Need some Lime with that Coconut

After exploring Iguana Island in the Exuma’s, several scouts brought coconuts back to the boat.  Between the shells and the coconuts, they were extremely proud of their haul.

Sometime after dinner, the shenanigans started.  First, secure an extra butter knife from the serving area.  Second get caught by an observant adult and making scouts return said knife.  Third, “borrow” larger knife from main galley.  Fourth, return knife and bring back chef to help crack the coconut.

Nothing tastes as good as fresh coconut milk and eating the tender meat!!

Mission accomplished.

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Prepping for Camping merit Badge

This week I am helping Sean get prepared for completing a couple requirements on his camping merit badge.

Step 1 – collect needed back packing equipment

Step 2 – see what you actually don’t need from the pack list. Determine what items can be multipurpose to eliminate more weight.

Step 3 – Test and use light weight stove before you need to demonstrate to instructor

Step 4 – determine best way to put out fire.

Step 5 – finish freeze dried dessert cooking on stove.


Step 6 – return to Back Woods, for more instruction on light weight fuel canister connection

Step 7 – try again

Tip of the Day – ALWAYS home test your equipment before you head out on your trip. It is more fun to royally fail without a full audience.

Thirsty Thursday is here

As we start the Memorial Day Weekend what better way to ensure you are prepared and look chic as well . . . the wine purse.

Hat Tip to crafty cooking college girl. Thanks!! you’ve made friends with the leawood ladies.

A Girl and her Rats


Want to have wine ready to go without the hassle of bottles? Here is your answer, and picnics, concerts (and any event for that matter) will never be the same! Also good for camping to keep bottles at home or throw a box wine in here and get rid of the box.  You’re welcome, enjoy your thirsty Thursday !

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Scout. He’s that dog. Newton re-incarnated

Rob’s and my first dog after marriage was a chocolate labrador named newton.  A big barrel chested dog that pretty much marched to his own drummer.  He was a confident, strong, barking, eating machine.  He defended his yard with all due vigor.  Our friends will even recall that he defended the airspace from hawks and airplanes, lest the invade if he wasn’t vigilant.

The eating was a particular problem, as he would pretty much eat anything that wasn’t nailed down.  If it was nailed down, he’d gnaw on it to his heart’s content.  We finally dubbed him the $1000 dollar dog and eventually stopped counting the $$ damage. In any event, just a partial list for items eaten were:  arms of new couches, sprinkler heads, table legs, toys, pool sweep, peaches (pits and all), brooms and a gold herring bone necklace.   In fact, he ate so many things, that when we watched “Marley & Me” it brought tears to our eyes as Newton was that dog.

Fast forward 19 years, and we brought another new baby home.  While he’s definitely a chewer, this weekend If felt compelled to start making the “list” of what Scout has eaten. As a point of record, it seems that we only start adding to the list when you have THAT MANY things eaten over a short period of time.

This weekend’s list.

  • remote control
  • wallet (missed the license and credit cards)
  • power cable
  • concrete
  • usaa bill




Happy Mother’s Day

It has been a couple (more than that), but a couple crazy weeks at Chez Day.  Work, school, scouts, dogs, etc.  So nice to have a perfect weather kind of weekend to just relax and hang out.

My mother’s day present is a new GoPro with all the goodies.  Jeremy (eldest son) has been raving about them from his broadcast class.  I figured with Bahama’s this summer, what better technology to bring home and get good with before we hit the high seas.

We have captured Scouts leaping bounds and his bark’all lots.  Buck too the cake this am.  We attached the chesty to him and took footage of him catching Kong Freezbies.  Now, as we load footage into programs that I have NO idea how they work, Jeremy has his costume cutlass out and is helping the dogs play (read exercise).

I love my boys.  I love my husband.  I am truly blessed.


Bottle Trees

You can find all sorts of references on Bottle Trees, but most seem to indicate that the practice started around 9th century Africa as a superstitious way to capture the evil spirit roaming around.  A bottle was hung in the tree.  When the wind blew you could hear the haunting whistles escaping from the the bottle.  The spirit was moaning trying to get out.  Blue bottles seemed most effective in capturing errant spirits.  But I am sure you could produce the same moaning with clear, green or brown glass.

Blue Bottle #1

A lovely Pinot Grigio

A lovely Pinot Grigio