Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Latest Chalk Paint Projects and Cisco

 We have four of these adirondack chairs, which all looked like this. Nine years of weathering. However, yesterday and today, I painted two of them and now they look like this!

This is the Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue, with dark wax. SO pleased with the results! AND, I did another section of kitchen cabinets yesterday.
Today I also did ground work with my newest horse, Cisco. Sadly, my sweet Kahlua passed away February 13. Cisco is a work in progress, but is doing really well.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The First Egg of 2017!

Our first egg of the year finally arrived yesterday!!! Much prettier in person, a lovely light, blue green. #needmorehens

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Temecula Olive Oil!

Wow! I sautéed some chicken with this amazing jalapeño olive oil from Temecula my sissy bought me and used a Thai simmer sauce. Yum!! Naan breads and creamed spinach...super yummy!!
Last weekend, my other sister and I took her to Carlsbad for a birthday weekend. We had a blast!
Visited the California Wolf Center in Julian, which is a fabulous little town, went to the flower fields, and had a wonderful splurge dinner at Vigilucci's. Our room at the Beach Terrace Inn was amazing:
It was huge, with two queen beds. We had an amazing visit. I think next time I drive down south, I'll take the 15 again. It is worth the detour to not deal with the congestion in LA, and the OC!! Plus, Temecula is super cute!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall Decor!

 So we are having fun decorating for fall! I got this idea from Pinterest...
I have the table set for a fun birthday dinner tonight; pork chops, baked potatoes, asparagus, & cake for dessert! Raspberry mojitos, too...
The mantel is ready for Halloween!!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The $15 Date Night Outfit!

I LOVE Lord & Taylor! They have the BEST sales. Check out this beautiful coat I recently purchased, that was originally $109, that I scored for $11.97!! The cute corduroy dress I purchased last weekend at Goodwill for $3!! So my date night outfit was only $15. 
 Speaking of date night, look at the amazing filet mignon the hub had for dinner last night at our local fave, Café Silva Bella.
 I had the cioppino, which was served on pasta, with an amazing sauce. SO yum!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas & I LOVE Trader Joe's!

I WISH my house still looked like this! Most of the snow melted yesterday, and the RAIN has finished off the rest. It is now a giant mud pit on my property. In fact, I had one of my mud boots sink almost 2 feet, & pop off my foot this morning!

On a happier note, I'm just LOVING Trader Joe's even more than usual! I decided to make last night's dinner a 'surf N turf,' since we had leftover fab steaks from the night before. I found these great steamed mussels at TJs, & they are only $3.99 box. Delicious, just a little too heavy on the thyme. We started off with TJ's veggie samosas with homemade cilantro/mint sauce, then had TJ's garlic naan with our surf 'n turf.  YUM.

So this morning, after my pre-teen FINALLY came down, I made him yummy French toast with TJ's cinnamon swirl bread (to die for). But wait, there's more!
  I topped it with the Trader Joe's cookie butter, which I purchased for the first time yesterday. NOT good for a diet, but YOWZA, is it delish!!
Of course, I had a fab Thanksgiving thanks to Trader Joe's. BUT, I also helped host a wonderful wedding shower for my nephew thanks to TJs. I purchased the RSVP brut sparkling, and various juices for a wonderful mimosa/sangria bar. Spiced apple cider, OJ, cranberry and ruby grapefruit were the choices, and 4 kinds of fresh fruit. See the photo below:
Didn't that come out great?? Pretty serving bottles from Target, lambrusco from San Antonio winery, & a great red from Tobin James. Delicioso!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Update

   I'm in love with my new mini-cheesecake pan! Last night, we had our dear friends over for the premiere of the new season of The Walking Dead. My friend made an amazing beef stew, with two bottles of pinot noir in it (yum!). I made mini pumpkin cheesecakes. I got the idea from watching a Bako weatherman decorate a plate like this, with the spider web design. I halved my normal recipe, and was able to make two dozen mini cheesecakes. I want to get another pan!
   Instead of the usual nut/butter/graham cracker crust, I used Jo-Jo cookies from Trader Joe's. You just remove the filling, and use the cookie discs. Then, after baking the cheesecakes, I topped them with chopped walnuts and pecans. On top of that, I put a sour cream topping, that was mixed with brown sugar, nutmeg, and pecan pie whiskey, and baked that.
   Voila! Yummy cheesecakes, and so speedy!
   My senior horsey is now barefoot since August. I'm treating her with kid gloves, since she is still adjusting, and I worry about her, so we went for a walk yesterday, instead of a ride. I rode her in my yard last weekend, and she bucked me about 5 times, so she still has some spunk left!