Friday, December 17, 2010


no not hazelnuts or pistachio nuts

NO more like Bicycle Nuts!

You see yesterday we had RAIN
all day and it was heaven!

Today we had left over FOG!

And this guy thinks it's safe
to ride in the fog on streets
that don't have a bicycle lane
all the way through?


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent!!!

20 Mule Team Borax ~ $2.67 (WalMart)
Pink Zote Soap ~ $.97 (WalMart)
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda ~ $3.99 (Ace Hardware)

Whopping Total = $7.63

You will need a few more bars of soap since most
recipes only call for a cup each of the 
borax and washing soda.  Therefore making the 
boxes go a looong way!

20 Mule Team Borax, Washing Soda & Zote Soap

The hardest ingredient to find is the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
You can also substitute Zote with Fels Naptha, Ivory Soap (plain) 
or homemade soap if you choose. 

Zote divided into thirds

This soap is soft and easy to cut or grate

Melting the zote with water, then add borax & washing soda

Add water to a large bucket along with melted Zote

This was fun and easy to make.  

I did both types, dry and liquid.  

You can get the recipes off the internet.  
There's no specific way to make
either one as each area of the country 
differs because of water hardness.
Some even call for baking soda but I didn't add any at this time.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dec. 7th 1941 ~ Pearl Harbor

These pics were taken 5 yrs. ago...

hard to believe our son is now serving in the military
and our daughter is finishing high school this year.

This was our favorite part of the trip!
I could go back just for the history and
remembering our Men and Women.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mix it with Curly, Larry and Moe

Nellie (my blogger friend) inspired 
me to post this video...

If you love Vanilla Ice
Jim Carey &
In Living Color

then you definitely need to watch 
this 2 minute clip!

Just a little history for some of you folks 
who don't know who Vanilla Ice is...

He's a rapper from the 80s
when it was first hitting the scene.

The guy made MILLIONS! 
from this song and album!

And NO he didn't blow it 
or snort it.
Instead he put it safely in the bank
and YES now he's a 


Word to your mother...

and a little trivia for you
Carrie Anne Inaba (Dancing with the Stars Judge)
Jennifer Lopez (J'Lo)
were both Fly Girls on In Living Color

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving

to all my

Blogging Friends!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Part 2 ~ New Rice Cooker

Green Sauce & Red Sauce

The base is refried beans & cheese

Steamed Rice from the "New Toy"

Layer of Green Sauce!

Wrap it good!

Top with Red Sauce!

And for the final taste test....

Let me first say I'm not a big mexican food gal

but I got to say...


New Toy Update...The Rice Cooker

Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Micom NS-VGC05 (3 cups)

So what does Micom mean?

It has its own brain!  So how cool is that?

Zojirushi NS-VGC05 Micom 3 Cup Rice Cooker

Who would have thought there's so much to learn about Rice!
Rice in the husk, bran layer, chaff, albumen, germ...

brown rice, semi-brown rice, white rice, rinse-free Rice

Types of Rice

Three Ladies Jasmine Rice

We stopped at Lee Lee's Asian Grocery Store
to pick up our #25 lbs bag of rice and I must
say, when we walked in the front door
I about died!  The smell of


about knocked me out!
Steve and Emily said my lips turned white 
and they were worried about me!

But the trooper I am roughed it out
and purchased my rice for $20 then
high tailed it outathere!

Measuring Cup & Paddle
Which by the way is not a "true" cup
it's actually 5.8 oz (green) and 6.1 oz. (clear)

After you rinse the rice (in the same bowl) then
fill water to the appropriate water line.
Select the correct setting and
push the cook button.

Then it's music to my ears!


It plays "twinkle twinkle little star"


You have YUMMY Rice!

The handy dandy steamer!

Sunbeam Steamer

The finished product!

Wanted to show size compared to other
appliances to give you a feel of how 
little counter space it takes.

If you remember a previous post
I talked about the ice crusher, magic bullet and

MOCHA FRAPS  (<-- click me)

I make for my treat!

Ice Crusher & Magic Bullet (left) Rice Cooker (right)

So if you're wondering about purchasing a rice cooker...


I highly recommend it to everyone!!!

Part 2 ~ The Burrito

Carl & EB

Check out the tongue on EB... LOL!

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Toy...

Write up coming 


Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Airman and Veterans Day!

Hard to believe my son went 
from silly high school
teenager to a young man 
serving our Country.

Thank You to ALL our Military 
who are serving
or have served.
You are truly appreciated!

Airman Duncan U.S.A.F.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Zenyatta ~ What a ride!

As I sat watching from front row seats 
the anticipation was killing me!  

Finally they're off!

Typical, Zenyatta fell to the back of the pack 
which seems to be a comfortable spot for her. 
That is until she makes her move and that she did.  
From last place she inched her way to the front 
of the pack but unfortunately she needed an extra stride.  

Blame won by a nose that took a photo finish to declare.  
With a crowd of over 72,000 cheering on these mega beasts 
at Churchill Downs another race goes down in history.
Zenyatta's 19 win streak has come to an end 
along with her racing career.  
She is now retired!

Enjoy the video of Blame and Zenyatta

Zenyatta  (<-- click me)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Breakfast in bed....

Well not quite but I did have a good morning treat...

Raspberries, Blackberries and Grapes!

Look at the size of these grapes and blackberries.  

By the way, I've got a great blog post for tomorrow.
I hope you stop by and check it out. 

Video included...