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!

Monday, June 22, 2015


My girls, Kate and Kim, have such an influence on my life.
That's an understatement, right?
I knew when they were babies, my life would be different,
and I could not imagine what that would encompass down the road.
They really are my best friends and introduce me to a lot of things.
One of those things are ...
Nail stickers.  Kate uses them instead of polishing her nails.
She had a Facebook party and to support her, I bought what I needed to get started.
I tried them and have to say I really, really like them.  
They last about a week, and usually longer, but I find I am so excited to try another print,
that I automatically want to change them out every Sunday night.  
These are the three different sets I've used.  
Here's what I like about them:
1. They are EASY to do.
2. They are dry the instant you put them on.
3.  NO smudging.
4. Great designs, normal or a little funky, you choose.
5. NO chemicals when taking them off.  I hated that!
I use a teaspoon of coconut oil and work off the stickers.
6. You can mix and match sets.
7. And did I say NO smudging?  NO smudging!

Maybe you want to give Jamberrys a try?!