Scorpions and Quiche

So, as some may know, one of my favorite men is in Thailand on vacation with a couple of good buddies. Currently they are resting up in Chiang Mai. The other day I found myself grocery shopping and he’s sending me a text and photos of them eating scorpions in Bangkok. Here I am at Meijer, trying to figure out what to get my kids for lunch that day and he’s experiencing something cool in a faraway land, I wasn’t jealous at all. Beautiful photos of street vendors, a shrimp as large as his hand, breakfast in Bangkok, statues, neighborhood dogs…He found me a monk’s bowl and a fine silk scarf. He has the best taste and his gifts are always incredibly meaningful. That being said, again today I have had to focus on that which tests the limits of my jealousy. I love self-actualization, but damn does it hurt like a bitch!

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That’s a “shrimp”! Photo courtesy of Michael Darmes

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Breakfast in Bangkok. Photo courtesy of Michael Darmes

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Vendor in Bangkok. Photo courtesy of Michael Darmes

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Monk’s Bowl from Bangkok.

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Look at those colors!!!

So here I sit trying to decide what to cook for us that will take my mind off of the fabulousness of his vacation. It’s a balmy 30 degrees here in Michigan right now I think! A big plus about having to stay at his place is that he has MY oven. Yes mine, I MUST own one. The Cuisinart Combo Steam and Convection Oven, it is a miracle worker packed into a futuristic looking package. As soon as I have the “extra” cash, we will be making a purchase, leftovers will never go to waste again with this beautiful machine! I could go on for days about this gorgeous piece of machinery, but let’s just say that I can cook WHATEVER I would like and have it come out looking professional at least. So I can across this recipe and thought that I might try it. Take THAT Thailand!! lol No, I will not be bitter…

If you would like to attempt this with me, check it out here

Spinach Mushroom Feta Crustless Quiche is the best breakfast or dinner without all the guilt!

Photo courtesy of Real Housemoms

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Escaping to the Ocean via Pennsylvania

Every now and then I need to get away for awhile… Luckily I was blessed enough to meet my friend B some years back and she “sends” for me every couple years or so. I was hitting a boiling point recently and needed to separate myself from the chaos. Mighty B to the rescue! It took plenty of working with friends, family and the greatest man to make a plan. It was the last week of the summer, right in between the boys’ birthdays… My last opportunity to leave for another school year! So, I left on a midnight train, okay, it was 11 o’clock train, to Pennsylvania aboard Amtrak’s Capitol Limited. I have never been on a train and was thrilled that we were leaving in the middle of the night. The darkness tends to quiet people down and quiet was exactly what I was looking for.
What’s across the tracks? (Taken with Instagram)
This is what I saw right before getting on the train in Toledo, OH. I was kind of mesmerized by how ominous it was on the other side of the tracks. If I was into Harry Potter at all, I might have been a bit excited because I could totally see us boarding this train and disappearing into a cloud of smoke to Hogwart’s.
I couldn’t stop myself from snapping a photo before I boarded… I was incredibly excited to have a small break from the kids and the responsibilities of the house. They started calling people to board in the most interesting fashion. First it was passengers traveling with children, then people going to a certain area and so forth. The fact that they were separating us from the families with kids was awesome in my book. I have all the empathy in the world for them, but the chaos of the family is what I was relaxing from.  My hopes for there being plenty of room slowly diminished when they sat this older woman right next to me! Seriously? There was a whole empty top level of this car and you sit someone right next to me?! She must not have known that it was after 11pm or been uncomfortable, because she talked all the way to Cleveland! I was more than slightly irritated. Don’t get me wrong, she was nice, but who turns on their light and continues to talk when everyone else is sleeping?
Sleepy on train… #amtrak  (Taken with Instagram)
Being that I didn’t get much sleep the night before, I had plenty of time to try and take a nap on the way to Harrisburg, PA. Try being the key word. There is a long story about the dining car that I don’t feel like getting into right now…
Yaaaay..  I am SUCH a geek! #Elizabethtown  (Taken with Instagram)
Sometimes I can be such a geek! I absolutely LOVE the movie Elizabethtown and had to get a photo of this sign! 63b!!!
Yes, Life IS good… #vacation #lifeisgood (Taken with Instagram)
Got safely to Ephrata, PA, stopped long enough to shower and shave my legs, then jumped in the car to head to Delaware. Even my view from the couch when I finally got to sit down told me that Life Is Good
AND… I am on the beach…   (Taken with Instagram)
Finally able to put my feet in the sand at the beach!!! I think I have needed this for more than a couple years now…
Ahhh, the ocean… (Taken with Instagram)
Look, it’s the ocean!!! B has to put a pole out with live bait in order to use the beach, I think she prayed the whole darn time not to catch a fish.
La la la… I can’t hear you!!! (Taken with Instagram)
It looks like I am going, “Na na na na, I can’t hear you, ” in this photo, when the truth was I probably trying to figure out how to get my hair to stay up and out of the way.
Finally at some peace…
Proof that I was actually on the beach… The weather was perfect the whole time we were there, couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful! I have the hardest time keeping my dreads up and out of the way though…
Flowers with breakfast… (Taken with Instagram)
It may have not been breakfast in bed, but the fact that someone else cooked it is just as cool! Even the flowers on my plate brought some joy to my day. I can’t tell you how nice it was to sit on the screened in porch, drink coffee and eat fresh, hot pancakes! What a way to wake up to head to the beach once again!
Before we head out onto the beach, B has to let the air out of the tires a bit… she would be so irritated if she knew I got this pic of her…

This seagull is bigger than my dog!  (Taken with Instagram)

This seagull just chilled for awhile near the truck on our last day there, he amazed me because he was bigger than both my dog and my cat! I had never seen one this size before!

Sitting at the station, ready to leave…  (Taken with Instagram)

Leaving Lancaster station and heading home… the night got infinitely more interesting from here. Hard to believe that there was so much drama packed into the ride home, but we will save that for another day…