Monday Meal: Squash with Pork

I love that the name of this recipe starts with a vegetable and then mentions the meat--as if the meat is a complement to the squash. The Spanish name for this is Calabacita con Carne de Cerdo and this particular recipe comes from my mother-in-law who daily fed eight children! Yellow squash was on sale last weekend at the grocery store so I bought some. This is a wonderful recipe to have in the summer when your garden (or those of your neighbors) runneth over with squash and zucchini. I think … [Read more...]

Reach for the Stars: McDonald Observatory

"Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries." Carl Sagan Yesterday I encouraged you to swim with the fish--the catfish and minnows of Balmorhea State Park. Don't leave this area of West Texas quite yet because you are about to look up into the heavens and be amazed. A mere 40 minutes away from Balmorhea … [Read more...]

Let the Kids Swim with the Fishes–Balmorhea State Park

Minnows dart around your legs. Black catfish slyly seem to circle around your body. If you are a kid it doesn't get much better than this! Welcome to Balmorhea State Park. Only five hours from San Antonio, it was our first (and for the under 10 travelers their favorite) stop on our Spring Break RV tour. You can see my overview post here. Blamorhea hosts the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool. The pool covers almost 1.75 acres and it stays a nice cool 72-76 degrees year round. … [Read more...]

Hit the Road, Jack. . .Renting an RV for Spring Break

We're impulsive people. During the Christmas holidays, facing a 15 hour drive to Denver,  we seriously contemplated buying a used RV from Craigslist. Food. . .Potty Breaks. . .Movement. . .naps in a bed. . . we figured we'd cut that drive time in HALF. Then the adult voice of reason overwhelmed the egg-nogged drunk voice of "Let's DO IT!" and we decided that we first better rent one and see if this was the answer to our travel prayers. So for Spring Break Scott rented us a 31 footer that … [Read more...]

Monday Meals: Chicken Burgers with Panko Bread Crumbs

A friend recently revealed that she will NEVER buy meat that has a discount sticker on it. If it is close to the expiration date, she won't even think about purchasing it. I, on the other hand, tend to scour the meat section for that sweet orange label that says 25% off and stock up my freezer. Lately the ground chicken has been wearing that orange sticker so I've been experimenting with recipes that can use or substitute ground chicken. The beauty pictured above got RAVE REVIEWS from the … [Read more...]