Monday, August 17, 2015

And That Same Day

Dang - it was a kitchen EXTRAVAGANZA! 

The Farm/Sea to Table movement is alive and growing (literally) at Casa MacNaughton 

Blueberry Muffins

Ahi Poke - gotta love the raw fish

Home grown Roasted Peppers stuffed with goat cheese and topped with tomatoes .
Who says we don't farm in San Diego?

Grilled Yellow Tail Tuna with Ginger Lime Sauce. 
Growing our limes, tomatoes and peppers as well as hitting it big on the tuna boat pays off in kitchen creativity and culinary goodness.

It Is What It Is...

If At First You Don't Succeed...

Add chocolate!

Caramels are a tricky thing, as is all candy making.

Ya gotta pay ATTENTION people!

So me  not paying ATTENTION  led to somewhat of a caramel fail. I had an order for 2 lbs of sea salt caramels (yay!!!) While looking away for a few seconds, the temperature climbed a measly 2 degrees and BAM! It hit the hard crack stage. (yes, I just wrote hard crack - haha- funny on numerous levels) Too brittle to cut for my melt-in-your mouth, don't stick to your teeth sea salt caramels. OH NO!!!

After a taste test to determine that they were not burned and careful consideration about what else to do, I decided to conquer my fear and... drum roll... temper chocolate.

I began my research in my usual way. Hey Siri! No really - Hey Google! I skimmed my way through a myriad of articles, recipes and blogs and found a bunch of sciencey type stuff on why chocolate tempers. AKA your candy doesn't melt and become weird and mushy at room temperature. You know, like the regular candy bars. Soooooo who cares, snooze fest, just tell me how to do it. I'll spare you the boring details, you can google it yourself if you really want to know.

Here we go! Watch and learn.Pictures included. 
Oh darn...Too Hard (yea, I just said that too)

That's why we have the NINJA!
Voila! Ice cream topping!

Oh. that's it, you say??? You said, "Chocolate?"
Feast Your Eyes on that $4.99 Big Boy
Temper it, Mix in the caramels. That doesn't look too pleasant but looks can be deceiving.

And that's what you do when you don't pay ATTENTION! 
Conquer your fear peeps! Cover it in chocolate!

It is what is is...
Even Big Kids Like to Lick the Bowl

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A League Of Her Own

We all know how special Cara is. Now so does the rest of the world!

She truely is in...
A League of Her Own!

It is what it is... Namaste

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

And The Fat Lady Sings On...

...At the Wangenheim Middle School 8th Grade Awards Night. Cara and the rest of the "nerd herd*" cleaned house. 
*disclaimer - they all know I call them the nerd herd with the upmost respect. 
They prefer Semi-nerds since they are in the seminar program. (Bragging moment. They have to pass the GATE test with a score of 99.8 to get into the seminar program)

From the classroom to the ball fields to the music rooms to the broadcast booth, and beyond Cara and her 8th grade friends EXCELL!

Cara earned awards in Math, History, English, Citizenship and Academic Excellence. While Cara got a 4.0 a few times during middle school, her good friend since preschool got the Principal 's Honor award for 4.0 ALL 3 years! Holy Moley Brainiac!

At these ceremonies, one can really see what a multi-cultural community in which we live. Shout outs go to the teachers and principals who pronounced a plethora of international names with ease and grace... mostly. At Wangenheim there was 1 Smith and no Jones. Nguyen, Troung, Tran, and Wong, were the most common surnames. The United Nations are well represented as evidenced by the number of kids who participated in the Junior Model United Nations program. 

As the sunsets and the "fat lady" sings on middle school, look out high school! The smart kids are on their way. 
It is what it is...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Listen to the Fat Lady Singin'

After 43 years at the same complex, Mira Mesa West Little League had its final game. That's right - its over. In September 2015, the field remodel has an actual start date. (Although many of us won't believe it until the fences come down and the 1st bulldozer shows up).

We have spent a good part of the 10 years at those baseball fields so it was bitter-sweet to see Cara pitch in that final game.
FYI her team came from behind to score 13 runs in the 7th inning and won 22-15. 

An event such as this calls for a little bubbly.

Well, of course it does! 
Past president and current president share a toast

And that's all she wrote. The fat lady is singin' the song of love on the end of an era.
It is what it is...

From the ball field to the 8th grade dance.
She sure cleans up nicely 

Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Chapter

Well friends, its been a while.

I'm sorry to say, I have just not been "feelin it". But don't fret... I'm not abandoning you yet. After 521 posts - you heard that right - 521 posts!   It Is What It Is is still hovering around here in Blogland.

While It Is What It Is is  my personal blog for family and friends, I'm happy to say I'm starting a new blog - yes, you heard correctly, a new blog for all the world to see.

I have been inspired by a few projects I have done, both recently and in the past and its time to capitalize on my organizational skills. I will be blogging about my projects, inspirations, tips and favorite products. Hopefully, I will be able to get some endorsements and maybe FREE STUFF!!! (Who doesn't like FREE STUFF???) Or I will just have fun and possibly help some people in the process.

You are all here at the beginning. So the answer to the question you are all asking is....  - cause that man has just got to go.

I hope you will tell all your friends and help me out. It will be up and running soon.

It Is What It Is...

Friday, November 21, 2014

He Made It!

After a full week of 4+ hour tryouts, Colin made the JV team as a freshman! And he is rehabbing a torn hamstring.

Me: I'm so proud of you.
Colin: Thanks. Are you proud enough to take me for a Munchie Meal*?
Me: Sure.
Colin: And pay?

It Is What It Is...

* Jack in the Box Late Night Munchie Meal. A 1500-2000 calorie heart attack in a box, served after 9 pm. Can anyone say pothead??? A personal favorite of Colin. (He's not a pothead, just a hungry 15 year old)