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Picture Perfect Weekly #26 {A windy edition}

October 27, 2012

I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy little blogger when Instagram became available on Android devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media bandwagon and have developed a new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your pictures and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

My week in Instagram pics:

Another week over. Another week that brought new things.

I tried raw oysters for the very first time this week! Something, I swore to myself I would never eat. But you know how that saying goes? “Never, say never!!!” It certainly proved true for me… we went to our favorite Japanese restaurant and had an assortment of raw seafood… starting with raw Kumomoto oysters (delish), raw abalone (my fave of the night) and raw giant clam and of course, a stable for us every time we go there now, raw scallop (to die for)!!! I love this place, always something new to try and just so well prepared.

We also did some baking and tried the first cupcake recipe out of Little One’s new princess baking recipe book. I’m planning on going through all the recipes and sharing them. Such cute ideas in that book.

The boy was modeling the newest fashions in video game head gear — little sister’s baby doll carrier!!! 😉 And he also got a new Lego set in honor of the season and as usual was finished much too fast. May I present the Vampyre Hearse!

Thursday afternoon after lunch with great-grandma and Little One posing in the landscaping, we had to go pick the big kids up early from school in preparation for Hurricane Sandy passing by close to shore. All in all, not too bad, rain on and off and very windy conditions. The girls’ hair was flying everywhere while we were out walking the dogs. Hubby decided to take advantage of the dreary, overcast skies and pressure clean the pool deck. It needed it and this way he wasn’t working in the blazing sun. It looks nice and clean and fresh now.

I also, finally, managed to get our Halloween decorations out this past Monday, quite early for me. As good as I am about decorating for the Holidays, Halloween is never big on my list. But I think, I did pretty good this year and the kids are very happy!

My girls had a blast today at their friend’s birthday party… they spent close to 5 hours on the bounce house/water slide combination and only took short breaks for cake and some pizza! I’d call that a success. They are pooped and have been asleep for a few hours already. I’ve been enjoying the quiet!!! 🙂

How about you? What have you been up to this week? Care to share?

I also want to take a moment and tell all my readers and bloggy friends who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm that I hope, you all stay safe and the damage won’t be as bad as expected. I’ll be thinking of you. Also, door’s always open if you’d like to come here for a few days and enjoy the sunshine!!!

BocaFrau



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An unplanned three-day weekend… and some fill in fun!

October 25, 2012

Earlier today, I was out walking the dogs and as I was meandering along, letting them stop here and there to sniff in the grass, watching the water gently lap at the grassy shore, and the grey clouds drift in the sky — I realized how quiet and deserted it seemed.

An approaching hurricane does that. The birds were quiet and instead of chirping in the sunshine, they hid and found a safe spot somewhere, away from the wind and rain. The tennis courts were deserted and no matches were being played this morning. The streets were devoid of cars… It just seemed eerie. The scratchy call of the crows high up on the wires of the power lines made it even more so.

From the time I hear we are under a tropical storm watch and then warning, the waiting begins.

First, to find out if and when the schools close. Today, the call came at 9:30 am… an early pick up today, no school tomorrow. The kids are excited. Why not, an unexpected three day weekend for them?

Then, more waiting and watching. Where exactly is the storm going? Will it change it’s prospective path? How strong is it? How big is it? How far do the feeder bands extend from the center, the eye, of the storm?

I constantly check the forecast, keep abreast of the latest news and try to stay calm.

I am calm. On the outside. Inside. A different story.

I am not scared, maybe a bit worried. It’s more like being on hold. I always feel this way… like my life is on hold and won’t continue until after the storm passes and things return to normal. Whatever that is!!!

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Thank goodness for Hilary and her hop. Joining her for her weekly link-up is just what I need to take my mind of other things. Namely, Hurricane Sandy.

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Irene from Me, Myself and Irene (she came up with the last two statements)

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:
1. ___ is my favorite feature
2. Thinking about ___ makes me ___
3. It’s been a long time since______
4. I just don’t understand_____________

 

My answers:

1. My eyes are my favorite feature.

2. Thinking about Thanksgiving makes me very excited. My sister and her family will be here and I can’t wait to enjoy the holiday with her and the rest of the gang.

3. It’s been a long time since I had a spa pedicure. I believe it was around the time I was pregnant with my youngest and that was over 4 years ago!!!

4. I just don’t understand why there is always such a long wait at the doctor even when you have an appointment. What’s the point?

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Tasty Thursday {Oven Roasted Chicken}

October 25, 2012

I’m sitting here at the dining room table (my office) with the lights on and a cup of tea by my side. Looking outside, I see raindrops hitting the surface of the pool, the sky dreary and grey and the trees swaying in the wind.

We are under a tropical storm warning at the moment because Hurricane Sandy is moving closer to us along the Eastern Seaboard.

A day like this calls for comfort food. Something that smells heavenly when you open the oven door. Something that reminds me of my childhood. Something that brings my family together at the dinner table to dig in.

Oven roasted chicken.

It’s a favorite in my house.

It’s also fairly simple.

Ingredients:

6 lb. chicken

2 celery stalks

2 carrots

1 medium sized onion

salt and pepper

paprika

garlic powder

dried rosemary

Herbes de Provence mix (from Target)

olive oil

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°. Cut the celery, carrots and onions into chunks and layer bottom of a roasting pan or like I did, a Pyrex dish. Rinse chicken and remove giblets. Pat dry. Lay the chicken on top of the vegetables and the giblets around the chicken if you like. Mix about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil with one teaspoon of dried rosemary, one teaspoon of Herbes De Provence and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Sprinkle the chicken with paprika (I use a lot as it really helps with browning the skin.) and salt and pepper then take the olive oil mixture and brush all over chicken. Last add up to one cup of water to the bottom of the pan.

Roast for about 1 3/4 hrs to 2 1/2 hrs until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160° degrees. Let sit for about 30 minutes. You can cover the chicken loosely with some aluminum foil.

I check the chicken a few times throughout the roasting process and baste it with the water/drippings mixture from the bottom of the pan.

I serve roasted chicken with German potato dumplings, green beans and chicken gravy. I use the pan drippings to enhance the gravy and it really kicks up the flavor.

Enjoy!

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Go Vote!

October 22, 2012

I sit here on the couch, in front of the TV with the laptop in my lap and my girls snoring away next to me.

And two words stand out to me after watching this presidential debate.

Go vote!

That’s the most memorable line from tonight’s debate for me.

Go vote!

Two words in the closing sentence by tonight’s debate moderator Bob Schieffer.

I’m not one for discussing politics. Nor am I very political.

I also didn’t watch the two previous debates. I chose to read about them after the fact.

Tonight, I watched. Well, it was on in the background while I was getting some things done.

Because it was the last one. And also because it was held here in my adopted hometown of Boca Raton, Florida.

I know who I will vote for. Have known for a while.

This debate has not changed my mind.

There are some issues on which I won’t budge.

But I won’t tell you who, what or why.

We all have our opinions which is as it should be.

I’m ready to be done with the political rhetoric on Facebook. The mud slinging…

All I’m saying is…

Go vote!

If you want things to change. If you want your voice heard.

Go vote!

I will vote in this election for the first time ever in my 17 years of living here.

I will vote because for the first time, I can.

I will vote because I want my voice to count.

And win or lose… I can say that I voted!!!

 

 

 

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In a fog… {Picture Perfect Weekly #25}

October 21, 2012

I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy little blogger when Instagram became available on Android devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media bandwagon and have developed a new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your pictures and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

Some of you, if not most, know by now that my week has been a bit of a blur for me. I’ve been down for the count with a cold. I thought, I was getting better on Thursday but woke up feeling worse than ever on Friday. I feel like I’m in a fog and can’t seem to shake it. Ugh…

So, last night when I went to bed just before I passed out completely a thought popped into my head. “You didn’t do your Picture Perfect Weekly link up.” I promised myself to do it first thing in the morning and it faded away. Of course, this morning I woke up with cotton candy stuffed into my head and didn’t remember until I pretty much drowned my first cup of coffee.

So, here, after some delay is my week in Instagram pics…

I had animal encounters, some of the pet variety, some not. I love the shot I managed to get of the stork. Most of the wild birds around here tend to take off when I come by with my dogs. This one stayed and let me take a picture.

I joined little one one morning and painted my first watercolor painting in a long while. It was fun. I may not be very good at it but I have always enjoyed art.

No week would be complete without some shots of my girls. They don’t need any prompting and it is actually hard for me to get natural poses out of them… they see my phone or the camera and start posing for me. I do love catching their sisterly bond right now… it’s such a wonderful thing to see and often takes me back in time to my own childhood and my time with my little sister.

A few food shots also made an appearance this week. There’s the slow cooker chili I made yesterday. I had been wanting some for a few days and usually hubby makes the chili in our house. But dang it, I wanted to see if I could and felt like “cooking” even though I’m not feeling well. I also made chocolate cupcakes because little one wanted to bake. Someone stole one before I could take a pic of the whole tray!!! 🙂 We went for Pho because it was just what the doctor ordered. It’s our replacement for chicken noodle soup!!! And I had pumpkin frozen yogurt for the first time. What a treat for my sore throat. It was delicious.

And lastly, my new “toy”. I’m over the moon about it. Love, love, love my new camera. It feels so right in my hands. In a way, I finally understand hubby’s obsession with guitars and how you need a specific one to get a specific sound/play a specific song. I can’t wait to get my hands on some new lenses… But will have to be a good girl and wait for Hanukkah Harry or Santa. And that’s okay, after all Santa has already been here!!!! 🙂

Now it’s your turn. What have you been up to? Do you have any picture to share?

xo, Susi



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Five Questions… and Five Answers

October 19, 2012

I’ve decided to try something new for a change and instead of filling in Hilary’s blank statements, I will answer Mama M.’s  5 questions.

So, here goes!!!

1. Where do you hide junk when people come over?

If I don’t have enough time to do a thorough cleaning before people come over, I’ll do a quick run through (driving the family crazy in the process) and put things away in closets, cabinets and the multitude of bins we have in the family room… great for putting all the kids’ toys away so it doesn’t look so cluttered.

2. Do political ads help you decide who you are going to vote for?

I’ve pretty much decided whom I’m going to vote for so the ads don’t sway me one way or another. I’m very excited to be able to vote for the first time since coming to this country.

3. What’s your favorite holiday party to host?

We used to have New Year’s parties a few years in a row and it was always a lot of fun getting ready for those and then ring in the new year with everyone watching the ball drop in Times Square!

4. You go to an island with your husband and can only take one personal item. What is it?

Wow. That’s a tough one. Probably my toothbrush… I hate it when my teeth feel dirty.

5. If you found out your spouse was a Dexter style serial killer (only kills people to save others) would you rat?

Hmmm. I have never watched Dexter so I can’t really compare it would depend I guess. 

 

Well, this was fun. Something new and different!!! I’m always up for a little change. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

xo, Susi

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The same, yet different…

October 15, 2012

I’ve been sitting here for most of the morning trying to come up with something for today’s post. Instead, I’m staring at the computer, browsing on Facebook and Twitter and generally not being productive. Well, I did most of my morning chores and got a walk in.

Part of the problem is my head, it doesn’t feel quite attached or like it’s wrapped in a bubble… think I got a little too close to my girlies last week when they were sick. My throat hurts, my nose is runny and I feel like I’m in a fog. Yup, got another head cold it seems. Yay for me.

So, instead of wrecking my brain and letting my mind wander off in a million directions I’ll try to concentrate on this week’s prompt for Monday Listicles. Stasha let Christine pick today’s prompt.

10 ways I am different (or not) than my younger self:

1. I have short, very short hair now. My mom keeps this picture of me with my hair down past my shoulders and wavy thanks to a long ago perm!

2. I speak a different language at home now. I grew up in Germany, speaking German and now live in the US and speak mostly English in my daily life.

3. I don’t bite my nails anymore. At least, not too much and never down to the quick like I used to growing up.

4. I eat all kinds of exotic foods now. Growing up in heartland Germany we ate a very “boring” diet compared to all the exotic foods I have access to now.

5. I don’t listen to Techno anymore and haven’t in quite some time. I used to go to the dance clubs every weekend, Fridays and Saturdays sometimes and dance the night away. 

6. I still love to read. I have always liked to read and still have a love for all kinds of books. I wish I had more time to enjoy reading though!

7. I’m an American citizen now. Growing up, until January this year, I was a German citizen.

8. I still love eating chocolate. Give me a bar of Milka milk chocolate and I’m a happy camper.

9. I still love drinking tea. But now it’s rooibus or chai instead of chamomile and peppermint!

10. I weigh less now, after giving birth to three children, then I did at my senior prom! And yes, I’m very happy about that.