Monday, January 17, 2022

Pizza at Home - Thin Crust Pizza in an RV

Happy Sunday! It's another day to enjoy pizza!

Since everyone likes it so much, there's one thing I really want to crack. Thin Crust Pizza. The whole family, except me, loves thin crust pizza. I got some pizza stones for my oven for Christmas, but I still need to figure out a way to get crispy crust out of them. Let's give it a shot today. 

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Doritos flavors taste test comparison

Who doesn't love Doritos! When I announced this taste test to the family in Michigan, many were excited to try them. 

But I myself was a little disappointed in how many different flavors I was able to find. I know there's over 20 different kinds, so being able to find only 11 was not my best work. It might be supply chain issues, because though I visited 8 different stores, I was finding repeats of many of the flavors, but nothing new. 

Today we'll sample Doritios Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Ultimate Cheddar, Spicy Nacho, Flamin' Hot Nacho, Spicy Sweet Chili, Flamas, Dinamita Chile Limon, 3D Crunch Chili Cheese Nacho, and 3D Crunch Spicy Ranch. 

Did you know that Doritos and Disneyland have a history? In the 1960s, at the Casa de Fritos restaurant inside Disneyland (Rancho del Zocalo today) surplus tortillas were cut up, fried, and seasoned. They were so popular that eventually Frito-Lay released them nationally in 1966 as the first tortilla chip in the USA. 

Toasted Corn (1966) was the first flavor released, but it was not so popular because it lacked much seasoning. Taco flavored Doritos (1967) came next and were much more successful. Finally in 1972, the flavor I think about when I think of Doritos was born. Nacho Cheese!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

2022 Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt around Epcot - Live on Micechat

My latest article is LIVE now on Micechat

Go check out our journey as we walk around Epcot, completing the 2022 Figment's Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt. Part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Like/Share/Subscribe and all that stuff to let them know how you like it!

Friday, January 14, 2022

SpaceX Rocket Launch

One of the awesome things about living in Florida is that Cape Canaveral isn't all that far away. For kids who love things that are space related, that's great! 

On Thursday morning, I was tracking a launch by SpaceX, and right at 10:25am they were ready! I called the kids to come watch on the TV and then showed them the area of the sky we might be able to see it.  

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Happy Birthday Theresa!

Happy Birthday Theresa!

When asked what she wanted to do for her birthday, Theresa said she wanted to go out and be active, and also get some treats. We've got a lot of fun things on the agenda today. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Hershey's Chocolate World Exclusive - All three Ice Cream Shoppe Bar flavors

Today we're tasting a Hershey's Exclusive. Something you can only get in one place. In Hershey Pennsylvania at Hershey's Chocolate World. 

These Hershey Bars are themed to an Ice Cream Shoppe and there's 3 different flavors. Of course we're going to have to find some ice cream to try this along with. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Leaving Colorado from Thanksgiving - 2021/12/04

Catching up on some old posts. This one is from our time in Colorado over Thanksgiving. 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Pizza at Home - Happy New Year - Grammy's Chicken Nugget Pizza and Tyler's Pulled Pork Pizza

Happy New Year! We're in Michigan celebrating with Theresa's family. One tradition I'll be looking to continue this year is making pizza. Everyone loves it and each week I try to come up with something interesting. This week I have access to a few unique ingredients that I don't get very often. 

Grammy made way too many chicken nuggets for dinner last night, and normally we'd have no problem finishing them all off. I think I can do something with those. And Tyler has made pulled pork that we enjoyed on sandwiches and there's leftovers of that too. Both will be great on pizza I think. 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Happy New Years Eve Celebration from Michigan

Happy New Year! After everyone hanging out together in a rental house in Florida, then a trip to Missouri, we're all back in Florida and ready to celebrate the new year. Bring on 2022!

No celebration is complete without good food to eat. These guys did an amazing job putting everything together for the rest of us. 

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Fun in the snow in Michigan

Welcome to Michigan! One of the things the kids have been looking forward to on our visit to Michigan was the snow! We try to avoid that when we're in the RV, so we don't get to see it too often. 

We just finished a 9 hour drive from Saint Louis, the last 5 hours of it being in the freezing rain and snow. As soon as I parked the van, the kids hopped out and started throwing snowballs at me. After dinner, it was already dark and after 8pm, but the kids wanted to know "Can we go outside and play in the snow?"

Sure kids! Get some warm clothes on! 

Friday, January 7, 2022

A drive up to Michigan for New Years

Alli - It's still dark outside.
Ian - It's 7:30 in the morning. 

I know guys, but we've got to get up and get moving. We're in Saint Louis, but we've got to get ourselves up to Michigan.

We're in a 15 passenger van with the rest of the family on a 9 hour drive north to Michigan. It really reminded me of the scene out of Home Alone when Kate McCallister hops in the back of a Budget moving van with Gus Polinski (John Candy) to get home. And the reason we're on the road so early is because of the weather. Yesterday the weather was pleasant, but overnight it turned nasty. Rain storms rolled in and it was coming down hard. 
Rita drove for the first 4 hours in the rain, then it was my turn to take over. 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

A trip to Missouri

Our Christmas break in Florida is wrapping up a couple days early. It's been a bit hectic. A couple days ago, Richard got a phone call that his 96 year old mother wasn't doing well. He hopped on a plane and was able to get there 90 minutes before she passed away. After getting things prepared, the rest of the family came a couple days later. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Making 85C Chocolate Chip Bowls - At Home!

Today we are making something delicious in the kitchen. I'm really looking forward to it. 

When Aubrey would come out and visit us in California, one of her favorite places to stop for a treat was the 85C bakery. They had all sorts of delicious breads and pastries there, but her favorite of all of them is their Chocolate Chip Bowl. I've made their Garlic Cheese Bread and Choco Buns. I even made a very satisfying Cheese Bread that is filled with cream cheese.  

But the Chocolate Chip Bowl is a little different, but I'm excited to give it a try!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - Florida - 2021/12/23-26

We've got just a couple more days in Florida before we leave for the next part of our Christmas break. 

For the first 6 days of the vacation, we rented a house together, but the plan after that was always to spend a few days at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. It's a luxury resort with so many activities included. It's not quite as good as a rental house, but it'll work out just fine. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Pizza at Home 2021 - Looking back at a year of pizza

In June of 2020 I started a quest to make pizza for the family every week. And not just any pizza. My goal was to make a unique pizza every single week for as long as I could, and in total I made at least 38 special pizzas in 2020. At the beginning of the 2021 I wasn't sure how much longer I could come up with different pizzas, but as the year went on, new ideas and new inspiration kept coming. 

This is my 2021 Pizza at Home year in review!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Hanging out at the Florida House with family - 2021/12/17-23

It's Christmastime and this year instead of going to someone's house, all of Theresa's family is coming down to Florida! Normally we'd all get together in Florida over Spring Break, but this year Covid messed everything up. The house we're renting together was only available for the first 6 days, so we're getting hotel rooms together after that. And I was hoping this would be somewhat relaxing, but as you'll see, it got hectic. 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Florida Christmas Games - 2021-12-20

Merry Christmas! There's so many of us here in Florida that we all decided to celebrate Christmas together. And sure we could have bought a bunch of gifts for each other, but that's a lot of people to get presents for, and then you've got to transport them. It's a lot of work! But there's one thing that everybody likes. Money!

And sure, you could just put money into a card and pass it out, but there's better ways to earn money. Games! Why not spend the day competing against each other in games of skill and games of chance to win your Christmas present? Each family came up with 3 unique games and we had a lot of laughs playing together all day.