How about a trip down penny lane in……London, England! My husband’s last business trip. before the world went on lockdown due to COVID-19, was to London, England. He was able to take in a few sights and sounds before everything closed. London was one the cities he was excited to visit, he typically passes through it travelling to other countries.
What better way to make the best of a short business trip than to hop on a double-decker sightseeing bus! This by far is one of the best ways to see all that London has to offer; you can hop on and hop off to get a more up close and personal experience at each of the historic sites. One of the first sites was Paddington Station, known as the world’s first underground railway. This is the same station seen in movies and is still recognizable by its original design by Brunel. And while your there, don’t forget to take the kids to see the Paddington Bear statue which was name after the station. Since your on a double-decker bus, don’t miss out on the fantastic sculpture pieces around town like the Still Water sculpture. This sculpture is quite the head turner…….it’s literally a horse’s head! Commissioned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, it is a replacement of the Horse at Water sculpture….I wonder what the original looked like??
If your headed to see the Tower of London, cross the River Thames using the Tower Bridge. There is so much history surrounding this bridge and the architectural design is stunning. The Tower Bridge connects Southwark to Tower Hamlets boroughs and is a major thoroughfare for the cities citizens. It is an iconic symbol of London but it is not to be confused with the London Bridge. There have been numerous incidences at the Tower Bridge such of multiple planes flying under the pedestrian walkway throughout history, the bridge opening with a double-decker bus driving across it and even a president getting stuck on 1 side apart from his security team!
Of course you can’t visit London without visiting Buckingham palace and Big Ben. Buckingham palace, home to the Queen Elizabeth is beautiful and truly must be seen in person. My husband did not make the changing of the guards but he was able to get right up to the gate for some awesome pictures. On the way there, he passed the London Eye which was still giving rides at the time. He said he didn’t have time to catch a ride but I think he was scared of the height of the Ferris wheel which is 443 ft (135 m) tall! Its one panoramic view of London, hence its name, is definitely worth seeing. And close to the London Eye is the Earl Haig Memorial. The bronze equestrian statue is of British Western Front commander Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig on Whitehall in Westminster. A representation of a great war hero, the statue is not without its controversy. From the likeness of the commander to his stance, uniform and the representation of his horse Poperinghe definitely has a love hate relationship with the people.
These are just some of the things to see and do in London. There is a TON of rich history learn about during your stay. Unfortunately, this particular trip was short so we definitely plan on going back. Next time, we will definitely get on the London Eye Ferris wheel and enjoy more British cuisine.
Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken works not matter the season and is a super easy recipe to make. Its easy to customize and you can make a little or a lot. Add some rice or pasta and you’ve got a weeknight meal the whole family will love. Enjoy!!
2 Lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp fresh Parsley
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp butter
1/4 cup water
1 tsp Chicken bouillon granules
3 tsp lemon juice
Let’s Make It!
In a bowl mix oregano, salt and pepper then rub mixture all over chicken.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat and brown chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side.
Place chicken in slow cooker.
In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic and bouillon and bring mixture to a boil. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 hours. Add parsley to slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.
Chicken Broth: Substitute chicken broth for the water to enhance the flavor.
Slow Cooker Liner: Use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up.
Cornstarch: Use cornstarch to thicken the sauce
Leftovers: Leftovers last 2-3 days in the refrigerator, perfect for quick weeknight dinners.
We all have our very own tribe, you know….that group of people that we can always rely on. A tribe, a group a crew, or your posse are people you have chosen and elevated to be part of your inner circle. Those people who know your likes and dislikes, in and outs, high and lows. Basically, the people who know you best. I can’t tell you how many times we have relied on our tribe of family and friends during chaotic times, world chaos or when nothing seems to be going right. When my husband travels, I definitely have a tribe in each country that I can rely on both in the U.S. and abroad. This is especially important when traveling abroad, you need people you can trust should anything go wrong. If you looked around you, could you definitively say you have your own tribe?
Your tribe should consist of people who show up no matter what. The ones who call you consistently (yes, an actual phone call) whether they have something in particular they want to talk about or just to say “Hi”. They routinely check on you and your family to make sure everything is OK. They should know when you have deviated from your normal routine; they’re more likely to see red flags or be alerted when something is amiss. Additionally, your tribe should encourage you to go after you goals and dreams. Have an idea? Your tribe should be right there cheering you on. They will want the very best for you at all times.
Members of your tribe accept you exactly as you are…your uniqueness, individuality, quirks, imperfections, and everything in between. Who you are is what brought you together in the very beginning. Your tribe sees the good in you, what you have to offer, and what you have accomplished. They bring out the best in you and you bring out the best in them. Now more than ever, it is so important to have a tribe, a team that you can rely and they can rely on you. Even though we are social distancing, remember to keep in contact with them. With social distancing comes isolation. Your tribe will never let you feel alone or isolated, they are always looking out for each other. We are so thankful for our tribe aka our family and friends for their continued support.
Now that were all staying home, how about a recipe that the kids can help make? This recipe is easy-peasy and the kids will love mixing together the ingredients. Serve with your choice of veggie, caesar salad, and garlic bread for an authentic Italian meal.
None stick cooking spray
8 ounce penne pasta, dry
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion
1 medium bell pepper, red
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 cup spaghetti or marinara sauce
1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
6 ounce mozzarella cheese
2 ounce ricotta cheese, part skim milk
Let’s Make It!
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8X8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain and set aside.
Mince garlic and dice onion and red pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic, peppers and onions for 3-5 minutes. Stir pasta sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper into onion mixture. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove sauce from stove and stir in cooked pasta.
Shred the mozzarella. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and 1 cup shredded cheese.
Spoon half the pasta into the baking dish and top with half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat with remaining pasta and ricotta. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes.
Pre-cook Pasta: Pre-cook your pasta the night before to speed up the cooking process.
Add some meat: Add cooked ground beef or Italian sausage to beef up (pun intended) your baked ziti.
Leftovers: Leftovers will last 2-4 days refrigerated for a quick weeknight meal.
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