Monday, July 14, 2014

Oh the places you'll go

Planning our anniversary trip has been no easy task.  There are lots of places I wanna go, several I want to return to and not enough money to do it all.

The trip won't be on our actual anniversary because we have two weddings to attend that weekend-- one is on my birthday and the other is on Joe's.   That also cuts out the big party I wanted to throw to celebrate our decade of marriage because 1- the weekend is booked and 2- all of our friends will also be busy with the weddings.

Regardless of when we get to go,  the destination needs to be somewhere amazing.  Actually, it probably doesn't.  I would be content sitting in a chair on a patio with this guy as long as we're together, but going to new places is always fun.

Some of the cities we've talked about visiting are::

Boston, Mass

Neither of us have ever been to Boston.  I've heard great things about the tourist stuff.  Plus, I have a thing for the accent.


I've taken both boys to visit our nation's capital, but I've always gone solo so Joe has never visited.  It's one of my favorite cities and I think he would love it.    And the last time we went to NYC, it was only for the day so I was thinking we could split the week between DC and NY.  

                Napa/ San Fran

I've said for years that I wanted to spend our 10th Anniversary in Napa.  Add to the fact that neither of us have ever gone to San Francisco and this seems to be in the lead for where we'll go but it isn't a definite.  

Anyone have any suggestions for places to stay or a city to visit?  I'm all ears. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Family Camping Trip Recap

I love spending my days with my family sitting around the camp fire with the lake in our back yard.  It's peaceful and lazy in the best kind of way.  But every year when we're packing up and cleaning up our camper, I  wonder (often outloud) WHY didn't I mary a beach visiting or resort staying family?

But then I remember how awesome it is is to spend countless hours on the boat and I'm mostly okay with it.

Surprisingly, there were zero melt downs.  I did have to listen to numerous fart jokes though since we had 3 teenage boys with us.  And lots of giggles from j and her cousin.

We beat the kids on the tube for awhile.

Rode skis and the wakeboard

Jumped off a few cliffs

I think a good time was had by all.  And of course, they're already planning for next year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kid Friendly Recipes from Emeals- Ham Fried Rice

It's always nice to change things up a bit so the other day while making my grocery list, I decided to change my emeals plan to their kid friendly version.   And from the moment I downloaded the first week, I was excited to try the new recipes.  
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First up-- 
Ham Fried Rice

2 boil-in bag brown rice
2 Tablespoons butter
4 large eggs, beaten
1.5 cups chopped cooked ham
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
3 Tablespoons butter

** I didn't have green onions so I used regular onions.  For ham, I used the lunch meat we have from the deli.  And I also added a few mushrooms because I love them.  I mistakenly added double the peas and carrots, but no one noticed. 

  1. Cook rice according to package directions; cool completely and chill up to a day ahead. 
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add eggs and cook until set. 
  3. Flip egg over all in one piece and cook 1 minute longer or until set; remove from skillet and chop. 
  4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to skillet; add ham, onions and garlic (and mushrooms). 
  5. Stir-fry over medium-high heat until browned. 
  6. Add peas and carrots; Cook several minutes until veggies are soft.  
  7. Add chilled rice; cook 1-3 minutes.  
  8. Add chopped egg and soy sauce; continue cooking for 2 minutes. 
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  

I would say the new recipe was a hit.  Everyone loved it, even my picky non-veggie eating brother. There were second and third helpings taken.    On tonight's menu are taco lettuce wraps.  Think my kids are going to like them?  We'll see.  

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