in 2013.


Checking out the alligator teeth at this display.


My daughter in-law, who does hula hoop as part of her exercise routine, “compares notes” with this Harbour Town statue.


Enjoying some Dole Whip at the Hilton Head Island Disney Resort.


A mile marker sign at Hilton Head Island Disney Resort


Watching scary Jaws from the pool, once all the packing up (for home) is done.

Saturday, July 6


Saying good-bye to Hilton Head Island, and Family Reunion 2019.


Gigi Cream Cheese



2-8 ounce block, 1/3 less-fat cream cheese

1-10 ounce jar of sliced green olives stuffed with minced pimentos, do not use the juice.
(Do not drain, as you will have some left over to put in the refrigerator for later.)

1-2.25 ounce can black olives, drained

1-bunch of green onions/scallions, cleaned and chopped
(I look for the variety grown in the U.S.) 

bagels, mini-bagels, or crackers


Mash up cream cheese with a fork.

Add olives and scallions to your liking.

Serve on toasted bagels, or mini-bagels.
Would also be good on crackers.

Other Blog Posts

Hilton Head and Family Reunions

Annette’s Big Family Vacation Scrapbook from the Happiest Place in the World:  Walt Disney World, July 2014, here.

Family Fun in Hilton Head, September 2015, here

Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between, August 2016, here.

Beach Getaway, February 2017, here.

40 years of being married: A Hilton Head of a Celebration, June 2018, here.

Minnesota nice=a very nice family reunion, July 2018, here.

Summers Musings, August 2018, here.

Beach Love, September 2018, here.

Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch, March 2019, here.

Frogmore Stew, Anyone?, June 2019, here.


A great big thank you to my family members for contributing many of the photos in this blog post, and for graciously allowing me to use your photos images in this post :o)

Thank you for reading,

I’m Annette Stuff


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Looking back (See what I did there?  :o)) on our 4th of July Week 2019,
filled with wonderful memories!

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16 Responses to A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion

  1. Jennifer Sharpe says:

    So beautiful Annette.

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

  2. Michelle says:

    Another great blog! What wonderful memories you created with your beautiful family! You and Dale are very lucky!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dale Hoffman says:

    Good job Annette!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. greg says:

    Now that I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years, I enjoy seeing the family pics from year to year! Looks like another great gathering, but way too short! Enjoyable read, thanks Annette!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. bwbuttons@q.com says:

    What a fun and interesting family reunion for all who were able to make it.. Made me feel like I was right there with you.. Thanks Annette, Nice job as always! Barb

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  6. Patti says:

    Looks like a great time!


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