2 Reasons To See Costa Rica Through The Eyes Of A Child

Hello Lovelies,

Our boys were 6 and 7 years old when they first visited Costa Rica. Before our departure we made the decision to gift them their own cameras. We bought them each their own digital waterproof cameras. Waterproof for obvious reasons – they are boys and they were 6 and 7…did I mention they are boys? Right, I did. Good, moving on.

We labeled each camera with their name and encouraged them to take photos of everything and anything they pleased. Unbeknownst to us, we were about to return home with some of the most wonderful memorabilia of our vacation.

Join me as I reminisce.

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These types of photos have become some of my favorites.

Their ability to see past the obstructions made it possible for them to truly capture the essence of the city.

These photos enabled us to recall the sites just as if we were driving down the streets once again, we were able to remember the stores we passed, the types of vehicles that were driven and how uninhibited the drivers were. Which is a polite way to say, they interpret their traffic laws more as suggestions rather than defined rules and they pretty much lack any semblance of order on the roadways. But HEY, that’s what makes it thrilling to drive around Costa Rica, in a weird take your life into your own hands kind of way.

All of these intricacies are what comprise some of our most fond and funny memories. These details are what make each country unique. Details that are not always photographed by those of us who are older, but our little boys with their uninhibited spirits captured them expertly.

Don’t just take my word for it – Give your kids a camera and see for yourself.

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People taking pictures of people taking pictures ~ or in this case brother taking picture of brother taking picture.

I just adore this photo. It will always remind me how small their little hands were on this trip.

They’re growing up so fast – excuse my while I go sniff their baby blankets and cry…

Park-Sign

This reminds me of a sign we saw on our way into the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, most probably because it is the sign we saw on our way into the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Coincidence, I think not. Wait…What?

Mountain-Costa-Rica

Our first morning in Costa Rica we were greeted with this view.

At this point I remember wanting to cancel our flight back home, sell everything we owned and move immediately.

FYI – We didn’t cancel our flight home, we still have everything and a whole lot more and we’ve never moved. But we do have this photo. So, obviously it’s a win, win.

Mommys-Head

When I look at his photo I think I should have brushed my hair and that my husband is a very safe driver.

Looking-Out-Window

It’s funny how you can travel to another country, yet years later when you are enjoying the photos you are most captivated by your children and how fast they’ve grown up.

Their little ears, their tiny features – good grief I’m off to sob in the corner again.

Looking-Out-of-Window

The Costa Rican countryside whisked by right in front of their beautiful little boy eyes. What a gift these memories will be for them.

Lizard-On-Rock

If your goal is to take photos of animals, give a child a camera. They can find animals anywhere!!

I literally could be standing with a snake under my feet and a monkey on my head and I’d miss them both.

But hey, that’s what I have my boys for ~ they’re mini ninja animal locators.

Daddy's-Head

Daddy…handsome, amazing, brilliant, mmmmm…what were we talking about ~ I’ve lost my train of thought!

Pardon me ~ That often happens when I’m wooing over my sweetheart.

Daddy-and-His-Boys

Upon inspection, you will notice neither one of the boys took this photo.

Upon further inspection and by process of elimination…you probably concluded it was me..if so you’re right!

I wanted to show you the fanny packs our boys use when we travel. Upon a variety of other things this is where they store their camera for easy access.

In truth, I just wanted another opportunity to look at my handsome hubby and cute kids…what can I say, I am clever like that.

Boys-On-Rock

Here’s a photo that represents what great parents we are…

Sure kids, go climb on the jagged rocks in a foreign country with no medical care close by. Have fun!

Crab

Before you lay judgement, please note this was clearly solid parenting and well worth the safety risk as we were able to bring home this glorious photo of a dead crab.

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Until Next Time…Give your kids a camera and see the world through their eyes. You won’t regret it!

~Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you.

Love, L

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It’s Time For the WORLD CUP, Baby!!

Hello Lovelies,

32 Teams.

1 Month.

1 Winner.

Oh Yah Baby, It’s Time For The WORLD CUP!!!

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~ Remember, always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn then always be a unicorn!!

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

For team info, game times and lots of great fun facts visit the official page of the world cup – Fifa- Click Here

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#1 Best Frittata You’ll Ever Eat!!

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Hello Lovelies,

Every Sunday I make my family brunch. We are more or less creatures of habit in our household so we generally rotate through a handful of these Sunday recipes. One of our favorites being the frittata – Not to be confused with a quiche.

To help explain a frittata – I went to one of my favorite sources for info – Wikipedia…

Frittata is an egg-based dish similar to an omelette or quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses,vegetables or pasta. It may be flavored with herbs.

History:

The Italian word frittata derives from fritto, the past participle of “to fry” (friggere), and was originally a general term for cooking eggs in a skillet, anywhere on the spectrum from fried egg, through conventional omelette, to an Italian version of the Spanish tortilla de patatas, made with fried potato. Outside Italy, frittata was seen as equivalent to “omelette” until at least the mid-1950s.

Thank you Wikipedia for once again bestowing your knowledge upon me…

This dish is a no fail, go crazy, add anything, can’t go wrong rock star.

What I am trying to say is – it is virtually impossible to mess this dish up.

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Today’s starting line up: Eggs, Bacon, Half and Half, Potatoes, Butter, Onions, Shallots, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Johnny’s Garlic, Sugar, Smoked Gouda Cheese and Havarti Cheese. Really…can it get much better?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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This is one stop shopping when it comes to your frying pan. The pan you start with is the pan you will end with so make sure it can go into the oven.

I use an 8″ All Clad sauté/simmer pan. The edges are higher than your typical frying pan. This allows me to really fill this bad boy up.

To start add the bacon to your frying pan, then turn the heat to medium high. There is no need to add butter or olive oil.

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Stir occasionally – Fry until golden brown.

Drain the bacon. I use a mesh colander, then I blot the bacon with a paper towel.

Set the bacon aside.

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Give your frying pan a soft wipe with a paper towel. Just enough to sop up the excess grease.

Caution – HOT, which should be obvious at this point, but you just never know, so there’s your warning. You’re welcome.

Return your pan to the stove, add the butter and set to a smidge over medium heat. A smidge is just a bit more than a little. Capiche?

You can also add a splash of extra virgin olive oil if you desire.

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Chop your potatoes into bite size portions.

Add enough potatoes to your frying pan to cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer.

Leave your potatoes alone once they are situated in your frying pan.

I know you will be tempted to toss them but please do not – just trust me!

Providing the potatoes with an uninterrupted opportunity to fry is what is going to give them their golden brown color.

They will fry undisturbed for approximately 5 minutes.

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In the mean time add the onions…still do not stir the potatoes. Let the onions rest on top.

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Add the shallots…

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Add the Johnny’s Garlic…

If you do not have Johnny’s Garlic substitute with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp onion powder.

No worries. I won’t tell if you don’t.

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Add the kosher salt, the black pepper and the sugar.

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Check to make sure your potatoes have a golden brown color. Use a fork to conduct a potato quality control check. If it is golden brown then it is time to stir all the ingredients together.

Continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

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In a separate bowl add the eggs…

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Add the half and half.

If you don’t have half and half, milk will do just fine.

Again, I won’t tell.

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Remember the bacon from earlier? Give it a fine chop.

Once you have done that – add it to your bowl.

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You will want 4 ounces of smoked gruyere (or smoked gouda) cheese. Either use a scale or have the deli weigh it for you.

You can substitute cheeses if you desire. You will want 6 oz of cheese in total. However, I encourage you to try it my way first.

If you have never tried a smoked cheese now is the time. It will change your life, rock your world and give you a more pleasant world view – Scouts honor.

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2 ounces of Creamy Havarti Cheese.

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Combine both cheeses in a food processor and chop them up.

This is my little trick for chopping cheese instead of killing myself with the hand grater.

I’m all about shortcuts, man.

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Get ready, get set, go…Whisk it all up until…

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It looks like this. Simply marvelous.

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Pull the pan off the heat, make sure your potatoes are arranged in a single layer.

Pour your egg mixture over the potatoes.

Use a spatula and gently slice through the mixture a few times to seat the egg mixture.

Lookin’ good!!

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If it looks like this you done good…

Place it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Then broil for 2-3 minutes. This is not the time to engage in conversation or walk away.

I have a bad habit of getting distracted at this very moment…Geez, you would think by now I would know better.

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If it looks like this you done great!!!

I am so proud of you.

You will want to let it cool.

A frittata tastes better when it has cooled down a bit – For my family I find a 1/2 hour cool down to be ideal.

You can pull it out of the frying pan and serve on a platter if you want to be fancy – or you can serve it directly out of the pan.

I like the feel of putting the whole pan on the table. Seems more authentic – whatever that means…

After brunch I leave the frittata out with a fork in the pan and we continue to pick at it all day long.

Ahh – Sunday and family – does it get much better than that? I think not.

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Ty wanted to say “hewo”.

Hewo Ty…Mommy wuvs you!!

My job is done here. I hope you enjoy your frittata and all the different ways you can make it “yours”.

Until-Next-Time

I’m off to pet Ty and sneak him some frittata (sssshhh don’t tell hubby).

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

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Frittata

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 large russet potatoes
  • ½ small sweet onion
  • 1 large shallots
  • 1 tsp. johnny’s garlic
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 5 egg
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces smoked gouda cheese
  • 2 ounces creamy havarti cheese

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Cook the bacon in an 8 inch ovenproof sauté pan over medium heat until golden brown.
  4. Drain the bacon with a mesh colander then pat with a paper towel.
  5. Discard the fat from the pan. Then give a gentle wipe to the pan with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
  6. Return the pan to the stove. Over medium heat add the butter and the extra virgin olive oil to the pan.
  7. Chop the potatoes into bite size portions and add to the pan. Fry undisturbed for approximately 5 minutes.
  8. Add the chopped onions, the chopped shallots, kosher salt, black pepper, johnny’s garlic and sugar.
  9. Cook over medium heat for 5 additional minutes, tossing occasionally until the onions start to brown and the potatoes are tender.
  10. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, half and half, chopped bacon and grated cheese.
  11. Place the pan in the oven for 30 minutes, until the omelet rises and the eggs are cooked in the center.
  12. Broil for 2-3 minutes – watch carefully, this happens fast.
  13. Serve hot directly from the pan – Cut into 8 pieces.

 

How A Well Placed Label Can Brighten Your Loved Ones Day!

Hello Lovelies,

A cute, well placed saying can go a long way in making your loved ones day just a little brighter. Check out this quick video – under 2 minutes and let me know what you think.

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Until-Next-Time

~The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

1 Quick Tip To Make It Home Safely

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Hello lovelies,

My husband and I were watching tv the other night and this commercial was played. It is really powerful as to the effects distracted driving can have.

I remember a time when you had no choice but to wait until you reached your destination to call someone. If it was really important you would pull over at the gas station and use the pay phone. I think we need to use that same logic. If it is that important to check your phone then you should be willing to stop what you are doing and pull over.

It is the decisions we make in those split seconds of life that can change our course and those around us forever.

 

Until-Next-Time

Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet him. ~Author unknown, as seen on a church sign

Be Blessed, Stay Blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!!

Love, L.