Our new casa

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We have moved! Into an amazing new chalet-style house! I’d send you our address, but we still won’t have one.  The new casa is:

  • Bigger (3 bedrooms – come visit!)!
  • More comfy and rustic (lots of wood; think “ski resort” – which I know doesn’t fit with Costa Rica, but it is still super cute looking)!
  • More private (behind a huge privacy fence and gate)!
  • Has a yard (our last house did not)!
  • Has an enclosed garden (I think it was an aviary… but as my landlord pointed out, now it works to keep birds out)!
  • The views are even more amazing than our last house (I know, how could they get much better?)!

And for all this, we only had to move 50 meters down the road. (Meters you say? I know you’re impressed that I know what a meter is. But really – Greg

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

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Well, who doesn’t like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, right?  These are so easy to make, and I swear they taste exactly like Reese’s, even though they are a slightly different shape.  But with some nuts sprinkled on top, how cute are they?

INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter 4 Tablespoon Butter (cut into small chunks) 2 Cups Powder Sugar 8 oz Semisweet or Bittersweet (good quality) Chocolate for melting (chopped) 1 Tablespoon Shortening 

In a microwave safe bowl, melt

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Battle of the Boxes – a RED wine review

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Due to popular demand, here is the boxed wine review for red wine (vino tinto)!

I got my hubby (a red wine connoisseur) to help with this one, here he is, in all his blind-folded glory:

 

Presenting – the Battle of the Red Boxes – Greggorio style:

 

PEÑASOL Vino Tinto Made in: Spain Cost (1 L box): c2,928 ($5.85) Alcohol: 12% Smell: “No smell. Maybe I’m stopped up or something? I don’t smell anything.” Taste: “Not really a taste to this. I must say I kind of like it though.”         UVITA Vino Tinto Made in: Argentina Cost (1 L box): c2,000 ($4.00) Alcohol: 12.2% Smell: “None. There’s no smell.” Taste: “I like it.”

 

 

CLOS Cabernet Sauvignon Made in: Chile Cost (1 L box): c2,790 ($5.58) Alcohol: 12% Smell: “Doesn’t really smell like much. Maybe rotten grapes.” Taste: “Don’t like too much (makes a grimace), but it’s OK. Not very flavorful. Un-describable.”

 

  DON SIMON Vino Tino Made in: Spain Alcohol: 11% Cost (1 L box): c1,500 ($3.00) Smell: “Now, this one has a good smell!” Taste: “Ew, has a bit of a bad after taste. But it’s ok, I could drink this.”

 

Greg’s conclusions:

 

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Easy Oreo “Truffles”

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Easy Oreo “Truffles”

Ingredients:
1 regular package original Oreo cookies
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (or other good quality chocolate, broken into pieces) ½ TB Crisco (shortening) 2-3 TB white frosting (from a can, works best!)  
Directions:

Break Oreos into a food processor, and process until they turn into fine crumbs.

Mix Oreo crumbs and softened cream cheese together until well blended.  Place bowl in freezer for 20-30 minutes (this helps with next step).

Roll Oreo mixture into walnut size balls, and place on waxed paper on cookie

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Animal Tico-isms

What is an “animal tico-ism” you might ask?  Well, ticos have a way of associating things, with animals.  I don’t know why, and my tica friend does not know why either – it just is what it is.  It’s their culture.

Here are a few examples for you:

HORSE: </span

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Why Grecia?

Why Grecia?

Well, really I was sold on the little town of Grecia, Costa Rica when I first heard that people living here did not have heaters OR air conditioning in their homes – you just don’t need it!  That’s right – Grecia is supposedly the “perfect” temperature, year round.  This sounded

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