Monday, August 3, 2015

Our Mother-Daughter Trip to Cape Cod

We arrived at the airport at 4:30 - that was AM, raring to go... with smiles on our faces:  Kate, Kim, Jean, Tawny, and Tiffany.  This was a Mother-Daughter trip to the Cape and Boston planned by Kimmy and Tiffany.  Two moms and four daughters, 6 total.  Tiffany's sister, Megan, flew in from Denver and met us in Boston.  The rest of us started out in Phoenix.
Flying into Boston...
Love the housing!
We took a bus from Boston Logan Airport down to the Hyannis Bus Station.  We drove through this tunnel, which seemed very, very long.
We arrive in South Yarmouth at Riverview Resort - this view is from the back deck overlooking Parkers River.
Our first meal just had to be seafood - Tiffany was the first one to dig right in by ordering lobster.  it looks like it is hugging the dish of melted butter.
At the resort, on the top of the lighthouse, is an osprey nest - a mama and her baby.
The Veschios on the left - and the Bradsher girls on the right.
On the first day, we walked to the beach.
I don't know why, but I love seagulls.  I don't want to touch them or get close, but I like to watch them - and photograph them.  (I have no clue who the guy is in the background.)
We stopped at a Trader Joe's - fun pic of Kate and Kim.
We stopped for ice cream, more than once.  This was just the first of many stops.
Kimmy and Tiffany...
We are all interested in oils and/or herbs, so we found a lavender farm that we could tour.
Inside the lavender is drying...
and such a cute little cottage on the outside.
The whole outside wall housed birdhouses - again, not sure why, but I really like them.
These ladies are picking the lavender.  It looks like a tedious job.
One of the first places we went to was Provincetown, the very tip of the Cape.  We really had a wonderful time - a lot of walking and shopping.  We came across Scottcakes - a cupcake shop.  They bake only one kind of cupcake:  yellow cake with butter cream frosting.  I have to say it was probably one of the best - if not THE best - cupcakes I have ever eaten.  Really tasty.
We stopped for lunch at The Canteen and the meal was SO good!  We ate outside where we could see  the ocean from our table/bench.  I think this was my favorite meal on our trip.
Just a shot of a walkway - it really caught my eye.
More tomorrow!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy July 4th!

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's hard to beat the heat here

And it shines into the east side of my house in the morning, making it hot, hot hot!  I first tried putting the film on the inside to darken the window...
 That's not cheap - it cost me $50 to do the big window.
So you want to get it right the first time.
And that helped quite a bit, but not enough.
I don't have an awning on that side of the house - that's NEXT year's project - but realize I need something to break the sun beating into the window.
I put the umbrella up outside my door and Man!  I immediately felt a difference.
Just pray a gust of wind doesn't come up.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dueling Pianos at VinciTorio's

My friend, MaryAnna noticed that a local Tempe restaurant, VinciTorio's, was hosting dueling pianos on Saturday night, so we got a group of 9 people together and went.
 If you look real close, you can see the two men on the mikes - facing each other - playing the pianos.
 They really packed in a lot of people. 
There was a lot of singing going on and some dancing, too.
People were definitely in a festive mood.
 I ordered the capellini (with peppers, onions, and sausage).
Very good.
It was a fun night - something out of the ordinary.

Monday, June 29, 2015

While shopping at Big Lots...

I was looking in the food area at cake mixes.  I really like Big Lots.  I buy my water there and they have such interesting food items.  I swear they are items that never made it in the big stores, who knows?  Anyway, a lady who I don't know, told me that you can take any cake mix and add 1 egg and 2 cups of whipped cream (like Cool Whip) and make cookies.  So, I thought "why not give it a whirl?"
 She also told me the Pink Lemonade cake mix was really good.
 The picture below are the cookies BEFORE they were baked.
 Below is a picture of them after they came out of the oven.  Not a big difference.
 I thought they looked like pink blobs, and needed something...
 So I made buttercream icing.
Yes, that's better.  I added lemon juice to the icing for tartness.
Since they are made from a cake mix, they kind of taste like cupcakes.
There is no extra fat (oil or butter) added, so you might consider 
them to be somewhat healthier.
Can cupcakes be considered healthy?  Sure.
These are not my favorite cookies, but in a pinch not bad.
Maybe it was the Pink Lemonade.  Kids would probably love them.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Getting ready...

We have a mother/daughter trip planned for Cape Cod and Boston this year...
 2 mothers and 4 daughters
Looking ahead at the local transportation!  Exciting!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sophie can be a little cantankerous when it comes to bath time...

She never gives ME a problem, but the groomer told me last time that she is getting a bit nippy with her.  So we hope the solution is for me bathe her before she gets groomed.  Tonight was that night.
I take her to this pet supply store, Pet Planet, down the street.  For $10, you can use the stainless steel sink, their shampoo and conditioner, their heavy-duty drier, and towel to bathe your dog.  She can't jump out - although she tried today when I had my back turned.  What a bargain, right?  And the mess stays at Pet Planet.  I definitely love that aspect about it.
 I had a hard time getting her to hold still so I could get her picture.  I told her it was for the blog, but she didn't seem interested at all.  
She just wanted down off that table.
Tomorrow - the groomer!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I have been wanting PB cookies F-O-R-E-V-E-R !!

A co-worker, Rahya, was talking to me about some peanut butter cookies she ate.
She said they just weren't that good - they were store-bought.
I mentioned it was funny she brought that up because I have been 
wanting to bake some PB cookies.
We both agreed that they need to be crunchy - no soft centers for us.
 So to make her next day better,
I went home and baked a double batch.
 I shared them with people at the office 
but gave Rahya her own bag.
 It made her day.
Which made my day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kimmy's birthday was earlier this month - Happy 27th!

I wasn't organized enough to get pictures of her dinner and our get together.  She requested chicken and dumplings for dinner, but she's not a fan of birthday cake.  I found a cake mix by Duff Goldman (a/k/a Ace of Cakes).  It was neopolitan, so I thought why not?
 The cake mix was really good!
It was a hit with the crowd.
Happy Birthday, Kimmy, a little bit late.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mama got a new pair of shoes!

No, I didn't.
But I did get something else.
Remember last September I bought a townhouse 44 years old?
I really needed new toilets!
I swear they were the original toilets.
 I am SO happy! 
They are so great.  I replaced both of them.
Here's the one in my bathroom.
And I am also getting a rebate of 50% back on both of them.
Can't beat that!