Cool Aunt Points

Yesterday, I earned myself some “cool aunt points” when my niece and nephew received these from me.


Did you know that you can mail almost anything?  As long as you can affix postage to it and address it, you can mail it!  So, I took two empty plastic soda bottles, cleaned them, dried them, filled them with goodies, taped them very securely with packaging tape, addressed them, and sent them off to a couple of cute kids.    Some of the contents included: packages of Jelly Bellys, an inflatable globe, headbands, a nose flute (yes, such a thing does exist!), an octopus leg finger puppet, bouncy balls, a set of jacks, glow sticks, and more!

Nantucket Homes


The homes on Nantucket are so unique.  They are historic.  They have charm or elegance.  They are family summer homes with names.  They have unique features.  Here’s a walking tour of the front doors of Nantucket.

I love to see what people name their homes and wonder how they came to settle on that particular name.



One of Nantucket’s more elegant inns is the Jared Coffin House, named for a prominent member of an old, Nantucket family.


I thought the "mailbox" at this home was quite unique.


It’s a very common sight to see beautiful sings painted with real gold.  This one bears the pineapple, the symbol of hospitality.


It’s fun to see the variety of door knockers on Nantucket.  In general, door knockers are much more common here in New England than in other parts of the country.  The style of this first one is what is known as a “classic New England door knocker”.



Many of the homes and inns on Nantucket are seasonal residences/businesses.  Most likely this is one, which had shutters over its front door, one blown open presumably by the storm with high winds that blew through a few days before we were there.  It has a great door knocker as well.


I love the varied styles of homes on the island.  Most are elegant or charming colonials, but there are some older, more rustic homes, and some Victorians as well.




An impressive entrance!


And last, but not least, is the entrance to the Atheneum, the public library on Nantucket.  It was standing on those steps, next to one of the tall, white columns, that I stood fifteen years ago and was just overwhelmed with a convicting feeling that I belonged in New England!  And here we are!  God is so graciously good!


Chipotle Night


Our family loves the food at Chipotle!  But every time I even buy a single burrito there, I have that sort of *ouch* feeling at the high price of the bill.  So when I found some Chipotle knock-off recipes online, I decided to give them a try.  Tonight we had a complete Chipotle knock-off meal!


We had Chipotle rice bowls (I know…they’re on a plate), and I set it up buffet style.  The buffet consisted of: Chipotle Copycat Cilantro-Lime Rice, Chipotle Copycat Barbacoa Beef, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, Chipotle Copycat Corn Salsa, Chipotle Copycat Pico de Gallo, sour cream, my own salsa, Chipotle Copycat Guacamole, and tortilla chips.  Click on any of the above names to link you to the original source for the recipes, and you can have your own Chipotle meal!

By the way, I had actually made the Barbacoa Beef a week or more ago, and froze enough for this meal.  We agreed that it was even better from the freezer than it had been freshly cooked.  Win, win!

Product Recommendation

Last summer, I was noting a bit of a deficit in the stock of food storage containers in my cupboards.  Too many broken.  Too many missing their lids.  Too many cracked lids.  It was time to stock up on some new ones.  I own almost no Tupperware, and in general don’t like to store our food in plastic containers.  So, I purchased four of these…three that were of a medium-size and one large.  They all have those snap and lock lids.  Once the lids are removed, they can be popped straight into the microwave to heat up leftovers.  But the unexpected and BEST part about them is how fresh they keep food!  I couldn’t be more pleased.  This cantaloupe?  Well, it’s been in there for over a week (maybe closer to two?), and is just as fresh today as the day I put it in there!  They get an A+ rating in my book!  Highly recommend!


Confused


The bulbs are a bit confused.  They thought it was spring.  But today came hours of sleet, freezing rain, and then a coating of snow.  Wild weather for April!

Fresh, Healthy, and Delicious

I enjoyed a few lunches like this recently.  Yum!


It was really just a salad made from Easter leftovers, but it was delicious!  To replicate, combine: fresh salad greens, sliced strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, cubes of ham, sliced almonds, and raspberry-walnut dressing.  An added bonus…very few calories!

Celebrations


Hello.  The long-absent blogger has returned.  (I must confess that we are finished watching all of LOST, so that won’t be keeping me busy at nights anymore.)  We have also been extremely occupied with “celebration season” around here.  We have had a total of six special occasions at our house in the last two weeks.  We clean house, cook food, serve food, celebrate, and repeat.

The first celebration was Theo's 2nd birthday!  Felicity planned a really fun party (hosted at our house) with a Noah’s ark theme!  Colette made the cake, and all the animals came!


She planned a menu with foods in every color of the rainbow and animal crackers too.


Present opening fun with Aunt Colette!  She gave him an adorable red car.  Vroom, vroom!



A big two-year old!


The next celebration was our actual 25th wedding anniversary.  We celebrated at home as a family, and our kids cooked us a delicious dinner.

Next was the pre-Easter breakfast from my last posting.

Then there was Easter Sunday!  We used the antique lace tablecloth, the new Limoges(!), and even the antique crystal salt cellars and sterling pepper shakers.


Colette made Lemon-Raspberry Coconut Cake for dessert.  Yum!


Moving on to the next life celebration…Felicity’s birthday!  Sadly, the only picture I took of her all night was with her cell phone, so I don’t have it to share.  But she liked the pasta wrapping paper on her present, being a self-confessed “pastavore”.


And last night, we enjoyed having an overnight visit from some friends from California.

Pardon me while I collapse from fun!



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