It needs no explanation around these parts. Other than I only get to eat this when it’s just me LOL.
This is so pathetic. I worked all day, and the family all went down to Monroe, LA to do some shopping. I am tired and lazy. My supper is frozen pizza rolls and orange juice.
This is so NOT Yum Yum.
We all had a lot going to today, so simplicity is the order of the day. Thank Him for crockpots! See, Christians are NOT anti-technology!
This was so easy. A can of cream of chicken soup, a can of cream of celery soup. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix in any shredded cheese you like. Onions if you like. Put the chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with the soup. Cook on low for about 5 hours. About an hour before done, put MORE shredded cheese on top. That’s it!
Today is my lovely bride’s birthday, so just a few of her favorites. Except for the dessert, she has never had that.
I presume I don’t need to tell anyone how to grill a steak or make a salad, right? I do have some thoughts on baked potatoes, though.
Wash them, Rub them down will some olive oil. Rub them with salt. Chuck them bare on the shelf of the oven at 425 for a bit, until they are soft feeling and sort of crispy outside. Look, DON”T wrap “baked,” potatoes in foil. Those are NOT baked; they are steamed!
The cobbler thing was sort of pieced together ad hoc from other recipes:
2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
1 c sugar
2 packs crescent roll dough.
2 – 21 oz cans of apple pie filling
1/2 stick butter
Cinnamon and brown sugar to taste.
Soften the cream cheese, mix in the sugar. Put the first crescent roll dough on the bottom of a sprayed 8 x 13 pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture on that, top with the apple filling and spread that out. Put the other crescent roll dough on top. Melt the butter and pour it over the top, and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon to your taste. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes until the crust is good and brown.
You can do your crust and filling from scratch and have a “real,” cobbler but seriously, why bother?
And finally, the finished product.
It’s just me tonight, they all went to a movie. So, I do what I want.
Tuna, cheese and tomato sammiches.
Well, as you may know, I purchased a new grill the other day, and today was to be the maiden voyage. It was sort of a special occasion, being our youngest’s graduation from High School, and our daughter in law’s Nursing School Graduation. So, I got drafted to cook for the occasion. Not that I mind, of course!
The command and control center; it’s never too warm for coffee, I say
The menu, for tonight: steak, baked potatoes, and fresh corn on the cob. Homemade peach ice cream for dessert!
The grill in action
Time to eat!
A fun time with fun people
And, finally, nothing like a bit of a snooze
To say cruising is about, in large part, the dining would be a really big understatement. It’s actually quite the focal point(sadly for the waistline I fear.) It’s more than just food; it is an experience. For today, I’ll just be sharing a few notes and some yummy pictures of some of the high points.
Food is EVERYWHERE. If one desires, they can literally eat 24 hours a day. Want fast food? Got it. Want a lazy brunch? Got it. Want a quick buffet? Got it. Want something a little more formal, that is almost an event in itself? Got that too!
Our first stop on board was Guy’s Burger Joint, as it is open for those coming on board already hungry. That would be Guy Fieri of Food Network fame. He isn’t actually there of course, but who needs him if we have his burgers and hand cut fries?
For those who want breakfast, but don’t want to roll out at breakfast time, there is a really nice sit-down brunch. Cool pretty fruit faces too!
Pasta Bella is a really great pasta bar, and a regular stop for us. You fill out a check sheet with your pasta, meat, sauce and vegetable preference, drop it off and like magic your own creations shows up in about 5 minutes.
Evening dining is a bit more formal, being a full-service event with multiple courses. They have a standard menu and special items for each evening. Like more than one thing? No problem, just order it and you can have it. I took full advantage of that on lobster night, and had my fill of steak and lobster!
Some main events
And of course desert!
For the first years cruising, we ate a lot at the buffets. We had no clue what we were missing, as the sit-down evening dining is quite the event. We had 815 late dining, which turned out to work out very nicely. It’s a happening in and of itself and lasts for a couple of hours. The advantage to assigned dining is that you have the same table and staff every night, and by the end of the week everybody is almost friends. It’s also a great way to connect with the whole family every day. We don’t make the youngster hang out with us all day, but evening dining is a command performance.
Still an even on every cruise is at least one Formal night, where jacket and tie are still almost mandatory. I say almost because the dress codes have become a lot more relaxed over the years.
Our staff this year were Wesley, from Nigeria and Tri, from Indonesia. Nice fellow, and always very attentive, friendly and fast; in fact, they were almost the perfect wait staff. Part of the evening events is usually some form of entertainment, usually performed by the staff and participated in by the passengers. Not me. I don’t dance, period. I have to major theological problem with it but am just goofy so I don’t bother.
And of course more food!