Home from Vacation – Cooking Chinese Chicken – Recalling Great Vacation Memories – Including One Hilarious Escapade and One Humorous Moment

Family on Atlantis RideMy husband and I flew to Florida to visit my family. We met with the whole gang, and we all went to Sea World, Universal Studios, and spent a day at New Smyrna Beach on the Atlantic.

Let me share a few highlights, for instance, how my family tried to persuade me to go on the Atlantis ride at Sea World. They had tricked me into riding it a few years ago. On that occasion, right before the boat plunged over the straight-down drop, I asked if the ride was over. What a bunch of smirking liars! Almost, they’d said to me simultaneously, trying not to reveal the surprise I was about to experience, and then we went over the edge and crashed into the water. We were all soaked. This time they had to ride it without me. Steve and I stayed dry. Thank you very much.

Family at Universal Roller CoasterSteve, my playful husband, rode four roller coasters during our week in Florida. I stayed on the ground. One time I agreed to watch two toddlers, one asleep in her stroller, and the other wide awake, while all the others went on the ride. These babies were my granddaughter’s friend’s children, her two-year-old boy and a toddler girl she was babysitting. As I sat on the bench with the two strollers in front of me, four people sitting beside me noticed how cute the little boy was, as he laughed at me while I tickled his leg. Finally, one of them asked me what the boy’s name was. Oh, I knew this was going to be embarrassing. I don’t make a habit of lying, but I did try for a moment to think of a name. Any name. But I couldn’t think of anything but the truth, so I told her that I didn’t remember his name. You can imagine the horror on the faces of those four people. They thought they’d caught a kidnapper red handed. I explained, and they seemed to accept my story, which, of course, was true. Duh. I had been told both of the children’s names, but I’m not good with names. It takes a few repetitions before I remember.

We did other things besides theme parks and beaches. We played pool at the local bar called Frank’s Place. Steve and I were holding a pool table waiting for the rest to arrive, but they were late. Steve K Pool in FloridaMy daughter’s friend’s car had been reported stolen a few days earlier, then recovered, but not by the police. No one had thought to notify the police that the car was back with the owner. The quick-to-act officers, on sighting the assumed stolen car, pulled the owner of the car over with my family members, three of them, inside! The officers surrounded the car and commanded them all, at gun point, to get out of the vehicle. Despite all their efforts to explain, the officers, handcuffed them, with the exception of my 12-year-old grandson. They first frisked him and then let him stand aside and watch. I had been praying for them, because they were quite late in arriving. Therefore, I shall gladly give God the credit for the favorable outcome. They were all cleared on the spot and allowed to proceed unshackled to Frank’s Place, where we were waiting for them. We all laughed about it, as we dined and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Chinese Chicken Beginning

Chinese chicken is cooking in a pot on the stove as I write this post. I haven’t made this dish in many years. I hope it turns out well. It smells good, and the broth tastes right. I just added hard boiled eggs. The original dish calls for quail eggs, but I am using chicken eggs.

Chinese Chicken Eggs AddedThe ingredients include chicken thighs, shiitake mushrooms, onion, fresh ginger, garlic cloves, star anise, rock candy, chicken broth, dark soy sauce, fish sauce, and hard boiled eggs. It’s simple to make. Brown the chicken. Put all the ingredients, except the eggs, into a pot and simmer for several hours, adding the eggs at the last hour. Remove star anise, ginger, and garlic cloves. Serve over rice.

Time to cook the rice. Ah, I tasted a mushroom. Delicious! I think I have successfully cooked this dish. I hope Steve likes it. We are glad to be home, but I miss my family already.


About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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9 Responses to Home from Vacation – Cooking Chinese Chicken – Recalling Great Vacation Memories – Including One Hilarious Escapade and One Humorous Moment

  1. jannatwrites says:

    I had to laugh at not remembering the kids’ names. That would’ve been an interesting moment to see, I’m sure 🙂 Sounds like you had a nice time in Florida!


  2. pattisj says:

    I was wondering how your trip and visit went. Smart you for opting for the children as opposed to the roller coasters. Glad the driver and passengers were deemed innocent and let go.


    • Hello Patti. I’m not good on rides. I get motion sickness. I cannot be tempted by water rides, either, now, after the last ride down the waterfall. I am very glad that they were not taken to jail! That would have spoiled our vacation. Blessings to you, Patti…


  3. Bonnie says:

    Glad everything turned out okay with the stolen car thing! That had to be stomach-churning until it was over. Sounds like you had so much fun! And the chinese dish looks so yummy! 🙂


    • Hi Bonnie. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, my daughter said she was trembling. The officer asked her why, and she told him she’d never been arrested before. He said he couldn’t find her in the system. Duh. They all recovered from the shock. Even my 18-year-old granddaughter and my 12-year-old grandson were able to laugh after a while. Blessings to you, Bonnie…


  4. Glad to hear you are safe! Loved this post! So cute! Lol! Roller coasters are so scary! When I went to Toronto, I sat on all, too much for my nerves! Love you 🙂


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