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Me and “Cochran” from the show Survivor!

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Horrible picture of me, but I love Cochran, so I wanted to post this! I ran into him at California Adventure, part of the Disneyland resort. Jonathan Cochran was a contestant on the show Survivor. In January, 2013, Cochran graduated from Harvard Law School. A week after his win (1 million dollars), Cochran announced he has moved to Los Angeles to be a co-writer for a new sitcom, The Millers. It aired September 2013. The executive producer of Survivor took this picture of the two of us ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney Treats!

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I will be blogging a few things from my recent trip down south to Disneyland. These candied apples are works of art! You can watch them being made, truly amazing. And the taste? Crisp green apple with a variety of chocolates. The mouse ears are made out of marshmallow. I bought a Minnie Mouse and the “Apple Pie” apples. I think for under $10.00, these are well worth the price.

Make Up-Get The Look You Want Without Breaking The Bank

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Don’t let your friends or family guilt you into only buying your make up at department stores or Sephora. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they don’t have good products, but do you really want to spend that much money? All the make up I am using in this photo was purchased at Target stores. Using products from Maybelline, Rimmel, Neutrogena, and Loreal, I achieved a sexy look with nice contrast and complete coverage. Don’t ever feel bad for not spending big bucks on your make-up!

Vietnamese Lunch

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Pho (pronounced Fa)
Lemon, cilantro, red peppers, green peppers, basil, bok choy, bean sprouts, rice noodle, tofu, and broccoli.
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My daughter, her boyfriend and I went out to lunch in Alameda, California. We went to a Vietnamese place called Pho Singh http://www.phosinh.com The pho had so much personality, not salty, but totally full of flavor. I will definitely go to this restaurant again!

Spicy Quinoa

I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food, I love it but most of the time spicy=heartburn. This dish is spicy without threatening my sensitive esophagus.

1/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can cannellini white beans, drained
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 small zucchini, sliced

Combine the raisins and craisins, place in one cup of hot water, set aside. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, add zucchini, carrot, pine nuts, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, salt, garlic. Stir constantly for a minute, making sure not to burn spices. After about 3 miniutes, turn down heat to medium low, and add remaining ingredients; drained beans, quinoa, veggie broth, craisin and raisins in water. Cover and cook for about 20 min, until quinoa is softened. Turn off heat, let stand for 5 min before serving. Serves about 4 adults. Enjoy!

Other things I’m going to try with this dish next time; green onions, garbanzo beans, 1/2 tsp curry powder and cilantro. If you’re not a vegetarian, you can use chicken stock instead of veggie broth.

Sweet Creamed Corn Pudding

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This warm, slightly sweet corn side dish will make your taste buds happy! Easy to make too!

Ingredients
1 (14.7oz) can creamed corn
1 TBSP corn starch
1/2 cup milk (fat free, 1%, 2%, whole milk, whatever you have)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup white sugar
2 TBSP melted butter

Supplies you will need:
Mixing bowl
Small baking dish
Whisk
Cooking spray (like Pam)

Mix all ingredients together, any order. Pour into greased dish. The dish I used was 5″ x 10″ (bread pan size). 350 degree’s for 45 min, or until set. Serve as a side dish with your main course. Or top with a little whipped cream for dessert. Enjoy in good health ๐Ÿ™‚

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Around The World-England

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Well known for it’s roll on Downton Abbey- Highclere Castle is open for visitors! Did you know that the castle has an ancient Egyptian connection! Tickets sell out way in advance. Visit the castle web-site for more information.

http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/

“Fancy Cat”, by Audrey Briggs

Audrey's Cat

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Original art, by Audrey Briggs

I created this piece with mixed media. I used six layers of the fancy toile tissue paper on the upper section. Tearing it, laying it flat, blow drying between layers. The lower section consists of crumbled up tissue paper glued on to the canvas. Lastly I painted, a somewhat, abstract orange cat, right in the center. Over the course of a month, this took about 10 hours to complete. Super fun. The piece measures 16″ x 20″. It’s hung above my bed ๐Ÿ™‚