Sunday, September 15, 2019

National Linguine Day - September 15th

Today is National Linguine Day so we all headed to Olive Garden for dinner! And look who is here! Gram and Pop Pop!

We all love creamy pastas. Time for some Linguine Alfredo! No, not that Alfredo Linguini.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Chuseok - Korean Thanksgiving

Chuseok is one of the major Korean holidays. It celebrates the autumn harvest, honors your ancestors, and feasts with special Korean food.

National Cream Filled Donut Day - September 14th

It's a beautiful day here in sunny So Cal and the kids and I are outside enjoying the nice weather. It also happens to be National Cream Filled Donut Day.

1000th Post!

Wow. When I started blogging and writing up our trips 7 years ago, I was never imagining that it would evolve into this. But here we are, years later and still going strong.
I thought it would be fun to do a retrospective of the past 1000 posts. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day - September 13th

I really like the National Days where I can get the kids involved and today is perfect!
It's National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day - September 12th

It's National Chocolate Milkshake Day today and for my money, Chick-Fil-A makes one of the tastiest fast-food shakes around. I think it's because their ice cream (Icedream) has that old fashioned ice cream flavor and it makes a really good milkshake. And they top it with whipped cream and a cherry.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Disneyland and Blue Bayou with Ruston

It's a long one today, but it's certainly going to be a fun one!
Today we're at Disneyland with Ruston!

Krispy Kreme's Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Is it Fall already? Krispy Kreme seems to think so because they've brought out the Fall treats early. 

For one week only, they're selling their new Cream Cheese filled Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donuts.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

National Salami Day - September 7th (And World Beard Day)

For a quick savory treat, the kids like salami (and cheese). Perfect because today is National Salami Day!

And I threw in a few more meats that they might not necessarily like, but I certainly do.

Friday, September 6, 2019

National Read A Book Day - September 6th

Similar to National Book Lovers Day, today is National Read A Book Day!
That's not a problem for us! Our Gram works at the library and makes sure we have plenty of new books on our bookshelf! Before bed, everyone took a turn reading a book to the family.

National Cheese Pizza Day - September 5th

We're a family full of pizza lovers, and usually we're fans of meat pizzas, but today for National Cheese Pizza Day we can go without.

Labor Day weekend - Breakfast and Flight Home - Day 4 - 2019-09-02

It's been a fun 4 days here in Arizona. Relaxing at the hotel. Having some tasty food. Hanging out with friends. Time to wrap this one up though.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Labor Day weekend - Trip to Phoenix - Day 2 - 2019-08-31

We're visiting Arizona and the great Westin Kierland Resort. Today is day 2!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Labor Day weekend - Trip to Phoenix - Day 1 - 2019-08-30

Happy Labor Day weekend! We're heading out for the weekend and going to nearby Phoenix Arizona.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

International Bacon Day - August 31st

It's not just National Bacon Day, today, the first Saturday before Labor Day, is International Bacon Day.
Bacon is delicious and we make it at home quite often. Today though we're on vacation and our hotel offers breakfast. That means that instead of just a couple of pieces of bacon we'd have at home, we can eat as much bacon as we want!

And this isn't the paper-thin strips of bacon you might expect from a hotel. These are the thick pieces of bacon that you're always hoping for.

The kids like it crispy, while I like it chewy. Mmm. Bacon is tasty.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

National Banana Split Day - August 25th

First invented by an apprentice pharmacist back in 1904, August 25th is the day we celebrate National Banana Split Day. I'm used to ordering these from an ice cream shop, but this just might be the first time I've ever made one myself.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Chicken and Waffle Cereal

My brother always keeps an eye out for interesting cereals for me to try. I was very happy with one of his latests finds. Post's Chicken and Waffles cereal, part of the new Honey Bunches Brunches of Oats line of cereals.

Let's see how well they turned this...

Into this.

Happy National Waffle Day - August 24th

Today is National Waffle Day. I love waffles to be sure. Today we're having them three different ways.

Even more than a sweet waffle, I love a savory waffle. So Chicken and Waffles is a perfect food. The best chicken comes from Chick-Fil-A, which has the added benefit of having waffle fries. There's our second waffle for the day. The third comes in the form of this Chicken and Waffle cereal which I'll have more about in a separate post.

Friday, August 23, 2019

A Whipped Cream taste test

What better day to do a whipped cream taste test than on National Sponge Cake Day.

We've got 5 different kinds to try today. Earlier, the kids made their own homemade whipped cream. We'll also be tasting a Cool Whip brand, something from the 99 cent store that has <1% milk in it, plus a couple specialty flavors. Hershey's and Reese's dairy toppings.

National Sponge Cake Day and making our own whipped cream - August 23rd

Checking the national day calendar website, looks like today is National Sponge Cake Day!
Angel Food Cake qualifies as a sponge cake, so we picked some up from the grocery store.

And you know what goes great with sponge cake? Whipped Cream!
Kids, have we ever made homemade whipped cream? No? Well I think it's about time we made our own.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor 2019

It's time again for our favorite thing to do in Long Beach at the Belmont Shore. It's the Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor! A time when many of the restaurants around 2nd Street bring out their tasty treats and offer them for a few bucks each.
This is the last one this summer, and Jacob and I were shocked that we hadn't gone to any yet. I think we were both remembering the Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Taco Bell Chips

Wow wow wow. Taco Bell is making tortilla chips and they're based on their delicious sauces. And I love that the chip bags look just like sauce packets. I've been waiting for a special visitor to join us before we had this taste test. Aubrey is visiting from Michigan and she a big fan of Taco Bell, just like us. 
Today we've got 4 chip flavors to try, Classic, Mild, Fire, and Diablo. Years ago my favorite sauce was the Taco Bell Hot Sauce. And while I love spicy, for some reason the Fire Sauce didn't have the flavor I was looking for. And then came Diablo. Diablo is as spicy and they come, and it's my new favorite. 
Finding those 4 flavors was quite the adventure. And in the process I ended up with a lot of chips. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

National Fajita Day - August 18th

Today we celebrate National Fajita Day! Started all the way back in 2016 by the world's largest casual Mexican dining brand On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, today is the day we celebrate those delicious tortillas filled with sizzling meat, peppers and onions, and whatever else you want to add to it.

And there's even vegetables on it.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Celebrating World Honey Bee Day - Third Saturday in August

It's World Honey Bee Day! What started out as National Honey Bee Day back in 2009, by the US Secretary of Agriculture, has now become World Honey Bee Day! We certainly love our honey. For a while, my parents kept us stocked with honey from their very own beehives!

And one thing this family definitely loves is that bees are pollinators! We wouldn't have nearly as many tasty fruits and vegetables without all the hard work of the bees. Do you think maybe Theresa goes a little overboard on the weekly fruits and veggies? Because we have family visiting it's a little more than usual, but not by much.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

National Creamsicle Day - August 14th

Orange shirt. White pants. That's because it's National Creamsicle Day! We recently had these treats back in May when we did our Orange Cream soda taste test, but this is a good excuse to eat them again. Yum!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

National Filet Mignon Day - August 13th

Now here's a national day that I can get behind. It's National Filet Mignon Day!
Normally I'd have the kids pose with the food, but nope, this one is mine.
We've been fortunate that our nearby Costco and Sams have started carrying Prime beef. Season them with Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper and you're all set.

If only I had a charcoal grill these would be perfect. I make due with a wood chip smoker box to give it a nice wood flavor.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Oreos

Oreo has a lot of fun flavors they've been releasing this summer. So far we've tried Latte Oreos, S'mores Oreos, and Marshmallow Moon Oreos. Just 2 more flavors to go. 
Today we're tasting the Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Oreos. 
And whenever I can, I like to taste it with what it's trying to represent. In this case, we're eating it with real Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream too. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

It's Sunday! Let's go to Disneyla... Ugh, no let's go to the beach instead

It's a beautiful Sunday morning. Like usual we're headed to Disneyland! T and I got things ready the night before. I figured out our hat theme, T got food and drinks packed up. The next morning we slept in and got to the park about 15 minutes before they opened at 10am. Yikes! Normally Disneyland opens at 8am, but because of the CHOC walk this morning, they're opening 2 hours late. And boy what a mess traffic is.

Instead of all that, we turned around and headed to the beach!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

Celebrating National Book Lovers Day - August 9th

We're really starting to get into celebrating the National Calendar Days. And we don't just celebrate the ones that deal with food (though those are certainly fun).
Today is National Book Lovers Day! And yes, we do love our books. Every night we're home, and even most every night when we're on vacation, part of our routine is reading books. It started out with us reading books to them, but just like we were hoping, they've wanted to do it more and more.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

National Root Beer Float Day - August 6th

It's time for yet another National Food Celebration Day.
August 6th happens to be National Root Beer Float Day!
Also known as a Black Cow, I remember having Black Cows when I was little with my parents. And now I get to have them with my kids!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A Lion King Celebration at Disneyland

Continuing our Lion King celebration weekend, we're at Disneyland! And now everyone is wearing hats. I'm not sure if mine is intended to be Simba or Mufasa. I think it's supposed to be grownup Simba, but when you've got all these hats together it's easy to say it's Mufasa. Ian is wearing a young Simba cub hat. It wasn't easy, but I found Alli a Nala hat. And brand new from Disneyland Paris is Theresa's Timon and Pumba headband!

A closer look at the headband.