Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Top Five: 80's Ballads

This week's Top Five...80's Ballads

Heather's Top Five

1. Jack & Diane
2. Every Breath You Take By The Police
3. Sister Christian by Night Ranger
4. When the Children Cry by White Lion
5. Alone by Heart

Tammy's Top Five

OMG....this was soooo hard. I bet tomorrow I'll change my mind! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love 80's music!

1. Don't Know What You Got by Cinderella
2. Every Rose Has it Thorn by Poison & I'll Be There For You by Bon Jovi
3. Love Bites by Def Leppard
4. Heaven by Warrant & Faithfully by Journey
5. I'll Remember You by Skid Row & Careless Whisper by Wham

What are your top favorites?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Paws & Claws: Esma Edition

I have three cats, and this is the story of my second cat, and the only one we have raised from a kitten. I'm starting with her as her rescue anniversary was just a few days ago, she's been with us five years.

It was a late summer night, if I remember right, it was hot. I was outside, and I felt something behind me a few feet away, all I saw when I turned around was a white racoon tail. The next day I told my husband Mike about what I saw the previous night. Throughout the day we kept hearing these little cries from outside. We ended up finding her next to the shed, we backed off as she was scared. We trapped her later that day (with a cage, and tuna), and brought her inside. Where Mike was able to pick her up, and give her a bath. She was half feral, and very small. She was around 8 weeks old, she fit in the palm of your hand.

She was the only one, and alone. We knew the first time we saw her that we were going to keep her. She's a Siamese with unusual colored paws. A cross between a flame and a lilac point. We figured that she was the runt of the bunch and that with her different colored paws that a breeder didn't want her and dropped her off in our neighborhood, which is not unheard of. That made sense to us.

Here is Esma, on her first night with us. Don't worry the cage door is completely open.

No matter how she came to us, we love her just the same. We named her Esmeralda, though she wasn't responding to it. It was too long, so we called her Esma.

All cats are insane, and each has their own quirks. Siamese tend to bond to one person, and that person was Mike, even five years later, she still sleeps on his hip, or his leg, just like she did when she was a kitten. She cries out in the middle of the day if she wakes up and she's alone. We say hello, and she comes running. Usually with her little-stuffed raccoon in her mouth. She is just the sweetest thing. She is still small, half the size of my other cats, but her personality is anything but little.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Cool Veggie Pizza

Here's a great summer recipe! This cool pizza rocks!

What you'll need:

1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp (15 mL) mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp (5 mL) dried dill weed
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 C (500 mL) assorted fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, green or red bell pepper, tomato, green onions, mushrooms, carrot, zucchini, or yellow summer squash


Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) . Unroll the crescent dough and separate it into eight triangles. On the round stone or pizza pan, arrange the dough triangles in a circle with points in the center and wide ends toward the outside. Using a lightly floured roller roll the dough into a 12" (30-cm) circle, pressing the seams together to seal. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the dough is light golden brown. Remove from the pan from the oven and let the dough cool completely.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic and dill weed. Season the mixture with salt and black pepper; mix well. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust.

To prepare the vegetables, coarsely chop the broccoli or cauliflower. Dice or slice the cucumber, bell pepper, green onions, yellow squash, or zucchini, or tomato. Slice the mushrooms and grate the carrot.

Sprinkle the vegetables over the prepared crust. Cut the pizza and serve!


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Drink Mix Friday: Strawberry Vodka Slush Cocktail

Strawberry Vodka Slush Cocktail
I found this drink in my Facebook feed last and had to try it!


1 pint strawberries, hulled & sliced
2 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup triple sec
3 Tablespoons Simple Syrup
1/2 cup lemon lime soda or to taste
Whole strawberries and mint leaves optional garnish


add all ingredients into your blend and blend thoroughly.
Serve in chilled glasses with a mint leave and a strawberry for garnish


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Top Five...80's Pop Songs

This week's top ten is... 80's Pop Songs.

Heather's Top Five
What only five? That's HARD!
1. Cherish by Madonna
2. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
3. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
4. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
5. We Got The Beat by The Gogo's

Tammy's Top Five
Well, this is very hard for me because anyone who knows me knows how much I love 80's music!

1. Head of Heels by Tears for Fears & Take Me With You by Prince (okay really anything by Prince!)
2.  Save a Prayer by Duran Duran
3. The Warrior by Scandal
4. Heaven by Warrant
5. Voices Carry by 'Til Tuesday & Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Pinic Recipes: Potato Salad

Everyone loves potato salad!!!


5 pounds red potatoes, chopped
3 cups mayonnaise
5 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse potatoes with cold water to cool completely; drain.
  2. Stir mayonnaise, eggs, red onion, celery, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Fold potatoes into the mayonnaise mixture.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Top Five... Romance Book Series

This week's Top Five... Romance Book Series

Heather's Top Five

1. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward
2. Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands

3. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charmaine Harris
4. The Shadow Series by Erin Kellison
5. Night Huntress Novels by Jeanine Frost

Tammy's Top Five

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The last book is my favorite
2. The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
3. The Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks
4. The Calendar Girl Series by Aubery Carlan
5. The Cocktail Series by Alice Clayton

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Quick & Easy Chicken Fajitas.


I'm going to share with you my Quick & Easy Chicken  Fajitas. Makes a great dinner on a hot summer day!

What you'll need:
1 medium green bell pepper and 1 medium yellow (or red) pepper
(optional one sweet onion) Cut into strips
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cooked and cut into strips (or you can by the ones already made and cut)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of salsa
1 envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 teaspoons of vegetable oil
12 (7-8 inch) flour tortillas warmed

In a large skillet place peppers, (onions) chicken, salsa, and soup mix. Stir about 5 minutes until everything is mixed and heated.
Place mixture in tortillas, roll, and serve.
I always place sour cream and shredded cheese on the table along with rice to complete my meal.

I serve this with a side of Spanish Rice!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Drink Mix Friday: Bailey's Milkshake

This is a great adult shake!

   Bailey's Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
3/4 cup milk
One shot (or two) of Bailey's Irish cream 

Pour all ingredients into a blender and puree for several seconds, or until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Frozen Yogurt Pie

This may not be an easy one to bring to a picnic but its a great dessert on a hot summer day!

Frozen Yogurt Pie

Fruity low-fat yogurt and whipped topping are blended, spooned into a graham cracker crust and frozen for a refreshingly easy no-bake pie. 

Makes 8 servings.
What you need:
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whipped Topping, thawed
4 containers (6 oz. each) low-fat yogurt
1 graham pie crust
Optional: 1 & 1/4 cups fresh fruit
Add whipped topping to yogurt in medium bowl; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Spoon into crust.
Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.
Optional: Top with fresh fruit just before serving. Store leftovers in freezer.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Drink Mix Fridays: Kahlua Milkshakes

  Today I bring a favorite of mine:  Kahlua Milkshake


1-2 ounces Kahlua
3-4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk or cream
whipped cream for garnish

Place Kahlua, ice cream and milk in a blender. Blend until completely mixed. pour into glass. Top with whipped cream and a tablespoon of Kahlua if desired.

You can also add chocolate syrup and vodka!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Top Five: YA Books

This week's Top Five...Young Adult Books
Heather's Top Five

1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
3. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Tammy's Top Five
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
2. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth Even though Allegiant made me very mad.
3. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
5. The Beautiful Creature Series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

What are your top favorites?

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