Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Headed to Vegas!

I will be heading to Las Vegas this week to cover the Latin Grammys. Last year, I was lucky to be able to attend and. thanks to Verizon, I will be attending again this year. Stay tuned because I will be posting pics. I will only be there for 2 days so it's a short trip.

Here are some pics of us at the awards last year!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ The Grand Canyon

This is us at the Grand Canyon. We went when we lived in Santa Fe, NM. That was over 8 years ago. It was winter and it was cold. But it was super duper amazing. It was scary though because there was ice and I was worried we would slip and fall.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Festival Latino, Wilmington NC

Who knew that Wilmington, NC had a Latino Festival. I didn't. When I found out, I knew I had to go even if just for a peek. Tom was working but I still decided to go see what the brouhaha was.

I was surprised at how many people were there. It wasn't a huge festival but there were lots of people. There was music and shows, mainly for kids. They had a whole area just for kids. There were also some vendors and organizations set up. I looked around but did not find anything to buy. I chatted up a few folks and then headed over to the food vendors.

They had food from Mexico and a lot of Central American food. No Ticos though. But it was a slice of heaven. I started out with Elote. That is corn on the cob. Mexican corn on the cob is slathered in mayo and then rolled in cheese and chili powder. It is really a culinary delight. I always forget to do that with my corn when I make it. Maybe next summer, I will do it.

There were tacos, enchiladas, pupusas, burritos, aguas frescas and so much more. After trolling the food stands, I decided to have Pupusas. They are like these stuffed tortillas. Mine had pork and cheese and were heavenly. OMG, I love a good pupusa. There was not that much else to do but I was glad I took the time to go. I will definitely be back next year.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Potato Soup Recipe!

The weather is getting chilly so I start trying out new recipes. I am starting to get creative with stews and soups because they are the best thing when it is cold. I always love making soup and a sandwich on a cold winter's day.

The other day I received some products from Swanson that included a Cream Starter. I immediately thought potato soup! I never made potato soup but I thought I should try it. I found this great recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I love the Pioneer Woman. I started watching her show and now I cam hooked because she makes easy and delicious recipes that I can follow.

Anyway, I followed most of the recipe until I had to make the roux because I already had it made with the cream starter. But it would not have been a problem to make it from scratch. But let me tell you, the cream starter was easy and tasty.

Head over to the Pioneer Woman's site for the real recipe, if you need because you all know I just don;t roll with writing out recipes.

Here is how I made it:

Start with cooking up about 6 pieces of bacon, chopped. 

Cut up carrots, celery, onions and potatoes. 

Once the bacon is crisp, take it out and drain. Hold for later. 

Saute the onions, celery, carrots in the bacon fat. 

Once the veggies are a little soft, add the potatoes and salt and pepper. 

Also add some fresh thyme and about 2 or 3 cloves of garlic. 

Add the Cream Starter. If you were making it from scratch, you would make a roux (flour and butter and milk) and add it to the soup. 

Mix and simmer for an hour or until the potatoes get soft. I added chicken stock because my soup was a little thick. Once cooked, I took my hand blender and pureed the soup. It actually turned a little orange because of the carrots but it worked out. You can leave it chunky if you want.

Viola! It was delicious. I topped it with chives, bacon and cheese. I also served it with an open faced grilled cheese and ham sandwich! 

Buen Provecho!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Muddy Waters

Quite a few years ago, we went to San Francisco. Besides San Francisco, we headed up to see the Redwoods and also stopped in Napa as well. What a great trip! I will post most pictures one day because it was a lot of fun.

One of the things we did was a mud bath. This was really weird. We had to get naked and then step into this tub. But you had to be careful because you sort of had to plop in the mud because the bottom of the tub was screaming hot.

After the mud bath, we had to get out and hose each other down. Suffice it to say, it was a weird experience. Mud got in places it shouldn't be. It took a long time to hose ourselves down. But it was relaxing and I am glad we had the opportunity to do it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Cape Fear Fair and Expo!

In our quest to do things in our new town, we headed over to the Cape Fear Fair. It wasn't a huge fair and it was a little cheesy but we had fun. There were some animals and exhibits. There were rides and games. There was fair food.

We did a few rides, ate funnel cake and I won a plush toy. The Ferris wheel was cool. We went on several bumper cars and hopped on the carousel. I was called a bully by a carny after I won a stuffed cow, fair and square, over a bunch of little kids. Hey, the kids had their parents there to help them and they still lost.

Then we had a funnel cake. I wanted more funnel cake but I stopped at one. I could have eaten 3.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween was great!

Halloween was great this year. I sort of decorated the house with a giant spider, ghost and dead guy. I love Halloween so it was nice to be able to decorate.

We also had lots of kids come to the house. We sort of dressed up. I wore my witch hat and Tom wore our Mad Hatter hat. that was fun. I am not sure how many kids came to the door but it was more than we have had in a decade. The last place we had kids for Halloween was when we lived in Florida. The problem for me is that I worked every Halloween at the mall collecting food for our organization. I got to see the kids dressed up but never at our house.

When we lived in Santa Fe, we got zero kids because we lived in the damn boonies. It was dark and scary at night and no child would walk so long between houses for a few pieces of candy. Plus, we had coyotes, bears and bobcats so it was too dangerous.

In Sylva, we never had kids. Our neighborhood was not walking friendly. One Halloween, I did get a weirdo freaky Jester who knocked on my door when I was home alone. It was freaky and, frankly,quite rude. I also remember we had 2 other kids come by one Halloween. I was made because we had the lights off and, yet, the parents drove into our driveway and made the kids come to the door. I said sorry Charlie, no candy.

Anyway, we finally had kids come to the door. There were a lot of Superhero costumes and tons of Elsa's from Frozen. I love seeing people especially little ones dressed up. I am always hoping we get invited to a Halloween or Costume party so I could dress up! I know, I am like 5.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Dia de Los Muertos!

When I was little, we did not celebrate Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. I learned of the tradition from my Mexican friends. While I do not celebrate it like some do, I love the idea of having a day where you honor the dead and not mourn them. It is a day to remember those who passed and how much they meant to us.

For years, it was just my grandmother who I included in my post. Then my baby Shawn died and then my baby Scout died last year and she was included in this day. Today I am not sad though, I am happy that these three were part of my life because they made it better. Love you all.