Saturday, August 9, 2014

Random 5 Rambling: My Staycation

The Pebble Pond

I spent this week with my special friend, enjoying a staycation together. (My kids are still visiting with Grandpa and Nannie Lobster.) It's been a week of yummy meals, enlightening discussions, road trips, and lots of laughs.

1. I don't know about you, but I love watching thunder and lightning storms blow through. Watching those dark clouds move across the sky, the wind whip around, the increasing splatter of cool rain, the boom of thunder, and the flash of bright lightning is amazing. A number of storms rolled in and out this week, one including a downpour of small hail (which is unusual).

Taken in Freeport, Maine by Jon Cole (Photo Credit)

2. My friend and I went to a small town fair. I watched my first ever demolition derby. Have you ever seen "junker" cars smashing into each other like bumper cars? It was fun cheering on the drivers and wondering which cars would make it through to the next round. (My favorite car came in 2nd place.) We also wondered around the livestock barns (as a thunderstorm brought more downpours) and saw the cows and goats. Mooooo!

3. We made a fabulous dinner of rotisserie chicken, "fried" Granny Smith apples with cinnamon, and baked brie with apricot preserves. Oh, my - baked brie! This is the super simple recipe I used. And I harvested 3 zucchini from my garden, the first of the season, and made dark chocolate frosted zucchini brownies using this recipe. Rich and fudgy! You would never know there was squash in them.

4. Road trip! We drove north to Coos Canyon on the Swift River.

5.  We watched "Heaven is for Real". Anyone else seen it? What did you think? And as a special treat I watched "The Pioneer Woman" on the cooking channel. We don't have cable, so it's kind of nice to "borrow" some screen time from a friend.


  1. My whole family loves watching thunderstorms roll in. We like to sit on our covered porch and watch the show!

    I have never been to a demolition derby yet, at least with cars. Our 4H fair hosted a Combine Demolition Derby the last few years and we went to that - what a hoot!! Same principle, but with combines. Can you imagine!? It's fantastic. LOL

    1. We drag some chairs into the entryway with big windows and a door. Perfect spot for watching storms safely!

  2. That is an amazing shot by Jon Cole. I love watching the lightening in Florida when I visit my dad. I try to take photo but never seem to catch them. I tape the Pioneer Woman each week and I have seen Heaven Is For Real and I liked it. I read the book and I believe the story. Sounds like you had a nice time and I am going over to look at your recipe link....I love Brie.

    1. The brie recipe is super simple and really good! We had plan Ritz crackers with it. I have leftovers too...LOL

  3. Visiting from Mummy Mondays. Great pic that you posted. My husband does dirt tack racing, so I know all about how the cars can be beat up, that isn't even demolition! Great pics by the way!

  4. Jessy...sounds like you had a great staycation. We have a bench on our front porch and a swing on the back to catch the storms when they roll through. It's a favorite activity for us too. I'm going to try your recipes especially the brie one. Glad you shared at Monday's Musings.


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