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Feb. 26, 2010 4:50 pm 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2010 3:37 pm
College kids?  How is it even possible that we are already so old as to have not just one, but two, grown (well almost) kids?  Two of the same time. Yikes!  In hindsight, maybe it would have been wise to leave a five-year age gap between babies?  Anyway, my "babies" are only three-years apart, which means that in the best of circumstances their college educations would overlap by one year; reality says it will be two.  O.K., we can do this...two years of budget-tightening, home cooking, vacationing in our yard.  No problem! 

Recently my husband had to drive 170-miles away for work, the destination being (coincidentallly) only 10 miles from the kids' college (thankfully both attend the same university) so I jumped at the chance to turn this into a "Honey! I'll help you drive!", so I got an impromptu one-night "vacation". Time to put those saved hotel gift certificates to use!  But, as every good mother-of-college-kid knows, food MUST be involved! A couple of quick phone calls to the kids confirmed they were available, and more than willing, to meet for a family dinner out! 

Browsing AR's daily photo voting is one of my favorite activities and often tempts me to try some of the wonderful-looking recipes; the day before we left on our little adventure I'd been inspired to try a yummy-looking Ho Ho Cake. [yes, it was as yummy as it looked!]  Not wanting to waste such a delicious cake I sent hubby to the basement to dig out some paper plates & plastic forks to pack in the car, and we bundled the Ho Ho Cake into the trunk of the car.  After a very pleasant family dinner at a mexican restraunt near our hotel the kids come with us back to our hotel room, where we all enjoy the four slices of Ho Ho cake while watching the winter olympic games on t.v. 

Vacation is a relative term.  For some, vacation might require a stay at a beachy resort, a Euro-tour, or a long and sunny cruise.  I, on the other hand, couldn't have asked for a nicer "vacation" than that simple dinner with my family and a slice of Ho Ho in a hotel room!
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Feb. 26, 2010 5:03 pm
It's amazing how time flies, I can't believe my baby is a 19 year old college freshman! I understand the budgeting mode and applaud how you management to spend some wonderful time with your kids without spending a ton of money.
Feb. 26, 2010 6:36 pm
My oldest is now married and my "baby" a junior in college. I fully relate to your "vacation". Any opportunity to see "my baby", I jump at it. Three weeks ago it was a road trip to get his car, bring it home to our county for it's e-check required for renewal registration and take it back. He had to work, but I got to see him for 10 minutes outside his work while we gave him Chipotle for his lunch! Luckily he's only an hour away, but he may as well be in a different state. He plays baseball and is involved in many other clubs so he doesn't come home except for holidays. Spring break he doesn't even get home - baseball is in full swing. A Ho Ho cake in a hotel room with my family would be heaven to me!
Feb. 27, 2010 10:31 am
Great blog!! Both of my girls are grown and on their own. I remember the day the "last" college payment was made...Hub and I did the woohoo dance all over the house!! I agree with you on your very special vacation. There would be nothing better than your family, laughter,and chocolate!!!!!
Feb. 28, 2010 7:44 pm
I can't wait to do that woohoo dance...and yet that last college payment will probably mean even less family time together, as they'll be getting on with their lives. Hmmm...I think I need more Ho Ho Cake!
Feb. 28, 2010 8:09 pm
We are on the threshold of h3ll with tuition too so I hear ya! Our oldest is graduating HS and moving to college, the next in line moves to HS, then the next, then the next, then the next. All Catholic tuition too. By the time #5 is out of college and we finish the payments the woo hoo dance might be a bad idea cuz we might break a hip!
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About Me
Now a mid-forty-something, with two grown children, I've been married for 24 the same man! Ever since I was little I always loved to bake; in high school I took classes in cake decorating and even made a tiered wedding cake...although my teacher took credit for that one. ;) Today I enjoy searching out and testing new recipes, especially those where I can use my own garden fresh produce and herbs!
My favorite things to cook
My Grandma just loved to cook! I think I inherited this gene from her; and especially love making all the wonderful italian cookie recipes she handed-down. Also, I always enjoy making recipes on request. Any recipe is always better enjoyed in the company of good friends and family. Day-to-day meal prep...not nearly so enjoyable, I simply consider it more like a chore.
My favorite family cooking traditions
New Years Day is always celebrated with my husband's family gathered around the table enjoying all sorts of traditional Japanese goodies. My holidays just wouldn't be the same without the wonderful italian cookies from my Grandma's recipes! Oh, and of course, we have to make homemade ravioli for Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
Years ago I began making chicken cordon bleu and it remains my son's favorite! Other often requested favorites are: sukiyaki, beef tenderloin with bearnaise sauce, beef and dumplings, and many different cookies.
My cooking tragedies
A little over 20-years-ago, I tried a recipe for a macaroni pizza pie. My husband, still being a newlywed, didn't want to insult me so he kindly ate a couple bites and was greatly relieved when I said I couldn't stand it. It was so bad that even our dog wouldn't eat it! We went for Taco Bell!
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