Aug 16, 2014

50 Interesting Things In My 50 Years


I'm not sure how I feel about turning 50.
I hate that I'm 50 years old now,
but making a list of cool things I've gotten to do over the past 50 years 
definitely makes it a little easier, 
not to mention that I'm on my grandest adventure yet 
at this very moment (I'm about to see some pretty amazing stuff!).
I've been extremely lucky to have a little adventure over the years, 
along with the triumphs, heartache, surprises, day-to-day routines, 
and best of all, great love.

Someone whom I highly esteem once told me that my life was so interesting 
that I should write a book and it would be a best seller.  
At the time I was only 20 years old.  
Add 30 more years of adventure 
(and crazy) 
on top of that, and it's been quite a ride.

My husband calls Fifty the new 'f' word.  haha.  Now I will too.

I've been working on this list for weeks.
I'm sure there will be things I'll think of later that I'll wish I had added, 
but as of today, here are the most interesting things I can think of that I've done/seen/accomplished over the past 50 years.

50 Interesting {to me} Things I've Seen/Done
In The Last 50 Years
(not in order of most interesting)

1.  Gave birth to five beautiful kids.

2.  Met my husband online.  I call him my mail-order husband.  He has five beautiful kids too.

     4.  Zip lined on the Big Island, HA and in Ensenada, MX
     5.  Been on an Alaskan cruise (as of yesterday)
     6.  Flown closely over an active volcano
     7.  Helicoptered over Molokai and Maui, HA, saw the steepest coastal cliffs in the world.
     8.  Snorkeled many times in Hawaii
     9.  Kayaked to Captain Cook’s Monument
    10.  Climbed to the top of Mt Timpanogas (signed the book)
    11.  Scuba dived in the drifts in Cozumel
    12.  Snorkeled with sea lions in Mexico
    13.  Seen the Napali Coast in Kauai
    14.  Water skied Lake Powell
    15.  Snow skied CO and UT
    16.  Rappelled down a few cliffs
    17.  Drove coast to coast in a borrowed VW bug
    18.  Rode on an elephant
    19.  Boated with dolphins
    20.  Floated the Salt River (several times)
    21.  Eaten alligator

Other Travel 
    22.  Times Square in NYC
    23.  Disneyworld
    24.  Niagra Falls
    25.  Toured many church history sites in the east, including Nauvoo, The Sacred Grove, the Whitney store, Hill Cumorah, etc.

    26.  Modeled swimsuits on the strip in Las Vegas 

    27.  Was the ring girl for boxing matches in Las Vegas (my sister saw me on ESPN 2,500 miles away)
    28.  One night I had my own personal body guard
    29.  Won Miss Congeniality in a beauty contest
    30.  Attended an International Winter Olympics event

    31.  Met Gordon B. Hinckley in a private meeting with my family
    32.  Kissed David Hasselhoff
    33.  Met Alec Baldwin (he even gave my baby a banana)
    34.  Michael Ballam sang Happy Birthday to me on my 40th birthday
    35.  Was life-flighted on my honeymoon from Mazatlan to SLC in a private Lear jet.
    36.  Been proposed to at least 7 times
    37.  Pretended to be blind for a whole day.  In public.
    38.  Almost caught the whole neighborhood on fire (don’t play with matches!)

    39.  Been to MX about 50 times. 
    40.  Been to NASCAR in a cpl diff cities
    41.  Stung by a scorpion
    42.  Got comp’d great seats to Donna Summer in Las Vegas.
    43.  Comp’d the biggest hotel suite you've ever seen that had 2-story electric curtains opening up to the Vegas strip.
    44.  Been married 3 times, twice to the same man.
    45.  Lived in foster homes in high school (it was a really good thing, my parents were wayward, not me)
    46.  Sat front and center at Cirque du Soleil
    47.  Seen horse races at Del Mar
    48.  Been top salesperson for every sales job I've ever had.
    49.  I win a lot of great door prizes. Maybe I should be buying lottery tickets?? I've NEVER bought one....YET! (since writing that, a friend gave me a lottery ticket.  I didn’t win.  haha)
    50.  Horseback riding on the beach

I guess I should also mention that I'm the youngest of seven children.
NEVER have I seen all six of my siblings at the same time, and never will
(a couple of them have already passed away).

A few of my kids have already reviewed this list
and believe me, THEY HAD QUESTIONS!
I had some 'splainin to do.

     I've come up with a Bucket List too.  
Wanted to put 50 things on it, but honestly, 
it's hard to come up with 50.  Wow.  
That's surprising.  I'll keep working on it.  :)


Aug 11, 2014

Sea Side Reservations, Fish Tacos and Friends

It's that time of year again, when my two Utah BFF's, Janeal and Shelly come to town
 and we head down to Rocky Point for a few days.  

We have become creatures of routine.
First stop is always Combo Taco.
Just the thought of those tacos makes my husband drive faster to get there.
You seriously have not enjoyed Rocky Point to the fullest until you've eaten here.
(day 1 of tacos)

We ate there two days in a row.
(almost three)
The portions are generous, the price is cheap and 
the tacos are the best we've ever had anywhere on this earth.
I always order the yellow pepper.
It's HOT!

(day 2 of tacos)
There is a big red canopy overhead, so it makes for some funky lighting.

Next, we head for the resort.

This trip we stayed at the Sonoran Sun
courtesy of Sea Side Reservations.

The entire resort, inside and out, is gorgeous! 
These Old Mexico paintings in the lobby are spectacular!
This painting depicts a fiesta in the courtyard of the resort.
That really is what the courtyard looks like...

A view of the ocean right from the parking lot!

Our unit had two spacious bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

The origami towels were so cute!
I just love that touch of extra special.

We had a roomy fully equipped kitchen.

You've never seen so much camera snapping as with us three girls.
We all agreed that the views from the Sonoran Sun balconies are as good or better 
as anyplace located on Sandy Beach.
That's Old Port way back there behind Shelly's head. 

Oh, I just have so much fun with these girls.
Getting pedi's is another thing we always do together.
(can you tell which feet are mine?)
This was right outside our favorite bakery.

Mango Man!
Other than my husband, this is my favorite guy on the beach!
He parks his cart in the sand right out in front of the Sonoran Sun.
He can turn a juicy mango into a piece of art, 
complete with fresh lime juice and pico limon (fruit chile powder). good!
At least we eat something healthy down there.

Oh yes, beach all day!
We stake out a palapa for sun and shade. 
The beach has wonderful sand and the ocean is so fun to swim in!
We can wade around out there in the water for ages and stay comfortable.
Love it!

Tan and beautiful!
Enjoying another sunset dinner at Flavio's in Old Port.
You can see the high rises on Sandy Beach in the far background, including the Sonoran Sun.

Oh wow, something new.
I discovered that I actually do like clams on the shell.  Mmmm, so good.
Thanks, Flavios!  They surprised us with this special comp'd treat.
(it's not the first time...although the time they comp'd us with octupus, 
I wasn't the least bit interested)

Here we are, shopping on Shacks Fifth Avenue (the locals refer to it as Rodeo Drive), 
which is an area with lots of  lovely gift shops
where you can buy the finest silver, large pottery, Mexican vanilla, and everything in between.

Another MUST place where we always eat is El Pollo Lucas.
They serve the most incredible refried beans I've ever had.  
In fact, I don't even eat the beans anywhere else 90% of the time.

Inside El Pollo Lucas.  
Finally a photo with my husband in it.
The food is fast and extremely delicious.  
You can order either chicken or chicken.

Another trip to La Tapatia panaderia.
I can't even tell you how to get to this bakery.
Here's how you get to this bakery.
We are obsessed with it!
My favorite pastry on earth is made in this bakery.
(I have several 'favorites' in Rocky Point)

Showing off our bags of goodies.
I should change my blog name to

My husband was so good to take all these pictures of us.
Thanks, honey!

Here's what I have to say about Sea Side Reservations 
(a reservation service for several different resorts and beach homes) 
and The Sonoran Sun (the actual resort where we stayed):

The folks at Sea Side Reservations were wonderful to work with!
My husband has rented via Sea Side in the past for a beach home, 
and was very pleased with them then, as well.

The personnel at the Sonoran Sun resort were extremely nice and very accommodating.
We supposedly had wifi in our room, but we couldn't get it to work properly.
We called the main desk and they REPLACED the router.  Thereafter the wifi was great!
  How's that for service?!!  Thank you!
This resort does not offer poolside towels, and we did not come prepared with our own.
Just mentioning this so if you stay there, be sure to pack beach towels.
Other than that, everything was perfect and we really enjoyed our stay!


Jul 22, 2014

NOW SHOWING at Sweet Salvage

This month's theme was NOW SHOWING!
The movie vignettes were incredible!

a castle and a poison apple can only mean one thing...










There was so much more!
I sincerely am in love with Sweet Salvage!!!

Master Packing List - never forget anything again!

We used to reinvent the wheel 
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. we went on a trip. 
I'd fret and fret over trying to remember to pack everything, 
then we would almost always forgot something anyway!  

I started saving all my little scraps and notes with lists 
and eventually we built one MASTER LIST 
that makes packing awesomely smooth. 
We never forget anything anymore!  
Friends, this list is based on years and years of packing experience. 

I have separate categories on my list, 
because various adventures call for different types of packing. 


Jul 14, 2014

Banana Pineapple Nut Bread

Cuz let's face it, sometimes you just don't have enough rotten bananas!

Super Yum!

Banana Pineapple Nut Bread
makes 2 large loaves

2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1 whole can pineapple chunks, blended until smooth & frothy
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 Tbs oil
1+ tsp vanilla (cuz I like a lot)
6 eggs
5 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1+ cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional, but I like a lot of these too!)

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease bottom only of loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
2.  In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except Bisquick and nuts; stir until blended.  Stir in Bisquick and nuts.  Pour into prepared loaf pan.
3.  Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
4.  Cool 10 minutes.  Loosen sides of loaf from pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

This picture shows only some of the pineapples chunks from the can.  
I ended up using the whole can!
We loved the hint of pineapple flavor, the extra texture &
mostly the extra moistness of the cake bread when using pineapple!

Maybe next time I'll add some coconut too and call it Pina Colada bread!


Summer Lovin at Sweet Salvage!

I don't love Arizona summers, but I ALWAYS love Arizona's Sweet Salvage!
June was just as fun and adventurous as ever!

It's almost time for July's show, but I really wanted to share June's pickins with you first.
So many of the displays were Americana, and they are still so fun to see.

This cabinet really got my mind rolling. 
We have a similar cabinet, only it has a gazillion drawers!  
Wouldn't that be so pretty?!

I have literally run out of room in my crafting studio for big pieces, 
but ohhhhh, this fella really wanted to come home with me.
I had to leave him behind.  :(

If you've lost your marbles, I know where you can get some more.
Somebody put a LOT of work into this A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. bench!
The cushions and throw pillows are gorgeous!!!

Holy Cow, George Washington!

White dishes always catch my attention!
I love the splashes of red too!

Rustication at it's best!
These etched lanterns are adorable!

The color schemes were so eye-catching!  
Dontcha just love this blue glass?!?!

Ohhhhh, there's always so much girly stuff too!
I just love it!

The next show is THIS WEEK!
Sweet Salvage is only open 4 days a month,
the third Thurs-Sun.

I heart Sweet Salvage!!!

And the best part?
My two Utah besties will be in town and will get to experience it for the first time!

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