Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! My day was pretty low key.

I picked up my newly blind friend, Maria to take her to the RIPPED class she teaches at the gym. She was diagnosed with LHON, a rare, hereditary disease of the optic nerve. She became legally blind in the last year. She is truly an inspiration in how she deals with her challenges with grace and humor.

Read more about LHON if you like:

And here is her blog. Girl Gone Blind
On to Starbucks for my FREE birthday coffee...
Then we went to another friend's house to work on a project for the LHON foundation. I'm not allowed to tell.

On Jersey Mikes to get my FREE birthday sub...

Then Home Depot for a new smoke alarm that I had to install.

Work on the next part of the LHON project.

Back to the gym for Cara's training session. I have her enrolled in a group training program to keep her in shape. We started with a 30 day challenge so we will see...and while she is training I hop on the eliptical for 40 min.

Phyllis treated us all to dinner for a group (me, Colin, Scott) at Fillippis Italian restaurant and then...
Bachelor in Paradise on TV. Oh yea - cheesey reality shows!

Presents???? A hot stone massage tomorrow from Scott, a few new tops from Phyllis and Cara walked to 7-11 to get me some Rollos. $$$ from my dad and a surprise candle from Maria.

Two of the best parts of birthdays? All the FREE stuff. And now you have a week or two to get it. I'll still be going to Rubios, Yogurtland and Golden Spoon for more freebies. And all the Happy Birthday messages on Facebook! Standard and you don't have to send a card but I still like it.

Funniest card winner goes to..... My oldest, coolest and dearest friend, Audrey.

Happy Birthday to me
It is what it is...

Since Phyllis has been here, she is always on our computer and it's hard to blog when she is looking over my shoulder. I have a few funny stories saved up. Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Let's Recycle

A little over a year ago, a friend passed along a big box of broken jewelry her mom had given to her from a fancy-smancy store in Old Town. I'm pretty sure I blogged about it once before because I was so jazzed to have this high quality stuff for Free! Yes! FR double EE!

After taking it apart, I was left with this...
So far these creations came out of this pile

This weekend, I finished up with a bunch of giant beads. Who would ever wear a necklace with these huge beads is beyond me so they have been hanging around doing nothing - until now. 

Wall Hangings! I'm not sure where I'm going to put them since the turquoise, red and silver doesn't really fit anywhere in my house. Etsy here we come!

My fortune from yesterday - just gotta start selling stuff!

It is what it is...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere

Who loves Groupons? We do! Especially when its for wine tasting and lunch! Phyllis and I are at it again.
Here we are a the Bernardo Winery. Its about 20 minutes up the 15 so its nice and close.

 Portobella Tacos for lunch
And that greenish/brownish stuff with the avocado on it is called Sea Bean Salad. Sea beans or salcornia are found growing in marshy areas. It was totally yummo!

It is what it is...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Like Ketchup...Only Better

The MacNaughton tomato garden is in full production. We have been living on fresh salsa, BLTs and Caprese salad for a few weeks now and it's getting challenging to think of new things to make with all of these tomatoes. Don't say sauce because the fam ONLY likes Ragu from the jar. Yup, sad to say but true.

So what's on the menu today? Tomato Jam! Weird right???? I saw this on the Food Network and it looked Yummo! And guess what ? It is!

4 pounds of tomatoes. I only peeled the skins off the larger ones. You know, by x-ing the skins, boil for a few minutes and then the ice bath. The rest, it seemed like too much work for all those small tomatoes.

The recipe called for an onion but I had about 1/4 of one so I used shallots instead. They are sort of oniony.

I had some jalapenos. Can't go wrong with some added heat.

Chop everything, cook it down for about 3 hours until it gets thick. Process in a water bath if you want to preserve it. I had enough for 3 jars and then some extra so did that too.

  • 4 pounds plum tomatoes, or other tomato varieties such as grape or cherry
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup sweet onion such as Vidalia, chopped
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon

It's super good on crackers. I'm going to use it on chicken tonight with some oven fries.

Maybe with some baked Brie for book club tomorrow.

Eat up! It's the BOMB! My new favorite condiment.

It is what it is...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Its Kind of Sharky Out There

Whose brain dead? Me -after watching a marathon consisting of:

Sharknado 1
Sharknado 2 The Second One
Shartopus vs Pteracuda

Sharknado - a rare weather condition combining sharks and a tornado.

Sharktopus - a combination of a shark and octopus - duh!

Pteracuda - a combination of a Pteradon and a barracuda. Terrifying in the air and under the water.

I even downloaded the app to "Sharknado" myself!

This is what we do on the one rainy day in recent SD history...good thing there's wine...
It is what it is...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Road Trip Part 5 Picture Edition

Now that you are done hearing about the car drama, here are some fun highlights of our Vegas Road Trip!

Balloon Hats at Margaritaville

 Colin wouldn't wear his soccer ball hat so I did.

 Waiting for our table at Margaritaville

Red Rocks Canyon - 112 degrees that day! Hot Hot Hot!


VooDoo Zipline from the top of the Rio
 We are so BRAVE! 
But too cheap to buy the souvenir pictures of us actually on the zipline.

Tournament of Kings dinner show at the Excalibur

 From the TV show Pawn Stars

And the TV show Tanked

Cirque de Soleil Zarkana

And plenty of cocktails and sushi!

Obviously "What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas"!

It is what it is...