Playing with the Cards that are Dealt You

Living life to the fullest with whatever the day brings

Saturday, August 27, 2011

From the Mountains...

Back to our vacation, we spent three days in the Pocono Mountains with my son and his fiance'. Of course it rained for the first day and night but that doesn't stop us.

I wanted to make a stew with biscuits in the fire but had to cook it on our little camp stove since it was too wet to get a fire going. It still was very good.

We also did stuffed tomatoes topped with cheese. I didn't have bread crumbs so I crushed up corn flakes and added to the top. I thought it was actually better than bread crumbs.

When the weather finally cleared, we headed to Bushkill Falls for some hiking. We've done the longest trail to all of the falls several times so me and dad just took our time wandering around the main falls.

My favorite camping shirt is made from men's handkerchief material and trimmed in silver rickrack. I had to get off this walkway quickly. It was only supposed to hold six people and there were definitely some people on it that counted as two people.

Dad taking a rest.
and of course the obligatory tourist shot...

My first attempt at a video.

This was our waitress, Ruth. She works at a diner we like to go to in the Poconos. I admired her angel pin and we started talking. Ruth is a double cancer survivor. Go Ruth!

And here is my hubby, son and his fiance' rescuing a tiny frog that got trapped in our kitchen tarp when we were packing up.

I don't know how he even saw it. It was so tiny. He was always dragging things like this home when he was little. He's now an Earth & Space Science Teacher.

Heading off to the Beach now!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Frock Friday Already!

Being on vacation has totally thrown me off schedule! I was all dressed for work this morning in slacks and was making a quick check of my blogger friends and saw Helga Von Trollop looking sumptuous in her blue frock. I ran upstairs and changed immediately.

How could I be so forgetful?

My frock was op-shopped at Goodwill, tights from Gabriel Brothers and the necklace from Fashion Bug.

I have great plans to gather all my broken jewelry and make some necklaces like this. I can't bear to throw out jewelry and prefer to re-purpose it.

 My ring is another turquoise piece of mine from the 70's

I really do need to get some turquoise colored nail varnish.

Hope I done you proud ladies!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steel Town Irish Pub...

Part one of our vacation started on our way to the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. We are campers from way back and still rough it sometimes. Although we've added a nice big air mattress to the list of necessities the last couple of years. We look for interesting eating places when we're traveling, trying to avoid the usual chain restaurants. I'm not sure what town this pub was in, but it turned out to be pretty good for just picking a place.

It was in a town that used to be a steel town. Now the steel mills are no more and next to the rotting buildings with broken windows are huge gaudy casinos where people feed their money into one armed bandits.

We were fairly close to Philly, so I took a chance and got the Philly cheese steak wrap and some cider. It was very good and this picture doesn't do it justice. The secret to a good Philly cheese steak is to keep it simple, just thin sliced beef, cheese whiz and maybe some onions, but that's it! I was living on the edge by getting one in a wrap. Normally they are on a sub roll. The proper way to eat it is to stand and hunch forward so the grease doesn't drip down the front of you. Yummmmm.

I am off to a good start on my holiday! Full tummy, a little too much Cider and a comfortable op shopped jumper.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vacation Day Begins!

The work day before vacation begins is always the longest day of the week. I decided to make it a fun day by wearing a fun outfit.

My blouse was from Goodwill, the skirt is Mode Merr and the patterned fishnets from Gabriele Bros.

My cherry headband was a gift from Peanut of Miss Ruth's and the earrings are mine from forever.

I found these Liz Claybourne shoes at Goodwill for $6.00. They are all leather (so sorry PETA) and fit like a glove. I can wear them all day with no problem.

I really wanted to post this last week as that is when we left for vacation, but didn't have the time. Plan B was to pirate someones WIFI and post on the road. Seems folks are being more stingy with their wireless nowadays. Oh well, better late than never.

I began my vacation that night....


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Recovering Black Clothing Addict

In my effort to brighten up my wardrobe and wean myself off of all the black in my closet, I bought this at the Goodwill. I saw it in the window on the dummy and it looked like my size. I made them strip the mannequin and I'm glad I did! A little leopard print bag goes with any outfit.

I haven't been wearing necklaces because of the heat. I remembered that I had these plastic necklaces left to me by my mother-in-law and they were perfect and light.

I've had that silver slave bracelet since forever.

I forgot to show you this great picture of me and my hubby from the USO dance.

Aren't we cute?

USO Dance

This past Saturday we went to the local Historical Society USO Dance. I know USA history is not near as rich as many countries, but we do have the local Dill Tavern that claims that George Washington slept there and Pickett stayed there while heading  to Gettysburg. We always think it is funny when the Chinese Tour bus comes through town and the tourists are avidly snapping pictures of the McDonald's and UniMart and completely ignoring the 200 year old Tavern. I guess by Chinese standards, 200 years
is not that impressive.


I donned my fabulous WWII duds and headed to the dance.

I found this great frock at the Goodwill for $5.00. I can't believe my good fortune, plus, it actually fit!  Usually I can't fit in the vintage dresses becuase of my odd shape. I know this one was waiting for me to take it home. The white gloves are mine from when we actually wore gloves, and the purse from the $5.00 bin at Miss Ruth's Time Bomb.

This hat was a gift to myself at the WWII Weekend Air Show in Reading, Pa.

Here are some shots of the other fab ladies and gents that made an effort

This lady sang as one of the Andrew Sisters

Claire Zeiders is a good friend of ours, he is the leader of the USO Swing band.

The band is just local people and students from Dillsburg.

I thought you might like to see a picture of my home. It is a farm house that's been around for about 100 years. Everyone else in Dillsburg wants boring cookie cutter brand new homes with absolutely no character whatever. I prefer my farm house.

Friday, August 12, 2011

S.I.T.S. (Stuck In The Sixties)

This is one of my favorite frocks. It is from a reproduction line that the Time Bomb carried. I was able to get
this one on sale.

Admittedly, I should have has some of Helga's "safety pants". If I accidently mooned anyone today, they didn't complain.

A close-up of the pin. The earrings, I've had since
the late 70's.

I decided today that I have way too much black in my closet and I need some color. I found these
beauties at Goodwill today!


I couldn't pass on this jacket.

Happy Frocking Friday!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Scones and Salsa

It's Sunday morning here and I was up early enough to make a batch of blueberry scones. K and I split 5 lbs. of blueberries earlier and I froze them to use as needed. If you freeze them laid out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a freezer bag, they stay individual to measure out for recipes.


Warm scones with lemon marmalade, I got when we were in Missouri in May.

The humidity lately is stifling. No use curling my hair in this weather, it will just go straight right away.

My dress and necklace was bought when one of the Fashion Bug stores was going out of business. I snagged the dress for only $12. The shawl was given to me by Lee (who gave me permission to share her recipe for cucumber soup).

Both bracelets came from the Time Bomb

After a quick change, it was salsa time!

A lot of chopping, but this salsa is well worth it. Plastic gloves a must for chopping jalapeno peppers. I rough chopped the peppers, onions and garlic then hubby finished them in the food processor.

This super cool and comfy 80's dress is from the Time Bomb.

The finished product

Hubby made baked nacho chips from cut up tortilla's brushed with oil and sprinkled with taco seasoning.

We couldn't wait for it to cool. Here's the recipe:

Wonderful Salsa with Peaches

6 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
2-1/2 C. Onions, chopped
1-1/2 C. Green Peppers, chopped
1 C. Jalapeno Peppers, chopped
1 C. Cubanelle Peppers, chopped
6 Garlic cloves, minced
2 t. Cumin
2 t. Black Pepper
1/8 C. Canning Salt
1/3 C. Vinegar
1-15 Oz. Tomato Sauce
1-12 Oz. Tomato Paste
4 C. Peaches, chopped.

Mix all together and bring to a slow boil for 10 minutes. Seal in sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Working on my blog and watching Britcoms.