Sunday, May 5, 2013

Where I've Been, and What We'll Be Eating

Hola`! After a month-long blog "sabbatical," I'm officially back. Not that I had a choice of coming back, after all, my family knew where I was and would've used whatever means necessary to haul my tail back home.

So, where was I? Well, part of the time, I was busy packing for a trip abroad. The other part? I was mentally preparing for a child-less trip to Cancun, Mexico. After taking numerous road trips over the years with 9 or 10 children in tow, it takes a completely different mind-set to ready oneself for an adults-only resort vacation. Oh, but what a quick learner I was!

A view of the Caribbean Sea from our 10th floor hotel window

Being a creature of habit, I'm not one to venture too far from home. I have a healthy fear of flying, don't like large crowds, and am a somewhat (☺) of a control freak. My only expectations were to take a nap on the beach and have someone else cook meals for me that didn't make me sick. I thought with my expectations low, I couldn't be disappointed. But I ended up conquering fears and living out dreams I never even knew I had

On the island of Isla Mujeres

I embraced my inner Audrey Hepburn and glammed it up on a white sandy beach.

Shortly before we headed in to a 3-1/2 hour couples massage/pampering. Glory be. That was my idea of a vacation.

The Mister and I rediscovered what it was like to be responsibility-free, if only for a few days.

I embraced the sunshine...

Within 2 minutes, my little chameleon friend turned as orange as I was.

...even though it didn't embrace me back.

I became one with nature.

In the jungle, where it was habanero HOT!

Iguana's everywhere! I called this one, Gus.

And the Mister & I held a shark. Okay, it was toothless and a vegetarian, but it was a shark and we're darn lucky to be alive. *wink*

Little did we know, there was a second shark in the pen with us.

I was able to share in the joy of seeing my Mister fulfill his life-long dream of captaining a catamaran in the Caribbean, and I even witnessed Jesus taking the wheel.

Captain Jesus and my Mister sailing the catamaran and all 45 passengers back to the Port of Tortuga (It really exists!)

And finally, I was able to see a piece of history that I have dreamed about since I was 10 years old. The Mayan ruins...even though most of it was seen through sweat and tears of joy. (Have I mentioned that it was hot?)
Brother, sis-in-law, me, and the Mister at the Pyramid of Kukulcan ~ Chichen Itza Ruins

Las Monjas or the Building of the Nuns

The Temple of the Jaguars

The Astronomical Observatory, which was still hidden among the jungle vines less than 20 years ago.

Now that we've gotten the hang of how to relax and be tourists, we'll be doing this again next year...with a little extra sunblock and a whole lot of expectations. ☺

Because I couldn't bring the fabulous chef's from Cancun home with me, it's time to get back to real-life meal planning. Here's what's cookin' this week...

Cinco de Mayo Casserole, guacamole (recipe coming this week!), tortilla chips
Raw Greek Yogurt (recipe coming), fruit of choice, toasted almonds
leftover Cinco de Mayo casserole, green salad with Kefir Ranch Dressing
Speltcakes with peach puree "syrup"
Butternut Squash Enchiladas (new)
Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal, banana
Meatloaf, roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes, green salad with balsamic vinegar/olive oil dressing
Cinnamon Spice Granola with raw milk
Parmesan-crusted tilapia (new), Risotto, steamed broccoli
Barbequed chicken, Roasted No-Mayo Potato Salad, fresh fruit
Homemade Barbeque Chicken Pizza (gluten-free)


Lisa said...

Yowza, woman! A good friend of mine is going to Cancun in June for the 2nd time...been trying to talk me and my mr. into going with, and now I might have to twist his arm for next year. :) Good to hear from you,

Lisa :)

Kim said...

Lisa~You should! It was a fantastic adventure!

Candy C. said...

Looks like you guys had a WONDERFUL time! :)
The ex and I did the Club Med thingy in Cancun over 20 years ago and I think I enjoyed the ruins the most.

Susan said...

That looked wonderful! What a nice break for you both - and how great that you could get away! So, now that you're all rested and back, when are the new recipes getting posted!?!?!? I am curious about the spelt cakes - I have heard both that spelt was NOT good for gluten free and that it WAS. I have spelt in the freezer and would love to use it...on speltcakes...

Kim said...

Candy ~ By far, the ruins were my favorite too...although, the Caribbean Sea was pretty awesome!

Susan ~ Spelt has gluten, but is easier to digest when soaked overnight in the buttermilk. If your gluten issues are severe, I personally wouldn't risk it. As for me, I will be watching the pancake feast and sipping on an apple/carrot/ginger juice. And no, it's not really the same. ;)