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The winners of the Christmas Desserts Cookbook are Debbie Dunlap and Melissa DuBois. I will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing information. Thanks for entering, everyone! 

This past summer MyHandsomeHusband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. For several years now we have been planning a fun get away cruise with several of our friends who also happen to be celebrating 20 years of marriage this year.


And so, a few weeks ago we hopped on a plane bound for Galveston Texas. Can you tell you are looking at a picture of the Grand Canyon I snapped from my airplane window? Ok, I know it’s kind of blurry but it really is The Grand Canyon!  Air travel is always so amazing to me. It never gets old. I mean seriously…how cool is it to FLY up in the air over hundreds of miles!


Once in Texas we boarded a cruise ship with our dear friends and sailed around The Western Caribbean. Man, did we have a good time. We spent at least 85% of our time laughing. That’s what happens when I go anywhere with these people. Laughing in abundance is always a given.

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One of our port stops was Belize. It was so beautiful! Look at those trees! Trees do not grow like that in Utah. I was in awe.


We climbed up into the jungle…


and zipped down through it. This is my cute friend Julie.


And this is me! It was such a cool experience. Loved every second of it.


After we Zipped, we carried some tubes through more of the jungle…did I mention how TOTALLY AMAZING the jungle was! I have never witnessed such thick, beautiful, green foliage. Girl from the desert here (easily impressed).


Our tour guides clipped our tubes together and pulled us along a river that flows through a series of caves.


Stunningly beautiful.

One of the best days I have ever spent. Loved it. Just a small shout out to our tour guide company  “Butt’s Up Cave Tubing”. They were super hospitable, friendly, informational and a ton of fun. I would recommend them 100 times over. If you are headed to Belize, give them a go. Tell them I said hi. 🙂


Cozumel, Mexico was another one of our stops. We took a ferry from Cozumel to Cancun in order to visit some ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum. This is our fabulous tour guide Carlos who works with Mormon Encounter LDS Tours. He was fantastic! Once again we found ourselves walking through a jungle (amazing and beautiful!) until we came to a thick rock wall.


Once we walked through the wall, there was a beautiful ancient city before us, said to be over 1000 years old.

Many of you know that as members of the LDS Church we study both the Bible and The Book of Mormon. The latter of the two is a record of the early inhabitants of the American continents. The ruins we saw here in Tulum held a lot of sacred meaning for us. Being able to see, in living color, remnants of the civilization we have read and studied so much about was thrilling.


I felt so lucky to be there.


The grand building shown here served as a temple. Right behind it, like seriously…just a stones throw from its back wall…

is this spectacular ocean view.  Those Mayan’s really knew how to pick prime real estate, yes? It was gorgeous.

Good times.


It was a week well spent.


Lucky for me, I got to come home with this guy. The two of us have been parading through the Jungle of Reality ever since. Which actually…

isn’t half bad. 🙂

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! New recipe coming up Monday morning.

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