The Coco Loco

Day one of our cruise took us to Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. We spent the day soaking up the Bahamian sun and chasing sting rays in the beautiful blue water. With the VERY convenient All-You-Can-Drink beverage package offered by the cruise line, we happily tried out many of the tasty tropical drinks the many happily obliging bartenders served up.

Coco Cay

This is one of our favorites. I was able to find the original recipe from Oceans Potions: Royal Caribbean Cocktail Recipe Book. This post is for my good friends, Joy and Patty. They inspired the search for this recipe (and I stole Joy’s very nice photo, xoxo). Thanks for all of the fun memories, my wonderful friends!!

Coco Loco

3/4 oz dark rum
3/4 oz coconut rum
1/2 oz cream of coconut
1/2 oz papaya nectar (optional)
1/2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice
1⁄4 oz grenadine
1⁄2 banana (optional)

To Do:
Blend ingredients together in a blender. Add 1/2 c ice and blend for a few seconds more. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

Want to see how the calories add up for this drink? This nutrition calculator can be found on the MyFitnessPal’s website.

Coco Loco Cals



On The Road Again

The past few weeks have been wonderful. The fam did the traditional Midwest Migration (as in road trip) to Florida for spring break. The kids were amazingly good spirited for such long days of travel and Mr C drove The. Whole. Way. There (and back!). The only reason for his gallantry is that he HATES my driving. I am a 10 and 2 on the wheel / check my blind spots / speed up, slow down kind of driver. Such a shame I had to nap thru six of our glorious states… I guess the only downfall was that Mr C was then in charge of the music selections. It was a road trip thru the 80’s. That’s Night Ranger on the radio…


We spent a lot of time at rest stops and zero time at Waffle House. The sheer number of those restaurants intrigued me. Why are there so many? Are they good? Why do so many people just hang out outside of Waffle House? Never seemed to see a wait for a table…

Once we made it to our lovely beachfront condo, we were able to unwind and enjoy the sunny days and beautiful nights. We did all of the fun things that Florida and warm weather offer up: beach days, fishing, aquariums and sun burn relief. photo (72)
When we made it back, I realized we had neglected to do ANY of the assignments given to the minions for spring break. Oops. We were able to get all of the math and science done, but there wasn’t any way we would be able to read the number of days or minutes required. After some thoughtful introspection, I decided to come clean to one of the minion’s teachers. This is what I wrote:

Dear Mrs. Curtis,

Our family is going to be completely honest with you. We could have made up times, dates, and books read, but instead we want to clearly state that our son DID NOT PICK UP A SINGLE BOOK OVER BREAK.

The reading log was left at home and then promptly forgotten about. We spent our spring break surfing the waves, learning about sea creatures, and walking and talking along the shore. We saw Winter and Hope (the dolphins) and read about marine life and how we impact their environments. We spent time with a fishing guide who explained the details on the six species of fish the kids caught. We saw Fort Knox and walked the ruins of a Civil War fort. I may have shirked my reading responsibilities as a mom for a week, but promise we will make up for it. In fact, my minion probably already has – he is a reader – much like his mom.

My apologies.
Mrs C

After that quick week home, I was personally able to sneak away from all adulting for a quick cruise to the Bahamas. Just a few girlfriends and a whole bunch of laughs. I get so excited for days in the sun and nights on the dance floor that I go crazy with my packing. It is the only time I truly get into accessorizing my outfits. Probably the only time I actually have ON matching articles of clothing… Despite waaay over packing, I still managed to get it all in one carry on suitcase. All about the tuck and roll, baby!

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And now, those Pina Coladas in the sun are just a memory and I am back to the rain at the ball park. Spring/Summer baseball has begun.

Hoping for warmer weather soon – those tropical breezes need to visit me here!!



Coffee au Awesome

Today has not started out that great. Lots of little annoyances and three big ones. As in the three HUGE poops that Samson the Giant Dog left in the front hall. Yes, I know this is the recipe section of the blog and I really shouldn’t talk about gross things, but as a mom, this kind of dialogue is a daily occurrence and it seems completely normal to me to discuss within a food conversation.

So on these kinds of days, I need a mini escape. A small attempt to gather up my former self of stylish grace and loveliness and composure (at least that is what I remember, sticking to my guns on that one, ha!). A small attempt to forget the current self of messy kitchens, yoga pants and pony tails, and missing homework. Just a few moments to catch my breath. It is easy to do with this coffee.


Coffee au Awesome

6-8 oz hot coffee (I use my French Press; makes me feel fancy)
1 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs grass fed butter* OR coconut or almond milk (vanilla would be a swell choice)
Optional additions: Whatever you like in your coffee. Vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa…rum…

How To:
Brew coffee. Pour in blender with oil and butter and blend. Find a quiet spot in the house and enjoy!

*Don’t freak out about the butter – that is what cream is anyhow! Remember, I am a vegetarian (no meat) so I need a little fat here and there (a little more HERE on my body (points to boobs) but definitely not THERE on my body (points to thighs).

This is a great way to make those expensive Starbucks type drinks at home. Save those gift cards for your “getaways”… Getaways as in hiding in the bathroom or those “necessary” trips to the grocery store. A friend of mine once told me (when her kids were really little), she would leave the minions at home with her husband on a Saturday morning. She would grab her shopping list, give them all a kiss and head off to Starbucks for her favorite drink. During her visit to the grocery store, she would slowly make her way down Every. Single. Aisle. I remember her saying that she would even walk down the pet food aisle while acknowledging to us the fact that she didn’t even have any pets. Gotta love what moms do to get away. Enjoy your moments!

Emmett Awesome