Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Round Up

As we were on holiday for all of August, there was obviously a lot more eating out and other forms of not-cooking than usual. Though we still managed to eat a few home-cooked meals.  Not many, though!

  • 31st: Bacon sandwiches, scrambled eggs
  • 30th: In transit, dinner on US Airways...
  • 29th: Dinner at Charleston's
  • 28th: Dinner at Galaxy Diner on Route 66
  • 27th: Taco bonanza
  • 26th: In transit, no proper meals
  • 25th: Chicken Pasta Alfredo at a friend's house
  • 24th: Sweetcorn, Sausages, Watermelon
  • 23rd: Bits & Pieces
  • 22nd: Dinner at the Nautilus Diner
  • 21st: Dinner at Cracker Barrel, Rehoboth Beach
  • 20th: Lunch at Mount Vernon Inn, Dinner at a Japanese Restaurant
  • 19th: Dinner at Cheesecake Factory
  • 18th: Dinner with friends: chicken, pasta, kale, salad, baba ganoush, etc
  • 17th: Pizza at our party
  • 16th: Lunch for Dinner
  • 15th: Shrimp, crabcakes, fries at a friend's house
  • 14th: Pick up meal from whatever was around
  • 13th: Brunch out, no real dinner
  • 12th: Lunch for Dinner
  • 11th: Lunch out, no real dinner
  • 10th: Cookout at a friend's house
  • 9th: Stir fried vegetables with pasta
  • 8th: Popeye's Takeaway
  • 7th: Picnic Lunch Dinner with Shrimp
  • 6th: Dinner out at Outback Steak House
  • 5th: Lunch for Dinner
  • 4th: Hotdogs and Hamburgers
  • 3rd: Dinner out at Mi Rancho
  • 2nd: Sausages, Sweetcorn, Asparagus, etc
  • 1st: Dinner out at Metro Diner

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Before the baby...


JR and Amber, who probably consider themselves the real babies of my brother's household, really enjoyed having extra people around to pay them attention.



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Get your kicks (or at least dinner) on Route 66...


Girls dancing in the bed of Steve's pickup - after dinner at Galaxy Diner, on the actual Route 66, in Flagstaff, AZ.


mmm, beer.


Philly cheesesteak with onion rings


BLTA - the a for avocado...

A day at the Big Hole


No trip to Arizona can be complete without a trip to the Grand Canyon.  Of course, the day we went, it was chilly and rainy - what are the chances of being cold and wet in Arizona? (Higher up north, of course, than in the desert, where my brother lives).


Luckily, the sun came out later and warmed us up.

Perhaps the visibility wasn't quite as good as it might have been on a clear day, but it was still rather impressive.










Between the weather and having a small baby with us, we didn't do a lot of walking along the trails - mostly used the free shuttle buses and just got out and had a good look at some of the viewing points. Someday, it would be nice to go back, and spend more time there - stay overnight perhaps and try to go down into the Canyon itself.  But it was a nice introduction to this rather spectacular piece of geography.


Here's the Colorado River, a mile below us on the Canyon Floor. It looks tiny, but it's still hundreds of feet wide at many points.


We saw a bit of wildlife - Western Bluebird,


and some ravens, which seem to be all over the place. We also saw an elk, but only from the shuttle bus, so the photo is terrible!

I also enjoyed the flora - still quite scraggly and very different from home, but much more lush and green than down in Scottsdale.


Some of us perhaps didn't get that much out of the visit, but as she lives in Arizona, I'm sure she'll get another chance!



Dad & Mom enjoyed the Canyon, though - first road trip for Baby Elise!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A brief tour of Scottsdale and environs


We started out from my brother's house and took a wee drive around the local area, just to have a look at things like cacti and mountains and so on...


This palm is actually in a neighbour's garden.




The roads are all planted like this around where Steve lives.


We went out to the start of a trail up into the mountains - not to have a long walk, but just to check out the flora and fauna.



Teddy Bear Cactus


Prickly pear


A bit of cactus skeleton from a dead plant.



Barrel cactus with a blossom coming out.


Dessert rabbit trying to pretend he's actually part of the rock...


Little skink or something like that.


Sideways saguaro  not sure why it's sideways as I turned it before uploading it... will try to turn it again later.


Some partridge crossing the road - there were tons of them crossing the road in cute little families.

Dinner, 27/8/13: Taco Bonanza


It's always nice to be cooked for, but when the person cooking for you is as good as my brother, it's even better. Originally, we were going to have tacos last night for dinner, but with the plane being delayed so much due to the haboob (dust storm) we didn't get in until nearly midnight.  So we had the tacos for a late lunch today - it will be our primary meal, though.  Just as well as I think we are all stuffed.


In addition to the usual taco ingredients, Steve had four different kinds of taco shells (hard corn shells, soft flour shells steamed, soft flour shells lightly fried and steamed white corn shells) for us to choose from - I felt it my duty to have at least one of each kind, just to be fair...

And then there was swimming...




Belgian Waffles




House of Many Cuddles