Sunday, October 11, 2015

Do It For Denmark

Smarty Pants Cara is taking an AP Human Geography course... as a freshman ... and she has some troubling information about Denmark to share. 

Apparently Denmark is having a problem with under-population  Who knew??? 

Certainly not me! And I'm sure its safe to assume not you. And why should I care???

Because something hysterical is sure to follow this bit of background information. 

Denmark is battling a falling birthrate, which means supporting an aging population more dependent on support from social welfare. It also means fewer working-age people in the country overall. In 2013, the birth rate was 10 per 1,000 Danish people, a 27-year low.

A Danish Travel company, Spies Rejser, has taken it upon themselves to help out the government and offer "Active" Vacations and a "Do It For Mom" ad campaign. 
Because “We all know that the Danes have 51% more sex on a sunny holiday compared to their everyday life"

Check out their 2 ads on YouTube. Cara told me they watched these in class
Do It For Denmark
Do It For Moms

Do It For Denmark

It Is What It Is...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Planned Power Outage

On Thursday we got a letter from SDG& E (our electric provider) that there was going to be a "Planned Power Outage" on Friday for residential customers. The outage was going to be from 9pm to 3am. Fine, I think...

Then I tell Scott.
Me: Scott, There is going to be a "Planned Power Outage"on Friday Night.

Scott: Whaaaaattt!!!! They can't do that! I'm going fishing in the morning.How am I going to check my clock every hour??? I can't get up in the dark! I need to get my stuff ready! THEY CANT'T DO THAT! Call them up and have them do it another day!

Me: Here's the letter. You call them. In my mind I'm saying, "Are your kidding me??? Call SDG&E and have them change the "Planned Power Outage" for you???? Like that would ever happen!"
Me: Why don't you just get hotel? (Sarcasm)

Scott: YOU'RE BRILLIANT!!! I can get on Price line and get the Sheraton next to the marina and sleep and extra 40 minutes, not drive on the freeway and stay in a hotel!

Me: Well, if you are going to a hotel, so am I.

Scott: Kids! Your mom and I are going to a hotel tomorrow night. You are staying home alone. And by the way... there is a "Planned Power Outage". Make sure all your stuff is charged up. No power.

Kids: Whatever...

11:30am  Friday morning I get a text from Colin that the power is off. I look on the website and see the "Planned Power Outage" is supposed to be from 9am -3 pm. So I tell him to go back to sleep.

Happy Hour at the Boathouse

When I got home from this view, in Saturday's mail I get a letter from SDG& E apologizing for the mistake. The "Planned Power Outage" was supposed to be from 9am - 3 pm.
Who You Lookin' At???

And there was even some fish!

It Is What It Is...

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