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the ultimate summer house shopping list

Where is your head right now...on these official first days of summer? We're getting out of school mode and into vacation mode. And I hope you have a trip or two ahead of you. You are beginning to visualize the good times in the sand and drinks on the deck.

But we've all been there, that moment when you pop open a Corona Light and as you automatically reach for a slice of lime, you realize....this house, that is not yours, that is not stocked with all your standard, go to favorite must-haves, does not just naturally have a drawer full of limes!

So, you may be visiting a beach house or lake house, you know, the ones where you have to bring the sheets, the linens and all the way to the kitchen sink. Or you may be fortunate to have your own beach house but it needs a fridge & pantry-refill after your sporadic "90 degree" spring weekend sprints. Either boat you are in, read on to ensure many lime-filled summer days ahead!

This list will keep you from mumbling the following....

"I can go without ketchup on my burger....I guess..."

"Vodka and soda doesn't really need refreshing slices of lemon, lime & grapefruit, I think it's cleaner this way....."

"We can make s'mores with some random crackers and this leftover candy bar from the trip up here....."

"I thought every house ever built just came with salt......"

So here you go...the ultimate "beach house/lake house/not your every day house" stock it and get on with your vacation shopping list.....with just a couple of notes....

*This list is not to be printed and taken to the store. You go online and order from the closest store to the house you'll be in and pick it up on your way there (or even better-have it delivered!).

*We buy all of our meat (chicken, steak, burgers, hot dogs, etc) from Costco and pack it in a cooler. Great deals on alcohol there, too!

Fresh Produce

Bag Avocado




Spring Mix

Romaine Lettuce

Fuji Apples



Broccoli Slaw

Carrot & Celery Stick Combo

Lemon And Limes Bag

Organic Bananas

Organic Blueberries

Organic Cantaloupes

Organic Raspberries

Organic Strawberries

Organic Tomatoes


Red Onions

Red Pears

Red Seedless Grapes

Tree Ripened Black Plums

Whole Seedless Watermelons

Yellow Corn


Red & Yellow Peppers

Breads/ Pasta/Breakfast

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Hot Dog Rolls

Hamburger Buns

Wheat Bread

Plain Hoagie Rolls

Farfalle Pasta


White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

Breakfast Multi-Pack Cereal

Pancake Mix

Dips & Dressings

Ranch Vegetable Dip

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Garlic Hummus

French Onion Dip


Seltzer Water

Flavored Seltzer

Water Bottles

French Roast Ground Coffee

Snacks & S'mores

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar

Sea Salt Potato Chips

Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips


Graham Crackers

Teddy Grahams

Veggie Wheat Thin Chips


Pretzel Rods

Tortilla Chips


Condiments & Sauces

Stone Ground Mustard

Strawberry Jelly

Traditional Yellow Mustard



Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar


Maple Syrup

Marinara Pasta Sauce

Peanut Butter

Barbecue Sauce

Salt & Pepper

Household Goods

Facial Tissue

Bath Tissue

Paper Towels



Plastic/Paper Cups

Plastic/Paper Plates

Hand Soap


Shredded Cheese

Sliced American Cheese

Sliced Deli Ham & Turkey

Cheddar Cheese Slices

Extra Sharp White Cheddar

Grated Parmesan Cheese


Greek Yogurt



Non Dairy Milk (Almond/Cashew/Oat)

Chocolate Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice Cream Sandwiches

As you can see, this list is not full of purely "clean" items, but you are not on vacation every week of the summer and you probably have lots of mouths to feed, and visitors stopping in. So feel free to substitute any of the above for gluten free or dairy free options, add in your healthy faves and whatever you do, enjoy your time away!!

Lots of love and tons of summer fun,


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