Monday, April 14, 2014

Whirlwind Weekend!



My sister came to town for a Vegas weekend. We had signed up for a scrapbook weekend at the Suncoast with Scrappin-Escapes, a birthday gift for each other, our birthdays are Feb & Mar..so we thought this would be a cool way to celebrate and gift each other!

She flew in Thursday and Charlie and I took her to Bingo and Dinner at Sunset Station, she won 167.00!! Whoo-hoo!
 
The rooms are wonderful, huge full view windows!
Friday morning found us off to the other side of town to the Suncoast hotel, we signed in and started scrapbooking! Wonderful room, with 8 foot tables and lots of room! We walked across the street to the cheesecake factory and had a nice dinner, then back for more scrapbooking!
Saturday morning we started back scrapping at 7:30am and at 9:00am the hotel had set up a wonderful buffet breakfast for us!


Scrapbooker in paradise!

Not only did she win at bingo, she won a mini Ipad at the crop too!! LUCKY!!



At 5:30 pm Tanya showed up to whisk us off to the Palms hotel for dinner, the cafĂ© there has the best wraps ever!! And the Bryan Ferry Concert, another birthday gift for us to share, Christy loves Bryan Ferry and I have to say this was one of the best concerts we have seen, his music is so swanky rock-ish cool!  We had a blast! Back to the Suncoast where we awoke Sunday for more scrapbooking until 3:00pm. We headed back to my home, Charlie whisked us off to dinner at the Red Lobster.
Whew! What a fun fabulous weekend we had!! Can't wait to do it again!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Passing the bar and cleaning up my act!





I just wanted to post that I passed my Penn Foster Travel and Tourism course, that was such fun, I love to learn new things, you should never stop taking classes and learning new stuff!  I passed my Travel Agency proficiency test with an 87%, which shocked me as I thought only 2 questions had me think twice?? Hmm, I wish I could get a copy to see why I missed what I missed?? Oh well, I passed and that is what is important. When I get back from my cruise I will be job hunting!


medium length Hairstyles 2014
Went for this....


Got this! I have to learn to style it!













I also decided to cut my hair. It is very short, the shortest I have ever gone!! I really like it and think it will be great to have during our hot, hot summer, yes, it is going to be a real scorcher here in Las Vegas!
Bryan
I will busy this weekend as my sister comes to town, we have a little scrap booking planned and a Bryan Ferry concert to go to, BF is Christy's favorite guy to see, mine is Chris Isaak. So stay tuned for more fun in the hot Las Vegas sun!
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Ravioli's

Well I did it. Only took about 3 hours! I decided on This youtube video:
 to help me make the pasta. Worked like a charm! But rolling it out was a real chore! Then I made the olive garden copy cat portobella mushroom recipe with sun dried tomato sauce because I love that sauce.
Could not get the link to work so just do a search on food.com. Everyone complained the sauce was way to thick and sure enough mine came out to thick as well, even though I tried for it not to!
Oh well, I was very proud that my ravioli's held up as I boiled them and the sauce did taste very close to OG's but, yes, too thick.
Not sure I will attempt this again, I am exhausted and I have to clean up the mess!!

So in closing I only recommend making your own if you have a pasta roller, and a live in maid! "Alice, there's a surprise in the kitchen for you!"

Bon Appetite!
Flour on the floor and me! Thank goodness I have a full supply of aprons!

Rav's are boiling and the sauce just gets thicker!

Not too shabby, but with an olive garden 1 mile from my house, I won't do this again!!
Especially since I can duplicate their chicken scampi and zuppa toscana soup without fail!


 
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dinner is served with a little Dwight!

I got to have some fun on Saturday night, my friend Tanya got us tickets to the Dwight Yoakam concert at the Palms. We love to see him when he comes to town, him and Chris Isaak. Each and every time! Fabulous performers and singers!
Tanya picked me up from a hotel near her home, I had some points to spend and so I picked a Hilton close to her since I can't really drive at night. I can barely see my TV from my couch and it is only 10 feet away, hey, it's a bitch getting old. So, since Charlie was at the racetrack I just grabbed a room for the night and Tanya drove me to and from, she is awesome like that. I am blessed to have friends who love to drive everywhere, Mary NR is like that too, will drive anywhere! Thank you guys, I love you!
So, Tanya gets us to the Palms and I said I was buying dinner for her driving, we head to the cafe there called 24/7. The menu has some great stuff listed, Tanya decided on a chicken Caesar wrap with sweet potato fries, and I chose a grilled chicken salad with all kinds of stuff and a creamy chipolte dressing. Amazing food! She ate all her food and was dipping the fries in the chipolte dressing which we discovered was a fabulous combo! My salad was packed with strawberries, grapes, pecans, all kinds of goodies, it was delicious!!
I could not stop thinking about that amazing chicken wrap and fries she had and decided I had to try it for myself!
So here you go:
chicken breasts
flour tortillas
caesar dressing
parmesan cheese
black pepper- fresh ground please
some chipolte pepper sauce
romaine lettuce
a bag of frozen sweet potato fries

Grill your chicken: sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper, fry in a pan with butter and olive oil until browned then pop in the oven for 15 minutes at 400*, take out and cover with foil to rest, at least 15 minutes, then cut up into bite size pieces.
In a large bowl add chopped romaine, grated parmesan, ground black pepper, some dressing, not too much, just lightly coat the lettuce, then add chicken, stir. Get your tortillas ready, add some of salad mix and roll and wrap in foil. Stick in fridge for about two hours. Mix some chipolte with some caesar dressing and put in fridge. When it is time to eat, bake the fries for 30 minutes and serve with dipping sauce and the wraps, this was a very good dinner for a hot windy night in Las Vegas!!
Wonderful!

The brands I used, very good stuff!
And now for a little Dwight to go with that dinner, this song is very special to me and my hubby, I am a pisces, born in march and with Green eyes, yes, I have the green eyed, jealous monster raging inside me, so this song is our song, by Elvis, by Dwight, or by the Fine young cannibals, it's all good:
Enjoy...







Tuesday, March 25, 2014

We scrapped, we ate, we wined!

Back from the Anaheim scrapbook expo! Got 10 pages completed, still have a couple more pages to go to finish my Europe trip book!
We stayed at the Double Tree Hotel near the convention center, walked back and forth, walked to restaurants. Love that!
We arrived Thursday, went to the store for wine and snacks, then just ate dinner at the hotel restaurant, very good food, had mushroom raviolis, my go to food right now!! The breakfast burrito in the mornings was phenomenal.
We set up at the crop and got to work, well, we talked, shopped, scrapped, then dinner Friday we walked to Buca di Peppo, then back to scrapping and wine. Back to the hotel for some sleep at midnight.
Saturday morning up and at it again, cropped, shopped, Mary F. joined us today for some cropping fun, we headed to the Cheesecake Factory where Travis and Rebecca met up with us, Rebecca's birthday is tomorrow so we gave her gifts early, Christy and I went in on a fit bit for her, she loved it!

We finished up Saturday night and packed it all up, got some sleep and I headed home Sunday! Another fun filled, scrap filled, wine filled, weekend with the girls!!
Mary keeping warm!

Christy and our scrap table!

Me and Travis and Rebecca, cheesecake was peanut butter!

The croppers, about 400 of us were there!

Got my Ontario layouts done in my travelling scrapper book!

Love the themes they come up with! I voted for pajama party for next time!

Trip to San Diego with Charlie in mine and his scrapbook.

San Diego baseball trip.

The farm in Italy we went to.
My next trip is my cruise to Scandinavia, so I must finish up my Spain and Italy book before I leave for that! Be back soon with more fun and exciting news from Las Vegas!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ready for some scrapbooking!

Me and my sister, Christy, in a scrapbook layout I did for my travel scrapbooks!
 
Going to be scrapbooking all weekend! Oh, and I take my TAP exam to get travel agent certified!
Not sure how that is going to turn out, so many codes to remember and so much information out there!! It is a 100 question test that I have to accomplish in two hours!
But, I will give it my all and hope to get a little job in a little travel agency somewhere, just to make enough money so I can keep travelling!
Lots of living to get busy doing!
See you back here soon with more fun in the sun!
Oh and Happy Spring!! Just a couple more months until summer, wheeeeeeeeee!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

#49

Cheers to #49!
Thursday was my 49th birthday.
yep. 49. ugh. In the sweet words of Garth Brooks: "I'm too young to feel this damn old"

Hubby took me to a nice dinner then we walked around for awhile and came home to go to bed at 9. Yes, we are old people, we eat by 5 and go to bed at 9. We like being old fogies!

We went to Maggiano's on the strip next to the fashion show mall, I had the Mushroom ravioli's, and they were so delicious!!

My view out the window, That's the Wynn resort, so pretty!
I have some lovely gifts from my friends and family I need to a show you, so stay tuned!!