Friday, October 5, 2018

The Friday 15

Today's items all come from this year's Boise Hawks games. Buy a soda, get a cup. Buy a soda, get a cup. We were half season ticket owners so we had a lot of drinks. And a lot of cups. Bye, bye!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Snorkeling at the Money Bar in Cozumel, Mexico

It's Wanderlust Wednesday and today we're talking about snorkeling at the Money Bar in Cozumel, Mexico.

I'm a snorkeler. I first learned to snorkel in the beginner's group on a snorkel excursion in Belize. I fell in love with it and spent the next year practicing my newly learned skill. A year later I went back to Belize and re-did the same excursion - in the advanced group.

Now I definitely consider myself an experienced and advanced snorkeler. The more time I can get in the water, the better. So whenever I can get to a snorkeling spot by myself, without another group around, I take advantage of it. One of the places where that can happen is in Cozumel. 

The Money Bar Beach Club is a short taxi ride from the Cozumel cruise port and fits the bill. They have tasty food and tasty drinks. 
But the snorkeling is the stand out. While there's not much of a beach, they do have both lounge chairs and tables in the sand.

And some great snorkeling. Even the snorkel boats come out to the area.
But there is no need to pay someone else to take you out there. Just take the stairs down into the water.

You'll see plenty of fish - and few people. Snorkel until your heart's content.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Magnetic Mailbox for Cruise Ship Cabin Door - Tutorial Tuesday

It's Tutorial Tuesday and today I have something I've used every single day for a full month.

Looking for more sewing and crafting projects? 

Magnetic Mailbox Sewing Project for Cruise Ship Cabin Door

If you’ve been on a cruise before you know you get lots of papers. Like bunches and bunches every single night. The daily paper that has the rundown of the next day’s activites, the invitations to the art auction and health seminar, the ads for the boutiques and spa specials.

On some ships there are mailboxes installed on the wall to collect all those papers. On some ships there aren’t so the steward is placing the papers in your door handle, sliding them under the door, or placing them on the bed. If you’re on one of the ship without mailboxes – like the Caribbean Princess that now has a just a screen instead of the mailbox, here is a project to help you – and your steward – find a place to put all those papers. Since the door (and the walls for that matter) are magnetic, today we are making this magnetic mailbox.

For this project you will need:

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You can find the step by step how to video for the magnetic cruise ship cabin mailbox sewing project here:

Monday, October 1, 2018

Cruising Resources & Trip Reports

If you're looking for cruise-related information and photos you're in the right place. You'll get first-hand trip reports of locations, activities, ports, cruise ships, and restaurants.  Every penny spent on travel comes out of my own pocket so all opinions and comments are solely mine with no outside entity influencing my reports.

Yummy Monday - The Smoking Rooster in St. Thomas

We've been to St. Thomas several times before. Sometimes we take a tour, sometimes we head over to St. John, and sometimes we just stay on the ship. This time we were ready to just walk around the port area and maybe find something to eat. After we docked I did a quick Internet search for "food and drinks Havensight" and The Smoking Rooster popped up.

So wander, walk, and end the day at Smoking Rooster was the plan. I didn't expect The Smoking Rooster to be that close. Down the sidewalk just outside the gate and BAM you're there. No need to wander. Might as well eat and drink first.
BBQ is their specialty. They use cherry, oak, and hickory and the smell is amazing. If you're lucky, the guys will be working right near your seats. You might get to see them doing their daily batch of chicken or brisket.
Or if you're really lucky, you'll get to watch them spray the ribs with apple cider and rum. Then they'll pull the racks of ribs out and wrap them in foil. They will be tucked away until the next day, where they'll be finished off for 20 minutes. But if you're really, really, lucky (and you ask nicely) they will cut off the end of one of the racks and pass it through to you.
On one visit we had their rib and brisket combo with beans, macaroni potato salad, pickles, and a biscuit. 
On another visit we had their Italian beef sandwich.
On another visit we went with a double order of ribs with fries, pickles, and biscuits. We found it was actually cheaper to do this combo platter than to order ribs and sides separately.
Hubby loves mac n cheese so he also ordered mac n cheese with jalapenos added to it. 
Let's not forget their variety of sauces. 
And let's really not forget about their drinks. 

Just look at the Blue Parrot tail drink Lily the bartender made me. Oh, my.

They have live music at night and sometimes during the day, too. On this particular visit we spent the day listening to St. Groovus. 
Tish, the server, is the best. We met her on the first visit, she remembered us on the second visit, and had our drink order in before we even sat down on the third visit.

After three visits we know for sure that The Smoking Rooster is our to-go place in St. Thomas.