Thomas Family Vacation

It’s been a little quiet in my little corner of the Internet, but we’ve been a bit busy drinking mojitos on the beach. (Rough life, right?) We spent mid June with Greg’s family in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic sitting in the sun, reading on the beach, eating as much as our stomachs would allow and spending some much quality time with one another.

It’s been a slow roll back to normalcy. Since we’ve been home, our weekends have been jammed pack with weddings, events and travel, but I hope to get some new posts up here quickly! Meanwhile, here are a couple photos of the trip as well as a few others from our adventures over the last few weeks:

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CMA Fest 2015

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Bavaro Beach

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Carmella hates it when we leave her.

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Alexander Wedding 2015

Hope everyone’s doing well! Happy Fourth!

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Coconut Macaroons

I L-O-V-E coconut. Almond Joy? Yes. Mounds? Yes.

Greg says it’s not his “candy bar of choice.” I really don’t get it.

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So when I made Coconut Macaroons one afternoon (because I was craving chocolate, coconut and baking), I was shocked to see my husband wrist-deep in the cookie jar.

But I really can’t blame him. They’re delicious. And easy. And you drizzle chocolate on top. But see for yourself, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Coconut Macaroons

  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups of shredded sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil or butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix coconut, milk and vanilla until combined.
  3. With a spoon or cookie scooper, drop mounds of mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  5. Transfer macaroons on a cooling rack and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine chocolate and vegetable oil or butter in a bowl and melt with the microwave until smooth.
  7. Drizzle chocolate on top of macaroons and let set.

Baker’s Notes: Keep an eye on the oven as the macaroons bake for desired level of crispiness. For the original recipe, click here.

Stannis Baratheon: Protector of Grammar in Westeros

Stannis: Grammar King of Westeros

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While Stannis Baratheon moves forward in his claim to take the Iron Throne at King’s Landing, he makes sure to correct the grammar of illiterates along the way.

Over the course of nearly 5 seasons on Game of Thrones, Stannis has taken the opportunity to clarify the difference between “less” and “fewer” on two occasions. The brief dialogue happens so quick that you might not notice it.

I almost feel like we’re getting a “wink, wink” from the show’s writers here, and I love it.

Here’s the first clip from Season 2.

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