Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Pizza at Home - Arizona Cactus Chorizo and Queso Fresco Pizza

Happy Sunday! We are back to traveling again and today we're in Arizona! I've been enjoying doing pizzas that are themed to the state we're visiting, and I think I can come up with something for Arizona. My main ingredient is something I have no experience cooking with, but I'm excited to give it a try. 

Today's special pizza ingredient is... Cactus Paddles, also known as Nopalas. We've gone on a few hikes while we've been here in Arizona and we have seen plenty of these Prickly Pear Cactuses.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Petrified Forest National Park Pt 1 - Arizona

Time to travel to our next location! It's a special one too! We're visiting the Petrified National Forest! 

Our travels today are taking us down the I-40 and will take a little over 3 hours. 

Monday, June 27, 2022

New Mexico Sky City RV Park 2022/05/16-17

On the road again. Just can't wait to get on the road again! It's time to continue our westward journey. 
I have a few more Colorado stories to share, so you'll have to forgive the timeline incontinuities as I post, but I'm starting to fall too far behind on our travels. 

We started our travels in Florida back in April, and this will be our ninth stop since then. 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Last days in Colorado Pt 3 - 2022/05/05-16

We've loved our time in Colorado, but it's time to start wrapping up our trip here. 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Celebrating Ian and Alli's Half Birthday - Dinner and Presents Pt3

Today we're celebrating Alli and Ian's half birthday! We already spent the first part of the day the Bowling Alley and then the Arcade. Now it's time to head home and eat their favorite dinner and desserts, then open presents!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Celebrating Ian and Alli's Half Birthday - Arcade Pt2

The kids had a great time with the first half of their birthday celebration at the bowling alley section of The Summit. Now it's time to move on to the part that they've been talking about at home for the last few days. The arcade! They've been explaining all the different games they played, and talking about their favorites. Now they get to play them again!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Celebrating Ian and Alli's Half Birthday - Bowling Pt1

Happy Half Birthday Alli and Ian! With birthdays that are towards the end of the year, they get a little blurred into the holidays. A few years ago Theresa and I decided that we'd celebrate their half birthdays with a party and presents from us, and on their real birthdays we can have a smaller celebration. The date is a bit flexible depending on whatever we want to do, and since we're here in Colorado for a few more days, why not celebrate with everyone here!

They had so much fun with Megan and Patrick earlier in the week at the arcade that we thought they'd love a return trip. Megan took the week off work and Avery is with her and ready to join us! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hanging out in Colorado Pt 2 - 2022/05/05-16

<I'm a bit behind on posting. Trying to play catch-up!>

We're in Colorado, having returned from a weeklong trip to Michigan. When Theresa's Emo (Korean Aunt - Mom's Sister) heard we were in town, she was quick to bring us dinner! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A Flat Lola Adventure across the USA!

If you ask Ian what he misses most about California, he's quick to tell you that it's his friends. Specifically a couple friends from his Kindergarten class. 

So when Lola and her mom sent us a request to help them out with a school project, Ian and Alli were both thrilled! 

They recently read a book about Flat Stanley and how he got to go to all different places. Lola made a Flat Lola version of herself and sent it to Ian, hoping that he'd be able to take her on some adventures. I think you're sending it to just the right kids! Ian and Alli love going on adventures! 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Pizza at Home - Pesto, Alfredo, Marinara everything Pizza

Pizza Day again! Today I felt like throwing the whole kitchen sink into a pizza. All my favorite toppings including Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, Pineapple, and Goat Cheese. And instead of using one sauce for a base I chose three! Pesto, Alfredo, and Marinara! I bet it's going to be delicious!  

Saturday, June 18, 2022

A lookback at our time participating in the Pasadena Chalk Festival

After years of watching from the sidelines, in 2015, Ruston and I decided to try to participate in the Pasadena Chalk Festival! Read on for our experiences each year!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Pasadena Chalk Festival 2022

It's Father's Day Weekend! That means that it's time once again for the Pasadena Chalk Festival! 

After years of attending the Chalk Festival, in 2015 Ruston and I decided to throw our hat in the ring and participate! Over the years we've dressed at Donald Duck fans, Iron Giant enthusiasts, Disney Plaid Tour Guides, Jungle Cruise Skippers, Herbie the Love Bug Mechanics, and Toy Story inspired cosplayers

What will 2022 bring? Come down to the Paseo Colorado this Father's Day weekend and find out! 

This year, we'll be in a new location, Animation Alley, for our special mural. A year ago, Ruston requested this circular spot at the base of the stairs! I've dropped a pin so you can find us exactly! Find it here!

Come say hi on either Saturday or Sunday. On Saturday, many of the artists will be hard at work, trying to complete their mural and you can see the process in action. On Sunday many of the drawings will be complete and you can view the finished product! Both days are fun! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Spending the Day with Pat, Megan, and Avery

It's not all fun and games while we're back in Colorado. We've been on the road for about a year now, and Theresa and I need to give the RV a clean-up. We are also planning on going through all the drawers and bins and see what we've been hauling around that we don't need. 

While we're busy with all that, Pat and Megan said they'd take the kids for the day. Awesome! They started their day at a nearby park!

Because who doesn't love to play around and climb on new things? 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Making Baby Hot Dogs with Avery

Recently the kids remade Baby Hot Dogs in the RV. They told their cousin Avery about them and said that they'd have to make them together when we met up. Today is that day! We're making baby hot dogs with Avery!

Monday, June 13, 2022

Pizza at Home - Strawberry, Goat Cheese, Pesto Pizza

It's time for another pizza day! We're always trying to think of tasty new combinations of ingredients for our pizza nights. My brother Patrick, who loves anything Pesto, suggested this one. A base of Pesto, topped with mozzarella and goat cheese, followed by strawberries. It was delicious!

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Maui Burst Mountain Dew Pineapple Taste Test Comparison

Today we are tasting a brand new flavor of Mountain Dew and I'm excited for it! I love pineapple and today's taste test is Mtn Dew Maui Burst! 

It is Dew with a Blast of Pineapple Flavor with Other Natural Flavors. What should we try it with? I suppose we could try it a fresh pineapple! 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Aunt Theresa

The kids have had lots of fun adventures on the road and they also like sharing what they can with others. They loved making chocolate covered strawberries for Easter and wanted to make them again with Avery! Theresa's going to get them all set up and walk them through it. 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Making Brazilian Cheese Bites at Home

I've been having lots of fun baking for the last couple years. There's been something I've wanted to try for a while, but had held off until I had the right audience and the right ingredients. 

Brazilian Cheese Bites! My Colorado family loves fresh bread and cheesy things. Perfect!

These fluffy and chewy bites are delicious when they're hot and fresh out of the oven. I'm used to seeing them at those all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouses. They are great, but who wants to fill up on them when there is all that steak to be eaten. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Goodbye Michigan, Hello Colorado Pt1 - 2022/05/05-16

Time for us to head back to Colorado from Michigan. We'll be spending a couple more weeks here before we get back onto the road in our quest to make it to the West Coast. 

Remember those cookies Rita made that were just for me? Just for me. They came out a short time later on the plane, with many of them going to the kids and Theresa. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Snickers Cinnamon Bun and Homemade Cinnamon Roll Taste Test Comparison

While Theresa was grocery shopping one week, she found a brand new kind of Snickers Bar for us to taste! Snickers Cinnamon Bun!

That's pretty impressive because we've already tried a bunch of Snickers flavors including Original, Hazelnut, Almond, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Creamy Peanut Butter, Creamy Almond Butter, Peanut Brownie, Dark Chocolate Almond Brownie, Snickers White, Snickers Ice Cream Bar, and Snickers Peanut Brownie Ice Cream Bar. That's 11 different kinds! And we tried almost all of them with Grandpa and Grammy! Gotta save this new one for when we get to Michigan and see them again!

And so when we try Cinnamon Bun Snickers of course I've got to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls to try along with them! 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Pizza at Home - A visit to Michigan Pt 2 - 2022/04/28-05/05

We're in Michigan for a week long vacation! While the RV is safely stored away in Colorado, we flew here to visit with family! 

Sundays are always pizza days whether we're in the RV or hanging out with people. And so on Sunday I got to work making lots of thin crust pizza for everyone to enjoy. I made the dough and rolled it out super flat. Theresa, Ethan, and anyone else who was around added whatever topping they liked. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Every Steak 'n Shake Milkshake Flavor taste test! 17 different flavors!

It's summertime and it's probably hot where you are right now. Today we've got a really fun taste test! It's one I've had in mind for a little while. 

I love milkshakes and there's one fast food place that is super well known for making the best milkshakes in the industry. Steak 'n Shake! 

Steak 'n Shake has 17 different milkshake flavors on its regular menu and today we're going to try them all! 

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Michigan Fish Fry with Uncle Ty and Ethan

We're in Michigan visiting family and one of the things Ian has been asking for repeatedly is to be able to go out fishing. Non-stop. What day can we go fishing? When are we going fishing? Can we go out fishing? 

Well today is your lucky day buddy. Tyler tagged up with a buddy of his and arranged a boat for them to all go out on. Thanks Mr. Joe for letting us go on your boat! Let's go fishing!  

Friday, June 3, 2022

A visit to Michigan Pt 1 - 2022/04/28-05/05

Didn't we just get to Colorado? Just a few days ago we completed our long trip from Orlando Florida to Colorado Springs Colorado in the RV. Since we're planning to crash here for a few weeks, we decided to take the opportunity to head up to Michigan to see all that family again. Pop Pop and Gram drove us up to the Denver airport. 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

A Cheez-It Puffed Taste Test Comparison - All 3 flavored compared with their crunchy counterparts

Cheez-It is making something new! They have taken their classic square Cheez-Its and puffed them up! 

Wandering the grocery store, I found these in the Cheez-It Puff'd in the Cracker aisle. Then when I was wandering around another grocery store, I found them in the Chip aisle. What are they really? Crackers or Chips? 
Today we're going to try all three Cheez-It Puff'd flavors and compare them to the closest classic Cheez-It flavor that I could find.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Brach's Late Night Taco Truck Jelly Bean Taste Test Comparison

Happy Tuesday! Whenever we can do it, Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays and today we've got a special taste test to go along with it! 

Brach's has decided that they can take an entire Taco Truck meal and capture it in jelly bean form. Let's certainly hope they can improve on that Thanksgiving Dinner Candy Corn they made back in 2020. Those were nasty!  

Monday, May 30, 2022

Pizza at Home - Mississippi Fried Okra and Fried Chicken Pizza

Pizza days are always good days! Today we're in Mississippi and I'm trying to theme my pizza on things that Mississippi is known for. For me, that's fried okra and fried chicken. Does fried food work on pizza? Let's find out!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Flowers Travel to - Kansas and Colorado - 2022/04/25-28

Today we travel! I'm combining a couple travel days in this one because we're finally going to reach our destination where we'll be spending a few weeks! Colorado! Let's get moving!

Our first stretch is going to take us from the border of Texas and Oklahoma to the middle of Kansas. 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Lake Texoma - 2022/04/21-24

It's another travel day today as we make our way up to Colorado to visit family on our way West. 

Today's travel day is only a 2:30. We can make it there without even stopping!

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Flowers Travel to - Kraft-Tyme in Canton Texas - 2022/04/20-21

Today is a travel day for us. We've spent the last few days in Mississippi, but now it's time to head West again. 

Our drive today will take us through the upper part of Louisiana and then into Texas. It'll be about 6 hours of driving today, which is on the long side, but we'll manage. It's nearly all interstate driving, so I'll be able to set the cruise control and keep it between the lines. Easy enough. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Visiting Family in Mississippi - Aunt Kim, Uncle Mark, and Cousin Brittany

Time to visit with more family in Mississippi! This time we get to visit with my Aunt Kim, Uncle Mark, Cousin Brittany, and the rest of the family! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Comparing Cadbury Mini Eggs and Hershey's Chocolate Eggs

Every Easter I have a conundrum. I LOVE the Cadbury Mini Eggs. But if I buy them, my willpower crumbles and I can eat so many of them so quickly. They're so good and infinitely superior to a similar candy coated plain M&M. 

While at the store Alli saw that Hershey's also makes candy coated chocolate eggs and thought it would be fun to do a taste test comparison. Well she asks and I deliver. Let's compare the two of them!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Sour Patch Kids Snack Pack Gelatin Taste Test Comparison

Taste tests and traveling are kind of our thing. If we're visiting family or friends, it's always fun to bring something along to try together. The kids recently got these Sour Patch Kids Snack Packs in their Easter basket and I thought that would be the perfect thing to try with everyone! 

We have tried just about every type of Sour Patch Kids treat you can think of, including Sour Patch Kids Ice Pops, Ice Cream, Sour Patch Kids Cereal, Marshmallows, Yogurt, Sour Patch Kids Chips Ahoy Cookies, Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Ice Pops, Sour Patch Kids Freezer Pops, and Sour Patch Kids Popcorn
My favorites have been the Sour Patch Kids Cereal (surprisingly delicious) and the Sour Patch Kids Ice Cream. 
Today we'll be giving these gelatin Snack Pack flavors a try. They've chosen to go with the two classic flavors Redberry and Blue Raspberry. The Tagline for these is "Sour, Sweet, Gone".