Sunday, August 09, 2015

Road Trip 2015

We took a road trip this summer from June 26th-July 16th. We were able to take our lovely granddaughter, Heather, with us and had a great time with her. While we were on our road trip, we visited many quilt shops because the Row by Row Experience shop hop was going on. The premise of this shop hop was to go into at least 8 different quilt shops and collect a free pattern for their row. They also had kits available for purchase and fabric license plates from each shop.

Our first day on the road was a long one. We drove from Fort Collins, Colorado to Des Moines, Iowa.
Here's a few pictures from our first day.

 Heather enjoyed the Trading Post.

This is one of the quilt shops that I stopped at the first day. We arrived late at our hotel so we went right to bed because we had a long drive to Michigan the next day.

Day Two: We got up early and got on the road because I wanted to stop at several quilt shops before we got to Michigan. The owner of this quilt shop, opened two hours early so that I could get her row kit. She was so nice.

Cotton Creek Mill is in West Branch, Iowa. It's a small town that has the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. I loved this shop and the owner was so gracious. After we left her shop, drove to La Salle, Illinois and picked up another kit from their quilt shop. We also had lunch and a very nice restaurant across the street.
We got to Michigan in the late afternoon and didn't stop at any shops because I wanted to be at my brother's house before dark.
Coming up: Michigan

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mastering Pasta

If you love pasta, if you love Italian food, and if you love trying new things, I've found the book for you. Mastering Pasta is written by award winning chef, Marc Vetri. This book is stunning to look through. The pictures are great and the step by step instructions for making your own pasta, gnocchi, and risotto are clear and concise. Marc has included 100 recipes that any vegetarian or meat lover would enjoy. There is even a chapter on flavored pastas, such as parsley, lemon, chestnut and mint, to name a few. You will learn about the different flours used to make the most beautiful and tender pastas. Pick up a copy and see for yourself.
I received this book for my honest review and no other compensation.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

21 days on the Road Again

Well, we just got home from our second epic road trip. Last year we did letterboxing all the way across the Midwest. This year I visited quilt shops to participate in the Row by Row Experience. This goes on until Sept. 5th and all 50 states are participating this year. If you go to, you can click on the Start Here button and you will get a page with license plates on it. One for each state. You click on the state you are interested in, and it will bring up a page with the name and address of every quilt shop in the state that is participating in Row by Row. The premise is, you collect a pattern or kit from eight different quilt shops, put them together in a quilt, have it bound, quilted and a label on it and return to any quilt shop with it. If you are the first to bring your quilt in you win 25 fat quarters and if you use the row from the shop you take the quilt into, you usually win a second prize from that shop. Patterns are given out free, kits and licence plates you have to buy. It's a good thing I had been saving my money because I came home with 32 kits and 23 license plates! I can make a really big quilt with those, but I doubt I will have it done by the time the contest is over in September.

We had a really great trip. We took our 14 year old granddaughter with us and had so much fun with her. We drove from Colorado to Michigan in two days and spent a couple of  days with my brother and sister-in-law, then drove to Gladwin, Michigan to spend another 3 days with my dad and mom. After that we drove to Nashville, Tn in one day and spent 9 days with my daughter and her husband and our other two beautiful grandkids.  When we left there we took 5 nights and 6 days to get home to Colorado. We took  Hwy 80 out to Michigan and took Hwy 40 home. We spent some time on the old route 66 and had a blast. I haven't had time to download pictures yet but next week I hope to have another post  about this trip with pictures. In the meantime, look up 2014 Epic Road Trip Day one through Day Twelve.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lighten up, y'all

I just got a new cookbook, called "Lighten up, y'all-Classic Southern Recipes made Healthy and Wholesome. It's written by Virginia Willis who is a columnist for, a contributing editor to Southern Living, and was named one of the "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know" by the Chicago Tribune.
The photography in this cookbook is suburb. It really made me want to try the recipes. I like the fact that the nutrition facts are with the recipe. I also like Virginia's little stories that she tells throughout the book.
I decided to try the Turkey Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy. It took me about 30 minutes to put this recipe together because of chopping onion, mushrooms, parsley and garlic. I also had to shred carrot. Then everything had to be cooked before I added it to the ground turkey. It took an hour to cook in my oven. I was being kind of lazy and wasn't going to make the gravy until  I took  the meatloaf out of the oven and it looked totally dry and unappetizing. I quickly made the gravy. My husband's reaction was that this is a keeper recipe. Mine, not so much. It didn't really taste bad, it just didn't make me want seconds. The gravy did make it look more appetizing, but I still don't think I want to make this again. I will try some of the other recipes that sound really good, like "Beer Battered Shrimp, Lemon-Basil North Georgia Trout, Chicken Tortilla Soup, or Brown Sugar-Strawberry Shortcakes.

I received this book from "Blogging for Books" for my honest review.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Diabetes Solution

The Diabetes Solution by Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD and Susan Wyler, RDN is a great book for anyone that has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes. The first part of the book is titled "Know Your Enemy." The chapter titles are "Understanding Type 2 Diabetes", "Screening for Type 2 Diabetes", "Understanding Prediabetes", "Complications from Diabetes', "Understanding Medications That Treat Diabetes," Understanding Gestational Diabetes."

Part Two is Manage Your Diabetes. Chapters are: Good Foods, Bad Foods: What you should Eat, The Blood Sugar Budget, The Recipes, Move it or Lose it: How Exercise Can Improve Blood Sugar, How Stress and Sleep Affect Type 2 Diabetes, Bariatric Surgery: When All Else Fails, and The Diabetic Solution.

Having been diagnosed with Prediabetes, I feel this is a great book to read and learn about your condition. The doctor is very clear in explaining how you can take charge and manage your diabetes. Getting this diagnoses can be scary and at first you just don't know what to do. I found myself going into denial for about three months before I could do anything. If my doctor had suggested this book, I think I would have been able to get right on managing my disease. The diet Dr. Rodriguez suggests seems to me to be a cross between The Mediterranean Diet and Weight Watchers. It's not impossible to follow and it's good for you.  Knowing that exercise, sleep and managing stress will help you control your diabetes is great, too. I would recommend this book for anyone that just got diagnosed with diabetes or has had it a long time and needs a refresher course on how to live healthy and manage your disease.

I received this book from "Blogging for Books" for my review.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Power of Unstoppable Faith

This "book" turned out to be a 55 page booklet but I think there is an actual book. The Power of Unstoppable Faith is written by Nick Vujicic. He was born without limbs and if anyone would have a reason to feel sorry for himself it would be him. He does not waste time feeling sorry for himself. He is upbeat and knows God put him here for a reason. He is a motivational speaker and shares his faith through "Life Without Limbs", an organization that helps share the message of the hope in Christ to the entire globe. This booklet made me want to read the real book plus other books he's  written.
I received this book from Blogging For Books and received no other payment for my review.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Elk Visit at McGregor Mountain Lodge Estes Park, Colorado 10-25-2014 tak...

We went up to Estes Park this past weekend for a stay at McGregor Mountain Lodge. We took one of our daughters and her family with us and had a really great time. I took this video of this elk right outside our cabin. What a thrill! It was only about 6:30am and I thought I would go out and sit on the patio with my coffee. I remembered what the innkeeper said about looking around before going outside, especially if it was dark. I looked to my left, nothing there. I looked to my right and about six feet away from the door was this big fella. I quickly woke my granddaughter up and we grabbed our cameras and started snapping away. I finally had the good sense to turn on the video portion and got this video. Hope you like it. I'll post some pictures when I get them downloaded.