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July 2016

Mexican Fiesta

Family By July 31, 2016 Tags: , , 8 Comments

This week we went back to my husband’s home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for his class reunion. His mom lives there, so we try to make the trek from New England to the Southwest about once a year.  This time we decided to relax, not do any sightseeing and eat.  Albuquerque has the most amazing food.  Anything you want to eat…they have it.  Of course, our main focus was Mexican food.  Yum.  Mexican restaurants in Connecticut cannot compare to the delicious food found in New Mexico, no matter how hard they try.  This was our main attraction this week…enjoying the delicious food.  Oh yes, and the class reunion. 🙂

Red chili, green chili, breakfast burritos, tamales, tacos, enchiladas, sopaipillas, we ate it all. Except the pig snout…I threw that in for fun.  I actually found them proudly displayed at an indoor market.

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The most interesting one of all….

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I Want Sprinkles

Grandkids, Toddlers By July 24, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Our three year old granddaughter was visiting us last weekend.  Saturday it was very hot.  She had woken up especially early that morning, so she ended up taking a mid-morning nap.  When she got up I suggested we get some soft serve ice cream at McD’s. I’m not a big ice cream fan but I was looking for some serious air-conditioning time.  My suggestion was met with enthusiasm from both the granddaughter and her grandpa.

Before we left I asked if she wanted an ice cream Sunday, maybe hot fudge? She replied, “I want sprinkles”.  Ok… I asked it a different way. “Would you like chocolate or vanilla ice cream?”  Her response, “I want sprinkles”.  Message received.  No matter what, sprinkles needed to be involved.  I wasn’t sure if McDonalds had sprinkles, so I rummaged through my cabinet and found a bottle…just in case.  I tossed it into my purse.  I figured I could put them on the ice cream myself and she would be none the wiser. Off we went.

Everyone must have had the same idea (air-conditioning) because it was crowded.  I sent the two of them to find a table, while I waited in line. I ordered a cup of vanilla soft serve, inquired about sprinkles (they don’t have any) and waited for my order. Then, while at the counter,  I quickly and discretely pulled out my bottle of sprinkles and generously added them on top.  If anyone saw me they didn’t comment. I was pretty happy with my stealthy secret agent skills.  sprinkles-resized

The sprinkle topped ice cream was well received. She ate all the sprinkles and a little bit of the ice cream before she declared she was done.  After cleaning up her hands and face, she wanted a mint from my Altoids can. Since grandpa and I were not finished yet and I wanted to keep her entertained for a few more minutes, I told her to look for it in my purse.  She loves digging though my purse!  I heard a gasp and she produced the small jar of sprinkles I had brought with me.

She looked at me with a shocked expression and said, “Why do you have the sprinkles?!”

Busted!

Moral of the story: Never try to outsmart a three year old.

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Making Memories

Grandkids By July 17, 2016 Tags: , , , 7 Comments

When I was little my grandmother lived on a large piece of land, probably more than a half-acre with lots of trees and vegetation.  Running along one of the property fences were blackberry bushes.  I am not sure if she planted them or they were there when she moved in. When the berries were ripe, we were out there picking them.  With four grandchildren picking and eating they were gone in a matter of days.  My grandmother didn’t care, she knew we liked them.  It is a nice memory of summers at grandma’s house.raspberry-picking-edit

At my house I have a huge raspberry bush.  Last week the berries started to ripen.  I was excited about it, so I arranged for my grandchildren to come over for lunch.  Afterwards, grandpa took them both out to the bush and picked the ones that were ripe.

It is a very prickly bush but the berries are delicious and worth the peril to obtain them.  My oldest granddaughter picked them last year and was excited when I told her some of the berries were ready to eat.  The youngest one doesn’t quite understand the difference between a ripe berry and everything else.  She still wanted to participate, so she kept picking the unripen fruit.  This time next year they will both be picking and eating the raspberries…along with grandpa.

Hopefully, they too will have warm memories of picking and eating berries in the summer at grandma’s house. 🙂

 

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World Famous Potato Salad

Recipes By July 10, 2016 Tags: , , , 15 Comments

Ok. Ok.  Maybe not WORLD famous – although I do have friends who live in Japan that like it.   However, IT IS frequently requested at summer BBQ’s.potato4A

I learned to make potato salad from my sister-in-law, probably three decades ago (when I could barely cook!).  I don’t make it the same as she does but that is where my recipe got its start.

I like to use red potatoes and then cook them a bit longer, so the end product is a little lumpy but creamy. The potatoes are done when you can easily pierce them with a fork and a twist will break them apart.  It may take a few times to figure out the cooked potato consistency that your family likes.

Yummy Potato Salad

Serves about 8-10 as a side dish

  • Approximately 2 ½ pounds of red potatoes (half of a 5# bag) – peeled, rinsed and cut into chunks
  • 2-3 hard-boiled eggs – peeled, rinsed and chopped
  • 3 generous (meaning heaping on the spoon) tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of brown mustardpotato5A
  • 1 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper

Bring water to boil in a large pan.  Add the potatoes chunks.  Keep it on a low boil, stir occasionally until the potatoes are tender.  Drain.

Place chopped eggs and drained potatoes in a large bowl.  Add the mayonnaise, mustards and spices.  Stir with a large spoon.  Once the mayonnaise and mustards are mixed in – taste.  Add more mayonnaise to make it creamer, more yellow mustard to make it tangier and of course, a little salt if it seems bland.  Caution: start out by adding just a little more – you can always add more, but you can’t take any away! 😉potato3A

Once everything is combined and tastes good, cover the bowl and put in the refrigerator.  Let is cool down before serving.  I usually make mine the day before.  It also tastes better once it sits.potato2A

Mine usually looks like chunky, yellow mashed potatoes.  Hmmm.

Enjoy!

 

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Mission Impossible to Finished

Family By July 3, 2016 Tags: , , 15 Comments

All I am hearing in my head right now is…the Mission Impossible theme song.  I know I will not be able to type out the tune, so I will let you hum along in your head with me.

This is an update to a previous post.lego15

Back in December my (grown) sons received the S.H.I.L.D. Helicarrier Lego set, with close to 3000 pieces, as a Christmas gift.  They were beyond thrilled.  If you didn’t get a chance to read that post, you can find it here.lego8-resized

 

 

It took these two professional engineers almost 6 months to put it together.  In all fairness, they both work full time jobs, one has a wife and two small children and the other has a girlfriend and a new YouTube channel.  These things tend to get in the way of serious FUN and ADVENTURE. However, not to let go of a challenge – they kept after it until it was done.lego9-resized

My youngest son was always the kid that played with all the Lego people, packing them into every space possible on a model.  The older one, not so much, he was more into the model itself.  Thus, the close-up pictures of the Lego people were taken by my youngest, while the table shot was provided by my oldest.  It was a great team effort.lego11-resizeid

 

For those of you looking for a good family project – Lego has a solution for you.  The Avenger’s Helicarrier, it’s better than a 1000 piece puzzle (times 3)!  It will keep them busy for months.

 

 

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