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Summer Vacations & Bakery Karma

On this episode of the podcast, we’re talking about summer vacations while sipping on this refreshing cocktail/mocktail:

Mango Iced Tea Cooler (adapted from Veg Recipes of India)

Makes 4 drinks

  • Brew 4 cups of your favorite black tea at double strength, and let it cool. (I used my brother David’s signature blend of Earl Grey: Equal parts Earl Grey and Earl Grey Creme from Teavana)
  • Puree 3 cups of mango in a blender or food processor (I just used frozen mango chunks)
  • Add the tea, juice of 1 lemon, and simple syrup to taste
  • Serve over ice (shot of vodka optional, but recommended)

We dish about the best vacations we’ve ever had. Kelsey’s top trips include exploring in Portugal and relaxing in Montana. Erica reminisces about the perfect trip to Maui.

But then there are those vacations that don’t go so well. Kelsey shares about a disastrous Vegas vacation, and Erica recounts a fall weekend in Sedona complete with smoke inhalation.

We talk about our fond memories from family summer vacations growing up, our own personal vacation bucket list destinations, and what it takes to make for a successful vacation with other couples.

We also share the funny quirks or habits we only exhibit on vacation, and our personal packing styles. Erica is working on packing more like this.

In current obsessions, Kelsey is crushing hard on her newly organized garage, and Erica has a new found love for greek yogurt with Chobani Flips.

In neighborhood news, Erica has a run-in with an aforementioned political sign. Kelsey met a very congenial young man while walking Erica’s dogs, is very pleased with the customer service of our municipality, and is feeling optimistic about a neighborhood bakery after some research.

12 responses to “Summer Vacations & Bakery Karma”

  1. Woohoo,thanks for the shout out! Gulf Shores 2015?? I actually took the time to look up the cost of staying at the Sea Chase recently and thought through the logistics of us all not being able to fit in one condo anymore, thus making the cost pretty outrageous. Also, that drive from AZ would be the worst. But I am determined to get us back there!
    In other news, I love capsule packing! It makes it so much easier. I’m still getting the hang of it, but each time I pack, no matter how long I’ll be gone, I try to pack in the same small suitcase. It forces me to make tough decisions about what I actually need. Toiletries seem to be the hardest thing for me to pare down – but that’s what husbands’ suitcases are for! 🙂

  2. Woohoo,thanks for the shout out! Gulf Shores 2015?? I actually took the time to look up the cost of staying at the Sea Chase recently and thought through the logistics of us all not being able to fit in one condo anymore, thus making the cost pretty outrageous. Also, that drive from AZ would be the worst. But I am determined to get us back there!
    In other news, I love capsule packing! It makes it so much easier. I’m still getting the hang of it, but each time I pack, no matter how long I’ll be gone, I try to pack in the same small suitcase. It forces me to make tough decisions about what I actually need. Toiletries seem to be the hardest thing for me to pare down – but that’s what husbands’ suitcases are for! 🙂

  3. We REALLY REALLY need to reinstitute some kind of big Caldwell family trips. I’ll bring the cookies! Ah, the Sea Chase, I had forgotten the name! And the CB radios!

  4. We REALLY REALLY need to reinstitute some kind of big Caldwell family trips. I’ll bring the cookies! Ah, the Sea Chase, I had forgotten the name! And the CB radios!

  5. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has “hangry” vacation arguments. Mine usually involve coffee or lack there of…I’m always so surprised when I get to airports that don’t seem to have any food in them!

  6. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has “hangry” vacation arguments. Mine usually involve coffee or lack there of…I’m always so surprised when I get to airports that don’t seem to have any food in them!

  7. Yes! This is why I’m so obsessed with having my own food. If only I could bring a thermos of good coffee with my to through airport security I would!

  8. Yes! This is why I’m so obsessed with having my own food. If only I could bring a thermos of good coffee with my to through airport security I would!

  9. I have to say, seeing wolves in Yellowstone is amazing. Yellowstone, period, is amazing, a definite ‘must-see’. We were lucky enough to see wolves with their pups playing (from a very far distance, through some ‘professional’ animal watchers high-powered scopes), and it was one of the coolest things I will ever see (Plus wolves are my very favourite animal…) We also got to see a grizzly bear out in the wild (once again, from a very, very far distance, but cool nonetheless). It is on our bucket list of places to return to, for sure.

  10. I have to say, seeing wolves in Yellowstone is amazing. Yellowstone, period, is amazing, a definite ‘must-see’. We were lucky enough to see wolves with their pups playing (from a very far distance, through some ‘professional’ animal watchers high-powered scopes), and it was one of the coolest things I will ever see (Plus wolves are my very favourite animal…) We also got to see a grizzly bear out in the wild (once again, from a very, very far distance, but cool nonetheless). It is on our bucket list of places to return to, for sure.

  11. WOW, what an experience! It’s definitely something I want to do as soon as the kids are old enough to go and enjoy it.

  12. WOW, what an experience! It’s definitely something I want to do as soon as the kids are old enough to go and enjoy it.

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