Saturday, August 30, 2008
The kids have to wear chitons while living in ancient Greece, so Mac and I put together this costume from instructions that he brought home from school that called for using a twin sheet. We made a few adjusts such as only having one sleeve verses two. Mac read that most men only wore the chiton over one arm leaving their right arm free to do work. I also had to hem the sheet as it was too long, and trim the side as it was too wide. All in all it was a very easy project and Mac was pleased with the end result.
Artisan Jasmine Tea - as it brews it unfurls into a beautiful flower
Zucchini bread and crackers with aged Wisconsin cheese, garden tomatoes and basil
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The downfall to the afternoon at the beach was stinky sandals! The kids went into the lake with their sandals on and their feet and sandals never smelled the same again. The first thing I did upon returning home was to throw both pairs into the wash!
And of course exiting the tour through the retail store gave us yet another opportunity to bring home even more Jelly Belly beans. Ugh!
The boys and I opted to buy a bag of the Belly Flops which are Jelly Belly rejects. They still have that same great taste but not the perfect shape. Since the bag of Belly Flops has a variety of beans in it, the fun part is figuring out which flavor you're about to sample. At one point Keith was the guinea pig and was told, "here dad you taste this one and see what it is; it's either juicy pear or booger flavor." Luckily for Keith it turned out to be juicy pear.
This was the first time that I had afternoon tea with my boys and surprisingly, it was a pleasant experience for all of us. Anaba's was very accommodating. When the boys turned their noses up at the cranberry-walnut scones (which I thought sounded delicious), our server brought us two chocolate-chocolate chip scones instead and the boys devoured them. We were served three tiers of sandwiches, scones and even crumpets. The scones and crumpets were served with an apple jelly, Devonshire cream and lemon curd. On the bottom tier, along with the scones and crumpets were two delicious five-spiced carrot tarts made with chai caramel and poppy seeds. I've never tasted anything like it. The tart crust tasted like a combination of a carrot cake and cookie. Ethan and I both thought these were delicious. The top and middle tiers were sandwiches, and boy were they heavenly. There was a tuna sandwich with capers, olives and lemon garlic mayo, a cucumber sandwich made with minted cream cheese, and roasted pistachios, a chicken salad sandwich made with cranberries and walnuts mixed with sweet Vidalia onion dressing served open faced on spicy ginger maté scone, and a cilantro and lime shrimp with watercress, tomato and green onion also served open faced on spicy ginger maté scone.
Anaba is definitely one of the best tea rooms that I've been to. The food and tea were unique as well as delicious. It was definitely the highlight of my trip and I hope to have the opportunity to go back again.
The kids' top pick -- the primates. There were many species and several had babies. There were orangutans, gorillas, spider monkeys and lemurs, just to name a few. Another a big hit with boys were the Birds of Prey. We met a blind eagle that was in captivity because it had been shot in the eye, and a crow that flew through the audience picking up cans and putting them in the recycling bins.
If you're in the Milwaukee area, the zoo is definitely worth a visit.
The super slide was Mac's favorite (the one in the brown shirt), he went down it several times.
The scrambler, another favorite of the boys
Ethan's favorite -- getting to ride a horse
Some of the highlights for the kids were laying on a bed of 3000 nails and the flight simulator, where Ethan perfectly landed a huge military aircraft.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
King Macdanabar is the king of The Forest Wizards -- good wizards, the benevolent kind. He is in charge forest restoration. He seeks to enhance and protect natural habitats for all creatures. He uses his magical walking stick made with daylilies and garden flowers to help King Ethanmenar fight off the evil trolls.