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First trip to Menies Beach

I’d first read about Menies Beach when we were here before, but reading that it was at the end of a fairly long bumpy, rocky, dirt road, I didn’t want to take either of our cars there. Now that we’re back and I brought my Jeep with us, we finally had the opportunity to check out the beach. It was about an hour and a half drive to get there, but it gave me some off-the-pavement time, which I sorely needed. Below is a short clip of the journey to the beach.

This also gave me a chance to play around with GoPro Quik, so you’ll have to forgive me for the video itself. Hopefully I’ll get better with time… Anyways, enjoy the video, while we continue to rough it here in Crete.


Ginger’s Big Day

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Almost 19 years ago today, I met my beautiful wife, Ginger. It was 1998, I was still in the Army and had just got stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. A good friend of mine happened to know Ginger and, fortunately for me, introduced us (though it did take some time before she finally agreed to meet me). It didn’t take us long to fall in love and eventually get married just 6 months later. To say that my life was never the same would be an understatement. This woman fundamentally […]


Our Feathered Friends

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It’s been a while since we’ve posted on our new feathered family members, so I figured I’d give an update. They’re all about 8 weeks old now and getting bigger every day. A few weeks ago, they made the move to the big outdoors, otherwise known as “The Big House”, thanks to Tristan. Fortunately for our birds, they live in beautiful Arizona, so even though it is winter, they get plenty of outdoor time. 60+ degree days help them out there, though I’m not so sure how happy they’re gonna […]


Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

First, let me tell you this: in our house, the TV is almost permanently tuned into the Food Network. Seriously – we love watching this station. When we change the channel, it typically gets changed to the Cooking Channel. Notice a pattern yet? Okay, so I have watched a few shows that talked about Mexican street corn and each time, my mouth started watering! So when I was at the grocery store last week, I saw some fresh ears of corn and decided it was time to give this a try. The other night, I cooked this up along with some grilled chicken tacos. Let me tell you… These were DELICIOUS! They got 2 thumbs up by the kids and grown-ups alike. If you’ve never tried this before, let me tell you – you are missing out! If you do try it, let me give you a hint – don’t be afraid to slather on the mixture. The more, the better!

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Rating: 51

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/4 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  3. 1/2 cup finely crumbled cotija or feta cheese, plus more for serving
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ancho or guajillo chili powder, plus more for serving
  5. 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  6. 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
  7. 4 ears shucked corn
  8. 1 lime, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, chili powder, garlic, and cilantro in a large bowl. Stir until homogenous and set aside.
  3. When grill is hot, place corn directly on to grill and cook, rotating occasionally, until cooked through and charred in spots on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes total.
  4. Transfer corn to plate and use a large spoon or spatula to evenly coat the corn on all sides with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with extra cheese and chili powder and serve immediately with lime wedges.
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*Photo and recipe courtesy of Serious Eats.




Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye, making
a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was having it
so that after he had had it he would still
have it. It would be there. With a flick
of a switch, there it would be. But he
would not be in it. He would never be in it

— “The Vacation” by Wendell Berry


Took the test for VMware Certified Professional 5 yesterday and passed! Scored a 400, which I guess isn't too bad. ~ Matt



Chania – How I Miss Thee

Saw this video posted on Facebook the other day and just had to share it. This was where we lived for 2 1/2 years and I find myself dreaming of those days. Chania is definitely one of those places that will always have a hold on me, beckoning me to return. Oh Chania – how I miss thee! Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll find myself back there again one day. In the meantime, I thank God for the memories shared with friends – of the people, of the food, and of those oh so beautiful waters.