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 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 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:
  • 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)


    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

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    The Big Bingo Bonanza!

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    My friend, Deb, came to town to play at the Station Casinos Big Bingo is 2 days of bingo fun! The payouts run from 500.00 per game up to 50,000.00 a game! yep someone at red rock casino won 50,000 playing bingo!

    You sign up online at They have bingo everyday, but these tournaments are special, they have them in Feb, a small one in April and May and then another big one in October.

    We chose to play at Sunset Station, you buy in (199.00) pick your seat and book your room (special bingo rates). Then show up and play bingo for 2 days, no worries, you get breaks and they feed you a boxed lunch and then give you breakfast and dinner at the actually play 3 sessions per day, from 10 to 11, (break)11 to 12 (lunch) and then 1 to 4. Makes for a fun day!

    We did not win but we had a good time!

    I love to play bingo, I figure I am going to be one of those little old ladies playing bingo whenever I can!
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    Hope everyone is enjoying the winter, spring is almost here, then comes my wonderful summertime...Oh, I can't wait!

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Going off the grid...

    My hubby watches a show about people buying houses in Alaska, so they can live "off the grid"
    Yep, he thinks he wants to do that, but after an hour he would want to drive back to civilization...he gets bored easily.

    Normally we do not fall prey to valentines day nonsense, but he asked if I wanted to go do something Friday night. He wanted to go for a massage again, he has been working hard so I checked online, GVR was too expensive but Mandalay Bay had a room for the night 125.00 and the spa looked amazing. I got a room and booked him a massage.

    We got to MB at 3 on Friday and the room on the 28th floor was amazing, but my phone was dying and I forgot my charger, he arrives and same thing, his phone was dying and no charger, it was then we decided we were going "off the grid"!!

    We turned off our phones and headed to the spa.
    Wow, very nice, he went to the men's side and I went to the women's side. Got my locker and robe and hit the sauna, sooooo relaxing!

    We met back at the room at 5, dressed for dinner and headed out, we decided to take a cab over to our favorite place to eat, the Grand Lux in the Venetian. 15.00 to get us down there in a taxi, jeepers.

    But it was worth it, no worries about driving with the crazies. Dinner was wonderful, we highly recommend the Caramel crispy chicken and the Chicken rivello, delicious!

    From there we started the walk back to the Mandalay Bay, stopping here and there for a drink or to play a slot machine or two, we kept walking, dipping in and out of hotels, watching all the people.

    When we got back the New York New York we hopped on the tram to the MB, wow, we made it back! It was only 9:00 so we went in to the Crossroads bar where they have karaoke night, we grabbed a seat and the music started, they have mostly regulars singing but still pretty good stuff, one guy thinks he is Billy Idol and he was pretty good. We sat and drank and ate chips and spinach dip, they really need some chips and salsa, I will have to write them a letter!

    At 11:30 we went to our room and crashed, wow, that was fun. We have no pictures, no drunk texts to friends, no shaming on facebook...just a fun time eating and drinking and just being tourists!

    In the morning, hubby picked up Ethan to go to work and watch the races in Pahrump, I headed down to the Café for breakfast, then home. I just love being able to escape to Las Vegas then come home again!

    Hope you all had a fun valentines day!

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    A Scrapping Good Time!

    My first scrapbook trip of the year. I am working on my Scandinavian album and have 5 more scrapbook trips planned this year to complete it, then I am off to British Isles and Ireland next year!

    We scrapped with Patti who owns She puts on wonderful retreats and picks the best locations, Town & Country resort in San Diego and the Marriott in San Diego, we will also be heading to The M resort right here in my own backyard!!

    This resort is a little dated but the location is awesome, you can cross over a bridge and you are at the big mall where you can eat at the Cheesecake factory every night! YUM!

    We had a wonderful time and I got a few pages completed!

    The only problem I had was trying to fly to LAX in the early morning to drive to SD with Christy, my flight got cancelled and I had to sit there until the fog cleared up. I finally got there at 2:30! UGH!
    Then we had to drive to SD, yuck, traffic!

    But it was a great weekend full of a fun, fun group of scrapbookers!

    My album and table!



    The resort has 2 pools, and lovely garden like settings and lion statues everywhere!

    My room is there, wonderful views!

    73 scrapbookers scrapping away!

    The walkway to the mall and restaurants!

    My happy place...

    A toast to many more scrappy events!