Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Our last day at Disneyland with the grandparents! Pt 2 - 2022/06/13

We have had a great time together hanging out Gram and Pop Pop as they came to visit us in California. Exploring Disneyland together has been awesome and I love all the time we got to spend together. 

Let's close this one out. 

Monday, August 15, 2022

Our last day at Disneyland with the grandparents! Pt 1 - 2022/06/13

It's our last day at the Disneyland Resort with the grandparents. We've had a lot of fun together re-exploring what was once our home park. I parked once more in the Toy Story lot and we were on our way!

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Coca Cola Creations - The Artist Marshmello's Limited Edition

Coca-Cola Creations has come out with a new flavor! We previously tried Coca-Cola Starlight when we were in Epcot at Mission Space! 
Today we have a new flavor that I guess we'll call Marshmello's Limited Edition. 

The kids saw it in the store, saw that it was new, and begged to try it. They were surprised I said we were going to do the taste test and started pulling out strawberries and watermelon. 
Kids - It's not marshmallow flavored? 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Freetles Freeze Dried Skittles Taste Test Comparison

Earlier this year we had an awesome and truly crazy Skittles taste test with 13 different types of Skittles and 56 unique Skittles flavors. Megan and Patrick were responsible for gathering a whole bunch of those Skittles flavors, and so it was no surprise that when we arrived back in Colorado, Patrick had a new Skittles item for us to all try. 
Freetles? What are Freetles?

Skittles are good, but can they be made even better? Salt City Treats seems to think so. They put Original Skittles in a vacuum chamber, freeze them to -40F, pull a vacuum as they bring up the temperature, which causes all the water inside to evaporate. The result is a crunchy and brittle texture.  

Friday, August 12, 2022

We're back at Disneyland! Our second day at Disneyland! Pt 2 - 2022/06/11

It's our second day at the Disneyland Resort, and we spent the morning bouncing between both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Our Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations are ready for us to go ride Guardians of the Galaxy, so let's get ourselves over there!

When we arrived, there was quite a backup! Semi-official tape lines on the ground and a cast member with a stick sign helped direct people where to go if they were returning with a Lightning Lane reservation. If this is the line for us, I hate to think how slow and long the regular line will take. 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

We're back at Disneyland! Our second day at Disneyland! Pt 1 - 2022/06/11

It's Day 2 of our Disneyland Adventure! There's a lot going on today so let's jump right in! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

National S'mores Day with Jacob - August 10th

 Jacob is visiting us and reminded us that it’s National S’mores day! Let’s celebrate!

The only three ingredients you need for a perfect dessert

We're back at Disneyland! Our first day at Disney's California Adventure Pt 2 - 2022/06/10

We're having a great day at Disney's California Adventure! It's our first day back to Disney parks on the West Coast in a very long time. It was a great morning, and now we're moving into the evening hours. Our Genie+ has come in handy, getting us on rides a lot sooner than if we had waited in the regular line. 

Next, let's go ride a crazy coaster! Goofy's Sky School! Goofy tries to do so many things! Back at Walt Disney World he's a pilot at Goofy's Barnstormer and a train conductor on Mickey's Runaway Railway.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

We're back at Disneyland! Our first day at Disney's California Adventure Pt 1 - 2022/06/10

Today is another special day! (We seem to have a lot of those). After years and years, we are finally coming back to the original Disneyland! Our last trip was back in March 2020, when I took the kids right before everything blew up with Covid. 

Now that things are getting more back to normal, and now that we're back on the West Coast, it's time to return! And even better, we've got visitors! Pop Pop and Gram from Colorado are out here with us and all set for some fun days at Disneyland!

Monday, August 8, 2022

Pizza at Home - California Avocado Pizza

Pizza day! We're in California! I already did a pizza based on California Dates, but that's certainly not the only crop that California is known for. Avocados! I bet I could make a pizza out of that!

Mission Avocados are based out the USA, right here in California. 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes with oranges from Orangeland RV

One of the happy benefits of being at Orangeland RV park is that we are allowed to pick as many oranges as we like. But what can we do with all those oranges and that delicious juice? You know what I bet would be delicious? A milkshake, but with orange juice. A creamsicle milkshake. 

And so that's what we set about making!

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Blueberry KitKat taste test comparison plus a special tea party with Gram and the grandkids

Forgive the time jumps. While we were in Colorado, we did a ton of different taste tests that I didn't get to write up. Time to play some catchup! 

You know we love eating different flavored KitKat. Today we're having Blueberry Muffin KitKat!

And what better thing to compare them to than blueberry muffins! Yum! 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Hanging out with Brylie Day - 2022/06/09

Today is a special day! One that Ian has been looking forward to for a long time now. 
If you ask him what he misses most about living in California, he'll tell you it's actually two things. Back in Kindergarten he made two very good friends, Brylie and Lola, so if you ask him what he misses most, he'll say "My girl friends."

Brylie just finished school yesterday, and tomorrow she's flying to Canada for a few weeks! The only time we could meet up was the day after we arrived at Orangeland RV. We got up early that next morning and drove from Anaheim out to Redondo Beach!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Orangeland RV Park, Redondo Beach, and more - 2022/06/08-22

We're on the move again! It was great hanging out in Palm Springs with Jacob. We got to do so many things together! Now it's time to move a little further west out to Anaheim! 

If everything goes according to plan and we don't have any issues, it shouldn't take any more than a couple hours. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Flowers Explore - The Cabazon Dinosaurs - 2022/06/07

I have seen the Cabazon dinosaurs a few times driving by, but I've never actually stopped at them. It's our last day in Palm Springs and that's pretty close by, so we've definitely got to do that. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Joshua Tree National Park - 2022/06/06

Our current travels have us staying in Palm Springs California, but we're always looking for a good national park to go visit. Just over an hour away from our campground is Joshua Tree National Park!

Covering over 1200 square miles, it's larger than the state of Rhode Island! President Theodore Roosevelt established the park as a National Monument in 1936, which was then re-designated a National Park in 1994. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Pizza at Home - California Date pizza with caramelized onion, bacon, goat cheese, and basil

This week we're in California! Palm Springs to be exact! Besides being known for being very hot, Palm Springs is also known for providing the chewy fruit known as the Date. Palm Springs and Coachella Valley provides 95% of the Dates for the entire United States!

And so I thought it very fitting to theme this week's pizza, and my first California themed pizza to the Coachella Valley Date!