Thursday, May 20, 2010

Garlic and herb croustades

As many know, on Friday I like to do what is called "FNT" (Friday Night Tapas) and since that day is tomorrow I should probably come up with an awesome menu to feed the crowd.  But that's not what I'm here for...


See these adorable little yummies? I made them for a small dinner gathering we had a few weeks ago and then again for a few people who came over for dinner.

savory, cheesy goodness...

with just the right punch...

Yea.... they were THAT good!

I enjoyed them so much I wanted to share the recipe so that you can try them for yourself.  The recipe comes from "Best of the Best Appetizers (Favorite Brand Name recipes)  If you decide to try it~ let me know what you think...


1 TBS olive oil
½ cup bacon, dices
1 cup baby bella or other mushrooms
2/3 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper
½ cup minced onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 6.5oz Alouette garlic and herb spreadable cheese
2 TBS fresh parsley (or 1 TBS dried parsley flakes)
2 2oz packages mini phyllo shells

In a nonstick pan over medium heat, heat oil and sauté the bacon for 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms, pepper onion and garlic. Continue sautéing for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain oil from pan; reduce heat to low and add spreadable cheese. Blend and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Spoon 1 heaping tsp into each phyllo shell; serve warm. Makes 30 shells

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


aS I was reading this months subscription of House Beautiful (even though my house isn't...) I came across June's "The Best" section.  below the shoe bag with the word "Stilettos" and a picture of a single red stiletto..... and above a cool looking crochet basket made from high tech neoprene was a simple box, the size of a business card, the description was written as:

"Send a messsage without saying a word.  Simply pass out 'Stop Talking' cards to the chatterboxes and motormouths in your life..."

I immediately laughed and thought of hubby, this has been a catch pharse of his for some time now.  Any time i go on a rampage of "we should do this..." or "why did you..." or just plain everyday babbling, he calmly catches me mid sentence with "stop talking"... nothing more, no reasons why, nothing... Just good ole "Stop Talking".  Lucky for me I am not the only person who gets to hear his always popular phrase, just sucks that he didn't think of marketing such a catchy phrase on a simple card (sold for a super low $10 for a set of 25 cards on

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My 5 y/o, the gift consultant

So today is hubby's birthday and 5 y/o gave him the gift of all gifts.

We have been trying to decide what to buy him for the last month, like many men... If hubby finds something he likes~ he buys it which leaves me to search out gifts in hopes of buying the right one!

I asked 5 y/o "what should we get daddy for his birthday?" and he told me exactly what daddy wanted~

Can you see what's in the bag??? hold on~ let me give you a better view...

Yep, it is exactly what you think it is... A flashlight and a pack of gum.  Why would a 5 y/o pick these items as a gift for his dad you ask?  I think it is because hubby chews gum EvERy single day and when ever he is working in the garage he always needs a flashlight~ that's just a guess.

We've were invited to a birthday party for one of his friends today.  I just asked my 5 y/o gift consultant what we are getting Destiny for her birthday, 5 y/o responded

"ummmm, we're going to get her a super reach grabber... and we are going to get one for me too... Can I open daddy's flashlight and get a piece of gum?"

grabber from Backyard Safari Outfitters is pictured below:   

Sunday, May 16, 2010

mom's don't use clay mask!

in our beauty obsessed society, it's easy for one to become somewhat preoccupied about what their hair looks like, who their jeans are made by, what type of makeup (and how much) to apply, how many hours a day should be spent at the gym... I could go on for ever.  I don't consider myself obsessed with much when it comes to beauty and fashion... I don't care if my jeans are not name brand, I drink lots of water because it taste good to me when its super cold, I visit the gym at least 4-5 times a week, not to have a hard body but, to have a happy heart! I don't wear make up~ does lip gloss/stick count as make up? and I do take the time to do a clay mask at least once a week, not to rid myself of wrinkles or make my skin super tight, but to help clean and minimize the pores that dominate my nose and areas under my eyes. 
applying a clay mask has been my routine for about 10 years now so I found it funny that when I put on my mask 5 y/o looked at me and said "mommy, you look funny!" (laughed) and ran out of the room.  I figured I'd unload the dish washer while it dried, 15 y/o walks in the room, gives me the stink eye (& nose) and says, "what's that crap on your face" I explain, he shakes his head, and goes back to lock himself in his room.  Hubby comes in, stops in his tracks with a questioning look and says, "what's the deal babe" I tell him clay mask, been doing it for years, blah, blah, blah.  he walks up to me tries to wipe it off, expresses he does not like it (as if I plan to wear this out to dinner or shopping) keeps asking "when are you taking that off?" and then says "can you please take that off it's distracting me..."
I'm not sure if I've always done this with no one around or what the deal is but the men that I take care of daily seem to find it odd that not only am I a woman, but I actually use cleansing products for my face... odd 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

mary, mary, quite contrary...

How does your garden grow?

The tomatoes started growing, it's to sunny to for them to die,

So did the strawberries, they were jealous because we were buying from the strawberry guy!

The spicy lettuce looks amazing,

Not sure what's UP with romain...

Zuccini sprouted out of nowhere one day!

The one I'm most worried about is mr. broccoli, moths and the worms come around to visit him pretty often.  If I don't stop by at least once during the day.  New holes will appear because I didn't shush them away.

The pePPers are growing, sorry I don't have a pic.  But I'll update you often on how it all looks!

Friday, May 14, 2010

What was I thinking??

Have you ever had one of those "what was I thinking" moments? 
I had one today while cleaning my closet (yes I'm still cleaning the closet..) In doing so, I found the one thing that made me laugh out loud and ask myself not only "what was I thinking" but "what the h3ll was I thinking!" so I give my "hair history" which will lead up to my "what was I thinking" moment.

over the last 20 years I have had a variety (small variety) of hairstyles.  The day the navy decided women could wear braids, I was already ahead of the change.  The rules in California were alot more laid back than in Virginia so many long years ago~ soooo, I wore braids before the navy said women could..

After years of wearing braids I finally decided to wear my hair down:

(sometimes I REALLY, really, really miss having shiny permed hair)

Then one day I got this awesome idea~ I'm going natural! and I started on my journey of natural knowledge.  And what a journey it has been. 

As my journey continued and my hair started to grow, those who knew me either said "wow, I couldn't do it" or "it looks good on you, your head is small" or "um-mm, not me".  I would even hear comments from those I didn't know like "look at that girls hair" or "she needs to do something with her hair" which made me want to perm my hair again, but, the comments from the natural ladies like myself of "love your hair" or "have you tried" to "what do you use" and my favorite "how has your journey been?" helped me resist the urge to perm and find awesome alternatives~ extensions, weave, and wigs!!! soo...

I wore extensions that were curly

or looked like a blow out fro...

I got wigs that were straight, ones that I ThiNk make me look sexy

and those I think give off a bit of sophistication... 

wigs, weave, wigs, weave!!

readily availabe for the natural haired lady who doesn't want to perm her hair straight!

 And then today I found it~ that "what was I thinking" wig.  to be honest... I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I bought it...

Yep... this is it~ big, bulky,  no flair, or style... just a mass of hair...
that I bought... for reasons unknown...

A tangled mess purchased prior to deployment that I must have thought I'd wear out in town or something...

And it has some serious miles on it!  it's been to the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar, the Straits of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, in the gulf, France, Portugal, Dubai, Bahrain, and all the other places that were traveled (and never visited) over the 6 month sea period...  This thing has been every where~ but on my head!

I'm wondering if I had plans to go on some undercover mission that required a disguise...

black hat, black glasses, you know... spy like...

Ooorrr, maybe I was feeling something like a super star when I picked it up~ not Ciara or Rhianna kind of star but more Diana Ross or someone from the 60's...

yep~ definately a 60's era super star, with my 60's era super hair style...

I'm convinced,
THaT was definately the reason I paid X amount of dollars for this thing... annnnd I packed it in my bags for a 6 month deployment...
( i'm not telling the price! )

I'm still trying to figure out what I was "ReaLlY thinking" when I got this thing.  Probably the worst thing I have ever purchased in my life.  I think I'm going to wear it to the beer festival tomorrow.  Hubby would just lovvvve this stylish hair (almost as much as he loves the other pieces~ or not.  he hates weaves, wigs, or anything on your head that doesn't actually grow from your head... oh, ballcaps, he digs ball caps. just not borrowed/bought hair...)