Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

Princess Cruises is celebrating 50 years! We thought it was appropriate to celebrate our 40th anniversary on board the Golden Princess north to Alaska. Forty years! It was an arranged marriage, she was 6 and I was 9. Insert smiley face here!! ;)

Happy Fifty Princess Cruises!
 One of our favorite things to do on a cruise ship is eat! My favorite meal of the day is breakfast and the Golden Princess is a great place to eat it. I like to have two breakfasts! Breakfast number one is at 630 a.m. in the Piazza with coffee drinks and pastry.
Cappuccino Piazza Golden Princess Alaska
Pastry! Golden Princess Alaska
 Breakfast number one proceeds walking the decks for me, and Zumba for Avril. Got to work up an appetite for breakfast two at 1030! I have not had grits in many a day. So many breakfast choices in the Horizon Court Buffet!
Buffet Breakfast Golden  Princess Alaska

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Power Breakfast !

We are in San Francisco to begin our latest journey. It is breakfast and we decide on our favorite spot Americano, inside Hotel Vitale. On entering I notice a large covey of suited business men. It appears Americano is THE spot for San Francisco politicos to meet and greet in the morning. Faces included former mayor Willie Brown and journalist Phil Matier. These guys know good food!!
Power breakfast Americano - Hotel Vitale San Francisco
We felt a little out of place casually dressed and Avril was mad I told her not to put on makeup. I think it was George Gobel who said, "Did you ever get the feeling the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Living the Tomato Life

It's tomato season! Get one while they're ripe and sweet! Here is a breakfast "recipe."
Homemade Tomato Sando
Homemade Open Face Tomato Sandwich

"Recipe" and sourcing.

Whole wheat loaf, Creekside Bakery
Red tomato, homegrown
Best Foods Mayonnaise aka Hellman's Real Mayonnaise
Yellow Heirloom tomato, Harvest Market
Trader Joe's pink Hawaiian salt, fresh ground
Trader Joe's pepper, fresh ground

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Coffee Talking

The coffee kicked in and cleared my head this morning. As I cruised social media I realized i'm not the only coffee head around. If I had a dollar for every cup of coffee pictured on social media I would be a very wealthy man. I cruised through my photos over the year and made a collage of my caffeinated indulgences.
Coffee Talking
My home brew method is a little less photogenic. I hand grind the beans and use a Harrio pour over.
Coffee is a very profitable product. At home you provide the labor and save over eighty percent of the cost of a cup. I must admit it is fun to hang out and watch the coffee crowd.
Harrio Pour Over

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Daily Bread

I was reminiscing about the days when my wife stayed home and took care of our four kids. She had to maintain a strict budget and provide good meals the gang would eat. Going shopping with that many kids was crazy! We purchased a chest style freezer and would stock up to minimize expense and shopping trips. One product we used, and still use today, is Bridgford Foods frozen bread dough. She would bake a loaf or two a day. When I got home from work the house was perfumed with the scent of fresh baked bread. We baked some off the other day and I took photos and posted them on social media. Bridgford was kind enough to ask to use them on their social. Sure enough! Photos to make you hungry!

Fresh Baked Bridgford Bread
Grilled Cheese Bridgford Bread

Toast and Jam Bridgford Bread

Cinna Nom Nom Toast Brdgford Bread

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kicking and Chilling

Let me get back to reality. First off, congrats to the Dubs! Hard work and determination pays off!

Where  have I been? Right here enjoying life! We are plotting more trips this year but for the moment I have the urge to produce some time relevant blogs. This morning I put together my version of the ubiquitous breakfast sandwich. No fancy recipe here, just ingredients I keep around the house.

Acme hamburger roll
Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage patties
Free range chicken eggs- scrambled
"Merican Cheese!" Don't hate it melts so good!
Sliced hot house tomatoes
Irish Butter
Crystal Hot Sauce
Salt and Peppa! Push it real good here
Lifes a Picnic Breakfast Sando

Friday, May 08, 2015

Princess Mexico Cruise La Paz

Our port stop today  is La Paz. The ship docks in Puerto Pichilingue where buses wait to shuttle you on a 45 minute ride to La Paz. On this trip we decided to hang out at the ship as the herds head into town. There is a small Mercado right at the port we wandered in search of souvenirs. In our world travel photos are the best reminder of our travels. We check out "Sanctuary," an adults only area for rest and relaxation. The is small extra charge for this luxury so we decide to grab our books and ride up to Skywalker's Disco. During the day it is a quiet place with big comfortable chairs and  dynamic views. After a  burger for lunch and a send off from the Mexican Navy we are off to Puerto Vallarta.
Mercado Puerto De Pichilingue Mexico
Sanctuary Star Princess 

Star Princess Stern Pool Puerto Pichilingue
Star Princess Skywalker's view
Star Princess Cheeseburger
Navy Escort Star Princess

Star Princess Dessert