Sunday, May 27, 2012

Land of the Free.  Home of the Brave.

I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

God Bless "All Our Troops"

Remembering all our soldiers today.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What I Did Last Friday

My friend Heidi and I went to the town square in Rockwall last Friday to have breakfast, catch up and laugh a lot. We ate at a place in the square called "The Fatted Calf".


The food was tasty and all the ingredients fresh.  I went for the Huevos Rancheros.  I hear their pancakes are wonderful.

I loved this table in the center of the room.  I think it's a wine barrel cut in half.

We visited some really cute shops in the square.

This shop was called Enjoy.  It had cute kitchen items and sold packaged dips, soups and jars of everything!

They had samples out of course and guess who came home with pickled asparagus, passion fruit jalapeno jelly, dip and soup mix. 

We visited Bella's House.  A gift shop with oodles of everything.  I've posted the link to her website so you can get a better idea.

These signs are everywhere now a days. 

I fell in love with these Sid Dickens Memory Blocks.  I've never seen them before.  They are much larger than the picture makes them look.

My picture doesn't do them justice.  If you look at his website  here  you can get a better idea of how they are made and the endless possibilities of arrangement.  Be sure and read the "about" section to see how they are made.  I've already got ideas forming in my head of the blocks I would like to buy and where to put them.  I just need to win the lottery to buy them.

Have you heard of geocaching?  Heidi who loves all things travel (she was a stewardess for Delta Airlines for a zillion years) is into this game.  It's kind of a scavenger hunt played all over the world.

Here is my pitiful version of how it's played.

Someone (this I totally don't get) hides a cache (little piece of paper).

You go somewhere and check in on the geochaching site using your smartphone.

You tell the site where you are.

Then a satellite beams you a map with flags pointing to spots where the caches are hidden and clues to help find it.

You head for the location using your phone to guide you.

When you get there you start looking for it.  It could be anywhere.  In a tree, submerged in water or even in a bolt on a gutter spout. 

When you locate it you have your friend take your picture.  (I don't think this part is required:)

I'm not going to give away where she found it.  It was in a tin box and had a magnet in it.  That's all I''m telling.

Then you open up the tin box to get your cache.  Sometimes people leave something after they get there cache out.  In this case rubber teeth.  Eeew!

Then you sign a little piece of paper with your game name and date you found it.

Then you login into geocache to say you "Found It".

It was a lot of fun.  I've heard that families do this together too.  Maybe my husband can take this up when he retires next year.  I'm He's looking for something to keep him busy.

If any of you do this leave me a comment.  I'd love to know.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


I'll be loving you always
With a love that's true always
When the things you've planned
Need a helping hand
I will understand always

Days may not be fair
That's when I'll be there always
Not for just an hour
Not for just a day
Not for just a year

But, always

Happy Mothers Day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I Hop

I HOP has this amazing item on their 7 for $7 menu.  You're lucky I stopped long enough to take this picture before I finished eating it.  It's called a Cheddar and Bacon Hash brown Stack. 

I discovered it when mom was in the hospital.  After I went 24 hours not eating anything, I went next door to I HOP and ordered it.  It's deliciousness had nothing to do with the fact that I was starving because I went back and ordered it for the next three days.  Always good! 

This is how it is layered. 

Hash Browns
Cheddar Cheese Slice
Tomato Slice
One Fried Egg Over Easy
Hollandaise Sauce
Lots of Bacon Pieces

It was so yummy my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

It's served with fresh fruit or pancakes.

They have other versions of the hash brown stacks but I can't remember what they are.  It doesn't matter because this is definitely the best as far as I am concerned.  The menu says it's for a limited time only.  I'm going to have to attempt to make this myself.  I have a great blender hollandaise sauce recipe that would work.

Anyone for breakfast?