Randomness + Photo Blitz!

Last week I had so many random thoughts I decided to track a few and share just for the fun of it! Enjoy the laugh! 

Throwback! "Got Milk"

Throwback! “Got Milk”

I have a permanent glitter on the color of my eye. Well, I did have glitter attached to my eyeball but lucky for me the eye doctor removed it with only numbing my eye and q-tip. I am sure you are wondering how a person gets glitter stuck to their eyeball? I am thinking that my hairspray plastered it to my eye! 

Fun times!

 I walked into the grocery store a disabled Vet is “checking me out” and says to me “I find you look very nice in that there black coat” now that is a first. I’ve never had anyone compliment me on my wool coat.

So many managers don't take time to be REAL leaders!

So many managers don’t take time to be REAL leaders!

 

It’s so annoying when drivers think they own the road and cut you off! I find myself saying bad words and sounding like my mother.

Find a huge pile of snow and park in it why not!

Find a huge pile of snow and park in it why not!

 

I wonder if Bath & Body works has lower sales in the more humid states. My skin is so dry and I am using a ton of lotion right now.

UUgghh!

UUgghh!

 

Don’t ya just hate when you find the perfect pair of shoes and you go back to buy a second pair and they are sold out. …..

Best Buddies!

Best Buddies!

 

I love my beauty shop therapy nothing better than a haircut to make a girl feel spoiled and beautiful.

Hotel Shampoo! Yeah Paul Mitchell!

Hotel Shampoo! Yeah Paul Mitchell!

Why is it that I only have pennies when I need change for the parking meter?

Going to paint wine glasses with the girls!

Going to paint wine glasses with the girls!

Only 63 days until Spring…157 days until Summer…I will NOT complain about the heat.

Fabulous Colorado Wine!

Fabulous Colorado Wine!

So me!

So me!

Fund drink!

Fun Drink!

No cookies just cocktails!

No cookies just cocktails!

Favorite!

Favorite!

Need a chocolate fix Enstroms Mint Meltaways!

Need a chocolate fix Enstroms Mint Meltaways!

Colorado Orange and Blue Sky!

Colorado Orange and Blue Sky!

Go Broncos!

Go Broncos!

Mile High Adventure coming up next week stay tuned! 

Watergirl!

Watergirl!

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Misfit Thanksgiving

Do you know friends who are divorced with no kids or family on the holidays?

That’s what this Thanksgiving was all about. Supporting our friends who needed us on this holiday. My friend Christina and I decided we would make the feast, give the chef a break from cooking and share with our friends who needed support and love.

EAT!

We divided and conquered the menu together.

Menu

Appetizer of Bacon wrapped Elk tenderloin – Chef

Turkey – Christina

Gravy – Chef (Christina bought jar but the chef didn’t like that idea)

Stuffing (German Style) – Christina

Sweet Potato Pie – Christina

Cranberry Sauce traditional – Christina

Serrano Pepper Cranberry Sauce (Mexican) – Christina

French’s Green Bean Casserole – Me

Mashed Potato’s – Me

Chunky Pecan Bars – Me

Pumpkin Pie – Christina

Apple Pie – I donated blood and they gave me a free pie.

DRINK!

Choke Cherry Merlot (Colorado) Vincent Winery

Cesar Bloody Marys’

Ménage Trios – California Red

Ménage Trios – Pinot Noir

Cupcake – Pinot Noir

Be Healthy!

I wanted to burn some calories on Thanksgiving morning so I hit Gold’s gym at 5:00 am with a friend and did combat, back home for a 2 hour nap and then hit my gym for Kick It at 9:00 total of 1,065 calories burned!

If you don’t have a gym open I bet you could find a Turkey Trot 5K to burn some calories. I chose Kick It instead this year because it’s a lot warmer in the gym and I burn more calories than running a 5K.

Let the festivities begin! 

Christina and I started prepping for the big meal the day before. This is probably my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Hanging in the kitchen drinking wine, laughing and catching up with my friend.

Do you peel your celery? Christina does!

We set the table, made stuffing, cut the potatoes, made Serrano cranberry sauce, drank more wine and invited guests over to join us!

Three of us girls in the kitchen laughing, giggling and telling girl stories, only to get quiet when Christina’s misfit walks in. Let the party begin!

The Thanksgiving appetizer just so happened to get eaten the night before Thanksgiving. Very delicious, can’t beat fresh elk tenderloin wrapped in bacon “its a taste of heaven.”  We also had artichoke dip and homemade meatballs and sausage.

Three bottles of the Thanksgiving dinner wine were consumed before the big dinner. I only tasted two of the three because I had to get up at 4:15 in the morning for Combat!

Ménage à Trois

Pinot Noir

http://www.menageatroiswines.com/pinot-noir.php#

 

Fancy a little splendor in the glass? Turn down the lights, turn up the Barry White and uncork the Ménage à Trois Pinot Noir. When it comes to affairs of the palate, we’ve always felt that three was much more fun than one, so we played matchmaker and brought together grapes from three distinctive California wine growing regions known for producing exquisite Pinot Noir. Clarksburg grapes add bright flavors and a lovely perfume, North Coast grapes add silkiness, and Central Coast fruit rounds out the blend with beautiful complexity. Enhanced with French and American oak, our Pinot Noir’s is sure to have you waxing poetic. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

 

This was an ok Pinot not one of my favorites. I probably wouldn’t buy it again. If you like oak you will like this Pinot.

Ménage à Trois

California Red 

Even if red wine is not your speed, give our Ménage à Trois Red a try. This wine exposes the fresh, ripe, jam-like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Ménage à Trois Red brings together three strange bedfellows.

On top we’ve got Zinfandel, a saucy tease that brings blackberry and raspberry jam to the relationship. Merlot, with its generous mouth feel and red fruits, fits perfectly in the middle. The rich flavors and firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon make it the ideal. 

I love this wine! It’s a great inexpensive blend.

I bought the Cupcake Pinot Noir because I love the Cupcake Red Velvet Cake wine.

http://www.cupcakevineyard.com/wines/reds/pinot-noir/#

“Our Pinot Noir has the aroma of cherries that carries through the palate with a touch of red currants and a hint of spice. It’s reminiscent of a cherry cupcake with currant coulis.”

What a fun night with friends! We laughed and laughed and laughed! Definitely a night to remember!

What do you do on the eve of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving day!

On my way home from the gym I called to see if the bird had made it to the oven after the party the night before. Christina has only cooked a turkey once before. She told me she could only find the neck in the bird and had it cooking on the stove for the gravy. I thought it was strange that there were no giblets in a fresh turkey. Oh well no biggie the neck will make great gravy.

We arrived and started the dinner with Bloody Mary’s. I like mine Cesar style.

Cesar Bloody Mary

Ice

Kettle One Vodka

Salt

Pepper

Dill

Horseradish

Celery seed

Pepperoncini juice

Clamato juice

Tabasco

Garlic

Olives

Celery

Pepperoncini pepper

Yummmmmmm!

The oven timer went off and the bird was ready to come out! Looks magnificent!

When we started cutting into the turkey guess what we found? Yep! The giblets!

Time to Mangia!

Wine with dinner was a Choke Cherry Merlot from a friend of ours vineyard.

Everything was excellent! My favorite sides were the sweet potato pie and the green bean casserole. What is your favorite side?

Chunky Pecan Bars

After a few hours of football we had dessert and then I was stuffed like the turkey!

Some Old and Some New!

Yesterday just happed to be my birthday! I had a fabulous day for many reasons!

If I were to sum it up in one word that word would be FRIENDS!

I truly had an eye opening experience yesterday.

I received over 80 birthday wishes from friends and family members. Ranging from Facebook posts, text messages, e-mails and even visits to my office.

The very first message I read was from a close friend of mine from Jr. High School and High School. Her post reminded me of a milestone in my life and what fun she and I had.

It was 25 years ago, our last day of High School.

The last message of the day was from a new friend of mine she sent me emotional text message.

 I will never forget all the beautiful words that were shared with me on May 22, 2012!

Thank you to all of my FABULOUS friends!

The Chef and my Mini me spoiled me rotten with  a fabulous dinner. 

Fresh Grilled Swordfish, Grilled Steak and a summer time salad.

Served with a VERY Chilled Mosacto (my new summer wine for a hot day)

Spoil your friends on their Birthdays! 

They will notice! 

Weekend of fun, food, fitness & vino!

Wow where did the weekend go?  I had a fabulous mother’s day weekend.

It started on Friday night with a family date night for Mexican food.  My Mini me and I shared chicken fajitas, and the “Chef” had chicken tostada. Can’t forget the chips and salsa!

Then we went to the Art and Jazz Festival downtown. Hazel Miller was the entertainment along with many of our friends.

Saturday morning I managed to get in a killer upper body workout.

That evening we had some friends over for dinner. The “Chef” made Summer Fish Tacos. Halibut, Mahi-Mahi, Flounder and Gulf grilled Shrimp. Yummo!

Our wine menu consisted of Marti & Rossi – Asti, Menge a Trois – Moscato, Bogel-Red Zinfindal and finished with Hermosa Vineyards-Merlot.

MARTINI & ROSSI® Asti is crafted from 100% handpicked Moscato Bianco grapes, grown in Northern Italy. It is ranked D.O.C.G. (denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin), the highest classification granted to Italian wines.

Its aroma will lure you in like a siren’s song, boasting fruity and floral notes. Sparking on the tongue, the natural sweetness of the grapes comes through with full flavor and wonderful texture. Recommended for after dinner, pairing with cakes and other desserts or sweet fruits. Ideal for a sparkling cocktail.

I prefer sweeter champagne. This Asti is a great wine to drink when celebrating or nice on a hot summer day!

Ménage à Trois

Good things come in threes. Our Moscato mingles wines from three different growing areas, each crafted by a different winemaker. With delightful lip-smacking flavors—creamy peach, ripe, juicy melon, and rich, golden honey—our Moscato is proof positive that three is always much more fun than one.

I have never had a Moscato before. I liked the lightness of this wine, a bit on the sweet side.  If you like light sweet wines try the Moscato.

Bogel

Head-trained, dry farmed vines are prized for their production of small, concentrated clusters of grapes that are vinted into incredibly rich and intense wines. For years, Bogle has sought out these gnarly old vines to create our Old Vine Zinfandel. Scents of sun-warmed, wild raspberries bubble up to the surface in your first impression of the Zinfandel. Notes of ripe berries and nutmeg follow, while touches of black pepper and subtle spicy oak compliment the fruit. Full-bodied, the mouthfeel is rounded out and finished with earthy notes and soft tannins.

This Red Zinfandel is excellent! Definitely my favorite out of the wines from this tasting.

Hermosa Vineyards

This Merlot is a hearty oak, berry, smokey, ashy, full-bodied wine. This is a local Colorado wine. I liked it but preferred the Bogel Zin. 

More food,fitness and wine to share from my very special Mother’s day! How was your day? 

Random Musings!

This post is going to be some what random.

 This poster is to remind me why I must run!

 

 

The “Chef” made a killer meal last night. It was so good and I was so hungry I totally forgot to take pictures. I looked on line and found nothing even close! 

Boston Beef Tip Lettuce Wraps (his name for the entree)

1/2 lb beef tenderloin tips

Mushrooms

Orange Peppers

Purple Onion

One Slice Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese

Romaine lettuce

 

I heard about a couple of good wines today. I will be checking them out over the weekend watch for my review!


Do you have a favorite wine?  Leave a comment and I will let you know if I have tried it or not and my thoughts.

Skinny Girl Vino Review!

I love vino rosso!

When I stopped in at the  local liquor store the manager offered me to a sample of a couple  new wines. During our conversation he shared with me that the new“SKINNY GIRL” wine has fewer calories than a glass of “MENAGE TROIS” .  After some research I learned that the SK has 100 calories and the MT has 102.

The label tells us that Skinny Girl is a warm medium-bodied blend of red grapes with a rich aroma of blueberry and hibiscus and a hint of caramel. 

Now for the taste test!

Skinny Girl California Red is very smooth, light bodied wine with a weak finish. For a 102 calories the Menage Trois is a full flavored, medium-bodied wine with a bold finish. 

Sorry Bethenny I am not a fan of the “SKINNY GIRL” California Red.  I will add 2 extra calories and drink the Menage Trois.