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Hi everyone, Lindsey here, without a recipe for you. Turns out, I am still pregnant. This baby has really taken it out of me. (Actually this baby +full time job+the worst office chair known to mankind has taken it out of me). I have a recipe in mind that I want to make and share with you all, but I haven't had a chance to do it. Not only do I get home too tired to do anything else and force my husband to cook, but last week, as my mom told you, we were gone.
See, the day we were flying to France, PH's grandmother passed away. She lived in a nursing home in Connecticut and was nearly 96 years old when she died. I'd say that's a pretty good life! Since her posterity now lives all over the country they decided to do a memorial service a few months later when everyone could come. It was this last weekend. The service itself was very sweet. I never met his grandmother, but hearing all the stories about her, and seeing lots of family pictures helped me get to know her. I already loved her because she is the grandmother to the best husband in the world, so you know she had to be great.
Well, PH and I flew to upstate New York a few days early and he showed me around to his old haunts (also we went to Niagara Falls). PH moved to upstate New York when he was 13 so he had some old hangouts he wanted me to see.
Our first day there we met up with an old friend of his at a place called Thirsty's. Thirsty's is a bar, but during the summer they grill burgers and dogs up in the backyard. So we sat out back and I got to hear some fun stories about PH in his youth that he maybe didn't want me to hear.
We also went to Tom Wahl's, which is an upstate New York staple. It's like a 50s Diner with, you guessed it, burgers and fries. PH told me the regional food in that area is really burgers, fries, and pizza. That's okay, everyone likes those things for a reason!
Finally, we enjoyed some delicious custard from Abbott's, another upstate New York special. It really was some of the best custard I have ever had!
Our trip was short and sweet, but we had a really nice time! Next time I need to take PH to Vermont and show him around my little town of South Royalton.
What food is special to your region of the country? What are the special little hole in the wall places you want to take visiting friends and family to? Share in the comments below?
Yesterday morning, there was an internet outage in our neighborhood. Also, Lindsey and Austin are on the East Coast. So, there was no Renny's Recipe yesterday, nor any other post since I couldn't get on the internet. Sigh. But! Never Fear because Friday Faves is here! (Too corny, sorry). And our question for this week?
Where is your favorite travel destination within the United States?
Lindsey and Austin are in the East for a sad reason. It is for Austin's grandmother's memorial service. But, there are always bright spots in these situations. She had a long, good life. Austin and Lindsey can visit with family out there and enjoy some of their respective "old haunts" together. Austin is from the East Coast, and Lindsey went to Law School in Vermont. The weather in Phoenix is so miserable right now, it is nice for them to be away from it.
We did a Friday Fave a while ago about our favorite places to visit out of the country, so we thought we would try some places closer to home this time.
Lindsey has driven across the country many times, so I wondered if she would choose someplace in the East as her favorite destination. But, in the end, I did guess her favorite spot correctly!
I guess you can't really call the most remote place in the world "close to home", but it is a part of the United States! Lindsey was able to attend BYU Hawaii for a summer term in her undergrad years and she has never forgotten how much she loved it there. She says it was exotic, beautiful and perfect!
Alicia is the one who chose a place on the East Coast! After she graduated from High School, we took her on a trip back east where we visited with out dear friends, the Lyddys! They took us sight seeing to some fabulous historical places. Alicia fell in love with Boston!
I loved it, too. There is so much to see, so much history and so much good food! Alicia left there with a pair of shorts that said "Boston" across the rear!
Alicia says she also loves the beaches on the Atlantic. The water is warmer and they were beautiful!
Madalynn chose a place a little closer to home and easier to get to! San Diego!
Her first trip to San Diego was in the 6th grade and she has loved it ever since. Here is a photo from that time. She will kill me, but it is worth it.
Since that time, she has found chances to take trips to San Diego with friends when she can. It is a beautiful place!
And what is my choice you ask? Well at first I was going to pick Nauvoo, Illinois because I love it there. But, let's face it, this time of year will be hot and muggy there on the Mississippi River. So, I would be lying if I didn't share my all time favorite place to go!
I know, I am like a kid when it comes to Disneyland. The magic of it just overtakes me and lives in me. You can always cool off by going down Splash Mountain, (I scream), or on Grizzly Rapids. Or, go on the inside rides that are air conditioned. My first time to Disneyland was when I was 5 years old. I remember having to use the tickets and saving the treasured E tickets for the best rides. I remember my big sisters taking me when I would visit them in the summer. I wrote about our most recent trip here. I have so many happy memories of this place, and I love to go and I love to take people who have never been because you just can't do it justice with mere words.
So, those are some of our favorite places in the States. What are yours? There are so many, we would love to visit them all. Wouldn't you?
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One of the great things about living in Arizona is that in the winter is that we can take day trips to see the beautiful landscape of our state without being hindered by extreme weather or excessive cold. Sure, you have to be a little cautious about what the weather will be like in the high country. (We once had a slippery ride getting away from a snow trip to Flagstaff!) But, for the most part, the weather in Arizona during the winter makes being outdoors and sight-seeing fabulous!
While my daughter and her family were here for the holidays, we realized that her husband, Adrian, hadn't really seen much of the sights of Arizona. He was interested in seeing the red rocks he had heard about. So, we planned a day trip to Sedona.
Sedona is an easy trip from Phoenix. It only takes about
1 and 1/2 hours to get there. We didn't even get away from the house until around 10:30, because who wants to get up early during the holidays? You take the I-17 up to the turn off to Sedona which is exit 298 onto highway 179. You follow a beautiful scenic drive that leads to the city that many find mystical and inspiring because of the gorgeous red rock formations. My daughter, the geology fanatic, loves the striations of layers in the rocks and the formations from erosion. It is all fascinating.
We went up to The Chapel of the Holy Cross, which has the most beautiful vistas of the red rock formations the and valley below. It is a historic site in Sedona and always very busy. It is worth the trouble of finding a place to park because of the gorgeous views. Here is a slideshow of our visit.
From here, you can take the road into Sedona and then continue on 89A through Oak Creek Canyon all of the way to Flagstaff. That is a beautiful trip. In the Summer, Oak Creek Canyon is a great place to go because of Slide Rock! Slide Rock is a State Park with a natural waterslide/swimming area among the red rocks that is so much fun! In the Fall, the colors of the changing leaves in Oak Creek are magical.
In our case, we decided to go back the way we came to one of our favorite spots for a picnic. If you turn right instead of left off of the I17 at the Sedona exit, you follow a road to Wet Beaver Creek. This is one of the rare creeks in Arizona that flows all year. It is a little oasis in the middle of the high desert. There is a great swimming hole that is deep enough to jump into from the red rock ledge. It can be very crowded on summer weekends. We like to plan to go on a weekday. It is worth it to take a vacation day from work. The water is always cold and it always takes me forever to get used to it, but it is a nice relief from our summer heat. Of course, we weren't going swimming on this trip. We were just using the day use picnic site to eat sandwiches, to stretch our legs and to give our grandson some time out of the carseat. Here is another slideshow.
While we were out, we decided to go to another great destination that is only around 1 and 1/2 from Phoenix as well, and that is Prescott, AZ. Heading south on the I17 from Wet Beaver Creek, you exit onto the 169 W. and then take the 69 to drive through Prescott Valley and into Prescott. Prescott is known as Arizona's Christmas Town. The best place to start your visit in Prescott is at the Courthouse in the center of town. There is almost always something going on there. We have found craft shows and art shows there at various times and during the holidays there are beautiful decorations all around it.
It did rain on us a little in Prescott, but it just added to the holiday feel. When you leave the city, to return to Phoenix, you stay on the 69 and join the I17 at Cordes Junction.
We didn't spend a lot of money on this trip either. Just gas money and for a few drinks and snacks. We packed our picnic lunch from holiday leftovers. After seeing all three places, we were back home by 8:00 pm. It is great to take these frugal, memory making trips! If you live in Phoenix, or come for a visit, give these places a try. You won't regret it!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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