Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Back From Aruba!

We're back (unfortunately)!

This was my view every day for the last week...

Ugh, and I miss it so much!! We did absolutely nothing for a full
6 1/2 days, and it was wonderful! We really enjoyed Aruba's awesome breeze. The food was indescribable (but pricey) too! We would lay out, either in the sun (which didn't last very long), or under our palapa in the shade every day. We both came home with pretty good tans. We enjoyed the swimming pool & lazy river, and thoroughly enjoyed a virgin strawberry daiquiri here & there (they're much sweeter without alcohol- plus, that's something you really don't need while out in the super hot sun).

I took fewer pics on this trip than I think I ever have on a vacay
(I sound like a spoiled brat here, but it's just nowhere near as beautiful as Maui), but I will post some of them soon. Zach took some good sunset shots too. We ended up with just one pic of us for the entire trip, but that's ok. We have tons more from other trips, and we're already talking about another Disney trip. :)

We both loved our little break from reality. A break from work, housework and (probably most importantly) a break from connections. The internet is a great way to keep in touch, but we all seem to use it as a crutch nowadays. It is always there, within arms' reach, so it's always nice to set it aside for a while. Breaks from Facebook are one of my favorite things about our weekends. This vacation was like one long, sunny, fun, relaxing weekend.

So, the week before we left, I wanted to use up & cook food we already had, since we made it a point to not go to any store (grocery store or Wal-Mart) that week- and we actually did it! I tried this recipe, and we LOVED it! I know it couldn't have compared to some of the Greek food that Zach has had before- he is half Greek, has been to Greece once, and his Papou (grandfather) lived right next to an awesome, authentic Greek restaurant. But, it was still very good.

I got the recipe from this site, and (in typical Ashley fashion) tweaked it a little.

-Greek Oven Potatoes-

- 5-6 potatoes (I didn't peel them)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- juice from 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 tsp. oregano

Peel potatoes (I didn't), cut (I'll also cut bigger chunks instead of strips next time). Coat with olive oil, lemon juice & chicken broth. Sprinkle with salt, pepper & oregano. I also added a pinch of garlic powder in there- we love that stuff! Toss to coat. Put in roasting pan/deep baking dish, and roast at 400 degrees for about an hour. I also saw one other recipe where you can roast at 450 for about 40 minutes, but I think the lower the temp. & the longer you cook them, the more tender & flavorful they are.

I got a little camera happy while making these (I was simultaneously preparing these for the oven & painting top coats on my rooster table), so here goes...


Potatoes with salt & pepper

Coated with juices & oregano

 Right out of the oven

Our yummy plate of baked flounder, potatoes & lima beans

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I have been washing clothes like a mad woman these past couple of days, but we came home to a clean house, so that's one less thing I have to do now.

I guess we will spend our weekend resting & spending time with our doggies. We missed them so much while we were gone! It's so much fun to go to the vet & pick them up when we get back. They're always super sweet & cuddly the first day or so, but then they're back to their normal selves (Daisy being mischievous & Cosmo being nonchalant).

Life is good right now in the Jones household. :) 


  1. Oh my these sound good!! I will def try making these!!

    So glad you found my blog over at Welcome Wednesdays! I am a happy new follower!


  2. hi there. hopped on over thanks, to the blog hop. i'm a new linky follower. would love it if you would follow me as well. have a great night!! (:

  3. welcome back to reality! lucky you.
    I make these potatoes many times..everyone loves them!! we add vinegar when they are done.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow bcd if you can.

  4. I am now following you on Linky followers. I would love it if you followed me back. I always enjoy meeting new bloggers.

  5. Happy to find your blog! I'm a new Linky follower. Found you through the Linky Blog Hop! Hope you can come visit my site, when you have a moment. http://www.eccentricleopard.com/

  6. Your holiday sounds absolutely gorgeous and I can understand why you would not want to come back home, The potatoes look soooooo tasty. I'm here from Welcome Wednesday and looking forward to joining in future blog hops. Hope you have a good day.

  7. Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit www.laughterandgrace.com and follow back.


  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and Linky following (and your very sweet comment). I'm following you too. The potatoes look delicious!

    And now I'm going to date myself here ... but I went to Aruba when I was still in H.S. (and I just attended my 30th reunion!) and it was such a different place. Truly remote and untouched. A choice of two hotels. And they used to feed the sharks on the OTHER side of the island to keep them away from the "tourist" strip. :) It was also the first and only time I ever fainted. Heat stroke ...


  9. I am a new follower via Linky Party Hop. I hope you will stop by my blog, say hello and follow me back!

  10. These look delicious! I found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. Hope you have a chance to visit my blog and perhaps follow me back.

  11. Thank you for linking to Foodie Friday! I love that you paired these with Lima Beans!!! Not Your Ordinary Agent
    Not Your Ordinary Recipes

  12. Stopping by from the Linky Follower Party Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

  13. Sounds like a wonderful holiday!
    And those potatoes look yummy!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. I LOVE GREEK FOOD. My best friends family was Greek and owned a restaurant - she was the best cook, so I'll be trying out this recipe. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best Par.tay!


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