Vacation Update Numero Two: Pool Party! and Pimento Cheese

It’s time for another Summer Update. This one’s about…Pool Party! I think I’m still recovering from a long, hard weekend of cold beers, underwater photos, limoncello shots, diving into the “No Diving” end, hot sausages, pimiento cheese, some stuff I shouldn’t talk about, and one lost flip flop. Several things to celebrate this past weekend: Mr. Alan’s un-birthday, BF’s nursing school milestone, and Mark’s new found awesomeness at playing DJ Hero. Let’s begin.

(And on the side, here’s my recipe for pimiento cheese which is very delicious despite what your friend told you. Also, has anyone seen my flip flop?)

Pimento Cheese Recipe
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Best pimento cheese you’ll ever eat!
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard ( I like dijon or spicy brown, but whatever)
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 4 oz jar pimientos, drained and chopped
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped OR pickled jalapenos, chopped OR 2 tablespoons Ajvar
  1. Mash all that together. It helps if the cream cheese is softened.
  2. Eat that with healthy stuff like celery sticks or just make a sandwich.


We had at our disposal an underwater camera. Under water is a great place to take pictures, as you will see. Notice my Port Aransas pedicure is still kickin’ it!

My Hero! This picture is not underwater. Unless somebody got some under water cats and an under water Xbox. But I doubt that.

This is harder than it looks. That’s what he said! Seriously though, I got water up my nose four times.

This is what the promo shot for British Bikini Astronauts would look like, if such a movie were made. Just sayin’.

And somewhere in there we had sausage wraps with pimiento cheese in them. They was gooood!



  1. Jason Andres on August 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    No lyin’ or frontin’, this is the BEST pimento cheese I have ever EVER had. I don’t know Hilah from Adam, I just randomly came across a party of exceptionally good looking people at the pool on Saturday. While they were busy with that Jacques Cousteau business underwater, I covertly commandeered a spoonful of this orangey goodness, then another, then another, then I was rubbing it on tortillas, on bread, on my palm – EGAD! It’s summer picnic heaven. Plain and simple.

    • Hilah Cooking on August 14, 2010 at 12:48 am

      I don’t know you, either, but I can tell by your picture that you’d never lie or front on me or anyone. Thanks, bro.

  2. Memoria on August 15, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I’m looking forward to “Vacation Update Número Tres”! It looks like you are having loads of fun.

    I will try out this recipe very soon.

    • Hilah Cooking on August 17, 2010 at 2:16 am

      Thanks! I gotta figure out how to put accentos on my Spanish words!

  3. hampton on August 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    sounds mmm, mmm, good! especially on a hot day. i’m going to go make some now.

  4. Claudia A on August 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Hilah,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, glad I was able to shed some light on the wonders of purslane! How was the water at Port A? the last 2 times we’ve gone the beach and shore were full of sargasso seaweed, yuck. But we love it and want to go again. Gimme your seashore forecast!

    • Hilah Cooking on August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      We didn’t see much in the way of seaweed when we were there at the end of July, but a friend of mine went the following weekend and took pictures that showed piles of seaweed on the beaches. Literal piles, a foot tall, of seaweed. Serious yuck! Unless you can eat it…?

  5. Ernie McKracken on September 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Nice feet. I can’t eat all this cheese though. My dog likes it though.

  6. Rutager on September 22, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Mike’s favorite!

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