Well helllooo my friends! I know, I know…it’s been quite awhile since I’ve updated this blog. Today makes exactly two months to be exact. And I’m sorry. I hope the recipe at the end of this post makes up for that! But I think I’ve got a pretty good excuse for being absent for so long. Here’s a little snapshot of what we’ve been up to…
First there was the big move. At the end of March the crazies and I left WA and headed for Fort Bragg, NC. I’ve done the whole cross country drive quite a few times, but I’ve always been more concerned with making good time, rather than having a good time. Bonus points if you know which Disney movie I’m paraphrasing! So this time I decided to do things a little differently.
I could probably sit here and type a book about our adventure, but A. I’m running on only three hours of sleep and B. that would be one super long post. I promise I’ll tell you anything you want to know, but here’s the short version…the trip started with (what else) Starbucks. We spent the first night in Eugene, OR and in the morning we got to eat at Voodoo Doughnuts. From there it was on to California where we drove through the Redwood National Forest, down the coast on Highway 1, across the Bay Bridge, toured the Winchester Mystery House, went animal style at In-N-Out Burger for the first time, saw the most gorgeous sunset ever in Ventura, had more Starbucks (of course), and finally drove out of CA on old Route 66. It. was. amazing.
In Holbrook, AZ we spent the night in one of the two remaining WigWam motels, and in Tucumcari, NM we were honored to be guests at the Blue Swallow. We ate ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream. In Texas we kept our eyes peeled and found our way to the Cadillac Ranch! Then it was on to Arcadia, OK where we had dinner at Pop’s and spent over two hours browsing through the 847 bajillion soda (or I guess technically “pop”) flavors. We also spent one swanky night at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City and then moved on to Memphis, TN where we stayed at the even swankier Peabody Hotel. There was a room service breakfast that made me briefly consider staying an extra
few years nights, until I remembered the best part of our trip was yet to come. After Memphis we made approximately 17 more stops at Starbucks (hey, Mama needs coffee to stay awake at the wheel!) and on Easter Sunday we arrived in Fayetteville, NC. After another week living in a hotel we finally accepted keys to our new digs and then the best part…MY HUSBAND CAME HOME!
Sorry to shout out you, but I’m still pretty excited about that. The craziness didn’t end there though! The moving company was literally calling from my driveway while I was picking hubby up at the airport to tell me they were ready to deliver our stuff. Seven hours, five Ikea beds, one crated motorcycle, and 7,000 pounds of household goods later, we finally got to spend some quality time together as a family. And after another week or so of unpacking we went on vacation to Disney World! And while we were there my Mom and Dad and my Nana came and spent a day with us at The Magic Kingdom. Yeah!
See my Nana up there? She’s pretty much my hero. I’m not going to tell you exactly how old she is, but let’s just say any woman who raised seven children, who are now all grown up, who can walk Disney for almost ten hours straight without asking for a break is awesomesauce. There was Dole Whip involved in this trip. Lots and lots of Dole Whip. I even introduced my Mom to it! Judging by the look of extreme excitement on my face I think that was the highlight of my trip. Or wait, maybe don’t look because that’s a pretty scary amount of excitement. Oh and speaking of my Mom, that’s her up there. With the bright blue eyes. Hi Mommy! It should be noted #4 spent most of his Disney trip…sleeping. Ha! Now that’s a true vacation. And the fact my hubby still has arms is miraculous. The only time he put #3 down during the five days we were there was when she was sleeping or we were eating. And not always even then. She did not want to walk. She did not want to ride in her stroller. She just wanted her Daddy. He also rode the carousel with her approximately 17 times despite the fact he does not like going in circles. So yeah, he pretty much is a shoo-in for Daddy of the Year.
But anyway, now the crazies are back in school, hubby is back to work, and life is slowly returning to normal. Whatever that means. And so much for this post not getting long.
Our first day at Disney we were lucky enough to get in to Ohana for a character breakfast with Lilo and Stich. And there was this juice. I think technically it’s called POG juice, but we just called it Stitch juice. Whatever you want to call it, it’s good stuffs. The P = passionfruit, the O = orange, and the G = guava. Our server told us Welch’s makes it in concentrate but I think she lied. I haven’t been able to find it in any freezer aisle within a 50 mile radius so I decided to make my own.
I had to hunt down the passionfruit and guava juices in the Hispanic aisle. Now I just want to take a minute here to talk about shopping in the Hispanic food aisle. Someone *ahem* may have walked up and down that aisle more times then she’s going to admit looking for the guava and passionfruit juice. She may have missed it all those times because apparently foods in the Hispanic food aisle are labeled in Spanish. I know, right?! Shocker.
What I’m really trying to say is don’t be like me. If you no speak Espanol, shop by pictures. And just turn the cartons around!
Now this part is optional. I tasted mine at this point and I felt like it was lacking in the sweetness department. I didn’t want to add straight sugar and I didn’t have the motivation to mess around with a simple syrup. So I went digging around and found this jar of cherries. I added a quarter cup of just the juice and tasted again. Better, but still not quite there. So I added another quarter cup. Bingo! Spot on. You can’t really taste cherry, but the sweetness is there.
Then it was time for the true test. I called the crazies into the kitchen and poured a glass for each of them. After a few sips #1 asked if this was the same juice we had at Ohana! Which tells me I nailed it. Enjoy!
- 2 cups Passionfruit Juice
- 2 cups Orange Juice
- 2 cups Guava Nectar
- ½ cup Juice From One 10oz. Jar Maraschino Cherries
- Cherries and fresh orange wedges for garnish
- Combine passionfruit, orange, and guava juices in a large pitcher or carafe. Stir and taste. If you desire additional sweetness, add juice from cherries. Serve over ice and garnish with cherries and fresh orange wedges if desired.