Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cape May NJ - Summaer at the Beach

 View from our Hotel Room
 Our favorite lunch spot - The Gecko
Selfie time!

What a great week we had in Cape May New Jersey this past week. We could not have asked for more beautiful weather. And since its early in the summer season, it really was not that crowded.

We stayed at a beautiful hotel, the The Grand Hotel of Cape May, right on Beach Avenue across the street from the beach. The room was really nice with a comfy bed and a little kitchenette.

We ate at a lot of nice restaurants / diners and also made some food at our room. Of course we had to have a seafood night and I had salmon with crab meat while hubby had the broiled seafood platter with a little of everything including a 1/2 a lobster. A great meal was of course at The Gecko (love Mexican), but a new find was fish tacos made with Mahi Mahi. Yum!

With all the eating we had to get in some exercise so we road bikes everyday... and everywhere. It was so much fun riding the Cape May streets admiring the old Victorian houses. In the mornings we road the promenade along the beach which had a great view and wonderful sea breeze. We also did plenty of walking through the town and on the beach.

One day we wanted to do something different and my sunburned arms needed a rest. We decided to take the 2 hour dolphin watch boat tour. It was a lot of fun and we saw many dolphins including a couple babies.

We made a lot of great memories. Cannot wait until next year's trip! :)

Hope you are enjoying the summer days too!
Natalie

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Potato Corn Chowder and Quiche





I was very much in the mood for something different for supper. I had to go grocery shopping so I looked up a couple recipes on line beforehand. It's so easy. Just Google whatever I am in the mood for and if need be, put my own spin on it.

First I Googled "healthy crab quiche". I found an awesome skinny crab recipe that has imitation crab, fat free shredded cheese, zucchini, green onions, fat free evaporated milk, salt, pepper, paprika and eggbeaters. I was supposed to go crust-less according to the recipe, but I had to add the crust. What is a quiche without the pie shell. I figure its still healthier than it could have been. Looks good doesn't it!? 

Next I wanted a hearty but healthy soup. This chowder has mashed Yukon gold potatoes, fresh corn off the cob, celery, onion, red pepper, milk, diced turkey bacon, salt and pepper. It smells even better than it looks.

Between the soup and the quiche it probably took about 45 minutes of prep, 50 minutes to bake the quiches and less than 1/2 hour cook time for the soup. It is now time to dig in.

What are you having for Sunday supper? :)

Blessings,
Natalie


Monday, April 21, 2014

Emmalina's First Easter


Happy Emmalina!

Flowers from Hubby

Spring is really here and I am loving it! I am sure I am not alone. It seemed like such a long winter. The sunshine and warm temperatures the last few days have been so invigorating and motivating. 

On Saturday, after breakfast I went to Zumba class. That's always a great way to start the day because it gives me a lot of energy. After I showered I went to my Grammy's house and we went grocery shopping. When we got back I did some yard work at her house. I bagged up a bunch of leaves and mowed the grass. It may sound weird but I love mowing grass. I get satisfaction out of not only making the yard look good but the smile on her face is so heartwarming. :).

On Easter Sunday, I was up bright and early. I spent the morning cleaning the house and preparing all the food for Easter dinner. It was just a small gathering for dinner but still one of the best days. It was me, Kenn (hubby), Grammy, Cait (my daughter) and Matt (my son). Unfortunately little Emmalina and her Mommy and Daddy couldn't make it, but we did get the cutie pie picture. Kenn got me the flowers you see above. The smell of the Hyacinthe is my absolute favorite.

Before I knew it, the weekend was over and Monday morning rolled around. But that's OK, I had an awesome weekend and ended it feeling accomplished and blessed.

Hope you had a great weekend too!

Natalie