Friday, February 26, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Good Eats Wednesday

Jax on the Trax
Truckee, Ca

This morning we went to Jax on the Trax for breakfast,
which will be featured on Guy Fieri's Diner's, Drive-Ins & Dives at the end of March.
Mom saw the Food Network van here about a month ago.
Here is a sneak peak...

Mmm hot chocolate on a snowy morning.

The Eggs Benedict.

"The Mornin' Addiction: Locals Favorite"
Consists of hash browns, shaved canadian bacon, mixed greens,
avocado, eggs your choice, pesto, and balsamic vinigrette.
This was so yum!

Photo via

We hear they have excellent meatloaf with a rootbeer raisin bbq glaze.
Website and Menu available HERE.

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Day on the Slopes


Ok, ok...

Today was the first time I have attempted skiing since I was about 10 years old.

Since, I'm still on Eastern time for my mini-vacation in California,
I woke for the Early Bird private ski lesson.
(Although, I had been nervously tossing and turning since 5:30a.m.)

A one hour lesson is not very long
to prepare this not-so-athletic girl to venture the slopes on her own.
But I was determined.

I only fell once.
Ok twice,
 if you count losing my balance
within the first couple of minutes trying to
get onto the moving walkway for the learners section (pre-bunny hill).

Yes, they had to stop the moving walkway and my instructor had to help me up.
But I pressed on... and after a couple baby hills,
I moved on to an easy run on my own,
where I gained too much speed
for my breaking ability and wiped out.

After that things were smooth sailing. 
But I quickly realized how much effort and muscle it takes to break down hill.
Now I can hardly walk.
But it was worth it!
Just a couple more tries and I'll be ready for the 2014 Olympics.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Live from Truckee

A Little Picture Story

My bedroom view this morning.

Mom and I went to Northstar Resort
and took the gondola up to the Ritz Carlton.

We had four cheese pizza with chorizo and endives,
with a side of bubbly macaroni.

Yesterday I constructed a snowman.

My new buddy.

Buddy greeting all visitors.

Mom and I took a walk and discovered all kinds of tracks.

I'm guessing... a little snow hare?

I just love it here.

Oh yes, mom redeemed herself.

The cookies were delicious!

Tomorrow I am going for a private ski lesson...
and I'm a little nervous. :)

(All photos via iPhone, only way I could blog here, so sorry they are not that clear.)


Saturday, February 20, 2010


French Riveria painting by Christian Guinet.
To see more of this artist's captivating work, click HERE.

Congratulations to the beautiful Stephanie of Still Waters!
She is the winner of the Pier 1 Imports muti-colored kitchen wisk and a red timer.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

(Blogging live from Truckee, CA.)


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Travel Thursday

Capturing a Town
Lucerne, Switzerland

For those who have been following my blog for awhile, you know about my affinity for Switzerland. One of my favorite towns in Switzerland is Lucerne. I have been there twice. These are some of my photos which capture the essence of this charming town.

I have also mentioned before Switzerland is the inspiration for the novel I'm currently writing.

Sometimes when my day gets stressful, I close my eyes and envision I'm in Lucerne on a sunny day eating lunch at a bistro, wandering through the shops, staring at the caricatures, eating ice cream, people watching...

or cruising around the lake.

All photos belong to Nicolette Renee.
Please request permission to use. Thank you.

Happy Traveling!!

***Leave a comment on Monday's post for the Pier One Giveaway before noon on Friday.***

Good Eats Wednesday

Olympic Gold Medal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Made by Mom

I know everyone brags that their mom makes the best cookies. Probably because many moms follow the Nestle Tollhouse recipe on the back of the chocolate chips package. But my mom, the forever health-nut, loves to add a cup of oatmeal, a cup of Craisins, and a cup of chopped almonds. I'm so craving her cookies right now. Since she moved to a higher altitude within the past six months and is not used to baking in new conditions, she has been practicing to get her cookies just right. Here is a text pic she sent me few weeks back... to which I replied that they looked flat. I know... with her I'm brutally honest. Sort of like the way she tells me my rear is 'gorda.' That's just the loving relationship we have.

Here is one she made for my step-father on Valentine's.
(Excuse the blurry image... my still life shots are better than hers.)

Looking a little better mom, still a little overcooked on the edges.
You have a couple more days of practice runs to get it just right before I fly across country to visit.
I'm expecting a Gold Medal effort. 

(All joking bantor is made in jest.)

Mom, your cookies are still the best. 
Can't wait to see you.

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shoe Art

by Richard Tabor on Etsy.

Found this fantastic shoe artist through the daily Etsy email.

A shoe for the new year.

by Sole Sensations.

And one to take you back a few years.

by Sole Sensations.


by Sole Sensations.

Visit Sole Sensations to see more elaborate shoe art.

Have a lovely day!

Monday, February 15, 2010


Pier One

I fell in love with a few of these pieces at Pier One recently...

The Addyson Chair $349.
Available HERE.

The Ashworth Nightstand on sale for $199.
Available HERE.

Ruffles Pillow in Smoke.                              Ruffles Pillow in Pink.
Available HERE for $22.46.                      Available HERE for $29.96.

Round Capiz Shell Mirror $299.
Available HERE.


for our



One magnetic kitchen timer!
Available HERE.


One Multicolored Kitchen Wisk!
Available HERE.

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