Blondes Do Have More Fun! | #199

Waiting for our boat to doc.

Waiting for our boat!

I am excited! My girlfriend who lives in Truckee invited me to spend a couple of days with her!

This day was our day at the lake! Her husband volunteered to take us three blondes out on their boat.

Donner Lake

 

Donner Lake

What a beautiful lake!

Girlfriends at Donner Lake

Blondes DO have more fun!

I had a wonderful day! Don’t we look good for a bunch of middle aged moms? Say yes! The answer is you ladies look really good for middle aged moms! Say it! I know, I know, we have our dresses on over our bathing suits…THAT is what happens at this age. We become a little modest….that is all.

 

365 Day Gratitude Project | Day #199

Grateful for time with girlfriends on Donner Lake.

4th of July Sparkle

This 4th would be different this year.
No husbands. No boyfriends, No kids.

Just middle aged moms enjoying time together.

Things that are important to these Moms:

  • food
  • giving our time to charity
  • friendships
  • church
  • cooking
  • food
  • talking and sharing with friends
  • celebrating
  • food
  • time with friends
  • exercise

We managed to fit all of this into our day….

The American Flag

Happy Birthday, America!

With this in mind, we made our plans for the day to celebrate America’s Birthday.

We made a lemon cake and a healthy spinach salad to take to our evening party. We licked the bowl of the cream cheese frosting….oh, and the beaters, too!

We took a short walk then headed over to my friends church’s firework stand where we gave our time to chat with others…I mean we spent our time selling fireworks!

We packed a picnic lunch and headed over to the Pleasanton’s 13th Annual Community Fourth of July Celebration.

We spent the next two hours being entertained by Uncle Sam, the Community band, a poem reading, drummers and a Civil War commemoration.

When was the last time you sang “America the Beautiful” or Star-Spangled Banner”?

or said the pledge of Allegiance?

Listening to the Young American Patriots Drum and Fife Corps made me think about my kids when they were young. Sissy leading her Junior High band as drum major. College Boy playing his trumpet. Ahhhhh memories!

vanilla and orange swirl ice cream cone

Happy Birthday America!

I convinced my girlfriends to indulge in an American favorite…ice cream! After all we were having a birthday celebration.

A trip back to Mrs A’s to pick up our food and then off to another friend’s 4th of July party.

Kids in the pool…don’t need to worry.
Kids on the jumping gym…don’t need to worry.
Volleyball.
Fireworks…don’t need to worry.
Too much food….don’t need to worry.

Yep! When it is just you and your girlfriends you get to go to the celebration without worrying if your kids will drown in the pool, hurt themselves in the bounce house, burn themselves on fireworks or eat too much and get a tummy ache.

The only one eating too much this day is little ‘ole ME!

All we needed to worry about is visiting with friends and getting a piece of that lemon cake we made with love.

Yep…life isn’t too bad as an empty nest middle aged mom!

In memory of Mrs. T, I had one deviled egg.

Reminisce with me as I listen to the songs I so proudly sang in grade school…

The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Yankee Doodle…I always liked this song when I was young. I think there was some hand motions we made up to go with the song.

Do they sing these songs in school now…as much as we did?
Do our kids really understand how lucky we are to live in a free country and to call America home?

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Of course 4th of July always includes fireworks! This year I tried to take some pictures with the help of a 6th grade girl who befriended me. She gave me advice like to turn the flash off. Her way of hinting that I needed to turn the flash off, “The light is hurting my retina!” Haa Haa “I told her I was an amateur.” She said, “Let me see your camera. I will play around with it so you can turn the flash off.” Well, I got the hint to turn the flash off (quite frankly I was so amazed with all the fireworks that I didn’t realize it was on. Woops!) She then preceded to tell me, “Keep clicking, keep clicking, keep clicking. Click fast!” Sooooo I did as any middle aged mom would do and listen to a preteen. I clicked and I clicked and I clicked and before you knew it the fireworks were over. Thanks to my new friend, I think I got some pretty good pictures of the fireworks. What do you think?

God Bless America! Happy Birthday!

Mrs. A’s Spinach and Strawberry Salad

This recipe screams…Healthy!

This recipe screams…Iron!

This recipe screams…Popeye! Remember Popeye the Sailor Man? I use to love to watch that show when I was little. I loved that Popeye always showed his power once he ate the can of spinach.

My Dad always had amazing arm muscles. He could make his arm muscles dance! I loved testing his stomach muscles: I could hit his stomach with all my might and not even budge him! Many people called dad Popeye for this reason.

popeye

“He’s strong to the finish ‘cause he eats his spinach….”

I eat a lot of spinach but I don’t have those strong muscles!?!

This is an easy throw together salad that will sure to be a favorite!

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Put spinach in large bowl after removing any long or thick stems.

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Cut up red onion and toss in with spinach.

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Cut up strawberries. (Remember to save some for the dressing.) Looks pretty!
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Toast almonds. Mrs. A does it in her toaster oven. I toast my in a pan with a little of olive oil. Either way turns out great. Mrs. A’s way would be less calories…if you are counting!

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Cut up strawberries for dressing.

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Add honey to the cut up strawberries.

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Add lemon juice.

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Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Puree.

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Puree until smooth. Mrs. A uses a Cuisinart Infusion Blender. Cool! I don’t have a infusion Blender. I must get a Cuisinart Infusion Blender!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds Strawberries, hulled and sliced (I buy less if they are expensive.)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bag baby spinach (remove any large stems)
  • 1/2  to 3/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 3/4 cups toasted slithered almonds (you can do this in a toaster oven or in a pan)

Puree 3/4 cup strawberries with lime juice, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Toast almonds.

Cut up onions.

Slice remaining strawberries.

Toss all ingredients together except almonds. Dish out on plate and garnish with almonds.

Mrs. A added Feta Cheese crumbles!

You may add raspberries to this salad too…

How about adding orange wedges, too?!

Healthy eating! Enjoy!

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