Obsession of the Week/Season:
The Master and Commander series by Patrick O’Brian
My dad read all 20 of these books several years ago, and we kind of gave him a hard time because he was, like, obsessed.
But then over the past year, I’ve gotten really in to boats, the navy – past and present, prison ships, all things nautical and seafaring life. (Thank you for the base sailorly knowledge pirate obsession of the mid-2000s.)
With a watch of the movie version, and a trip to the seaside planned, I was ready to read Master and Commander, with a view of the ocean in front of me.
Book one was everything I could want historically and maritime.
I can’t wait to read them all this upcoming fall.
Cooking with root beer
Root beer seems to be the must have flavor in cooking right now.
And don’t these root beer float cookies look good?
The only problem is they are all made with root beer flavoring concentrate.
I think it would be much more fun to use the real thing – the carbonation could act as the leavening agent, right?
All of these pics and recipes are via Pinterest, but I’m thinking of coming up with my own.
I’m also seeing this flavor in bunts, cakes and meats, but I think cookies sound like the best way to go.
Might be just the thing for an end-of-summer, all-American Labor Day cookout.
The little camper
I went to camp while mom and dad were out of town. I didn’t want to be left, but luckily I go to a really great camp (email mom for a recommendation) where I get to see horses, play with hunting dogs, and go in and out when I want.
I missed mom and dad, but I did a great job. My camp counselor told them that I have good manners and am an ideal kennel guest!
Now, I am back home to my routine of walks, treats, petting and shedding.
Read, Watch, Eat: El Tiempo Entre Costuras
I borrowed this book from Ian’s mom to read on our trip. It caught my eye because it is by a Spanish author and takes place in Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
I really enjoyed the story and was even more excited find it on Hulu as a TV mini series (in Spanish with English subtitles.) Watching has brought the characters, fashion and exotic settings to life and I am just loving it!
I’m also planning on making Bacalhau a Bras, a Portuguese dish mentioned in the book to keep the romance going.
A Week at the Beach
Six years later, a warm southern welcome back to Fripp Island, South Carolina
This year’s beach house
First stop: The water
My favorite reading spot of the week on the screened-in back porch
Lots of fresh and cooked-at-home seafood
The lovely locals
A southern delicacy I’d not had the pleasure of before: Peanut butter pie, plus enjoying Ian & Anna’s cookies, Ashley’s brownies and blueberry tart, and James’ fruit pastry
Day trip to Charleston
My kind of lunch and a green juice (with Carolina BBQ for Ian)
Walking around looking at the beautiful, historic South of Broad homes.
And representing K-State with purple Fridays (thanks to Whitney’s Texan for taking this pic.)
How to workout on vacation
Sunday: 6-mile island explore run
Monday: 2-hour stand up paddleboard river tour – with dolphins!
Tuesday: Run to lap pool; 1500 lap swim; run home
Wednesday: 6-mile explore run
Thursday: Beach run to pool; lap swim; beach run home; tabata beach workout & afternoon surf lessons!
Friday: 2-hour island explore bike ride
There were also evening sunset beach walks
And lots of time swimming, playing and boggie boarding in the water
Not all vacations call for workouts, but these were done for fun and to take advantage of time, energy and environmental opportunities.
You played it safe, so there was always a danger you were gonna end up with Rosalyn and the dead space, floating on some dead spaceship with the furnitures and the curtains.