Emoji Movie review

Our local paper gives the opportunity to will tickets to new movies at the local theater and I actually won this last week.

I won tickets to the Emoji Movie, which is rated PG.  I knew a little bit about the movie before going, but not everything

I was a little nervous when one of the movie previews was for the My Little Pony movie!?!

I won’t give away any of the Emoji Movie, but I will say that I enjoyed it and I am happy I entered to win tickets.

What movie have you seen lately?  Do you go to the movies often?

Later – H

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Our garden has exploded with Zucchinis this season so I went looking for some new recipes.

I received a blog post from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for  ‘The Best Chocolate Zucchini Cake’

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/best-chocolate-zucchini-cake/

and boy is this cake and chocolate whipped cream good!

To make this cake Gluten-free I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1 to 1 Baking flour and the only other change I made was I used dark, unsweetened cocoa powder since that is what I had in the pantry.

I sent the leftovers with the husband to his work and his coworkers loved it and I received multiple requests for the recipe.

So, thanks to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for posting the recipe and whipped cream.  I will definitely be making this recipe again.

Do you have a garden?  If so, do you grow Zucchini?

Later – Heather

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

I made a slightly modified version of this recipe tonight and it was a hit.  So, I figured I would share and post it here so I don’t forget where I found it.

Do you watch/ listen to YouTube bloggers?  Well, I have found some I really like, but that list will be for a post in the future.

But, this recipe was published on YouTube on June 28, 2017 by ‘She’s in Her Apron’.  A friend of hers found it from ‘Gimme Some Oven’ and the direct link is below:

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/crispy-slow-cooker-carnitas/

I actually had two cooked, plain, shredded chicken breasts in the fridge that I didn’t have a plan for.  So, I put the shredded meat in a saucepan and made the sauce with the addition of the juice from one Halo mandarins.  I then simmered it on medium-low for about 30 minutes.

After than I followed the actual recipe.  The husband commented on how good the house smelled when he came in the door and was more than happy to eat three tacos with this meat in them for dinner.

So, let me know if you try it and if you liked it.  This is definitely going in my list of Go To meals.

Heather

 

I am back!

Well, actually I have been here, gone and then back, but the last month has been crazy!

Part of the time I was on vacation and came up with a huge mental list of blog posts.  Now to get them written down, planned and actually posted.  I promise they will be posted, but it may take months to get them all done.

The west is currently in a heat wave.  I am so happy that I don’t live in Phoenix right now.  I will take the upper 90s, but Pepper, the Golden Retriever, is not enjoying it.  I need fill her kiddie pool and see if she will go in it tonight.

What is the weather like where you live?

Later, Heather

 

 

 

 

Aspen Painting

The Women’s group at our church had a Painting night last year so I went with a friend.  I wasn’t sure what the painting was going to be, but I figured it was a good way to spend some time with a friend.

Since this was the third Paint and Sip class I had been to I had an idea how it would go.

I am impressed with how my painting turned out, but it doesn’t really match my decorating style and I have run out of space to hang it!

aspen painting

So, this painting is going to be given to our daughter and she will hang it in her new place.

I think it is time to use some of the skills I learned to make smaller paintings, etc for my scrapbook, etc.

Do you like to paint?

Later – Heather

Why I won’t talk about politics on my blog

So, it feels funny making a post about why I won’t talk about politics on my blog, but let me explain.  My husband and I were discussing the current state of politics in the United States.  As was seen during the last Presidential Election it appears that the population is divided three ways.

For example:

– 40 percent will lean Liberal

– 40 percent will lean Conservative

– 20 percent are in the middle since either a specific issue doesn’t really affect them or they will sway one way or the other depending upon the issue

So no matter what side someone takes about 40% of the population will be upset.

Oh, and I saw a great statement that someone posted when they were commenting on a company that was taking a political stand.  And I am paraphrasing since I don’t remember the exact words:

A company (or artist, etc) should work at being the best at what they do and stay out of politics since that is not their expertise.

Maybe I am wrong, but I think companies, etc that make a political statement are upsetting more people than swaying them to their side.

Next post will be back to one of my regular topics.

Do you agree that bloggers, artists, etc won’t change your political views?

Later – Heather

 

 

Great customer service – part 1

My family was recently discussing the great and not-so-great customer service that we have received from service companies over the years.  We decided it would help everyone out, including us, to make a list of the service companies in Northern Nevada that we have dealt with, in the last few years, that have great customer service.  At some point I will make a permanent page with all of the companies listed.

So, in no particular order:

Kawchack Pump & Well Service, Inc. – (775) 267-2150

When you are on a well and abruptly find out that you have no water at the house it becomes an emergency.  Both times we have had to call in an emergency they arrived quickly, were friendly and within a few hours we had running water again.   We would highly recommend them.

Dave Taylor Appliance Services   – (775) 782-7772

We have used this company to get our furnace serviced through the years.  When our furnace abruptly died one winter day it turned into an emergency.   This company was able to quickly replace our over 20-year-old furnace.  We are happy to say that we have had no problems since.

Tom Goldston Roofing   – (775) 790-2461

A few years ago we needed a new roof on our over 20-year-old house.  We got multiple quotes and we decided to go with this company.   They did a very good job and I was extra impressed when Tom was concerned that he found an old roofing nail on the driveway after the installation.

I know there are other companies, but these are the ones that came to my memory first.  I will post part 2 at a later date.

Are there any service companies in your area that give great service?

Heather

 

 

What have you been watching?

My family has a new favorite show that we can agree on is the show Expedition Unknown which we found on the Travel Channel (on cable).      http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/expedition-unknown

#ExpeditionUnknown

At first I wasn’t sure about it, but I can now say it is one of my favorite shows.  Josh Gates definitely makes exploring places I will probably never get to go interesting.

 

I have a few other favorite shows, but my family don’t really watch them.

  • Little Big Shots which I found on ABC.  It is funny and neat to see these really smart and creative kids.  #littlebigshots
  • The Voice – This is at least the second season that I have watched.  I love that I can put it on in the background and listen to it while I am working in the kitchen if I have to.  #theVoice
  • Designated Survivor – I started watching this last year and I was really happy when it started again in March 2017.  This is the only fiction show I watch and I really like it.  Last November 20/20 actually reported on the real designated survivor.  I just checked and it appears that you can still watch that episode, if you want.   #designatedsurvivor

So, what are your favorite shows?

Heather

Starbucks Rewards

Do you drink coffee?  Do you drink coffee at Starbucks?  Well, I am not a coffee drinker, but I would randomly go to Starbucks with friends and have a hot chocolate in the winter or an iced tea or lemonade in the summer.

Well, since Starbucks changed their reward program I don’t spend enough money to collect or keep my points.  So, as of this Saturday I will have zero points (there is no way I was going to collect 80 points in the last couple of months).  I don’t know if this is goodbye to Starbucks or not for me.  I know I won’t be suggesting to friends that we meet there.

Do you go to Starbucks very often?

Later – Heather

If you wrote a comment….

If you wrote a comment and haven’t seen it posted I am sorry.  After WordPress made some changes a few years ago I haven’t figured out where to find the comments.  I know I have seen at least one pop up in my emails, but I need to go back and find it.

I hope you like the posts that I am posting.  I have some posts that need to be completed so look out for those.

Later – Heather