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Jun. 24, 2010 6:37 pm 
Updated: Jul. 1, 2010 6:45 pm
...Got out of town on a boat going to Southern islands...I've had this song running through my head all afternoon. I wonder why?? Tonight was French Polynesia, and I felt I should have held dinner and lit the dang tiki torches!

On the menu:
Potato Appetizers<
Watermelon Star Salads<
Tahitian Pork<
Frozen Raspberry Desserts<
We celebrated Bob's 54th birthday yesterday...and, boy! Did we celebrate!! I started with a pitcher of regular margaritas and then Bob made me at least two pitchers of blackberry ones...wooohooo...wasn't that a party?? Smokey Lonesome...

French Polynesia is a collection of islands in the South Pacific. It's made up of several groups of Polynesian Islands, the famous being Tahiti, which is in the Society Island group. It is also the island with the most population.
The first of these islands to be settled by indigenous Polynesians were the Marquesas Islands in 300 AD and the Society Islands in 800 AD.

...Off the wind on this heading lies the Marquesas, we got 80 feet of water line, nicely making way, in a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you, but on the midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away...

More excitement in the last few days...we have baby birds now!

See 'em? I thinking of calling them Homer and Marge.
The islands of French Polynesia have a total land area of 1622 square miles scattered over 965,255 square miles of ocean. There are 130 islands in French Polynesia and they are made up into different groups: Austral Islands, Bass Islands (which are often thought of along with the Austral Islands), Gambier Islands (often considered part of the Tuamoto Archipelago), Marquesas Islands, Society Islands and the Tuamoto Archipelago. Aside from Tahiti, some other important atolls, islands and island groups are: Ahe, Bora Bora, Hiva, Oa, Tahaa and Tupai.
Taking off for more grub!

I 'spose the blog couldn't be complete without a picture of our beloved little vulture....

French Polynesia has a moderately developed economy, which is dependednt on imported goods, tourism and the financial assistance of mainland France. The biggest agricultural products are: coconuts, vanilla, fruits and vegetables. Natural resources include: timber, fish and cobalt. The major export in 2008 was black Tahitian pearls which accounted for 55% of exports. French Polynesia has one of the lowest crime rates within France or it's territories. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing or purse snatching do occur.
Today was just one of the beautiful days that makes you glad you're alive!

I started the Tahitian Pork with around 2 lbs. of lean pork, which I cubed up.

And I used green onion and chives from my garden for the potato dish...

The Potato Appetizers are rolled in wheat germ, and I seasoned mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a little paprika for color.

After they are baked, and this is what they look like...we LOVED these!

The Tahitian pork...sorry Ken from CA, I used to think your Root Beer Pork Chops were to die for, but this...OMG!! Fantastic!

It gets served over shredded cabbage...

And the Watermelon Star Salad

And the Frozen Raspberry Desserts...I'm thinking that out of 25 countries, this one is right up there in the top 2! ...I think about how many times I have fallen, spirits are using me, larger voices callin', what heaven brought you and me, cannot be forgotten...I have been around the world...

Groceries for dinner tonight ran me $10.03. I was able to pitch $9.97 in to the Beach Bag for a total after week 25 $142.54. The charity I want to mention this week would be the American Cancer Society, for obvious reasons...and I am proud to report with Bob that he almost has his normal voice back!!
I have to say that yes, the rumors are true, I have created a new website for the blogs and will be moving them over there after next week. I promised a giveaway and I will keep my word on that! If you want in on the contest, email your AR screen name to witchywomanslifeinanrv at hotmail dot com. A lot of thought went into the decision to move these...the site is beautiful, to say the least and that's the main reason and the other reason is I want these blogs to retain their fun, light-hearted spirit, so it wasn't a spur of the moment decision. If you want the link to the new site, send me an email and I'll shoot you it on over.
Next week is the drawing for the box full of stuff! I have shopped little by little each week and added to this box and all I can say is that it is full of stuff, all different kinds of stuff and one of you will win it! This week we had luvdemsaints pick Saudi Arabia and Stevie, the crazy cook chose England, hands down...for week 26 and my milemark halfway point, next week is......England! I'll see you around next week and until then, peace!

Song is Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash
Jun. 24, 2010 6:47 pm
Oh I am so glad to see you here I have not seen any thing out of you the past few days...I get up early each morning and read the AR blogs and always look forward to yours...Pleases keep bloging and have a fan in TN
Jun. 24, 2010 6:51 pm
I'll agree on the top 2- this looks part of it I don't want to try!!! Way to go WW- and happy belated to Bob :)
Jun. 24, 2010 6:54 pm
Looks Yummy, WW! Beautiful pics as usual! &hearts;
Jun. 24, 2010 6:59 pm
Good job as usual!Your meal looks so good.I love the bird pictures.Your an amazing photographer.I wish I had a decent camera.Have a good night.
Jun. 24, 2010 7:06 pm
OMG! That looks AWESOME! That dessert is seriously beautiful! I love the pic of your dog! HAHAHA! Reminds me of my son! Scavengers.... ;-) Great Blog Laurrie!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:13 pm
YUM! I've been to Tahiti and it was so awesome! I could live there. Thanks for your blog!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:19 pm
Yum, Yum, and MORE YUM! Almost the entire meal looks so delicious to me! The only thing that doesn't call to me is the salad, but that's just because I don't care for cottage cheese. Everything else about it looks so refreshing! I'm definitely going to try out these recipes. Thanks for another great blog!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:22 pm
Great blog this week WW!! It all sounded yummy!!!! Looking forward to next week and England!!! Congrats to Bob on sounding back to normal and more Birthday wishes to him!!!! Hugs :D
Jun. 24, 2010 7:24 pm
Another fantastic blog, Laurrie! I would love to visit Tahiti some day. Those potato appetizers look divine! Great photos of the birds. I have a cat that looks just like Smokey Lonesome, his name is Tiller Knight. Looking forward to England!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:25 pm
YUM! Everything looks so good! All I am missing is a grass skirt! Happy news about Bob! So glad to hear that. Isn't it great to use your home grown veggies! They looked so nice to! Wonderful job!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:26 pm
You are so great with your words and your pictures.. and so happy to hear that Bob is feeling and sounding better.. hugs and kisses to you both!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:30 pm
when i win the lottery, tahiti is one of the places on my list to visit. all of the food looks soooo delicious. another great blog, and pics too!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:33 pm
Southern Cross is one of my all-time favorite songs! I'm so glad you loved Tahiti- it might be time for me to take a trip that way myself- everything looks spectacular!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:34 pm
When weeble wins the lottery, we will be going to Tahiti!! Stella and Dix will have to stay home, my DH will watch them. Another fantastic blog WW!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:49 pm
Great job! The pork looks fantastic. I love the bird pics (and puppy pics), too.
Jun. 24, 2010 7:58 pm
I do so enjoy your posts. The food looks yummy. Did want to let you know that I couldn't get any one of the 4 recipe links to work though. Is there some kind of trick to it?
Jun. 24, 2010 7:59 pm
I do so enjoy your posts. The food looks yummy. Did want to let you know that I couldn't get any one of the 4 recipe links to work though. Is there some kind of trick to it?
Jun. 24, 2010 8:24 pm
Wonderful blog, WW! (As usual!) And I just love your pictures, too! Do you have to have an account to access the recipes? I got a page telling me that "this page needs content" when I tried to access the first recipe.
Jun. 24, 2010 8:31 pm
You are the BEST! How does one remove drool and slobber marks from a computer screen??? Keep up the good work WW. I still get dibs on the first book off the printing press! ;-) XXX G
Jun. 24, 2010 10:32 pm
WW: Darn it! I can't see the photos or access the recipes from work! (Employers want to control everything, ya know.) I'm missing all the good stuff. But I'll use my imagination until I can check out your blog from home.
Jun. 25, 2010 2:18 am
Everything looks really delicious! And yeah to Bob not sounding like Wolfman Jack going thru puberty anymore!!! Hope he's getting to the point ehre he enjoy ALL your tasty experiments again!
Jun. 25, 2010 3:54 am
Just back home from Chincoteague Island and I want to go to Tahiti!! Happy Belated Birthday to Bob -wish I could have slurped up a few margaritas with you in his honor!
Jun. 25, 2010 4:19 am
Everything looks so good! Especially the margarita! Will you post a link to your blogs on the new site so I don't forget to go see them?
Jun. 25, 2010 5:16 am
Hey guys, sorry about those links, apparently the screen they take you to, and I'm not sure why that is, but you type the recipe name in the searchbar and it should pull up for you!
Jun. 25, 2010 5:18 am
Alex, send me an email and I'll send you a link to the new site!
Glen A. Metz 
Jun. 25, 2010 5:33 am
Everything looks fantastic, and that is absolutely one of my favorite songs. That song gives me chills when I hear it.
Jun. 25, 2010 6:44 am
Hey WW,I just sent ya an email for the links, hope ya get it. The meal looked awesome, margarita's even better! Happy belated B-Day to Bob and can't wait for the next one!
Jun. 25, 2010 6:45 am
Can't wait for the next blog!!! sorry, hit enter too fast!! Peace!
Jun. 25, 2010 7:21 am
Great blog, as always. Everything looks yummy. I have a friend that has 2 Bassett hounds named Marge and Homer. Love the doggy picture also.
Jun. 25, 2010 7:31 am
HOLY COW! I'm having a hard time keeping up with all of your emails, that's awesome, you guys!! Keep 'em coming and thanks!
Jun. 25, 2010 8:04 am
WW Love your blog . Look forward each week.
Jun. 25, 2010 8:06 am
As always, excellent blog! Just finishing up our first week of "vacation" in our 34' motorhome that we rented. Hasn't really been vacation yet as we are parked in the driveway of my son's home in College Station, TX and have spent the week installing a brand new kitchen into his house for him and his roommates. He's a college student at Texas A&M and we decided it was cheaper to buy him a house then continue to pay dorm fees. Anyway, I have a whole new appreciation for the meals that you cook in your RV. I've been doing pretty well but the limited space is just hard to deal with. I'm loving it though and can't wait to someday have our own RV. We are headed to Lake LBJ in Marble Falls, TX next week and the real vacation will begin. Woo Hoo! My husband just popped his head in the RV and said the sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher in the house are hooked up and ready to go. Anyway, thanks again for sharing your life with us.
Jun. 25, 2010 8:28 am
looks fantastic, and like a lot of fun. glad you enjoyed yourself on this one. i may have to try those little potato balls!
Jun. 25, 2010 9:22 am
My husband, Bill, has his birthday Happy Birthday to yours and mine! I'm definitly taking him to your Tahiti to celebrate.. Great food, great pics as always. Loved the bird flying out of the birdhouse.
Jun. 25, 2010 11:01 am
Fabulous blog WW. I love reading your blog each week. I saved all the recipes and I think we will visit Tahiti soon. Thanks so much.
Jun. 25, 2010 11:20 am
Another amazing job WW. A big happy birthday to Bob, so happy that he is doing better. Love all the pics of the birdies.
Jun. 25, 2010 1:01 pm
OK, your blogs rock!! and I have emailed you my AR screen name......I hope that the new website will have reciepes with the ablilty to change the # of people so the ingredients change- hard to digure something for 6-7 when there is only 1 of me to cook for/peace-- aec
Jun. 25, 2010 1:26 pm
Great job as usual. Happy Birthday to Bob, so glad he's improving.
Jun. 25, 2010 1:47 pm
Your meals always impress me, WW, thank you for the blogs and I'm glad to hear Bob is gaining his voice back! Best to both of you. :)
Jun. 25, 2010 3:15 pm
Hi WW :) I checked out your new website, & it is awesome!! Tell Bob happy birthday for me. Margaritas are one of my favorite drinks, however, I cheated on them last weekend when I tried a slow gin fizz. Let me tell you, life will never be the same again because man they are good!! I'm having more this weekend but don't tell the margaritas :)Great job on Tahiti, the pork and potato appetizers looked wonderful.
Jun. 25, 2010 6:02 pm
Lovely! Meant to email but have had one of those weeks. Friday was Monday today and just skipped the mix and had the tequilla!! Would have loved your food!!!!!
Jun. 26, 2010 4:56 am
You do a great job on your themed dinners. I wish Grumpy weren't so picky. I'd love to do something like this but he would gripe! Maybe if I gave him enough margaritas first he wouldn't complain too much? It all looks delicious to me!
Jun. 26, 2010 5:09 am
Great blog, my favorite menu so far. Am making the pork this weekend The link didn't work but I found the recipe and here is the link for anyone looking.
Jun. 26, 2010 6:23 am
Great blog, as always. Everything looks delicious. I want to visit Tahiti some day.
Jun. 26, 2010 6:58 am
Happy Belated Birthday Bob!!! So glad things are going well. Great blog as usual WW food looks amazing!
Jun. 26, 2010 7:14 am
That menu does look like it was good. Glad to hear Bob is making progress. There's nothing like fresh stuff our of your garden to dress up meals. Would love to see more update pics of 'how your garden grows' these days.
Jun. 26, 2010 9:09 am
You're back in home in Vegas? I miss my maui and am having need to call me!
Jun. 26, 2010 10:13 am
Hey there! Nice new photo -- amazing how nicely a photo can turn out when someone catches you being au natural! Please send me the link to the new blog site. You are definitely one of my weekly highlights. :-)
Jun. 26, 2010 11:50 am
Wow, another first rate blog entry. I loved the pictures, especially the pup. When I moved to Australia in 2001, the first thing I got to see the first night there, was the Southern Cross in the clear night sky. It was amazing but also brought home just how far I was from the night sky's in Oregon. Keep up the good work my friend. HB to Bob and keeping my fingers crossed for the 8th. Hope to see you on the new blog site when I get the link or address. CAN'T lose sight of you! :)
Jun. 26, 2010 3:02 pm
hi ww! wonderful blog. everything look TDF! happy belated birthday to Bob and i am happy that he is getting better. looking forward to England, and love the new site.
Jun. 26, 2010 3:13 pm
That pork looks so good! When we were in Tahiti we had poisson cru (marinated fish, the national dish) from one of the food trucks. It was so good! The coffee was terrible-- like mud-- and if I ever go again, I'll bring my own! Other than that, and the price of food, a great place to retire someday! You could live on fish, baguettes, coconut and breadfruit! But first, I am going to make some of that pork! YUM!
Jun. 26, 2010 4:40 pm
Wow! This might be my favorite dinner yet! Everything looks great!!
Jun. 26, 2010 9:39 pm
What an awesome looking meal!! I cannot access the recipes from your links...any suggestions?
Jun. 27, 2010 6:22 am
I would have cleaned up my plate. Everything looks wonderful!! Cute baby birds too :) What fun to watch them. We had nesting doves on our porch a couple of years ago. The babys were BIG before they flew away.
Jun. 27, 2010 4:39 pm
Yum! Have to agree that everything looks great! I'm off to check all the recipes out. Thank you so much for doing this.
Jun. 28, 2010 2:29 am
This dinner looks fantastic! Every component of it. Yum yum! You're inspiring me to try my own international dinner night :) I found Ken's root beer pork chop recipe too, I'm going to have to try it because I love root beer. I'm going to send you an e-mail so I can get the address for where your blog will be. Also, I have to comment on the baby birds- they are too cute! I love baby birds :) It must be so exciting to have them in the yard. My pet cockatiels up and decided to have babies a couple weeks back and have graced us with 4 adorable little chicks, the last one hatched today. So we're caught up in exciting baby bird business here, too!
Jun. 28, 2010 8:10 am
I just emailed you a request for your blodginfo.
Jun. 28, 2010 8:29 am
Great post as always! I sent you an email last week but not sure if you received it ... I'm going to shoot you another one now for the blog info! Thanks much!
Jun. 28, 2010 8:57 am
Hey, I just found this blog!! I love the watermelon salad. I will make it for the 4th party. My sister will love it. she is Mrs. Red White and Blue. at 92, she loves anything patriotic...thanks... Southerngal
Jun. 28, 2010 9:39 am
Loved this entry! Can I have the email address so I can keep up with you and all that's cookin' and going on Washington way? Thanks for all you do and how you brighten the day for so many!
Jun. 28, 2010 11:37 am
Hi email is, send me one and I'll gett you the link!
Jun. 28, 2010 11:52 am
It's a sad day when Root Beer Pork Chops lose the top trophy, but I'm guessing they lost to a worthy contender. It all looks good as usual.
Jun. 28, 2010 12:44 pm
Great recipes, and one truly great song. One of my all-time faves.
Jun. 28, 2010 2:27 pm
Now I've got a song going thru my head! Thanks witchywoman! Wasn't that a party? Mighta been the whisky! Coulda been the gin! Could have been the three or four six packs...I don't know. But look at the shape I'm in! My head is like a football, I think I'm gonna die! Oh tell me me oh me oh my! Wasn't that a party!
Jun. 28, 2010 8:55 pm
WW just spent 4 days in our RV. You are a wonder cooking the way you do. please include me in your new address. I read the blog every week. Keep up the good work.
Jun. 29, 2010 8:00 am
Amazing pictures and another great blog. The food looks fantastic.
Jun. 29, 2010 9:00 am
I've never commented, but please do not stop. I get such pleasure reading your blog. It is also a great history, geography, etc. lesson. Love the pictures. Please send me an e-mail so that I may continue to follow you - tks.
Jun. 29, 2010 11:52 am
This page is really fun to read! Its so cool that youve been to Tahiti! =]
Jun. 29, 2010 5:36 pm
Love the song....thanks! Can't wait to cook and listen! :)
Jun. 29, 2010 7:48 pm
Wow!! How is it that your pictures always make me hungry even when I've just finished eating? :) Everything looks fantastic and I will have to try it all soon!
Jun. 30, 2010 3:47 pm
WW! Hello! Good for you on the blog, again. ;o) I think the watermelon star salad would look neat with blueberries this weekend for a red white and blue take on the same thing! Don't you? The pork and the potato balls thingies...all looks yum. Love the bird pics, too. I saw a red cardinal for the first time in ages today. Glad Bob is doing well and up to celebratory goings on!
Jun. 30, 2010 4:40 pm
As ususal, everything looks wonderful, great food, great pictures & wonderful news that Bob is feeling much better. Tell him Happy Birthday from CA & to keep on getting better. Thanks for the blog-I love hearing about your adventures.
Jun. 30, 2010 6:11 pm
Hey there WW! Great blog, puts Tahiti at the top of my travel hit list!! As if! Love the shot of the birdhouse with your baby swallows peeking out, baby birds are so nosey, and cute. I have been swamped with life, haven't been keeping up for weeks/month? so I thought I would catch up starting with your blog only to find out that you are moving on. I would love to follow your writings so sending an email to get the link to your new blog site. Love ya girl!
Jul. 1, 2010 3:57 am
You two and blackberry margaritas and the island of Tahiti, what a great combination. Happy birthday to Bob and best wishes for his continued improved health. Love the birdhouse photos and all the food. Good luck with your new site. I'll be sure to add my name to that surely long list of regular readers who want to keep up with your further adventures.
Jul. 1, 2010 6:12 am
Absolutely great blog Laurie..very inspiring. I'd love to follow you where do we send an email to?..or will you give us the link before you move?
Jul. 1, 2010 6:13 am
This blog would make a great should do that!
Jul. 1, 2010 8:13 am
From one WW to another... Love your Blog! I just found it today! I bet I've missed GOBBS! I'm also a Washingtonian...born and raised around Spokane, lived on the coast awhile then moved to Florida 2 years ago. I really miss the WA coast!!! :) Oh! Gonna try your Tahitian Pork recipe today, can't wait! Wendy
Jul. 1, 2010 6:45 pm
Just posted the England blog, everyone! And the winner of the contest!
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
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I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
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I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
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