The family just got back from a vacation to Cozumel. Woohoo! Ten of us hopped on a cruise ship and set sail for territory that's hotter than it is here. The water's a lot prettier, though. A lot.
My family is pretty close, and we have a lot of fun together. I mentioned in a post last June that I took a cross-country trip with my youngest brother and his family. I usually spend at least two weeks a year with them.
My husband doesn't get away much (he works too hard!), but I can usually talk him into a getaway at least once a year. I take my two daughters to Disney once or twice a year. And my mom has tagged along with me on most of my European trips. But everyone in one place? That doesn't happen but once every four or five years.
So anyway, the worst part about a vacation is readjusting to life back home. You're tired. You have (substantially) less money than when you left. The work has piled up while you were gone.
Yeah, I know. Boo hoo, right? I get it.
On the bright side, I don't know of two dogs who have ever been happier to see a person than my dogs were when I got back. I actually spent half of my vacation feeling guilty for leaving the pups at home. Bear got to stay with my husband's stepdaughter, which meant kids to play with and car rides. Milo, on the other hand, spent the week alone in the kennel getting neutered.
Still, when I walked through the door, they were equally happy to see me. Milo got so excited he pelted me under the chin with his head. I was delighted to be home.
It's doesn't get any better than that.
Of course, we got home at noon, and routine took over quickly. So I owed the family a dinner, and we'd been eating out for a week. I texted my daughter and got her favorite meatball recipe, then matched it with some homemade dill sauce.
1.3 lbs. of ground beef
1 lemon, zest only
1/4 c. fresh parsley, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. allspice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Divide into equally sized balls (about 1.5 inches in diameter). Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until done.