Saturday, June 14, 2014

Grit Chips, Cronuts, And Christmas Mint M&M's With An Expiration/Sellby Date Of 8/2014

 This is what happens when your husband goes to the store without you - Grit Chips, in the Sweet Heat Flavor, or course.  Not a Frito and not quite a Tortilla Chip.
 This is my first ever Cronut - purported to be a Donut (a good thing) made from the dough of a Croissant (a better thing).  Just in case you wonder how they are, I couldn't get a picture taken fast enough to get one without a bite out of it already.  Luckily they are too expensive at $3.50 each for me to get addicted.  In the background is my sweet son-in-law, Mike with his more healthy choice (understanding that all things are relative) a giant Ham and Cheese Croissant.
 
 All those flakey layers, deep fried and glazed!
 I don't know what possessed me but I chose to look at the expiration date before tossing out these Christmas Mint M&M's - and guess what?  They were not even close to expired.  Since I was on my own for dinner last night, I had a large glass of milk and a hand-full of these.
And this morning I got up early and ran the rest down the disposal, because if I can't get any taller for the Summer Wedding pictures from Nick and Kelsey's wedding, I should at least try not to look shorter.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Spent Easter Weekend In London - But Many Of My Pictures Were On My iPhone And My Cloud Was Full So When My Phone Broke, These Were What I Had Left

 Spent Saturday at the Royal Air Force Museum - Amazing collection of planes!
 St Pancreas Hotel was totally beautiful.  We had our Easter Tea there.  Lovely Sandwiches, Bunny Cookies, and an odd Carrot and Chocolate Mouse - which tasted just like Carrots and Chocolate.


 (One spoonful was all I needed.  You'd think as much as I love Carrot Cake that this would have worked for me - it didn't.)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Does Betty Crocker Have A Clinic For Irish Butter Addiction?

 First Day Lunch in a Pub With Nick and Kelsey Before They Left For Paris
 Guinness Factory
 Sheep plus Wind
 Banoffee Pie - a hundred different ways to make it, and I hope to try all of them!
 John in Kinsale
 One of the Churches
 One of the Pubs


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mount Vernon? Am I Ever Getting Back To Tulsa?




Got to tour George Washington's home yesterday evening. Pretty amazing. It is privately owned by a group of women who purchased it in the mid 1800's. No public funds are ever used to maintain it. The view of the Potomac River from the back is quite beautiful.  It's raining so much in Washington DC that these are probably the only pictures I'll get here. But should get back to Tulsa tomorrow and then I can add some Ireland pictures. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I Have Been Distracted Lately! Happy Birthday To Mike!

 My son Nick and his fiancée Kelsey in their engagement picture!
Two or three weeks ago my son Nick called and said that the perfect spot for their wedding had just had a cancellation for the end of July and was my schedule clear for that date.  It was the weekend of ComicCon, an event I have attended for years and totally enjoy, but of course I said I was free.  My son Zach, who goes to ComicCon with me every year, said "Naturally that other couple rescheduled their wedding - they must have gotten tickets to ComicCon!"  But all silliness aside, we are now on track for an end of July wedding and very excited.  The place must be very small, since we are only having immediate family.  Actually I don't mean "immediate family", since my immediate family is about 70 people, so I must mean "nuclear family", just John and me and Zach and Amanda.  (Mike, Amanda's husband - whose birthday is today - Happy Birthday, Mike, - has his final geology fieldwork this Summer and will not be able to come.)  My husband's "immediate family" is one (him), unless you count me and our children, which I had already included in my count.  At any rate, the important thing is that ever since they announced that their wedding was scheduled for Summer 2015, at the earliest, I have been trying to grow taller, since losing weight for a special event is about as realistic as changing eye color.  Well, when my doctor measured my height Thursday, I had not even gained a fourth of an inch!  Rats!  But I did get a prescription for RetinA, which won't make me look better in a dress, but could work other magic.  Good Times!   

Friday, March 14, 2014

I Refuse To Write Crabby Stuff Even Though Daylight Saving Time Started This Week - Oh, And Happy Pi Day!

Anyone who knows me knows that Daylight Saving Time really upsets the  rhythm of my life.  It started Sunday and I know from past experience that it will be almost a month before I get used to it.  Until then, I will be just slightly crabby - but that's not anyone else's fault, so I won't write that way.  So I thought, what do we all enjoy?  Chocolate, of course, but it is Lent, after all, so I went with second choice - Shoes.  It has just been within the last few months that I realized my go-to shoe is the Espadrille.  I have pairs from Target that I paid less than $10 for and Spanish pairs that I have paid 20 times that much for.  Cost per wear is much less than $1 when they eventually wear out.
 Target
 Talbots
 Via Spiga Sequined ones, Calypso St Barth Blue Print, and Pricy Andre Assous Braided Black  
      Stubbs and Wooten
Here are some new napkins I am making because nothing cheers me like a little sewing - even if it is just adding a hem.
And for the Mathematically Inclined, here is a Snickers Pie, made in a Pi pan, by my son Zach - in honor of Pi day, which only makes sense if you write your dates the US way, which would make today -  3-14.  (Get it? Pi is 3.14.)  (Roughly.)  And he is serving the Pi Pie at work at 1:59, in honor of an expanded version - 3.14159.  Nerds rule!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Oodells of Noodles And A Mutant Bird Of Paradise

Was in the mood for a Stir-Fry over Soba Noodles, so ran over to the H-Mart, that giant Korean Grocery Store, where there is one entire aisle devoted to Noodles, and there are still more on the next aisle.  Very small price difference, so I went with the Organic, and surprise - these Japanese noodles were made in Australia.  And not just one Organic brand, at least 3 different brands were Australian.  And they were exceptionally good!   






My favorite "flower" in the world is the Bird of Paradise.  When I was growing up in Southern California, they fascinated me.  If you've familiar with them, you probably think of them as about a metre high, but they get much taller.  There is one off my second floor balcony that is currently blooming although the Date Palm next to it makes it hard to tell.
 Young (less than 5 years old) Bird of Paradise
So beautiful!


Old Bird of Paradise - almost 20 feet tall.