Double-Down Birthday Celebration In Las Vegas

I love to visit my childhood girlfriend in Las Vegas whenever I can and we always find “trouble” to get into or we just relax and at her beautiful home. However, this visit to Vegas lures us into a “double down” birthday celebration. My brother-in-law and his son are celebrating notable birthday’s this year. 50 and 21.  So a Vegas celebration was in the works some time now.. Planning our trip to Vegas started as soon as we knew Bruce’s schedule for November. He initiated the search for airline rates, usually means searching on our beloved United Airlines our “bread and butter” you’d say. So I’m glad that I will not be taking credit for the airfare booking. What “we” thought was a great deal on Frontier Airlines turned out to be more like a FINE for flying with them. Great for folks with tiny personal items (purse) and no carry-ons unless you wanna pay for a carry-on luggage just a bit bigger than a bread basket! NEVER AGAIN! The animals on the tails of their airplanes are cute and all, but not that cute for what you have to pay just to take some clothing and toiletries with you on your trip! Don’t know why “we” chose this airline but unless I’m only in need of very small overnight bag, forget it. Let’ just say my other half is chalking this trip up to a “lesson learned.” (mic drop) AND lets not forget to mention that “we” booked the… read more

Halloween Sugar Cookies – Batch #2

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Halloween Cookies for the “Boss”

There’s always that one teacher or boss that you will always hold dear.  That one boss for me is Ms. Tiffany. She was, and is, a very kind, understanding and fun manager. Now, she is a long distant friend of 18 years and we have exchanged birthday card ever since our days working in satellite television. I know Tiff loves cookies as I used to make cookies for our creative team for special occasions and holidays.  So this Fall, I thought Tiff would like some holiday cookies that I planned on making with the Franklin kids this year. With my new “cookie mailing method,” I was positive that her cookies would arrive unbroken and just in time to celebrate one of her favorite holidays, Halloween. Sugar cookies have always been my favorite cookie but I never considered decorating them. I used to color the dough and cut them into a desired round shape, orange for pumpkin’s and red for a simple Christmas ornament cookie. Slice, bake, easy and good tasting! I tried my hand at icing cookies a while back but they didn’t come out very good. They were okay for eating but not for holiday gifts.  But four years ago I dabbled in decorating cookies for a Spring charity auction. The icing method was very organic and simplistic but  I was pleasantly surprised how they came out. Four dozen cookies brought in $240. Not bad considering. So, I dove “all in” and gave it my best shot to decorate… read more

First Official Moto Ride: Missouri’s Wine Country and the Lake of the Ozark’s

We have been talking for a few years about how cool it would be to take long road trips on the “bike” on our off years we don’t go outside the US – to “explore our own country on the motorcycle.”  So I’m up for that! But not on the current bike Bruce had at the time, though. A 2007 HD Deluxe isn’t my idea of comfort on long rides – sore butt!  So after many discussions of these “moto trips” I told him that I’m up for it but you gotta buy a bigger bike. You’d think that when a wife tells her husband to “go get a bigger bike” he’d leave smoke fumes at that moment as he left out the front door! But he’s our financial planner and the new Ultra Limited 2017 finally arrived in November. It was no question that our inaugural moto trip was a two week visit to Wright City and Wentzville, MO where Bruce’s uncle and cousin live. Both his uncle and cousin are also Harley riders so it was a family affair. Uncle John is the most gracious host. Though we do get is a 2 second scuffle about who’s gonna “pay” and we always loose no matter how sneaky we try to be! Thanks uncle John, you’re the best! And cousin Jeff is always full of great advise for roads to take and the best places to eat, not to mention he’s like his dad and he’s also very generous…. read more

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