Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Goes too Fast

After all the hoopla this past June, from my daughter's graduation from High School, this has been a very sleepy Summer.  We're very proud of Natalie because she was Valedictorian of her Senior Class. My husband is finally taking a week off of work and we're going to the mountains for 3 nights, just the two of us.  I feel bad about leaving Natalie home alone, but she'll be busy with her boyfriend and friends.  Kurt and I need some much needed time alone together.  I told him as long as there is a pool I'm happy.




We're going to go to Big Bear, in the San Bernadino Mountains that is a few hours away from us.  We live in the San Fernando Valley which is North West of Downtown Los Angles.  If you ever saw the movie, "Valley Girl", it took place where we live.  Fer Sure!  




  The last time I was in Big Bear was when I was about 20 and had gone skiing for the first and last time.  Even though I only went on the Bunny Slopes, meant it was for the beginners, I was scared going up on the chairs and scared going down.  It didn't help that the first chair ride my skis caught caught with my boyfriend's skis.  They stopped the chairs from moving and he had to remove his ski, up in the air, then put it back.  I'm afraid of heights so this was a harrowing experience for me.  The second time I tried to go down the slope someone ran into me and I fell.  I had to try to get up and turn myself around.  When I was going down the hill I felt like I would never stop in time and run right into the crowds of people at the bottom of the hill, well I stopped but my heart was beating too fast.  I decided I skiing was too exciting for me. I was proud that I had tried skiing because I have always been a scared when it came to sports.

Snow Summit Chair Lifts


In 2001 and in 2012 we had gone with my parents and Natalie to the Pine Rose Cabins that is down the mountain from Big Bear.  I love this place but we wanted to try something different this year. Big Bear Lake is another 40 minutes farther up the mountain from Lake Arrowhead.   


Pine Rose Cabin #14 where we stayed in 2012.



Lake Arrowhead up the road from Pine Rose Cabins.

We're going to stay at the Big Bear Pioneer and are staying in the Queen Studio.  This means we will have a kitchenette and a small patio.  There is a pool and spa and it's right on the lake with a private beach.  When you go to Lake Arrowhead you can't access the beach unless you live or are renting a house on the shore.  I found this to be a total drag.  Big Bear has many more places for the public to access the shore, plus it's a much bigger lake.



Frontier Cabins at Lake Big Bear
Frontier Cabin's Pool


I'm really looking forward to this time with my husband.  I haven't had the chance to swim all Summer and that is one of my favorite things to do.  How had your Summer been?






Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy 4th Of July United States of America

Here are some cute Patriotic Images for the 4th!







I'm using this one for Facebook.


Copy and save for your files too.  I probably got these from The Graphic Fairy, but I could be wrong.  


Friday, March 18, 2016

A Party without a Cake is Just a Meeting-Julia Child

Today I found this great quote on the blog Living on Cloud Nine.  She posted this picture after her recipe, Sock it to Me Cake.

A Party Without a Cake is Just a Meeting. -Juliet Child

I've been to birthday parties where they didn't have a birthday cake.  I know people are on diets and their are health issues, but I look forward to a good piece of cake.  Don't you?

Anyways, seeing this quote inspired me to create a new collage.



Since this week I know of several people with birthdays, I thought...why not make it a birthday image.




Like Marie Antoinette said... Let Them Eat Cake!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Green Watergate Salad for St. Patrick's Day


For St. Patrick's Day this year I plan on making Watergate Salad since it's made with pistachio pudding.  Beautiful green pudding!  What could be more perfect for our favorite green day.  I love any excuse to make this salad.  I don't eat it all the time but I just love the taste.








Watergate Salad: 
 
what you need:


1
Can  (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

1
Pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding

1
Cup  Miniature Marshmallows

1/2
Cup  chopped Pecans (optional)

1-1/2
Cups  Whipped Cream or Whipped Topping, like Cool Whip


Make It
COMBINE first 4 ingredients in large bowl.

STIR in Whipped Cream
REFRIGERATE 1 hour.

Important Info:  If you are using Cool Whip, defrost it for at least 4 hours.  Do not, I repeat Do not defrost in the microwave.


If you want to learn more about how Watergate Salad got it's name, see this post.