Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hey Kids....Wally World....Grocery Shopping

Do you shop at one store?  Or do you mix it up a bit?

I was in the vicinity of Wally World aka Walmart, and ran in for a few goodies.

Truth, their frozen section is huge.  So much bigger than the store in my neighborhood.  The prices were good too.

Grabbed a couple of frozen pizzas (don't judge), and some frozen french fries, to do hot dogs and pizza this weekend.

Easy summer weekend.

It is okay not to cook fresh all the time.  Sometimes you just have to say........
Hey kids........Wally World!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

DIY Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee.  How do you make it?  I use the Toddy Cold Brew System.

Fill my glass with ice.
Pour 1/2 the glass with my coffee syrup.
Put in a splash of sugar free vanilla syrup.
Fill the rest of the glass with unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk.

Stir and enjoy.


I love iced coffee on the porch.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Movie Interiors and a Few Exteriors -- Nancy Meyers Movies

Do you ever go to the movies just for the house?  Nancy Meyers movies make you want to.  Don't get me wrong, the movies are great, but so are the houses.

You've seen her movies, The Holiday, Father of the Bride, It's Complicated.

Enjoy, and get a little inspiration.

Click the link for more great interiors.
Thanks to Lonny and Hooked on Houses.
So, you want to live in a Nancy Meyers Movie.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adjustable Moonstone Ring -- Twilight -- Bella Swan

I have been working on updating my jewelry photography.

Anyway.....want to feel like Bella Swan?  Get a moonstone ring.

This great adjustable ring allows you to choose the finger you wear it on each day.  I love it.

Wears like a dream.
See this and many other great pieces at:
Shelby Lynn 
Or, click my Etsy link on the left.

Do you Etsy?  Let me know.

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Favorite Nail Polish -- Gel Polish - No Damage

I heard about this polish when a blogger wrote about it online.  So, I decided to give it a try.

I ordered it through  It is CND Vinylux.  No lights needed.

Just polish with your color, then use the topcoat (black bottle).  It hardens in the air and regular light.

I have short nails, and I got a good week out of this polish.  My daughter tried it and she wore it for 5+ days. 

What is your favorite polish?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sparkle Baby -- Sparkling Beverages

Ahh, the joys of a patio. 
It seems like everyone is trying to give up soda.  I am no exception.
My easy fix, -----Sparkling Seltzer Water, and Perrier.
I add a bit of it to everything.  Here it is added to a cherry limeaid, by True Lime, 0 calories.
I also add a bit (as always to taste- just try)...anyway, add it to iced tea, like a peach or berry tea.

Perrier with a twis of lemon or lime is great too.  Love the fizz.  You can also add your Perrier to
your lemonade drinks and tea as well.

For me it is the fizz in soda I like.

Want a cocktail feel, without the alcohol?  Remember club soda and lime? 
Very retro, super cool, tart and tangy.  Serve in a highball glass.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Easy Weekend Cooking - Chicken and Waffles - Paleo Nachos - Pizza - Taco Casserole

Have fun with your food this weekend.  Less cooking, more enjoying.

1.  Chicken and Waffles.
I did make the waffles, (pancake box batter and my own waffle maker).  However, Trader Joes has a
great frozen waffle. 
Trader Joes Frozen Chicken.
Butter, syrup.
Fast and simple.

2.  Paleo Nachos.
Bag of sweet potato waffle fries.
Left over taco meat.
Can of pinto beans.
Jar of queso or shredded cheese.
Yum.  Fun and fast.
3.  Pizza.
Trader Joes Naan Bread.
Prego Pizza Sauce.
Pizza cheese, and any toppings you want.

I have to admit, our favorite way to do the Naan bread, is to just heat, butter, garlic powder/salt, and pizza cheese.  Yep, cheese toast.

 4.  Leftover surprise -- Taco Casserole.
My mom used to call it......taco laco.
Taco meant, pinto beans, spanish rice (I use the bag kind and add some white rice to it so it isn't so salty and heavy with spice).  Taco chips, or in my case, left over corn tortillas, heated in an oven until kind of crisp.
Fun bowl. 

Cooking doesn't have to be hard.  Start small and then expand your skills. 
Leftovers can be changed.  Think differently with your leftovers. 

I know home economics (home-ec) isn't really offered anymore.  It was well on its way out when I was in school.  But, there are some tricks.

Hamburger, freeze it raw.  Then after you cook it, you can refreeze it.  Yep, you have chemically changed it and it can be refrozen.  I like to cook big batches of hamburger, then freeze flat in a zip bag and pull out what you need.  You can make tacos, sloppy joes, nachos, chli, taco burgers (some people call these loose meat sandwiches).  When I was in school they were just taco burgers, (taco meat and cheese on hamburger bun). 

Same with chicken.  If it is frozen raw, then cooked the cooked chicken can be refrozen.

I like to poach 6 or more chicken breasts -- just water only when I poach.  Then cool, cut and freeze, in large 2' x 2" chunks.  Then, chicken is ready for stir fry, enchilladas, chicken bowls, tacos, nachos, your choice.

Give cooking a try.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Garden Growing - Square Foot Gardening

How does your garden grow?  Ours?  Very slowly this year.  We have had quite a bit of cold weather, and have had to cover a few times.  However, we do see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
We chose square foot gardening above ground this year, and are hoping for the best.


 A few seeds popping up.
 Beans and peas.
The strawberry towers I made are going to town.  They are really growing.  You can see more about them in posts under gardening.  The lettuce is looking pretty good too.

So, as the book does your garden grow?