Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blooming Irises....

Every March and April, the fields where we live spark to life with great bursts of color from the daffodils and tulips.  When May arrives, those bursts of color come from the variety of irises. I love irises, so I thought I would share a few photographs I took of these dainty, yet brilliant flowers.


Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 4, 2015

March and April Favorites

Well, I haven't been as good at blogging this year as I had planned.  I know... I know... Same story - different day.  But since I was a bit lax on keeping up, I thought I would include a Favorites post.  This time, I'll cover my favorites from March and April.

My first favorite is Arcona's White Team Purifying Cleanser.  I received a sample of this product in a beauty bag full of all sorts of skin care, hair care, and miscellaneous beauty products.  Immediately I was caught by the smell.  It's fantastic.  It's this subtle blend of tea, honey, and even a bit of fruitiness.  But the true fabulousness of this product is what it does to my face.

I lucked out in the skin department.  Growing up, I rarely had a pimple, zit, spot, or black head.  As an adult, my skin stayed clear, soft, and wrinkle free.  However, I've had a difficult time finding a good cleanser that isn't harsh on my skin.  I finally found it in this product.  When I use this product, my skin feels clean, soft, and hydrated.  I love the stuff.  It's a bit steep at $42 for a 3.5 ounce size, but a little goes a long way.

While I've been pretty lucky with my skin, I've been cursed with under-eye, dark circles.  I also have puffy eyes from my twisted sleep schedule.  So, one day I thought I would try Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Vitality Eye Roll-On.  At $16, it's worth it!  It has not only lightened the dark circles under my eyes (which is nice since I don't wear make up unless I'm on camera), but it also visibly reduces the puffiness under my eyes.    It works so good, Mum has stolen my bottle.

My next favorite is the Union Jack messenger bag.  I got this in the United Kingdom, and while most would probably use this to tote around their computer, paperwork, and miscellaneous bits - I use it as a handbag.  It fits everything except my cameras, and I love it.  It's not heavy (like most bags), has plenty of room for everything, includes a top zipper (which means stuff doesn't fall out when the bag tips over), and the strap is long enough so it can be a cross-body bag.

Burt's Bees will most likely stay on my Favorites lists forever.  I cannot live without this stuff.  I have random tubes in every bag, every room, and in ever vehicle I own.  I love the way it feels on my lips (not waxy and heavy), while the balm makes my lips feel tingly and soothed.

I bought a couple of these LePens several months ago, because I thought they would be great for signing Christmas cards.  I used those pens so much, I needed to buy new ones.  This time I bought the 10 pack, but because it didn't come with my favorite color (orange) - I ended up buying a few single ones too.  These pens write smoothly - with little pressure.  I just wish the barrels of the pens were a little thicker to make maneuvering them easier.

My NERD notebook!  I have quite a few of these spiral notebooks laying around.  I use them constantly to make notes, lists, and other things.  This one is my favorite, and it is rarely out of my hands.

The final favorites is the Neutrogena spray-on sunblock.  I LOVE it!  I use to get SPF 100, but a medical professional told me it is too much and is most likely blocking important Vitamin D.  So, I downgraded to SPF 70.  This stuff gets sprayed on in the morning and several times throughout the day.  People under-estimate the damage the sun can do, and since I know too many people who have been diagnosed with skin cancer - using sunblock is part of my health routine.  Neutrogena's spray on sunblock makes it easy to use, doesn't have the strong fragrance many others have (such as Aveno's spray on sunblock), and doesn't feel greasy or heavy.  I totally recommend it!

So those are my favorites from March and April.  What are your favorite products?  Click on the comments and share yours.  I'd love to hear about them.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Recipe: Crab Dip

Many moons ago, I worked for a company that specialized in seafood.  The plant I worked at manufactured surimi (imitation crab meat), and did a lot of research and development.  While there, I got to indulge in a crab dip that was made by one of my co-workers using the surimi the company made.  It was so good, I got the recipe from her and brought it back to Mum.

After some trial and error, Mum tweaked the recipe so it suited the Fam's tastes.  In fact, my cousin Becky loves the stuff and always seems quite happy when Mum brings it to family gatherings.  So, I thought I would take the opportunity to share it with you...

Chop 1/2 of dill pickles
Chop 1/4 cup of onions
Add 1 cup of mayo
Add 8 oz. of soft cream cheese
After thoroughly mixing the mayo and cream cheese, add the pickles and onions.
Chop the imitation crab meet into loose, smaller chunks.
Add the imitation crab meet into the bowl.  Don't forget to add the chives.
Mix everything well.
Here is the recipe below.  Make sure to let me know how you like the crab dip when you try this recipe.         

Crab Dip

1 lb of imitation crab meat (surimi)
1/2 chopped dill pickles
1 tablespoon chives
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup mayo
8 oz. softened cream cheese

Mix the mayo and cream cheese thoroughly.  Add the chopped pickles, chives, and onions.  Finally, roughly chop the crab meat and add into the mixture.  Mix thoroughly and chill for one hour.  Serve with crackers and/or pita chips.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


It never ceases to amaze me how people can all witness something, but see it in as many different ways as there are different people.  This was especially true when I took Mum and Dawn out to enjoy the sunshine and snap a few photographs.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Recipe: Veggie Quiche

Are you looking for a fabulous treat to celebrate Valentine's Day? Well, I've got the one for you! Even better? It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to enjoy it!

My family loves this quiche.  Even better, we love veggie quiche.  Here is the tried and true recipe we use.  It's easy and a crowd pleaser.

First, put the tablespoon of EVOO into a fry pan and add the peppers, mushrooms, onions, red onions, and spinach.  Heat until the spinach is wilted and the remaining veggies are cooked through.

Once the veggies are cooked through, put them in a bowl to cool.

While the veggies are cooling, prepare your pie crust by molding it into the pie pan.

Make sure you poke the pie crust with a fork to create holes for the steam build up to escape and for the pie crust to cook evenly.

Once the veggies are cooled, add the 2 cups of Egg Beaters and pour into the pie pan.

Pinch the excess pie crust to prevent the egg mixture from spilling out.

Top with cheese and chives, and pop into the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until the eggy mix is firm in the middle and the pie crust is golden brown. 

We usually serve the Quiche with a salad - if served for lunch or dinner - or turkey sausage - if served for breakfast.  But however you serve it, it is a sure-fire, easy-to-make dish you will make for years to come.

Veggie Quiche

1 cup chopped Spinach leaves
3/4 cup diced red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
4 oz can of mushrooms
1/2 cup shredded cheese (use your favorite - we use Colby Jack)
1/4 cup diced red onions
1 teaspoons chives
2 cups of Egg Beaters
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 Pillsbury Pie Crust

Put the EVOO in a fry pan, put on medium-high.  Add peppers, mushrooms, onions, red onions, and spinach in a pan and heat through until the spinach is wilted.  Once this is done, put the veggie mix into a bowl to cool.  In the meantime, place the pie crust in a pie pan and mold it to hug the pan.  Take a fork and poke the bottom of the crust multiple times.  This will help with making sure the pie crust cooks evenly and does not rise.

Once the veggies have cooled, add the 2 cups of Egg Beaters and mix. Pour egg and veggie mixture into the prepared pie pan.  Top with chives and cheese.  Bake in oven on 350 (pre-heated) for 30 minutes or until firm in the middle and pie crust is golden brown.