High school basketball photos

For Christmas, I received a new DSL camera (I guess I should write a post about that – another item added to the growing list…).

This last spring I went to the Senior night for the local high school and took some photos of a friend’s son, who I have known his whole life, while he was playing basketball.

The people sitting around me had to listen to me squeal a few times since I was so surprised that I got the photo I was trying for.  So, here is one of the hundreds of photos I took.  I was really happy when the high school senior even posted some of the photos on his Facebook page.

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Do you like to take photos?  If so, what do you like to take photos of (people, landscape, food. etc)?

Later – Heather

 

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Walgreens Photo discount

Through August 25th, 2018 Walgreens.com has 50% off prints, posters and enlargements!

The code is SCHOOL50

If you want an extra discount then go through a shopping portal.

Southwest Airlines gives 2 points per $1 spent at Walgreens.com.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up and keeps the miles I have with Southwest Airlines active even if we don’t fly that often.

Do you have photos that you need to print? I definitely do.  I have a list of ones I need to print and mail out, but just haven’t got there yet.  This discount is definitely the kick in the pants I needed to get the photos ordered today and picked up at the local Walgreens tomorrow.  Maybe I can even get the envelopes addressed tonight so I can just mail them tomorrow.

Later – H

Homemade Ranch Dressing (Gluten-free even)

Another favorite recipe that I even have problems finding on the blog.  I updated the blog post even.  Enjoy!

While on vacation we decided we liked the flavor of the Restaurant Ranch Dressing (for dipping fries,etc) better than the ‘name brand’ gluten-free Ranch Dressing we have been buying for years.  I asked around and found out we probably could buy ‘Restaurant style’ Ranch Dressing, but it comes in large containers – about a gallon.

So, I did a Google search and found ‘Chili’s Ranch Dressing Recipe’ on http://www.food.com

http://www.food.com/recipe/chilis-ranch-dressing-392314

When I just went to check that the link was still valid it took me to:

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/amazing-pickle-juice-ranch-dressing-392314

I will definitely need to keep the link to this recipe handy.

Enjoy – Heather

Tip Thursday

Have you ever thought which are the most well used buttons on your microwave?

For ours it is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 since we usually put things in for 1 minute and 20 seconds, etc.

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Recently we starting thinking that we should enter seconds instead of minutes and use the other buttons.

For example:

1 minute and 25 seconds = 85 seconds

and

1 minute and 16 seconds = 76 seconds

Our microwave works fine if we enter the time this way.

Have you ever entered the time via seconds?

Later – Heather

 

 

 

New to me author

I was challenged to find read a new to me author whose last name started with an ‘N’.

So, I found this book Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle at the local library.  The library marked it as a Romance, which I usually don’t read, but I really enjoyed this book.  Since I liked it so much I picked up the next book in the series from the library.

 

Have you read this book?

I now challenge you to read a book by a new to you author whose last name starts with ‘N’.  What book will you choose?

Later – Heather

Wedding dress stores

Note:  This post is not sponsored and I am giving 100% of my own opinions.

Earlier on the blog I said that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged.  The wedding will be held in June 2019 so you will randomly be seeing wedding posts before and after the wedding.

I had also stated in the post, where I announced that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged, that my Father-in-law had recently died and had lived with Parkinson’s for many years.

Due to that fact, when daughter ‘A’ was searching for places to go wedding dress shopping she was interested in going to the Glamour Closet store in San Francisco, CA since each year, a portion of Glamour Closet’s profits will be donated to foundations dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

http://glamourcloset.com/closet/html/about.asp

In April, daughter ‘A’ and I made a very quick trip to the north end of the Bay Area to see a family member before he moved to Switzerland for a job.  We decided to swing by the  Glamour Closet store and just look around (we had already promised the bridesmaids that we would go dress shopping with them).

Well, daughter ‘A’ found her wedding dress!  No photos of it will be seen until after the wedding, but I will say that the family of another bride-to-be gasped when the curtain was opened.

When the store clerks were told about daughter ‘A’ ‘s grandfather they said that he had a hand in her finding that dress for multiple reasons and we agree:

  • the dress was dropped off on a Friday and we were there the following day
  • the dress was a sample and had never even been tried on by anyone else
  • the dress was smaller that the sizes they usually carry (it needs a couple of tucks taken and a lot taken off the bottom, but we are not surprised by that)
  • the cost of the dress was less than her budget

So, if you know someone getting married and you live or are visiting the North Beach in San Francisco, West Hollywood in Los Angeles, River North in Chicago or Chelsea in New York areas I would be grateful if you check out the Glamour Closet store.

I have no connection to this store, but I love, due to first hand knowledge, that they also want to find a cure to Parkinson’s and are donating money to the cause.

Do you have a future wedding in your family?   Later – Heather

Crockpot fall off the bone ribs!

I figured it was time to rerun this post since it is still one of my favorites and hard to find on the blog.  Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July!  Since the local grocer had ribs on sale I decided we would have them last week, but we decided it was too hot to even cook them outside on the grill.

So, I wanted an easy (and hopefully cooler) way to cook the ribs so I went Google searching with the words Crockpot and Ribs.

I wish I came up with this idea since the ribs turned out SO good!  Here is the link to the site I used:  http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2011/05/crockpot-bbq-ribs.html

The ribs I bought came pre-rubbed so all I did was cut the rack in two and put them in the crockpot.  I cooked mine on Low for 6 hours and then kept them warm for a few hours.

Husband put them on the grill (with the BBQ sauce), but he only flipped them a couple of time before the meat was falling off the bones!

So, I forgot to take a photo of the ribs prior to eating them, but here is a photo of a few ‘clean’ bones that the meat fell off the bones by itself.

crockpot, ribs, delicious

 

Depending upon what is in your rub or BBQ sauce this could definitely be a gluten-free meal.

 

Enjoy! – Heather

Refunds and coupons

So, my favorite refunding / coupon site RefundCents ended at the end of the November 2017.  I haven’t been as consistent about looking for coupons and refunds as I used to be, but I loved the Off Topic board where you could ask for random advice, get a card sent to someone, and help out other people.

So, I am thinking it is time for me to take on posting more of the great deals that I find so others can find them also.

Is this something people would like to see from me?  If so, hit the Like button. If it is more than a few people I will start posting great deals – whether it is a code for a free print from Walgreens or Shutterfly to some super buy on Amazon, etc.

I will try to post the national / online sites, but sometimes there will be a regional (California / Nevada) deal too.

Oh, and if you want to know some of the other websites/ bloggers that I follow that share great deals hit the Like button and I will write a post with their links too.

Later – Heather

Authors you would recommend?

So, when I originally thought of this post it was going to tell you a book I didn’t like.  It was so bad (in my opinion) that I stopped reading it after the first chapter.  That alone shows that I am changing since when I was young I would read a complete book, even if I didn’t like it, with the hopes that it got better.  Now I have too much I want and have to do so I stopped reading this one and it is already in the give away pile.  And, no I won’t give the author or title since I know other people like the author.  I found this book and others by the same author at a garage sale recently.

I will say that I do like Joanne Fluke and I recently finished Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery).  And if the name sounds familiar it is because the Hallmark Channel has started turning these books into movies.  I like the movies too.

I won’t give any secrets away about Devil’s Food Cake Murder , but I will say that there were a few slow parts, but it doesn’t help that I usually only read a little fiction before going to bed.

What fiction (cozy mysteries, etc) authors / book titles would you recommend?

Later – Heather

Tip Tuesday – Plastic silverware

I figured I will try to put at a quick tip on Tuesday so here is the first one.

This one originally came from my mother-in-law ‘M’.  During the last few years my father-in-law had to eat with plastic silverware due to shaking, etc caused by Parkinson’s Disease.  I never realized that plastic silverware could be washed in the dishwasher – did you know that??

So, I had a few plastic forks and spoons so I washed them in our dishwasher (in the silverware area) and they stayed in the compartment and came out clean.

These plastic forks and spoons were used by us (that is another tip for the future), but when we have a party I will buy new ones.

Do you wash, recycle or throw out all plastic silverware after one use?

Later – Heather