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I have this thing about punishing myself.  I don’t cook a lot and when I invite people over I tend to think that what I normally cook is not good enough for company so most of the time I try something that “looks” really good and go thru “is it going to taste good or not?”  Yesterday was one of those days.

Delaney and I met because of this blogging thing I do.  I was googling information about a TV show that was coming to Fresno.  I either posted something on her blog or put a link on my blog to hers.  We found out we were both from Fresno and about a year ago we met for lunch.  Yesterday she come over to my home for lunch.  She brought the most delicious home-made blackberry little pies and I fixed “Black Beans and Corn Salad”.  I actually liked it a lot and so did my friend.

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 sm. yellow and red bell peppers, chopped
1 sm. tomato, chopped
1 cup frozen corn, thawed (I don’t know why not use fresh if available)
2 scallions, chopped (I used green onions)
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Juice of 1/2 lime
Kosher or sea salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

I don’t like raw bell peppers all that much so I sauté the bell peppers and green onions in a little bit of Virgin Olive Oil.  I also added 1 small chopped mango and I meant to add 1 sm. chopped avocado, but forgot and next time I’m going to add a 1 tsp. of chili powder.

You can use this salad as a dip and use corn tortillas chips,  as a filling for tacos or even fill 1/2 a pita bread.

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May Activities – Part One

(Boy I’m so behind)

Just e few photos of Mother’s Day.

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I don’t remember what was soooo funny.

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Claudia and her boys

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Enrique with Mamá

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Rosa with Mamá

Grandchildren with Papa

Oh my, has it been that long?  I can’t believe I have not blogged since May 11th.  Yes I have been busy, but I have missed writing about what I have been doing and such.

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that Carlos and his family have been in California since May – mostly his family, Carlos has been flying in and out of the state to many parts of the country and the world.  I can’t blame it all on them, yes I have spent a lot of time with them, but not all the time.  Heather and the grandchildren (and sometimes Carlos) have been traveling the state visiting with family and friends.


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I have had these pool toys for about 8 weeks and by now the strings that I used to hold them in place, some had come off.   I was thinking it was time for me to take them out of the pool anyway, that the geese had gotten the message that they were not welcome in my pool or that every goose had found their own perfect paradise somewhere else.

This week-end being Mother’s Day, we were out-of-town.  A front had come thru town and my  pool toys were tossed out of the pool.  I don’t know how long the “wild animals” were out of the pool, but when we woke up Tuesday morning there he was swimming  in the pool, I could tell he had just arrived (the water was not messy).

I guess I need to tie down the pool toys and keep them in the pool until who knows when. 😦

I walked into my favorite beauty salon to get a trim.  While I was sitting there someone mention the wax room, and I thought “Ha, I need my eyebrows waxed”.  I don’t do this on a regular basis, maybe once a year – the rest of the time my eyebrows need attention 😉   So the owner’s niece proceeded to wax my eyebrows.  She burned me!!! it wasn’t bad (I thought), but she kept rubbing the burn part over and over again, I’m not sure what she was doing but it was hurting.  I went ahead, paid for the services and left.

By the time I got to the car it was burning bad.  I told my husband I needed to go to a drug store and talk to a pharmacist.  The pharmacist told me to get some Aloe and put a little tiny bit under the eyebrow so that the Aloe would not get in the eye.

I did not tell the owner of the salon what happened, but I’m being advice to call her and tell her.  I don’t want to get her niece in trouble, but I think I better.  I would not want anyone else to get burn and get the salon in serious trouble.  Now if it would have happened to anyone else I care about I would have been the first one to go back and talked with the owner.  This makes me feel very uncomfortable.

“Trust, but verify”

A signature phrase of President Ronald Reagan

While we were out-of-town, a few weeks ago, Fermín and I found ourselves with a few hours in our hands.  I have been thinking about visiting our Presidential Libraries and living here in California we are blessed to have two, President Richard Nixon’s and President Ronald Reagan’s.  Here are some of the photos I took while at President Ronald Reagan Library.

I couldn’t help taking this photo.

Marine One

Air Force One

A young boy contemplating history.  President Ronald Reagan grave site.

An authentic section of the Berlin Wall at the Library

A view from the Library – Simi Valley, CA

For more photos just click on my Flickr Photos to the right of this page.

Easter Eggs

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I have always bought the egg dying kit that came with color tablets or used food coloring drops.  This year I found a new way of dying eggs, new to me but I understand people have been dying eggs this way for generations.  I used onion skins to dye the eggs and I think they turned out beautifully.