Create A Happiness Bubble


For this almost fifty lady, it’s like walking the gauntlet at the malls these days. The young kiosk vendors pounce immediately; at first coaxing with artificial compliments and when I say no thank you they become aggressive and soon insulting. Seriously!?!

At one point in Vegas, I told one to fuck off  – not one of my finer moment. To make it worse, my grown son was with me and he comforted me with soothing words, but I could tell he was trying not to laugh. And why not? His almost decrepit mother, on the brink of fifty, just told the pushy kiosk vender to fuck off. 

Awe the finer moments of life. 

I think all of the young, beautiful  kiosk vendors hawking their wares in the malls of America should begin by passing out adult beverages with their sample miracle creams. It might make swallowing their condensing,, artificial, back handed. compliments a little easier. 

A bit defeated, I found the Nordstrom cafe, a sanctuary for the elderly I suppose. But after a lovely salad and a chilled glass of Chardonnay, I’ve created a moment of loveliness that transcends the lines around my eyes. 


We should all create bubbles of happiness moments around us whenever we can. Each happiness bubble will be different for each of us. But anytime you have a minute to wrap yourself up in a happiness bubble do it! Shut the world’s opinion out. Remember that you are FABULOUS just the way you are – laugh lines and all! 

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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! 

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.

First Day of 2017 – Chocolate Cherry Trifle for One

 

Trifle for One

Miss R wanted to make New Year chocolate cupcakes. What’s a grandmother to do? We bake!

We baked a dozen chocolate cupcakes and she frosted three; one for her and two for mom and dad. After adding gads of pink and blue sprinkles “because you can never have enough sprinkles,” according to Miss R., she took her treasures home to share. I’m positive a trail of sprinkles followed her all the way out my door and through the yard, to next door where they live.

Umm. What to do with the rest?

It’s New Year’s Day so I decided to splurge and put together a decadent-devilishly-delicious-chocolate-trifle.  Since it’s just me and my waistline doesn’t need more than one I put together individual sized trifles. The best thing about this pint size yummy dessert is how simple and easy it is to put together.  I happen to have a few petite trifle dishes but stemless wine glasses work just as well which make perfect single portions.

The hardest thing about this whole treat is layering the ingreadients. And you get to pick the ingredients you like most that pairs with whatever cake you may have on hand. I love cherries paired with chocolate and, guess what, I just happened to have cherry pie filling in the pantry.  A match made in heaven.

Seriously, it really is as easy as 1-2-3. Start with a base of chocolate cake, layer with cherries, followed by chocolate pudding, followed by cool whip and repeat until you reach the top. Add a dollop of whip cream on top and voila, dessert for one.

Happy New Year!

Cheers!

💕