Friday, November 30

Getting our tree . . .

It has soft pink flocking...
     I love vintage inspired :-)

At the lot 

I didn't go with any of these,
I need a table top tree with 
little male chihuahuas around.
I have a dog house. :-)


Thursday, November 29

Victorian Country Christmas

We go every year! :-)
    It's one of my most favorite things!

Ready & excited!
Waiting for Ted to get home!!!

We stopped and had Mexican food

Over view of one of the areas...

I am kicking myself for not getting this...

Scariest Santa I have ever seen! :-O

I want a cape!

Soooooo pretty


Wednesday, November 28

Sunday, November 25

Christmas Concert

Last night . . .
     Mom got us all tickets to see
          Trans Siberian Orchestra last night at Key Arena.
               Mom, Stacey, Me, Ted, Amber and Chris. 
                          We had a wonderful time 
                                  and afterwards walked to Bamboo Garden.
Our favorite veggie chinese restaurant on Roy right by Key Arena.



Friday, November 23

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

A time for family, friends & good food . . .

Please excuse the pumpkins, to protect privacy. :-)

There was a few more people who just didn't 
feel like having their picture taken and that's okay too. :-)


Thursday, November 15

Starbucks Verismo

       My espresso maker kind of died several years ago, I had had it since we lived in Texas in the early-mid 90's. So I feel it held up pretty well considering. Anyway.... its somewhere in the garage where hubby thinks its a treasure and fix-able. I think hubby has a tendency to be a "hoarder" and its up to me to step in and force thrift store runs.
       ANYWAY... we have been looking off and on for a new espresso maker and the market just isn't that great. It's either a pathetic $49 one or one that comes with a coffee maker combo or a commercial kind that cost several thousand dollars. So we just kind put it off trying to find the right one and continued our monthly high dollar bill at Starbucks.
        Then we saw the Verismo. I was excited to see something similar to our Keurig machine. So convenient and easy. We actually saw it at the Williams & Sonoma store at Bellevue Square Mall. Not one person would help us or attend to us while we were there, so we left.
         I couldn't stop thinking of the machine, and started googling about it online and watching videos. I knew it was something I wanted but I didn't want to purchase without tasting the milk from the milk pods first. I am rather picky and read reviews that were 50/50 on the taste and quality of the milk.
         One saturday we went into a Starbucks store off of Benson in Renton by Valley General Hospital and I asked them a million questions about the machine and told them I wanted to buy it but wanted to taste the milk first and not any of the girls offered to make us a drink. So we left.
         The next day, Sunday.... (I'm getting really antsy about it!) I went into our nearest Starbucks store in our town and said, "Look.... I want this machine! But I have to taste the milk! Will you please make me a latte?" And I guess you have to be direct and forceful, so she did and I LOVED IT! :-D I bought the machine right there on the spot! But was disappointed that they didn't carry any of the decaf latte or espresso boxes. I wanted both, caffeine in the AM, decaf in the PM.

       The next morning on Monday... I made my first latte. I had some troubles at first with the pods falling through. You have to get the hang of it. It was sooooo good. Then I made a cafe au lait, then later a mocha. I was really enjoying this machine. I did that pretty much every day the first week. Then I went to my favorite store to buy syrups.... Cash & Carry in Tukwila WA.... the syrups are half of what they are at the grocery store. 

        Look at all the syrups to choose from! WOW! Since I count calories, I bought 4 bottles of sugar free ones, made w/ Splenda. I usually don't like chemicals but at least it wasn't nasty aspertame.

           My favorite syrup has turned out to be the salted carmel. It makes the best latte. Yum!!!!

              I also am enjoying these... its a shot of espresso with whipped cream on top and you just shoot it right down. Yummy!!! I use the fat free whipped cream thats only 5 calories for 2 Tbs.

(The pods in the Longaberger mini muffin pan.)

              So.... if your thinking of getting a new Espresso maker, this machine is a gem! I have not regretted it for a single minute. And I have already almost paid for it because of not going to Starbucks every day.


Friday, November 2

Oprah's Favorite Things 2012

I miss the Oprah show... every day at 4pm. I didn't get to see it every day but I would DVR episodes that were of interest to me and my most favorite episode of the entire year was her favorite things episode! It was an event! I would laugh and smile and just crack up at the audience members. I don't know what was better... oohing and aahing over the fabulous things or the audience reactions.

And I would always order several things ever year. Yup. Every year! From UGGS to Macaroni & Cheese, etc....

Well we don't get to see the Oprah show anymore, we have her on the OWN channel, her network which I was really excited about but now I call it the rerun channel. It's always full of reruns, yawn. I did love when she had the Judds reality show and the O'neals reality show. The Shania Twain one was a snoozer. I also liked the show she had on miracles. It was fabulous. A believer and a skeptic investigated "miracles." What happened to those shows??? Bring them baaaaaack!!!

Anyway.... there is going to be a tv special on OWN this year of her favorite things on November 18th, but if you want to know what they are click HERE.

I am soooooo excited she picked the new Microsoft Surface. I too LOVE that new tablet!!!


Thursday, November 1

Post Halloween

I had 2 drinks to serve, Wormy Punch which I do every year which is lemon lime soda, pineapple juice, orange sherbet & rum and this year I added this:

I loved it so much
that I am going to make it at Thanksgiving! :-)

Chocolate Martini
1 shot each of:
Marshmallow Vodka
Chocolate Godiva Liquor
Whipping Cream
Add ice in a cocktail shaker, shake & serve.
I don't even want to know the calorie count. haha

We had pizza, spinach dip, taco dip, red velvet cheesecake, pumpkin bundt cake, spicy chocolate cupcakes, cheeseball, carmel corn, pumpkin cookies, witch fingers, decorated cookies & macaroons.
Patti brought stuff to make apple pie shots, which seemed to be a great hit with all who had them. :-)

That was Chris' cheeseball.
How fabulous is that???
And it tasted as good as it looked
made with butter, cream cheese, cheddar cheese & imitation bacon bits.

Reeses, Apple & Pickles


Me & "My Man"
Scarecrows, Owls & Pumpkins
was my theme this year,
I asked Ted to make me a huge scarecrow
and this is what he made for me. :-)

From top left to right:
Janet Jackson & her kids (hehe)
Spider Lady
Terrence & Philip merged into one
Princess Jazmine's grandmother
The dirty boys? IDK?
Day of the dead? IDK?

We had a great time!
Until next year.....