Monthly Archives: February 2018

Comedy, Relaxation, Fashion, and Baking! What else does a woman need??

Hello friends!

How is your weekend? My Friday/Saturday has been amazing!

Last night our son Connor treated us to a night out at a comedy club, Comedy Sportz which was super fun! We were right at the front, they are hilarious!

Then this morning I got to wake without an alarm which is something I really Love! (Last night I tried out my new nourishing face and eye mask, so I heated a wash rag this morning and sort of soaked Olathe residue off) then went through my new skin care routine that I discovered on the cruise ship- I think it is improving my rosacea.

I then cleaned/super scrubbed every inch of my bathroom! Even dusted/oiled my hand turned wood candlesticks in my tub surround. Now they glow even without the candles lit. I feel so accomplished! 😂

Then I put on my fancy glitter eyeshadow because I didn’t want to wash my hair today ( that means I can wash tomorrow and not wash on Monday when I have to commute to Salt Lake-early morning). So I pile my hair on top of my head-hence the sparkle eye shadow to distract from my hair!! 😂😂

It’s so sunny today and I’ve got spring fever so I wear a simple tee shirt with my embroidered jeans from Express!

Then we went grocery shopping and really how much fun can that be?? But the fun started when I got back home! I tried a recipe my hubs saw on Good Eats- Alton Brown- Chocolate layer cake with ganache filling and a special buttercream frosting. The ganache turned out perfect (it kind of squished out between the layers, but I think that’s ok! I’ve never made this type of frosting before- ya beat four eggs til fluffy- while you bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil in a pan- then drizzle syrup into eggs while beating furiously being careful not to get the syrup on the side of bowl or on beater and then you add half a pound of butter (little at a time) and it’s supposed to turn out fluffy and creamy!

At first I was freaking out cause it sort of looked like curdled milk (Alton’s warning-“it should not look like this”!) nooooooo 😩😩 😂😂 but after 10 more minutes of furious beating it became really fluffy and Carmel color- and now it’s like cotton candy “It’s so Fluffy”! Success! So I load the cake with this frosting that I hope is good (remember I’m GF and can’t even eat this lovely confection) and put it in the fridge for tomorrow!

We end the evening by sitting and watching “Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark” my favorite Indiana movie. Since we hiked through the jungles of Belize, I feel more of a connection to Indy! 😂😂

Roaming in Roatan

Hello friends!

Thanks so much for reading about my vacation adventures! My next stop is Roatan, Mahogany Bay, Honduras!

The ship was able to dock at the pier here in Roatan! I got to see it happen as I was working out as we were rolling into the port. It’s so pretty, I took some pictures before I ran to our room to shower!

We met our tour guide (booked through Carnival) outside the terminal/pier and got on a van with quite a few other people and headed out to tour the Island -Best of Roatan!

Our first stop is an Iguana Farm- the story goes that a young farmer was eating a mango and threw the skin on the ground and looked over and a an iguana was having a meal of the skin-he protected the iguana and word spread (iguana word- don’t know how that works) and now there are hundreds? of iguanas on this farm. They’re pretty big and apparently taste like chicken (tasty Kentucky fried) according to our guide. I did not hold one however, (bugs, snakes, lizards, sharks, and bears are my fears!)

We then stopped at Stone Castle Cameo Factory- some talented crafts men/women carve beautiful designs into shells – some are big conch shells and some smaller to fit in your hand. They were all beautiful and I bought a necklace (it was a little speedy for me but I thought it would help the economy there a little bit (Roatan’s people are very poor).

We then stopped at a Rum Bar (not my thing- I don’t drink alcohol) along with a lighthouse. We climbed to the top of the lighthouse where we took some amazing pictures of (almost) the whole island from our vantage point. It’s beautiful and I will share a couple pics!

Then we went to the other side of the island to a local shopping area -Half Moon Bay and visited Roatan Chocolate Factory and The Rusty Fish!

Roatan Chocolate Factory picks local grown cacao and produces amazing dark chocolate treats, GF, vegan, cacao nibs, and cocoa butter! You know that amazing smelling cocoa butter from a popular lotion store that a few minutes later smells like petroleum?? Well this cocoa butter doesn’t do that, it’s chunks of the real deal-amazingly soft and fragrant forever (wow-I died and went to moisturizer heaven) so we bought chocolate and cocoa butter-yum!

The Rusty Fish is a local operation that recycles (trash for lack of a better word) and creates unique collectibles, Knick knacks and jewelry! Hubs got a Paga Mask made out of a discarded copper and table leg. It’s really colorful and interesting along with representing some cultural influences. We got a couple fun pictures here at The Rusty Fish.

We then discovered a cool club on the beach where we saw a local dance performance and ate lunch watching the waves. It was a beautiful day on Roatan- some rain but a gorgeous place to visit.