Friday, January 29, 2016

Lucky 7: Must do things in Las Vegas

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You feeling lucky? If you have traveled to Vegas many times or if this is your first time enjoy some of these on your trip. We certainly had fun wondering the Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.
1. Casinos. They are literally everywhere on the Vegas strip. Pretty much every hotel has at least one you can visit. We tried a few while in town and I have to say the Paris and The Venetian were our personal favorites. They offer complimentary drinks to anyone playing games. The Venetian has a Massage station, I recommend a $10 "quick fix" it is heavenly.
2. Enjoy lunch at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. There are two reasons for this first order the French Toast, it has Vanilla Cream, Carmelized Bananas and Toasted Pecans. Second request a seat by the windows for a view of the Bellagio fountain show.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Recipe: Spinach Sausage Lasagna

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Spinach Sausage Lasagna Recipe
What you will need:
1 LB of Sausage or Hamburger
Lasagna noodles
1 Tub of cottage cheese
2 Roma tomatoes
1 Jar of sauce
3 sweet peppers
1 half onion
Shredded cheese
We also added 2 garlic cloves and mushrooms (optional)
 Cook sausage or meat until brown. Add mushrooms, diced garlic, onions and mushrooms.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Museums in Balboa Park CA

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This particular Museum features dynamic, changing exhibitions of historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design. I spent some time wondering around looking at what they had to offer. 
I enjoyed the wonderful glass lighting fixtures....

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Visiting Lake Mead, Nevada in my Mazda 6 #drivemazda

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I was provided with a free rental to help facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own. 
It is no secret I travel, a lot! I have been to almost the entire United States in the last year alone. Last week I had the pleasure of adding another few states and cities to that long list of places I have traveled. Las Vegas, Nevada is give or take a three day drive from my home so flying was really my option of choice. I enjoyed almost a week in the Mazda 6 and it was nothing but luxury. On my fist official day I drove it out to Lake Mead to see what this little hot car could do!
  Think dessert lands for miles and then BAM mountains! Curvy roads mixed with high cliffs and boulders throughout the little towns. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Recipe- Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

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 Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
 What you will need:
Pork Chops
Bacon slices
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil
 Drizzle olive oil and season the pork chops before you wrap them!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Desert Garden in Balboa Park, CA

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I landed in San Diego, dropped my luggage off and decided to get right to exploring! I drove the rental to a local area with free parking and inviting gardens, Balboa Park.
 Walking through the Spanish inspired buildings to a few gardens I heard were worth the walk.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pawn Stars, Las Vegas

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 Thanks to Netflix I have been addicted to the show Pawn Stars. While in Las Vegas I decided to visit the store that I have been binge watching.
 Patrons of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas owned by the Harrison family, who have been in the pawn business for 30 years. They house jewelry, historical objects, housewares to be sold, appraised and sold.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Recipe: BBQ Pizza

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What you will need:
1 pizza crust
1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce 
1 cup cooked, sliced chicken breast (about one 8-ounce breast) 
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
2/3 cup shredded cheese
2 garlic cloves diced
1-2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced fresh cilantro, for topping

Friday, January 8, 2016

Botanical Building, Balboa Park CA

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Very few places I have traveled in my life that felt like home the minute I step foot there. This is one of them! I have to say the Balboa Park reminds me of St. Augustine, Florida as it has similar Spanish influenced building dating back in history. Catch some breakfast at a side cart bistro and just enjoy the scenery before you start your exploration of the park.
The Botanical building was built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond and Lagoon, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Recipe Jambalaya

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What you will need: 
2 1/2 cups water 
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes 
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 
1/2 lb fully cooked smoked sausage,
 1/2 to 3/4 lb medium fresh shrimp, 
3 tablespoons dried minced onion
 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1-2 garlic clove, diced
1-2 Chicken breat
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground 
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 bay leaf
1-2 Celery stalks (diced)
Slice the Smoked sausage and chicken then throw into pan. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Oban Inn

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Our phones are not the only things that need a recharge! Three months had past and we forgot to celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary this year...eeek! We needed to get away from our cute kid and just enjoy some time as adults. We headed to Oban Inna luxury 4 Diamond boutique hotel nestled serenely in the heart of Wine Country in the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.
The Oban Spa overlooks Lake Ontario. 
Privacy, intimacy, elegance and lush gardens await you!