Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Out of the Kitchen, Down to Florida and Home Again

Yes, Quinn, I did get out of the kitchen last week, although it was what filled my days for the first three days of the week!

Monday I canned (pasta sauce, peach jam); Tuesday I canned and cooked (canned beans, cooked beans and potatoes, made beet salad) and froze (corn); Wednesday I canned and then restocked our Ravenswood booth. Then Thursday, we headed out, Florida-bound! It was time to go see our youngest son and his new family.

Tommy was married in March, a simple ceremony and we were not able to be there, unfortunately. His new wife has a daughter who is ten, and we've been getting to know them online. We'd met Lorena before and loved her, laughing over our language differences (she is Spanish-speaking); this time we got to know her daughter. What a beautiful child she is! Lorena's English is great now, and we were able to communicate much more easily. While I know some Spanish words, I am by no means conversant in the language, and Larry, well...not so much.

We had a great time. We left a day early so we could take the slow way to Cincinnati for our flight, and enjoyed seeing parts of the Ohio River we'd never seen before. More about that in future posts, I promise.

 We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and Tommy met us at the airport. That day was laid back, just enjoying being there and spending time with them. Saturday we ventured out to find Venezuelan food, the food of Lorena's home. All I can say about that is yum! we had arepas, I think they were called, and Lorena bought me some of the kind of flour used to make them so I can try it at home.

We came back to their place to celebrate Tommy's birthday with cake and ice cream. As a body builder, he rarely allows himself such treats, but for his birthday? Well, what's a birthday without it!

Saturday was another day of new food, for us--this time we went looking for Russian cuisine, and we found it. My goodness, it erased all the pre-conceived notions I had about Russian food! The choice was so wide I could not decide what to try, but we settled on a couple salad dishes, one a cucumber-cabbage salad and the other a beet salad--I am determined to find new ways to use beets. Both were delicious. I found recipes that look and sound like what we ate. I am definitely going to try to replicate them and will post here how they came out.

The food displays in the Russian places were gorgeous and inviting, and everything looked so fresh.

Our time went too quickly and all too soon we were back at the airport saying good-bye. We've been able to find low-cost airfare, a blessing, so we hope to continue to visit a couple times a year.

We took the slow road home from Cincinnati too, so it was late when we got in. Today is catch-up day--unpacking, laundry, and getting the exhaust on the van fixed as it decided to come apart on the way home. Then, time to prepare for this weekend's Inland Waterways Festival in Marietta, Ohio. And I have lots of ideas for new stories for that!

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Bbj said...

Glad you are home
Florida fantastic-my son and family live there now-moved from west coast
Flight from direct and inexpensive !!!
Enjoy being home

Bbj said...

Flight from
Huntington direct lol

Brig said...

I really need to get back to canning again, this darn glass top stove of mother's makes it near impossible. Although with it being 114 out I probably could just set the canning on the cement...
It sounds like you had a great time, congrats to your son and his new family. I like learning about other cultures through their food. Can't wait to see what your recipes are going to be like.

Granny Sue said...

Actually, Bbj, there were no flights from Huntington when we needed to go. I looked there first, of course. Even Columbus is closer, but it was $400 more to fly from there. So we opted for Cincinnati and the chance to drive along the river. I am glad we did :)

Quinn said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip in so many ways! It's great when the journey can become it's own special treat, in addition to the joy of the destination...and getting back home. Glad you got out of the kitchen for a little while, but your pantry will be a sight to behold come January I bet!

Granny Sue said...

It was great, Quinn :) Usually I am anxious to see the ocean but this time that didn't seem important for some reason. I was more interested in exploring some cultural foods and most especially hanging out with our newest family members. Today, it was back to business as usual, putting up pasta sauce.

Bbj said...

Wait until u try borscht
My daughter in law makes the best!
Glad u r back to blog but glad u had good trip!
Wish I had your energy for canning! Sounds fantastic!

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