Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

To my sweet Grandma...


Image found HERE.


Who spent the day snowed in...

I'm thinking of YOU. :)



Stayed tuned fellow bloggers,

for tomorrow begins Simply Colette's

"14 Days of Love."

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

To My Sweetheart...

Stamp by Penny Black.



Here's Wishing You a Wonderful Day!


And Happy Friday to All!




Thursday, January 28, 2010

Travel Thursday

Morocco





I've had my eye on this tour with Cosmos, specially for the excursion to venture out on the Sahara dunes at sunset. The tour with Cosmos is about $850 for 10 days, a fairly attractive price for lodging, included tours, and most meals. However, airfare to Casablanca will set you back another $1,100-$1,500 from the US.













This is the map of the tour.



Map and images via Cosmos.


To view the specifics of this tour visit Cosmos.


Happy Traveling!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dream Jobs







I'm continually amazed by how encouraging comments from fellow bloggers can be.
My dad likes to tease me, that it is "stroking each other's ego."
Whatever. Thanks dad.
But seriously, the friendships I've formed from blogging have really motivated me that anything is possible. I know it sounds cheesy, but I think many can relate. Since blogging, I started Etsy, actually stuck with projects I started, despite my lapse during the holidays.
There really is a good reason, which we will leave at that for now.

So, this weekend I took baby steps in getting to that dream job destination.

1. I applied as an Senior Editorial Assistant in San Francisco.
2. I submitted many photos to Frommer's Travel Photo Contest.
    Enter HERE. (No, scratch that--you will be my competition. Google the link on your own!)

JK! A big Thank You to all for making "Dream Jobs Monday" a little closer to reality.


Happy Monday!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Friday!





Thank you Sunder
@
for the Happy 101 Award!

Ten Things that make me Happy...


1. Fresh bouquets of flowers.

2. Watching Under the Tuscan Sun when I'm feeling blue.

3. When my little furball Sagie sleeps on me.

4. Flipping through my new Cosmos Travel catalog for 2010.

5. Switching from contacts to glasses this week... I look so much thinner!

6. Watching my credit card balance drop signifcantly each month...yes!

7. Friday evenings in with takeout.

8. Finding a new hair product that works wonders.

9. My weekly call from my friend Sheila in England.

10. Reading all about my blog buddies.

I pass this on to all of you,
because everyone can use a little Happy.
Wishing you a Fantastic Friday
&
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Good Eats Wednesday

Donuts

It doesn't get any better.


Recipe from Paula Dean via Food Network- HERE.

A little virtual treat for you.

You know you want to.

Go on...

Take one.



When I was zipping through the grocery store this weekend, and I mean Zipping! Trying to get in and out as fast as possible. You know when your sick... no makeup, a red runny nose, watery eyes, chapped lips and nose, wearing sweats with hair in a bun, and everyone is staring at you when you sneeze. Sorry people... gotta eat. Well I did something I hadn't done in years, especially trying to maintain the Gluten Minimal Diet... yes... I picked up a Big Box of Entenmann's Devil's Food Cake Donuts.

Oh boy... yum.

Nothing like losing weight when your sick from the Tea and Donut Diet. ;)


Bon appetit!

Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK Day





On this 3 day weekend, I spent a few days sick in bed. So, I got caught up on many episodes of The Office. One of my favorite shows. I Heart Dwight Shrute.




Desperate to get some fresh air I saw an early showing of The Lovely Bones.





And drank lots of tea from my new Keurig machine I got for Christmas.  :)




Hope everyone had a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Good Eats Wednesday

Churrascaria



Image via GuestLife.com

Last Saturday, we had the pleasure of attending Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For anyone who has ever had the pleasure of attending a Brazilian-style steakhouse, you can attest they are quite an experience. A delicious buffet-style salad bar, which brings the term salad bar to a whole new meaning. I sampled gorgonzola mousse, calamari salad, carpacchio, oh yeah, and a little arugula salad with a chimichurri style house dressing. It is not necessary to mention how excessively brimming my plate was with food, but you get the point.

However, I did make it a point to have a carb-free platter. That was until they brought out the cheese rolls, to which I shamelessly threw out the New Year's Diet for the night and ate about 5-6 of them. Yeah, that's right... but they weren't that big... I swear!

Then the waiters serve all kinds of meat imaginable in a "radizio" fashion. They walk around with large skewers of meat and a carving knife. If they see the "Yes" placard next to your setting, they stop and ask if you wish for a serving of whatever they have. I tried sirloin, filet mignon, garlic steak, ribeye and lamb. After surveying the pamphlet, I discovered I didn't even try a fraction of other specialities, including chicken, sausages, pork, and fish. The seasoning was amazing on the meats, which can sometimes be a little salty when going Churrascaria-style. Side dishes were constantly brought to our table to sample as well, such as fried polenta, mashed potatoes, and dessert bananas. Oh and I soon as I politely offered the last cheese roll to everyone at our table, which they declined. I went for it. I couldn't let it go to waste, of course. What I didn't realize was the waiter was watching me, because ten seconds later we got a fresh basket of hot rolls. Darn him! I think he saw my face light up though. That's a good waiter.






Still I couldn't pass up dessert. A little apple streudel and cinnamon ice cream never hurts.



Bon appetit!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dream Jobs

HGTV Host/ Travel Channel Host


I've always been a fan of HGTV, and seriously considered applying to Scripps Media fresh out of college. Not sure I would have stood a chance. But it has been a real dream to either work for either HGTV, The Travel Channel, or Food Network.



I have spent countless hours the past couple of months on the couch watching House Hunters, House Hunters International, Property Virigins, The UnSellables, etc, etc. This weekend I began to grow frustrated because I caught mainly repeats. Hmm... maybe that says I've watched way too many.

But one new show stands out as simply amazing. The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, Austrailian landscaper, who travels the world to find his inspiration for amazing international landscapes.





HGTV or Travel Channel... please hire me! I promise to be your next new "it" host to travel around the world... searching out quaint international inns.


Casi Franci Bed & Breakfast in Rome, Italy
via bnbfinder.com

Maybe I will start with the Travel Channel Academy. Anyone else care to join me?!
Click HERE for more info.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snow Flurries



We are encountering record temps in South Florida... snow flurries in Fort Lauderdale!

Who would of thought?!

Last nights temperatures reached 43 degrees F here, not as bad as the rest of the U.S., but temperatures have not been this low the 80's.

Space heaters have sold out at Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, and Wal-Mart. Luckily, we have a heater, but many homes down here don't. Yikes! Although, this kind of weather should only last a week, that is typically a long time for the tropics.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and staying warm!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year & New Beginnings




First of all, I want to apologize for being AWOL the past few weeks. I missed Blog Land and all Blog Pals. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy & Prosperpous New Year! Thank you to everyone who continued to check on me, and I apologize, I couldn't muster up the motiviation to even boot up my computer. It gathered dust, and I couldn't give it a glance without feeling guilt, nowing that as each day came and went, was another day I failed the blog world. But, I'm back and ready to begin an even better year than last. I look forward to catching up with all friends!

Lots of Blogs Hugs,

Nicolette

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