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Boz Scaggs –

Last month, Hubby saw that Boz Scaggs was performing in SO CAL with James Ingram. 
I have never seen Boz live and I really wanted to go. 
I have a secret confession – I have a favorite Boz CD that I listen to while balancing the checkbook. 
It makes the task tolerable.   

The tickets for the ‘nose bleed’ section of the venue were reasonable but I wanted to see him larger than an ant. 
The tickets in the pit were $300 +…. 
Too rich for my (summer vacation without a check) blood. 
I will have to settle for watching old videos on youtube.

Here’s Boz and one of my favorite songs.

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Hubby’s first view of the Grand Canyon left him slack-jawed for about ten minutes.
Sam couldn’t believe how far down it was to the floor of the canyon, and I didn’t remember how awe- inspiringly-beautiful it was.
(Is that a word? It should be.)   
The Nintendo DS stayed in the car. 
The storm that had been chasing us was circling back around.  After about 30 minutes the thunder and lightening started.  Sam watched a bolt of lightening strike miles across the canyon.  It was then that we decided it was time to head for the lodge. 

You know how when you sleep in a bed other than your own it’s hard to drift off right away? 
Not for Hubby and I. 
Sam, it was another story.  Of course, he’d slept 6 + hours in the back seat so he read for awhile. 
He found the bible that the Gideons left in a drawer. 
Revelations. 
Seriously. 
Maybe it’s the video games, maybe it’s the generation, but his attitude is – “Bring it On!” 
Oh.
And, he loves the ending. 
He finally turned off the light around midnight but not before he hummed us a couple of songs from his last orchestra recital. 

The next morning it was beautiful outside, not a cloud in the sky.  At the Red Feather Lodge, when we were there they had continental breakfast tickets they gave us at check-in.  At the lodge’s restaurant, “Cafe Tusayan” they offer either a continental breakfast or $5.50 off your breakfast chosen from the menu.  It was delicious and filling.  Our top piece of advice would be to pick a hotel that offers a breakfast in the morning.  Several of the hotels where we stayed offered this benefit. 

After breakfast our plan was to drive around the park and see as much as we could by car.  Sam wanted to take in the IMAX theatre showing of “The Grand Canyon.”  We had a coupon for 10% off…$7.00 for a party of 6.  How much does this movie cost, anywat?  We ended up not going, we’ve seen the IMAX movies about Yellowstone & Mt Saint Helen’s. 
Hubby told Sam…”The Grand Canyon is spread out before us, who wants to see a movie?”  Apparently Sam did.  But he got over it. 

We invite you to view some of our photos of the Grand Canyon, while you listen to a favorite singer of our family. 
The song fits perfectly.  If the name Steven Curtis Chapman sounds familiar, it is because besides Steven being a DOVE award winning song writer, singer and composer, the Chapman family suffered a severe loss 15 months ago when one of their daughters died in a tragic accident at their home.  Keep this family in your prayers. 

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I am cheating – you saw this one in a previous post. 

 

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 Who needs a DS right now. 

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That elusive lightening got away again. 

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Glad there were no snakes hiding in here.

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During one of those cross country trips when I was a tween one of the 8 tracks that we played a lot was an Nat King Cole album. 
There was one song in particular that popped back in my head during our recent whirlwind tour of National Parks.  When we were in Williams, Arizona, I saw this sign and I couldn’t stop singing the song.  Sam thought I was nuts.  Since I am a mom, I guess he thinks that anyway.

The 8 track tape has been long since donated to the Smithsonian so I don’t know the title of the album it appeared on, but I managed to find it on youtube….They have EVERYTHING! 

 

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“Arrrrh…there be spoilers ahead….”  Oops – wrong movie. 

I managed to round up, feed and get three “tweens” in the car yesterday morning in time for us to catch the first showing of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”  Try explaining to kids in “summer time brain mode” that the odds of seeing a premiere at the second showing on the day it opens is a rare thing indeed. 
They were surprised to see a queue around the building. 
Pardon my British “accent” but I’ve just finished a great book that I will post about soon.  It’s all done in British dialogue and I’ve rather picked it up.  That, and the kids thought that we should watch all 5 previous movies to prepare for the new one.  I’ve sounded a bit like Molly Weasley all week.  I was the only one who re-read the book; I told the kids the books would have Bonus Materials not found in the movie. 

I’m glad our theatre was filled with mothers, kids and retired people.  No one hushed me when I had to explain why Hermione was crying in the stairwell with Harry…why Harry was comforting her…and why Ron doesn’t seem to get it. 
It was my niece who asked, “Why doesn’t Ron get IT?” 
She’s years beyond her cousin in relational comprehension and she’s only 3 months older. 

All in all we gave it a Four Thumbs up. 
You’ve got to love “Ginny Weasley” in this clip. 
In the theatre, all 3 kids lean into me and said, “Mom! Auntie E…she sounds like you!” 

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I love maps; I studied geography in college, not as part of my career goals, but just because it was interesting. 

When my friend and blogging buddy told me about ClustrMaps and I saw the link info on her site, it looked like fun. 
I like seeing where the people who visit my blog come from.  It makes me feel connected to the world, and chances are I will never visit some of the far flung places in the world that drop by my blog for a visit.  Welcome.  Stay and have a cup of tea while you read.   Someday I hope to get to Europe & stay in a castle, any castle will do.  (I know they are drafty…I will bring a sweater.) We have plans for an Alaskan cruise in 2010….but I’m afraid that my long desired trip to the Holy Land will have to wait.

When I was growing up, my family travelled cross-country…three times…from coast to coast…by car.  When we lived in the east, there were trips to Georgia, Florida and the east coast…New York, New England, Canada and our nation’s capital. 
I was always in charge of the AAA Trip-tick on these adventures.  I read aloud from the appropriate tour book that listed the hotels and points of interest along the way. 

I know what you’re thinking…..”Oh how romantic and fun that must have been!”…..traveling by car, learning about the United States, meeting interesting people…visiting national parks, monuments, historic cities…seeing America up close…Yes, that would have been fun. 
Let me clarify…
I would have enjoyed the maps, the traveling and the history much more, if my father was the kind of person that actually pulled over to enjoy the scenic outlooks that the tour books boasted about. 

Rather, our stops were fast…fill the car up with gas and a potty break for the occupants…including the dog.  Sometimes the stops were just to let the dog out for a quick pee and maybe  a poop.  Teddy got really good at holding it in for…..hours.  She was the only dog I have ever seen who could cross her legs.  Since she also had motion sickness, we had to give her Dramamine.  I still have a vivid memory of her vomiting on the edge of a mountain road on the way to Big Bear, CA.  Poodle puke is not pretty. 
Sad face. 

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Some of these cross country road trips also included my 70-ish year old grandmother.  
While having three generations trapped in a vehicle is great for family togetherness & bonding….one member of our family was not thrilled.  You see, my dog HATED the sound of my grandma’s voice. 
So we had to medicate her during the trips….the dog…not my grandmother.   

Fortunately for Teddy, the Dramamine helped her sleep…again, the dog slept…. not my grandmother.
Oh no!  Grandma did not sleep, maybe briefly doze off perhaps, but never a good long nap…filling the car with peaceful quiet….
Those brief ‘cat naps’ (sorry Teddy) gave Grandma the energy to talk, a lot.  Grandma had opinions to force upon you share; people to gossip talk about…

My grandmother did not approve of the music selections, restaurant choices (she wasn’t paying), conversation topics, or the level of the air conditioning.  She was not afraid of loudly voicing her opinions and Grandma’s opinions were many. 
During her lectures, Teddy would have her head buried in my mom’s armpit, even the Dramamine didn’t help. 
Sometimes she would whimper….(yes, the dog.) 
There were times during the trips that I’m sure my dad wished he could slip her a ‘little something’…in this case…his mother…not the dog.

As far as the music selections, don’t get excited.  We had approximately a dozen 8 Track tapes…remember those?  Montavanni & His Orchestra, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Doc Severinsen (from Tonight Show fame), Nat King Cole….(I heard Mona Lisa so many times that I could probably re-write an arrangement  of it today, myself – from memory.)  Then, there was the very jazzy 8 track tape that came with the car.  I can’t remember all the performers, but every time I hear Carlos Santana’s “Oye como va“, I am transported to a long stretch of deserted highway somewhere in the continental US. 
I actually have the music playing “as we speak”…it’s giving me, my inspiration.

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While Grandma claimed to not like the the uptempo numbers, she kept time by tapping on the passenger window….for miles……(she really liked the Carlos Santana piece.)  Sometimes we could get a smile out of Grandma by singing a chorus of “Sweet Hour of Prayer” along with Tennessee Ernie Ford in Donald Duck voices.  And they call this…talent. 
There were other artists, but I can’t remember the titles now…the tapes have long since been donated to the Smithsonian. 
(Although Manilow’s “Even Now ” 8 track is still around here somewhere.  Notice:  Any snotty anti-Barry Manilow comments will earn you an immediate place of dishonor in the Spam folder.)

During one rather eventful trip, my mom was seated behind my grandmother.  Mom was in the direct line air conditioning for hours;  she had a serious case of bronchitis/pneumonia by the time we reached our destination.  Luckily, hospitals are also listed in the AAA tour books.

I saw the Grand Canyon as a ‘tween.’  My father parked the car, we got out, walked to edge, stared out and took a photo.  I still have the pic of me and Teddy in a photo album…acid free of course.  My dad said “that’s the Grand Canyon.”  We got back in the car.  The little tour had taken away 10 minutes from our valuable drive time. 

Teddy was not without her colorful moments.  Once in Canada after the Olympics in Montreal, a lovely Canadian with a French accent asked if he could pet Teddy.   I did not understand, “Does she bite?  in French….fortunately he moved his hand before she tried to give him a nip.   She was an adorable dog, and the fact that she wore her security ‘blanket’ sweater even in the summer made her even cuter.  I apologized profusely for my dog, I must have had the gene for diplomacy even then.  The gentleman was very kind and accepted my regrets for the behavior of my medicated poodle.  Turned out he was some sort of Canadian diplomat….good thing Teddy did not start an international incident. 

My husband’s traveling experiences were similar to mine. 
His family made approximately 15 trips between CA and the Midwest during his childhood. 
My in-laws had two weeks vacation each year and they did not want to spend all of it driving.  Hubby’s father and mother would take turns at the wheel, stopping only for potty breaks until they reached their destination.  Hubby’s CA grandma would make sandwiches for the trip….
Hubby says they had to hope the food would last and not spoil….luckily Coleman coolers had been invented by then…..

His family would always begin their journeys late at night or in the wee morning hours…to get through the desert while it was cool. 
Of course this meant the first leg of the trip was in the dark….making it difficult to see the beautiful scenery. 
There were often conversations like the following –
“Hey Kids!  Here’s Yosemite….But Dad, it’s 3 am – it’s kinda dark!” 
“Oh look!  That was an indian reservation!…Really? Where?” 
It’s a wonder when we were growing up that neither one of us had whiplash from watching the scenery zoom past. 

Hubby is willing to share some personal anecdotes of travelling with his family: 
One trip all the children had coloring books.  They kept the new crayons in a coffee can…never put a coffee can filled with crayons in the back window of an Oldsmobile on a hot August morning…..

There was the time in Arizona….on a indian reservation…surprisingly enough during daylight hours…when Father-in-law bought fireworks.  “FIL” thought he was purchasing the tiny ‘lady fingers’ fireworks, when what he actually bought were full fledged firecrackers.  “FIL” thought it would be funny to light one off in the car…..I mean, light a firework in the car…don’t EVEN get me started on personal emissions.  After the blast rocked the station wagon, I’m surprised they all didn’t lose their hearing.  Could this be why sometimes Hubby says “Huh?” when I ask him a question?   

…Then there was the time that the brakes went out on the Oldsmobile, coming down out of Loveland Pass in Colorado…wheee…Rocky Mountain Higgggggggggh!  My mother-in-law nearly had a nervous breakdown from the joy ride down the mountain road. 

I don’t think I can tell you what happened in Yosemite…I’ll check to see if there’s a statute of limitations on flowers before my next post on Clustr Maps.  So – between hubby and I, we’d seen lots of the country by car…at 60 – 70  miles an hour or whatever….speed that our fathers could get by with…the speed limit allowed…often in the dark.

Coming in Part II – Stories from the Road when you take the time to stop and “Smell (Don’t pick) the Flowers!”

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Judging by the number of “hits” my soup recipe has received this week – this meal will be served across a few continents this coming Sunday.  If you are on a restricted salt diet, just buy the ingredients with “no salt.”  You can use fresh spices like cumin & chili powder instead of the taco seasoning packet.  If you can’t find Hidden Valley Ranch dry salad dressing mix, you can leave it out and the soup will turn out fine.  I found an organic dry ranch dressing mix today at my store.  HVR is LOADED with MSG.  I even found a low salt/no MSG taco seasoning mix.
This post is from 2009 – but I am bringing it “forward” to make it easier to find. 

*Superbowl Sunday 2012:  I have just made a pot of this soup and now I remember that I would make it for 3 hungry sons, at least 3 of their friends, Hubby and myself.  Today there’s just 3 of us having soup so I’ve made some adjustments:

1 pound of meat
1 can of corn, you pick your favorite kind
2 cans stewed tomatoes, (put thru the blender if you live with tomato chunk haters like I do)
2 cans tomato paste instead of sauce

I think I will still need some freezer containers to store the leftovers.  : )

At our house, the countdown has begun for the Super Bowl.  The guys are all excited.  They’ve been remembering their days playing high school football when I would call from the stands….”What inning are we in?”

I have no idea which teams are playing, but I will be watching….. the commercials.  I have reserved my spot on the couch.  I will be scrap booking during the game; and riveted to the screen during the commercials.  I will never forget the commercial one year about “Cat Herding.”

The other part of the Superbowl that my family loves is the food.  There are some recipes that I only make a couple times a year.  I will be sharing a few of those with you this week.  My sons gasp!  “Mom!  You’re sharing your recipes?!”  I know, shocking isn’t it?

This Superbowl Soup recipe was given to me by a girlfriend.  She got it from a PTA mom.  It’s fast, delicious and the boys love it.  This soup is happy to sit in the crock pot all afternoon during the game.  You can make it mild or spicy hot depending on your family’s tastes.

If it is as cold there as it is here…..
that alone is reason enough to make this delicious soup.

Superbowl Soup

1 medium bermuda onion, chopped
2 pounds ground sirloin or turkey meat
1 16oz can kidney beans
1 16 oz can chili beans
1 16 oz can red beans
(you can even add a can of low salt black beans)
1 4 oz can Ortega diced green chilies
1 10 oz can white corn
2 16 oz cans summer corn or yellow corn
3 cans Rotele Mexican tomatoes or 3 cans stewed tomatoes (12-16oz)
1 pkg Lawry’s taco seasoning mix (dry)
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dry salad dressing mix
2-3 cans tomato sauce

Saute the onions in a small amount of olive oil.  Transfer to a large soup pot or crock pot.  Brown the ground beef or turkey; drain fat.  Drain corn.  Add all ingredients (except the tomato sauce) to the soup/crock pot.  (I love these recipes where you just dump everything in a pot and let it go.)
Simmer over low to medium heat until heated through.  Add tomato sauce to reach the desired consistency.  You can add less corn.
If you like it hotter…whew…add tomatoes with jalapenos.

We always have shredded cheese and sour cream on the buffet table so people can help themselves.  Other choices: chopped avocado, diced tomatoes, sliced peppers, (don’t rub your eyes) and chopped Bermuda onion.  I also like to serve a slice of fresh baked corn bread to go with it, especially if someone gets a little carried away with the Anaheim chilies.

I don’t know if the Prize Patrol still surprises the Publisher’s Clearing House winner after the Big game….but guys…I’ll be home!  Bring me a check and there will be plenty of Superbowl Soup for you!

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