Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Niagara Falls and Boston - 5 year anniversary trip

To celebrate our 5 year anniversary, we hit the road for adventure.  First stop, Niagara Falls CAN then onto Boston.  Here's our trip in pics and video at the end.

We had to get an actual map in Canada because our phones didn't work.  DUH!

Guinness Book's World's Tallest Man

Tallest Man's chair


Skywheel on Cliffton

Mini golf - Dinosaur theme

Hornblower (formerly Maid of the Mist)

American Falls

Canadian Falls Horseshoe

So close it's scary

Rainbows are ever present when it's sunny

The mist in the early morning

Sunrise over Canada


Boston Duck Boat Tours - this bus turns into a BOAT!  

Just me and a horsey and a quart of beer

Old Capitol building

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Best birthday ever

What a fun THIRTY EIGHTH birthday I had.  I feel so loved and happy.  Grateful for all our blessings and this wonderful life!  Here is my day in pics.

My day started out with my HRM wishing me a Happy Bday!

Oh no!  Pho Vietnam is closed!  WAAAAHHHH!

Ended up a Amango on Monroe because THEY have Pho and it was all I really wanted to eat that day.  You know how you get obsessed with the idea of a specific lunch?  Well, me too.... 

Such a cute welcome home !!

This is my favorite.  Little hands "helping" make the cake

Cavatappi and meatballs with salad made by yours truly.  Again, you know how you want something so specific?

Went to Sylvania Farmer's Market for some Osage oranges and green popcorn

Family selfie!

I need this photo in black and white.  My sweet little peepster was very excited to help blow out the candles and of course, enjoy the CAKE!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Finding Dory: A viewing guide for parents of toddlers

My sweet pea is 2 years 2 months now.   What a blast (and a handful) my little whirling dervish is.

My love of movies dates all the way back to my first movie in the theater - ET in 1982.  The theater experience is so important, and let's face it, the key to success in life if knowing your movie quotes.

Perhaps selfishly (because I want a matinee movie partner), we decided to take TNT to Finding Dory on a Sunday at 11:30 am.  I was prepared.

Armed with:
Snacks, snacks and more snacks
Movie popcorn
Garbage bags
Hand sanitizer

What else do we need?

I should mention that I have a VERY talkative and inquisitive baby.   She was really enthralled with the movie and was moderately quiet for the first 15 minutes (because, well, buttered popcorn).

Then she wanted to sit on my lap, sit on daddy's lap, stand in the aisle, dance in the aisle.  And finally I bribed her with more snacks to sit in my lap.  This lasted maybe another 20 minutes and then she got antsy again.

We got up and went to the bathroom and ran around for a few minutes.  Back in the theater, I was hoping she would sit down quietly, like so.


I thought that maybe since she loves watching CARS and FROZEN at home over and over again, she would behave in the theater.  Well, as aforementioned, she is curious so naturally, she kept asking me:
Where's Dory?
Where's Marlin?
Where's Nemo?
What's that?
Who's that?
What happened to Dory?
Is Dory sad?

Needless to say, we didn't get to find out what happened to Dory (a real cliffhanger).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Restaurant Review: Los Dos Gallos

There is a buzz about Los Dos Gallos in the Toledo area.  Naturally, we had to check it out.

Atmosphere:  Something is to be desired...for real.  This place is in a run-down strip mall on Dorr St. west of Reynolds.  Inside, it's the same-ish as it was when the restaurant was Amigos.  It was less than clean, food splattered on the wall next to our table.  Dusty centerpieces of fake red roses in an odd little vase, and the table was covered with green satin fabric then topped with plastic - like a davenport in your Grandparent's house from 1950.  Not in a good way.  The bathroom was horribly unclean as well including un-flushed toilets and beat-down stall doors.

Service:  Also less than average.  We were greeted somewhat promptly and were served drinks in a timely manner, but mine was gone before we even ordered. Several tables arrived after us and received their meals before.  Since we were not in a hurry, it was not a big deal, but it led to a devouring of chips and salsa.

Food:  I listed above some negatives, but let me just tell you, it is all worth if for the actual meal.  This food is legit and we would absolutely go back.   Here is the menu.

We started with complimentary chips & salsa.  Chips were warm and crispy, more of a golden brown than a white corn.  Not too salty and on the thicker side.  Not sure if they were house-made but definitely a local source.  Salsa was fresh and house made with a little zing but not exactly spicy.  See below**.

Appetizer was Firecracker Shrimp.  This giant shrimp (prawn-like) was smothered in cream cheese, topped with a roasted jalapeno, swaddled in bacon and then most likely deep-fried.  Served with an cinnamoned orange slice.  If that doesn't sound good to you, stop reading.

Danny ordered the LDG burrito, if you could even call it a burrito!  It was 3.5 lbs and JUST ENORMOUS.  It made a Chipotle burrito look like a hot dog bun.   Stuffed into this mega-burrito was shredded pork, beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, sour cream and topped with red sauce, green sauce and cheese sauce in the middle.  It was just gorgeous.  Tasted even better.

Molcajete is not a dish you see in the Toledo area often.  In fact, we have only had it in Colorado and Florida.  I had to get it!  A screaming hot stone (think mortar and pestle - no pestle) filled with onions, red and green bell peppers, topped with cheese, rimmed with steak, chicken, shrimp and a roasted jalepeno.  Orange slice.  Seriously.  This was so delightful. The meat was as good as a brazilian steakhouse and seasoned perfectly.  I ate maybe an 1/8th of this massive bowl (see chip eating above) and can't wait to have it for lunch today.

It's worth it to mention the **green hot sauce as a surprise delight in our culinary outing.  You have to request it, and it comes in a tiny little ramekin.  The sauce is light green and creamy, leading me to belive that it was mixed with pureed avocado.  DO NOT scoop this out and eat it like salsa.  Danny did that and has a stomach of steel.  Immediately his eyebrows shot straight up and started sweating.  I took it a little easier and just dipped the edge of my chip in it.  It's flagrantly spicy, but the taste is incredible.  Roasted jalapenos is your front taste followed by a rich heat that is a perfect.

As Ben Stiller says in Starsky and Hutch, do it....do it.......

LDG burrito


Monday, July 11, 2016

9021 OH YEAH

Today I will watch the final episode of Game Of Thrones.

This is a big deal.  I am OBSESSED with this show.  And not like the dramatic on Facebook, OMG obsessed with these mini lip sticks!  Dumb.  Truly - this show has taken over my thoughts, dreams, conversations and all social media searches.  I thought about Jon Snow for an hour during my workout.  I realized that I didn't even have music on halfway through.  Ridic.

I am on IMDB several times a day and have looked at ALL 1 million cast members, read their background info, other movies/works, and Game of Thrones Wiki - pssschhhht, forget about it.  With maps of Westeros, House lineage, timelines (AHHH!).  It's amazing.

So what I am telling you is that I need something else to fill the void until 2017 when the next book arrives.

It's only appropriate that I go from an emotional, intense, visually stunning show to another....


This show was a guiding force in our teen years and our world REVOLVED around it.  Like  my current GOT obsession (note*not lipstick obsession), we NEVER missed a show.  This was before *binge watching* was a thing, but back to a simpler time when we just NEVER scheduled any activities on Thursday nights because Dylan was just too cool to miss.

On my DVR is no less than 50 episodes.....HAHAH!  FIFTY?  I hope this will keep me occupied until 2017.

These two.....nerd alert! But as a parent, I totally feel for them now.  Even if they are squares.
Never liked this guy

Always liked this one.  The smoking, being French.  Brenda and Dylan forever.

Donna - don't act like a bimbo.

A gun in a bikini?   Really Aaron Spelling, were you even trying?

Special guest star psycho, jersey-stealing, U4EA slipping crazy

No words necessary

Most improved

Love this guy

Special guest star, woman beater, and embarrassing singer

Not a Kelly fan.  Just so perfect and blonde.  #teambrenda

Also thought she was a nerd, but now, really think she's the only one with a brain on this show.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crustless Quiche

I wish I had a pic for you - I really do.  Pictures make words more interesting, right?
A link to a recipe would be helpful, right?  Well, I cannot find my sources so here it it from memory.

Een's Muscle Quiche (like the name?)


  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 c cottage cheese or cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar
  • 8 oz breakfast meat (I used turkey sausage (bacon, ham, ground beef all would be good here)
  • Veggies of your choosing (I used red onion, mushroom, red bell pepper and dill)
  • S&P of course


  • Whip cottage cheese or cream cheese with a hand mixer so it's really smooth
  • Whisk eggs, milk and combine with cheeses, meats and seasonings
  • Stir in veggies 
  • Pour into a greased 9" pie pan (I used glass)
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes uncovered

You cannot believe that there is no bread in this magic egg dish.  It is so delectable and also nice and firm (but not dense).  TRY IT!

The cream cheese is like a secret weapon and I do believe that it has magical powers.

Let me know how you do.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mercury Glass Project

My project:  Create centerpieces for my cousin's graduation party.

I have seen Mercury Glass before in Pottery Barn and other fancy-schmancy stores and it reminds me of my Nana's house at Christmas time.  So, basically, it's awesome.  Here is my DIY Mercury Glass project.  See below for my YouTube inspiration/education.

Items needed:
  • Paper towels (for covering and blotting)
  • Sprayer
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Looking Glass spray paint by Krylon (you have to use this exact paint or else yours will turn out like my first batch....crappy!)


  • Tape off glass
  • Spray INSIDE with Krylon in short bursts - let dry (30 seconds)
  • Spray inside with 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water solution
  • Wait a few seconds
  • Blot with paper towels (for a few of the taller items, I used a swiffer duster on a stick)
  • Repeat until you have the look you want

Tape off glass

Used the WRONG paint

See how it's crappy?


Messy -I'm turning into the tin man

Ok, now we are talkin!  $12 at Hobby Lobby

Better, right?

My favorite one

Here is how I learned: