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Zucchini noodles

Friday, June 27, 2014

On our trip north last week I found this funny looking gadget at Walmart - a spiral vegetable slicer called "veggetti" It cuts vegetables like zucchini and carrots (to mention a couple) into long stands, like spaghetti noodles. It has 2 thickness settings.
As I have eliminated wheat (for the most) it means that pasta is not an option for me, so this looked a great way to still get the look and maybe even the texture of spaghetti.

Yesterday was my first time playing with it and I made "zucchetti" (note the gadget behind the bowl!) I used the thinnest option.

The noodles were cooked for 2 mins in the microwave with a little water and salt (drain before serving)

I made my usual bolognese sauce to go with it:
12oz ground beef
mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, diced carrots, tomatoes
garlic, paprika, italian herbs, basil, red pepper flakes

Topped with grated cheese and fresh parsley

It was delicious and even my DH (who can be quite picky) liked it. He said it was tasty and the texture was perfect. I must admit, I was surprised at how closely the texture resembled real spaghetti - of course it is not pasta but it was great to get the texture and look.

Next time, I will add some olive oil to the noodles to give the meal some more substance.

Normally I find gadgets a waste of time but this one is a winner!! I can't wait to play some more with it and I love hearing your suggestions what to fix next!

Thank you JAVAFLOWER for the link! -Spiral-Slicer-Professional/dp/ B00ISMG8N0

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KALISWALKER 7/8/2014 10:39PM

    That's a great gadget! I looked at something similar but wasn't sure how I would use it. Now I know, 'spaghetti'

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/3/2014 12:37PM

    I think I'm going to buy a veggetti!

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JAVAFLOWER 7/3/2014 8:18AM

    July 3 -
Here is a decent price on a veggie spiral similar to the one Lis talks about here:

currently $12.99 (was 36.99/25.99) - free shipping IF you fill your order up to $35

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WALLAHALLA 7/2/2014 5:11PM

    That looks delicious!

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IRP1114 7/2/2014 4:31PM

    Yummy! Looks delicious emoticon

I have been meaning to buy one of those. Just hasn't happened yet lol. Maybe for Christmas : D!

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IMAVISION 6/30/2014 2:53PM

    emoticon for sharing your "find" with us.

Your dish looks quite tasty. emoticon

I wonder if it was awkward to use? I can't quite picture how it works.

God bless!

"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor Him. ~ Revelation 19:6b NLT

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/28/2014 1:21AM

    I want to go out and get that gadget now. What a wonderful meal.

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MEXGAL1 6/27/2014 9:32PM

    wow, I want one. I think I will look on line and have my SIL bring it in August when she comes.
Looks so yummy and I am also thinking of cutting out grains....keep reading about the gut and how much better you would be without them....kind of Paleo.
thanks for sharing
have a great week end

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DLDMIL 6/27/2014 6:03PM

    I saw one of those advertised in a magazine. Since I don't do walmart, I will keep looking for one and give it a try. I am waiting on the spaghetti squash to be in season.

You dinner looks wonderful. Can't wait to try it.

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JAVAFLOWER 6/27/2014 4:01PM

    Thanks for sharing this!
I've been thinking about getting something like this for awhile.

I hope to get one before the zucchini in the garden goes crazy!

your meal looks so yummy!

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SDEHNKE 6/27/2014 3:23PM

    Now if I could just get my husband to eat zucchini.


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LINDA! 6/27/2014 2:44PM

    I am going to take a look for the gadget.

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MELTEAGUE 6/27/2014 1:52PM

    Thanks so much for posting and sharing! I have to get one! I showed my hubby, maybe he will get me one for my birthday?

How many zucchini`s did it take to make one bowl?

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/27/2014 12:39PM

    I love the new gadget you found "veggetti" I'm going to have to go to Walmart and buy one! Thanks for sharing your new gadget! "Love it!" Your zucchini pasta looks yummy! I am totally impressed! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs! xoxo
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TRANSFORM-ABBY 6/27/2014 12:12PM

    I think that is the gadget I saw in a commercial here while back and thought it looked interesting. It does look good!

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Back patio cover

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When we covered the front patio, we also had the steel guys put up a structure in the back to be covered with bamboo at some point..
That happened last weekend and it looks beautiful and it gives a nice shade.

Right now it is a little warm (95F) to sit outside, even in the shade but come fall, this will be wonderful!

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WALLAHALLA 7/2/2014 5:09PM


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EILEEN828 6/28/2014 1:14AM

    Gorgeous, I love it.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/26/2014 10:45PM

    It looks so good.

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ISLAMOM 6/25/2014 7:48PM

    Super!! Looks terrific! We have also been working on our outdoor patio...will post pics when it's done :)

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LINDA! 6/25/2014 6:22PM

    Very nice - 95 today here too. ugh!

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MEXGAL1 6/25/2014 6:18PM

Totally looks great. Man that is hot. Not sure I could take that. It's nice here today..I think around 75 and no humidity.
Have a great evening.

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DLDMIL 6/25/2014 4:42PM

    Nice canopy. Hope you get to enjoy it before fall.

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/25/2014 3:32PM

    I love your front patio cover! Awesome job! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs! xoxo
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NISSANGIRL 6/25/2014 1:46PM

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Haircut and color

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Yesterday I went to make an appointment for a haircut at the salon I found in March. I hoped they could fit me in right away and I was lucky. I asked if she had time for color as well and she she said that this is the quiet time of year and she had all the time in the world.. so I took the plunge and had my hair colored professionally for the first time ever! I have always used a box and did my own color at home but this was luxury!
It turned out really nice and she did a great job on the haircut as well.

I love it! Now if only I could take better selfies...

It has been a hot few days with a warm northerly desert wind. We have been in the triple digits but today the wind is back tot he south and we're in the low to mid 90's again.
We did try and play pickle ball yesterday afternoon but gave up after half an hour and spent the other hour in the pool to cool off.
I did however manage to pull a muscle in my back and today I am in quite a bit of pain to where I cannot sit down, except on a barstool for short periods of time. I did manage a yoga session, which loosened the muscle a little bit but it is still painful.
On the bright side - I won't be sitting down a lot and will get heaps more steps in :)

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2014 12:35PM

    I hope your back is feeling better now. Your hair looks great, what a nice treat to have someone do your color.

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FROSTIERACES 6/11/2014 7:58AM

    Love your hair! It's always nice to find a good hair dresser.. especially in Mexico! I hope your back feels better soon!

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EILEEN828 6/8/2014 3:21AM

    Your haircut and color are fabulous! I bet you feel like a new woman. emoticon

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IRP1114 6/7/2014 1:45PM

    Love the new hair cut! You look beeautiful on your pic ; ) sorry to hear you pulled a muscle. Hope it is getting better already!

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MILLIE-MILOU 6/7/2014 6:24AM

    Great haircut and colour. It really suits you.

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KATRINAKAT23 6/6/2014 11:41PM

  I love your hair. Very pretty.


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/5/2014 11:56PM

    Your hair looks amazing! I love it on you!

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MELTEAGUE 6/5/2014 9:58AM

    Your hair looks PERFECT! wow! It suits you so well!


Sorry about having to stop the pickel ball! Sorry about the back pain! That is not fun! :-(

I have been really busy and still recovering from having no voice!

Mowed the lawn last night! Did not bother to track it! LOL

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TRANSFORM-ABBY 6/4/2014 11:59PM

    Looks great! I have an appointment for a cut tomorrow. Always feels good to get a new do.

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ISLAMOM 6/4/2014 8:16PM

    great picture and great hair!! I always love how wonderful it feels to come out of the salon with new hair (color) and a new cut!! Hope you recover quickly from your back pain. Abrazos!

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DLDMIL 6/4/2014 7:19PM

    Hair looks great. It is nice once in a while to pamper ourselves.

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WALLAHALLA 6/4/2014 2:17PM

    Your hair looks great! I've never colored mine before. Yesterday I got mine cut super short for summer. Our temps aren't as high as yours, but the humidity is way up there. Sorry about your back. Hope it loosens up soon.

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JAVAFLOWER 6/4/2014 1:53PM


sorry to hear about your injury, tho!

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/4/2014 1:43PM

    I love your new haircut and color! You look fabulous! I think he took a great selfie! Hope you have a wonderful day!
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LINDA! 6/4/2014 1:19PM

    I always go to a salon for color because I have had problems (wrong color) with boxes. You hair looks great!! I think you have a good selfie. Enjoy the great weather.

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MEXGAL1 6/4/2014 1:14PM

    It looks wonderful...I love it! Beautiful.

we have a nice breeze here today and not too hot around 75....which is normal for us and of course we never get the humidity.

Are you guys full time in Mexico now or will you be heading back to Colorado soon?

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ONECALMMOM 6/4/2014 1:07PM

  It's always nice to be pampered!

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Morning view from my front patio

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The front patio faces east and gets the morning sun. It is a great place to enjoy breakfast of a cup of coffee and watch the boats.
I love it when the sun sparkles on the bay - so pretty

This was over the weekend. We are having cloudy weather right now and it feels like rain, which is a nice change from the sunny weather we have most of the time but even with the clouds we are in the 90's and this weekend we could hit the triple digits..

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DLDMIL 6/2/2014 2:46PM

    Wow, what a view. Thanks for sharing.

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FUNGIRL81005 6/2/2014 11:58AM

    BEAUTIFUL!! emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 6/2/2014 11:31AM

    such a great view!

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EILEEN828 5/31/2014 6:33PM

    What an awesome view! You are so lucky to have it. Hot weather can sure be draining at times, I hope you can keep cool.

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TRANSFORM-ABBY 5/31/2014 3:13PM

    Beautiful. Any trips north planned?

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LINDA! 5/30/2014 5:28PM

    Very pretty. You can never go wrong with an ocean view. emoticon Enjoy!

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ISLAMOM 5/30/2014 8:09AM

    beautiful!!! enjoy!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/29/2014 10:51PM

    WOW! WOW! WOW!

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WALLAHALLA 5/29/2014 9:29PM

    what a perfectly lovely view

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MEXGAL1 5/29/2014 7:16PM it!
we had a cloudy day today as well.
Have a nice evening.

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JANTHEBLONDE 5/29/2014 1:27PM

    Awww..... What an amazing view from your patio! "awesome" I wish I was there to enjoy a cup of coffee with you! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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GAYEMC 5/29/2014 12:29PM

    Beautiful! I could handle waking up to that every morning!

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Memorial Day outing

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We were invited by our neighbours to go out with them on their boat for the day, together with other neighbours of ours. DH had planned to take his boat out for the day but this sounded like a fun get together with friends.

We left the marina around 10:30 and headed north towards San Pedro Island. On the way there we spotted some sea lions, a sea turtle close by the boat and a whale in the distance.

San Pedro Island

There is a lot of fish around the island and we saw the dorado and skipjacks jumping on the surface. It is a favorite fishing area but today there weren't a lot of boats. The island is home to sea lions and a huge variety of birds and we could hear the sea lions barking on the coast line

Cove with sea lions:

It was lovely to be out on the water and we had a great time chatting and trying to spot more sea creatures. We came across a pod of dolphins, who liked to play in our wake.

We were home late afternoon and got changed to go to a birthday party on the beach. They had great margaritas!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day - I know I had :)

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DLDMIL 5/28/2014 4:25PM

    What a great way to spend the day.

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TRANSFORM-ABBY 5/28/2014 2:35PM

    Sounds wonderful. I get horribly sea sick unless the boat is a ship big enough to keep me from feeling every wave. I so enjoy being out there and seeing the sea life, but even Dramamine does not do a sufficient job helping me weather the waves. So glad you were able to do that!

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GAYEMC 5/28/2014 11:23AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time!

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MELTEAGUE 5/28/2014 8:33AM

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing day! and the water was nice too!

No Memorial day here!

Glad you had such a lovely time!

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NISSANGIRL 5/28/2014 6:50AM

    That sounds like u had the most perfect day!!! and ended it even better with the margarita's!!!! wish I could have been there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/28/2014 1:28AM

    Wow! What an amazing day you had.

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    What a fun day!! Sounds great. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 5/27/2014 10:59PM

    Love your gorgeous photos. I"m so envious! Glad you had a good time.

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BETRHO48 5/27/2014 10:50PM

    Beautiful pictures - Thanks for taking time to post them for us.
Glad to read you had a great Memorial Day.

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ISLAMOM 5/27/2014 7:03PM

    Sounds wonderful and the pictures are beautiful!!


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JANTHEBLONDE 5/27/2014 2:10PM

    Awwww..... It sounds you had an Awesome Memorial Day! Thanks for sharing all your pictures.... they are absolutely beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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