Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Catching up

Can you guess where we spent the first week of the New Year?  Yup, on a cruise ship. :)  We jumped on board on Tues, Jan 2 and traveled the Caribbean for an entire week. The ship was called the Reflection from Celebrity.  We boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale and planned to stop in Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  The rest of the days on board were cruising days. Our assessment- we are not cruise people.  We would rather be on land where we can run and bike and sightsee.  The entertainment on the ship was terrific and the food spot on, but there was just not enough to do on the ship.  It was an older crowd and we did do a lot of quiet activities like read and sleep.  When we booked the cruise we were hoping to have a slow vacation and we definitely met that goal, but I guess we are the type of people that would prefer more activity. Now we know. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy 2018!

Hope your New Year is starting off great!  We have been busy tiding after the holidays, I cannot believe how quickly times passes.  It seems that we were just setting up the Christmas tree and now we are tearing it all down.

We spent New Year's Eve with close friends.  We traditionally go to a bar on our own and have a quiet celebration as we write down our goals for the new year and look over our goals from the previous year.  This year was different.  Instead, we wrote our goals over coffee this morning and brought in the New Year with friends at a local restaurant.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goal setting

As the New Year approaches, I always seem to think about what I want to accomplish.  Dave and I always find a bar on New Year's Eve and spend a few moments writing down our individual goals, couple goals, house goals and travel goals.

These are some of our 2017 goals:

1. Crown molding added to foyer and sitting area in kitchen and small bath-DONE
2. Paint new moldings and small bath- DONE
3. Have kitchen and small bath cupboards stained- DONE
4. Travel on a river cruise - DONE
5. Read more books per month, my personal goal- DONE
6. Continue running and working out at gym- DONE

My goals for 2018 will include something about eating more protein with each meal and recording daily calorie intake.  Dave gave me a new Samsung watch for X-Mas and it makes my recording so much easier. Other goals will include more travel, wood floors in study and main living room. Spending more time with KJ. Learning about photography. Clean the clutter in my closets and possibly maintaining just a few items of clothing..we'll see about that.

When I asked Dave what he was thinking about in terms of goals for 2018- this is what he said:

1. Have more alone time with Karen
2. Travel to Amsterdam.
3. New Zealand?
4. Cross Train more (Run, Bike, Lift)
5. Do more with couple friends

Can't wait to bring in the New Year!  I will report back in a few days to reveal our collective and personal goals for 2018 and how we celebrated New Year's Eve this year. I hope you have a wonderful evening and Happy 2018 friends!
One of my favorite photos taken this year.  We were in Holland, MI shopping for Christmas gifts.  

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells! Are you ready?

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to share some of our family's favorite recipes.  Last year, I shared this recipe and told you that if I dared to show without this dish, my family would not let me in, and would probably send me home to prepare it for our family brunch on Christmas morning. It truly has become a staple item along with my sister-in-laws homemade coffee cakes.

I have made this Baked Egg Dish for as long as I can remember.  I have four brothers and they request this recipe every year when we get together to exchange gifts.  I found it in a Marshall Field's Collection of Potluck Recipes Cookbook.  

You can still find the cookbook on Amazon (click on the link under the book) and let me tell you, it is a great find.  I have used this cookbook for so many parties, just this weekend I made the Ham Party Rolls (page 33) for the teachers I worked with for so many years.  My brothers love the Baked Egg Dish on page 343.  I took a picture of the recipe for you. You can see the pencil drawing all over the page. Olivia was young and my little helper and she decided to draw on the page :)  -a cherished memory.    I don't use green pepper or onion, but I do use lots of cheese and deli ham, usually a tavern ham sliced thin.   Otherwise, I follow the directions as listed.  So easy and yummy, and I especially like that I make it the night before and just bake it on Christmas morning. If I didn't bring this dish with me on Christmas morning I think my brothers would lock the door! I'm grateful they enjoy my cooking and that I can provide a special memory for them.

Pot-luck for 3300, a collection of recipes from Dayton's, Hudson's and Marshall Fields employees to benefit the United Way,  1993:
Potluck from Marshall Field's 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Catching up!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!  We were busy as usual.  On Friday Dave and I went out in search of a good beer and got lucky at the Rochester Tap Room- we enjoyed a KBS from Founders.  The manager allowed us a bottle even though the public release is not till Monday- helps to always talk to the manager :)

Saturday was Dave's work/friends party.  We had such a good time.  We played two truths and one lie and honestly I think it was the best party game I have ever played.  On the invite Dave alerted his friends to come prepared to play the game and think ahead of time what their two truths and one lie would be.  We played for two-full hours and the truths and lies sparked such good conversation.  It was amazing and I feel like I know these people so much better.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Founders CBS

If you are a craft beer drinker then you probably know about Founders special release of Canadian Breakfast Stout!!  Since it was last brewed in 2011, the news of a release this year has created hysteria for those in search of the finely crafted beer. You can read about the special brew here.  It truly is a special beer and one that will not disappoint.