Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We'll Return in 2 and 2... (vintage commercial ads)

Thought I'd change up Tuesday Tunes today and post some old favorite commercials. Not sure why these are on my mind but here they are... (I think I'm just really tired......)

What? This is how I learned to spell bologna. Still sing the song.. :)

I would act out this whole commercial everyday. LOVED this candy bar!

No song to sing but this commercial made a big impact on me and taught me not to litter.

I remember sitting in my Great-grandparents house and listening to this commercial. I've been trying to remember the words because I've been singing bits of it to Jamie.

What is your favorite old time commercial?

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Wee Irish Meal Ahead (vegan and meat version available)

 St. Patrick's day is in two days and while many people will be eating Corned beef and cabbage, I for one do not care for these particular food items. If I was to celebrate this day, I would opt for a yummy Shepard's Pie. You can prepare this in many ways using various types of meat. I like mine with Turkey since I don't eat red meat while my husband enjoys the traditional route of beef. Though I have yet to make it, I'm including a Vegan version. I hope you have a wonderful day no matter how you celebrate it :)


Nigel's version of Shepard's pie: This recipe uses the ground turkey and  ground pork.
Serving or 4-5
1 package of ground turkey meat
1 package of ground pork
bag of frozen veggies
and Bisto gravy (Bisto can be found in World Market if you don't have a British store in your vicinity)
Since this is Nigel's recipe I do not know the exact measurement for the ingredients but have found a similar version.

  1. Boil the potatoes until tender, drain and mash with butter. He also adds some cauliflower to the boiling water and mashes the yams and the cauliflower together. I'm pretty sure he adds a little cream to this mixture.
  2. Meanwhile fry the meat in a pan until brown and drain off any excess fat. Add Worcestershire sauce, Ketchup, clove of garlic(can be removed when cooked)(We omit these last two). He also adds some frozen veggies while cooking the meat. Sometimes we add parsnips or carrots if I have too many on hand. 
  3. (Nigel makes the gravy and then adds it to the meat.) Sprinkle the Bisto Gravy Granules over the mince and add some boiling water to make a thick gravy.
  4. Add a handful of peas, stir then place all the mixture in a large casserole dish.
  5. Top with mashed potato and place in a preheated oven at 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 for about 30 to 40 minutes until browned on top and hot in the middle.

**Substitute red meat in place of the turkey but still use some ground pork. 

Vegan Version via One Ingredient Chef (blog)

Here is the recipe:


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 4 1/2 cups prepared lentils
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon basil + more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 2+ tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • Sea salt

Step One

Before anything else, peel and chop the sweet potatoes into small chunks. Get them in a pot of water and let them boil for at least 15-20 minutes, depending on size.

Step Two

Meanwhile, chop the carrots, onion, and celery (mirepoix) into small chunks. To make things super easy, I often buy a pre-cut mirepoix at Trader Joe’s. Or you can use a food processor. Add this to a large skillet over medium heat with a tablespoon of water and allow them to soften.

Step Three

Once the veggies are softened, add the prepared lentils to the pan. You can use any kind of lentils you’d like… dried (cook them yourself), canned (drained), or pre-made lentils in a package (as long as the don’t have any unnatural ingredients). Allow these to cook for several minutes with the mirepoix.
Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F

Step Four

Open the cans of diced tomatoes (but do not drain them) and add these along with a tablespoon of chopped (or dried) basil leaves, a handful of chopped spinach, and a splash of soy sauce. Let this filling simmer for 10-15 minutes for the flavors to mingle.

Step Five

When the sweet potatoes are soft all the way through, remove them from the heat and drain the water. Mash with a little salt and a splash of non-dairy milk until the consistency is perfect.
Add the lentil filling to a 9 x 13 pan and top with a layer of sweet potatoes. Or, like pictured, you can add to individual oven-safe bowls. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the topping becomes slightly browned. Allow to cool before serving. This recipe yields about 6 servings and makes excellent leftovers the next evening for a 2-for-1 dinner.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Fling...

Before I let another day go by without mentioning this but I'll be joining Lissa Butler and many others....

Please help pass the word by sharing this.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Red Carpet Winners- "Who Are You Wearing?"

Everyone is always talking about how the new actresses are dressing in Old Hollywood glamour when hitting the Red Carpet.  I had posted about the past dresses which you can see here.  When I started Googling the actresses in their actual dress, I was quite surprised at how simple some of the styles were. Yes, a lot of photos are in black and white so maybe the bling of the dress is not able to come through like it does today. In my opinion, actresses of early movies had such an understated style compared to some of the avant garde dresses worn at the Oscar's today.

What's funny to me is that how these actresses dressed at the Oscar's is completely different than when they dressed for a costume designer's photo or even a movie. Granted it was the work of the designer that is being shown but one would think that this would be what the actresses would wear on the Red Carpet. Seriously, Google "Old Hollywood" style and take a look at the photos- not one is from an actual Oscar's night.  Now take a look at the poster of the dresses- the first thing that I noticed was how many wore an "unknown" label. That's pretty much unheard of now; the first question that Giuliana Rancic asks an actress is "Who are you wearing?" Here are the same actresses in designer clothes.

Here are some other actresses showing off designer clothes:

Again, not one photo from an actual Oscar's night.  It wasn't until Audrey Hepburn came along wearing Givenchy that people took an interest in "Who are you wearing?"

So when we talk about Old Hollywood style which style are we talking about? Who are you wearing? Or Who You Are?

.....Ok, Ok I couldn't leave without taking a look at tonight's actresses, here are some of my favorites. I have to admit some I didn't see until I started looking up photos for this blog but sometimes that's when you can find the best photos. 

Ok, one last thing... Can I ask WHAT happened to Goldie Hawn??!! I have seen this face before on another actress but can't place it. Anyone have a guess? Sorry Goldie, you looked great before... 

That's it from Hollywood  Laguna Niguel... Have a great night!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

And the Winner is....

With the Oscars just around the corner, I'd like to take a look at some past winners:

1936- The Way You Look Tonight from Swing Time (the best part is that Ginger Rogers is washing her hair)

1939- Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz (would it have been a list without this song?)

1940- When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio (I just sang this song to JDQ)

1951- In the Cool, Cool of the Evening from Here Comes the Bride (such a cute song- never saw the movie)

1961- Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's (such a great movie!)

I did have to Google a list of these songs since I'm not good at remembering which ones won and didn't but I was amazed to see how many nominee songs I knew compared to the winning song until 1980's. I knew every song from that era. Also I was quite surprised to see how many Disney songs won over the years. If you'd like to see the full list click here...  Now for a list of this year's nominees
Happy from Despicable Me 2
Let It Go from Frozen
The Moon Song from Her
Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Which of the 2014 nominees is your winning choice?
See you on the red carpet!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Little Hands....

Bathing Season!!! YIKES!

Living in Southern California, one's thoughts are never too far from beach time and though, it's still too cold for me to go, this is exactly what I've been thinking about. (Ok, one of a thousand things that I think about) The reason it's been on my mind is not about laying lazily in the sun but about JDQ wanting to go into the ocean/pool.  Yes, gone are my days of falling asleep to the lapping of the waves and hello to my days of getting water thrown in my face. I've already been looking into swim lessons and I'm not sure if I want to just hire someone or go to a public spot. Either way though, I will have to get into a bathing suit. UGH!! I have not been very diligent about getting back into shape. More of less, it's trying to find the time. Though I have set up a lovely little spot in the garage (remember the newly organized garage that I still need to take pictures of to show everyone), right now the two pieces of equipment are gathering dust. I have used one of them once.... just once. Don't want to get too crazy. Anyway, I've come across some pretty sure bathing suits that I wanted to share.

via Anthropologie

via figleaves

by Plumo

But I think I may be leaning more in this direction.....  lol! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

We Are Not Alone....

As you can see, I'm only writing when I have time which isn't much. I've felt that I've had to let go of a lot of things that I often felt were important to me because I've been feeling so overwhelmed lately.  I really thought being a teacher and babysitting for ALL those years would help when it was finally my time to raise a child but the truth is.... yes and no. The thing is with my past life style and priorities,  I could walk away from my job, leave problems at home/or work or hand someone's house keys back when they returned from a vacation. I could even move into a new house and have it all done within three days. Now, my job never ends, I'm up at least an hour during the middle of the night because someone constantly needs me. Which is fine but when one is used to having alone time; having someone crawl up between your legs while you're trying to pee makes you realize you will never be alone. Now please before you start judging and saying "what a horrible mother she is, she doesn't want to be with her child", that is not what I am saying. What I am saying is working outside of the home and working inside the home are two completely different things. I know some people have no problem with the transition or even doing both, and everything is smooth sailing for them but then there are people, like me, who never minded being alone, that being a parent can be frustrating. There is always laundry to do, cleaning to do, and diapers that need changing, food that needs to be prepared and that's just for one small person, I'm not even talking about doing stuff for my husband or me.

N comes home late from work and is often tired. My thoughts that all of us would enjoy a family day here and there, no matter how silly that may sound, have gone out the window with his schedule. I know someday we'll find the time but for now....

Plus, I am trying to help bring in a little money here and there by selling clothes and starting an art business. Yes, with all that, one would be tired and I'm sure you're saying, well give up doing the artwork. But just wait, let me finish :)...  

As I said, I've had to let go of somethings. So it's been the cleaning and organizing (though I did get the garage done, will show pictures soon).  I remember babysitting for families and always wondering why things weren't picked up. Like any good babysitter, I would put away some things after the kids went to bed but now, being on the other side, I know why. There isn't enough time in the day and when it comes to spending time with your kids cleaning a house is usually at the bottom of the list. My kitchen is usually the cleanest room in the house (with the help of JDQ sweeping us crumbs as he crawls around on the floor). In other rooms.... that's another story.  I have dust bunnies which jump up and run away as you walk in. A layer of dust can be found on all the furniture that I thought our black media center was gray; not to mention spit up stains on various furniture pieces and rugs. And as usual I have piles of paper everywhere (uhmmm, I guess somethings never change).

The reason I'm writing this is because of another blogger's article that I read today (click here to read it). I felt such relief after I read this. I know she is not the only one to post something like this.  I know there are other mothers out there who feel the same way but for some reason, it was her article that really made me feel good about myself.  So good, that JDQ and I went for a long walk, something that he loves to do. He often goes over to his stroller, that sits in our dining room gathering dust, jumping by it and "ooo-ing" that he wants to use it. He and I even played outside (yay!) for a bit which he also loves. I even sat down to play with him in his light box that I made for him.  I know that I'm doing a good job because his face lights up when I come into a room and he can share "his" apple, his binky or a toy with someone. He'll even come give me a kiss when I pretend to cry or really cry.  He knows how to signal which book he would like to listen to before nap or bedtime and he is curious about everything, putting his hand up (every now and then) to ask "what is this or what is going on."

Though I may not always be put together or I may wear the same 4 outfits day after day and can get dressed in 10 minutes with even some make up on. I know that all the other stuff is water under the bridge.  Hurray to all the other stay at home Mums!!  I hope this helps some of you also feel a little less overwhelmed we are not alone.

(for those of you wondering, yes, my family helps out a tremendous amount and I owe them a lot of thanks. My Mum often cooks for us on the weekends (so much so that I often feel guilty that I can't get it together and help make a meal every now and then) My Dad has come over to do little projects around the house and explains to me how to do things that I'm learning what owning a house entails. It's with their help that I can do these things, it's just that i sometimes get caught up in trying to be June Cleaver that that is when reality hits me and I remember that she was just a TV character, mythical figure and someone who I should not strive to be)

Friday, February 14, 2014

I was sucked in.... Happy Valentine's Day!

Ok, I was sucked into all the love that is floating around today. First, Nigel said he was going to work from home today :)  Then, I was greeted by some beautiful Hugs and Kisses Tulips, a lovely box of Chocolates and a cute little teddy bear.  So my heart was filled with love and I decided to make some heart shaped cinnamon-cardamom pancakes for all of us. We hope everyone else has a lovely day <3


And JDQ and I had a little photo session which was quite hilarious. Unlike the holiday photos where he sat still, this time I couldn't keep him still if my life depended upon it; but it was fun. 

Apple of my Eye!
(more will come later, I want to surprise everyone)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Party Ideas for You Know What Day....

With the Hallmark holiday fast approaching, I thought I'd share some party ideas. I know I probably should have posted this earlier in the month, most parents probably have already gotten together or some schools have done away with this party at school. But these ideas will come in handy even if you don't have children and just want to add a festive atmosphere at home. If fact, you should decorate but keep it up for the rest of the month. Tonight while going on a walk with JDQ, I saw two houses that were decorated for February 14. Both were decked out in red twinkle lights and the obligatory heart(s) waving in the wind from a tree or on the front door. Enjoy!

Apple of my eye 

From Etsy

via HGTV