Friday, April 24, 2015

Recipe Review...."Brownie Cookies"

I found a recipe I wanted to try on Pinterest. Brownie Cookies from Pure and Yummy I studied the recipe and gathered my ingredients.....

Brownie Cookies

½ cup butter
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt; let cool.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture, beating well. Then add the chocolate mixture and beat well. Stir in remaning 1 ½ cups chocolate chips.

Scoop dough onto baking sheets 1 inch appart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.





 So what do I give this cookie on my baking scale?  10/10!  Soft yummy cookie.  Everyone at the office wanted the recipe, that is always a good sign.  I will be making these again.
Try a new recipe.  Happy Baking Everyone. 
KathieyV:-)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Photoshop....Where Did The Oil Paint Filter Go????

I need to take a class to learn the basics of Photoshop.  I have been getting the application through Adobe and have only mastered one thing and that is the Oil Paint Filter.  Why did I master that particular mode?  Because it is so easy, no layers to deal with. You save your photo as a smart object and then hit the Oil Paint option under filter.  And that easy you have an oil painting.
Well I had just downloaded the version Photoshop CC 2014 and found there was no option for oil paints.  My heart sank...."That is all I know how to do".  I went on line seeking an answer and quickly found other folks also looking for this missing option.  If you are in this boat too I did find a link that helped me Creative Cloud Help.  Here they will show you how to go about about obtaining the older version, PhotoShop CC, under previous versions.  I did it and it works so you can too.
Original Photo on a cloudy day





Monday, April 20, 2015

The Lord is My Shepherd I Shall Not Want.....Broken

I am a member of various websites for people going through divorce.  The stories are heartbreaking but real and not to be ignored.  It still amazes me that someone can intentionally do this extent of harm to someone without regret.  Says a lot about their character.
One woman,  married nearly 30 years when her husband walked out, says "I can't get through mass without crying.  I am really trying to find some answers but don't seem to find any....Just Broken"
Sad!
I woke up at 3am with this poem type response.  I think I will send it to her....

Broken
I am broken Lord, I don't know what to do.
The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.

I think my life is over.  Do I even have a future?
The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.

So many decisions to make.  I don't know where to start.
He leads me beside the still waters.

I have no direction.  I want to give up to just run away.
He leads me beside the still waters.

I feel the gentle breeze of spring on my face.  I smell the flowers.
He restores my soul.

I read of God's love for me in his word.
He restores my soul:-)
KathieyV








Happy Monday Everyone!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Restaurant Review..Cafe Bistro at the Streets at Southpoint

We have a very nice mall here in Durham, The Streets at Southpoint. One of the restaurants that my daughter and I enjoy going to is Cafe Bistro found in the Nordstrom Department Store.  There are many dinning options at Southpoint and this is one of our many favorites. 

"Enjoy delicious food and drinks at a Nordstrom near you. Featuring fresh ingredients,
 our menus vary by restaurant type, season and region. Our coffee bars 
offer handcrafted beverages prepared by skilled baristas."
(Quote from the Nordstrom Website)
My daughter usually gets the, Roasted Chicken and Herb Goat Cheese Sandwich $11.25
Served with bistro french fries and kalamata olive aioli.

It is yummy. I love the aioli dipping sauce that comes with the fries.  I could eat that all day:-)
The last time we went I decided to try the Margherita Pizza $10.95

Yes, we had another great meal at the Cafe Bistro.  Next time you are at the mall I suggest you give it a try.  I have never been disappointed.
Happy Eating!
KathieyV:-)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Restaurant Review..Harborview Restaurant and Lounge, Charleston SC

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Charleston S.C.  I decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Riverview just across the river from Charleston.  I would go to my all day conference and then head back to the hotel where I would enjoy an amazing view of the city and a wonderful meal. Here is a description from their website….
"Harborview Restaurant and Lounge commands the most spectacular views of the Ashley River and the Charleston Skyline.  The Holiday Inn Riverview was specifically designed to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the region and provide an exceptional view to each guest.  With east to west views, sunrise breakfast and sunset dinning at the Harborview Restaurant & Lounge are a must.  Indulge yourself with our mouth watering southern style menu while enjoying "the view"."

The view…(It was rainy and overcast the entire length of my stay, but still beautiful)






The food…..
"Harborview Chicken"
Grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, and demi glaze served
with red skin mashed potatoes and green beans.
It was Yummy 
"Grilled Shrimp"
Served with red rice and coleslaw
I was not a huge fan of the rice, although I ate nearly all of it, but
the shrimp was amazing.
"Shrimp Penne"
Shrimp with Alfredo sauce, penne pasta, red onion and zucchini
I must say, this was probably my favorite meal.  Creamy and delicious
Had to have wine with every meal.  My own personal rule:-)
So if you are in Charleston and want to enjoy a very nice meal with a lovely view of the city I suggest you visit the Harborview Restaurant and Lounge.  
Get out and try a new restaurant!
KathieyV:-)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Travel:Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview….Charleston SC

As most of you know I am writing a book.  Not sure of the steps I need to take to publish my book I jumped at the chance to go to a Publishers Conference in Charleston S.C.  This event was just what I needed.  It gave me a great overview as to my options in publishing.  If you are interested it is called PubSense Summit.

The question for me was where to stay.  I wanted to get the best bang for my buck.  The Hotel where the conference was held was a bit above my budget, plus you had to pay for parking.  Most of the other hotels in that area were about the same price or higher.  So I consulted the Holiday Inn website.  I found one that was reasonable and had an amazing view of the Charleston skyline.  The Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview
I had read the reviews and for the most part they were positive.  Everyone spoke of the amazing view.
I couldn't wait to look out my room window to see the view that was promised. 
Oh no!  The waffle house:-)  That was my view from my window.  I thought that would be the extent of my viewing pleasure but boy was I wrong.  The view from the restaurant was amazing.  I sat there for hours during breakfast and dinner taking in the amazing view….


I enjoyed the good food at the hotel restaurant.  Yum:-)


 And of course enjoyed several glasses of wine….
I also had fun playing with my zoom lens on my Nikon P510…



It was overcast and rainy the entire time I was there.  It did not matter though.  The conference was such fun.  The hotel was clean and comfortable with very friendly people.  It was a $10.00 taxi trip into the city so I did not have to drive.  The view and the food were top notch.  Would I go back?  Yes.  My daughter and I want to take a trip to Charleston to explore the city and I think this is where we will stay:-)
Get out and explore!
KathieyV:-)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Caleb and Nana's Adventures…"Discover the Dinosaurs"





Back in early March Caleb and I decided to go on an adventure.  We were thrilled to have Steph, Caleb's mom come along too.  They had been advertising "Discover the Dinosaurs" on many of the local media outlets.  Sounded like a perfect adventure for Caleb who loves and seems to know the names of all the popular Dinos.
So off we went on our adventure….
Our Photo Tour...
We were greeted by this scary looking bloke with the big teeth.  It took Caleb a while to warm up to him.





























After spending some time meeting the dinosaurs, bouncing in the many bounce houses, and then even riding a scary moving T-Rex we enjoyed hotdogs and french fries with a Dino Friend.
Another great adventure with Caleb
KathieyV:-)