Thursday, March 31, 2011

Aloha Follow Friday the Over 40 Set is here Flashing back!

Mom, My Baby & Young Me lol
Alicia at More than Words started "Friday Photo Flashback". I'm having a blast & you can too! Dig out your photo album! Don't forget to sign up so we can all visit and comment on each others pics/blogs! IT'S GREAT FUN! With graduations coming soon I thought I'd throw this one at ya!  The picture above was my eldest baby graduating high-school.  Isn't she a cutie pie!  There's my mom she was 65 I believe, and let's see I think this was 1987, so my daughter was 18, and I was 37.  Ohhhhh, to be 37 again, and know what I know now!  Woo Hoo!

Are you a blogger over 40? Yeah, welcome to the club!
Please join in the fun over at Java's place, and get to know your fellow bloggers at Never Growing Old!!
GRAB JAVA'S BUTTON!  She's such a sweetie!  Thanks Java for hosting a fun meme!

"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday a day of rest. So we're doin' the same. On Fridays we're taking it easy on posting. Therefore, our hostess is asking a simple question for you to answer; nothing that requires a lengthy response.If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the very friendly place of Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

My question is:   Do  you have any graduations coming up this year?  

We just had one not that long ago.  My nephew graduated from college.  Got his Masters Degree.  That's my hubby's sister on the left.  I think my nephew is a bit happy wouldn't ya say?

  Wasn't that fun?  ~hehe~  Have a Great Weekend Everyone, and THANKS for stopping by, and following me.   Oh!  Don't forget about "MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME".    This Monday  it's Gospel/Spiritual Rock (I believe that's what it's called recommended by our co-host Callie from JAmerican Spice).  So, as they say, "The Lord works in mysterious ways", and the Lord must love Rock & Roll too!  AMEN   I truly hope you ALL can make it. It's tons of fun!  Bring a friend!  Hell, bring lots of friends.  We'll all rock the heavens together!   Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


So, you say you've made that before over & over again!  You say, "Oh no, what am I going to make tonight"?  You say you have all these recipes that you don't know where they came from or what to do with them or they're your grandmother's secret recipe, but they take too long to make?  Well, I've got your back Girlfriend! 

Come join our "RECIPE SWAP MEET"   If you take one, give one!  What do you think?  All you have to do is sign our linky, grab our button, and show off your Recipe!  Below you will find your Chef-Hostesses XmasDolly (me), and Lori from  
The Shewbridges of Central Florida  (Lori says Hi!).  Hi-ya! 
Her recipe will be at her blog.

So yes, that means two for the price of one.  Couldn't ask for more, huh?  We have them from our own family archives, recipes we've collected over the years, and maybe some we have swapped from friends, magazines, cookbooks, wherever!

PerfectoSo, remember if you take one, sign our linky, grab our button, and will rush over to your place and grab yours!  Oh, and don't forget to follow and we'll happily return the love!  Maybe a comment too if you're not too busy!   I can hardly wait to see your family's old recipes and try them!  That's it!  Short & Sweet!  Let's start cookin'!  Looking forward to seeing you.  So mark your calenders!  We'll be here every Thursday.   So, if you're stumped on what to make tonight stop over by Dolly & Lori's RECIPE SWAP MEET!  Our button is in my right side bar!  ARE WE BUDS OR WHAT?  HERE'S MINE!  ENJOY!




  • 1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place pork tenderloin in a slow cooker with the contents of the soup packet. Pour water, wine, and soy sauce over the top, turning the pork to coat. Carefully spread garlic over the pork, leaving as much on top of the roast during cooking as possible. Sprinkle with pepper, cover, and cook on low setting for 4 hours. Serve with cooking liquid on the side as au jus.

mmmmmmm Looking good, and it sure tasted good too! mmmmmmm

So now all you have to do is sign our linky to lead us and/or our guests to you to swap a recipe.  Check them all out, and we'll check yours.  If you don't want to write it all down & know of one on line just post a link to it on your blog or leave it in a comment if you prefer!  Enjoy and Bona Petite!!!  Thanks for cooking/sharing along with us!   
Nummmmers to all! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed OVER AT JAVA'S! So, I've found a new home for Wednesday, and I blog-hop all day long looking at great pics! How about you?

Thomas the Train & our birthday boy!

Happy Birthday to you!  My Grandson's Birthday Party!

The Cakeblast with linky
Mom Spotted with linky

For more Wordless Wednesday visit 5 Minutes 4 MomHere and ThereGo Graham Go, and Hobo Mama’s WW Linky List!

eh - eh - eh!  DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!  Stay tuned for our next show coming up!  Right after this word from our sponsor!   Featuring:

Our Recipe Swap meme tomorrow: "Thursday's Recipe Swap Meet" - "Do you know where your recipes are?"   Now, don't forget to grab our button and play along... and you could share your secrets with us.  We won't tell any body!  ~snicker-snicker~



That's my Mama and today she would've been 89 yrs. young!  She went to be with my Dad & her family on April 20, 2006, and passed in her sleep.  She was a feisty little girl, and always had to be in the lime light.  She was a 4'10" bundle of joy and love.  She played the accordion and the organ (that made her happy).  She loved music, and loved to dance and have fun!  She married my dad when he was in the service, and when she met him at the USO she danced with Donald O'Connor.  He was an actor in Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.  She also danced with Ray Raynor.  Anybody remember him.  My big brother also took his footsteps on a pool table at the USO! 

She was loved by everyone!  I miss you mama!  Tell everyone I said hello, and don't forget what I told you in the bedroom.  May the Lord carry you through the sand while the Blessed Mother is holding your hand! 

Sunday, March 27, 2011



Hope you had a great weekend, and welcome to MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME!  As Head
 Conductor of this LOVE TRAIN let me introduce who's who! I'm  XmasDolly  Head Conductor!   My Co-Conductors:   Lorie of  The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida,LARRY from Cakeblast , and CALLIE from JAmericanSpice  (APPLAUSE). 

ALL ABOARD!  We're eager to greet you at the station.  Are ya ready? We'd all like to F-O-L-L-O-W U, as soon as you can get here, and leave us your link! So, sign our linky;  leave a loving comment then take the train to our next stop!  Oh, and listen/boogie to our tunes of course  AND FOLLOW!  ~hehe~ Don't forget GET THOSE NEW NEIGHBORS SENT OVER!
 Now, if for any reason you cannot do a video on your blog or don't want too, you can still dance along with us and listen to everyone's choices. Only thing we ask is grab our button, follow us, and leave us a luvin' comment & FOLLOW - FOLLOW - FOLLOW YOUR NEIGHBORS & leave a rockin' comment!

*NOTICE! We're family friendly blogs & we don't want to censor anyone, but we ask you keep your songs fairly clean.  R rated videos must come with a "warning" so the viewer can make their own choice to see it in case children are around!   I'm sure you understand!  Also,  we ask that you do not use us for advertising your give-aways. You will be deleted!  We reserve the right to delete anyone that is not playing along or following the rules.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. 

So, are ya ready to rock & roll?  I SAID ARE YOU READY TO ROCK & ROLL?     CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU WANNA ROCK ME WITH TODAY!  Today's theme: "FREEBIE WEEK"!  That's right, rock me with your choice of music!      

So, here's the RULES:

First:  You Tube, and lock & load!   Upcoming themes are to your RIGHT.
Secondly:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" Button (on your right, under mine)
Third:  SIGN THE LINKY - Follow your conductors, grab their buttons & leave them a nice comment from your BAD selves!
Finally,Boogie on down to your Fellow Rockin' Bloggers on our Linky or bring some back with you to join us! Drag them back a kickin' and a hollarin' who cares, just bring them back!!! 
PICK A TUNE, GRAB OUR  BUTTON, FOLLOW US, SIGN OUR LINKY, AND FIND FELLOW ROCKERS AND BRING THEM BACK! picks two people to showcase in our 4M SPOTLIGHT DANCEWOO HOO!  I will e-mail you, and let you know, so please leave your e-mail address if it's not available at your blog.

RaveRave Girl
Drum Roll
    1.   #17 GiGi from My reading Corner
    2.   #10 Hazel
Today's theme is a  "FREEBIE"!  SO, I went to the Arcada Theater tonight/yesterday, and saw "FOREIGNER", and I've never had so much fun! WISH YOU ALL COULD HAVE BEEN THERE!  The show was "FANTASTIC"!  TRULY AWESOME! 

Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums, and sold out concert tours.

From Cold As Ice to Hot Blooded, Urgent to Jukebox Hero, Waiting For A Girl Like You to the chart topper I Want To Know What Love is, Foreigner's thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.

Today, over 70 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to the mix to make the band stronger and
more powerful than ever.

Juke Box Hero
Thanks to my husband's friend, and other lead guitar player, and vocalist in hubby's band Mike, for tickets to this fantastic event.  He knows the owner Ron Onesti, of the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, and Greg (drummer) and his girl we all went, and we had the screaminest, rockinest, time including shakin' our booties!  WOO HOO!


Visit Amanda, Run DMT, and Hairbows & Guitar Picks for more Music Monday fun.


In an effort to raise money for Japan, actor Josh Duhamel (“When in Rome,” “Transformers” and the series "Vegas") is hosting a Relief Run in Santa Monica, CA this coming Sunday, March 27th, today!

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
On March 11th at 2:46 p.m., Japan experienced its largest earthquake in over 140 years. Soon after, a massive 10 meter high tsunami slammed onto Japan's coast, causing immeasurable human suffering and physical damage. Current OFFICIAL figures are that 10,151 people died and that over 17,000 are missing

How can I help? a note from Josh

If you're like me, you've seen the pain and suffering going on in Japan right now, and really feel the need to help, to physically help-to actually DO SOMETHING. Well, we can! Join me on Sunday, March 27, 2011 for a 2 mile run on the beach in Santa Monica to raise funds for the Americas Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

If you would like to read more about this go to 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

PROMIST Dry or Wet Cleaning System Review

Washable Microfiber Pad
O'Cedar does make my life easier that's for sure!  This handy little number is heaven sent for me.  I have a bad back, and now I don't have to squeeze the mop, get down for the corners or carry some old heavy bucket.  With ProMist I don't have too!  

The ProMist has a removable, refillable bottle for your favorite cleaning solution.  Also, no squeezing the mop head out either.  The ProMist has a removable, washable microfiber pad.  

Dry or wet cleaning systemFeatures:
  • Microfiber pad grabs dirt and washes clean
  • No bucket needed
  • Refillable bottle - use your choice of cleaning solution 

OCedar made my life easier. Their little jingle is true! So, all you ladies out there muscle up because it's time to get back to work. I know you have bad backs, but this mop takes all the hard work out of doing the job right including those tight corners, and when that mop head is dirty just throw it in the machine, hang it out to dry (I don't put mine in the dryer), and pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again! That mop-head cloth is made from Microfiber that grab's and holds on to dirt, dust, moisture, and leaves no residue. It traps the dust and dirt for a cleaner kitchen floor. Woo Hoo! I am the master of my own kitchen once again! I also like it because it's small enough (kind of like a broom) to fit in the corner this way if I spill something it's handy to just grab a hold of and clean it up right now!

PROMIST is my new right arm! Whether it's dry or wet cleaning, the swivel pad of PROMIST gets the job done! Washable pad and always fresh, and NO BUCKET NEEDED!

 *Disclaimer:  No compensation was received for this post. I received a product sample in order to facilitate my honest review.
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