Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lavender Everywhere!

While I haven't grown lavender myself this year on my little deck garden, I did get to harvest TONS from a friend's yard....and I mean tons!   



So I found this really cute idea of using the dried buds once I get them off their stems and stored in jars.   


Or I could do this....


I know...I will go for the drink first, make the candles, light them and put them on my deck, kick back and enjoy a nice summer evening.

Hope you're all enjoying the wonderful summer weather!  Perseus is.  :)


xoxo

Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick Samosas!

So my relationship with cooking (and food) has moved to the next level. We've blossomed into a new stage.  I no longer fear it.  I no longer run from it.  I no longer believe it tries to tie me down.  I dare say that I may have committed to this relationship.   Probably the only relationship (besides my crazy cats) I've been able to commit to in a long time BUT that's another story.

I've made it my goal to try to make something new at least once a week aside from my usual dishes and yes, I'm one of those Pinterest fanatics who has to post to the Pinterest-Success board all the time.  In fact, I get most of my recipes from Pinterest and I kinda go from there by either adding some of my own ingredients or taking out the ones I don't like.  I was always so afraid to veer from any recipe, thinking I needed to stick exactly to what it says, but I have broken free of that and I'm so proud of myself!  Baby steps.  :)

I made these Indian goodies the other night.

Wonton Samosas

I got the base recipe here.

However....when I was making the filling, I did add about a tablespoon of curry powder and a little more salt and pepper to taste.  I also upped the cumin another tablespoon.  :)   It was more of a pinch and dash until the taste was just the way I wanted it and it was so worth taking my chances on my ability to pinch and dash.






Of course I had to have it with rice...and a dollop of cilantro on top!   I set some leftover aside and made another batch of appetizers for a hair party with the girls.   It was even amazing as leftovers!

Quincy and Perseus wanted to drop in and say hi.   Quincy is still a pill as usual but a LOVER as always and Perseus has become a mama's boy.  :)  Hope you're all doing wonderful and well.   Apologies for the long break.  Trying to get back into the swing of things on blogging is harder than I thought with a busy life!  

                                                                                   
xoxo



Monday, February 24, 2014

Stuffed French Bread!

I thought I'd bless you all with the most delectable, most gooey and the most savory yummy goodness I know of.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  When my friends get together, this recipe comes up quite often. The preparation is easy and it's a great quick appetizer to throw together. If you don't like artichokes, garlic or cheese, first of all you are strange, second...then this recipe isn't for you because it's chock full of these!

STUFFED FRENCH BREAD

1 long loaf of French bread, unsliced
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. sesame
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 cups jack cheese, cubed
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 can (4 oz.) artichoke hearts
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (topping)

Slice bread loaf in half horizontally.  Hollow out each half and tear insides into small pieces.  Combine butter, garlic, and sesame seeds in a small saucepan until butter is melted.  In a bowl, combine all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly.  Add bread pieces.  When the butter is melted, pour over bread mixture and mix well. Place mixture back into the hollow bead halves.  Place bread on baking sheet and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Slice and serve!  How much easier can a recipe get?






 
 
On that last picture, I meant to take a picture of it before tearing through it like a starving beast...but oh well. Who says life is perfect?  ;)  Enjoy!

A cute little side note.   I had to interview for new cat sitters.   Quincy was relentless with the questions but he loved her in the end.   Yay for a new cat/house sitter!  Lol!

So where are your references? What are your hobbies? What kind of car do you drive? Do you like cat hair? Do you understand the word fish flakes?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day from our House to Yours!

Happy Valentines Day!   Although we try to celebrate this day every day of the year.

Valentines Day is made for drying sweet smelling rose petals.....


And chocolate dipped strawberries...


And a house full of happy furbabies


Need we say more?


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Egg and Bacon Maple Toast Cups - OMG

So my best friend and I went to Seattle a few weekends ago to visit our other best friend and made the most DELICIOUS breakfast I have ever laid my mouth on!    These are very easy and it's like having an entire breakfast in one little cup.    I will guarantee you will not be disappointed.   You can find the recipe here and there are several variations going around the web and Pinterest.   This is a MUST try in my book.   We used duck eggs instead of regular eggs though.  If you've never had duck eggs before, you will LOVE them.   A little richer and bigger. There's nothing wrong with those two adjectives going together, right?


Brush each side with maple syrup.
This part may require a tad of patience. 


Drizzle a little more maple syrup.  Such sweet goodness!
These are duck eggs.  Worth trying if you can get a hold of some fresh local duck eggs!

Who doesn't like cheese?


Perfection.
Enjoy!   I've been snowed in for about 3 days now.  That's another post though.  ;)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Waiting for you Spring...

I think I'm done with winter.   It wasn't a bad one but it was still cold and dreary.    I love the coziness of it all but around January or February, I'm ready for Spring.

I did manage to grow a random sprig of leaf off of my sweet potato that I had forgotten about in the corner of the kitchen.   Don't ask me what I'm going to do with it.    I just love that SOMETHING is growing.


I wrote a little message for Spring.  I hope it gets the message.


Time to let this bird out of the cage.   I'm so ready for Spring!


Habib is even gazing out the window wondering what it would be like on the deck.  He's gone on the deck a few times since I adopted him.   Still don't trust him completely...but when he does get out there, I watch him like a hawk.


Perseus had a dose of sun today.   Nearly killed him.  He'll get used to it, I'm sure.


Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Monday, January 13, 2014

And life goes on....

So hi.  How's life been the last 12 months?  I feel so bad that I dropped off the face of the earth back then.  It's strange, though, coming back and typing a post and updating my blog seems like it was only yesterday.   That's good, right?   My old bones don't feel the same way.  Ha.   Well, I'm going to do a quick update in pictures.   I'm sure you'll get it.  Easier than writing a thousand words and boring you.

Unfortunately, Sergio and I didn't work out.   Wonderful person, wonderful man but there were a few non-negotiables that I couldn't overlook.   It's not that he didn't do anything horrible or terrible, just that THAT non-negotiable wasn't there for me.   I'm allowed to be picky at my age, right?   But you know what? I'm OKAY.   I've been on my own for awhile before and after and I am comfortable enough to be alone (with my cats).  :)   I don't mind the crazy cat lady bit either.  I proudly wear that hat!    To be honest, if I had my time in relationships or being married, like I once was, and this is my time to be alone, I'm totally fine with that.  I am enjoying life to the fullest with all my wonderful friends and family and really count my blessings!   So, for now, it's just me and the cats and we are all happy campers.  :)

Still cooking and enjoying my wine!  This was at mom's house over the holidays.


Always enjoy family time.   Me and mom here over the holidays.  Isn't my mom beautiful?   :)


Still crafting fun projects!


Still baking.


Still loving animals.


Added one more boy to my group.   This is Habib (means beloved one in Arabic).    If you followed my blog for several years, you'll remember Sachi, my girlfriend who passed away from cancer.   I had to place all her cats into the shelter where I volunteer.  Broke my heart but at least they had a place to go that was warm.  One has not yet found a home.  :(    Habib here was the most feral out of them all and I worked with him for two years before caving...and bringing him home to love.  Yea, that whole working with the feral ones then falling in love with them thing isn't working well for me.  BUT...I'm sure Sachi is thanking me from above.   Still working on finding Gabby a home though.   By the way, that is IT for bringing anymore home. ;)


And this year, I have hosted some fun girly get togethers and craft parties.  I plan on having more this year!


I still have all my other activities going strong like my paranormal research group, have added some tarot card readings to my resume (I've somehow opened up psychically...my girlfriend says it's because I don't have a man in my life as a distraction, lol).   I still faithfully volunteer every other weekend at the shelter and two of my girlfriends come with me now!   We make it our Sunday girl time and we stop off at our favorite Scottish pub afterwards.   I love having a "regular" thing.  Do you have any?

Quincy has his own Facebook page now.   Well, Quincy and the gang.  ;)   Feel free to stop by and say hi.  I've met so many other fellow animal lovers, it's been wonderful!   I've forced him to do some dress-up to celebrate the seasons.    I think he still loves me.  ;)   Click on his picture and it will take you to his Facebook page.


Oh!  Oh!  I cannot forget this last detail.    A fellow blogger, Lindsey (and her hubby and fur kids), who is the owner of Wicket's Mom's blog moved to town and we hit it OFF!   She has been one of the girlfriends who has started helping me at the shelter every other weekend.   It's kinda like meeting a star, ya know?     You follow someones blog for so many years and finally meeting them...well...you almost want to ask for an autograph.   We opted for the Cheesecake Factory over a nice dinner and drinks (girl date).   We share so many things in common like animals, shopping, food, shopping, the paranormal, and shopping.  Did I mention shopping?  I feel like I've known her all my life.  So thankful for our new found friendship!   

Miss you all and I am slowly making my rounds!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Excuse me for awhile while I redesign my blog...

So if you see crazy templates or things that make you dizzy, forgive me...I promise I will make it quick.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Need to Revamp This Blog Design Badly!

So I want to revamp this blog completely but I have no clue where to start.  I've been away for so long, I'm sure all of you are experts at creating blog headers, designing your blogs, making your own badges, etc.   I've been stuck in never, never land with two jobs (no longer two, now just one) that have nothing to do with creativity.  I feel so out of the loop!

I promised an update but before I do that, I need a facelift!   Any suggestions on where to start?

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!


One quick update!  Quincy now has his own Facebook page and he's goin' strong with his four siblings.  Yes, you heard me right, four.  *sigh*   I'm stopping there!   I've met so many wonderful people from his page.  Fellow animal lovers, cat collectors like me and I don't feel as crazy as I thought I was doting on my cats obsessively.   I am in good company.  :)   Swing by if you get a chance.  Updates are daily on his page!  He's still the king of the household.  Click on his picture above to follow the link to his page!



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Is Anyone Still Around?

Testing, testing....anyone out there?  It's me.  Remember me?   Yea, the one that dropped off the face of the earth back in February of 2013?   Well, I'm back.  Give me a few days and let me surprise you.  :)   Oh yes...Quincy is still around.   He says hello.  He's still grumpy.   xo

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Beautiful days and beautiful objects

You know, I despise getting up early in the morning.    I grumble and yawn and curse under my breath sometimes, but when I see views like this on my morning drives, I completely forget about getting up early.   We've had really mild weather here in the Pacific Northwest these days.   I've heard a lot of places across the U.S. have had some wild and crazy weather.    Well, I'm the last to complain because I'd rather have the sun and warmer weather than snow.  :)


Can you believe this is my drive to work?

This past weekend my girlfriend and I had a great afternoon of vintage shopping at the Funky Junk Sister's Vintage Market. Of course, I took out a set amount of money and ended up using my debit card in the end. Always going over my budget, lol. A couple of some adorable finds.

For the guest bedroom that I am redoing.

Hope you're all surviving the crazy weather! Whether cold or hot, enjoy every minute of your beautiful life! xoxo

Monday, January 14, 2013

Brighter New Year!

Love, love, loving this coat I got from Target a couple of weeks ago.   Yea, it's bright, yea, it's a little obnoxious but this year I am going to start wearing brighter clothes!    It's sort of vintage, too so I had to buy it.   Bright = happiness, right?  :) 


Are you like me?   I go to Target to get necessities and end up with about a thousand other things in my cart that were not on my list.  *sigh*   I am guessing that will be my New Year's resolution.   A little self-control with the spending!  ;)

Happy belated New Year!    May 2013 be positive and fruitful for you all!