Monday, July 29, 2013

National Lasagna Day

Today is National Lasagna Day!  So guess what we're having for dinner??  I'm making my favorite lasagna which I talked about here.  It's the BEST LASAGNA EVER.  Really.  You should make.

This is a pic from ages ago.  SOOOOO YUMMY!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bacon Bacon Bacon!!!

Last night I had a little gathering of friends come over to compete in Best Dish.  Best Dish is a competition to see who can cook up the BEST DISH.  We have this once a month and every month the "secret" ingredient changes.  It's not really secret.  I guess it's technically the star ingredient.  Anywho, this month's ingredient was BACON.  Everyone prepares a dish where bacon is the star ingredient.  We bring enough of our dish to share, we try all of the dishes, then vote on who we like the best.  You can't vote for your own, though.  The hostess, does not participate, because she will be the one providing the prizes for the Best Dish.  It can be any prize of any denomination.  Last night, I provided drinks and 2 prizes.  The prizes were $10 gift cards to Trader Joe's.  We had several great contenders, as you can see.  All of the food prepared, and drink, was excellent.  But, there can only be one winner...well, in our case, two.  And the winner is....... (drumroll please).....BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPERS & BACON INFUSED BOURBON!!!!!!!!

Bacon Chicken & Pineapple Kabob

Bacon and Cheese Muffins

Bacon Brittle

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Infused Bourbon for Old Fashioneds

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Was I Being Scammed??

You know that feeling you get when you think you're being scammed?  Well, I had this feeling yesterday.  It wasn't overwhelming, it was just riding under the surface.  Still, it was there and I was aware of it, but not screaming in my face.

I bought some running shoes yesterday.  The hubs and I joined a gym and I haven't bought new shoes in 10 years, so, I went to the mall and found a store that sold workout kind of shoes.  I decided to go in and check it out.  It was a typical store with blaring music and tatted up sales people.  The kind of store, where in my 20's I'd think was kinda cool.  But now in my 40's, is completely annoying.  Why does the music have to be so loud?  Loud enough that you practically have to scream to hear each other speak.

My sales lady was very "energetic" (I put this in quotes because her energy seemed to be coming from a pill and not a natural high) and helpful (thankfully).  I've heard from a friend that this store can be horrible with customer service.  Many times she has walked out for blatantly being ignored.  Well, this should have been my cue to leave.  But, the sales lady was already in the back pulling shoes for me.   This was when the first inkling of me being scammed came washing over me.

She comes back with my shoes, they aren't quite right, so she goes back to find another pair.  In the meantime, another sales guy comes to help me.  They all seemed nice enough and played with Bean while I was busy trying on shoes.  They had their little banter session then rang me up.  This is where I really felt like I was being scammed.

I walked up to the register.  They were already in the process of ringing me up.  I saw that they had placed two spray bottles of something next to my shoes.  I'm assuming some kind of protectant or cleaner for the shoes?  Anyway, I witnessed an odd interaction between the two sales people that were helping me.  The girl says to the guy, to ring it up with her discount.  This is all said with a hushed tone and averted eyes.  Then she leaves.

The guy says to me what the total was and I asked why it was so much.  $45 more than what I had expected.  He proceeds to tell me that what the spray is for and how to use it and I stop him and say I didn't ask for that.  I did not want that.  He looks at me and says, "Oh.  She said she told you about it and was giving you her discount".  Well, that was a total lie.  She never mentioned that to me.  Plus, I never buy stuff like that.

She comes back to the register and he says to her that I didn't want it.  She looks at  him and, I swear it was a look of "Why did you say anything?" and she walked off.

My total was adjusted and I left.  I will never shop here again.  It made me feel uncomfortable.

Do you think I was being scammed??

My new shoes :)  Aren't they cute?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!!!

What is everyone up to today?  I'm bbqing with friends and enjoying the hot day!  Here's a pic of a tiny piece of our beautiful nation.  

Happy Birthday America!!

This was taken on our way back home from Healdsburg (Sonoma county).  I'm always taken aback by the beautiful scenery that is so close to me.

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