Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Pebbles Cereal Comparison - 50th Pebbles Birthday!

Happy Saturday! 2021 is the 50th Birthday of Pebbles Cereal, both Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, being released! Post has started to release a lot of other interesting variants based on them this year. We've already tried the Fruity Pebbles Crisps and Cocoa Pebbles Crisps, and there's a few more things in the works. 

But today, in honor of the cereals 50th birthday, we're trying all the cereal flavors that are regularly available. 

That's Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, and Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Manitou Springs and their naturally carbonated Mineral Springs

Theresa, the kids, and I are ready to go on all sorts of new adventures! And why not start with something we've never explored in Colorado. Historic Manitou Springs!

Manitou Springs has all sorts of interesting things we could see, but today there's one thing we're going to focus on. Scattered around the town are different mineral springs, and they're naturally carbonated! Pop Pop comes to visit Manitou Springs almost daily, and when he told us about the water that comes out of the ground that is already fizzy, we knew we had to go check it out!
Jerome Wheeler is one of Manitou Springs most famous residents, and was instrumental in promoting the town's mineral water. People have been coming to this town for hundreds of years to take advantage of the healing properties of the waters. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Pizza at Home - Pop Pop's Thin Crust Pizza

Happy Sunday! We're in Colorado visiting family for a few weeks, but we're continuing our Sunday pizza tradition! And since it's been so long since we've cooked for anyone other than ourselves, why not take some special requests. 

For Sunday pizza, I asked Pop Pop what kind of pizza I should make, and immediately he knew he wanted thin crust pizza. What about toppings? 

Pop Pop - There's no way to make my pizza wrong, but I like lots of meat on it. 

Sounds great! Let's get started!

Friday, May 21, 2021

Funfetti Ice Cream

And here I thought we'd finished tasting all the different Funfetti items available! We tasted 12 different Funfetti Items

Today we're tasting Funfetti Ice Cream!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Pizza at Home - Mom's Meatloaf Pizza

It has been a bit of a crazy week! More on that in a future post, but we certainly can't forget about Pizza Day! It's tradition! 

One of the fun things about being home in Colorado is getting to eat all the classic meals that I grew up eating. One of those is meatloaf, and I figured, why not try to take it and turn it into a pizza! We'll see how it turns out!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream

Time for a Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream taste test! It's the 50th anniversary of Fruity Pebbles being released and there's a ton of new stuff coming out. 

I love that the ice cream container matches the colors on the box so well. And they could have done a regular red ring around the top, but they chose to do an orange and black pattern, just like Fred's outfit. We'll be trying the ice cream today along with Fruity Pebbles cereal. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

A Funfetti Oreo Comparison

I thought when we tried 12 different Funfetti things it would be the be-all and end-all Funfetti taste test. But after we did the taste test, and in the week that I was writing it up, Funfetti went and announced a brand new product. Oreo Funfetti!  

And it's not just 1 Oreo Funfetti item. There's 5!
1. Vanilla Funfetti Cake with Oreo cookie pieces
2. Chocolate Funfetti Cake with Oreo cookie pieces
3. Vanilla Funfetti frosting with Oreo cookie pieces
4. Funfetti Pancakes with Oreo cookie pieces
5. Funfetti Brownies with Oreo cookie pieces

Friday, May 14, 2021

Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach

Ever since the kids saw Sand Dune Park a few weeks ago on our 10 mile hike in Manhattan Beach, they've been asking me when we were going to go. It's not quite as easy as just showing up and hiking it. But I heard their cries and went through all the steps to make it happen. 

And so, today, we're at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Key Lime Pie Kit Kats

Not long ago we had Key Lime Pie M&Ms. M&Ms are made by the Mars Corporation, but Hershey's must have gotten the memo too, because I just found Key Lime Pie Kit Kats.

And now that vaccinations are becoming more common, we're finally able to see people! The kids' cousin Aubrey is here visiting and she loves Key Lime Pie. This is will be perfect! 

I happened to have a couple slices of the Key Lime Pie we made available still, so we'll be comparing it to that. I like that the Kit Kats are a light green color. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Pizza at Home - Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Happy Pizza Day! This week we've got visitors! Aubrey and Rita are here from Michigan! I asked what kind of pizza they wanted today and Aubrey had a special request that I've never made before.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza! I love buffalo wings! Should be tasty!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Rita comes to visit, plus a surprise visitor!

The kids have really been missing seeing family for the past year. Before all this COVID stuff, we would be going somewhere or having someone visit us almost every month! So they were thrilled to learn that their Aunt Rita had received both of her vaccination shots and was going to come pay us a visit! (Forgive the mess, we were in the process of packing up the house and moving). 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fun in the Snow in Colorado

One of the questions Ian had while we were driving to Colorado was "Can we play in the snow?" Driving into the state, we saw that Pikes Peak had a lot of snow at the summit. 

Well Ian, it's almost May, so I'm not sure how good the chances are that we'll be playing in snow before summer. 
Turns out that just 1 week later, temperatures would drop enough that we did have a small snow storm! The kids were super excited to look out the window when they woke up to see big fluffy snow flakes falling down!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

We're going on an adventure!

This past year with COVID has been pretty eye-opening for us. It's helped us realize that there's a lot more to life than working, and that we need to prioritize spending more time with family.  

And so, to do that, Theresa and I are leaving our jobs, and we're moving out of California! 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Pizza at Home - 8 Unique Star Wars Pizzas for Star Wars Day!

It's almost May the Fourth, which is affectionately known as Star Wars Day. We're in Colorado, for reasons I'll get into in a later post, and we're celebrating with my brother Patrick, his wife, and their daughter. 

Doing a google image search for Star Wars Pizza, I found a few fun characters that people have done before, plus I wanted to tackle a few that I haven't seen any photos of before. I knew there were a bunch of characters I could do, but I think 8 different pizzas might even be a record for me!
Let's jump right into it!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Star Wars Day - Mandalorian Cereal

Happy Star Wars Day! (at least coming up soon, May the Fourth be with you). What better time to try out our Star Wars cereal! 

But what is the name of this cereal? Star Wars? Mandalorian Cereal? Let's call it Star Wars Mandalorian Cereal. 

And look who is on the front! It's the adorable Child! We find out his name is Grogu later, but he'll always be The Child to me. In the background you can see Mando walking towards him. Ian, who has never seen The Mandalorian, was thinking a bad guy was coming to get Grogu, but I explain that Mando is actually the good guy.