Sunday, August 17, 2014

My camera strap...

I bought a book to make a camera bag and camera strap, but as usual patterns are too overwhelming and daunting for me, I am not that great at sewing when it comes to bags or clothes. I made quilt tops for years and quilts are usually straight lines and blocks, so I was pretty good at that. But the whole pattern thing and matching seams, UGH...
I asked my friend who is an expert seamstress (Tanya) to help me out, but we ended up just making our own pattern for a cute camera strap. We will attempt a camera bag some other day.

I had this fabulous fabric I had been dying to use on something, it is so retro and I love retro things.
After the strap was finished I thought it needed something more, I got my button stash out and we worked out some cute ones, I just love how it all turned out! I even used the parts of the strap that were on the strap that came with the camera!

Now I can wear my camera with pride and know I have my very own unique strap, I can't wait to take it to the scrapbook crop I am attending later this month!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Getting on with life....

Well my job did not work out as planned, so I am back to working for my husband part time and trying to book some travel for friends and family. I also try to keep 50 items in my etsy store at all times, I usually sell one or two items a month so that keeps me very busy.
Plus I love being a housewife, I am pretty darn good at it so I guess my plate is pretty full and I am so thankful for that!
Since I did not have to work Sunday (I was scheduled but by Friday I realized the job was the wrong fit for me) so I went with my husband down to Laughlin, he had a vehicle to see there, we get paid a fee plus mileage. Once we go to Laughlin we decided to travel a little further and go check out Lake Havasu and sit in the channel under the London Bridge and watch the boats go by...

We made a quick stop at the walmart to grab bathing suits, towels, chips and dip, ice, beer and wine and some beach chairs!

We arrived at the channel and found a nice shady spot and settled in, once you get a little hot you just stand in the water and watch the people go by, it was so relaxing and fun, we had a wonderful time de-stressing and we realized how much we missed the water!


Chipping out!

watching the world go by!
Here is the boat I would love to own!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Etsy stuff!

Got some new goodies put in my etsy store, have fun shopping!

I am busy around here, I am working part time doing banquet set up for one of the big hotels here in Las Vegas, I will let you know how it goes and if I can survive! I am excited to make some money that I will use to travel with, not sure what our big trip will be in 2016, we are still kicking around some ideas!

I still want to see more of Italy and of Alaska and I have never been to Hawaii!!

Stay tuned for more fun in the Las Vegas thunderstorms, yes, we have had a few lately, but the sun is shining today and it is a good day to be working and living in fabulous Las Vegas!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pinterest recipe, Winner!

Got another great recipe off pinterest. This one was shared by, she made this from The Best Simple Recipes book, from America's Test Kitchens.
I bought the book, you know you can trust ATK, they try everything out first!
This was sooooo good!! Spicy Sausage Pasta...
Here is mine:

You can use any sausage you like but she raved about the turkey sausage so I gave that a go, it was really good! Quick and easy one pan meal! 30 minutes to make, serve with a salad and you have a happy meal!
I used mini bowtie pasta, I just love those little cuties!
Here is the recipe:

Spicy Sausage Pasta

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage (try the turkey)
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild (I used regular, had a nice kick) Oh, and you don't drain them!
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta (I used 1 1/2 cups mini bowties)
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (I used jack & cheddar mix, cause I had it)
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Guy's restaurant review

We are locals in Las Vegas and decided to try out Guy's new restaurant. It is over at the Linq, which is an outdoor mall, hang out, bars, restaurants, the High roller ferris wheel is there, fun place. Next to the Flamingo hotel. Highly recommended checking it out, we are really digging it and have gone 3 weeks in a row now on our date nights.

Back to the Guy, we were seated in the back along the windows. I ordered wine, came in a whisky/water glass, I was told no wine glasses available. Wine does not drink well in a whisky glass, no wonder it was not delicious, And for 11.00 it should taste great! My wine came with a gnat floating in it. I just removed it and continued on. Watching Survivor programs teaches you it's ok to eat a bug once in awhile. Don't throw a fit right way and ruin the experience.

 But then we noticed quite a few gnats flying around us, we kept swatting them. Then there was a bee/wasp flying around inside the window, told a waiter (not ours) he said "oh I hate those and never came back or did anything about the bee/wasp. We ate and left. Don't think we will be recommending or go back. They need to do something about the insects and the wine, if you serve bad wine at least lower the price!

The Food: We had the nachos with chorizo, good but then they killed them with feta cheese, feta is to be used sparingly as it is strong, but No, they piled it on, I think it is the only time I have ever seen my hubby not finish off a plate of nachos! We split the Bbq pulled pork sandwich and yes it was fabulous, the meat was so smokey, I loved it, but that was only one plus with a lot of negatives!

Found out later at the Tilted Kilt, I can have my wine for 5.00!! We will be trying that place next, will let you know how the food is!
Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vegas Vacation!

My sister came to town last Saturday, I picked her up and we went to walmart to load up on food and drinks to have at the pool. We made Olive garden salad and dressing, gazpacho soup (yummy!) and black bean burgers the first night!

Sunday found us over at Sunset station to play bingo, I won 50.00 and got crowned Queen of bingo, I had to pick a number (B10) and if it got called I would win a 5.00 voucher for my next bingo trip, it showed up only one time. But I got to wear a tiara! What girl does not love to wear a tiara!

After that is was shopping for shorts and sandals, antique mall where I found a cool gecko for the backyard wall. Sunday night the hubby took us to our favorite mexican restaurant for dinner, Lindo Michoacan on Desert Inn and Eastern.

Monday, time for the kids to get here! We pick them up and spend the day in the pool drinking margaritas, dinner was our homemade french bread pizza! Yum!

Tuesday, we hit the outlet mall and bass pro shop, back home we hooked up with hubby and headed to The Linq to ride the high roller ferris wheel. We were all a bit nervous, but our motto got us through,  "get busy living". From there we played in the Polaroid place where they take your photos and make cool prints from them. Stopped for Ice Cream at Ghiradelli then home for one last dip in the pool in the dark.
Wednesday everyone flew home. What a fun time we had!
I wish we could have more Vegas Vacations!
The ferris wheel from the ground!
On Tuesdays locals can buy tickets for half off normally 20, Tuesdays 10.

On top of the world, 550 feet above Las Vegas!

The pods can hold 40, but we had 9 in ours and that was just fine for me!

When you are up there, the people and cars are so tiny!

Love these two! Fun!

My son and my hubby hanging out at The Linq!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last Stop on the Cruise!

Whew, sorry, summer is my busy time and I have been enjoying the pool and the bbq!
But, I have to post our last stop for you...Helsinki, Finland!

We chose the excursion: Helsinki from land and sea. 4 hours, 99.00.
We took a bus ride to a little harbor, from there we boarded a boat and cruised along the shores. It was still rainy and cold but it was beautiful. We cruised by the Ice Breakers, these ships are given the highest regard as they keep the town alive during the winters, food and goods can be transported because these big guys keep the waterways open all winter. They are the heroes of Helsinki!
An icecrusher
The heroes of Helsinki.

Driving through Helsinki.

After the boat cruise, we drove all through town and enjoyed the scenery, our final stop was an outdoor market, we could have sampled food and bought goods.

The meat is actually Reindeer meat, yep, they eat Rudolph in Finland.

What a marvelous time we had, so many things we saw and experienced.
I can't wait for our next adventure! Where will we be? Where we will go?