Monday, April 27, 2015


When I called our daughter Saturday morning to see what she was up too, she said up to her eyeballs dipping chocolate.   She was making the dessert table for a little nephews baptism.  The theme was blue, and she was making for 50 guests.  

I offered some helping hands and she said come on over!  We had a blast dipping, visiting, tasting, dipping, tasting.  HaHa  After a few hours with her and our granddaughter, Monique we had them finished and wrapped.

I'm holding a tray of marshmallows dipped in blue chocolate and individually wrapped and tied with a blue ribbon.  We dipped chocolate chip cookies in white chocolate and pretzel sticks in chocolate and then blue drizzle.

It was a great day!  I love hanging out with our kids, and being able to give a helping hand when needed.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


I'm sure you all think I live at the Thrift Stores.  I don't, I'm just lucky when I go.  TeeHee.  This is a new jean jacket I found on Saturday.  You can't see the sparkles on the collar and yoke, but it gives it a little flair of "bling" and you know me....bling, bling, bling.

The label is "Joan Rivers" and I had no idea she had a line of clothes.  Have you ever seen anything with that label?

So with my basic black dress this morning, the jacket added a nice touch for Church.  We so enjoy the church we found and it's only 10 minutes away.  The music and the message were outstanding.

Hope you had a good Sunday.  This next week is already filled up ~~so much for the retirement life...HaHa.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Our warm weather turned chilly and the sky looked like rain all day.  Don wanted something hot, and I wanted to use up some leftover ham so made a Ham Broccoli Mac and Cheese Casserole.

You can click on the link for the recipe.

Today was running a few errands, mailing a Goodie Box to Kaleb at college in Illinois.  The last of the sugar cookies made it into his box.

I had to laugh this afternoon when the doorbell rang.  Two of my cookies boys, were hoping I had a few cookies left over from yesterday.  Enforcing a new rule is not easy....but I didn't weaken (HaHa) and reminded them that the sign was not out!  I could tell by their look, it was worth the try!!!  They had to test the rule, right?

Don said "Are you really out of cookies?"  Yes, for them I am.  They need to learn to appreciate "Cookie Day".  But for my dearest, there are still some chocolate chip in the cookie jar.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


A new cookie rule is in place at the Villa.  Because the children ask me every time they see me if I have cookies, I would be baking every day, and they would be getting way too much sugar.  

Today I was in the mood to make sugar cookies.  Rounds, squares and stars.

The new "Cookie Rule".  When the little sign you see in the picture ~"Grandma's have the best cookies and hugs" is hanging on my can ring the bell.  There is cookies.  If the sign is not cookies.

Yesterday when I came into the complex after visiting Elizabeth, there were several boys waiting and asking when would the sign be out.   So today the sign will be out when they get home from school, and the treat will be stars, rounds and squares.

Monday, April 20, 2015


About 4 years ago, I found these really top quality large serving pieces at Sun Thrift in Sunland where we used to live.  I had needed some serving pieces as I don't have a formal set of silverware. 

Today Don and I took a trip to the Thrift Shop we have found in Covina, near where we live now.   Going through a bin of kitchen utensils my eye caught this cake/pie server!  The picture makes the top look dark, but it isn't.  And YES ~ the same pattern as the serving spoons and fork I found years ago.  Funny, it was the only piece of silverware in the bin of utensils.  Go lucky day!

What is the chance??  I don't know, but I know I love completing this set of servers.