Sesame Street Cookie Buffet

Last week on a trip to Houston to plan my mother's 80th. birthday party for next summer my daughter and I had literally 24 hours to plan and put on a Sesame Street themed party for my sister.  My mother was throwing a birthday party for my sister who has special needs.  When we arrived we found out that my sister really wanted a themed party but my mom just doesn't do themes, her idea of a party is very different form ours.  We wanted to make this party special so we asked my sister what ...

Triple Chocolate Cookies

I'm a confirmed chocoholic!  These delicious Triple Chocolate Cookies are one of my favorites.  I love the combination of white and milk chocolate chips in a dark chocolate cookie.  It's the perfect combination!  Ingredients 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 ounces best quality unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 1/4 cup unsweetened European ...

Travel with Kids: Know Before You Go

Sooner or later many of us find ourselves searching for the best travel deals. This is particularly true when traveling with kids.  Family travel is costly and stressful.   The key to almost stress free travel with kids or without is planning.  Know before you go!  Avoid surprise charges; know luggage fees and limits; know airline, car rental, and hotel policies and amenities.  Pack wisely and make a budget.   I’m a travel agent always planning and searching for the best ...

Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) Homemade Recipe!

Tocino is a cured process meat product famous and native in Philippines. We got this dish from the Spanish who dominated Philippines for long time ago. Tocino is a Spanish word which is used to describe cured meats. It is made from beef, chicken or “Pork Tocino”. The preparation is quite similar to bacon and ham. It is often reddish in color and has a sweet and savory taste. Today, I will give you my version of Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) Homemade Recipe! Enjoy!   Ingredien...

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they're basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one. I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look ...

Key to Shiny Stainless Steel Appliances

When my grandsons were staying with me I had given up the battle of trying to keep my stainless steel refrigerator and other appliances shiny and spotless.  The boys were always in the fridge for a snack or drink, keeping the fridge doors spotted with fingerprints. My son warned me that the longer the prints and smudges remained the harder they would be to remove.  But what could I do?  It seemed pointless to clean the doors only to have them in the same or worse condition a few minutes ...

Shrimp Sarciado – Filipino Recipe

Every so often I get a yen for some home cooked Filipino food like Shrimp Sarciado.  This favorite Filipino dish is usually done with fish, but  it's also made with chicken, pork, and eggs. I like it best with shrimp. Sarciado literally means "cooked with a thick sauce" in Tagalog, the main language spoken in the Philippines.  The word is derived from the Tagalog word "sarsa" that refers to a thick sauce which in turn comes from the Spanish word "salsa" which means sauce. The ...

A Day In Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone, Arizona, the name evokes visions of gunfights, saloons, Wyatt Earp, the Clantons, Doc Holliday, and ghosts. Everyone's heard of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and may have seen it depicted in the recent movie bearing the town's name.  But Tombstone is not just  a remnant of the Wild West.  It's a real town with real people who've lived there through out history and live there still.  This has earned Tombstone the epitaph "The Town Too Tough to Die." Ever since my ...

Ice Candy – Different Flavors Recipe!!!

Ice Candy is one of the usual and famous summer treats here in the Philippines especially for the kids. It is a shaked fruits or a frozen juice in little ice bags where you have to nibble at the end of the plastic to sip or bite the ice candy. Ice Candies comes in different flavors. Most common are orange, mango, buko, grapes and avocado. Almost any fruits or even chocolates can be used to make ice candy. However, there are creative individuals who went beyond the norm by creating the next ...

Crocheted Mermaid Costume for Infants – Free Pattern

My Version I saw this cute mermaid costume on Pinterest.  It was being offered for sale on Etsy.com for just under $50. I really wanted one for my baby granddaughter but wasn't will to spend $50 for it.  I knew I could make it myself if only I could find the right pattern.  I searched online and found several different free patterns.  None of them really worked for me.  I ended up using 3 different patterns and combining the pieces to make the version I ended up ...