Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Little Bit of Thunder for some ZZZZZZ's

It's a quiet late afternoon here in Louisiana, except for the rumbles of thunder in the background. Sometimes, I just love a good old thunderstorm, don't you?
Except when it gets wild, then I get a little nervous. I don't think we are suppose to get anything like that picture. That was taken when we lived in Kentucky. It almost looks like a sideways tornado. I will have to be honest, I was a little on the nervous side when I saw that.

Today, it is much calmer, just a good old fashion Southern drizzle and a little bit of thunder, you know the stuff that is nice to go to sleep to...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Great Movie!!!!

Last night my husband and I went to the movies. We don't usually go, as I'd rather get in my jammies, curl up on the couch and watch any show at home.

This movie was different, though. Meet the Mormons is an inspirational movie about Mormons. One would think this movie was a preachy type of flick, but it was not. 
We were taken all over the world to meet six different families, all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons as many know us by. I loved hearing the stories of these individuals. We heard from the head football coach of the Navy football team, an African American bishop and his family in Atlanta, Georgia, a fighter from Costa Rica, a war hero--better known as the Candy Bomber from World War II, a family living in Napal, and finally a missionary mom. All these families had uplifting stories that many of us, Mormons and not, can relate too.

Meet the Mormons is playing in theaters throughout the next week. October 10 -- 16, 2014. So, why not go..."Meet the Mormons."

All proceeds go to the Red Cross

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fixer Upper, Anyone?

It's always hard to move....for many reasons. Leaving friends and having to make new ones is probably the hardest. Luckily for us, moving back to Monroe, we already know the area and have friends here. The hard part about this move has been selling our house. Ya, I know, I sound like a broken record...sorry.
It's been over two months since I left the house we are trying to sell. We have decided to just put everything in storage and wait to sell our house before we commit to another home. It has NOT been easy!

Living in a tiny apartment with a refrigerator that does not work, and a kitchen with literally no counter tops is very difficult for someone who likes to cook. Seems like we wind up at Taco Bell more and more these days. 

Since we lowered the price of our home by a TON last week, we have had more traffic. In fact we had another showing today. Hoping all goes well with that! Everyone seems to like it ok, but it's either too big or too small. 

In the meantime, I found a house, but not sure it is in an area we want. The neighborhood is nice, but we had our hearts on, well, not there. Also, this house needs some work. It was built in 1959, and the kitchen needs a lot of work. The carpet in the living room has been ripped out, so that needs to be replaced...AND...the heat and air are in horrible condition...as in; does not work. We don't know the age of the roof, and then there are all the hidden things. I'm not sure we are up for all the work, but we might be able to get something like this for a great price, and make it our own. There are a lot of pros and cons. 

As you have noticed, I have been on the internet here and there because, well, we have been trying to cut back and that was one thing we cut. Now that we have internet, I've been doing some more investigating on fixer uppers. It might be fun, but I don't know. I really hate making these type of decisions. 

Have any of you had experiences with fixer upper homes? I'd like to hear your story.

Yummy Vegan Recipes

Vegan Holiday Cooking
from Candle Cafe
Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda

Since my daughter and her husband started eating Vegan a couple of years ago, I have been doing research on yummy recipes. Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe has all kinds of easy fun holiday cooking ideas. Super Bowl, Lunar New Year, Valentines' Day, Passover Seder, Easter Brunch, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 4th of July Backyard Barbecue, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve are on the menu in this easy to follow cookbook.

I'm not Vegan, but there are a lot of recipes I want to try on our family. We love chili, and the Make Your Own Chili Bowl, in the Super Bowl chapter, looks like something all the men in my family will like. It looks and sounds like a very hearty meal. One other recipe we will be having for sure on New Years is the Vegetable Black-Eyed Pea Soup, in the New Years Eve chapter. As a Southerner, we have to have our black eyed peas on New Years, and I do believe this will be a hit for all the vegan and non vegans in our family. 

Whether you are one of those that like to entertain with lots of guests, or with just a few family members, this book is a good one to have on hand for delicious, good recipes from the Candle trio of restaurants, Candle Cafe, Candle 79, and Candle Cafe West all located in New York.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am Finally BACK!!!

Yes, I am finally back, on the internet that is. Since our house is still on the market after almost a year, and we are paying for two living places. We have been trying to cut back as much as possible. BUT!!! It has gotten to a point that one can hardly function without the internet...pretty sad, don't you think?

Every time I call a business I am told I "can do that on the net." Yes, I know this, people, the problem is I do not have access. Then they would pause, and then continue, "Well, you know it's much easier to use the internet." "Yes, I know this, the problem is I do not have it," I would replay, then they would go on as if that is impossible for anyone to not have.

Having a small business, one really needs to be able to get on to the world wide web. I have done ZERO business with my Thirtyone bags since the first of August because of no internet. This should be the time of year I do most of my business, but oh well.

Today, will be a day of cleaning out my almost 20,000 unread emails. Ya, I know :P right? I will be catching up on all the gossip on Facebook. And, I will be emailing people and trying to fix the mess the hackers made with my email. Another :P right?

Oh, and I am hoping today will be day of finding out we have a contract on our house. We lowered our price WAAAAAAYYYY down last week. Below what we needed to break even (ugh), and the next day we had two families come look. Yes, more than we have had in over a month, like two more than that. One decided they wanted a bigger house (really? 3100 is not big enough, most people think it's too big oh well). The other said they were going to let us know Monday. It's Tuesday. I have a call into the realtor. I'm guessing I probably already have my answer, but I'm not giving up hope....

Well, here's to life! I love life, even the ups and downs. I guess if it were not for the downs, the ups would not be as great.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Love This Cookbook!

The Girl Who Ate Everything
Easy Family Recipes From a Girl Who Has Tried Them All
Christy Denney
Can I say how excited I was to review this cookbook?! VERY!!! I don't know Christy, but we have a lot in common! First, she is from Arizona, I have a son serving a mission there. Second, she is a graduate of Brigham Young University...my old alma mater.  She took contemporary dance and ballet--my major at BYU! Her husband plays football for the Miami Dolphins; being a Florida girl, I have watched many a Dolphin Game (and cheered for them!). Then, of course, we share the love of good food.

The first thing I noticed about this book were all the wonderful pictures. I love cookbooks and one complaint I have with most is that there are not enough pictures showing the finished product; not with Christy's book! Every recipe shows a beautiful large picture of what it is suppose to look like. Thank you, Christy.

Egg Sonora (page 65) and Spinach Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing (page 141) were the first things I tried, and everything was gobbled up. NO leftovers; they were that good! For Sunday dinner last week, I made Apple Broccoli Salad (page 135) to go with the fish my husband caught the other day. Then for dessert, we had German Chocolate Brownies (page 198). Those were sinful. I'll have to admit, I goofed on that recipe. There was a lot going on, and I was just not paying attention. I wound up putting all the cake mix in the bottom of the pan instead of separating it. It still turned out yummy.

Christy starts out introducing herself and then gives a couple of tips and tricks. Then she dives right into the yummy recipes. She gives a little background or story before each recipe. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow.

I would recommend this book for anyone. It would make a great gift, maybe even for that new bride.