Monday, May 18, 2015

Big Bingo Bonanza!

I went on a little staycation...hubby was busy racing over the weekend so I signed up for the big bingo tournament at Red Rock Resort here in Las Vegas. Got a room for Friday and Saturday and the entry for Saturday and Sunday. Bingo goes from 10 to 3 on Saturday and Sunday.
I arrived Friday afternoon checked into my beautiful room on the 15th floor with a view of the strip.

Now I must tell you, Red Rock resort is for those who want to come to Vegas but don't want to be on the "strip". You can go play on the strip, they even offer shuttles there. But you can get the Vegas experience with out all the crowds staying here.
It really has everything, a spa, restaurants of anything you want, BBQ, Italian, steakhouse and many more...plus you can walk out the back and you are at downtown Summerlin shopping district, plenty of stores for every ones tastes!

I chose to play some regular bingo on Friday, (won 125.00) then I had panda house for dinner and hit the hay, well, actually it was luxury bedding in my room, as I had a full day of bingo on Saturday!
I thought this was a cool picture, it is the endless hallway as you walk to your room!

Saturday I got up and went to the cafĂ© for some breakfast then headed to bingo!
In the warm up session I won 2 rounds for 125.00 and 85.00, I am having fun now!
They serve you a wonderful boxed lunch plus you get breakfast and dinner buffet coupons to eat for free, all for the 99.00 entry fee! I only ate the lunch and bought my breakfast and dinners in restaurants, buffet is no fun alone! The lunch was a chicken salad sandwich, potato salad, orange, chips, and oatmeal raisin cookies! Yum!
After bingo was over, I headed to the shopping district and bought a lucky necklace and a silver and turquoise bracelet at the Brighton store. Back to the hotel for dinner, I had Lucille's BBQ:
Bbq chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans and wine! My all time favorite dinner! I would order this if I had to have a last meal!
I played a little keno, sat at the bar and watched baseball, then went to bed early for Sunday was a whole day of bingo again!

I decided to order room service for Sunday morning and spoil myself a little more:
At 6:00 am I got my pot of coffee, an English muffin, and the prettiest flower delivered! I sat in my comfy chair and looked out at the view and watched the sun come up while sipping my coffee!
Aaaaahhhhh, this is the life!

I got down to bingo, and my hubby shows up, he was bored and wanted to go to breakfast but my bingo started, so off he went to the cafe, on the last game of the warm up session I won! I got 250.00!! Whoohoo!!

We broke for lunch and I sat and talked with Charlie, then he decided to go to the movies and see the Madmax movie.
I went back to bingo for my last rounds, I did not win in the last rounds, but I did have a wonderful time on my little vacation!
I would recommend Red Rock Resort for a Vegas Vacation! Everyone was so nice and friendly and the hotel is very beautiful! I may go again sometime and have a spa day, I will let you know how that is!




Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekends are for...

Getting flowers and cards from kids and grandkids:

Cleaning and firing up the grill to make my very first chicken kabab's ever:

Cleaning and buying new net, shark guage and water testing for pool so I can sit down and relax with a margarita:
Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend, summer is right around the corner, I have some fun trips planned and a month to just relax in my pool!
Peace, Love, and Margaritas to all!





Thursday, April 23, 2015

More scrapbooking and a concert!

Another big scrapbooking weekend in the books, this time we went with Patti: www.scrappinescapes.com

She booked us at the M Resort here in Las Vegas. Oh My, that place is gorgeous!! The food, the ambiance, just gorgeous! The rooms were so beautiful. I highly recommend staying there when you come to Vegas, it is at the far south end of the strip so you would have a few miles to get to the heart of the strip, but all in all a wonderful place to stay! Great for those who want to come to Vegas but hate the strip crowds!

We arrived Friday morning and settled in to work on our scrapbooks, I am finishing up my Scandinavian trip.

Saturday, the M served us all a sit down breakfast, it was a
delicious little buffet, with lots of fruit and eggs and turkey sausage, kinda healthy!

Saturday night, Tanya arrived to whisk us all off to the Hard Rock for The Pat Benetar concert!
We had dinner at the M, the little Italian joint, delicious food there!

We met Tanya's daughter there and found our seats. The show started with the story of how Pat and her husband Neil aka Spyder met and how they have been making music together for 35 years! Amazing!
They did all the good songs and the crowd just loved them! What a great show!

Back to the hotel, and back at the scrapbooking Sunday morning, Mary headed home and christy and I stayed until 2.

Another fun weekend, this is the best hobby in the world, meeting people, traveling, concerting....

The M Pool, going to take a dip next time!
Christy

Mary, she was still on the scooter and boot!

Me, hard at work!

Patti and us, she works so hard to put on these events,
THANK YOU PATTI!!!
 
Pat and Spyder, I love a good love story and they have a great one!
Congratulations on 35 years!!!



Saturday, April 11, 2015

Scrapbooking and more!

We attended the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo in March, Mary came out only for the day as she had ankle surgery and was in a boot and knee scooter. She was a real trooper!
Christy and I stayed at the Sheraton. We met up with Travis and Rebecca and her mom for a nice Cheesecake factory lunch!




In more news, I spent some of my birthday money on some cool new gadgets!
I got an Instant camera that spits out little poloroid type pictures! I also bought a little printer that prints photos off your phone wirelessly! I really think the printer is a great idea, I know many people who have tons of pictures on their phones, and they usually end up losing them all when the phone breaks or gets lost, now you can get home and print out your pics right away! Great for us scrapbookers!!


Comes in lots of fun colors and the little pictures are so cute with their little white borders! Fuji instax 8, runs about 130.00
This printer works with it's own wireless features, just have your phone choose it's wireless code and start printing!
Canon Selphy 910 runs about 99.00
You can print out 108 pictures for about 30.00 with the ink and paper pack.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another Pinterest Win!

I have been wanting to stop and grab some El Pollo Loco chicken for dinner but kept forgetting. I finally decided to just search for a recipe and make it at home...good ole pinterest comes to my rescue...
I found this recipe from www.shockinglydelicious.com And I made it tonight, Wow! Pretty darn good!

The only thing missing was the grilled flavor but I just don't have a huge open fire grill in my house and there was no propane on the outdoor grill...so I just oven baked them and I gotta tell you, it was Yummy!

You just need this chicken, some flour tortillas, salsa, and mexican rice.

Once on the plate, you shred your chicken into a tortilla, add salsa and rice, roll and eat, fabulous!
A nice cold margarita helps the process as well!


Here is the recipe:
Marinade
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced jalapeno, seeds included
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (or 6-ish pieces of bone-in chicken like breasts, thighs, drumsticks in any combination you like)
  • I used 6 chicken thighs skin on!
Mix all marinade ingredients in a 2-cup measuring cup. Place chicken in zipper-top bag, pour marinade in and squeeze out air from bag before sealing. Massage chicken in bag to make sure all pieces of chicken are bathing in marinade. Marinate in refrigerator for half a day, or overnight; turn bag occasionally to ensure chicken is entirely covered.
When ready to grill, remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill chicken over medium heat until done, about 20-25 minutes, turning once for nice grill marks. You can add some moist mesquite chips to the grill for a smoky flavor.

As I said above, I did not grill, so what I did, I laid out the 6 chicken thighs on a baking pan and cooked for 40 minutes at 400* degrees, let rest and then served.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fabulous, Fun, and Fifty!



 
 
I would like to thank everyone for making my 50th Birthday a fun time!

My hubby surprised me with a limo ride and our friends from across town! We headed out to The Brighton Store where I was dropped at the door and told to go pick something out, I chose a beautiful turquoise set to wear this summer. After that we hopped back in the limo to Ventano's for a wonderful dinner, try the Sole, it was like BUUTTTAAA!
Then we drove down the strip, hooting and hollering at all the tourists!! Got to Treasure Island where we went to see Mystere, very odd but entertaining. After that we all jumped in taxi's and went our ways, all safe and sound to home!
they showered me with 50's and drinks and laughter, who could ask for anything more!!
Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pasta with Shrimp and Broccoli



Found a recipe in the cooking light magazine 20 minute dinner section. It is pasta with shrimp and broccoli in a light scampi sauce. Whipped it up for dinner and it was pretty good! Made some Red Lobster cheese biscuits to go with it. Top your pasta off with freshly grated parmesan cheese and some red pepper flakes!

Here is the recipe:

  • 8 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)

    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated (about 1/4 cup)

    Preparation

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
    2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes on each side. Remove shrimp from pan.
    3. Heat pan over medium-low heat. Add butter and oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add stock; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into stock mixture; cook 1 minute. Stir in shrimp, pasta mixture, parsley, rind, juice, and salt; cook 1 minute, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
       

    Nutritional Information

    Amount per serving: Serving size: 2 cups
    • Calories: 417
    • Fat: 9.8g
    • Saturated fat: 3.6g
    • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
    • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
    • Protein: 29.7g
    • Carbohydrate: 53g
    • Fiber: 4.8g
    • Cholesterol: 157mg
    • Iron: 3.4mg
    • Sodium: 476mg