Gerry Brooks and Findlay Market

Wednesday was Hubby’s birthday.  We went out to dinner on his birthday and then celebrated with an outing on Saturday.  There is a YouTube sensation named Gerry Brooks.  He is a principal in Lexington, Kentucky.  He talks about teaching in the most hilarious way.   Continue reading “Gerry Brooks and Findlay Market”

Monday Afternoon – Big Red Lighthouse

Join me today for photos of Lake Michigan and the Big Red Lighthouse.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Windmill

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Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Windmill (Photos and Video)

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the authentic windmill.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

Continue reading “Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Windmill (Photos and Video)”

Hotel Fun and Then Fish – Day 2 Part 1

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Hotel Fun

The boys decided they wanted to form a duck choir while we were in the hotel room.

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The boys wanted to pretend they were T-Rexes. They ran around the room with part of their arm in their shirts.

After all the fun at the hotel, we checked out of the hotel and then went to the Greensboro Science Center. The science center had a ropes course, aquarium, children’s museum, and a zoo.

Aquarium

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At the front of the aquarium is a sign with a flashing sea creature. It went too fast to get a good photo.

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The otters – They had an area where you could climb in and get closer to the otters.

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Penguins

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The science center had a HUGE octopus. He was out while we were there in the morning.

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They had an area where you could pet manta rays. The boys loved being about to touch them.

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Decorations

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They had a submarine that you could climb into so Hubby and the boys had to climb into it.

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They also had a big tank of fish, sharks, and manta rays.

We only did a brief walk through of the aquarium because the boys were going to do the ropes course. They give you a time to do the ropes course. Our time was an hour after we got there.

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The atrium of the science center

We had to walk through the atrium on our way to the zoo because the zoo is where the ropes course is located.

Zoo

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The cockatoo and Macaw

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The Gibbons – They were so much fun to watch.

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The lemurs

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This peacock was walking around. I thought that was cool.

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Random Shots

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More random shots

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Red Panda – The Wee One’s favorite animal. He was one happy child when he got to see it.

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I loved the signs they had for all of the animals.

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Tortoises

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Hubby helping the Wee One get geared up for the ropes course.

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The Imaginative One getting ready for the ropes course.

Join me next Saturday for the boys on the ropes course and more of the zoo.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the gardens.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

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South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

On June 22, we left for our South Carolina trip. The first two days of our trip were going to be spent in North Carolina before heading down to South Carolina.

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Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the buildings.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Morning – Centennial Park Continue reading “Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings”

Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Centennial Park

In the center of Holland, Michigan’s downtown area is Centennial Park. Enjoy my photos of the park.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

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Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Statues

Holland, Michigan is known for having interesting statues around downtown. I had the opportunity to take photos of three of those statues.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

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Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Downtown Holland

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos. Last July, Hubby and I decided to pick up the Imaginative One and his buddy from their DeMolay‘s Conclave.  If you have not heard about DeMolay, it’s a teenage boys’ Masonic organization.  Conclave is their state meeting. We drove them from Conclave to Michigan for their […]

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

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Holland, Michigan – Sunday Night – Beach and Sunset

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos. Last July, Hubby and I decided to pick up the Imaginative One and his buddy from their DeMolay‘s Conclave.  If you have not heard about DeMolay, it’s a teenage boys’ Masonic organization.  Conclave is their state meeting. We drove them from Conclave to Michigan for their […]

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Continue reading “Holland, Michigan – Sunday Night – Beach and Sunset”

Holland, Michigan – Sunday Night – The Town

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

Last July, Hubby and I decided to pick up the Imaginative One and his buddy from their DeMolay‘s Conclave.  If you have not heard about DeMolay, it’s a teenage boys’ Masonic organization.  Conclave is their state meeting.

We drove them from Conclave to Michigan for their Boy Scout Camp.  Hubby and I decided we were going to find somewhere in Michigan to spend the night.  We wanted to explore a new place.

Even though we only spent less than 24 hours in Holland, it was a town I won’t forget.

Continue reading “Holland, Michigan – Sunday Night – The Town”

A Rainy Day Proposal

What does a rainy Thursday and a townhouse have to do with my marriage proposal?

It was March 18, 1999.

The previous day was my last day of student teaching.  Since we had a really bad winter that year, my student teaching was extended for about a week.  Ice storms and lots of snow plagued the area that winter.

My last student teaching seminar was completed that afternoon.  Exhaustion was felt all the way to my bones.  My plans that evening was to sleep.

However, my boyfriend at that time dragged me out of the dorm room kicking and screaming.

It was a rainy day.  My boyfriend wanted to take me out to a place called Glen Helen in Yellow Springs but the muddiness would make hiking impossible.  So he had to quickly change his plans.

Instead he decided to take us to look for apartments since I was getting ready to move out of the dorms and he was getting to move out of his parents’ house.

The first place we looked at was a townhouse.  It was a perfect starting place for us.  Suddenly as we were looking at the part of the living closest to the stairs, my boyfriend got on one knee.

“Do you want this apartment?  Will you marry me?”

Of course, I said yes on that rainy Thursday.

A month and a half later, my boyfriend became my husband.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  What is your proposal story?

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Us in 2015

Have a magical day,
Traci

 Mama’s Losin’ It

What We Ate – Columbus, Ohio (January 2017)

A couple of weeks ago, Hubby and I had an evening and the next day to ourselves so we decided to visit a family friend in Columbus, Ohio and then spend the next day at the Columbus Zoo.

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Porcupine Balls with Gravy (Pressure Cooking)

Happy 6 year anniversary of this blog!

Hubby’s Favorite

My mother-in-law used to make Hubby porcupine balls when he was growing up.  So these are his favorite meal.  Continue reading “Porcupine Balls with Gravy (Pressure Cooking)”

Gelatin Poke Cake

Years ago, I used to make gelatin poke cakes for different occasions.  They were one of Hubby’s favorite desserts.  Then I stopped making them for some reason.

Hubby’s birthday was last week.  I decided to make a gelatin poke cake for his birthday cake. Wee One helped me make the cake.  He also got to choose the flavor of the cake (funetti or yellow) and the flavor of the gelatin.  Imaginative One also helped me ice the cake.

Hubby loved the cake.  He told me the reason he loved it so much is because it a very moist cake.  Hubby even took the remainder of the cake to work to share with his co-workers.

Gelatin Poke Cake - Inside the cake
Gelatin Poke Cake – Inside the cake
Singing to Hubby
Singing to Hubby

Visual Recipe:

Pouring in the cake mix
Pouring in the cake mix – We followed the cake directions on the box.
Spraying down the cake pan
Spraying down the cake pan
Ready to go into the oven
Ready to go into the oven – Bake as directed on the box
The gelatin
Meanwhile make the gelatin – 1 box of gelatin to 1 cup of boiling water, make sure the gelatin is dissolved, add 1/2 c. of cold water
Cake and gelatin
Cake and gelatin – Allow the cake to cool a little bit (15 minutes or so) before poking the cake.
Poking the cake
Poking the cake – We used a skewer.
Pouring the gelatin
Pouring the gelatin – After poking the cake, pir the gelatin over the cake.
Imaginative One frosting the cake
Imaginative One frosting the cake – Allow the cake to cool for at least a half hour to an hour more before icing it with whipped topping (Cool whip).
The cake frosted
The cake frosted

Gelatin Poke Cake

Stars of the recipe:

For the cake:

  • 1 box of either yellow or funetti cake mix – plus the ingredients on the box

For the gelatin:

  • 1 box of gelatin (any flavor)
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1/2 c. cold water

For the topping:

  • 1 container of whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • Sprinkles

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven according to the cake box directions.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to the cake box directions.
  3. Spray down a 9 by 13 pan.  Pour the prepared cake mix into the 9 by 13 pan.
  4. Bake according to the cake box.
  5. Once the cake is baked, pull the cake out and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. While the cake is cooling, make the gelatin.  In a bowl, place the gelatin powder.  Pour 1 c. of boiling water over the gelatin powder.  Stir until dissolved.  Add the 1/2 c. of cold water.  Stir.
  7. Poke holes in the cake using a skewer or straw.
  8. Pour the gelatin over the cake.
  9. Allow the cake to cool for about an hour.
  10. Spread whipped topping over the cake.  Decorate with sprinkles.
  11. Place in the fridge for 3 hours.
  12. Enjoy!
The boys thought it would be funny to say Hubby was 93.
The boys thought it would be funny to say Hubby was 93.
Inside the cake
Inside the cake

Happy Eating,
Traci

Homemade Pizza Crust

In the last week, we’ve had homemade pizza twice.  Last Sunday I made a pizza for our Sunday night dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.  We then had it for supper on Saturday night.  I tried two new crust recipes and enjoyed the second one.  In fact, Hubby told me that the pizza was great on Saturday night.  Coming from a man who works in the pizza business that is a compliment.

The only problem with having homemade pizza is the Imaginative One does not like pizza.  He likes a few kinds but overall will not eat pizza at all.  He is allowed to eat something else for dinner when we have pizza.  It’s usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The Wee One loves pizza and could have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if allowed.  We had gone to the Home Depot for a DIY project for the kids earlier on Saturday.  They gave him an apron to wear when he’s doing projects.  He’s decided it’s his cooking apron.  He put it on to help me put the sauce, pepperoni, and cheese on the pizza.  We had strawberries for dessert and he put on the apron to help me prepare the strawberries.

While the pizza was baking, he watched the timer and would give me updates that were usually “2 minutes until 7 minutes.”  So cute and funny!

Onto the recipe:

Pizza Crust

Brown Sugar Toast

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That’s the Wee One’s hand – He was fake cutting the pizza.

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 c. warm water (105 -115 degrees)
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Steps:

  1. Make sure the water is 105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit so the yeast can dissolve.  Add the yeast to the water.
  2. After the yeast is dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients to your mixing bowl.
  3. Using either your mixer or with a spoon, mix the ingredients.
  4. Knead your dough either using a mixer or with your hands on a clean floured surface for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Place dough in greased bowl covered with a damp towel.  Allow it to rise in a warm place.  (This is the first time I’ve tried using my oven.  Turn it onto the lowest temperature.  Mine was 170 degrees.  Then turn it off and allow the dough to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Spread out on a cooking pan or pizza stone.  Top with sauce and your favorite toppings.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

If you don’t have enough time you can do steps 1 through 4.  Skip step 5.  Then do steps 6 – 8.

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Pork and Sauerkraut (A Slow Cooker Recipe)

It’s a family tradition to have pork and sauerkraut for our New Year’s dinner.  My father-in-law would make a big pot of it and family members would eat the sauerkraut so that they would have good luck for the new year.  Since he died two weeks ago, I offered to make it this year.

I made some changes to how it was cooked.  First of all I made it in my slow cooker instead of in a big stock pot.  I also roasted potatoes instead of cooking the potatoes in the slow cooker with the meat and sauerkraut.  Hubby loved it and was impressed because it didn’t have the bitter/sour taste you usually associate with sauerkraut.  He even took some to work with him to share with his co-workers.

The boys did taste the sauerkraut so they would have good luck but being kids didn’t really like it.  At least they tried it which is better than on New Year’s Eve.  I made fish for supper.  The fish was cooked with olive oil and a seasoning mix from one of my Foodie Pen Pals.  Hubby loved it but the boys wanted to give me excuses on why they could not eat it.  They still had to eat it but it was interesting on what excuses they came up with.  The best one is their brain was going to explode since I told them fish is brain food.

Now onto the recipe:

Pork and Sauerkraut in the Slow Cooker

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 -2 lbs. pork roast
  • 16 – 32 oz. of sauerkraut (depending on how much pork you have)
  • 1 big carrot or 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Drain and rinse the sauerkraut several times to remove the brine.
  2. Place the pork roast in the bottom of the slow cooker.  (Mine is 5 qt.)  Sprinkle salt and pepper on the pork roast.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the rinsed sauerkraut, apple pieces, carrot pieces, and brown sugar.
  4. Place the sauerkraut mixture on the pork roast.
  5. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  6. Shred the pork and combine with the sauerkraut.
  7. Enjoy with boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, or roasted potatoes (just serving suggestions)!

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Sausage Gravy

My absolute favorite breakfast besides granola and yogurt is sausage gravy and biscuits.  Sometimes I treat myself to an order of them at our local farmer’s market.

Since I was on winter/Christmas break and life was back to normal or almost normal, I decided I needed to make some for Hubby and my lunch.  The Wee One and the Imaginative One won’t touch the gravy with a ten foot pole.

So if you are looking for a delicious lazy Saturday type of breakfast, this recipe is for you.

Sausage Gravy

Crumbs and Chaos

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 pound of bulk sausage
  • 1/2 c. flour (I used whole white wheat)
  • 4 c. milk or 2 c. milk and 2 c. half and half
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper and seasoning salt (or white salt) to taste

Steps:

  1. Brown crumbled up sausage in a skillet on med. heat.  Don’t drain the grease off.
  2. Add the flour and stir until all of the sausage is coated with flour.
  3. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet.
  5. Turn the heat up to high and allow the mixture to boil.  (Keep an eye on the mixture.)
  6. After it boils, turn the heat down to med. low and allow to cook for 5 more minutes or until the gravy is thickened.
  7. Enjoy over biscuits!  Some biscuit recipes from my blog are 7-up biscuits, buttermilk biscuits, or buttermilk biscuits revisited.

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