Showing posts from May, 2015

Yummy Drinks to Try...."Caribbean Pineapple"

I love anything that reminds me of the islands.  Coconut and pineapple are a sure bet to bring back  my memories of white sand beaches and the warm turquoise waters of the caribbean.  This is one of the easiest drinks you will ever make.  You can make it as strong or as mild as you like.  I decided to follow the recipe, at least initially:-)
I studied the recipe...

A delicious recipe for Caribbean Pineapple, with Malibu ® coconut rum and pineapple juice.
1 part Malibu ® coconut rum
3 parts pineapple juice
Pour ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.
This drink is most often served in a Old-Fashioned Glass

Doesn't get any easier then this.  Easy, tasty, and refreshing.

So if you want to escape to the islands I suggest you give this Yummy Drink a try.   Just sit in the sun, close your eyes and take a sip. Happy sipping KathieyV:-)

Exploring the Triangle....Dame's Chicken and Waffles Durham NC

Durham has changed over the years since I moved to the area in 1991.  There are many new and interesting restaurants, and other venues, that I have heard about but not explored, at least not yet.  I have decided to make an attempt to explore the many interesting places in Durham and the surrounding area.  My friend Cindy and I decided to start with Dame's Chicken and Waffles.  Unique flavor combination.  I had heard rave reviews.  Everyone that has mentioned this restaurant said you need a reservation because the line is out the door for those who show up without one.  So, we made reservations and off we went.....

We got there a bit early and yes the line was out the door.  The reservation got us in quickly and we decided to sit at the bar.
Here is a quote from their website...
"Dame’s is where crispy, Southern fried perfection meets deliciously sweet European decadence. Dame’s pairings are world-class, comfort food combinations meant to fulfill your appetite’s and heart’s des…

Monday Morning Motivation....Scriptures of Hope

Those of you that know me know that I am writing a book.  This book is about the pain and shock of being abandoned, the most painful event in my life,  and my journey back to joy.  I was looking over the scriptures in my book, scriptures of hope that helped me survive the early days of my trauma.  I feel these verses could be a comfort at anytime in our lives....
2 Corinthians 12:9a 2 Corinthians 4:16 Deuteronomy 31:8 Deuteronomy 31:6 Isaiah 41:10 Jeremiah 17:7-8 Jeremiah 29:11 John 14:18 Joshua 1:9 1 Kings 19:12 Matthew 5:4 Matthew 11:28-29 1 Peter 5:7 Proverbs 3:5-6 Psalm 16:8 Psalm 23 Psalm 25:5 Psalm 28:7a Psalm 32:8 Psalm 34:4 Psalm 34:18 Psalm 40:1-2 Psalm 46:1 Psalm 46:10 Psalm 55:22 Psalm 56:3 Psalm 56:8 Psalm 57:1 Psalm 73:26 Psalm 86:7 Psalm 91:4 Psalm 119:105 Psalm 121:1-2 Psalm 121:5 Psalm 138:3 Romans 8:26 2 Samuel 22:29 Zephaniah 3:17 As you can see most of my comfort comes from the Psalms.  I thought I would share just a few to get us started on our week.
“Don’t be afraid for I am with …

Dream Vacation...Talloires France....The French Alps

It is a beautiful day here in NC.  The sun is shinning, the humidity low and I am sitting on my back porch working on my book and dreaming of travel.  If I could hop on a plane right now where would I go?   I think I would go to the French Alps.  Why?  I would love to see the Alps,  I have never been to Europe, and since money is no object on my dream vacations I decided to pretend to go:-) (All photos are found online on tourism sites or pinterest)
So I am headed Talloires France.  Here is what I learned on a travel site called Talloires tourism & sightseeing....
"Talloires is a beautiful village on the shores of Lake Annecy.  Lake Annecy is a stunning lake surrounded by mountains and its edges are dotted with attractive villages the best of which is Talloires."

I am going to pretend to leave in July and stay for 7 nights.  Lets check out the flights.  Flights start at around $1500 - $2000.  Just the flight!!!  Oh thats right money is no object:-)

For my hotel I have sel…

Wine Tasting at Southern Season in Chapel Hill NC. "Roman Empire"

Last night I had the opportunity to go to a wine tasting in Chapel Hill.  It was held at at of my favorite places Southern Season.  It was lovely.    The wine was nicely displayed and they provided crackers,  cheese and a few finger foods to enjoy.  The folks hosting the tasting were well informed and friendly.
The focus of the evening was "The Roman Empire".  We sampled nine wines.  I chose two to take home, a red and a white.  One perk of going to their tastings is that you get 20% off of any bottles you buy.  Here is my review of the wines at the event. I will put some of their descriptions in parentheses.  I will rate them on a verbal scale of "not for me", "ok", "good", and "my favorite of the evening".

1-Skouras Zoe White 1013- Greece  "ok"
     (aromas of fresh flowers with hints of fruit and avocado.  Flavors of orange and lemon blossom)

2-La Piana Palmizio Vermentino 2013- Italy "Not for me"
     (Melon and…

Food Photography.....Restaurant Etiquette

I love to take photos of food.  Do I know how?  Not really, I just use my iPhone:-)  So before we get started with the difficult aspects such as ISO and aperture lets just look at restaurant Etiquette.  I searched google and found many different suggestions.....

***Don't stand on the furniture***  I must admit that never entered my mind.  I know sometimes you have to get in strange positions to get that perfect shot but not a good idea in a restaurant.  You don't want to be a distraction to other patrons.
**Don't use a flash**  I agree this too is a distraction to the people seated around you.  I know there are ways to get around this such as shutter speed and ISO.  We will leave that for another time. **Leave other folks out of your photo**  Not always easy to do, but I will make a better attempt:-) **Other distractions to avoid** Tripods. Don't move furniture to get a good shot.  Take your photos and put your camera away so you can enjoy your meal. I am sure there are…

Monday Morning Motivation..."Waiting"

The key to everything is patience.   You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. Arnold H. Glasow
I have learned, through difficult times, that I have no choice but to wait.  I can't rush things even though I may want to.  Many days I want the end result now, I want to "smash the egg".  I make my requests to God speaking to Him as though I expected Him to get it done today.  Then I think better of it, take a deep breath and add the line...."in Your timing Lord". "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 ESV Lord thank you for this day you have given us.  As I come before you in prayer today help me to know that you see the big picture and that I don't.  Help me to trust in your timing God.  Help me to wait on you Lord and please renew my strength.  Help me to not grow weary but to keep walking down…

Recipe Review, Shrimp Scampi Linguine by Rasa Malaysa as found on Pinterest.

I love shrimp.  I guess you could say I am on a shrimp kick.  Went out with Erica for lunch last week and had a salad with shrimp.  Had dinner with Cindy last night and had shrimp kabobs...yummy.  I love the texture and the taste.  Since I had shrimp on my mind I decided to make a new recipe with shrimp.

I studied the recipe that I found on Pinterest by Rasa Malaysia

SHRIMP SCAMPI LINGUINE RECIPEServes 4 | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes INGREDIENTS:4 servings linguine, for 4 people
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 oz unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
5 tablespoons white wine
6 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
Salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Squirts of lemon juice
1/2 heaping teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Chopped parsley
Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
METHOD:Heat up a pot of water, cook the linguine according to the 
instructions on the package. Sprinkle the cayenne pepper to the shrimp. Set aside. H…

Divorce. The Pain, The Journey, The Joy (photos and quotes from Pinterest)

The Pain The Journey The Joy

Monday Morning Motivation..."Be Still and Know"

Well today is my birthday.  I am happy and sad all at the same time.  Sad because of the place my husband has taken my family but happy in the knowledge that God is in control.  I remember when my parents were dying I held unto the verse that God gave us..."Be Still and Know that I am God".  I held onto it again when my husband walked out. To me it means that we can cast all of our fears, joys, sorrows, confusions, all of our life situations His way knowing that He is our strength in all things.   Lord we thank you today that you are our strength, our hope and our joy.  Help us to never forget that you walk with us in all things. Amen Happy Monday Everyone KathieyV:-)

Restaurant Review Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn

I spent some time in Asheville last weekend with a group of new friends.  Although we did not stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn we did visit.  Beautiful!!   They have several dinning options, I chose the Sunset Terrace. Below is a quote from their site....
"The Sunset Terrace features the finest hand cut steaks, premiere chops and fresh seafood. Partnering with local farmers, our chefs and staff are committed to providing you with a truly memorable Asheville dining experience with an incomparable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains."

Lobster Cobb Salad lobster / applewood smoked bacon / eggs tomatoes / blue cheese / cucumbers basil-buttermilk ranch dressing $23  I have to give this salad a 10/10.  I expected small pieces of lobster.  I am glad I was wrong.
I would go back just for this salad.
If you are in the Asheville area I suggest you give the Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn a try.  The service was great, the view beautiful, the ambience was rustic elegance, and the f…