Sparkles, A Pinch of Richness and Lots of Laughter

Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne! ~ Winston Churchill, WWI

A Good Match: A Photo Challenge 

Over the years my very dear friends and I continue to celebrate with a very good match; champagne, a pinch of richness and lots of laughter.

Like all of you, everyone leads busy lives.  The years move on, many have scattered around the country, families grow and it’s not as easy to come together as we used to do.  But, near or far, our friendship continues and is typically celebrated with something sparkling paired with decadent culinary surprises.

For those interested in learning more about how to select and serve your choice of bubbly you can read more here at WikkiHow.

Looking forward to our next get together!

Cheers, Ladies!

P.S.

I reached out to my very good girlfriend for sparkly glasswhere (she always has the prettiest table settings!) and she recommended Roost Brand. She even gave me a beautiful website where you can purchase some lovely items- Scarlett Alley.  Happy Shopping! 

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Sunday Is for Baking

“If you can’t change the world with chocolate chip cookies, how can you change the world?” – Pat Murphy

I love ❤️ Sundays. I just do. Especially when Miss R comes over and fills my house and heart with tons of love and happiness.

It’s been awhile since we baked cookies together and today is the day for chocolate chip cookies. And there’s nothing better than Toll House Cookies. Yummy!



Cheers!

Let’s Rondy

“It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s 40 below zero…Let’s party!” Who remembers that long ago tag line?

The 2017 Fur Rondy 10-Day event kicks off today in Anchorage FEB 24 – MAR 5, 2017.

This winter festival has been happening since 1935 bringing people together to celebrate in the frozen far north. From the Outhouse races to Running of the Reindeer there is fun to be had for everyone.

Some downtown streets are closed pushing traffic around the festivities. But don’t worry you can always grab the free shuttle, sponsored by BP, this weekend and next, to get around to downtown’s events. You can find more information on road closure and shuttle information online.

Friday the JIM BEAM JAM kicks off the festivities with Local Country Legend Ken Peltier playing at the Egan Center. For some great boot-scooting-music grab a dance partner and head downtown for a great time tonight. Event starts at 9 p.m. at the Egan Center. $25/person

You can Find a full list of events on the Fur Rondy website.

By the way, don’t forget to pick up this year’s pin! I haven’t had a chance to do that yet but it’s on my to do list!


“It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s 40 below zero…Let’s party!” Who remembers that long ago tag line?

Have fun, drive safe and see you downtown!

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” — Charles William Eliot

Answer this week’s questions and post a comment with a link to your post in Cees Share Your World 

  1. When  you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)?
  2. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
  3. Are you a collector of anything? If so what?
  4. What size is your bed?
  5. Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My Answers:

When you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)?

Nooo. I haven’t ever done that…at least not that I can remember.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?

Nope. The most I will do (I try not too since it’s very annoying) is click my pen in rapid succession. SIGH, full confession, I’m a pen clicker!  I learned if I’m in a meeting to just leave the pen alone. Unless I’m taking notes or, sshhh, doodling (our secret).

Are you a collector of anything? If so what?

I’m not one for clutter so I try to keep collecting anything to a minimum. That being said, books, all kinds, magically find their way into my home.  I have my children’s old story books, my mother’s ancient science fiction books (who remembers Issac Asimov?), funny books from my girlfriends and favorite reads I have fallen in love with over the years .

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What size is your bed?

I have a beautiful, antique, cast iron, full sized bed. It sits very high up, so tall you almost need a step to climb into it. I have an addiction to lovely bedding, including plush down comforters and pillows. What it lacks in size it makes up in sweet dreamy loveliness and crisp cotton sheets. My bed happens to be one of my favorite places in the world.

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Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

It continues to snow. And snow. And snow. Sunday Miss R, came over and we had a Sunday snow day. We watched movies. We made rice crispy treats. We played with her new Barbie and Monster High doll. We took bubble bath, snacked on fruits and veggies and ignored the piles of snow accumulating outside my door.  I am so blessed and eternally grateful for my wonderful granddaughter that continues to remind me how to play.

I’m open to the Universe to guide me into next week. I’m pretty sure whatever shows up will be an adventure to cherish.

Sunday Tomato Basil Pasta

“The most essential part of my day is a proper dinner.” – Rachael

Don’t be intimidated by making this scrumptious, yummy fresh pasta dish. Best of all, it doesn’t take hours and hours of simmering away. In under an hour you too can be enjoying this easy, yet satisfying dish.

Cut up 6 tomatoes – chopped is fine or if you want a smoother sauce toss them in a food processor and give it a spin.

Heat  olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. I like adding a few cloves of garlic and onion and sauté for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes, salt, and chopped basil.

Use a potato masher or large fork to mash the tomatoes until they are in chunks. Be sure they are chopped and crushed fine, for a semichunky sauce – the liquid from the tomatoes will bubble beautifully. Simmer for 25 minutes over medium heat.

While the sauce simmers, heat the water for the pasta. Cook the spaghetti in salted water about half of the way cooked. Drain, reserving some of the water.

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add the pasta to the sauce and cook over medium heat until all the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is al dente. If the sauce is over-reduced, use the pasta cooking liquid to adjust it.

Bon Appetite.

Snow Continues to Fall

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” -Sinclair Lewis

It’s Saturday.

Its snowing again.

I was up early and skated (the only way I can explain driving on ICY roads) very, very carefully to Eagle River to have coffee and yummy omelets with A. I passed rollovers, ditch-divers and emergency vehicles the entire fifteen miles. And promptly got stuck half way up the driveway.

Welcome to Alaska’s winters.

I hiked up the rest of the drive, leaving my car sitting there, knowing I would have to back the thing down. It would wait until after our visit.

Is it spring yet?

I’m already getting itchy to plan another long weekend out. But I promised myself I would stay put until I head to Iowa at the end of March. I have serious doubts that I will make it until then. Pray for me.

Maybe I will plan a weekend to Alyeska Resort that sits in Girdwood...and take Miss R and her mommy with me. The hotel is absolutely beautiful with a salt water pool and the community is a skier’s paradise. Not that I ski. Did I mention I live in the WRONG state?

I think its time to go check out some travel sites to do some virtual travel dreaming. By the way, here are a few that I tend to go back to, just in case you are curious:

  1. TravelPirates
  2. Kyak
  3. Hopper
  4. Google Flights
  5. VactionsToGo

 

Cheers!