Thursday, June 24, 2010

AHoy Matey's..

So as you may have noticed my blog was removed for a bit due to my gmail account being hacked. I had to keep blogging though so I started a new Blog.

I am going to stop blogging though on this account and continue to blog on my new account. We are moving into our first house and starting anew so with the new memories and adventures why not start a fresh new blog...So to all my readers please come and follow me to my NEW BLOG...

http://lifesglitters.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Typical California Drive to work

The thing I will miss the most when I move is probably my commute to work.

Right now since I live so close to the ocean I been taking PCH to work everyday. Now that we are moving to Lakewood it is going to be Goodbye coastal drive hello 405 gridlock!

This is what My trip to work is like....

Off to Work..Hot coffee , music ,floor heater on and windows down.
Leaving the neighborhood
Hard to take photos and drive but this is one of my favorite homes in the neighborhood.
Over the bridge by the Marina Nearing PCH

So many Palm Trees and Pelicans and Seagulls
On to Another bridge passing the naval ship in Seal Beach
It always smells like the ocean big time right here
Seal Beach Houses. Jesse James lives here somewhere.
Old Water Tower...Now available for Parties and other private events!
This is sunset beach. See a lot of old Wooden seaside Bars, restaurants,marina,surf shops and other curiosity shops.
Nice Open Highway driving through Bolsa Chica. I got my nice ocean breeze blowing through my hair..I love this kinda over cast mist that wakes me up each morning as well.
I see this van EVERY morning. Also heading to catch some waves.
The water was pretty mellow this morning
Sometimes when your stopped at the red you can see a group of Dolphins jumping in and out of the water. It is reallly cool to see that!
It is also really cool when it is storming outside and see the waves and the wind combines..wow it is a site..however it floods a lot so sometimes I got to go another route..which sucks
This is the Dog Beach area of Huntington Beach. I always see a bunch of people out there in the morning with their dogs and always a ton of surfers
Quick Glimpse of the Huntington Beach statue.
I work in Costa Mesa so this is the hill I have to climb to get to the Mesa.
They just did a lot of landscaping last summer
Made it to work....I am really going to miss this drive.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Love Cheesy Corn

So I came up with a great recipe for a Cheesy Corn dish. I been getting requests to bring it at every potluck and when I have holiday dinners to attend. Anyway it is super easy and cheap to make. Here it is..take in mind I do not measure..I just taste test here and there

Can of Corn- Drained ( I usually use 4 cans when bringing it over for dinner cause everyone goes for seconds and thirds)

I use a Garlic and pepper blend to season the corn while it is cooking

Once heated I drain the fluid

I add in a heaping spoonful of Butter and coat the corn
Then on a medium heat I add 1 package of cream cheese and season some more with garlic salt and pepper.

I add two tablespoons of Mayo

Mix all and when taking the pan off the burner I shake Parmesan cheese over the top.

So that is it..my fast recipe for Cheesy corn.
For a extra zest add some lemon pepper..it does wonders.

This recipe is for 4 cans of corn..you can modify the ingredients depending on how many cans you use.

LOL Looks like I will never have a career in writing a recipe book.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ava's New Scoot

Last Christmas Santa Brought Ava a new Pink Scooter. Daddy just built it yesterday and boy did Ava have a blast playing with it.
She was trying to reach the pedals but still a little shy on reaching them
She was good though using her feet to help her along
She hates Headbands
Now experimenting on putting her feet up
Yeah..lost interest...she gets around better by walking
I am sure once she can reach the pedals and figure it out she will be all over the place on her pink scoot.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Nate comes to visit!

Before I left  work yesterday I noticed a message from my cousin Nate who just happened to be coming to LA last night and went to meet up with him. I haven't seen him in like 3 years.
He has been away in Afghanistan fighting and had some really close calls on his last deployment.He came back home (well his home in NC) in January. My mom and I as well as other family members have been so worried about him and glad he is home.

Anyways he was in AZ jumping outta Airplanes for some Army training in AZ and him and a buddy of his who also decided to drive to CA to see family. We all met up at Acapulco for dinner and margarittas. It was great catching up with him. I am happy to know that he will be retiring. He just did his 10 year and I think for now for a few years is going to focus on moving back to Florida with his wife and spend time with his kids.

Above is a picture of Gabe holding Ava (she was knocked out) Parker, Mike (my cousins friend) me and My cousin Nate.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Playful Thursday Night

It was a pretty casual Thursday night. I posted my kittens up on Craigslist for adoption and two got adopted last night!!
I know I should have packed some more but all weekend will be a packing marathon so I took the night off from packing.
Ava watched a couple of Yo Gabba Gabba episodes and every time it comes on she runs and gets her Gabba dolls and makes them dance
Now she is making them hold hands
I was busting up laughing and so she took them to the other room.
Gabe ended up getting the night off so we thought we would relax with some wine..he was in the kitchen cooking something up with Parker I could hear...this is what they were making..YUM!!
The chocolate covered strawberries with the Shiraz went wonderful together.
That got Parker in the mood to make another tasty treat...Ice Pops!
After making all our treats we all sat together and watched the live Web cast of the World Premier of the World of Color at Disney's Cal Adventure. What a amazing show..I bet it is a spectacular site to see live. Can't wait to see t in person!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Yummy Yummy!!

Today my boss took Holly and I out to lunch to celebrate a belated birthday for Holly.
We ate at His friends restaurant. It was so good as usual and this place is constantly packed.

Holly got the heirloom tomato Capesse salad
I got the terriyaki burger ..Like one of the best burgers I ever had and the side salad was awesome too. The Passion fruit Ice tea I got was also good.
For dessert we got a banana bread pudding with some chocolate chips and home made cream and caramel..OMG!! It was soooooooooo good.
Anyways I highly reccomend Eat Chow in Costa Mesa.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nevermind the Buzzcocks

Sunday night we went up to the Anaheim House of Blues in Downtown Disney to see the Buzzcocks! The show was friggen fantastic! They did their first two albums and man what a blast I had..however I seem to be still tired. It was a nice finish to a wild weekend though.

I stole these pictures from Holly ..Gabe and I car pooled up to the show with her and Chris.
I took some video on my phone but all you could hear was Gabe singing along.
I went up to the pit and was having fun pushing fools back in it that were slam dancing. Ahh to be young again....and speaking of young..I am going to post an early video of the Buzzcocks...hard to believe how old these guys are now but still they kick Ass!
Here is them performing many many years ago live my fave Buzzcocks song!

Even earlier flashback

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Little Buddy

Just about every morning Gabe gets a daily morning visit from a neighborhood squirrel. Usually we get woken up by little barking in the trees. ( put a video of it on the bottom). My cats just love taunting the squirrel. I think they know better now then to hunt it.

As you can see this squirrel is really threaten by my cat
This one is a female. Gabe makes noises and when he comes out she knows to come down to the fence cause he feeds her peanuts almost everyday.
We have tried other things too such as raisins and dried fruits..she is much more into peanuts though.
so cute..Ava likes to come out and call her TIGER.
I was freaking out a little trying to hand feed her cause when you stick the peanut out her little claws grip your hand.
Gabe said the place has been packed with squirrels lately. I think this one had babies cause her squirrel nipples look like she has been feeding babies....Gabe is going to miss his little buddy.

video

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pub Crawling on Bikes

Saturday to celebrate Holly's annual 21st birthday she got everyone together to do a Long beach pub crawl on bikes.
Everyone met at about noon and had some pizza and drinks. I showed up a little bit afterwards just in time to watch Holly open her gifts.
everyone hung out and socialized while we waited fora few stragglers
Holly, Kristie and Jessica..aka The power puff girls
Mark and I are missing from this photo. We were taking the pictures.
First Bar stop!
I think Holly got a drink and a shot at every bar we went to. Besides the cocktails she had st home already here is her first official bar stop cocktails and Jaegger Blahhh
Gabe's first beer of the day
Holly was so happy to find another cherry at the bottom of her drink.
This is our group behind me was a few more bikes. I think there was 14 bikes all together.
I think this is right before Holly drove off the pathway and into the sand.
Stop Number 2!!
A whiskey shot and Pabst! she also got a spanking from some ol geezer sitting at the bar.
Sean, Holly and I ....I am pretty beaten up by this point from riding up hill on my bike in the hot sun after drinking vodka cranberries.
Got a little color
These crazy guys
3rd stop!!..Fern's..Love their jukebox here. Inside I didn't take pictures cause Julia and myself had a pretty bad excuse for a game of pool and then I just got caught up chatting with everyone... The 4Th Stop was the Pike in Long Beach but at that Point I went home to relieve my babysitter who had plans so I went home and relaxed on my nice cool bed for awhile and waited till the group got back to Holly's for her bday BBQ party
After awhile the kids and I went over to Chris and Holly's place where just Arnold and Chris were there and Chris was grilling away. Everyone else soon showed up and the party began. Everyone was drinking and eating. I didn't drink at the party only water to re hydrate from the hot afternoon of riding bikes. What a work out I got!
Party was getting a little crazy. Everyone here was taking shots of Vodka. The shot glasses are made out of ice. Not too sure who is doing the hand gesture but my guess is it's a female's hand...
Everyone
Ally made Holly Chocolate cupcakes with fresh strawberry filling and a whipped cream frosting.
MEAT and BOOZE
Party people at this point I just took a few quick shots of the crowd and took the kids home to go to bed. As you can see Ava in the back ground in Gabes arms she was ready for bed.
I think this was Maria's second round of Vodka in a Ice shot glass.
It was time for me to go to bed I was spent. What a fun party though! I love Long Beach and I love that everyone is so close by.