Welcome my friends. I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living. It’s a step in the right direction for sure. I hope you come along for the ride. Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share. Hope you enjoy. Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤
Week of 04/22-04/28/2018 – Week 16
“Dear Journal – Do you remember the story about the tortoise and the rabbit? Slow and easy wins the race… if there was a race. Life is not a race. Life is an adventure of day at a time – living in the moment. That’s how we should live. You hear it all of the time, “Live today like there is no tomorrow. We are not promised tomorrow. Live today as if it was your last day.” But do we? All of those cliches really do mean something. Have fun in life. Laugh so hard that you pee on yourself. Drink a little too much. Tell people you love them. Give someone a hug – you never know when they need it. Life doesn’t stop when you go to bed tonight. It just recharges you for a new and fresher tomorrow to do it all over again.”
Lowers my head in shame. Mom told me… are you ready for this… that I look like a hot mess. I don’t get it. I had to lay down to digest and think about what she said. What does a hot mess exactly mean? Then I heard her on the phone with my spa lady Kim. That made me happy. I ❤ going to the spa. There’s something so relaxing about having an oatmeal bath. That’s the life. I guess if a hot mess leads to this, I’m good with it. What do you think? So tomorrow I’ll be thinking about you while I’m taking my bath, getting my puppy massage and a full cut. I think I need a cut. My hair is so long it’s in my eyes. Now that I think of it… mom’s hair is in her eyes too. Maybe she is a hot mess? Barks and rolls with puppy laughter.
Now my friends I leave you in good paws with Jokes from Daddy. Enjoy!
This month for Shopping Around the World, we are going to focus on go to desserts/treats.
You know for those days when you need a pick me up or you are feeling down, what is the one thing you go to for comfort?
I know we shouldn’t but we do. We can all admit that from time to time, right?
Well this month is an easy one for mom. Wait until you see! Take it away mom –
When I think of go to comfort food as in dessert, I think of one thing. Pepperidge Farm cakes. I was introduced to Pepperidge Farm cakes when I was a young child. It was something that we always kept in the freezer. You know back in the day when you wanted people to drop in for visits and they did unexpectedly – LOL. These days, we don’t want anyone coming by unless you call weeks in advance and make an appointment. Times have changed, right? Well in the day, when unexpected friends dropped by my mom would get out the Pepperidge Farm cake, make a pot of coffee and visit.
These days, I still try to keep these in the freezer if not for just the memories they once brought to me. Anytime you need some sugar comfort, cut you a slice off of the cake and enjoy a little time just being. These Pepperidge Farm cakes come in a different variety – vanilla layer cake, red velvet cake, lemon layer cake, key lime cake, coconut layer cake, chocolate fudge layer cake and this one – rich golden layer cake. And personally, the golden layer and key lime cakes are my all time favorites – LOL.
And the best thing about these cakes – they are cheap. Really on average they are about $4.00 a cake. BUT you can find them on sale two for $5.00! Now can you make two cakes that cheap? So pardon me my friends, this cake in the picture was opened last weekend. It’s calling my name to be finished. The next time you are in your local market, see if you can find one of these and try them. You won’t regret it.
Today is National Pretzel Day – what a way to celebrate pretzels of all shapes and sizes. How do you like your pretzels? Straight, twisted, hard, soft, thick or thin? Then think of all the different flavors you can get – cinnamon, raisin, salted, sesame, chocolate, jalapeno, bacon wrapped, stuffed with peanut butter, sour dough – served with mustard or cheese? AND let’s not forget about pretzel wrapped hot dogs – mmm. Do you eat them straight out of the bag or do you prepare your own and bake them in the oven?
Pretzels are believed to be the world’s oldest snack and date back as far as 610 AD in Southern France. Monks baked thin strips of dough into the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer. Add a little salt, and Voila! …the pretzel industry was born.
Pretzels also symbolize good fortune, bringing prosperity and spiritual wholeness with every bite. Wedding couples fell into the practice of breaking a pretzel, much like one might break a wishbone on Thanksgiving. The person with the larger piece was assured domestic happiness. The pretzel, over time, came to symbolize the “tying of the marriage knot.”
Hello friends! I want to introduce you to the newest member of the Hotel Thompson. This is Hot Lips. Hot Lips is a 2018 Toyota Prius Hybrid with hypersonic red exterior and a panda mix interior. It is mom’s dream car. She has been talking about getting one for years and the timing came just right this past week. It is definitely not the Prius that originally came out years ago. Hot Lips has everything – bluetooth, back up cameras, lane departure alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, push button start – just to name a few. Mom told dad she was going to get what she really wanted this time in features.
But the most important thing – it’s a Prius hybrid! What does that mean? It works on a battery like most cars but is also electric! Mom doesn’t have to plug it in – it automatically charges itself while she drives. Awesome huh? Let alone mom was filling up the Jeep every single week at a minimum of $25.00 a pop. This sweet ride will go – are you ready for this – at least 500 miles per fill up. Talk about saving your wallet and the environment.
Hot Lips sits and drives like a sports car and has what mom calls a panda interior. As you can see from the picture it’s black and white on the inside. AND squeals – look at the world’s smallest gear shift – isn’t it cute?!
Today , April 25th, is a wonderfully special day for not only Bacon’s mom but for all of the Administrative Professionals out there in the world. Whether you call them secretaries, administrative assistants or my personal favorite Octopuses, they do not get enough praise for what they do. They are the office keepers, the schedulers, the reminders, the speed typists – the office jugglers. They not only keep the work load going but they remind their bosses of their personal dates to remember and patch up the boo-boos that happen while at work. They should be praised daily and reminded of their wonders.
So by all means, don’t forget your office Octopus. Show them your gratitude. A small token of a card, a cup of coffee, a gift card, flowers or take them to lunch. Just don’t forget that special worker.
And to mom and everyone else – Happy Secretary/Administrative/Octopus Day. We here at the Hotel Thompson wish you all the best today. You are so worthy – we definitely couldn’t live without you!
Oh friends – I have a good one for you today. But for some reason, mom says I can’t be part of it. She wants to talk about it. So without further ado – take it away mom ❤
Thanks Bacon. Friends, for obvious reasons in the pictures below you can tell why I didn’t want Bacon here today. No oinker should be around alcoholic beverages – LOL. No really there is b.a.c.o.n. involved in this posting and I didn’t want the little guy to get his feelings hurt. Carrying on with our Chicago, Illinois trip several months ago, I wanted to share a breakfast place that we went to for some fabulous food. There is a restaurant close to my sister called Richard Walker’s Pancake House. If you are near one, RUN to it. They have the most fab food ever.
Of course every good breakfast needs to start with a solid drink. Today was no exception. We are on vacation and vacation knows no time. My sister started with a Blood Mary with a slice of bacon. THUD! To say this restaurant has fabulous bacon is an understatement! Mix that bacon with vodka and you have a party starting up right there and then. I started with a Mimosa… gotta keep that orange juice flowing, right? And of course the hub was the designated driver – snorts – so he had a Coke Zero straight up.
The muffin you see in the picture – that is a carrot cake muffin. Gobble nom nom. It was delicious! We cut it all up and shared it together. All it was missing was some cream cheese icing on top of it.
What we ate for entrees:
My sister went for the pancake looking picture. That’s actually potato pancakes that was made from Idaho potatoes with a tad of fresh onion and served with applesauce and sour cream. Now, before you go eeww, you have to try it before you knock it. I was like yeah okay until I was personally hand fed a bite with sour cream. Now I can’t get them out of my mind and want some…daily! So yes upon our return trip to Chicago, this place is on the list for some potato pancakes.
I went boring style with scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon. Okay the bacon wasn’t boring. It was the most delicious bacon I’ve ever tasted here in the states and that’s saying a lot.
The hub unit went for the Classic Eggs Benedict. Underneath that sinful hollandaise sauce was canadian bacon and poached eggs. He made more grunting noises eating that meal than certain people make on certain television shows. That’s all we are going to say about that – HAHAHAH
So I gotta ask – what was your favorite meal/picture?
April 24th is Pig in a Blanket Day. Okay – so maybe it’s not exactly the Pig in a Blanket Day you were thinking . I can’t report about sausage wrapped in a pancake. I mean, that would be weird and everything being on Bacon’s blog, right? – wink – So just have pancakes today to celebrate – chitter chatter
But, I can report to you the original Pig in a Blanket for this great holiday. That’s right – the original. As in Bacon wrapped up in a blanket – ha! That seems to be the oinker’s favorite position – pig wrapped up in a blanket.
So on this day, think of the little booger and enjoy. And yes, on top of that pig in a blanket is Sir Hemi passed out sleeping too. See, proof is in the picture that they all get along at the Hotel Thompson.