Monday, November 9, 2015

Catching Up... again

So very much has been going on around here. I'm not sure where to start. Just 2 days after my last post, we lost Grandma Goldie. She'd lived an incredible and full life (almost 94 years worth!), and while we'll miss her so much, her legacy lives on and we cherish our memories of her. Her birthday falls right around Thanksgiving, so this next holiday will have a poignant aspect.

Thankfully, we'll have a full house and I'm sure hear lots of Grandma Goldie stories. Our favorite (mine and the hubby) was a few years back at the Engagement Party for our daughter Shiloh and her fiancee Jared.  Grandma reached over and pinched his butt then said, "I love a man in uniform" and winked.  ROFL!!! She was a firecracker, for sure!

We also celebrated our oldest's birthday - Joey turned 24 this year (wow!), and in a twist of the normal order of things, he had us over to his place and cooked us dinner. :-) He's a self-proclaimed grill-master and loves to feed people (huh, wonder where he gets that from, lol). We had a great time, a fun evening, and amazing food.

A week later, we celebrated my own birthday (45!) by heading to Colorado. We spent an incredible 3 days in Durango, right on the Animas River. The hubby even willingly took me shopping in town! Lol!! Actually, he helped me score some serious cast iron! He found a stash in an antique shop that was hidden under another display. There was even a whole set - with LIDS!!! Clearly the seller had no idea what he/she was getting rid of, lol.  I scored all of this... plus a darling old sleigh :-)

We also rented a couple bicycles and rode the river path... super fun and the weather was just gorgeous!!

It was an amazing, relaxing weekend (that I can't wait to repeat, lol).  Back home, we started the mad dash toward Shiloh's birthday and Halloween. While I didn't get to see her on her birthday, they did arrive a couple days later so I was able to give her a big hug (which of course, makes her roll her eyes, lol).  I dragooned her, Jared, their friend Dylan, the hubby, Bethy, Joey... anyone who came into my gravitational field and put them to work getting us set up for the Halloween Party.   It's been years since we've thrown one, and it was time to get back to it.

I may have gone a little nuts on the decorations ;-)    Nah!!! It was awesome!! For food, I set up all my crockpots with hot dips - spinach/artichoke, nacho, beef enchilada, margarita chicken (my favorite!), plus bourbon sausage, chips, etc.  Food was tasty, and it was easy for folks to eat whenever they wanted while still enjoying the party (plus, I didn't have to babysit anything! Just plugged everything in, gave 'em all a stir just before opening the doors, and that's it!!).

Here are some of the decorations...

If you zoom in, you can see that the sign says "Broom Parking"

My gargoyles eyes' lit up red at night :-)

Yep! We Harry Potter'd it!!! That's a starry sky ceiling mural, with the LED candles hanging. 
The party was a blast, everyone had a great time, and I can't wait to do it again next year! Lol!!!

Next up is, of course, Thanksgiving. I'm planning out all my dishes, bought the turkey today (23 lbs), and need to order my ham. Sides are my usual... green bean casserole (crockpot), sourdough sausage stuffing (crockpot), mashed potatoes & mushroom gravy, brined turkey, green salad, beets (crockpot), and apple & pumpkin pie. Haven't decided on breads yet - what do you serve? biscuits? sliced bread? I may still add a few sides. And I'm going to ask our daughter Ariel to make Grandma Goldie's cranberry sauce.

So... that brings us current. Sort of. Lol.  I'm sure I've left a million things out. Oh - for those of you that wondered... I'm still getting StitchFix Shipments... and loving it!!!

And the pinup my parents commissioned for my birthday is now framed and hung... it's a little weird to say, "Isn't she awesome???" when she's, well, me... but... seriously, I love, LOVE this!!!

See? I knew I was forgetting things... probably still am. Oy!
Anyway... Thanks for hanging in with me. I'll try to post more often, as there is a LOT of new stuff coming. Happy November, friends!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

It's Monday!

So here we are... Monday. Again. So far I'm on track with my goals I set a few weeks ago. And, today I increased my cardio session time (and wasn't dying by the end, so may have to go up again, lol). My food is right where it should be (but I have to hit the grocery today to keep it there). And I'm blogging. Yep, that's one of my goals - to get back to blogging more regularly. I tell ya, this last year has been... rough.

And... I'm not the only one hitting goals - remember my guys doing their challenge? Well, one of them is already down almost 10% bodyfat! Wooohoo! Those other two better up their game or Kyle is gonna smoke 'em! ;-)

One of my kids though... let's just say Monday isn't her bff. Dead battery - twice. Already. In one morning. And that's not counting the trouble she's had with her car over the weekend. I think it's time to replace her transportation, lol.
That's gonna hurt.

In other news, I've got nearly all my stuff to decorate for the halloween party - can't wait! Got our costumes... Bill is doing the white zoot suit and I'll be wearing a Flapper dress. Fun! Still working on the menu, though. I love Pinterest normally, but for planning halloween it's even more awesome! Can't wait to share the photos when we're all done! I do have a pic though of my newest decor - thesegargoyle guys are so awesome!!! Their eyes light up red :-) LOL!

This week, my son has a birthday, next week is mine, and a few days later is one of my daughter's. Definitely feeling my age, lol. Still haven't heard from my son on what he wants to do for his, but mine - the hubby and I are headed back to Colorado for a long weekend. To say I'm excited is a vast understatement! I need my clean mountain air fix ;-) We've made no plans except for our hotel reservations - and we are both beyond ready for the break. Ahhhhh!!

I got another StitchFix shipment... seriously loving my stylist! This time, I got another great super comfy top with dolman sleeves, a couple loose tops that are a bit dressier, and a great scarf. Love it!!!

And... I finally finished a sewing project. My daughter took a job as a nanny, and so I made her a ring sling to carry the baby around in.  I had one when my kids were tiny, and it was a lifesaver! I only had to pull out 2 seams, pinned myself to the material 3 times, and broke 2 needles. Not bad for my first time at the wheel in many years, lol! Turned out great though :-)

Foodie-wise... still trying new recipes, though tonight we'll be going back to an old favorite... Lasagna Soup. I love this stuff! You can find the recipe here:  I love that it's got all the markers of comfort food, without throwing us off our goals. :-)

Happy Monday! Hope yours is going smoother than Bethany's, lol!

Monday, September 28, 2015

What's Cookin'?

Hi friends! What's new? Life has been crazy busy around here, as usual ;-)  I'm cookin' up a storm, trying new recipes (and of course, tweaking them), keeping track of my boys on their transformation challenge, and lots of other fun stuff.

First off, my guys... they're doing great! Kyle is ahead of Jared and Bill right now, he's lost about 7 lbs in the first two weeks. They're all doing fabulous with the diet. Bill's been sick with a chest deal, so no gym time for him, but his food has been solidly on point. They're all super motivated, and texting each other with trash talk. Boys. Lol. Of course it helps that there's some money on the line, too. Hahaha.

Cooking... I've been trying a LOT of new recipes recently. Some have been superstars, others... well, Sadie enjoyed them. I've never killed a pot roast before, but this weekend it happened. Sadie evidently doesn't mind beef leather, lol. Below are some of the dishes we've had... and fyi, the Haitian Pork Griot and Pikliz were hands down the BEST of the best!!! Worth every single moment of prep!

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Vegas was... well, it was vegas, lol. I don't gamble (though next time I'll learn how to play craps), so for me it was mostly walking around or sitting in the room (Bill had a trade show that week). I did get to spend some time with Sandi (Bill's sis) which was great :-)  Mostly though, it was Bill working nearly 24/7 for the week. When we did get time together, we had fun - Caesar's is really incredible. We had the best dinner ever at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Crab. If you're ever in Vegas, go there! Lol.

A funny little sidenote about the trip... so I spend several days either walking around on my own or working in my hotel room while Bill had his trade show. As we were heading home from the airport, we were talking about going back when it was just us - no work. I said, hey! I've been wanting to attend the Olympia in person for YEARS, let's see when that is and we can go back then (which he's fine with since he enjoys those shows, too). So off to google I go... and all I can find when I type in Olympia 2015 are... results. What??? Yeah. So evidently, I somehow (me of all people!!) missed the fact that the Olympia was going on WHILE I WAS IN VEGAS sitting in my room!!!! Face-Palm. Can you believe it??? I completely missed the Olympia. Booooo. Chelle-Fail.

When we returned from Vegas, I found my 2nd shipment from Stitch Fix. I kept all 5 pieces they sent! I got a great pair of stretchy corduroy leggings, a fabulous quilted vest, a faux leather jacket, a necklace, and a sweater that my daughter fell in love with (and frankly, looks better on her than me). I'm thrilled with the items their sending! If you haven't tried it, and are considering it, I very much encourage you to give them a whirl! Use this code please, to show me a little love ;-)  Stitch Fix
Not the greatest photo, sorry :-)  Sweater is missing because
my daughter has it. 
Friday morning, around 5:30 am, I woke to see a shadow in my doorway. Never a good way to wake up (especially after binge watching Supernatural until midnight). Before I could reach for the salt and crucifix (lol), I hear a bark, then am attacked by a wiggling furry black lab pup. Shi and Jared (and Bear) had driven through the night to visit and surprise us! Wooohooo!!! We had a great time, and it was so good to have them home. Shi and I hit hobby lobby and completed my Fall decorating, which was a blast.

On Saturday, I was boiling water to make my iced Peach Tea, when the phone rang... Bethany had just been in an accident. The four of us (Bill, me, Shi & Jared) dropped everything to rush to her. She was fine, a little banged up, and the car was drive-able. It had been a hit and run on the freeway - what is wrong with people??? Once we ascertained that all was well, and bid goodbye to the police officers, she continued on her way, while we returned home. We walked in and I said, What is that smell??  Second face-palm moment. I had left the water boiling. Needless to say, there was no water left in the pot. In fact, the pot was crackling. Oh crap!!! But Bethany was ok, and the house didn't burn down. All was well. ;-)

Also this weekend, Sadie showed Shi some extra love when she was trying to take a nap...
Oh, hey! That's the sweater from Stitch Fix! Lol!

Even Dex got a new friend...
So there you have it... all my updates ;-) Happy Monday, Folks!!