Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is delicious, nutritious and easy to throw together. Now, what’s not to love about that?
After losing his legs to an Afghan IED while deployed in 2010, Rob dreamed of riding a bike again during his recovery time at Walter Reed Hospital. Within 6 months he’d met his goal. After bringing home a bronze rowing metal from the 2012 Paralympics, the relentless Rob Jones Journey set off to bike across American in the fall of 2013.
Being in the right place at the right time along my 40 day 4000 mile west coast road trip, I was more than honored to join the fellow Hokie for the final stretch of his 7 month 5,181 mile cross country bike ride.
My sister and I rooted from the sidelines as her significant other (who served in the Marines alongside Rob) geared up with the crew taking off from Dana Point, CA. (A special shout out goes to River Stone Cycles who generously donated a bike rental and funds for the cause.)
Ending the grand journey 28 miles south at Camp Pendleton, April 12, 2014 was dubbed Sergeant Rob Jones Day by the Mayor of Oceanside.
Thanks to all who have served and protected our country!
Warm oooey gooey chocolaty goodness ready in five minutes flat! Dessert doesn’t get much easier (or healthier!) than Chocolate Mug Cake.
Chocolate Mug Cake
Chocolate Cake is probably my all time favorite dessert.
Hubs is not a big fan of cake though so I usually only make cake for company… with the exclusion of Chocolate Mug Cake! This single serving sweet always hits the spot when a chocolate cake craving comes on.
Cheers to nutritious and delicious Chocolate Mug Cake!
There are lots of amazing Aruba eats to indulge in. From toes in the sand dinning to fresh Caribbean catch and authentic cultural cuisine, this island has a little dab of this and tad bit of that on the menu. Check our the 8 Excellent Eats in Aruba we experienced!
1.) The Pier
The menu is made up of bar food classics with a fresh island twist.
2.) The Sand
Simply Fish offers just that. A list of local sustainable fish accompanied by a soiree of sides are offered up on the menu.
Our fish dinners came with complementary bread, tapenade, sushi rolls and a pallet cleaning sorbet. Every drop was delectable.
Simply Fish is scenic, romantic and one of a kind.
3.) The Island
Papagoyo was by far the most unique Aruban eat we experienced.
Only accessibly by boat, the bar and grill sits in the sands of Iguana Beach on Renaissance Island.
Iguanas and flamingos frolic freely on the beach and tropical fish float in the protected waters.
You can pull up a bar stool or order food and drink from the comfort of your chaise lounge like we did.
This beach made our Top 10 Aruba Beaches.
4.) The Harbor
Paddock is an open air English inspired pub docked right in heart Aruba’s capitol, Oranjestad.
5.) The Beach
The open air spot offers up fast and friendly service and a bar-style menu.
6.) The Sidewalk
Casa Tua sits just inland from Palm Beach along a lively sidewalk.
The Italian drinks and food are excellent. The atmosphere is energetic.
7.) The Towncenter
Fish and More says it all in its name.
This place has a little bit of everything on the menu and a lovely little low key patio out front.
8.) The Patio
Salt & Pepper serves up fresh fish and great outdoor seating.
Located next the previous two places in a quaint shopping strip near the high-pace high-rise resorts, a meal here can conveniently be accompanied by a number of other actives. Read more about all that Palm Beach has to offer here.
Feel free to share your own Aruban excellent eats experiences in the comment section.
My sister (who’ll be home for the next couple of months, yay!) helped prepare the above Shepherd’s Pie for Sunday supper with the family.
While I failed to snap a shot of us around the table that night, I remembered the night before up at the cabin with our cousins. Success… other than peeping Dad.
Cousin Uncle Sonny came up to show us how to survey the family’s recently inherited mountain acreage. The statuesque rock below marks our property line. How awesome it that?
It was a lovely night of catching up, sipping soup and watching home movies.
Blue Mountain is so beautiful in the fall!
Enjoy the last of the candy colors and once old man winter settles in, take comfort in this delicious and nutritious Shepherd’s Pie!