A chilly morning walk, with our dear Chocolate Lab Benny, strolling by the St. John's Bridge - Cathedral Park.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
What is going on??
I can't believe I haven't posted in over a week. I've been writing in my mind, does that count? I need to get organized so if you have tips on organization I would appreciate hearing them.
We hosted Thanksgiving dinner and now we're getting ready to celebrate our youngest turning 13. Oh man. I've been looking over pictures, shaking my head, tears coming to my eyes. My, how time does fly.
In a couple of weeks our oldest will turn 16.
The day after Thanksgiving I didn't deal with crowds - I grabbed my laptop and a cup of coffee and shopped from bed. Christmas music on the radio and I was good to go. My energy level has been down a lot lately so this kind of shopping was perfect.
This time of year my mind reels with memories of working retail. Holidays and retail = YIKES! Lo-o-o-ong hours, customers that have short tempers and not having time to do your own personal shopping. I was explaining what my schedule was like to my soon-to-be 16 year old and she said, "Why didn't you just shop on-line?"
There was no "on-line" way back then darlin'! The only line we knew was the long one people were standing in, staring at us to hurry up, and giving us a bad time when the register wasn't properly ringing up the discounts. Although it was over 20 years ago, I remember doing my time in retail and I am as polite and as helpful as I can be now that I'm on the other side of the counter.
I hope the beginning of the holiday season is being good to you.
(And hey! I'm participating in a fun cash giveaway - enter on my review site for your chance to win $175 CASH! :-> Ann Again and again Reviews: Enter To Win $175 Cash - #vBHolidayCash2013 )
Friday, November 22, 2013
Last weekend I was in the Napa Valley, sipping wine in the warm sunshine and enjoying every second of that glorious place. Have you been? Entering this weekend I am in the sunshine, yes. But warm? Nope. Not at all. The last few mornings I've been scrapping ice of the car windows and shaking my head when I read the temperature of 21 degrees. Huh? What's up Portland?! How's the weather where you are? Let's get going with our Virtual Girls Night Out and never mind the weather.
To participate In The Virtual GNO: Enjoy this post! ;-> For our weekly Friday night blog party all you need to make this party complete is a beverage of your choice (cocktail recipe below for inspiration) and your fuzzy slippers! If you choose to participate with the meme and/or game leave your blog link for guests to visit you! I started this blog party in 2008 and bloggers have been virtually partying ever since. Visit your fellow party guests - say "Happy VGNO!!!" Share the blog game/meme/question on your site to play along.
Time For Some Tunes!
(Latest favorite :->)
Ben Howard "Keep Your Head Up"
2 stick(s) cinnamon
12 whole cloves
4 cup(s) dry red wine
2 can(s) (6-ounces) frozen cranberry concentrate
2 2/3 cup(s) water
1/2 cup(s) mild honey, or to taste
1 cup(s) crème de cassis
1 orange, sliced into thin crecents
Make spice packet: Pinch open cardamom pods to release seeds and place them on a piece of cheesecloth or paper coffee filter. Add cinnamon and cloves and tie with string to make a pouch.
Heat the punch: Pour wine, cranberry concentrate, water, and honey into a 6-quart saucepan or crockpot. Submerse spice packet in the liquid and heat (don't boil). Let punch steep for at least 15 minutes or up to 4 hours.
To serve: Remove and discard spice pouch. Add crème de cassis and divide punch among cups. Float orange slices in cups. Serve warm.
- Name a food you didn't like as a child at Thanksgiving but like to eat now:
- Have you ever claimed to be allergic to a food just to get out of eating it? If so, what was it?
- Baked goodies are a staple for holiday dining however not all of us have the gift. Have you tried to make a holiday dessert only to discover you forgot and/or added too much of an ingredient? Do tell!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Not only is this Wordless Wednesday, I'm also going to call it "Where I Wish I Was Wednesday" ! The Napa Valley.
(This post is in no way wordless ;-> )
My husband Rob and I were lucky enough to spend last weekend in the treasure that is the Napa Valley. (See: Where We Spent Our Weekend Away). Have you been there? We visit as often as possible to renew our spirit - and enjoy spirits :-> When we first discovered our favorite location it was called Niebaum-Coppola Winery, located in Rutherford, CA owned by Frances Ford Coppola. The incredibly gorgeous building held artifacts from Coppola films, including Rob's treasured movie "The Godfather", and showcased historical items important to film making.
The winery became a bit circus like, the focus wasn't on the wine basically, but that has changed. The winery is back to its original name Inglenook, the grounds are quieter, and the movie props have been moved to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, CA. There are no signs to point you toward Inglenook, you have to know where to go, and let me tell you, you will want to go! And when you do, climb to the top of the hill (look for the fountain in the picture above) and just breathe. It's one of the best views you will ever experience.