Our Bohemian Cruise – Quantum of the Seas

Please note all opinions in this post are my own. Royal Caribbean did not ask me to write a review neither am I being compensated for this post.

Our Bohemian Cruise - Quantum of the Seas
I debated on whether I wanted to do a vacation post for a few days and finally decided to share our amazing trip with you. I’ve realized that the blog has become very recipe focused and that was not my original intention. I’m finding my roots again. After all this place is sort of like a diary and occasionally I read through my posts and reminisce about life.

Let me tell you about this wonderful, amazing, fantastic family vacation we took.

The moment we pulled into port I knew we were going to have the time of our lives. Just look at this gorgeous ship. She is a beauty, a brand new beauty that we got to call home for 8 days.

Our Bohemian Cruise - Quantum of the Seas
The ship is designed to wow from bow to stern with entertainment, fine dining and innovative capabilities. My favorite parts included the restaurants and fun filled activities for the kids. Bumper cars, rock climbing, wave surfing, pool activities, movies under the stars, ping pong and air hockey tables, Xbox room and other exciting activities kept Briana busy and happy. After all who wants to be cooped up with a bored 7 year old on a ship.

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Night time entertainment included late night kids sessions in the Ocean Adventure club for children Briana’s age while Kurt and I attended shows and danced the night away.

One of my favorite excursions was the dolphin encounter we did in Nassau, Bahamas.

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We also got to spend a day at the beach….

Our Bohemian Cruise - Quantum of the Seas

Test our fear of heights on the North Star….

Our Bohemian Cruise - Quantum of the Seas

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Our Bohemian Cruise - Quantum of the Seas

And have cocktails prepared by the dancing robots.

We had such a wonderful time. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

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Garlic & Herb Boiled Potatoes

Garlic & Herb Boiled Potatoes

Today is my baby girl’s 7th Birthday. Time really does fly. I simply can’t believe that she is already 7. We have a lot of birthday fun planned for our little princess with 4 parties to celebrate the special occasion. Happy Birthday to my pride and joy.

I love making special dinner’s on Sunday. This week was no exception. I made a fabulous recipe from Giada De Laurentiis  for pork roast smothered with mustard and bacon alongside my favorite potatoes. My mom has been making these since we were little and now I make them all the time for my family. It’s a simple recipe, full of simple ingredients and great flavor. The best kind of recipe if you ask me.

Garlic & Herb Boiled Potatoes

Smaller variety of potatoes work best here. Baby reds, yukon gold, petite colorful and even fingerling are a good choice. No need to peel them, just scrub well and boil whole. Potatoes absorb salt well and it’s important to properly season them. I always add salt to the boiling water when I cook them. If you wait until the end you’ll end up seasoning the outside only, while the inside will be unseasoned.

Garlic & Herb Boiled Potatoes

When choosing herbs stick to dill, parsley and scallions. Go generously on the garlic and butter and don’t be afraid to add a little more salt.

One of my favorite things to do is to double the recipe so we can have it for breakfast. These potatoes are amazing pan fried with a little olive oil then topped with eggs. My husband’s favorite.

Garlic & Herb Boiled Potatoes

Have a great day.

Garlic & Herb Boiled Potatoes

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Ingredients
  • 1½ - 2 lbs baby potatoes (any variety) clean scrubbed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dill, chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Add potatoes to a medium pot, top with water and ½ tbsp kosher salt and cook until tender.
  2. Drain all the water, add butter, garlic and herbs. Let the butter melt, gently stir the herbs with potatoes and serve.

 

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Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

This is my most favorite time of the year. It brings so much joy, good times and of course amazing food. I like to start my celebrations early by preparing festive dishes and getting every one in the mood for the holidays. I can’t get enough of the decorations, music and holiday movies. To go along with all that fun, good festive holiday food is a must. While we eat healthy the rest of the year around the holidays I allow myself all the guilty pleasures I want. It’s just unfair not to. Too many temptations.

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

The smell of a pot roast in the oven is divine. Add ingredients like cranberries, orange zest and cloves and you got yourself a house bursting with happiness. While I love a traditional pot roast I equally love adding unexpected ingredients to make things extra festive.

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My Holiday Roast is super simple to prepare, all the work happens in the oven. The hardest part is keeping away and restraining yourself from opening that oven door too many times. When picking out meat for this dish I suggest chuck. It the perfect cut for braising and gets very tender. 2 1/2 hours in the oven and you got yourself a pretty amazing dinner.

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Once the roast is cooked, set it on a cutting board then using a slotted spoon fish out all the cranberries from the pot. Try to leave the carrots and onions behind. I find that cranberries add a great flavor but I am not a big fan of serving them on top of the mashed potatoes. The sauce is great without the cranberry chunks. Mashed potatoes are a must. Garlic cheesy bread on the side makes this meal complete and simply delectable.

If cranberries is not your thing prunes work fabulously in this recipe. As a matter of fact adding prunes to this dish will be make it even more fabulous.

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

5 more days of work for me and then I am on a Thanksgiving week vacation. Can’t wait. My baby girl turns 7 that week and we have a whole week of festivities planned.

Enjoy!

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

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Ingredients
  • 2½ lb chuck roast
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • ½ (12oz) bag of cranberries ( i also suggest adding ¼ cup prunes)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 4 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • strips of zest from half orange
  • orange juice from half orange
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar (plus more if needed) (if using prunes you might need less sugar)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season chuck generously with salt and pepper. Using a pairing knife make small slits in the meat and insert half of garlic. Repeat all around the meat.
  3. Heat canola oil in a Dutch oven and sear the meat on both sides until nicely brown. Remove and set on a plate.
  4. To the same pot add onions and carrots, cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the bourbon, then cook another 3 minutes. Stir in cloves, cinnamon, zest and orange juice. Return meat to the pot and surround with cranberries. If using prunes add them now.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock, add ½ the sugar in the recipe reserving the rest of the sugar for later. Cover with a lid and braise for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from the oven and taste the broth. If needed add more sugar. Cover and return back to the oven. Braise another 1½ hours.
  7. Serve over mashed potatoes.

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