Welcome to Friday! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. On Wednesday I finally got a new computer set up at work so now I match everyone who got their update last fall. Better late than never I suppose. I now have a nice big monitor and a tablet. I love that I get to take a tablet on my lunch break and catch up on my shows. It’s the little things. This week was pretty low key but yesterday I got to go to the South Florida Fair with my mom, my brother Tyler, and my niece Sunny. When I was younger I LOVED the fair for all the rides, now I go to watch Sunny enjoy it and for the food of course. Looking at those rides now makes me a little nauseous! Sunny’s favorite part was the animals and a fishing game. She left with 6 different stuffed animals. I am looking forward to having a relaxing weekend with the hubby. Tonight he has bowling league for the first time in a couple years so I will be going to that and then I am hoping to talk him into going to The Melting Pot this weekend. What are your plans for the weekend?
Favorite Cookie: White Chocolate Macadamia and Coconut. Mrs. Field’s used to have a cookie like this and I would always stop when I was at the mall to get one. I am bummed they no longer make them but now that I found this recipe I can make my own.
Favorite New Work Out: I have tried yoga twice in my life. I wasn’t a fan but if you would have told me there was a thing called beer yoga my mind probably would have been changed. It was started in Berlin and if it hasn’t made it’s way to the states yet it needs to! In the meantime if you need me I will be in a warrior pose with a Stella in my hand.
Favorite Kitchen Gadget: I love my Crock Pot so when I saw a post about the Instant Pot I had to read what it was all about. This thing looks amazing. It will definitely be the next kitchen gadget purchase I make. With multiple sensors and a micro-processor, Instant Pot is an intelligent multi-cooker, capable of completely replacing pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. Most importantly, Instant Pot cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients. WOW!!
Favorite Pinterest Recipe: I absolutely love everything buffalo when it comes to food. Buffalo wings, buffalo dip, buffalo meatballs, the list goes on and on. I found this Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas recipe on Pinterest a couple years ago and I had to try it. They passed the test with my husband, my dad, and all of my brothers. Success!
Favorite Photography App: I am always looking for apps to help my photos get that extra sparkle before I post them. I have tried ones that are too complicated or you download and then they want you to buy everything. There are a couple that have made the cut on my phone and my absolute favorite is Prisma. It transforms your photos and videos into works of art using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art pieces.
Favorite Balcony Inspiration: We have a small balcony in our apartment and I have been wanting to do something to make it cozy. Until someone buys me the expensive hammock I posted about last week (hint hint hubby) I want to find some ideas on how to decorate it. I saw this article on Pinterest (of course) and loved the look of it. The article also gives some other great ideas to turn a small space into something beautiful.
Favorite Accessory: I have a hair tie with me at all times. It is usually in my hair, I live in a ponytail or messy bun, but on the occasion that I have my hair done I keep in on my wrist. After about 20 minutes it starts to bother me because it cuts off my circulation. From there I wrap it around my thumb but that gets just as bothersome. When I was making my Amazon wish list I came across a hair band bracelet and it not only serves a much needed purpose it is also very, very cute. It is made by Maria Shireen and comes in 5 different colors/metals: Black, Gold , Gray, Rose Gold, & Silver.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I have been very fortunate throughout my life to go to some great vacation spots. To date one of my favorites was our honeymoon to Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY. The lodge is beautiful with so much to do that you don’t even have to leave if you don’t want to. It has a bowling alley, game room, movie theater, ice skating rink, indoor pool, and much, much more. The town it is in is small and quaint which is a perfect setting around the lodge. If you want to go skiing the big ski resort is only 15 minutes away. I am hoping that this coming Christmas we can make a return visit.