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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Hello, dear friends.  Did you have a good Valentine's weekend?  Ours was very relaxing. 

It was my weekend to decide on a movie.  I am a huge fan of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as Will Ferrell's, so I chose Downhill, which was released on Friday.  I read very little about the movie.  With these two comic geniuses, I expected a laugh a minute.

Boy, was I ever wrong.  Aside from a few light moments, the movie is quite serious and focuses on a couple whose marriage is crumbling.  A life-changing event occurs, which puts the union under a microscope.  

The downside of the movie is that I missed the laughs.  The upside is that Will and Julia had the opportunity to hone their stellar dramatic acting skills.  
It's not a bad movie.  
It's just a sad one.



We cheered up after the flick by noshing on a delicious lunch. I needed a bit more of a mood boost, so I indulged in some retail therapy.  It's kind of a weird time to shop.  All the winter wear is picked over and I can't get hyped for Spring things when it's so darn cold.  I did get a great deal on this sweater - 40% off.  You know how much I love turtlenecks, otherwise known as turkey neck camo.  At that price, I decided to get a few colors. Btw... the sale has been extended.


*****

You asked for it - you got it.  I have heard from several readers who suggested post topics for me to write about.   


Paula asked me to do a review on my new purse, many of you requested the recipe for the 1-point muffins, and Jane asked me to talk about what apps. I use to listen to books on my walks.




First up is my new purse from Mark & Graham.  The leather is beautiful and soft.  I also love the looks of the bamboo handles.




I like the fact that it comes with a shoulder strap.
That way, I can use both hands for shopping.



It has plenty of room inside for my purse organizer and iPad.



What it doesn't have is a top zipper or clasp which is fine for me when I'm tooling around town.  When I'm traveling, I always use a purse with a zipper.

All in all, I am very pleased with both the size and quality of the purse.


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As I mentioned many times before, I usually enjoy thrillers on my walk.  If I am listening to an exciting book, I am much more apt to brave the chilly temps or take the long way home.


I've been using Audible for the longest time.  They have an enormous selection, and I get a "free" audible book every month. As the Mister will tell you, it's not really free because we pay fourteen dollars a month. 


Also, there are real freebies offered every month.  
The Mister and I are listening to Sweet Baby James on weekends, and it's music to our ears.





I also signed up with chirp.  There is no subscription or membership fee.  Every day, chirp sends me an email offering four or five audiobooks for under five bucks.
I've gotten some good ones off this site.



I also use Libro.fm, which is a great way to support your local book store.


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The Mister told me that he never thought that he would see the day when I am asked for a recipe.  Here is the recipe for the 1 point muffins.







Don't forget to spray the muffin molds.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Turn it down to 350 when putting in the muffins.




Mix:
1/2 can of pumpkin
1/4 cup of plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup of carbonated water
(regular water is fine too)



Add cake mix




Scoop into pan.




Don't forget to turn down the oven to 350!




Bake for 25 minutes.
You may have to adjust it to your oven.






Voila!



I bake several dozen at a time and freeze them.

Wow... that was fun.
I felt like a real-life food blogger!

If you have a question or have an idea for a post, feel free to email me.  I love to hear from my readers.



Have you heard about the latest training accessory for pooches?
I warned my two hooligans that if they don't straighten up, they may find themselves with one!


Until next time...



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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Friday Files



Hello, dear friends.  Happy Valentines Day!  It's going to be a chilly one around here.  And not because I'm mad at the Mister.  The temps are expected to dip into the teens. 

This week I had a delightful three-hour lunch with my buddy, Anne.  Two and a half hours were spent chatting about books.


Last night, I met Annie for dinner, and then we were off to Book Club.  The book discussion centered around The Most Fun We Ever Had.  A few of us, like me, loved it.  Some others felt it was too long.

Buttonwood randomly placed wrapped books on the shelves.  Before we left, our fearless leader, Leslie, instructed to take one home and have a blind date with a book.

Is that not the cutest idea?


If you live in the area and enjoy reading, the Supper with the Authors is always a guaranteed good time. 












Rumor has it... a recent addition to the Royal family called this her crib for a while. 









I bet that you haven't heard this one before.
This house was inspired by a shipwreck.














I wonder if these two cuties are included.












Especially for today.





Here's a healthy grocery list for under 50 buckaroos.








Are you looking to get rid of your tummy paunch like me?
Here are 20 recipes that will help us to achieve a flat belly.




Here is a list of Weight Watchers' most tracked foods.







Years ago, I had a neighbor who had a gift closet.
At a moment's notice, she was ready to attend a party with a hostess gift in hand.

Do you have a gift closet?
How about a party closet
After seeing these, I need one.





Want to know what Spring trends are in and out?
Click here.






Here is a gorgeous traditional kitchen with some modern twists.





Speaking of kitchens...
Have you ever rented an Airbnb?
You may consider it after taking a gander at these.









Have you read the book Heartburn?  Have you seen the movie?
I loved them both.  By the way, the movie is on Amazon Prime.



A new book was released last year, and it spills the beans about what happened behind the scenes of Heartburn.
You can read an expert here.




Do you recognize this gentleman?  His name Orson Bean and it seems as if he was on every game show that my parents watched during my childhood.  He recently passed away, and this article covers his incredibly colorful life.





I realize that it is only February, but I couldn't resist this article about window boxes.  
Spring can't come soon enough.



I've watched a lot of crazy reunions, but I've never seen one as contentious as Part 1 of Below Deck, which aired this week.




When not watching heated reunions, the Mister and I have been watching this exciting show




For all of you Outlander fans.
It's back.





I am reading this wonderful book.  I openly admit to choosing it for its cover.  I am almost finished with it and loving every minute of it.



The dream team is back with another twisty psychological thriller.  I'm listening to this one now and highly recommend it.  You'll have to preorder it though because it doesn't come out until next month.  It's worth the wait.














Tuckernuck

I'm trying to decide which dress to order.
I have such Spring Fever.
I like the fullness of both of them.
Either one would be ideal for an all-you-can-eat brunch.




QVC

I keep hearing about this baked blush.  
QVC had a deal, so I ordered it.  
I haven't gotten it yet, but I'll keep you posted.



Dermstore

Dermstore has a 20% off sale on Jane Iredale, so I ordered a refill of my foundation.





Dermstore

Bloggers are abuzz over this moisturizer that is the best-kept secret of French women.  I ordered this through Dermstore instead of Amazon because I read the reviews, and several customers felt that they were sold a fake product.  Dermstore has it for the same price and also offers free shipping.

I have full confidence that I will begin getting carded within weeks of starting my new regime.





Sephora



Sephora

Sephora is having a huge President's Sale.
Lots of sets like these are up to 50% off!







Last but not least...

Mister, thirty years ago, this Sunday, you asked me to be your wife. 
When you slipped that ring on my finger,  my first thought then and every day since has been:

Mister, you have very good taste.   

Until next time...








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