Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29 - Photo-A-Day

May 29: A Number
Number 10...its the number of lbs i've lost but i'm stuck at.  Proud that I lost those but frustrated that I can't seem to push forward.

Conquering The Gondola

This past weekend we took a family trip to the mountains.  We live right beside them and yet they always mesmerize me.  They’re just so beautiful!  One of the special things we did on our trip was try the gondola in Banff.  Now, understand that I am sort of afraid of heights.  I don’t mind being in an airplane yet things like a gondola freak me out.  How does that little string promise to hold me up?!  I decided it was time to conquer the fear and do it.  So up we went! 

The gondola (4 person cabin) takes you up Sulphur Mountain.  The views are SPECTACULAR!  In 8 short minutes you’re on top of a mountain at 2,281m (7,486ft).  When you’re at the top, there are stairs and a pathway to an old ranger station.  Definitely worth the hike!  Click here for more information on the Banff Gondola if you’re interested in visiting.  Here are some pictures of my experience:

The gondola in action! Up we go...

View of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel from on top the mountain

View of Rimrock Resort from on top of the mountain

View of the town of Banff from on top the mountian

Some fresh snow on newly budding trees

Beautiful landscape

Mountains squirrels!

View of upper gondola terminal from the ranger station

Going back down!

Monday, May 28, 2012

May Photo-A-Day Catch-up: 25-28

We had a FANTASTIC WEEKEND in the mountains and shut off all technology...so relaxing!  Here is a catch-up on last few days.  More posts to come about our weekend :)

May 25: Unusual

We did something different and booked a little chalet for the weekend in Canmore.


May 26: 12 o'clock

This is where I was at 12 o'clock...a gondola in Banff! Im afraid of heights so this was a HUGE feat for me.  Just don't look down as you go up!  So worth the trip up :)

May 27: Something Sweet
We took a stroll down Banff Avenue and no trip is complete without a stop at the Rocky Mountain Fudge for some treats mmmmm!

May 28: The Weather Today

Oh Calgary....its a bit chilly yet this morning but at least we got some sunshine :)


Thursday, May 24, 2012

May Photo-A-Day: 23, 24

May 23: Technology

I get the pleasure of staring at this old school phone all day long at my daytime office job....



May 24: Something New
My new belt!  Bought this today to go with a yellow dress I am wearing to a wedding next week.  It was on sale at Ricki's when I got to the cashier for $4.99!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Lesley

To my best friend, Lesley....

May you always act only as old as you feel and always keep smiling :)
Happy Birthday bestie!

May Photo-A-Day: Days 19-22

What a great May long weekend!  Made some new friends, had lots of time to relax, and got head start on other things.  Can't get enough of these kind of weekends!  Here is a little catch-up:

May 19: A Favorite Place

Terceira, Acores....where my family is from & where I need to go STAT


May 20: Something You Can't Live Without

Steve...he's my everything.  I never knew how much you could love someone until I fell in love with him.  He makes me laugh constantly and always supports me. 


May 21: Where You Stand

I stand strong.  I stand committed to change.  I stand ready.


May 22: Pink

My little buddy on my desk :) I got him from a breast cancer awareness fundraiser and he keeps me company at work.


Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18 - Photo A Day

The weekend is here!  And it's a long weekend to boot...WOO HOO!!!

May 18: Something You Made

Yup, that's right...I made fresh zucchini bread just because I had a craving for it lol

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May Photo-A-Day...14-17

May 14: Grass

We had a glorious day of sunshine and took to fixing up our backyard...now we can sit back and enjoy it all summer long! 



May 15: Love

Steve is the love of my life and I am truly blessed to have him.


May 16: What You're Reading
I love Tori Spelling...and her reality show...and her party idas!



May 17: Snack
Thinking healthy....fresh kiwi and grapes :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Recipe: Beer Cake with Orange Glaze

When I tell someone I just made "Beer Cake" I typically get a funny look but wait until they taste it!  This is a Portuguese family recipe and in Portuguese it's called "Bolo de Cerveja" which sounds much fancier.  I had one lonely beer in the fridge from a while ago (we don't drink that much beer) so it was put to good use.  You can use non-alcoholic beer for this but today it was an Dos Equis!

Beer Cake
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup butter (i used margarine)
  • 1 cup beer
How-To:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. 
  2. Add the egg yolks and beat for 1 minute until creamy.
  3. Add flour and baking powder and mix together. Mix in beer.
  4. In small bowl, beat egg white until light and fluffy.  Fold in to other mixture.
  5. Pour into greased cake pan.  Bake at 375F for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean!
I like a nice glaze as opposed to frosting on my cakes so I made this orange glaze which was a hit.

Orange Glaze
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • orange zest from one orange
  • 3 thin slices from an orange to decorate
How-To:
  1. Mix everything together until thickens.
  2. Pour over warm cake :)

It didn't last very long!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May 13 - Photo-A-Day

Happy Mother's Day!  Hope we can take even just a few moments to think about our moms today and all that they do for us.  I thank my mom for always having my best interests at heart.....even when it may seem more like nagging! lol I love you, mom.

May 13: Mum


This is a photo of my mom when she was 18...she's now over 60 and still as beautiful.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May 12 - Photo-A-Day

Look at me on a roll.....

May 12: Something That Makes Me Happy


Being silly with the man I love makes me happy.  It's nice to know I can be a dork around him lol.  Like our glasses??

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2012

May 11 - Photo A Day

Happy Friday!!  I keep thinking it's a long weekend but we're not quite there yet *sigh*  So much to look forward to this month!

May 11 - Kitchen

This is my kitchen looking over the breakfast bar and living room.  We're hoping to change out the countertops in the next year or so.

Here's the view from the back door and nook.


Here's the eating nook.  The bay window was one of my favorite things because I love all the natural light.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Photo-A-Day Catch-up!

I'm not doing so hot at this am I? lol.  Well, its been a busy few days but here is a "catch-up" for the May Photo-A-Day series....

May 4: Fun!
May 5: Bird
Fun on May 4th was taking a beautiful walk around Mckenzie Lake and seeing the birds at Inverness Pond.  Ironically. all the birds flew away for my picture!

May 6: You
Me!

May 7: Someone Who Inspire You 
Maria Menounos...she's beautiful, talented, humble, and great ideas.  I lover her book.

May 8: A Smell You Adore 
Lilies!!

May 9: Something You Do Everyday 
Pinterest!  I love it!

May 10: A Favorite Word 
"Seriously"....I seriously say this way too much lol.  Enough so that my sister got me this great mug for Christmas.  Grey's Anatomy is also a favorite show.  My favorite mug!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tacos & Mojitos Night

I may have missed all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations the other day but I made up for it tonight!  I through together random ingredients to make one delicious dinner while Steve perfected our first homemade mojitos...man, is he a keeper!  He shares his mojito recipe below after taco recipe.

Turkey Tacos

Ingredients:
  • ground turkey breast (1 pkg)
  • garlic
  • salt
  • oregano
  • chili powder
  • ketchup (2 tbsp)
  • brown rice (1/2 cup uncooked)
  • bruschetta (1/2 cup)
  • soft tortilla wraps
  • cheese (1 cup, grated)

How-To:
  1. In saucepan, cook rice as normal.
  2. In skillet, brown turkey breast.  Watch it carefully as it will dry up quickly.
  3. Add spices to taste.
  4. Add bruschetta, mix.  You can also use salsa instead.
  5. Add ketchup and rice, mix together.  Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add 1/2 the amount of grated cheese and mix.  The rest of the cheese you can use when assembling your wraps.
  7. Ready to serve!  We like to make our wraps as we go at the dinner table. 

and the best part.... MOJITOS!!!
YUM!!
Steve's Mojito Recipe
  • 1.5 oz Rum (we used Appleton 12 yr)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dases Angostura Bitters
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • top with club soda
Muddle 1 mint sprig with the simple syrup and lime juice in bottom of mixing glass.  Add the rest of ingredients and shake with ice.  Strain over cracked ice into high ball glass, top with soda and garnish with other sprig of mint.  ENJOY!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Floating Gerbera Centerpiece

Happy Monday! We're starting off the week with a super easy and inexpensive centerpiece tutorial.  I recently made these for a wedding in Kananaskis.

What You'll Need:
  • TRYGG serving bowl from Ikea (runs for about $3.99)
  • black river rocks
  • 3 gerbera daisies
  • submersible LED
  • water
How-To:
  1. Lay a handful of river rocks in the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Put submersible LED light at center of bottom of vases, nestled between rocks but not covered.
  3. Fill bowl 3/4 with room temperature water.
  4. Cut the stems of the gerbera daisies so there is only about 1" left. Float on top of water.
*If you don't want to use submersible LED, I suggest using floating candles on top :)







Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Photo-A-Day: 2 & 3

 MAY 2: Skyline

This was the beautiful skyline in Las Vegas this past week and desert Mojave mountains.

MAY 3: Something You Wore Today

My favorite necklace!  The silver key pendant was a gift from my boyfriend our 2nd Christmas together and the garnet gem was a birthday gift from my best friend a year ago.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Photo-A-Day

I have been wanting to take part in "photo-a-day" for the last few months but always miss the start of the month....until today!  I think it will be alot of fun :)  The original idea is found here.  A great blog and she posts a new one every month for followers.


i love my turquoise nail polish lol