Thursday, November 27, 2008

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We all have so much to be thankful for. Even when times are tough, we can always find a blessing.

I consider each of you a true blessing to me. You have brought a sense of community and friendship and for that I am very grateful. I may not be able to visit as much as I would like but you are there in my heart daily.

I trust that each of you have a love filled Holiday.

See you soon!

Lots of hugs and more......

Monday, November 17, 2008

An award and au revoir for a while

Nana Trish honored me with the Marie Antoinette award. Since I love just about all things French, this award was no exception. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

What a pretty award this is. I just love that chubby little cherub in the background by the clock. Marie Antoinette is looking very pretty in this painting.

I would like to pass this on to all the lovely ladies that visit my blog. Please accept it and know that there is a lot of "French love" behind it.

I wish there were more hours in the day to visit everyone. I enjoy reading your posts so much. Right now it is difficult to budget blogging time into the schedule. If there was a way to perhaps read blogs while driving or working, I would be all over it! In a perfect world, there would be time for every thing. Going into the Holidays is always a busy time and this year is no exception. I guess that is a good thing-hehe!

I really am looking forward to catching up but until revoir.

Friday, November 14, 2008

California dreaming and praying

When I saw the news last night showing the fires in Ca, I knew the post I had planned for today needed to change.

I spent many years living in the L.A. area. Santa Barbara and Montecito were always a favorite getaway. Not too far away but it had a different feel to it (a wonderful vibe).

I have some friends that still live in the area and I pray they are safe.

My heart and prayers go out to everyone there. I can't imagine what they are going through.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The wild, wild west

Hubby and I took a little drive to Prescott a while ago to basically get out of the HEAT.

Prescott (pronounced Preskit) is a charming town with a lot of history. I hope you enjoy the little tour.

Whiskey Row. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and the boys, were frequent visitors.
There are quite a few old saloons.
The local Masonic Temple
Another shot of Whiskey row.
A walkway in the downtown area. I just love the trees, all that shade!

Lots of traffic. Phoenicians trying to get out of the heat-hehe.
Love the benches and this gazebo in the front yard.

Maybe someday......

Courthouse Square. I think it is great that the center of town has its own gazebo.
This is the main hub. It is hard to believe that soon the grass will be covered with snow.
Time goes by wayyyy too fast.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A little prayer request

Hi everyone,

Many of you know that my precious mother-in-law is very ill. She lives in Co. and we live in AZ.
My husband will be going back up next week. We need to work the trips around his job.
I will be staying here to help my son. I know we are not given more than we can handle.
Any prayers you can send this way would be very much appreciated. Faith has been seeing us through.

You have been so supportive and I just want you to know that it really means the world to us.

hugs and more hugs,

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Ultimate indulgence

When the weather starts to cool down, my thoughts turn to chocolate. Hot chocolate!
My boys feel the same way. Although the picture was taken years ago (Interlaken, Switzerland),
it always puts a smile on my face. We were enjoying a perfect day with the perfect drink (even if it came from a pack).

The picture below was taken in Angelina's Tearoom in Paris. They "discouraged" picture taking but I took a couple of discreet shots. The tearoom opened in 1903. Just imagine all the people that have indulged in the ultimate pot of hot chocolate.

Isn't it just lovely?
This is a serious indulgence. Definitely worth the price.

In NYC, there is a great place called Serendipity. I used to spend a lot of time in Manhattan and this became a favorite restaurant (a lot of fun). The lines were always long but it was definitely worth the wait. One of their specialties is Frozen Hot Chocolate. A few years ago they published the recipe. I was thrilled!

This is worth the calories ladies!

Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

6 pieces of chocolate (1/2 ounce)
2 teaspoons hot chocolate mix
1 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cup of milk
3 cups ice

whipped cream
chocolate shavings

chop chocolate and place in the top of a double boiler over simmering hot water.
stir until melted.
add hot chocolate mix and sugar. stir until melted
remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk until smooth.
cool to room temperature.

In a blender, add remaining milk, the room temperature chocolate mix and the ice.
Blend on high until smooth.

Pour into your favorite mug or glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Terrific Tuesday!

Happy Election day to everyone. I was ready to spend the day in line. I had snacks, books, water, phone, and patience. Unbelievably, when I got to the church, there was no line.
I had just missed the first line and was able to walk right in. I was in and out within 10 minutes.
How wonderful was that? I hope you all have an experience like mine.

Also, the mistress of botched hair color (Stephanie, you ROCK) was able to fix my hair. The color looks great and I will NEVER do it myself. This was a lesson I needed to learn-hehe.

I have been working on my bottles as well as some other goodies. The website is up and humming along. I am still loading some items but all in all, the categories are finished (for now).

Big YAY!!
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