Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunset Symphony 2011

Sunset Symphony is the last event of the month long Memphis in May celebrations.  This year the honored country was Belgium.  And the guests with the symphony this year were The Bar-Kays.  Thankfully the river had receded enough to have it at Tom Lee Park and I was shocked by how dry the ground was.

My day started off with baby-sitting baby G.  We survived the morning together.  Belle wasn't quite sure what to do with him though.

After S finished working the event she had Saturday morning she came by and picked G & myself.  We met up with the rest of the gang as S's parents.  

G napping.  How I don't know because we were pretty close to a speaker and at times it was hard to hear the person next to me.  

We were visited by the ghost of Sunset Symphony.  

I am not good at getting shots of the air show.

S dancing with her grand-niece.  Yep, you read that right.

I forgot until the sun was almost gone to get a sunset shot.  We had already broke out the glow sticks.

It was another great time with friends and good food.  

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is for remembering those brave men and women who have given their lives for this great country and our freedoms.

Move it Monday

I didn't post a Move it Monday last week because the week before I did absolutely nothing.  And I have no excuse. 
Last week I got back on track.  I got in 3 strength and 3 ab workouts.  I only got in one cardio workout.  I have been terrible with the cardio lately.  Which is really strange since I used to be a cardio queen.  I need to get back in the habit and maybe I can see some of this muffin top disappear. 
I did well with eating.  I knew i needed to be good all week since I was heading to Sunset Symphony Saturday night and I would be spending some time snacking on yummy not so good for you food. 
This week I want to get in 3 cardio workouts and keep up my strength and ab workouts.  I also want to get in one yoga or pilates session. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fashion Friday - 1920s Style

I am joining Kori over at Blonde Episodes for Fashion Friday.  Kori is into vintage items so I thought I would pull something out from that theme myself this week.

I went with styles from the 1920s.

Wouldn't these be fun to hit the beach in?

Ready for a date?

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

all images found on Bing


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Semi Wordless Wednesday

I am joining Daphne over at Flip Flops and Pearls for another edition of Semi Wordless Wednesday

I wouldn't mind seeing a few of these.

Or this one.

Or even this one.

I want a peaceful place to relax. 

all pictures found on bing

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Favorite TV shows - Facts of Life

You take the good, you take the bad. 

Who didn't like watching to see what Blair, Jo, Tootie, and Natalie were up to each week.  They certainly made boarding school look like fun.  And who doesn't love Mrs. G.  Season 1 had a lot of characters including one played by Molly Ringwald.  I am glad they narrowed it down to the 4 characters starting in season 2.  The four girls living in a room they had to fix up over the kitchen was great.

I love the pillow fight.  And Natalie losing half a bolt on her cap and declaring "Losing a bolt, I am working at half wattage."

The paint fight is another moment that always sticks out to me.

Another 80s favorite that had George Clooney in it. 

The sad part of the reunion shows is that Jo is never there.  I hope the next time Nancy will join the gang.  It just doesn't feel like a complete reunion without her being a part of it. 

all videos found on You tube

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cheesy Chicken and Pesto Sandwiches

I finally decided on a recipe to try from Simply Delicioso.  I have not had a time to try it yet but it is time to get the cookbook back to the library.  I have already renewed it once.  Putting out on the blog will be a place for me to have it until I get my copy of the cookbook.

Cheesy Chicken and Pesto Sandwiches

1/2 c. basil leaves
1 c. crumbled feta cheese
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 baguettes, cut into thirds or 6 long rolls, split in half
1 head of lettuce, shredded 9arugula or watercress also works well)
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, ribbed and thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, cored, seeded, ribbed and thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, cored and sliced

Place the basil, feta cheese, evaporated milk, and 1/4 c. of the olive oil in a blender or food processor and puree.  Transfer the pesto to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Place the garlic, balsamic vinegar, the remaining 2 tbsp. of Olive oil, and some salt and pepper in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag.  Rinse the chicken breasts under cold water, pat them dry, and add to the marinade.  Refrigerate the chicken for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days in advance.
Heat your grill to medium (you should be able to hold your hand 5 inches above the grill grates for no more than 5 seconds).  Grill the chicken breasts for about 7 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through Set aside to cool slightly and then slice into strips.
Cut the bread lengthwise but not all the way through.  Spread the pesto on the inside of the bread and then add 1 layer of chicken strips.  Cover with some of the lettuce, bell peppers and tomatoes (you can drizzle the veggies with any leftover pesto if you like) and wrap the sandwich in wax paper and then colored napkins.  Tie together with kitchen twine and serve.

I can't wait to get a moment to try this sandwich.  I think it will be a great item to pack for lunch.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Women's Murder Club

It is no secret I love to read.  One of my favorite series is the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson.  It is base in San Francisco and revolves around a group of four women.  The members are Lindsey, Claire, Cindy, and Jill.  These four ladies gather at a local restuarant named Susie's to put their minds together to solve crimes in the city.  Lindsey is a homecide dective, Claire a medical examiner, Jill is an assistanct district attorney, and Cindy is a crime reporter.

In the first novel of the series these ladies get together over a serial murders involving brides and grooms.  Lindsey and Claire have been best friends for years and known Jill from being witnesses in cases she has tried.  Cindy comes into the picture by pushing her way into the hotel suite of the first victums.  During this first novel Lindsey also finds out that she is battling a rare blood disease.  The ladies start meeting to put the information they have together and figure out.  Of course the agreement is to give Cindy the lead to publish the story. 

The biggest changes to the lives of these ladies comes in the third and fourth installments of the series.  In the third installment the ladies are investigating a series of murders aimed at people that are deemed money hungry by a group of radicals.  These murders are taking place leading up to a G-8 meeting being held in San Francisco.  Homeland security is brought in specifically the second in command of the agencey Joe, who by the end of the novel is Lindsey's new love interest.  Unfortunatly the radicals target a member of the group and in the end Jill is killed. 

The fourth installment has the newest member of group appears in the form of a high spirited lawyer named Yuki.  Lindsey & her old partner Jacobi are trailing a lead for a series of murders when they end up in a car chase.  When the mercedes they were chasing crashes they get out to find that it is two teenagers who are terribly hurt so throwing protical aside they help the teenagers out of the car.  Turns out they were following the correct suspects and the teenagers open fire on them.  Lindsey manages to get a few rounds off killing one and paralzing the second before blacking out.  Lindsey, Jacobi and the city are sued by the parents for wrongful death and Yuki becomes Lindsey's lawyer.  By the end of the novel Yuki has been made a member of the group. 

Yuki eventually leaves her high paying private practice job to become an assistant district attorney.  It doesn't take long for Yuki to become a star prosecuter.  Joe finally decides to leave Homeland Security and move to San Francisco to end his and Lindsey's long distance romance.  Claire goes on to have a third child a girl that becomes Lindsey's godchild.  And Cindy starts dating Lindsey's new partner Rich Conklin.  Oh and along the way Lindsey does become Luitentant to the homecide division which she doesn't enjoy thanks to all the paper work and preferring being on the street solving the crimes.

I love that the series is based around a group of strong women.  You won't regret it if you go pick up and start reading the series.

1st To Die
2nd Chance
3rd Degree
4th of July
The 5th Horseman
The 6th Target
7th Heaven
The 8th Confession
The 9th Judgement
 10th Anniversary

I am currently reading the latest installment

that came out earlier this month.  So far I am really enjoying it.  But then these books are hard to put down.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Favorite TV shows

We all have tv shows we love so much we can't miss an episode.  And then there are also the ones you love to see over and over again.    When there is nothing else to watch there a few shows I always look to from my childhood.  And The Cosby Show tops that list.  I can't think of an episode that doesn't make me laugh. 

One of my favorites is the episode where Theo gets an earring while staying over at Cockroach's house.  His ear gets infected and he is still trying to hide it from Cliff.  Denise gets Cliff to go check on him.  I have always wondered how many takes it took and how they weren't cracking up during all the head turns and leaning in snyc to keep Cliff from seeing Theo's ear. 

And of course the Anniversary parties thrown for Cliff's parents always make me smile.

They had life experience that we all or someone in our family went through.  They expected the children to follow the rules and grow up to be responsible citzens.  I don't know about y'all but the parents are a lot funnier than mine. 
I also loved when Claire got on what her tirades and starting wagging her finger and talking fast.  I couldn't find a clip of that.  But I did find the one where she is trying to get into a dress in under 10 days for a benefit.  Who hasn't been there with wanting to get weight off fast.  I need to get some off before the wedding the next weekend but I sure have more than the 5 pounds Claire does in this clip.  I love that they brought in Phylicia's real sister Debbie Allen to torture her in this episode.

There were wonerful guest stars through the seasons.  This year the show won a TV Land Award and Stevie Wonder presented it to them.  I loved how he talked about his guest appearnce. 
I wish we had more family dramas like this on tv no. 
Did y'all love The Cosby Show?  If so what were your favorite moments.

I got the videos off You Tube

Favorite TV shows - Golden Girls

Who doesn't have a smile put on their face when they here this

Knowing that there were going to be something crazy happening in that house in Miami with Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia.

I will admit there were a lot of things being said by these ladies that when it first aired I didn't quite get.  After all I was 8 when the show first started airing.  I was picking up on the items by the time it went off the air at age 14.  But no matter what I was laughing and because it sounded funny. 

This is one of my favorite clips with Blanche.  I will always remember "little balls of sunshine in a bag."

Helping out a police catch their neighbors.  And a young hot George Clooney is the young detective that stays at the house for a couple days.  Not sure if he is hotter in his youth from this clip or now. 

The Sunshine Girl tried to blackmail Blanche for giving Rose's teddy bear away to her by mistake.  It takes Rose to get it back.  Proof kids shouldn't mess with old people they are capable of more than you realize. 

I loved this blooper set I found. 

These ladies were great.  It has been sad to see three of them pass already.  And it will be very sad the day we lose the last of this foursome, Betty White. 
What were some of your favorite Golden Girls moments?

all videos found on You Tube

Monday, May 16, 2011

Frozen Margarita Pops

I got this recipe from Ingrid Hoffman's Simply Delicioso.  Don't worry this won't be the only one I make from this cookbook but I couldn't find one of the items needed for the other recipe at the grocery store this morning. 

Frozen Margarita Pops

1/2 c. Tequila
6 lime all-fruite frozen pops
margarita salt or kosher salt

Pour the tequila into a tall and narrow glass.  Remove the frozen pops from their wrappers and submerge them one by one in the glass of tequila, tilting the glass to competely moisten the entire popsicle.  Sprinkle each side of the frozen pops with some salt and then arrange the pops on a plate and serve immediately.

I didn't get a picture of the pop I made tonight.  I didn't see the point of doing all six since it was just me.  I chose to use my margarita salt and it turned my fingers on my right hand pink.  So I couldn't get one with my camara.  It turned out good.  Though be careful of the salt you put on them.  I got to much in some parts. 


Move it Monday

I worked out 5 days last week. I got in two workouts with me EA Active sports game, two days in the gym and two kettle bell workouts. I missed getting in an ab workout. I also started doing 20 push ups a day. I am pretty proud of myself for sticking with this all week. Not sure yet if I am going to up it yet this week or not. But I am going to keep it up.
I hope to keep up all the workouts this week. And get in some ab workouts.
The eating went well all week. And I am going to work hard to keep that up. I am hoping that it will help me start feeling better.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The weather is heating up so ice cream is on my mind.  I got this recipe from the manual of my Cuisinart ice cream maker.  I had some peppermint chocolate hot cocoa mix left over from Williams-Sonoma that was taking up space in my pantry.  What a perfect way to use it up now that it is warm than in ice cream. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

1 c. milk, well chilled
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. heavy cream, well chilled
1 to 1/2 tsp. pure peppermint extract (to taste)

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer or a whisk to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1-2 minutes on low speed.  Stir in the heavy cream and peppermint to taste. Turn machine on, pour mixture into freezer bowl through the ingredient spout and let mix until thickened, about 25-30 minutes. 
Chop your favorite 4 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate bar into tiny uneven pieces.  Add the chopped chocolate during the last 5 minutes of mixing. 

It turned out really yummy.  To bad I don't have more of the cocoa mix.  I will try some chopped up dark chocolate next time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Semi Worldes Wednesday


The wonderful Daphne from Flip Flops and Pearls is hosting the Semi-Wordless Wednesday. 
These are a few of the scenes dominating the local news in the last week.

A shot of the flooding along the banks of the mighty Mississippi in Memphis

So weird not to see grass under these trees.

This is from one of the work areas over the weekend.  I believe it was from the one at the Pyramid.

all images found on Google

Monday, May 9, 2011

Move it Monday

How is it May already?  This year is flying by so fast.  Can it please slow down a bit? 
Last week I worked out 5 days and one day even got in two workouts.  I need to work better at getting in workouts in the morning again. 
I hit the gym for the first time in a month.  Yeah me!  I only lasted 15 minutes on the cross ramp.  Man am I already out of shape.  I should have done what I could for the month after the injury.  But I will get there.  I did one ab workout and two kettle bell workouts.  I also did two workouts with my EA Active game.  Boy that will hurt a bit. 
I ended up eating out twice last week.  I had been doing so well with that.  And boy will it save money.  I picked healthy choices when I went or as healthy as it could get.  This week I want to keep that up. 
This week I want to get in workouts for 5 days again.  Continue to get in my strength and cardio.  I know one night will be working in the yard.  I was going to today but woke up with a headache.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Novel Release Party

The lovely Kori over at Blonde Episodes is releasing her first novel today. 
Murder on the Boulevard.  You can buy it at Amazon.  Today is only the release of the Kindle version but no worries the lovely Kori will have the paperback out soon for those of us without a Kindle to snap up. 

Two wonderful ladies are hosting a party to celebrate this big event in Kori's life.  So please go join Daphne at Flip Flop & Pearls and Julie at Brown Eyed Belle to link up for the party. 

CONGRATS!!!  Kori on your first novel. 


image from Kori
*found on Bing

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

On a Roll

I have been on a Roll winning giveaways.  I need to go buy a lottery ticket this week. 
A couple weeks ago CT Cupcake had a giveaway to celebrate her birthday.  I got her package in last Monday before heading out with  S & H. 

Everything out of the shipping box.  Of course most are cupcake themed.  Even a goodie bag like you got at parties as a kid. 

In the gift bag was a set of bangle bracelets and a ring.  I wore these Saturday night to a wedding.

 A cute huggie, bottle of lotion, candy and a cupcake of chocolate lip gloss.

Last week The Pink Door was the Lilly Pulitzer was the signature store of the week on Facebook.  They gave away a Derby Blanket and I won of them. 

It is going to look great in my office.  I went by the store to pick it up and they wanted to take a picture.  I had no make up on.  I did go last Thursday after being up late almost every night due to storms. 

Cookbook Review

The second cookbook I have from the library is Simply Delicious by Ingrid Hoffman. 

I watch her show on the Food Network and Ingrid just seems like so much fun. 

There are several things I like about this cookbook besides all the pictures.  The fist section in the book is the delicioso pantry.  In this section Ingrid explains the items most used in Latin cuisine.  I hear the terms on FoodNetwork shows all the time but it was nice to actually have them further explained.   I never knew coriander is the seed for the cilantro plant. 
Ingrid also puts throughout the book what she calls chica tips.  A few fun in sites and helpful hints. 
A couple of my favorite chica tips:

  • If your frittata splits as you're sliding it out of the skillet, serve it folded like an omelet or stack it in roughly torn "rustic" wedges.  Just like that, you're a chic instead of clumsy!
  • Store vinaigrette-style salad dressing in a child's sippy cup.  You can sprinkle as much as you like onto the salad and keep the rest fresh in the fridge.  Just remember to cover the holes in the lid when you shake the dressing.
  • If you have random odds and ends of vegetables, like a half of an onion or pepper or a few scallions, lurking in your fridge, add them to the post with the rest of the ingredients to help flavor the rice.  Just remember to remove the mushy vegetables before serving.
This one is on my wish list too.  And I am having so much trouble deciding which recipe to try out of this cookbook before it is due back at the library.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Random Thoughts

***I hit 300 posts last week.  I never thought I would see that number. 

***Last Tuesday was my first day without a bandage.  I was to excited to be done with that. 

***Prayers please for my father who is having an echo cardiogram Friday morning and for my aunt having brain surgery on 5/17.

***I am still amazed and saddened by the destruction tornadoes did to my home state of Alabama a week ago.  And oh so thankful my family & friends there are safe.

***Is working on my resume and finding a new job.  The current stress is beginning to be way to much.

***Is hoping my winning streak on blog giveaways will carry over into a lottery win. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Move it Monday

Another week has flown by.  Last week was crazy.  We had storms at the beginning of the week.  I thougtht we had it bad Saturday night until I saw what was happening in Bama Wednesday afternoon &  night.  Thankfully my family made it through safely even with several close calls.  I was glued to my tv Monday through Wednesday night watching the storm coverage.  And yes I could have gotten my butt up to workout but I didn't.  I only got in 2 workouts all week so no new cds for me.  Oh well!  Maybe this month I can get it together. 
My goals for this week are to hit the gym 3 days and do some EA active 2 workouts.  And at least one kettle bell workout. 
Eating was only so so last week.  But I am going to work hard at doing better.  Outside of the apple dumplings I made last night.
Here is to a week of getting back to really working out.  I don't have any excuses not to be now.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Apple Dumplings

I got this recipe from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.  It is actually listed under the breakfast category but since Belle let me sleep in this morning I made it for a dessert.  I could see this sitting on a brunch table or pulled out for a holiday breakfast. 

Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
8 canned buttermilk biscuits
4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375°.  Peel, core, and lsice the aples vertically into 8 slices each.  Cover with water to keep the slices from turning brown. 
In a medium saucepan, mix the water, 3/4 c. sugar, the butter and the vanilla.  Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat.
Separate each biscuit into 2 layers.  Wrap a biscuit layer around a slice of apple. stretching the biscuit slightly to overlap, and seal on the bottom.  Place the wrapped slices, sealed side down, in a 9x12.x2 inch casserole dish.
 Pour the hot sugar mixture over the apple slices. 

Mix the remaining 1/4 c. sugar with teh cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the wrapped apples.

 Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

I used the jumbo buttermilk biscuits.  Not sure I will use so much sugar & cinnamon to top them the next time.  I loved how great they turned out.  Might just need to warm one up for breakfast in the morning.

Childrens Museum of Memphis

Last Monday was a state holiday for S and since I have so much time to take off this year I took it off too.  The original plan was to take both H & G to the zoo but the weather nixed those plans.  So instead G went to school. And when did it become school instead of daycare? S & I took H to the Childrens Museum of Memphis.  This was my first visit and I had a blast. 

First we flew a plane.

The slide down from the cockpit. 

Did some fishing.

drove a police car.

Drove a firetruck.

Played some drums.

And did some grocery shopping.

It was an action packed day.  Our reward was lunch at Mi Pueblo.  When we came out the sirens were going off.  Except for the sirens and bad weather Monday afternoon it was a great day.  I am glad we had the time to go with H.