Archive | March 2015

What Am I Learning Now??

My guitar playing/learning has been not so much this last month or so.

I was sick (bronchitis/upper respiratory infection) for three weeks in February and didn’t feel like doing shit …… so I didn’t.

March……. it’s well underway now and I finally feel like getting back on the bandwagon!

I am currently working on/learning the three songs below.

When I get frustrated with one I will put it aside and work on the other then vice versa. Then when you come back to the first one it gets easier and easier.

For good measure my instructor throws an easy one in between the two….this way I feel like I can actually play.


Baby, now that I’ve found you – Alison Krauss and Union Station
Love this song.

Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons
This is the easy one.
Love this as well

House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
And of course….everyone’s favorite!!

Now I just need to figure out how to get 3 hours of practice in every day!




Oso Strong One Year After

As a member of The Pirates of Treasure Island we will be assisting at this event…….so if you see pirates in the parking lot……….

This might be an event that you want to attend!

Oso Strong One Year After
Rhodes River Ranch Benefit for the Oso Fire Dept. & Fireman’s Association
Saturday, March 21, 2015
1:00 pm
(please see flyer below)




Everything Will Be Ok

I love music and would love to be immersed in it!
If it were up to me I would never have the tv on but instead listen music.


However, when you have two young children, two teenagers (all grandkids) and a man who loves watching drivel all in the same house it’s inevitable that the tv comes on.

Saw this video on Facebook (gotta love facebook!)

Totally LOVE this.

I just might have to check them out and see what they are all about!





Saturday marks the beginning of pirate season!!

I, as a member of The Pirates of Treasure Island, will be participants in Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Word has it there will be a bit of pillaging and plundering after the parade however at this time I don’t know where!

Rain is in the forecast so us pirates are doing the best we can to make it go away!!!

You locals….
I KNOW you’re just itching to be a pirate
Scratch that itch and check out The Pirates of Treasure Island

If you’re on Facebook you can ‘like’ them at

If you’re interested in becoming a member just shoot them an email!

Guarantee you…’s loads of fun!



Amazing Scum Removing Cleaner

I consider myself pretty good at cleaning the house (after 7 people and two 80 pound dogs) however I am ashamed to admit I am neglectful when it comes to the shower.

Can we say……SOAP SCUM?

Bad on my part!

I’ve always hated cleaning the shower (with glass surround) and never remember to clean it on a regular basis.
I’m lazy and want the cleaner to work for me!
My usual method is to squirt Scrubbing Bubbles all over and just let it drip on down hoping it all washes away the next time someone takes a shower.
Not so good.

Searched the web yesterday and found a homemade recipe to remove the offending soap scum.
And I’m here to tell you… works!
With very little effort to boot!

I sprayed the shower down last night and left it.
When I took a shower this morning I took a sponge in with me and wiped everything down with no scrubbing!
All of the soap scum is off!
I promised myself I would do this once a week

Give this a try.
Very easy
Very cheap
And it works!!

Amazing Scum Removing Cleaner

1/2 c. of Dawn Dishsoap (Original) Don’t waste your time with the girly scented versions!
1/2 c. White Vinegar
1 spray bottle

Before we begin, here’s a safety reminder, be sure to use regular plain DAWN. Do not substitute other brands and do NOT use Dawn with Bleach. It is NEVER EVER EVER Safe to mix bleach & Vinegar together. It creates a Noxious gas that can (& Will) kill someone.

Heat the vinegar until it’s HOT, I simply put mine in a glass pyrex measuring cup and stuck it in the microwave for 1 minute.

Pour it into a clean spray bottle, add the dawn dishsoap, put the cap on and shake very gently to mix. (Or you can mix it right in the pyrex measuring cup and pour it into the bottle)

Spray liberally on the surface you wish to clean, leave it alone to do the work for 20 minutes or so. Or better yet, spray it before you go to work, and wipe it up when you come home. Once it’s had a chance to work it’s magic, wipe it off with a clean rag or sponge and some warm water.

You could technically mix up more than 1 c. at a time, but you want the vinegar to be hot when you mix them and use it, so it’s best to only mix up what you need.

When you spray it on, it applies like a gel, so it sticks well to most surfaces.

Doesn’t get any easier than that!



Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

I made chicken fajitas last night and wanted something a little fancy to go along with them.
This recipe is quick, looks a little fancy and tastes WONDERFUL!!

Even though this is called a SALAD I put it in my fajitas….
And made the wonderful fajitas even more WONDERFUL!!!

Instead of grilling fresh ears of corn I used a can of sweet corn
When corn comes back into season then I will grill it!

Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad With Honey Lime Dressing


pint grape tomatoes cut in halves
1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
2 ears of fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Slice the tomatoes in half. Remove husks from corn and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy. Cut the corn off the cob then scrape the cob with the back of your knife to get the juices. Set aside and let cool. Dice the avocado and chop the cilantro.

Honey Lime Dressing:

Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of cayenne pepper

Add all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Combine the sliced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn and honey lime dressing and mix gently so everything is evenly coated. Be careful not to mash the avocados. Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to let flavors mingle.

Side Note:
How to make wonderful chicken fajitas with ease:

Take however many boneless chicken breasts you want and cut them into strips
Cut however many onions and bell peppers you want
Put the chicken and veggies in a big bowl
Drizzle olive oil over everything
Add package of fajita seasoning
Put mixture into 13 x 9 pan (or size pan according to your volume) and bake in oven at 350-400 for approx. 20-30 min.
Thats it!!




Jack Daniels Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich

Easy peasy and good to eat!

We will be having these as leftovers for dinner tonight.
Make sure you make the barbecue sauce in this recipe!


You HAVE to make the mustard coleslaw to go with this!!!!
I guarantee you, you won’t go wrong!!

Jack Daniels Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Ingredients

5-9 pound pork butt
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons red chile pepper paste
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 cups Dr Pepper
3 cups homemade Jack Daniel’s Double Kick Barbecue Sauce, divided (or your favorite)
½ cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
12 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
12 pickle slices


Combine garlic, chili pepper, onion and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well. Massage spice mix into pork and place in crock pot. Pour soda over pork. Cook on low 5-7 hours, until pork is tender and pulls apart easily.

Drain completely, shred pork using 2 forks, add whiskey and 2 cups barbecue sauce. Stir well to combine. Cook on low for one hour. Serve on toasted bun with a pickle slice and more of the remaining 1 cup barbecue sauce.