In case you were all worried about me, I have landed safely and am doing quite well in North Carolina. Today is my first full-length day as I got here last night around 9:50 p.m. And woo, boy, has it been fun already. But first, let me give you a taste of the Hartford airport!
Before you get to the gates for boarding planes, there’s this hallway with a few projections of these umbrellas (see first picture). They are interactive, which is of course the best part. I’ve got a similar shot with my mom doing the same thing, but she probably wouldn’t be happy to see that on the blog. 😉
The best part, however, was on the way to the airport. During the ride, it rained on and off, from drizzles to a million miles a second of rain. It was pretty intense to watch. But what made it all worth it was a moment that I unfortunately couldn’t capture on camera in its complete glory: a full, complete rainbow (yes, I could see both ends) directly over the airport. I’ve never felt more confident and excited to be at an airport in my entire life. Here are some scattered shots.
This morning started out by going to the eye care place for Kenny and his two sisters to get checkups right before school begins in a few weeks. I spent this time playing Sudoku and Chess on their mom’s Nook. In case you’re unaware, the Nook is similar to the Kindle or a mildly (read: incredibly) more lame version of the iPad. Then home for awhile, and then to Burger King for icees and food and then to the grocery store for some cooking ingredients for me.
This is where it gets fun. This is what it started with: watermelon lemonade. This is one messy project to get involved with because watermelons are incredibly, incredibly juicy. It requires half of a watermelon and despite how much that looks at first, getting it cutted-and-gutted and then deseeded can take a lot of mass away. I used 3/4 of the half that we cut because the various ways that Kenny, his sister and I chopped the watermelon made it get full fairly quickly. I also only used three lemons, and three tablespoons of agave syrup. Which makes all the difference, by the way. Unlike the poster of this recipe, we preferred the beverage more sweet than sour, so I highly recommend you taste-test often to determine what’s best for you. Here’s what our finished product looks like:
The entire pitcher of watermelon lemonade is gone, by the way. It was soo tasty! Gone by dinnertime … dinnertime, of course, being some delicious quesadillas cooked by Kenny, his mother and I. And man, it was the best meal I’ve had in a very, very long time.
Contrary to the recipe link given above, we decided to cook only onions, beef, and chicken and we did this in two pans, splitting the onions proportional to the amount of each meat that we had. Then we cook! Like so:
Looks delicious, doesn’t it? Mmm. And this is straight on the oven cooking, nearly done but not quite yet. I cooked the tortillas individually afterwards in the skillet with a sphere of Pam for each one. Some stayed lighter than others while mine – of course – turned a gorgeous, perfect pale gold. It was absolutely scrumptious. Yes, scrumptious is a fancy word, but it is the only word that’s even close to as elevated as I felt while eating this awesome quesadilla. Mm, mm, mm.
Here’s Kenny’s, shown instead of mine because his picture came out better:
And it’s only 9:20 p.m.! As you can see, even these two days away from blogging has already been a dramatic increase in activity and interest in the life of me. I hope you try both of the recipes listed here and are prepared for more in the upcoming days and weeks, such as the buttermilk biscuits featured in last week’s Thursday 13 and a few from Vanilla & Lace including salt water taffy and gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon frosting. Be sure to check back!