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Eighteen Year Anniversary

Since we were in the Bay area for our anniversary, we decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. Mr S was at a sleepover and Mr T was babysitting Divagirl so we had a date night at Shabuway in San Mateo. Shabu shabu, for those who may not know, is a delicious Japanese meal brought out to you raw, then you cook the veggies and ultra thin slices of meat in a boiling pot of seasoned broth. Then you dip the cooked bits in sauces and eat it with rice. Yum!

Afterwards, the smell of chocolate drew us across the street to a chocolate shop filled with handmade tasty treats. She even had samples of chocolate covered strawberries. The confections we tried we amazing!

We don’t often get the opportunity to have an evening out together without the children, so this was a lovely night.

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Memorial Day

This whole weekend we have been remembering the sacrifices made by our military men and women to help keep us free. A terrible, necessary sacrifice. My own cousin is off somewhere, doing who knows what to ensure our freedom. I hope he is safe.

Today we had a BBQ at my cousin Dan’s house and I got to meet his lovely new wife and her two children, and to see his 3 kids again, whom I hadn’t seen in 4 years!

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Easter Wrap-Up

We’re still at the Thousand Trails in Clermont, FL. We didn’t want to overdo it in the candy department so we hid a plastic egg filled with jellybeans and a solid chocolate bunny for each of the kids. Apparently they were very well hidden since it took them a considerable amount of time to find them!

There are some other full-time family friends we met at the rally still here so we decided to have a little pot luck dinner together for Easter. It was fun while it lasted, and we had some great food, but then 2 of the kids started throwing up with an apparent stomach bug of sorts. So sad :(

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Vernal Equinox

Today we celebrated the coming of spring by coloring eggs. I hard boiled 16 and hollowed out 10. Last year I didn’t make nearly enough, so this year I made plenty! I also broke down and bought real food coloring. Those who know me, know I usually use natural food dyes made from boiling the skins of onions or blueberries or what have you. Not this year. I totally wimped out. But they were very vibrant!

At the end of the day a friend reminded me that on the Vernal Equinox you can stand an egg on end. The first time I tried it I failed. Then I tried again and it stayed for about 30 seconds! It was so cool! Too bad I didn’t get a photo. As soon as I tried to get the kids to come take a look, the movement of the coach caused it to fall.

Welcome Spring!

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St. Patty’s Day Baking

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I decided to do some baking today. Not your ordinary baking though. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve seen so many fabulous recipes I’ve been longing to try but I haven’t had the proper ingredients because these are Paleo/Gluten-Free recipes. Before I left my parents’ I used their coffee grinder to grind some almonds into flour. We also stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up some key ingredients.

First I made a healthy version of a Shamrock Shake from Primally Inspired. Even the kids liked it :)

Then the real baking began. Divagirl was my helper and we started with a Black Bean Chocolate Cake from A Tasty Love Story’s blog. I don’t have an electric food processor with us, just a hand cranked one so the beans weren’t very finely mashed. It still tasted yummy, very chocolatey. I froze one loaf for later.