Mother’s Day Cream Puffs


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  •  1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  •  1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs


Melt butter in 1 cup boiling water.

Add flour and salt all at once; stir vigorously until a stiff dough forms

Roll the ball around the inside of the pan until it becomes a smooth ball.

Remove from heat; cool.

Form a well in the dough and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough, 3 inches apart, onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown and puffy, about 30 minutes.

Cool on a rack before splitting and filling.

Making Maps for Your Travel Journal

A travel journal is on of the best artifacts you can bring home from a journey. A good travel journal captures all the pictures, drawings, scraps of paper, thoughts and memories of your experience.

I like the idea of writing everyday, but at the end of a long day at work, it’s one of the last things I want to do. A trip away from the office frees me the burnout of the daily grind and gives me the energy to write daily.

just looking forward to an upcoming expedition gets me excited about journaling and I want to start laying down pages. A great place to start is with the map.

Grammie’s Famous French Toast

2 Eggs
½ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed corn flakes
6 slices (frozen) Texas toast (with cheese or garlic)
Sprinkle of salt
¼ cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 450°
In a shallow bowl whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and salt until blended
Place corn flakes in another shallow bowl.
Dip both sides of bread in egg mixture then in the corn flakes – both sides. (you may need to pat a little to cover)

Place in a sprayed oblong pan. rizzle with the melted butter (or add when it comes out)

Bake 10-12 minutes it will golden brown.

How to make a basic soufflé

We made a fancy breakfast last Sunday. Karalee made Eric’s Potatoes and Charles made an egg soufflé. The soufflé is coming soon, but in the mean time, here’s the recipe for soufflé.

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of pepper
3/4 cup milk
4 egg yolks
2 egg whites
1/2 cup parmesan cheese 
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Prepare soufflé dish by coating with butter and bread crumbs.

Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Stir in milk all at once. Continue stirring until mixture boils and is smooth and thickened.

Separate eggs. Beat yolks well and add ¼ cup of warm sauce mixture to egg yolks.

Combine yolk mixture with remaining sauce, blending thoroughly. Add parmesan cheese, stirring into white sauce until blended. Set sauce aside to cool slightly.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl, until stiff but not dry. Fold some of the egg whites into sauce to make it lighter, then gently but thoroughly fold the sauce into the remaining egg whites.

Carefully pour into 4-cup soufflé dish.

Bake in preheated 375° F oven until puffed and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes or until done.

*for the original recipe visit the Eggs Farmers of Canada website.

Eric’s Potatoes

We made a fancy breakfast last Sunday. Karalee made Eric’s Potatoes and Charles made an egg soufflé. The soufflé is coming soon, but in the mean time, here’s the recipe for Eric’s Potatoes.

1 package savory Cheese Ball mix
10. 75 oz can cream of celery soup
8 oz Sour Cream
1/2 cup Milk
26 oz bag Frozen shredded hash brown pototoes
2 1/2 cups shredded smoked Gouda Cheese or other cheese
2 Tbsp melted butter

Combine first 4 ingredients, set aside.
Combine shredded Cheese and hashbrowns
Combine all together, spread into a greased 9×11 baking dish
Pour melted butter over the top.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

ENJOY!! you can freeze before or after baking.

Our channel in 2023 and the future

We started Wonder About Us in 2023 as a way to document our lives and lifestyle. I’ like to think we’re unusual people and others would like to know what we’re up to and hopefully learn from, or be entertained by, us.

I’m not sure that’s happening, but we’re just getting started. A lot of 2023 was finding our feet and trying to learn how to create content and set ourselves up with skills for the future.

One thing I’d like to change is that we seem to be a little heavy on the cooking content, and, that makes sense. We’re not always out on some great adventure, but we do cook every day.

Now that I know how to make content, and have established a nice format, our plan is to spend 2024 getting into the swing of producing content on a regular basis. The idea being to do one video per week and fill in with shorts and posts on other platforms throughout the week. I would like those videos to follow a weekly release schedule.

  1. Cooking
  2. Travel/adventures in the field
  3. Home projects
  4. Art projects or other creative works
  5. Vlogs

I’d like to thank everyone for supporting us as we grow. Here’s our final video of 2023:

Karalee makes some spicy chicken wings

We’re a couple who really enjoy good food. We’ve dined at white table cloth restaurants literally all over the world. But, despite all the wonderful cuisine we’ve enjoyed, it’s the simple things that we really enjoy – grilled cheese, hot dogs and chicken wings, to name a few.
Karalee found a spice packet in the pantry that we picked up somewhere long ago and used it to make some great wings.

Creating Watercolor Memories

Snake Charmer

A picture is worth a thousand words. But… when it comes to creating a travel journal, those pictures can be difficult to capture while travelling. I want journal filled with watercolor sketches and colorful text, describing our adventures in the far corners of the world.

In the past I tried to reserve space amongst the words to print and paste pictures when I got home. Later I purchased a Zink printer and while that’s nice, it doesn’t create great pictures, and it doesn’t give my journal that old-timey explorer’s quality I desire. In general, photographs don’t tell the story I want to tell.

Chinese Sweeper

Anyone can draw from sight. It’s purely a matter of regular practice. Unfortunately, unless you’re naturally talented, there is a great deal of upkeep practice required, or those skills soften. If all you want to do is sketch while you’re travelling, it’s a difficult investment of time.

The other issue is the lack of time while travelling. Karalee and I travel together, and often we’re part of a group excursion or tour. There isn’t really any way I can sit and sketch from the world when everyone else is ready to move on.

The time I have, usually in the evening, when we’ve returned from the day’s events, or in the morning, before we head out, is short and requires me to draw quickly, but you may be surprised to learn – there’s an app for that.

Camera Lucida App

The Camera Lucida App allows me to view the page by looking “through” a picture. The effect of this is that I can see any picture I take projected onto the page of my journal. I can quickly trace a picture onto a page without having to actually draw it. This way I can lay down a quick sketch and claim that space on the page.

Watercolor and text can be added while sitting on a tour bus, or during lunch, as long as the drawing is already down.

Camera Lucida View

I set up my phone on a coffee cup, or a drinking glass and place it over the page so that the picture appears where I want the drawing to appear. A slider at the bottom of the screen allows me to change the opacity of the picture, making it easier to see the picture or the drawing.

The easiest thing to do is block in the big shapes and set up for adding detail. If I have more time, I can zoom in far enough to add tiny details – all the way down to the teeth of a smiling child.

Once the initial forms are blocked in, to whatever level of detail for which I have time, or desire, I clean up the sketch, capturing any details I missed, or removing any that distract from the storytelling.

Balloon Sketch
Balloon Painting

On a cruise, or a group trip we often head out for the day, in a bus or smaller boat, to get to the actual experience. These bus trips are a slog through uninteresting city streets or bland highways, which is a perfect time for watercolors and writing. The Camera Lucida App requires a stable surface, but splashy watercolors are easy to apply holding the book on my lap, or an airplane tray table. When it comes to watercolor journals, less is definitely more. I’m often tempted to fill in the page, but that always backfires on me.

Sphinx Page

Some people might say using an app to draw is cheating, but this isn’t a competition, there is no cheating. The goal is to capture memories in watercolor and create beautiful journals people want to look at. If an app is what you need to