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Friday, May 26, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tues night dinner

There were a couple of Tues. I didn't cook because of one reason or another. Last week I fixed some fried fish but the highlight was "homemade cauliflower with cheese sauce". We were licking the plates Hahaha.




Last night I fixed a new recipe and although it was not great it was good. Slow cooker creamy ranch pork chops.  I made home made mashed potatoes which were a treat and I am excited to use the left overs to make some lunches for myself. Think I will add some cooked rice, carrots and peas to the left over gravy which was good.
ps...I would add 1/2 tsp salt to the recipe.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Birthday

My daughter asked me what I would like to do for my birthday (May 16th) and I told her I wanted to go to the new OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale. If you can imagine it is the largest aquarium in the southwest and holds more than 2,000,000 gallons of water and spans over 200,000 square feet and right in the middle of the desert! Go here for more information.




She picked me up and grabbed a picture before we left..
(I am so blessed to have her as my daughter)



Only a few pictures I took came out....







This beauty is a  Piranha


 Caught him sunbathing....


Who can resist turtles....


and these fascinating jelly fish...

Came home and she even brought a small cake, lit a candle and sang happy birthday to me!

 







Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mazatlan


Hubby and I spent five days last week in Mazatlán, Mexico for a early celebration of our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary. We hadn't traveled since hubby's fall last year that left him with problems of being in closed spaces and to my relief he did great on the plane. No issues at all!! We neither are water people except to enjoy looking at it and listening to it and the view from our room accommodated both. I always forget that it is hot and humid in Mexico but if there is a breeze it is all okay.







We could people watch from our perch too.




and this is looking out from the swim up bar


Where we enjoyed these for lunch




One afternoon we made plans to go to the "Shrimp Bucket" (a famous restaurant we have been to several times) and part of the fun is to ride in the local taxi called a Pulmonia.
 If you have issues with the wind blowing your hair this ride is not for you but oh what fun it is going down the Golden Zone and the ocean so close by.  As it turned out the area of the restaurant was all under construction so we got a free back road tour trying to get to it only to find it was closed. I asked the driver if he would recommend a Mexican food place so he took us to one and trust me, it was the real deal. No one spoke a word of English but the food was pretty good. While eating chips and salsa my hubby said "I think I have a problem" ........His jaw had come out of alignment! His teeth weren't lining up like they were suppose to. I wanted to leave but he stayed calm and said lets eat what we ordered. After getting back to the hotel I googled all I could about it and it said it can just happen and that if you can relax it might go back in so he took a tranquilizer and we had some tequila laid down for a nap and when he got up it was back but sore. Isn't that weird?

 

Love watching the people and this couple just touched my heart...
They were watching the sun go down and Mexican sunsets are the best!



The restaurant is all open air and I noticed this flower right next to our table. How easy it would be to overlook it.....
 
This is looking back at our resort from the restaurant


We had been here before but things have changed. It use to be a resort that catered to gringo's but now it is family focused because so much of the travel dropped off when there was such uprising there. The thing that it affected the most was the restaurant menu. No fresh fish but spaghetti and such. However I did have shrimp one night and it was fabulous!




There is nothing like the ocean and the sound of the water. I tried to include a video I had taken but it wouldn't let me send it to my email so this will have to do.


We sat in this little area for a while and there was such a nice breeze as well as a pretty view.



Some guy saw me trying to take a selfie and offered to take our picture so here we are!
Yes he wears his hat everywhere, that's my man.


 
 



























Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tues dinner

The title of this recipe is "The best Swedish meatball"
and they are indeed!
The recipe can be found here
Trying a new one tonight too....

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tues dinner

Tried two new recipes and as noticed I am not posting them....they were not good or at least I sure don't want to eat them again.
I do have one I created to share and it is Brussel Sprouts.
I got about 5 or 6 brussel sprouts cleaned and quartered, 3 small onions sliced thin and a few bacon bits sautéed in butter. Then add 1/2 cup chicken broth cover and simmer until the broth is absorbed. They were great!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The new recipe on Tues night




















All of the above is from Pinterest and there are a few things you need to be sure to do...
Use real butter
Use real cream
Don't substitute the mustard seeds with any other mustard...
Use Cod if Haddock is not available


THIS IS DELICISIOUS!!!!!!!!!!


Made it all just as suggested and simply added some sliced tomatoes to round it out. A keeper for sure.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tues. night dinners

Week before last I fixed a old recipe for a Tuna casserole from scratch. It was great and a salad of apple and grape and celery with lemon yogurt dressing and almonds.


This week we had spaghetti. I had the sauce and garlic bread frozen so only had to cook the noodle and put a salad together.


Next week I am going to be trying something new............. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring

Spring has sprung at my house....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Changes

If you have followed my blog you know that I knit preemie items for Newborns in Need. I usually make up a lot of things before making a donation. I had a lot saved up.....
50 booties, 55 hats, 13 blankets, 7 gowns, 3 washcloths, 8 sweaters, 6 burial wraps and 3 onesie's to be exact. So I gathered them all up last week and took them to the lady that takes them on to Mesa where the group meets.


This week I received my newsletter from Newborns in Need and they are no longer going to be affiliated with that group but are making up their own and will no longer be accepting preemie items. Isn't that great timing. Well, I will just have to trust they will make use of what I have given and have since been wondering if I should continue this and strangely enough at the same time I have become interested in crocheted for the babies too. I checked different web sites and there are places that wants the items but most that are making requests are in other states and they would have to be mailed. The cost of mailing is just not practical so what to do. I researched what local hospitals had a NICU and found one that had a contact I could email. They have responded and sent a donation form so maybe its going to be okay after all and go to where they really are needed.
Update:
They only want crocheted hats so guess I will make some up for them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tues. dinner

Well I wish I could say that last night our little dinner for two was spectacular but am afraid it was more of a disaster.


I made a new meat loaf recipe which was good with a variety of roasted veg. and a macaroni salad. The problem? I cooked the meat loaf and veg. in a new convection toaster oven I bought and the meatloaf was more than done on the edges and raw in the middle and the veg. looked overcooked but were hard.


I bought the new toaster oven because the one I had was really old and did not appear to be heating right. All the new ones are now convection and I guess they cook differently. I was happy to try a few new recipes but to learn to cook all over again?  To say I was disappointed is to put it mild. Anyone out there that knows the tricks of cooking with convection? I have done a little research and it seems that maybe lower temperature and longing cooking time may be the answer?


I did get Netflex to work and we watched a pretty good movie.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Schedule

I don't know about you but the hubby and I pretty much follow a schedule to a tee. In fact at one of the restaurant's we go to they tease us because they say they know it is 5:00 on Sunday when they look up and see us. We normally eat out every night and have a pattern we follow but recently our Tues. night at Chili's was disrupted by a server change that we didn't like so I made the decision that on the Tues. we would eat at home and I would cook! We will see just how long this lasts but I do love to try new recipes and  miss things you can't get in the restaurants like good meatloaf and casseroles and etc.
I have been thinking about doing this for a while so went through my pantry and cleaned out all outdated things and also bought this food saver


I used it for the first time with some leftover pork tenderloin which I froze and it worked great! Also discovered that I could create the same principal with a zip lock bag and a straw.....

Of course this was just to go in the refrigerator but I have come to understand the thing that ruins food is air so I just put this in the bag and zipped it up to a inserted straw in the corner then sucked the air out and quickly closed it.


As I said I wanted our dinner at home to be either something new or something we don't normally have available so I chose this recipe
to try. It was GREAT! even though I forgot the spinach. It is a bit of work and I had all the ingredients ready ahead of time. I re-heated the left over pork tenderloin in the toaster over and made a special dressing that normally goes over a pasta salad and instead but it over sliced grape tomato's, cubed cucumbers and cut up avocado for a salad. It was all yummy.

 I even bought a little dollar miniature peach pie which I forgot so we had it for a pre-breakfast treat.

Well, it was a good start now if I can only get Netflix to cooperate I think our Tues. nights might be a hit.
ps. I had never eaten the Gruyere cheese before.......loved it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Saquaro Cactus

Since the Saquaro cactus lives here where I am and in fact the largest ever recorded lived in Cave Creek, Az  at 78 feet before it was toppled in 1986 by a windstorm; I thought I would give you some interesting facts about this plant.




It is very slow growing and in fact a 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall.
The reason it is able to survive in the desert is because it retains water and then uses it when needed.  A fully hydrated cactus can weigh between 3200-4800 pounds.
Most of the saguaros roots are only 4-6 inches deep and radiate out as far from the plant as it is tall. There is one deep root, or tap root that extends
down into the ground more than 2 feet.







They get their first flower at 35 years old











 and their first arm at 60 years old. They can live up to 150 years +








The elf owl has been known to like to nest in them as well as sparrows and other creatures.
















The spines of the cactus expand as it retains water, much like an accordion.....






The Saquaro only grows in the Saquaro desert and perhaps the reason that this is such a famous picture for the my state of Arizona



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Watch out!

Last week my daughter and I decided to find a pond with some ducks and sit and visit and feed the ducks like when she was little. We found a nice place close to her house and several ducks but first we had to endure the geese!!
Never have I seen such a bully group and they just dared you do pass them and etc. Even bit at my daughter.  Here they are walking across the road as we were leaving....
Not in any hurry and honking all the way! Even the ducks weren't getting along the mallards didn't like the white ones and here I thought all was well in the animal kingdom!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Sunday jaunt

Hubby and I head up north, first to breakfast at Rock Springs café


Who are well known for their pies but trust me....they have an amazing breakfast. I have written about this place before and how it got it's name from a rock spring behind it but I had never gone back there before ........... boy what a surprise!

They have lots of seating and have parties out here it seems...
and check out the flagstone...
 comes from where I grew up.



From here we headed on up 1-17 freeway to the Crown King turn off. Although it is only 27 miles from the freeway it takes more than an hour to get there because of the roads..
Many places are one car only wide and many are on blind curves.

You go from 1,000 feet elevation to 5,700 feet and of course the scenery changes right with it. There is no telling what you might see along the way...



 Isn't she sweet and look at those ears! Guess that is why she is called a mule deer.

The goal is the saloon. It has been open since 1916 and featured a 7 room bordello on the second floor. Now it is just filled with old timers, Once dollar bills stuck to the wall of the bar,
and a rip roaring fire..
 look how worn the floor is..

After some refreshment we decided to be really brave it and headed up to Horse Thief basin, now mind you were are not in a four wheel drive...

We encountered snow as we climbed..
This area was devastated by fire in 1972 as easily seen.




We climbed and climbed but finally gave up and settled for this top of the world view...

We headed back to Crown King and decided we would have lunch  at the Mill. I didn't get any pictures but be sure to go to the web site to see some...
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 I know it is long but it shows a lot of pictures. This place is constructed almost entirely of recycled material from area mines including a huge grinding machine in the main dining room. To say this place is rustic would be putting it mild and I was not sure that we should eat here but hubby and I shared a open face chili hamburger with potato salad and it was terrific!! It was cold and even the waitresses had coats on but so glad we stopped.




It was time to head back the same way we came up and as we drew near to Rock springs I told the hubby...Pecan pie is calling me!!




Nothing like a day of sight seeing and eating:)