Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Packing My Bags

I am flying to my sister's house. 
From there we will drive 1,170 miles to pick up another of our sisters. 
After that, we will be off to see our mother, driving another 332 miles.
~ 1,449 miles one way ~
~ 2898 miles round trip ~
I love road trips!
I will be gone for several weeks.
I hope you all have a lovely September.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Summer Memories

This is back when all my children were still living at home.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Vintage Styles

This week, when reading Jessica’s post Two birthdays, one awesome vintage style novelty print dress,  I came across this wonderful vintage-style blog: Mode de Lis by Lily. This girl is an amazing seamstress! She also has some fantastic vintage blogging ideas, such as in this post: · Polka Dot Day! · . All the fun these girls were having in Lily's Decade Project posts made me want to share a few, shall we say, vintage photos of myself when I was 21 (way back in the 1980s).

How about you? 
Do you have any "vintage" photos of yourself?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Greetings From Lake Tahoe

 Midweek we headed up Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe
a two hour trip there, two hours back.
It is a great day trip destination,
especially when It is 100 degrees in the valley and only 83 degrees at the lake.

We planned a picnic at Pope Beach (above);
 however, the yellow jackets were as thick as flies,
so we ate our lunch on the run.
Our picnic was not the highlight of our day, anyway.
The highlight was enjoying a beautiful day as a family.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quick and Easy Lazy Quiche - Made with Bread

~ A favorite breakfast when having overnight guests ~

I love this recipe first of all because it is delicious (yes Delicious - so delicious it is hard to eat just one piece). Other reasons for loving it is that it is easy to make, it is best made ahead of time, and it is a great way to use up leftover foods.

Lazy Quiche
  • 16 slices of bread {This does not have to be exact}
  • Optional - 1/2 cup melted butter {Actually, I add this ingredient to the recipe because my bread was SO dry. The recipe is good without butter added}
  • 8 eggs {I used 12}
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large can diced chilies
  • Sausage, cooked {or ham or bacon, diced}
  • Green onion
  • Cheese, shredded
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
{I just sprinkle salt into the beaten eggs, but I see that similar recipes use 1/2 teaspoon salt}

Cover the bottom of a  9 x 13 inch pan with bread (broken into small pieces). (My bread was very dry, so I poured 1/2 cup melted butter over the bread) 

Mix the chilies, sausage, green onion - scatter evenly over the bread. Sprinkle cheese liberally over the bread mixture.

In a large bowl, beat eggs. Mix milk, salt and pepper into eggs - pour mixture over bread, meat, and cheese in pan.

Set in refrigerator overnight.
Bake at 350° for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Note: this is HOT right out of the oven; let it set at least 10 minutes before serving.

Really, you can change the amount of ingredients to suit your needs and to use the food you have on hand.

Here are two similar recipes:

I ate this for breakfast yesterday, 
and it really is as good as I remember it being.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge

 In the 34 plus years I have lived in California, 
I have never walked across the Golden Gate Bridge...
Until this weekend.
 My nephew is visiting California for the first time.
We thought it was a good time to make this walk.
 It was a foggy morning.
 It is a 1.5 miles one way -
from the parking lot on one side to the visitor center on the other.
 View from Fort Point National Historic Site.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Low Carb High Fat Diet - A Few of My Favorite Recipes

I love the Low-Carb-High-Fat Diet. However, I don't use it all of the time. I usually take Saturday to enjoy favorite carbohydrate meals and treats with my family.

I began with Suzanne Somers’ Fast & Easy. I read or skimmed all of here books, but I like Fast & Easy best of all.

Here are three of my favorite recipes from Fast & Easy. These are all super delicious.

~ Beef Stew ~
 From: Suzanne Somers’ Fast & Easy (page 269)
 Old Fashioned Beef Stew 

~ Cheeseburger Pie ~

Cheeseburger Pie

Butter, for greasing baking dish
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup cream
3 eggs, beaten
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 13 X 9-inch glass baking dish (I used a cast iron skillet; I think that it looks prettier on the table). Set aside. 
Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Add cream, eggs, and 3 cups of cheese. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown. 
From: Suzanne Somers’ Fast & Easy (page 268) 
~ Eight-Minute Creamy Tomato Soup ~
 From: Suzanne Somers’ Fast & Easy (page 207)

The Diet Doctor is a great LCHF website with lots of free information, encouragement, and recipes. I now use this more than Suzanne Somers’ plan.

I have not made many of the recipes here, although, I have made this Low Carb Pizza and loved it. It was even great cold the next day.

The Diet Doctor