Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas shopping on Etsy!

If you would like to support artists that make handmade items for Christmas Shopping, check out
2BagsFull (click the name to go there)
Vicki has a list of many etsy shops that are offering cool deals for christmas!
Tanya put up some of her cool western clutches in her store :
So Cool!
I am offering Free Shipping in my store: and as always some cool harmonica necklaces!
Gregg Allman inspired harmonica necklace!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Salmon, Ears, and Laughlin!

I wanted to say instead of cooking a turkey this year, I adopted one from The Farm Sanctuary , so my hubby took me out along with James and his son, Brentson. We all went to Lucilles BBQ, I had the most wonderful Grilled Salmon with mustard sauce, melted in my mouth so good! Honey still had his turkey dinner with all the fixings but I did not have to cook it and I did not have to slave in the kitchen or clean up any mess! It was a wonderful day!!! Thank you honey for supporting my choice this year, even though we ended up at a meat place, I still had the choice not to eat meat!

Also, we just got home from a quick little trip to Laughlin to see my sister and her hubby for Thanksgiving fun. We stayed one night at the Aquarius, nice place! Very clean, nice rooms, great restaurants, we ate at the Italian place, delicious calamari and mushrooms appetizers, the guys had spaghetti and meatballs, I had shrimp alfredo, Christy had salmon, all very delicious!

Great Place!
Christy and I walked over to the outlet mall and did a little shopping, and I got more holes punched in my ears at Piercing Pagoda, I now have 3 in one ear and 2 in the other, I want to get the upper part pierced but they do not do cartlidge, gotta go to a peircing place for that! Anyway, we had fun hanging out, next stop is a California Christmas to see my son and his wife!

Now I get to buy lots of earrings! Fun!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The kitchen

I decided to go with a different theme in my kitchen, the retro never on to a wine motif! I asked santa for a wine cooler to go in the place of my dishewasher, I never use my dishwasher and a wine cooler would just be grand, since I am expanding my tastes to pinot noir, grigios and merlots! So I changed my motif to Wine! My friend Tanya made me new dish towels, napkins and curtain!! OH MY LORDY! They are to die for! I really don't want to use them as they are gorgeous, but my cherry motif ones she made were just the best towels in the world to use, well, out with the old and in with the new! I am thinking of hanging my favorite wines (empty bottles) along the soffets, need to find one bottle racks. Maybe 3 on each soffet.
I love my "NEW" old kitchen!!
The fabric has wine names!

This fabric has the wine bottles!

Love the napkins!

Going to put empty wine bottles along the soffets!

The curtain has wine bottles or on the reverse the wine names!

My mat from walmart!

Put my wine picture back up, I am glad I hung on to it, I just love that picture!

My wine calendar for the new year!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Library

I finally carved out a little space for a craft room, exercise room, kitchen is not enough, I have to have it all, my husband is lucky he gets part of the bed to sleep in - well, he does have to share that with the cat! Hahaha!

I moved my treadmill to the guest room and put a little 150.00 recliner from walmart in the spot, added a little sign (Keep Calm and Read Books) and a reading lamp, and BAM! Instant library!

 I have books in every room in the house, I love to read and just recently got back to some serious reading. The only reason I have a TV in the house is for listening to music, a few little shows here and there and a movie now and then, but I like to sit and read in the evenings while hubby watches garbage on TV. Now I have just the cozy little spot do that in!

Friday, November 16, 2012

My ramblings on a friday night

Hey, just a post about some things going on...
I have to share this scarf my friend Tanya made me, it is amazing, I can only hope one day I can knit like this:
My cowl scarf by Tanya, lovely!

Rock and Roll bio's!
I am reading all the bio's of rock and roll people I can get my hands on.. it all started with Greg Allmans bio...I am now reading Cyndi Laupers bio and it is amazing....I also read Patti Smith's, which was heart wrenching...Cyndi had a tough go at it as well...ok off to read the second half so I can get on to Neil Young's bio....I am sure it will be fascinating, he has had a disabled child from birth, due to drugs maybe??? hmmm....only the bio will tell! Rock on- but rock on in a clean way people!!! Just cause they legalize it does not mean it is safe!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Concert book!

I usually make scrapbooks for all my travels and life as I know it. But I was struggling on how to scrapbook my concerts, I see quite a bit more now that I live in Las Vegas. It would have taken many many scrapbooks, I wanted a fast way to keep track of all my shows and music legends I see.
I saw this photo album at JoAnns and decided it would work great! I just made little postcards of each concert, I had most of the ticket stubs for the concerts and they fit right in! This book holds 300 postcards/photos. So I will be able to keep all my shows in one place and look back easily! It had a place for memos but I just put the year for each concert, on the back of each card I wrote my memories. On the cover there was a spot for a photo, I added my favorite music quote: "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks"

I have 61 slots filled, from 16 years old to 47 years old. I did not add some small shows, I mainly stuck to big names. I have seen lots of little vegas shows and lots of tribute bands but did not put them in here. Otherwise it would fill up too fast. This is just for the big stars! I hope to keep filling it each year. I have seen some really good bands and singers!!
Rock on, Jackie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Chicken Burritos

I am not a burrito fan, but I know my hubby likes them so I decided to try to make a nice burrito for him.
I decided on chicken, beans, rice.

This is how you get dinner done:

Start with the chicken, I love this chicken that is frozen, just 10 minutes in the frying pan and it is ready for soups, burritos, tacos, salads and more. Great grilled flavor! It comes in chopped and strips, I would have used the chopped here but the store was out so I used the strips and chopped then after cooking.
I also chose Zatarains red beans and rice, great flavor for a burrito!!

Start cooking the rice with directions on the box, and cook it down until thick, fry up the chicken. Next chop lettuce, shred cheese, chop tomatoes, onion, avocado. You can also have salsa and sour cream on your burrito.

Heat up the large burrito size tortillas, I like Guerrero's brand, it is big but thin so you don't get that real thick over powering flour taste. Perfect!

After tortilla is nice and hot, plate it and add your fillings. Roll and tuck the sides and serve! My husband was really happy with these burritos! The flavors just went so well with each other! The rice beans and chicken were a perfect combination. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Steve Winwood Concert

I finally got to see my signiture song sung live! Oh, it was a magical night! I have always loved Steve Winwood's voice. I was so happy to see him and he sounded amazing! Plus, we were just about in the front row! Here is my photo of him, I did not have to use zoom:

We started the night at TGIF for dinner, it was me and Charlie, James, Tanya, then we added James's son Brent, then we grabbed Kathy and Howard from Vegas Machine. We all ate 3 plates of nachos, then we added Jack Daniel burgers, I had cajun shrimp pasta which was delicious! After dinner we all split up, Charlie and James headed to the John Pinette show (very funny comedian), Tanya and I headed to the Palms for Steve Winwood.
Loved the show and the night of fun and friends!! It just does not get any better! Well, he did not sing Arc of a Diver, which I really enjoy listening to. We did hear The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. It was amazing! If you want to get into some really good music, you must get your hands on some Blind Faith and Traffic albums, his early stuff with Eric Clapton and many more greats! Music to lose yourself in.

But here is my favorite jukebox song of all time hope you enjoy this acoustic version of Can't Find My Way Home:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Salmon in whiskey cream sauce

Tonight I made Salmon in a whiskey cream sauce. It was pretty good! Got the idea from a friend, thanks Chris!
My husband actually ate 1 1/2 pieces, he said "oh, I really don't care for red fish" But he had seconds!
I call that a win! I also had roasted red potatoes with rosemary and roasted asparagus, a loaf of french bread as well! I had a glass of 2006 Gallo Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir wine, nice wine!
I am going to try to cook fish once a week. If anyone has a recipe to share I would welcome the help!