Thursday, July 26, 2012

Exploding Type of Day

It is finally starting to cool down here, we actually stayed in the 90's today!!!  So today I took the boys outside and tried another pinned idea for exploding bags.  My 5 year old is a science nut so he hears experiment and comes running.  It was pretty fun and they had a great time comparing it to when their volcanoes erupted.  

We also made some of the sidewalk paint I have seen pinned so many times on Pinterest that I had to try.  They painted outside for almost two hours.  Although I did discover when washing it off that the blue is still remaining.  I may have to tackle that clean up tomorrow. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012


        The post title has many meanings at this point.  Torture n: anguish of body or mind.  With the 100 degree heat wave we've had I have definitely had some anguish of the body and the mind... I also took it upon myself to torture my poor child at the swim park the other day.  I am that parent that made the poor guy climb four flights of stairs getting more anxious each step and then proceeded to completely flip when he saw what lay ahead.  
      A water slide, I mean who doesn't love them?? Obviously my 5 year old did not! But we had made it to the top, we couldn't go back down... so me plopping him on the mat with me and just saying it will be fun don't worry.  (yeah right)  And you know what, I think that little guy actually may have liked it, had he not gotten a mouth full of water as we plunged into the pool at the bottom.  Alas the water slide won the battle that day!! But that is okay, we totally dominated the lazy river!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Bucket List

     So now that summer is over half over for me ::sobbing in hands:: I better revisit our bucket list and see what we have left to accomplish.  The boys and I sat down and made this one of the first days of break and have accomplished some, but there are still plenty of things we wanted to do. Here’s our list, what’s on yours???

Our Summer Bucket List
o      Splash park
o      Ride a waterslide
o      Zoo
o      Dollar Store $5 spree
o      Swim
o      Ride go-karts
o      Hike
o      Bowling
o      Go Fishing
o      Planetarium
o      Wildlife Safari Park
o      Make sidewalk paint
o      Pretend “car wash”
o      Learn croquet
o      “Camp out” inside
o      Catch fireflies
o      Make paper airplanes
o      Library
o      Go to farmer’s market
o      Make play doh
o      Make candy suckers
o      Pancakes for dinner & Noodles for Lunch  by Today I feel Silly)
o      Make pizzas
o      Make box cars
o      Drive in” movie

Salsa & Margaritas!!

Could that title make me any happier, I mean it's my favorite snack paired with my favorite drink.  We frequent a local Mexican joint called Rivera’s and their salsa is fantastic, we would spend $7 a pint just to have some to take home.  Finally after some hard work, a couple mistakes, and close calls I think we have nailed the recipe.

Grilled Tomato Salsa
  2 large yellow/orange tomatoes
  2 small red tomatoes
  2 jalapenos
  1 small white onion
  2 cloves minced garlic
  1/8 C cilantro
  1 tsp. ground cumin
 Juice from one lime

 1.  Place tomatoes, onion, and jalapenos directly on grill.  Cook for about 10 minutes until the skin begins to pull away and they get a nice char. Remove from the grill. 
2.  Remove the core of the tomatoes, and seeds from on or both jalapenos depending upon the amount of heat you want. 
3. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
4. Pulse quickly until the salsa has the consistency desired.  Serve warm or cool with tortilla chips!

And , now let’s be honest nothing goes better with salsa and some good Mexican food than margaritas! While docked at Patos Island in the San Juans we met a family that made the most delicious margaritas. These drinks had quite a distinct flavor, not the usual overall sweetness that you associate with a margarita.  I quickly got the recipe and have made it several hundred times over the years. 

  In a blender mix up 1 small can limeade, fill the can from limeade with tequila, one can Budweiser (yes it must be Bud heavy), ice.  Blend up and serve.  Yummo!!