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Ok, I have been away for so long! Unfortunately I have had a few ‘episodes’ with my brain injury and I have been unable to post. Just my usual migraines and seizures, but it does keep me from writing. I have also been getting our home ready for a guest, well, guests. We just had my friend Jessica here last week and Next month my brother and my nephews will be here. Jessica was here to speak at Austin’s World Famous SXSW. I felt bad, but I kept telling her it was a big deal that she was speaking at the event because I was making her nervous. I am born/raised Austin, so I know SXSW before it is today. When it was just music and no badges were needed. Oh those were the days. Anyway, she and our other friends did fantastic! They were speaking about ‘How Latina Moms Are Raising Next Gen Coders.’ Yes, SXSW has changed. There is so much going on around the actual Convention Center and so many booths advertising their products & giving their products free to do just that. There are even people walking around as advertising. I was the driver for my friend. She doesn’t live here & I wanted her to have a great time, so it was so fun to see how Austin is still very beautiful and the parks are full outside of SXSW! Of course, get inside the madness and it is full of cars and people.

Well, I have been a busy bee reading for my spring book list. One of my favorite Instagram, @princessmousey friends recommended a book, I Forgot To Remember. I was immediately attracted because it is about a young lady who has had a brain injury and struggled with amnesia. She overcomes amazingly. Reading this book was very good for me, because it helped me to understand that I am not the only one that goes through this.

I like reading Sophia Kinsella books. Sometimes I just need to read a good girl book and the Shopaholic series are my tried and true ‘go to’s’. Having said that, Shopaholic To The Stars is not my favorite of the series. The book took a very long time to get me into it. I can easily read a 400 page book in about 2 days, but this book took me about 2 weeks because I could not find myself getting into it. However, the ending has me wanting to read the next. Go figure!

WOW! The Girl On The Train was amazing. When I was young I loved watching Alfred Hitchcock movies. This book reminded me of watching his movies, like Rear Window. Needless to say, I could not put this book down! If you start this book, look for a thriller.

After reading The Girl On The Train, I asked my Instagram, @princessmousey followers for a recommendation and given The Nightingale. This is a beautiful story of 2 sisters separate lives in German occupied 1939 France. You read the book, you really see how the sisters are different, but as you keep reading are they really that different? It is really a beautifully written book.

I love reading novels to take me to another place & time. I just love to read! You can find me on Goodreads. I really recommend these books. I believe these books were all 300-400 pages, but they are all written so beautifully, the subject is wonderful to take on spring break & are all so exciting that you will be unable to put them down, but that’s just my 2 kisses. You will find every moment of silence or just a moment of alone time to read!

I also want to let you know about e-mails I started receiving from Book Bub. Everyday I get their email of about 1-3 books that are FREE, .99 or $1.99 per book! I have bought a Vegan Cookbook, a Paleo Cookbook and a few novels. Of course, I have just deleted the email most times, but it is good to get a bargain book to download to your tablet.

My favorite is checking the free books on my iTunes books. I always find books there! Always the classics, but they also put newer books. If you have an iPad, check on the very bottom of the iBooks page for Free Books Tab & Weekly Bestsellers Under $4. There are even kid books in there.

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Last thing! March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! I have suffered a brain injury and I live in Texas. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has designated March 18 as Brain Injury Awareness Day. The Governor’s office estimates 2 million Texans are living with Traumatic Brain Injury & 144,000 sustained TBI’s in 2014. The Brain Injury Assoc. of America Texas Division assists victims & their families in finding rehab, legal, financial & other support services. 1-800-444-6443. biausa.org

Thank you for reading and sharing &

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Mouth Watering Ratatouille

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Hello Sunshine! I hope you are well. I am ready for Spring here in Austin, TX. I love that we get a mixture of days though. One day it’s cold, the next it can be 70 degrees, sunny and beautiful.

Well, I have been a Vegan for Lent before, but I really want to start adding a few more to my menu so I have been trying to make new recipes. Last week I made this Mouth Watering Ratatouille! I have never made Ratatouille before, but I have made Pisto. I wanted to make this Ratatouille very pretty. I know, I was inspired by my favorite Disney movie! It is super easy to make and I want to share the recipe with you.

Ratatouille

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash
  • 1 pound eggplant. I used Japanese eggplant in order to keep the veggies the same size.
  • 1 pound ripe red tomatoes. I used Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3-4 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil leaves (about 2 full medium stems)
  • Olive Oil
  • cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. I used our toaster oven

2. Slice vegetables in the same thickness.  I sliced the veggies 1/4 thin, thin slivers.

3. Lightly oil an oven safe casserole dish.

4. Place a flat a row of tomatoes and sprinkle with garlic and basil.

5. Gather equal amounts of vegetables to place on their side in the uniform rows until you get to the center of the dish.

6. Sprinkle more garlic and fresh basil on top of the rows of vegetables.

7. Drizzle olive oil on your completed dish.

8. Bake, covered, for 1 to 11/2 hours, until the vegetables are tender.

9. Serve hot over rice, couscous, noodles if you like, but I served mine without.

We have a very fancy and expensive Mandolin Slicer, but I used one that I got at a discount store. Sometimes getting the big Mandolin Slicer is too much trouble. In other words, you do not need a super fancy one, just look for one of those handheld models.

I really hope you make this recipe. It looks beautiful and tastes even better!

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hello Sunshine! I hope all is well with you. I have been a Busy Bee with normal around the house things, family holidays and getting my pantry ready for Lent. Although I am a vegetarian, I am Vegan for Lent. Well, my son has been wanting chocolate chip cookies and of course, whatever he wants~ he gets! Maui Brand Sugars was kind enough to give me their Maui Whites and Maui Raws to try & I wanted to make the cookies using their sugars. Here is the recipe I used:

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maui Raws

(Yield 2 dozen)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup Maui Whites Natural Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Maui Raws Turbinado Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cream the butter and the Maui Brand Sugars, then add the egg and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl, then add to the wet mixture, mixing with a handheld mixer. Stir in chocolate chips, then scoop using rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes.

You can find Maui Brand Sugars in your neighborhood supermarket in the sugar aisle. Maui Brand Sugar is Naturally Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan Friendly & Made in the USA. I love the Maui Brand Individual Sticks for guests in our home! I always have my girlfriends over for coffee or tea and the sticks are so convenient!

I hope you try Maui Brand Sugar next time you reach for sugar at your market. I think you will like it & make the chocolate chip cookie recipe with the sugar too!

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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A New Experience This Valentine’s Day

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Hello Sunshine! So, it’s Wednesday & you still do not have a plan set for Valentine’s Day. I can tell you, we often get in the habit of going to the same places when we go out. It’s funny, we love to go out, but going to the movies is our usual ‘go-to’ date or hiking, we love to go hiking.

I was recently introduced to the app Funspotter, available for iPhone and Android. Check it out here: Funspotter You can be newly dating, Newlyweds or Married for years & just want to try something new in your dating routine!

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Funspotter is an app that has a list of experiences for you to choose from in your city that you would like to enjoy with your date and once you have a list put together you can email that list to your date.

Your date can then choose from your list something that may be of interest and fun to them. It makes choosing a date easy and maybe getting a few date ideas in the running that may not have been there before.

Download the app for your Android or iPhone: Funspotter to see if they have a list of experiences in your city & maybe you can make a fun plan for Valentine’s Day or any date!

We are definitely going to go on The Water Bikes on The Lake at Sunset Date for sure!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Romantic Movies For Valentine’s Day

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Hello Sunshine! Love is in the air! Do you have your plans ironed out? We are a bit of an old couple so we stay in for Valentine’s Day. I love to give kisses to The Hubby & I guess I feel in the comforts of home, I am not embarrassed of too much love!

Since we will be home, we will be watching a romantic movie! I decided to make a list of movies that we could watch. We are ‘Movie Watching Fools’ & it only makes sense to re-visit a favorite.

Paris, Je T’ aime

Paris comes to life in this whimsical patchwork of 18 five-minute shorts united by a common theme: love in the City of Lights. Natalie Portman captures the heart of a blind student, Juliette Binoche is visited by a ghostly Willem Dafoe, and more.

Once

In this charming contemporary musical, a street musician in Dublin strikes up a friendship with a migrant street hawker, and the duo ends up composing and recording a series of songs over the course of a week that mirrors their burgeoning romance.

Silver Linings Playbook

After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, bipolar Pat has no choice but to move back in with his football-obsessed parents. While he tries in vain to reconcile with his wife, Pat meets a woman who’s as unstable as he is — and she changes his life.(Netflix Stream)

Shakespeare in Love

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (Netflix & Amazon Prime Stream)

Of course, you can never go wrong with Moulin Rouge, Sleepless in Seattle, The Notebook, Love Actually & Notting Hill! So, maybe put your favorite beverage on ice, make that heart shaped pizza and have a nice romantic night in for Valentine’s Evening!

Sending Love to you!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Show Your Valentine Some Love!

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Simple & Sweet Valentine’s Day Table Decor
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Ok, Now we are really into 2015! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have some simple and inexpensive ways to get your home ready for Valentine’s Day. I heard that more of us are decorating for Valentine’s Day. So sweet! I have a few friends that celebrate the day as their wedding anniversary also.

I got my decor items at my neighborhood Dollar Store. I used the paper doilies that have been around for years, conversation hearts candies, a few simple vases and a few filled candles in glass holders. That’s it!

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I used the doilies to make a simple table runner for our formal dining table. I simply placed the doilies face down & taped them together in a pattern. I could have kept going to make the pattern larger & that’s what makes it even better. Make it as big or small to your preference.

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Conversation Hearts Candle
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For my next decoration, I purchased these perfect sized vases/candle holders. I suppose they have them to be used for both. They are absolutely a perfect purchase! I found these glass candle holders that are filled with candles that fit perfectly in the vases, but leave room for the conversation hearts to line in between the two glasses. The filled candles that I bought are fragranced, but they do not have to be. I simply filled the candies in between the glass of the vase and the glass of the filled candle. A ‘sweet’ part of the candle burning is the fragrance, it gives off a faint smell of the candies, if you get an unscented candle. Lining these up on a mantle or a table would be dreamy & inexpensive!

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Hope these little ideas help you get your home ready for Valentine’s Day!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Host a Romantic Couples Valentine Dinner With Fun Loving Games!

Set A Colorful Table With Your Paper Table Cover

Set A Colorful Table With Your Paper Table Cover

Hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Party is such a fun event. A little event of about 3-4 couples is perfect. Have a nice lite dinner and lite romantic dessert. Something that is going to be filling to play games after, but not too heavy that they can go home and have a romantic evening together. The best dinner topics are how each couple met, first dates, wedding songs. Its always nice for the host to have a little list hidden under the dinner plate just in case there is a quiet uncomfortable lull during dinner.

If you do not have the proper Valentine Theme linens, just grab some: banner paper and stencil or hand stamp hearts or fun loving symbols for a playful table cloth.

Make Your Own Table Covering

Make Your Own Table Covering

This makes the dinner playful and not so formal. It also makes for the event to be not so expensive for the    host to purchase linens in a Valentine Theme or needing to have cleaned after the party.

If you will be playing the couple games after dinner at the same table than removing the paper banners will   make for easy clean up for the games to begin!

Have a few games to play. About 3-4 games is more than enough. You do not want to keep the couples from their romantic evening together after all the ‘Love In The Air’!

A very popular game is Valentine Bingo. There are many websites to print up cards and use conversation hearts to cover the cards with.

One of my favorites is Matching the couples: Have a list on the left of names and a list on the right of names and

Cupid Bingo Game

Cupid Bingo Game

have the couples match the couples together by drawing a line. I have attached one of the versions that I have used in the past, however feel free to use couples that are relatable to your guests:  Famous Couple Match Up Valentine Game

My very favorite game is using ‘The Chopstick Game’. You use the chopsticks as a couple to move the Conversation Hearts from one bowl to the other bowl! I am not sure if this is an old game, but I just adore it. It may be because we are a power couple at this, always enjoying Asian food and often eating with Chopsticks! Some couples are really good with chopsticks & some are not, but it is always fun to watch the competition. This is a timed game to see how many hearts the couples move in the time of about 2 minutes.

Of course always have nice romantic prizes, a bottle of wine, a gourmet box of Valentine Chocolates, a romantic movie DVD, a gift card for a movie theater. Just any romantic prize you can think of. Remember you always want to have extra prizes for any tie’s in games.

Valentine's Day Chopstick Game

Valentine’s Day Chopstick Game

Of course send your couples home with a Romantic Party Favor. I tend to go over board on these because your guests have really spent a wonderful evening with you and have been wonderful sports in playing the games. I love filling a bucket with a bottle of my favorite: Sparkling Riesling, One of our favorite: Romantic Movie DVD‘s, A petite box of my very favorite: Honey Dust for sweetness and a very endearing note on: Fine Stationary of love & Wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. May it be filled with lots of love!

Lisa

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hugs & kisses

hugs & kisses