Our Weekend In Corpus Christi!

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We went to Corpus Christi last weekend because Tom had a conference at the Omni. I didn’t think it was going to be as refreshing as it was because we weren’t leaving the state. I guess I didn’t consider it a ‘trip’. Other than the Omni being a less than average hotel, we had a great time. I still pinch myself that we live in a new state where we can drive to the beach instead of the mountains. It’s a nice change of pace and the people in Texas are just the friendliest around. We arrived Thursday afternoon and quickly discovered that the Omni wasn’t quite as nice as we were used to. Our room would have been wonderful if it had adult sized beds. The room had two DOUBLE beds which are 54×75 inches versus a queen which is 60×80. These are the beds that furniture stores sell for KIDS rooms so why is it in a hotel??? I was almost too long for this bed so I can’t imagine how a 6’ tall man would fare. Another HUGE con was the WIFI. Note only did you have to pay $11-$14 it didn’t work! I called the front desk and their response was “sometimes when the hotel is really full the WIFI doesn’t work well”. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t a hotel be prepared to accommodate a full house?! The room service meals were very good though. The pool was nice except it should have been twice as large because it was getting a little crowded. All in all we gave the Omni a 2.5-3 out of 5. I wish Corpus invested in tourism more. They need a nice strip of land by the ocean with nice hotels and restaurants on the water. The beach in Corpus is nice, I wouldn’t call it a destination mostly because the city really needs to construct a ‘destination area’. I would skip Corpus all together and go straight to Port Aransas if we were looking for beach time. On last night the conference had a reception that we attended. The food…..well let’s be honest it was pretty gross. Tom even got food poisoning from it! They had two protein dishes, chicken and Mahi Mahi. The chicken still had it’s skin but it was soggy instead of crispy. It tasted like they just boiled it and tossed in hot sauce. The fish was so dry that it became chalk in our mouths and that’s never a good sign. But they did have a live band and we spent most of the night dancing. It was fun dancing with Audrey. You can see some of her ‘dance moves’ in our vlog! It was great being able to dance as a family. The wall facing the ocean was mostly glass so it was lovely being able to look at the water as the sun went down – too bad the food wasn’t on par with the ambience. Over-all a nice low key weekend that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Shrimp and Italian Sausage Pasta

Ingredients

Italian Sausage
Small tail off shrimp
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can diced Italian tomatoes
1/2 – 1 cup evaporated milk
Olive oil (I use truffle oil)
Whatever noodle you choose
Italian Seasoning
Oregano
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Onion

Chop your onion and garlic. Slice your Italian sausages. Heat some oil in a skillet and cook the Italian sausage until it is half way, then add the onion and garlic. Add 2 TBS Italian seasoning and 1 TBS Oregano. Once everything is cooked together for a few minutes set the sausage aside. Sautee you shrimp in a pan with 1 TBS chopped garlic.

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In a large sauce pan heat the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add the Italian sausage that you set aside earlier. Cover the pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the evaporated milk. Add as much or as little as you like. I prefer a creamier sauce so I usually add 1 cup.

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Cook the noodles. I like to toss mine with my truffle oil after I strain it, completely optional.

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Now just top your pasta with the sauce and add some shrimp. ENJOY!

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Halloween 2014

This was Audrey’s FIRST time trick or treating. She didn’t know what she was doing in the beginning. She would hold her basket out and say “please” only because we told her to, but by the end of the night she greeted every house with a “tik or teek!”. She even practiced saying “Tank yooo” after she received her candy. This little girl man. She didn’t have to take a step all night. She was passed around between Makayla, Tom, and myself. How great is that? You go trick or treating and you don’t have to walk yourself! It was so cold tonight though. This whole week was shorts weather but today it decided to be winter……. IMG_0899 IMG_0934

Pool Fun Saturday

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Today we took Audrey to the water park by us. There is a wonderful kids area for the little ones to play at. Its very affordable too. We ate there at the concession stand, but they also allow you to bring your own food and drinks. We had a great time and the pass lasts all day. Audrey is so particular about getting wet. She doesn’t like getting sprayed or splashed. This girl has known what she wants since day one. That personality trait will be good for her throughout her life.

New Camera!

Well guys I bought a new camera this week because my traditional video camera is retiring. I love my Sony video camera but its too big to take with me out of the house everyday. Not to mention that I drop it so much while trying to video blog on our outings. I still plan on using it at home and for important videos. But in order to keep it safe I invested in a little Canon to take with me everywhere. The Canon is less expensive so I won’t worry as much if I happen to drop it.

I bought the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330HS from Amazon. This camera has wifi!!!! I have been playing with it all night and its going to be great to blog with. So far so good. I haven’t used it to video much, but I will film with it all day tomorrow.

Until next time!

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