September 29, 2018

That Time I Had Fun-Bermuda-times on the Carnival Horizon....

Here are all the Funtimes-es for Carnival Horizon's 4-day Bermuda itinerary (New York to Bermuda)...

September 28, 2018

That Time I Went To Bermuda...

I just visited Bermuda for my first time as a port stop on a 4-day Carnival Horizon cruise from New York. It was a special sailing that unfortunately won't be offered any more in the future as the Horizon has permanently moved to Miami. 

Since we'd already spent a fair amount on the cruise, I didn't want to add any cost to our trip by booking excursions. Instead I found out where the ship would be docking and used Google Maps to find some stuff to do...

September 27, 2018

That Time I Took My Friends On a Cruise...

After our first cruise (20 months ago on the Vista), Husband and I had so much fun that we decided that we needed to take all our friends on the next one... and then we went on two more in the interim. Yes, I'm an addict. I already covered a ton of stuff the Horizon has to offer when I was on it in May which you can read more about there.
We ended up picking the Carnival Horizon's 4-day NYC to Bermuda sailing because a) we loved the Vista which was almost identical, 2) it was the lowest overall cost and fewest required days-off-work for a cruise we wouldn't have to fly to (we're all in PA)...

September 13, 2018

That Time I Went to a Cruise Port...

I'm leaving TODAY on just a li'l 4-day cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Horizon. It will feel like going home after spending 14 days on it this past May!

http://laurenofalltrades.blogspot.com/2018/09/beach-accessories.html
And here are all the things I like to bring with me on cruises for when we got off the boat at the ports...

September 06, 2018

That Time I Went to Carnival's Craft Brewery...

https://cruiseradio.net/

Guest column: Carnival Horizon Brewery Tour

Carnival made history in 2016 by putting a craft brewery on the Carnival Vista, brewing 4 varieties that can't be found anywhere else, and by being the first US cruise line to do so.

In 2018, they doubled down and put another brewery on their new ship, the Horizon.

Passengers are able to take a tour of the brewery that includes samples of the beer (for a fee). I partook both on the Vista at the Red Frog Brewery and then again on the Horizon at the Pig & Anchor Brewhouse, and then I wrote about it for Cruise Radio.

https://cruiseradio.net/review-carnival-cruise-brewery-tour/

September 03, 2018

That Time I Went To The Cinnamon Festival...

Okay, I didn't go to a Cinnamon Festival. As far as I know it's not a real thing. But it was in an episode of Psych so...

This recipe was inspired by said episode in which Gus and Shawn eat more slices of cinnamon pie than I can count (okay, I could but then I'd have to watch the whole episode, which I didn't have time for). Per my post yesterday, this is actually from years ago, when I had a different blog (same blog different name), and never published it... because of reasons?



Looks good right?


Cinnamon Pie

Ingredients:
1 c. white sugar
1.5 Tbsp flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 c milk
1 unbaked pie crust (10", these are found in freezer section)
Optional: Whipped cream

Directions...

September 01, 2018

That Time I Did a Blog Challenge...

This was from years ago, when my blog was a different blog... and then I imported the old one into this one... but didn't publish all of the imported post for some reason.

Since I have new readers now, I thought this would be a good way for them to get to know me! Some of the articles that are linked live on old blogs, but I decided I'm okay with that.

Challenge: "List seven previous blog posts based on various criteria, and then issue the challenge to several other bloggers."

1) Most Beautiful: 
I'm not sure how a blog post can be "beautiful" but luckily I sometimes post pretty pictures so I'll go with I Did Miss My Bed... It's a photo I took in Florida on my trip there.

2) Most Controversial:
I really don't post anything controversial so I'll have to say How to Not Make Friends at Work because a number of my co-workers (at the time of writing) could read it and think its about them. But it was actually inspired by someone I no longer work with.

3) Most Helpful:
I guess the previous choice could have been used for this one but TOO LATE. I also don't post anything particularly helpful but I will choose How to Date a Co-Worker because, as long as you understand that it's entirely sarcastic, it will keep you from making as ass of yourself with a co-worker love interest.

4) Post Whose Success Surprised:
Last year there was an episode of Psych, where they ate tons of cinnamon pie at some diner. I needed to know what I was missing and made one and posted it and it got an average amount of attention. Until sometime in October when people started searching for variations of "cinnamon pie recipe psych," and "cinnamon festival." "Cinnamon Festival" now has 340 1657 views!... Seems I should publish this one to this blog, as I haven't as of yet.

5) Post I'm Most Proud Of:
I love them all equally! Okay probably not but I don't know if I really have one I'm most proud of over ALL the others. I will chose After Sundown This Thing's a Vampire Magnet. What I like about it was how good the water cooler came out in the picture. You may have seen it more recently in the posts from # 2&3. Yeah I recycle graphic elements so I can get them done faster. Deal with it.

6) Post That Got Undeserved Attention:
I feel like this is the same as the surprising success one... I'm cheating a little by picking one from my recipe blog but whatever, I'm going with What do You Call Cheese That's Not Yours? It is a simple cheese nachos recipe that's almost not a recipe but got over 400 hits many of which from people searching "chips and shredded cheese." Oh and it all happened in pretty much one day! If anyone knows why the whole US was searching that on that day, please enlighten me!... (I apparently deleted this at some point in the last 7 years. Not sure why. Probably because it's not really a recipe... decided to leave it as my Undeserved Attention post because, seriously 400 hits? Weird.)
Seriously. This was the "recipe."