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Family Fun & Adventure

So my Mom's family has been doing this family trip to the beach for a little R&R for about 
3 years now.

And this weekend was the winning weekend.


Everyone else (mostly) took off for the beach on Thursday. 
Bunny & I packed up Thursday day, but we both had to work Thursday night,
so we got out of the homestead Friday morning.

NightShade is ready to roll - with tea & coffee!

We got on the road around 10:30ish and the drive was beautiful!
No problems with road ways what so ever
which is saying something cause Hurricane Matthew done torn up some of NC ya'll.

Got to the campground around 1ish 
(I guess, I was actually asleep in the passenger seat so not sure of the time)

As you can see, there were 3 campers in our group.
Aunt Weez's Family in the pull behind 
(the cousin & his crew came too - totally awesome - they've missed years gone by)
The Rents in the center
(Sissy & her posse stayed with them)
And Ney's gang in the pull behind/pop out

Not picture is the other tent campers - Eva, Ronnie & Cookie

The view from where we sat up at was breath taking
and I'll let you know why in a bit.

So we got our site set up, let me tell you
this Coleman 4 person dome tent has seen it all!
From the beaches to the mountains, from Florida to DC.
It is the perfect pack it up and go tent!

Since it's Halloween Season - I had to bring along some type of deco.
Even if I'm the only one - last year it was a skull & lights.
Look at my little witch - ain't she just the cutest!

Check out the beauty of this sunset.

So dinner time rolls around and we are having steaks, baked potatoes & salads.
Typical camp food fare.

Several of us were arguing about the weather because various apps had different weather forecasts.
Mine said rain from 7pm to 8pm, Bunny's said mostly the same thing.
One cousin had 9pm for about 30 minutes. And another had crystal clear all night long.
Accuweather.com you guys were right one the money, but for once I wish you had been wrong.
At 7:05pm the first couple of drops hit and I ain't ever seen my family move that fast, they had tables cleared, food put up, awnings slamming shut, chairs stacked under the campers by 7:15pm and everyone under cover by 7:20pm.

And then HOLY HEL - the wind!

It twas terrible I tell you, just terrible.
It got so bad that Bunny & I had to collapse the tent just to keep it from tearing and jump in the car.
Divo was beyond terrified, and truth be told, I was too!
It felt like it went on for days, but it was a short little burst storm
(with winds gusting upwards of 39 miles per hour)
that was mostly over by 8:30pm.
Sure put paid to heading to Nightmare Factory Friday night - let me tell you.

By the time the majority of the storm had passed, 
we decided to take a chance on putting the tent back up.
And while it held up, my little baby sure got battered a bit.
We ended up taking a drive up Highway 24 just to run the heater for a bit
a) to warm up and b) to calm the fuck down
cause that was beyond scary!!!!

When we got back to the campground, we hit the showers and then the sack completely exhausted!


But woke up to this amazing view and it was totally worth it.

After breakfast, we decided to hit up a store for some B-Day cards
as 2 of our junior campers had birthdays this weekend.
Cruised a bit north, trying to locate a Wally World or something similar.

Some of the views on the drive to the store

Finally found a Wally World and was able to get cards & a talking toilet for the nephew,
then hit a Lowe's so the Bunny could replace his smokey tube.

And then I found Nirvana!

AKA HappyCakes Cupcakery
Yes! The very same HappyCakes that won CupCake Wars in 2013!
Check out the review over here.

Well I had to go in, and I just had to purchase some, and well that leads to the eating of the cupcakes.

I picked up a dozen so everyone could try them.

After a chocolate overload (but oh so yummy) - I knew I needed to work it off.
So I grabbed the puppers and headed off for a walk.

We walked up to the store, then down to the pier (where our Bunny was fishing)

Then back over to the Rents camper where the Daddy-O was taking a nap in the sunlight while wearing his manipries! Then I decided a nap would be a good idea.

Such a pretty night - guess we deserved it after last night!

And we totes deserved the FIRST HAUNT of 2016!!!!
With the weather being all kinds of whacky here in NC - we haven't been able to hit a single house!
But our bad luck streak ended tonight!!

Oh yes indeed! It's Nightmare Factory time!
We always make a point to hit this haunt if we are in the area during season.

OMG so much fun!!!!


Got up early this morning and packed up the gear (cause we both gotta work tonight)!
Then went over to join the family for breakfast.

After breakfast, we loaded up and got Lampward Bound!

Divo was entirely ready to head home - he'd had enough of being away from his den.

HappyCakes Cupcakery Made Me Happy!!!

Ok,so here's the deal - we simply drove by this "bakery" on our way to Wal-Mart.

I'm abso addicted to cupcakes, so I had to go check it out, but the Bunny was fighting me hard on it. (I asked him to help me stick to my plan & he does his best)
The name sounded kinda familiar, so while the Bunny was in Wal-Mart & Lowe's
I do what I do best and hit google to find out WHY this name was soooo familiar.

And that is when I discovered that HappyCakes was not only a contestant 
(more than enough reason to go) 
but the winner of Season 2 Episode 21 of CUPCAKE WARS!

So with that ammo in place - I made my point and got to visit the cupcakery.
I'm totally bummed that I forgot to take a picture of the outside, but it's not much of a miss
cause it is simply one location in a strip mall strip from the outside.

But you walk inside and oh my goodness!
The yummy scents fill the air and you can almost taste the butter and sugar.

So that explains the butter scent!

So the menu is a bit different than any other bakery I've been to.
The have a flavor schedule and those are the cupcakes available on any given day.

So there isn't any "Hey hon - stop by HappyCakes and pick me up a German Chocolate" cause it might not be on the menu that day. Of course a smart consumer checks out the schedule and then decides on what to get.

Or you could be like me and go 
"Hmmm one of each and double the strawberry & german chocolate, please"
Hey don't judge me these little gems are $3 a piece (and worth every freaking penny)
or you can get one dozen (that's 12 for those of you not fond of math) for $29.

Today's offerings are:
Strawberry Cream
Brown Sugar Maple
Oreo Overload
Vanilla Dream
Hot Chocolate 
German Chocolate 
Chocolate Indulgence 
Chocolate Tuxedo 
and Black Velvet

They get packed up so pretty in this very deceptive simple package.

Close up of the label cause it made me smile!

It was almost impossible to wait until we got back to the campground to try one of these.

Out of the 12 I got to sample at least a bite of three. 
I had a German Chocolate one that has simply transformed my idea of what this traditional cake is supposed to take like, the Bunny had a Strawberry Cream that tasted like sweetened strawberries & cream, while the Rents split a Hummingbird that was perfectly nutty and delicious.

If you are ever in the area - totally check them out - because they are amazing!!!

Crazy Chicken

Mom's chickens have gone nuts - she's looking for food at the door!

Magical Purse

So I had this vision of an ongoing art piece on a purse

Pineapple Peanut Chicken

  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 fresh pineapple, 1" pieces
  • 3Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3C coconut milk 
  • 1/4tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3C peanut butter
  • wooden skewers (if doing kabobs)
Make up the marinade/sauce by whisking these ingredients up in a bowl:
  • 1/3C pineapple juice
  • 1/4C soy sauce
  • 1/4C brown sugar, packed
  • 1Tbsp lime juice
  • 1-2tsp sriracha
  • 1tsp dry basil
  • 1tsp ground garlic
  • 1/2tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4tsp black pepper

Cut chicken up into bite sized pieces & place in large ziplock OR bowl.
Add about 1/4C Marinade plus 3 tablespoons olive oil to ziplock or bowl, stirring to coat chicken well.
Marinate in the refrigerator 1-4 hours.
While chicken is soaking up the goodies in the fridge, make up the sauce (it's sooooo yummy).
Add reserved marinade to a small saucepan and whisk in cornstarch and coconut milk.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, it should be thick but spreadable.

*If sauce is too thick, whisk in some additional coconut milk or water to reach desired consistency.
*If too thin, return to a simmer until thickened. Taste and add Sriracha, lime, brown sugar to taste.

Now you have a choice, you can grill'em, broil'em, or all woked up.
(please note if you are making skewer/kabob style you need to soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to use.)

Drain marinade from chicken and thread chicken and pineapple onto skewers.
You know pineapple, chicken, pineapple, chicken :)

When ready to cook, generously grease grill and heat to medium-high heat.
Grill on one side for about 5 minutes or until slightly charred.
Brush grilled kebabs with some of the sauce.
Flip and grill the other side until chicken is cooked through and slightly charred, about 10-15 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.

When ready to cook, heat oven to broil.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Brush baked kebabs with some of the sauce.
Add the skewers in a single layer and broil, turning every 5 minutes until cooked through, about 10-15 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.

Heat wok to searing, add about 1-2Tbsp oil.
Add chicken & pineapple and toss cook about 15-20 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.

Plate and either top with the rest of the sauce OR serve the sauce seperately as a dipping side.
You can garnish with lime juice, crushed peanuts or diced green onions.

Serve any of these style over rice and you have an amazing meal!