Here's wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas! We are happy to be spending this time with my family though we miss B's family this year. For some reason, log cakes are really popular here for Christmas--each hotel and restaurant create their own versions. I'll take cake in any shape or form! :o)
Well I'm officially "vintage" today! We spent our day in Bali enjoying room service, the hotel spa, birthday cake, shopping and of course good food and companionship! I will probably have more to write on this later as I reflect but for now I am grateful, blessed and amazed at the travel opportunities, life experiences, delicious food, and people I've met and shared with these past 30 years. Here's to the next 30!
**these lovely flower pictures were taken at the St Regis where we celebrated my birthday early with Sunday brunch--I daresay the best buffet brunch I've had to date!(and you know I've been to many!)
We are spending a couple of days in Bali at the Laguna, which is a lovely Starwood hotel that has these gorgeous lagoons surrounding the property. We're able to just hop into one of the many lagoon pools from our balcony! Everyone we've met have been so friendly and it's been a really peaceful vacation so far!
Room details: the most comfortable bed ever
Our room's balcony with access to the lagoon is the first one on the right
Rooms with a lagoon view and access (for bottom floors)
One of the beach cabanas
As you can tell, the grounds are well kept
and lush with tropical vegetation and gorgeous flowers
We flew to Bali last night and after a long check in process, we were greeted by some good news--an upgrade to world business class! It was a short 2.5 hour trip but wow was it great. You could almost lie down horizontally as the seats went back to about 170 degrees.
You know you're in for a treat when these appear at the start of your flight...
ps--Bali is beautiful and I have more pictures to post but I'm going to go laze by the pool again instead ;o) That's dedication for ya!
We always stop in local grocery stores when we travel and Singapore is probably one of the best to peruse. There are a lot of old favorites that I grew up with but most of all, food is imported from all over Asia as well as Europe and Australia/New Zealand, so you get all sorts of interesting items.
These little chocolate cookies are from New Zealand
and come in three flavors: Snickers, Twix and Mars
Yummy ice cream with Crunch, Smarties, Milo and Kit Kat pieces
Pringles in Asian flavors like seaweed, soft shell crab and shrimp!
We rarely do very touristy things in Singapore but we decided to check out the Singapore Flyer today. It was a cloudy day but we still had some amazing views. The Flyer was completed in 2008 and is the world's tallest Ferris wheel, standing at 541 feet (42 stories high). The capsules you ride in are air conditioned and on the 37 minute ride, you have unobstructed views of Singapore and the marina (built on mostly reclaimed land), the Formula 1 racetrack; and on a clear day, you can even see Malaysia and some Indonesian islands. An interesting fact is that it originally rotated counter-clockwise but after Feng Shui consultations, it now rotates in a clockwise direction!
A view of the capsules from the bottom of the wheel
The F1 racetrack
The capsule ahead of us at the very top of the wheel
The skyline of Singapore along with a great view of the stadium with its floating field
We made it safely to Singapore though we had about an 8 hour delay in Tokyo with a canceled flight which led us to navigate through customs and immigration in Japan and take a bus to another airport to catch a later flight. All this on 5 hours of sleep for the past 36 hours. That was fun.
We're enjoying our time here though everything feels a bit like we're in slow motion because of the jet lag. The food is great as usual and here was our first meal--kaya toast for breakfast. Kaya is a type of coconut jam that is native to the region and is delicious spread on thin crisp slices of grilled toast and lots of butter.
This is probably one of my most favorite tried and true recipes--it's great for holiday occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas and easy to bring for potlucks.
If you're looking for another side dish to add to your holiday dinner table--this is it!
1 can creamed corn
1 can whole corn (drained)
1 tub 8oz sour cream (I've used greek yogurt to great success)
1/2 stick melted butter (I've used less as well, the actual recipe calls for 1 stick, so it depends how adventurous you're feeling!)
1 box of Jiffy corn bread mix
Mix the two cans of corn and sour cream together
Add in melted butter and Jiffy corn bread mix and combine thoroughly
Place in 8x8 baking dish (or just mix everything in the baking dish to start)
Bake for 50-60 min at 350 F until firm in the middle and golden brown on sides
Best served warm with a big spoon!
**this recipe can be easily doubled to fit in a 9x13 pan
I had taken a lot of step by step pictures but my camera card is holding them hostage! This recipe is part of Prettymommy's holiday recipe exchange. This week featured some really great recipes including:
In B's family, a person can ask to "put his/her name" on an item that they want later. For example, B's name is on the grandfather clock in his dad's den (not by his choice though), his sister has her name on the rest of the items in the house, and his grandma has a quilt with my name on it. Well, a few months ago, Grandma L was asking me if there was anything else I was looking for (my response being what am I *not* looking for?) and mentioned that she had some Pyrex mixing bowls but that her other grandson Mark had his name on them.
I didn't think much about it then because of course he's her grandson, he probably has great memories helping his grandma cook/bake with them and that they are special to him. In that next month, I noticed more and more posts on pyrex collective about the much sought after primary colored mixing bowl set that piqued my interest. I wondered if those were the ones that Grandma L indeed had and the next time we were in Missouri, I thought I'd ask to see them. Well imagine my surprise when grandma told me that grubby hands Mark had already taken them after she mentioned that I had asked about them! I would like to take this opportunity now to formally state that I did not have designs on these bowls, nor thought of trying to replace them with another set, spirit them away, or feign innocence when asked why I had them in my possession. Ok maybe I did formulate all those plans for just a bit but I didn't carry any of them out! (B wouldn't help)
So anyways, as you can see from these pictures, I actually do now own a set of primary color mixing bowls, not by theft or sleight of hand. But rather through my favorite way of rummaging through the antique mall. These came from the same little shop as my little fridgiesand now sit side by side in my Pyrex dedicated cabinet!