Sunday, August 16, 2009

we made it :-)

ah - Hilton Head rocks!
We drove yesterday - left Williamsburg around 12:30 - after spending the morning cleaning our house as a family - all the bathrooms are scrubbed - kids rooms cleaned and vacuumed (except the small girls - they destroyed their room after their older siblings helped them clean it) kitchen detailed - even my room is clean. (THAT NEVER HAPPENS!)
Had lunch from Subway while on the Jamestown Ferry and then a long day of driving. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel in Florence SC (that matters because we used to stop at my sister's house in Florence SC but she moved a few years ago to PA) - we met the sweetest waitress named Brandy. Great girl. She was fascinated by the kids. We didn't stay for desert - Tim wanted to get back in the car - but while he filled up the gas tank I went looking for something to pass out. I have two new favorite cookies now... the first is "Mom's Apple Pie Cookies" by Too Good Gourmet. YUM! AND they are made in the US (this is big to me right now. If things are not made in the US, Canada or the EU I really don't want to ingest them. There have been too many instances of differences in standards and my body is not a lab rat.) AND on the ingredient list - it is all REAL food. Flour, sugar, butter, oats, eggs, apple pie spice blend, cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar - and one suspicious one "propylene glycol." I'll googled that later. Totally yummy and I'm so excited that they are made out of real food. You have no idea!
The other one is "Maple Cream Cookies" by Maple Grove Farms in Vermont. OMG! Very yummy, very sweet - awesome with milk or coffee! I'm so addicted! These cookies are made i Canada. BUT - Not as high on the real food rating - it includes artificial flavors and colors. Bummer.

We arrived at the Shipyard (where we stay) around 11 PM or so. Got everybody settled.

This morning - my husband snuck out to get me coffee from Starbucks and to stop at the grocery for bagels & cheerios & bananas. And then the BEACH!

M-Lyons, Dragon, Tiger and Beanie spent HOURS on wave boards in the surf. Tim took pictures... I'll figure out where all the connector thingys are later...

Tomorrow AM he drives to work (his client is in Florida) until Thursday. He gets next week off. His parents own this week at the timeshare but they aren't using it this year and so, last minute, offered it to us. *total cheshire cat grin*

well darn it! I just googled propylene glycol. EWWWW!!!


Propylene Glycol

A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humescent, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.


What is propylene glycol?

Propylene glycol is a clear, colorless, slightly syrupy liquids at room temperature. It may exist in air in the vapor form, although propylene glycol must be heated or briskly shaken to produce a vapor. Propylene glycol is practically odorless and tasteless.

Propylene glycol is used to make antifreeze and deicing solutions for cars, airplanes, and boats; to make polyester compounds; and as solvent in the paint and plastics industries.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors.

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!! SOOO disillusioned!


Meg said...

Propylene glycol...yummy! :P

Glad you're having fun in HH. I was there with family 2 months ago. I liked it a lot!

FoxyMoron said...

Good grief! Bet you won't be eating THOSE cookies again! But then who knows what is in most of the convenience foods we eat?

Have fun on your holiday Caillin. Can't wait to see photos of those gorgeous kids having fun in the water. Must google those place names you mentioned too.

shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

lol! and propylelen glycol...

enjoy your holiday!

Mouthy Mama said...

Love the Blog! Don't ya just love family vacaations--we just got back from San Diego--whooohooooo we made it. That's all I can say!

beans said...

pretty scary that it should avoid skin contact and yet it is in your food?

We just saw food inc, and it has really opened my eyes to what i am eating . . .

hope you have a great vacation!

Melissa said...

Hilton Head sounds great! Ahh, maybe someday for us....hehe

Knitty said...

I hate to think what unknown substances I've ingested over the years. :(

On a very happy note, I received my package from your giveaway! I am so excited! I posted about it here:

Thanks again!!!