“G” is for Gluttony…

Gluttony is…

The word gluttony comes from the Latin word “gluttire” meaning to gulp down or swallow and is understood to mean over- indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth to the point of extravagance or waste.

We were recently at the Houston Astro’s baseball game a few weeks ago on a Tuesday night.   Minute Maid Park hosts Dollar $ Dog Night, presented by Nolan Ryan Beef!  (Nolan was once our star pitcher)  You can catch the Astros and all you can eat dollar $ hot dogs!  This gentleman is really enjoying his dogs!!  He was balancing 4 loaded dogs on his lap!  That is why the word “Glutton” came to mind.


“F” is for the Frisco Fall Art Festival…

The Town of Frisco , with an elevation of over 9,000 feet,  is in Summit County, Colorado.  It is a popular town among skiers from around the world because 4 major ski resorts are located in close proximity to Frisco.  You can find Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin. The population of Frisco is only a few thousand people that call it home year round.

We visited two weeks ago to actually go hiking with our cousin.  The Frisco Fall Art Festival was happening that day.   Walking up and down the one main street in town I enjoyed taking some street photography.


This gentleman was squatting on his blanket to draw his art while smoking a cigarette.  He never looked up and was very focused on his painting.  Which was actually really good!


Seriously… This dog was being driven around town in a crate on the back of her motorcycle!


“E” is for Escape – A Final Act Of Love

Whether you call it ‘putting the dog to sleep’, ‘putting the dog down’ or ‘euthanizing the dog’,  it’s a subject no one wants to talk about.   Early this morning we made that difficult decision to put our almost 15 year old Bichon, Zoey, to sleep.  We are now left to second-guess our decision and wrestle with feelings of loss and guilt – it’s not peaceful at all for her humans!!

Euthanasia is a loving escape out of a painful body that doesn’t work.  She definitely had all the signs of suffering.  She was panting, falling down and stumbling, body stiffness, difficulty getting up and difficulty laying down.

She was an EXCELLENT companion for our family and we will truly miss her…

“D” is for one Delicious burger…

Texas is home to the bigger, better burger. Whataburger uses only fresh ingredients, 100% pure American beef, served on a big, toasted five-inch bun.   In 1950, Harmon Dobson opened a hamburger restaurant. Dobson’s goal was to “make a delicious burger that took two hands to hold and tasted so good that when you took a bite you would say ‘What a burger!’


Whataburger was known for many years for its distinct A-framed orange-and-white-stripe-roofed buildings.

One of Whataburger’s most popular items isn’t on the menu, but diners go home with it all the time.  The Texas-based burger chain is so beloved in the South that its “table tents”—the little plastic A-frame order numbers customers get as they wait for their food to be delivered—often don’t make it back to the stack at the cash register.

If you haven’t stolen a Whataburger table tent with your lucky number (or your birthday or anniversary or jersey number) on it, are you really a Texan?

I mean, probably not, but have you ever stopped to think about the fact that literally thousands of people are stealing these numbers. And also, it is stealing. Which is illegal!!

Whataburger does enjoy all the free advertising.  You can even buy a full set of them on Ebay.

Unlike most fast-food chains, the burgers are cooked

So stop by a Whataburger if you are visiting Texas.  You will agree with me that this is one delicious hamburger!

Let them eat “Cake”…

The letter “C” brings to mind CAKE.  Lots and lots of sweets to choose from whenver you go to a cafeteria.  Do you usually go for chocolate, vanilla, fruit filled, or the unusual combination?

“Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” can be spelled a number of ways.  It is a children’s counting rhyme that is used to make a selection in games such as tag, trying to make a choice, or singling something out.  This rhyme has existed in various forms since well before 1820!  Here is one that I grew up with…

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,

Catch a tiger by the toe.

If he hollers, let him go,

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

I’ll choose the Boston Cream Pie Cake every time!!!!  Which one is your favorite?


My “B” word today is Barbie…

Barbie first appeared in my life back in the 60’s.  From researching her life she was born March 9, 1959.  That means that she would be almost 60 years old.  Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company’s largest and most profitable line. Her entourage included her sisters Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, along with Ken, Bridget, Midge, Todd, Tutti, and a few others.

Criticisms of Barbie are often centered around concerns that children consider Barbie a role model. One of the most common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image leading to a risk that girls who attempt to emulate her looks.   Barbie’s vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips).  I don’t EVER remember wanting to look like her!

I do have to admit that I saved all my original Barbie dolls.  My mother would sew clothes for them on her Singer 221 Feather Weight sewing machine which is even older than Barbie!   My hope was that I would one day give them to my own daughter to play with.  But when she received a new Barbie as a gift for her 4th birthday, and I caught her pulling the head and limbs off of the doll, I decided to pack them away.   I quickly changed my mind!!

How many of you enjoyed playing with Barbie, too?


The “A” Word…

It’s been a very long time since I played the alphabet game so I decided to give it another go.  My “A” word for today is AMAZING.  Let me explain why I chose that word to use today for my blog post.   My daughter shared a recipe last week that she found on the internet on how to make Blueberry Pie Cookies.  Yep, they were something that I had never thought of making but made total sense!  You certainly can’t eat a whole pie in two bites so pie cookies were perfect!   Everyone that tasted them said they were the most delicious pie cookies they had ever eaten.  (Of course no one else had ever heard of them before either)  but they were still a huge hit!

My creative juices were flowing so today I changed up the recipe and invented a new pie cookie of my own.  I decided to try making a Banana/Peanut Butter/Chocolate Chip Pie Cookie.  Who doesn’t love that combination?  Haven’t you ever eaten a peanut butter sandwich like that at least once in your life?

About a month ago I decided to try being gluten free so I was not able to try my new cookie. (that was the most difficult thing for me)  So I walked across the street to my neighbor’s house and got him to be my guinea pig.   His eyes lit up as he bit into my new pie cookie invention.  I could tell it was a huge hit!!!  In fact it only took two bites for him to finish it off!!!

I’m posting my creative recipe that I used for my pie cookie.  Feel free to try inventing one yourself and let me know what you can create.   I’m sure it will be AMAZING too!

To make my Banana/Peanut Butter/Chocolate Chip Pie Cookies:

  1. Pie crust for a two-crust pie, store-bought or use your favorite homemade recipe
  2. FOR ASSEMBLY: Roll out the pie crust on a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2 1/2 to 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut out as many rounds as possible from the dough (you’ll need two rounds for each cookie).
  3. Transfer half of the rounds to a baking sheet and brush the edges with a tiny bit of water (this helps seal the rounds).
  4. Place about 1 tablespoon of the ingredient in the center of each round (do not over-fill). Top each with one of the remaining rounds. Press the edges to seal each pie cookie, and then use a fork to crimp the edges.
  5. Prepare an egg wash by lightly beating together the egg and 1/4 teaspoon of water.
  6. Brush each pie cookie with egg wash, being sure to get some egg wash over the entire surface of the cookie. (Since these mini pies won’t be in the oven for as long as a full-size pie, they don’t develop a nicely browned crust without the egg wash. The egg wash gives them a nice golden brown color.)
  7. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of granulated sugar. Use a small knife to cut slits in the top of each pie cookie.
  8. TO BAKE:  Bake at 350℉ for about 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

These are what my pie cookies look like before sealing them up.


This is the finished Pie Cookie.  Is it making your mouth water?  Come and get one!  They certainly are AWESOME!

Only God Can Make A Tree…

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
From the poem, Treesby Joyce Kilmer.   The last few lines are:  Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.

And who remembers the book written by Shel Silverstein?  Yep, “The Giving Tree” was one of my favorite books as a child.  Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.  The last few lines are: Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.   And the tree was happy.

Another poem, “The Money Tree” by C.J. Heck.  I dreamed I grew a money tree outside in my yard.  The last few lines are: People say that money doesn’t really grow on trees.  I only wish it did just like in my dreams.   Wouldn’t that be fabulous!!

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.

Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present and future.

But what do you think about this idea?  It’s really crazy but I recently ran across this on the internet.   Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel are proposing that we turn our dead bodies into trees!  They believe that burying bodies is a huge waste of space that could be used by the rest of us who are still breathing.  Cremation can produce a lot of toxic waste.  But a “burial pod” just might be that solution.

This idea is called “The Capsula Mundi”.  It would encase a corpse in an egg-shaped seed capsule and then be buried underground with trees on top of them. As your body decomposes, the tree would gather nutrients from the decomposing pod, and the circle of life would march on.   Would you do it?



Glazed, Filled or Iced…

What’s your poison?  Glazed, filled or iced doughnuts?  Those of you who have never been to the Houston area and tried Shipley Do-Nuts, you have NO idea what you are missing!  Yes, I know they aren’t good for you.  They are sweet, tasty and full of fat, but come on…

Sometimes you just have to treat yourself to one every once in a while.  My all time favorite is to buy a bag of a dozen doughnut holes and eat them before I even make it back home!  Their coffee isn’t too bad either.

So what do you say?  Which is your favorite?


“Flower Power”

The last month, I was working diligently on an art quilt called, “FLOWER POWER”.  This is a piece I can only show part of, for now, because I am waiting to find out if it was juried into a show I entered.   I had a lot of fun designing the flowers with found fabrics, buttons, beads, stitching and a silk flower.  The textures really add to the bouquet that a bride is holding.  I’ve actually read online where brides and bridesmaids have carried artificial bouquets while walking down the isle.  I guess it is a different approach to having wedding flowers.  It certainly would be a keepsake forever while also saving the environment!