Friday, September 30, 2011

Green Monster Smoothies

Time to do a quick camera dump before Brent's sister and brother-in-law get here tomorrow. I haven't been taking as many pictures recently...and though it's kind of been a nice break, I miss it too. So I'm glad we have Lorren and Cole here next week because visitors are always a great excuse to pull out the camera (and go to lots of yummy restaurants! Yippee!)

Walter has free rein of the couches and bed here in our Grand Cayman apartment. Not a rule we allowed in Cincinnati, but hey, this isn't our furniture :) So it always amuses me when he chooses to cozy up on the office chair. But isn't he cute with his little paws resting on the arm like that?

This weekend we made several batches of this Green Monster Smoothie. A while back I posted about my love for homemade Magic Bullet smoothies, and my friend Mary mentioned I should sneak some spinach in there. I was unsure, but tucked away the idea. Then I saw the recipe for Green Monster Smoothies on pinterest, found out there was a whole movement for them, and decided to give it a go.

My mix is frozen peaches and pineapple, spinach, banana, orange juice and flax seed. It was delicious. You really can't taste the spinach, and there's nothing I love more then getting a serving of veggies without having to eat them! And of course, spinach is one of the BEST SuperFoods. Cheers to that!

One last Walter picture to close the post. Walter snuggling with his BFF, orange ball. Man, he loves that thing.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Grand Cayman Restaurants

As I mentioned in my most recent post, before our last date night Brent and I compiled a list of all the restaurants we've already been to on island.  While doing this, I realized how hard it was to find a specific restaurant on our blog.  All my blog posts about restaurants have the "Grand Cayman Restaurants" label, but you have to scroll through a lot of long posts to find any specific one!

So I thought it might be helpful to have the whole list with links to our posts on the dining experience in one handy reference place.  Hence, my new page up top entitled "Grand Cayman Restaurants."  There you will find a short list of our favorite recommendations, and a long list of all the places we've been.  We don't take pictures/write blog posts every time we go out, but a good number have corresponding links.  If you have recommendations or favorites you'd like to share, feel free to do so on the comments part of that page.  My hope is that this will be helpful to our visiting family/friends, as well as anyone else taking a break from reality on this wonderful island.

Monday, September 19, 2011

This and That

It's been a while since the old blog got an update. Here's a couple pictures to highlight what we've been up to.

Jodi's First Birthday

Our friends JP and Lisa celebrated their daughter's first birthday with a cupcake party at Camana Bay. Jodi loved her first taste of sugar!

Seven Mile Beach Sunset

Brent had a Friday night work event a week ago, so I decided to walk to the beach by myself. Once I got there, I was eaten alive by mosquitoes. I snapped two pictures and had to turn around. The trip wasn't a complete waste - I also got TCBY on the way home :)

It's funny...when we moved here we were told that the mosquitoes were awful, but I hadn't felt one bite. I'm usually extremely prone to the little beast, so I thought at last I had found a breed that didn't like me. Little did I know that the mosquitoes didn't show up till about June. I can't wait till fall when we can enjoy the evening weather again!

Date Night

This Friday night Brent and I went on a date to Hemingways. We actually made a list of all the restaurants we've been to on island (the purpose being to make sure we hit all of our favorites again), and I was shocked at the number! We decided to try somewhere new; Hemingways is the restaurant at Grand Cayman Beach Suites. We had the place to ourselves!

This is the complimentary appetizer from the chef. Brent thought he said it was parsley custard...

My beef dish was AMAZING. It had apples, blackberries, caramelized onions and several kinds of sauce. Even the bread sticks were delectable. Brent's pan seared wahoo wasn't as good, but I was glad we were able to split both.

Lazy Weekends

Every now and then we'll pull out the couch to cuddle and watch a movie. Here's Brent checking some fantasy football.

Walter loves the pull out couch too!

It's been pretty rainy recently. July and August didn't feel like "rainy season," but it's been especially cloudy this week. The last two Saturdays we took Walter to Spotts beach, and left when we saw lightning. I don't mind a little rain - it's nice to tuck away inside to watch football (Brent) and do some reading (Katie). I just hope it clears up for Lorren and Cole's visit in two weeks!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Water like Glass

I have a really hard time capturing the beauty of Seven Mile Beach in a picture. This particular evening was the aftermath of a drizzly day. The result was a beautiful mix of dark blue clouds and crystal clear ocean.

I used to love the colored glass bottles lined in the windows of my grandma's house. That's exactly what this turquoise water reminds me of.

All evening I had been trying to capture the turquoise ripple taking place as the waves hit the shore. As soon as I took this shot, I put my camera to rest. Perfect.