Sunday, March 1, 2015

A few more vacation photos

Rock Climbing Princess Grace.

Big girls still play.

Place where hubby asked me to marry him....over 20 yrs ago.

Princess Joy visiting with a Great Aunt and Uncle.

Big boy kayaking on his own.

Scott kayaking with Princess Joy and Prince Charming.

Scott kayaking with the other two kids.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A few vacation photos....

Leaving Port.

My oldest ran the 5K with her grandpa.

Me snorkeling.

On Castaway Cay

Learning to make towel animals.

Fancy Boy ready for dinner.

The fam on the verandah.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Dueling Chili Pots

In an effort not to buy groceries before our trip, I am cooking some odd stuff. However, one pantry/ freezer staple is the stuff to make chili.

As per usual, I'm feeling a bit ornery and want to start a debate ;) 

Hubby likes chili without beans (on the left). The rest of us like chili with beans (on the right).
A friend taught us that corn tastes good in chili.
Where do you stand on chili?

..oh, and please forgive the messy stove top. I'm quite possibly the world's messiest cook.

Just a quick post

I borrowed my daughter's snorkel and mask, and booked an extra water therapy session so that, in anticipation of our cruise adventures, I could at least see that the strokes also stole my swimming from me....but they didn't! 

I don't have to sit by and watch my family have fun. I could snorkel and even do the breast stroke with BOTH arms. No, it wasn't pretty....but I did it. Hubby said I should have seen my therapist's face when I did it. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Quick update

Life is nuts right now. We are trying to tie up loose ends before our trip. Sorry I haven't blogged in a while. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


-38 F
I want a snow day.....not motivated to do school.

Monday, January 26, 2015

What is your "I screwed up" food?

I play like a kid in the kitchen...sometimes the words "I'm playing with my food" bring trembles to my hubby ;)

All kidding aside, I think the key to even feeling free to play with your food is having back up readily available.

This is my back up: 
I always keep these on hand.

What is your back up in the kitchen?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The end of an era...and my soup pot

 1st topic: my son has lost a tooth before....but my baby has that toothless grin and lisp unique to six year olds everywhere. I must say, I'm sad thinking about the fact that this is the last time I will hear it.

2nd topic: soup is my default go to dish. I throw together a pot of some random soup when my crew needs food but I am not in the mood to cook. This time I made a broth base that was based on flavors I had at a Thai place I went to with a friend. In true Queen fashion, I then threw in whatever veggies I had. I was in pinch and dash mode, so don't know measurements....but I can't figure out why I never ventured into the Thai food world. This was a coconut lemongrass base, and boy was it ever yummy!

Fresh veggies (fresh anything) can be very hard to find, so I used lots of dried, frozen, and paste based stuff. Here is a list for Ya if you are feeling froggy:

The base- can of coconut milk, box (4 cups) and a half no MSG low sodium chicken broth, tube of lemongrass paste, 1 chopped and sautéed onion, and chopped up celery (about 4 stalks) sauted with 2 cloves minced garlic in about 2 Tbs coconut oil. I also added a dash of red pepper flakes and kosher salt.

Veggies I added- frozen corn, zuchinni, Napa cabbage

Meat- a bag of frozen shrimp.