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Friday, September 13, 2019

Five on Friday - September 13, 2019

Bring on the weekend!  I've been out of town on business this week and am looking forward to walking in my house this afternoon.  This weekend is going to be full of binge watching, reading and relaxing.  I can't wait!  Before all that, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Harvest Moon
Don't forget to take a look up in the sky Saturday night to get a glimpse of the Harvest Moon.  What makes Saturday night's full moon the Harvest Moon you ask.  The first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox captures the title.  The light from the full moon helps farmers so they could carry on working longer while harvesting their crops.  It might just be the perfect night to light those fire pits, sit outside and enjoy the view!



2.  Hustlers
Jennifer Lopez and crew are hitting the scene today with their new movie Hustlers.  It looks like a movie Eric and I would both enjoy so it's going on our want to watch list.  Here's the synopsis shown on the Marcus Theaters website ~
Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

3.  Downton Abbey Cookbooks
With the release of the new Downton Abbey movie right around the corner, you might want to get your hands on the official cookbooks that are being released next Tuesday.  By pre-ordering them, you'll be able to plan your official cocktails and dinner for September 20 before going to the movie premiere.  I'm sure there are lots of fabulous things you'll want to create in your own kitchen tucked inside these books!  Definitely going on my wish list!

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4.  Trader Joe's Cinnamon Bun Spread
Have you guys seen Trader Joe's Cinnamon Bun Spread on their shelves lately?  Imagine all the things that would taste better with this magic spread on them!  Apples, pancakes.  Heck, this would make your plain toast taste gourmet!  Definitely throwing this in my basket the next time I'm at Trader Joe's.  What would you put it on?



5.  Fall attire.....

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Have a good one!  Like I mentioned earlier, I'm not planning anything for the weekend other than getting caught up on with my DVR and Kindle.  If the urge hits, I have a couple new recipes I want to try.  See you back here next week!

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Ireland - Day 4

Today for Thinking Out Loud Thursday I'm reflecting on our Day 4 in Ireland.  It's hard to believe that the trip was a month ago and putting this post together was a wonderful way to reflect back on our adventures in Ireland.  If you missed the beginning of the trip, you can catch up here ~

Day 1  &  2     |     Day 3

After a busy Day 3, we slept in a bit on Day 4.  Our tour didn't leave out of Dublin until 9:00 am, so we didn't have to be up quite at the crack of dawn.  On tap for the day was a trip to Glencree, Guinness Lake, Wicklow Mountain National Park, and Glenalough.  The description of these areas in the Rick Steves Ireland 2019 book had me pretty jazzed about these locations because I'm a such a sucker for waterfalls and there were going to be a couple hidden in the mountains.

Our first stop was the quaint little area of Glencree.  Waterfall number one - check!


We visited the German cemetery then popped in the  Glencree Centre for a bite to eat.  



This area was so lush and green.  And truly beautiful!  I could have found a place to sit and just soaked it in for hours.


We loaded the bus and began our journey through the Wicklow Mountain area.  Thank goodness the clouds from the morning parted and we had a clear, sunny sky which allowed the view to be spectacular.

Did you watch the 2007 movie P. S. I Love You?  Well, on the drive we crossed the actual bridge Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler stood on!  Our cool tour guide stopped the bus so we could appreciate the spot.


I was pretty excited to stand in the exact spot where they filmed the movie, but the view from below was the real treat.


The whole Wicklow Mountain countryside is covered in purple heather.  Not a single one of my pictures did it justice.


Little did Eric know one of his favorite spots from the trip was coming up next - Guinness Lake.  It was beautiful!


From there, we parked the bus and had a couple hours to roam around Glenalough.  We immediately started hiking to see the big waterfall I had spotted in our tour book.  Along the way, there was more than one place we just had to stop to snap a few pictures.



We heard the waterfall long before we saw it, and the sound kept us climbing.  We just might have gotten Christmas card picture for this year.


Doing all that hiking left us pretty famished so we decided this would be the perfect night to splurge on a meal at a great restaurant.  Our tour guide recommended The Pig's Ear and we called for reservations.  The meal was devine!  Eric had the beef cheek and I decided on the Sheppard's pie.



What an overall great day!  We returned to the hotel with full bellies and happy hearts.  The next day was going to be an early one because we would be headed to Galway and the Moher Cliffs.  Keep checking back to hear about Day 5.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - September 10, 2019


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Monday, September 9, 2019

Let's Make Apple Dip

You might have noticed that the days are becoming a little shorter and the air is feeling just a wee bit more crisp.  Fall is coming and nothing says fall is on the way like apple picking.  Our favorite orchard, Eckert's, has apples galore in several varieties and we took advantage of a beautiful Saturday to pick a few.

A few turned into a lot and by the time we were in the car on the way home I was trying to figure out just what I was going to do with the 13 pounds of fresh picked apples we had in our backseat.  It didn't take me long to turn through the apple recipes in my collection before I stopped to make an apple dip recipe I had gotten from my friend Janet way back in 2003! 


Here's What You Need
For Apples:
6 apples (Granny Smith or whatever is your favorite)
1 large can of pineapple juice

For Dip:
8 ounce container of whipped cream cheese
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces milk chocolate toffee bits


Here's What You Do
There's two parts to this recipe.  Let's start with the apple part.  Wash and slice your apples.  I love using my Pampered Chef Apple Slicer.  If you don't have one of these little gadgets, invest in one!  We love ours.


Pour the whole can of pineapple juice in a large container.  I always use my Rubbermaid Cake Carrier, turned upside down.  Who says the container has to just be used for carrying a cake!



Put the lid on and pop in the fridge.  You can let the apples sit overnight or as short as 15 minutes.

Next, let's whip up the dip.  Place all the dip ingredients in a bowl EXCEPT the toffee bits.  Combine with a mixer and then stir in almost the entire bag of toffee bits.  Save just a bit to sprinkle on top so it looks pretty.



To serve, take the apples out of the juice and spread on a platter.  The juice will keep the apples from turning brown while it's sitting out.

WARNING:  This dip is quite addictive!  You will want to make it over and over.  I recently took this to work to share.  It's great for things like that because you can make it the night before and it's ready to go the next day.  An added bonus is it's so quick to make, you can have it done in a jiffy.


Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Five on Friday - September 6, 2019

Hey guys - happy Friday!  Even though this was a short work week, it's been long at the same time.  Definitely looking forward to having the weekend to regroup.  I'm excited to share my five with you today, so let's get to it ~

1.  The Kelly Clarkson Show
Monday is the first day of Kelly Clarkson's new show and I'm super pumped about it!  She is absolutely adorable on The Voice and it made me fall in love with her.  I can't wait to see her on her new NBC talk show.  Some of her guest the first week are Dwayne Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres, John Legend, Jennifer Garner and Jay Leno.  Here's how the show website summarizes ~
"The Kelly Clarkson Show" is daytime's newest destination for humor, heart, and connection, featuring three-time Grammy® Award winning singer/songwriter, mother and America’s original idol, Kelly Clarkson. "The Kelly Clarkson Show" will present the biggest newsmakers and names in film, television and music; as well as emerging new talent and people who are beacons of hope in their communities. Kelly will also connect with everyday people and everyday relatable issues. Her "weekday hang" will also include live performances, games and Kelly's unfiltered perspective on life, family, kids, relationships, marriage and the things that inspire her...

2.  Blistex Conditioning Lip Serum
One of the items in my Walmart Beauty Box was this Blistex Conditioning Lip Serum.  Guys - it's pretty magical!  I have a horrible habit of picking at my lips, so they can get pretty rough.  Just a couple applications of this new Lip Serum and they are feeling nice and smooth.  It's available HERE or HERE if you want to make your lips more silky.
                       Blistex Lipcare Blistex Conditioning Lip Serum Moisturizer With Dose Control Pump, 0.30 Oz, 0.3 Oz
3.  Domeboro
A few weeks ago, a batch of mosquitoes dined on my legs.  For some reason I had a crazy weird reaction to the bites.  After a sleepless night of itchy skin, I visited the nurse at work the next day and she recommended Domeboro.  I had never heard of this stuff, but it worked magic on my legs.  After mixing the powder pack with water, I soaked a hand towel in the water mixture and wrapped it on my leg.  Amazing relief from the itching!!  I can only imagine what a relieve it would give to poison ivy.  I'll always have some of this stuff in my medicine cabinet.  Get yours HERE.

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5.  Trying to do a good deed....

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Have a great weekend!  We're going to an air show tomorrow and I'm flying out on Sunday to start my work week.  It will be a short weekend so we'll have to make the most of the time we have!  See you next week!

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