A few of my favorite things — of late

I thought I’d post a few very random things that I’ve been enjoying this past month. ¬†Why? Well just for the fun of it, I guess ūüôā

FOOD ITEMS:

Have you tried this Chobani Greek Yogurt with oats? ¬†It is SO good!! ¬†I particularly love the apples and cinnamon flavor, which I believe is “limited edition” and won’t be around forever. ¬†Oh well, I’ve tried other flavors too, and they’re all good.

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Then there’s this yummy Pumpkin Spice Chai tea latte mix from Trader Joe’s. We went to Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago and they were having “Pumpkin Palooza”! ¬†There were so many pumpkin-flavored items that I was overwhelmed, trying to decide on one item to try. ¬†Hubby is NOT a big pumpkin fan (for some reason, the love of all-things-pumpkin in autumn seems to be reserved for native-born Americans, not transplants from England!) so I knew I wouldn’t be indulging in a lot of the pumpkin products. ¬†There were pumpkin waffles, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cheescake, pumpkin bagels, and on and on and on. ¬†So anyway, I grabbed the chai latte mix. ¬†It’s really yummy! ¬†One caveat: This drink mix really needs some milk or cream mixed into it. ¬†They say “just mix with hot water” but the addition of a creamer makes it SO much better. ¬†I’ve even stirred some of the mix into my morning cup of coffee, and oh my, that’s delicious too!

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SCENTS FOR THE HOME:

One of the lovely things about autumn is the cooler, definitely crisp weather that encourages a more “cozy” atmosphere inside the home. ¬†I so enjoy burning candles this time of year – they just add to the homey, cozy ambiance inside my little home in the forest. ¬†My favorite candles come from Bath and Body Works. ¬†They actually smell just like whatever the label says – and this one smelled good enough to eat!

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Seriously, this smelled like a warm caramel apple, just waiting for me to take the first bite out of it!!

I also got a room spray from Bath and Body works, which again smells good enough to eat —-

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Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin.  Perfect Fall Scent.

On to another random favorite – Rachel Ray’s natural cat food, “Nutrish”.

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Our cat, Jinx, loves this stuff. ¬†That is actually saying a LOT because Jinx has been a terribly persnickety eater for a couple years now. ¬†He has turned his nose up at all dry cat food, until our neighbors brought a sample of this over for him to try. ¬†He is now on bag number two and still loving it. ¬†He also likes the Nutrish wet food, which is quite pricey (99 cents per small container) so we have to ration those out a bit. ¬†Of course he still eats his Fancy Feast, but I’m just so happy he’s regained an interest in dry cat food. ¬†Maybe he’ll put a little meat on his skinny frame.

TV SHOW: ¬†¬†I’m not a huge fan of regular TV. ¬†I watch a few shows on the network channels, but not many these days. I watch a few shows on cable too, but again, not many. ¬†Heck, I guess I don’t watch much in the way of TV. ¬†On second thought, that’s not exactly true. ¬†We do watch the news quite regularly and then there’s the sports. ¬†Between my Seattle Seahawks football, Seattle Sounders soccer, and all of John’s favorite sports like English Premier League soccer (“football” over¬†there) and Formula One racing, we do have the TV on quite a lot. ¬†Too much, probably. ¬†One show I really enjoy watching is “Nineteen Kids and Counting“. ¬†Hubby will NOT watch this program, so I have to DVR it and watch it when he’s not around. ¬†That’s fine. ¬†We don’t have to like¬†everything with the same passion.

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Recently, they have been showing the courtship, engagement, and just last night, the wedding of one of the girls, Jill. ¬†I could write a LOT about the program – the pros and the cons – but I’ll try and keep this short. ¬†I’ve always liked the Christian values portrayed on the program. ¬†I can’t imagine having 7 or 8 kids, let alone 19. ¬†Their “courtship” rules fascinate me {You can’t hold hands till you’re engaged; you can’t kiss until you are married}. ¬†None of the kids have strayed at all from the values instilled in them by their parents [so far]. ¬†These are just things that keep me watching and keep me intrigued in their show. ¬†Seriously, I could write a whole blog post on my thoughts on this show. ¬†Mostly, I like it.

RECIPE:

I love to cook (and eat) – I think everybody knows that by now. ¬†I also love to save a buck when I can, and I found a recipe recently that is SO good and so reasonably priced, that I’ve made it twice so far this month. ¬†The recipe is for¬†Balsamic Steak¬†using a very reasonably priced cut of steak called “flat iron”. ¬†I bought a chunk of flat iron steak for $12 and will get two meals out of it. ¬†That works out at about $3 per serving! ¬†For a delicious¬†steak, that’s just unheard of!! Click¬†Here¬†for a link to the recipe. ¬†Note, you do NOT have to make the zucchini along with it! ¬†It’s the steak with the balsamic glaze that is so darn good!! ¬†The recipe calls for “skirt steak” but I used the Flat Iron and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. And simple? Honestly, Jinx the cat could prepare this! ūüôā

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WEBSITE:

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Yes, I shop online. ¬†When my hip was SO bad, I did most of my shopping (other than groceries) online. ¬†My favorite website lately is Ebates. This company pays YOU a percentage back of things you purchase online. ¬†It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! ¬†I’ve received real, honest, old-fashioned paper¬†checks¬†in the mail from this company – rebates from my purchases. ¬†The percentage of return varies from store to store, and yes, there are some stores that aren’t connected with Ebates…. but truly, most online stores I go to – from Amazon to Ebay to Bath & Body Works, to Old Navy, to Target – all get you a percentage back. ¬†Anyway, if you are interested in signing up, it would be great if you used my referral link: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=U5stD54WdGVjOXp61HcfWg%3D%3D&eeid=26471

LOOKING FORWARD TO:

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Next month we are hosting a wine tasting party!! ¬†I’m so excited to get friends and neighbors over for a blind wine tasting, with everyone bringing a bottle. ¬†Of course every bottle will be in one of those brown paper wine bags, so we won’t know what we are trying. ¬†We’ll rate each wine with our “scoring sheet” and the person or persons bringing the best scoring bottle will win the “Grand Prize”!! ¬†Ha! ¬†Oh heck, there will be a prize, but how “grand” it is may be up for debate. ¬†ūüôā ¬†More about the party – possibly with some pics – on another post.

Hope you’ve enjoyed perusing a few of my favorite things!!

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Friday update

No word yet on the home in California — no problem, I’m more than willing to wait it out!¬†¬† In the mean time, we keep researching other properties, just in case…

Spent yesterday with son #1 and his girlfriend, as we attended the Steely Dan concert at the Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Woodinville.¬† It was my first experience at Ste Michelle, and it was great!!!¬† The only problem was the rain.¬† Yup, it wouldn’t hold off just one more day, so by the end of the concert (which is held outdoors, rain or shine) we were drenched.¬† Yeah, we had raincoats, hoods, umbrella, waterproof blanket – all of which kept us relatively dry till the end, when we waited in a long line up for the shuttle bus that would take us back to the parking lot.¬†¬†¬† At any rate, I loved the festival atmosphere, the fact that it was at a winery and we could enjoy some of the great Chateau Ste Michelle vino, and the music too of course!!¬† It was fun to hang out with “the kids”.¬† ūüôā¬† Heck, they were some of the youngest people there — lots of 50 somethings and quite a few “old hippies” showed up also!¬† Definitely a day to remember.

Here’s a picture of the outdoor concert venue and what it COULD have looked like – on a sunnier day!

Here is some of the wine we sampled last night, although the vintage was probably 2007.