Monthly Archives: June 2017

The first time I made my Avocado Bacon Grilled Cheese for my husband it was love at first bite.  Between bites he said, “Where has this been all my life?”

Several days ago as I was working on my meal plan for the week,  I told him that I would be making his favorite sandwich this weekend.  He was super excited and has been looking forward to it all week.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve been looking forward to it too! This sandwich is so scrumptiously delicious I wish I could eat it every day.

I cooked pancakes and bacon for breakfast this morning, so I cooked a few extra slices to use later for the sandwiches.  I love eating bacon, but despise actually cooking it.  That’s probably the reason we don’t eat these sandwiches more often.

When it came time to cook up the sandwiches, my little sous chef was eager to help.  Kora likes any excuse to be able to use a knife (“I’ll be carefully Mom”), so she buttered the bread for me. Then she spotted the cut up avocado and decided she needed a little snack!

I like my grilled cheese sandwiches extra cheesy, so I used two slices of cheese – one slice of cheddar and one slice of Monterrey Jack.  I top the cheese with sliced bacon and avocado and then cook it on a griddle until it’s nice and golden and melty.

And then comes the best part – sinking your teeth into that crunchy bacon, buttery avocado, and gooey cheese! The clouds part and angels sing! Such deliciousness!

Go and make yourself this yummy sandwich and you too will be asking yourself, “Where has this been all my life?”

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For Father’s Day, I like to ask my husband how he wants to celebrate.  It’s his day after all, so I want us to celebrate the way he wants.  Last year we spent the weekend camping.  This year, we spent the weekend looking at boats.  Actually, he spent the weekend looking at boats (and got a mini vacation in the process).

 

He started his weekend with a quick trip to Florida.  I would have been more jealous of his trip, but this wasn’t really a sightseeing trip. He was on a mission.  He had an appointment to look at a sailboat that we are interested in buying.   He spent several hours exploring and familiarizing himself with every inch of the boat.  So much in fact that he taught the broker a thing or two about the boat.

 

Sunday morning Kora gave Thomas the Father’s Day card she picked for him.  She picked the card out herself, so she was super proud of it and excited to give it to her dad.

Later that morning we drove to a boat show to look at more boats! Kora was so excited to see all the boats.  She found one that she really wanted – it had a seat at the bow of the boat that she wanted to sit on!  I asked Kora if she brought her money to buy a boat and she sadly told me know.  She quickly turned to her dad and asked him if he “makes money.” Anytime Kora’s unhappy that her dad has to go to work we always tell her that he has to go to work to make money.  She was quick to remember that her dad makes money and and could buy us a boat! She’s a thinker!

 

After looking at boats for a while, we were famished.  We decided we’d rather head to a restaurant for a late lunch than eat concession food at the show.  Thomas has been wanting to eat at Gringo’s TexMex for a while, so that’s where we headed.  After eating there, I’m now wishing we had a Gringo’s closer to home.  There were so many yummy looking choices on the menu that I had a hard time choosing.  I ended up ordering fish tacos, and I’m glad that I did.  Delicious! While Thomas enjoyed his enchiladas, he regrets not ordering one of the signature dishes.  What he really enjoyed was the salsa and the green sauce before the meal.  In fact, he said that the chip dipped in the green sauce and then dipped in the salsa was one of the best things he’s ever eaten.

 

We then spent the evening talking about boats and watching boat videos on YouTube.  It’s not the most typical way to celebrate Father’s Day, but it was the perfect way for us to celebrate with Thomas.  Happy Father’s Day Thomas! Thank you for being an awesome Dad! We love you!


Is it coincidence that Kora started channeling her inner Lynda Carter with the release of the new Wonder Woman movie or did someone sneak her to see the movie without me knowing?

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Ever since she turned three, she thinks she is sooooooo big.  She likes to stand up tall, puff out her chest, show off her muscles and tell me that she’s “big and brave and strong and tough!”.

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She has recently become adamant that she’s doesn’t need help getting dressed in the morning. If I start to help her she forcefully tells me “No, I’m a girl. I can do it.”  And she’s right.  She is a girl, and she can do it!

 

I’m not sure where she got this “I’m a girl; I can do it” attitude, but I love it.  There are so many times where girls are made to feel like they are incapable of doing certain things just because of their gender.  I want my girls to know that they are capable of anything they set their minds to.

 

Want to be a doctor? I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to be a chef? I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to be a firefighter? I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to be {insert any other profession here}. I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to get dressed by yourself? I’m a girl. I can do it.

 

(FYI: The three professions above are the three things Kora has told me she wants to be when she grows up.)

 

I will continue to encourage this girl power as Kora and her little sister grow. I will encourage my girls to be strong and independent; confident and courageous.  It’s an everyday challenge trying to raise two Wonder Women, but I’m a girl.  I can do it.

 

 


“Rain rain go away! Come again some other day!”

The last day of our beach vacation just got cut short due to the rain. There was so much rain in fact that I got a flash flood warning alert on my phone. 


Anytime I’ve ever received one of these alerts I’ve usually shrugged it off because I’m somewhere indoors with no plans of getting on the road. Today was different however. 
Within ten minutes of getting the alert, my five year old nephew looks out the window and says to my mom, “Nannie, your car is half way up with water!”  


What!?! We look out the window and found that water was covering the road and rising. The water level had almost reached the bottom of the car doors!
My dad ran outside to move the car and quickly became drenched – the water was higher than the tops of his boots! Of course since this was our last day, all of his other (dry) clothes were already packed and loaded into the car. 
Other than the rain, our beach getaway was a real success. The kids had a blast digging in the sand and hopping over waves. 



We enjoyed watching the animatronic animals and we devoured a yummy Volcano Cake at The Rainforest Cafe. 


We even got to celebrate the graduation of one of the big cousins!  


On the afternoon of the annual sand castle competition, people were being turned away from the beach so we didn’t get to see the sand castles. We planned to go the next day to see them, but then it rained. There’s no way the sand castles survived all that rain. I guess we’ll just have to do this whole beach weekend vacation again next year!