Homemade Irish Cream

I made Homemade Irish Cream! There are several variations on Pinterest. And this recipe from Pinterest worked out great.

Of course we had to have some right away. It’s amazing! This is better then the stuff you buy in the stores.

It made a quart and then some. The “then some” we drank before we put it into jars.😊

Add some to your coffee.

But then I remembered I had an Irish Belleek cup…

So why not serve it with Irish Oatmeal Cookies…

Here is what I used.

The Recipe and Directions follow:

I sure hope you get to make some for St. Patrick’s Day!🍀

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Until Next Time~ Nancy

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Tuesday Tidbits #18

Since we live in the desert I decided we needed cactus painted wine glasses. My friend in Pennsylvania gave me some but they are at the LakeHouse… So I took matters in my own hands!

I painted some!

I think they turned out pretty good!

I added a table setting around them…

They will always be special because I painted them!

Have you ever painted on glass? If so, what?

Thanks so much for enjoying our painted wine glasses with us!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

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Tuesday Tidbits #17

The wildflowers of the desert are in bloom…

The golden yellows of the Poppies and the vivid purple hues of The Lupines dance upon the mountains of the Sonoran Desert.

The Saguaros enjoy the company!

Other kinds of wildflowers can be found in the back country…

Just yesterday sweet man took these photos…

All of God’s creatures enjoy the blooms as well…

Our backyard took a hit from all the cold weather but until it grows back we will have to enjoy the lavender that’s blooming nicely!

The Sonoran Desert awaits for your visit…

I wish for you you to visit the desert in bloom… it’s truly a spectacular sight!

Thanks so much for visiting. I’m always glad to hear from you with your kind comments.

Until Next Time ~Nancy

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“Girls Just Want To Have Fun!”

When your partner in crime calls to tell you that our friend from O H I O is coming to town… you say YES to a get together! Because you know it’s gonna be fun!

Ingrid, on the right, from Live Laugh RV and Teri on the left from Images By T Dashfield are great friends! And we are known for hanging out with wild horses (see them above Teri’s head?) And can be attacked by squirrels… stay tuned… more about that later in this post.

In all seriousness… we are friends who met through our Blogs. So why not get together and go hiking in beautiful and amAZing Arizona!

First off we had to find the wild horses of Arizona . After a few hit and misses we found them and they were incredible. Sleepy… but incredible!

Like us, they were enjoying the view of the blooms from the wild Poppies and Lupines…

This nice lady was there taking in the moment just like us but instead of photographing the horses… she was painting them.

It didn’t take us long to get back to the get away car… 🚘

To Hike to these wonderful areas…

These mountains called 4 Peaks… hardly ever have snow… so this was a treat for ALL of us!

After hiking all over Tonto National Forest in AZ…

We needed a much needed break!

Then came our big Surprise!

Ingrid packed us a picnic lunch! 🧺 And took us to a spot with a gorgeous view of Saguaro Lake! Thank you so much Ingrid! I even had a small glass of wine! How nice of you my friend!

We had visitors at our picnic!

The birds were not shy…

But neither were the Squirrels! 🐿 🐿

There was more than just one… and they would have sat on our laps if we let them… but they frightened me due to… they are WILD! One even jumped up on our table with us sitting there. So yes… we were almost attacked by the squirrels! 🐿🐿🐿

After all that excitement…

We were off to hike around Saguaro Lake…

We had a wonderful day! Blogging friends who gather to enjoy nature …together!

And we didn’t even get into TROUBLE! However, there’s always next time!

Thanks so much for reading. We had fun and we are so glad you came along!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #16

I have been diligent in posting for Tuesday Tidbits weekly! This is my 16th week!

This week I would love to continue with a few shots of the goats we saw in Texas. Sweet Man’s sister and I went for a walk and we visited neighbors who have goats on their farm. We chatted with the owner of the goats and he told us to go down to the barn as baby goats were just born that morning. They were only 4 hours old!

Momma with her two babies!

Such an adorable little one!

Then another small goat, probably about a month old, came to see me.

If ever I had a chunk of land… I would want two goats and a few chickens. Did you know that when you purchase goats you have to take two. Because they are social animals. If you only have one goat… they will go mad. They need to socialize!

The following video is quite funny. The adult goats heard us and came up out of the pasture to see us! Watch the one on the right. 😃

Thanks so much for enjoying my 16th Tuesday Tidbits! Have a beautiful rest to your week!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Historical Gruene, Texas

A visit to Texas to gather with family is always a fun adventure for us. We always enjoy our time with our Texas family. So when sweet man’s sister suggested we visit historical Gruene, Texas. We jumped right in. And what a fabulous suggestion it was!

The famous water tower is what points you into the right direction of Gruene, Texas.

This historical area is part of New Braunfels, Texas. In 1845 Ernst Gruene bought acreage, along with his sons, just outside of New Braunfels. Later his one son, Henry D. Gruene, built his Victorian style home which is now The Gruene Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Surrounding his home he planted Cotton. And since Cotton was big money in those days several families came to Gruene area to help with the cotton production.

In 1878 the first store was built which is now called The General Store.

A Cotton Gin was built and now it’s the wonderful Gristmill Restaurant where we enjoyed a lovely lunch. (I suggest the Fried Catfish! And a delightful appetizer to share of their very large onion rings. We were on vacation so no diet rules allowed!) Back in the day, the Cotton Gin was powered by the Guadalupe River. Which is located next to the restaurant.

The restaurant is quite large with areas to eat inside and out. The beautiful grounds are full of gardens that were in bloom in February!

Of course we went Antiquing right across the street at Gruene Antique Company which was once the Mercantile Building.

And yes… a few things were purchased and brought home. You may see them in future posts! 😊

The Historical District is wonderful because the attractions are located closely and can all be accessed by foot.

After shopping we ventured back across the street and next door to the Gristmill Restaurant is the famous Gruene Dance Hall.

It’s known as the Oldest Dance Hall in Texas. Built in 1878 for all the people to have a place to socialize and dance! Everything is pretty much the same. The bar is up front…

The Dance Floor is in the back…

Many of the greats of Country music have played at Gruene Dance Hall.

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Gregg Allman and Lyle Lovett are just a few to name. George Strait started his career here. It’s here where John Travolta did the famous dance scene from the movie Michael. There is live music everyday. When warmer weather comes and tourists gather, more music is provided throughout the day and evening.

There are festivals to be had such as …

The Music and Wine Festival, Tour de Gruene, Gruene Country Christmas and Market Days are every third weekend.

River Rides

…are provided on the Guadalupe River. Which sounds like fun.

Many little Boutiques line Main St.

…which we all enjoyed very much. And when we were finished shopping we enjoyed an outdoor complimentary wine and craft beer tasting at The Grapevine. It’s located right on Main Street across the street from the Gruene Antique Company. Music was played outside while we tasted some lovely wines and a Raspberry Craft Beer.

The Grapevine says they have some of Texas’ best wine and craft beers. Like I said, we got to sample some and they all were wonderful. It was a beautiful place and outdoor area for a wine tasting. A perfect ending to a wonderful day in Gruene, Texas!

We hope you get to visit Gruene, Texas one day… we sure enjoyed our visit!

Thank you so much for reading…

Until Next Time~ Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #15

Critter Invasion!

These were made at a Wire Wrapping Class where a few people gathered and made the legs for them. One friend glued all the legs on to the beautiful tumbled rocks. Then another friend glued all the eyes on! They came out so cute!

These will just be one of the prizes that children will win after playing games at a Rock and Gem Show.

I just had to share!

Thanks for reading along…

Until Next Time~ Nancy

Get Out and Explore

Sweet Man and I like an adventure…

And here in Arizona there is beauty around every turn.

We head out in our Jeep and further investigate by hiking some trails our Jeep can’t go.

You never know what you might see…

After “Morning has broken…”

I sure hope that you are able to

…Get Out and Explore…

…because God’s Beauty is out there to be seen!

Thanks again for visiting! Hope you can get out and enjoy the simple things…

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #14

It’s a Galentine’s Party! I guess that’s the new way to say a Valentine’s Party for your gal pals only. Friendship Gardens with special friends need watered so why not gather your gal pals all together for some fun! I decided to do just that !

I made the chocolate covered strawberries and ordered the cake! Isn’t it beautiful?!

Everyone was to bring an appetizer. And with my wings we had a delightful party! We had lovely tables to sit at…

I love how the light is shining on this table.

The family room was decorated as well!

I bought a crystal bowl at an antique store and I knew I had to have a Trifle in it!

The desserts are ready…

So all of us gathered… we nibbled and chatted the night away along with the enjoyment of some yummy wine! What fun!

I sure hope that you are able to attend a Galentine’s Party!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #13

Valentine TeaTime

I want to share a few teatime moments with you… that may get you in the mood for Valentines Day.

Outdoor patio…

Red inspiration…

At the coffee table…

For Breakfast…

Rustic…

At your kitchen table…

Wherever it may be … A Valentine Tea Time is a perfect excuse to stop, rest and re-energize.

I hope you can stop and enjoy a cup of tea today. It’s the little things that bring us joy. Thank you for visiting.

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Oh NOLA, It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

We enjoyed our stay in New Orleans very much! It was an easy city to navigate with welcoming, friendly people around every corner.

Streetcar Transportation is easy and inexpensive. $3 per person for the day. But you must have exact change! You can hop on and hop off throughout the city. It’s fun to ride the historical line. And the green Street Car takes you up St. Charles Ave. through the Garden District.

In fact… here we go …”All Aboard!” We rode it all the way to the end. It’s a beautiful ride! You pass gorgeous homes, lovely churches and the Universities. (Loyola and Tulane)

At the end of the line… we got off but then got back on the street car and rode it back down St. Charles. As you ride you will see that the trees still have Mardi Gras beads leftover from all the many Mardi Gras parades that go down St. Charles.

We then hopped off at Washington Ave. We walked a block down and found a small restaurant where you could grab a coffee and a bite to eat before you walk all around the neighborhoods of where celebrities like The Manning family lives (where Eli and Peyton) grew up. John Goodman, Nicholas Cage and Emeril Lagasse call NOLA home and have homes in the Garden District. We also found another Cemetery… The Lafayette Cemetery was one block up from St. Charles On Washington.

I wanted to walk the streets lined with big oaks, magnolia trees and gorgeous homes. The rain had ceased and the sun was shining brightly!

We enjoyed the homes and loved seeing some decorated for Mardi Gras.

Back to the Street Car on St. Charles we went. We took it just for a few minutes and got off at the bar called The Avenue Pub where we had a beer and a rest.

We enjoyed our beers but wanted to go to Jackson Square, back in the French Quarter, to see the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral.

On the way we passed one of Emiril’s restaurants. We did not stop as we were going to eat in the French Quarter.

We did a street line connection at Canal Street which is the Main Street of the city. While waiting for our connection the beautiful building with a white tower top, once known as the Hibernian Bank, is seen. It’s a pretty spot in their skyline that is lit up at night.

Off to Jackson Square we went… an easy street car hop off and there we were. It’s easy to find as it’s on the Mississippi River and Decatur St.

A bronze statue of General Andrew Jackson is found and it’s is also why the area is called Jackson Square. We strolled right inside the church which was spectacular!

Off we went on foot to Royal St. a fancy street of fabulous shopping and high end antique stores. My son and his wife chose her engagement ring from a lovely jewelry store on Royal when they visited a while back. We were amazed by the chandeliers in many of the stores. The following picture was taken outside looking in through the window.

This spectacular chandelier went for a little over $170,000 ! 😳😳

A few more beautiful displays of lighting that you could purchase.

By this time we were hungry and we knew we wanted to eat at ACME. We started with fabulous Louisiana Oysters shucked right in front of us at the bar!

Then I enjoyed the Crawfish Étouffée and Sweet Man had Jambalaya, Gumbo, Rice and Beans with andouille sausage. A fabulous meal! And reasonably priced.

We highly recommend ACME Oyster House.

After dinner it was time to stroll back to our bed and breakfast. Making sure to take in the sights along the way.

We had a fabulous time in New Orleans and it was hard to say Goodbye. The people were extra wonderful and happy. We will be back!

Thanks so much for coming along on our NOLA Getaway!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #12

Rain did not spoil our second day in New Orleans. We had a Gray Line Bus tour scheduled. Sweet Man had this lined up ahead of time. We have done similar tours in other cities and we recommend them. There is always a tour guide who gives the history of the city along with their restaurant recommendations etc. This one did not disappoint.

While we waited we saw that the street car line was right across the street along with a Jackson Brewery. Which ended up to not be a place to taste beer but to only purchase it to go. However when the tour was over we were able to head over here for an extra umbrella as we did bring one with us.

As we waited for the bus to take off I noticed that the SteamBoat was floating down the Mississippi in front of us. It looked cold and miserable on the river.

The following pictures are not the greatest due to the bus windows being covered in raindrops. Even though Joan of Arc statue is covered in rain droplets she still welcomed us to NOLA.

The tour director gave us an understanding of what Shotgun Houses were. Forgive the picture but it shows you how small they are. There are several of these style homes in New Orleans.

Shotgun houses are narrow rectangle homes usually no more then 12 feet wide. The rooms are lined up right after another with no hallway. They built these because the taxation was on the frontage of the property and nothing else. It also was said you could shoot a shot gun through the front door and it would come out the back door.

Many homes in the French Quarter were quite colorful.

The tour took us past the Art Museum, the WWII museum and botanical gardens. All beautiful places but because of the rain I am not going to share the raindrop shots! If we would have spent one more day in New Orleans we would have gone to the Museums especially the world renowned WWII museum!

The tour did take us to our first cemetery called the St. Louis Cemetery. Here we did get off the bus to take pictures with an explanation as to why almost all the cemeteries are above ground and to how they were built.

Because NOLA is below sea level and the water table is quite high their cemeteries have to be above ground. Many of their cemeteries are hundreds of years old. And they are in row after row after row… almost like streets which is why the cemeteries are also referred to as “Cities of the Dead.” Each tomb/vault is for a whole family …believe it or not.

How in the world can all those coffins fit in one tomb/vault.??

In the next photo… this tomb is quite old and the front has crumbled away but it can also show how they can place and entire family in one tomb/vault. New Orleans has a law that when one family member has died and is laid to rest …two years must go by before another family member is placed in that tomb. At that time, the first coffin in the tomb is broken up and the bones of the first deceased person are put in a bag and placed down at the bottom of the tomb. Then the new coffin goes in. This can go on and on for years upon years. If by chance a family member dies before the two years… New Orleans have special vaults where the deceased can wait until they are able to be laid to rest in their Family Tomb. Believe it or not they have Society Tombs as well. I saw an entire volunteer Firemen organization that had a very large tomb. Other organizations did the same.

Old and New…

Many tours of many different cemeteries are are given throughout the day and night.

I don’t think I could go at night but maybe you can!

After our bus tour we headed to the famous… Cafe Beignet!

We had a great cup of coffee and shared 3 Beignets. They are as yummy as they look!

The beautiful Garden District of NOLA and Jackson Square will be featured in my next post. Thanks so much for following along on our wonderful get away…

Until Next Time ~Nancy