This and That

Happy monkeyI had one of those weeks where I was constantly a day off.  I thought Wednesday was Thursday and on Thursday I thought it was Friday.  At least now it is finally Friday…have a great weekend!

1. Can you guess the top cat names?

2. Hilarious view of a modern midlife crisis

3. Zen frog statue I have had eye on for years

4. Hoping this Lyme disease challenge goes viral

5. I have had this song stuck in my head all week since seeing a contestant sing it on The Voice

Happy Friday!

Festival Fashion

I question whether Coachella really has anything to do with music anymore or if it is now just a place to go to parties and show off festival fashion.  Either way, I admit that I look forward to seeing what people are wearing during the festival (the people who actually go to the festival, the not celebrities who hang out at hotel pools).

Music festivals are the perfect time to pull out your favorite boho chic or hippie look.  Have fun with cutoff shorts, flowy pants, a crochet top, anything with tassels or fringe, a crossbody bag and a hat or sunglasses.

This and That

It's Friday This past week has been a good one.  I saw the Dodgers play the Angels in a spring training game which was hopefully a preview of the Dodgers/Angels World Series I have been waiting for my entire life.  To make the week even better, Chris and I spent a couple of days in Vegas.  We had a great time gambling, enjoying cocktails and seeing Elton John put on an amazing show!  It’s nice to be back in southern California where we can drive to Vegas in four hours.

1. Wish we would have stopped for a picture at Alien Fresh Jerky

2. The world’s largest thermal solar power plant looked like it was calling to aliens

3. A new hotel/casino/entertainment complex called Resorts World is being built on the north end of the strip on the former Stardust site.

4. Seeing the Joshua trees reminded me that someone cut the tree from U2’s Joshua Tree album

5. They key to a fun road trip is the right music playlist Have a great weekend!

Easy White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Have you ever looked at the all ingredients on a bottle of salad dressing? Now that I have cleaned up my diet and am avoiding sugar I make fresh salad dressing every day. It really only takes a couple minutes and it tastes amazing.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette (serves 2)
2 tablespoons mild olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 to 1 clove crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl

Super easy and tastes so fresh! I serve this over mixed baby greens with grape tomatoes, yellow or orange bell peppers, Persian cucumbers, goat cheese and pine nuts.

Salad

Or substitute regular balsamic for the white balsamic and serve over a salad with Gorgonzola and Bosc pears.

Happy Easter

colorful easter eggs and spring flowersEaster is not a holiday I have celebrated in a long time.  I have fond memories of Easter though from my childhood even though it seemed to a be holiday that my older brothers used to torment me.  Being the only girl in the family, and the youngest, meant I was often tormented for their enjoyment.  They had me convinced that our dog was going to eat the Easter bunny so I insisted the dog be tied up in their room the night before Easter each year.  My brothers did not always torment me though.  My most memorable Easter is the year when one of my brothers created a scavenger hunt type map to find my Easter basket.

We are not doing anything to celebrate Easter this year, but it will be a great day because we are going to Vegas for a couple of days!  Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope it’s a great one.

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