Below are things that “I” like. On this page I will only put down things that “I” like. If for some reason I go somewhere, try a product, see a movie, attend an event or whatever, and I don’t like it then I won’t write about it. If you have events and/or places you would like for me to try, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have products that you would like for me to try you can mail them to me at P. O. Box 40261, Fort Worth, TX 76140. Remember that it is what “I” like and “thisisyourbestyear”.
July 30, 2018
I am a good southern cook which means I learned a lot from my mother and grandmother. Watching them, using the cookbooks they used and adding my touch is how I cook. I love different spices and oils. It is a lot of fun to see how so little can change the flavor of a dish.
While in New Orleans I attended a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. The chef made gumbo and jambalaya. One of his main ingredients was a spice blend called Joe’s Stuff. He added it to both dishes. One of the points he stressed was its low sodium content.
As we were sampling the dishes some people added a little hot sauce, but we noticed a bottle of garlic sauce, so we decided the try it. It bought an entirely different flavor to the dishes.
I purchased three things–a bottle of Garlic Sauce, a jar of Joe’s Stuff and a jar of Joe’s Hot Stuff. I’ve used the garlic sauce and Joe’s Hot Stuff–so good. The recipe was simple. I had three smoked turkey legs. I mixed a small amount of water with a nice helping of Joe’s Hot Stuff (mixed well) then seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. I placed the turkey legs in an oven skillet then added the mixture. Then I covered the skillet and put it in the oven for one hour on 350. About half the way through I turned the turkey legs over, and continued to cook for another 30 minutes. It makes a great sauce/gravy. I served it with saffron rice and a salad. Since it’s just the two of us, I had one and half turkey legs left over. So the next day I made a chef’s salad with the half.
“I” like the New Orleans School of Cooking Joe’s Hot Stuff, Joe’s Stuff and the Garlic Sauce. You can order online at. The New Orleans School of Cooking.
July 3, 2018
A couple of months ago I attended a conference in Houston, Texas and we had an opportunity to do cosmetics makeovers at the beauty counters at Nordstrom’s in the Galleria. We had access to almost all of the counters. The young lady from Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) approached, and I went with her since I had never used their products I thought it would be fun. We talked, laughed and had a great time. I did like my makeover, and I especially liked the moisturizer that she applied. In fact, I liked it so much that I agreed to purchase it. It is, at least to me an expensive purchase, but I still love it. Forever Youth Liberator serum en creme (serum in creme) feels just divine. All you need to do is apply just a small amount to the face and neck area to get that silky feeling. I used it in the morning before putting on makeup. At night I alternated it with another product that contained retinol.
Forever Youth Liberator states that it is an anti-wrinkle serum that is formulated to restore your skin’s youthful beauty. Does it do that–I’m not sure, but I do like the feeling I get from it. I’ve finished the jar, and have not purchased another one, but I am contemplating another purchase (I was given a sample of another YSL product that I am using now). “I” like this product. It feels like heaven in a jar. I might have to raid my piggy bank to get another jar.
March 3, 2018
Growing up in East Texas I always loved flowers. We would go out into the yard, cut roses and other flowers and make arrangements for the ladies in the neighborhood. There was one thing that was hardly if ever found in the homes on Della Lane–you never found artificial flowers because they didn’t look real.
Well I have found a site that has the most realistic flowers, bushes and trees that I have ever seen. Orchids and succulents are two of my favorites. To me succulents are easy to grow, but orchids are another story. I’ve researched, talked with people and still just soso luck.
I decided to try my luck at artificial, and got this beautiful, life-like orchid and succulent in this beautiful wicker vase. “I” like it, and the only problem is that I can’t really decide where to put it.
If you would like to enhance any room in your home, but don’t have a green thumb or the time, take a look at Custom Artificial Trees. Since I loved my plant and told them, they agreed to give my readers 10 % off their orders (except custom) by using the code “BLOGGER10”. You will be pleased with the quality of the products. By the way I am still growing my “real” orchid. Happy planting–Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.
August 8, 2017
I love licorice, yes I do. While vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina I ran across this great little shop, Gita’s Gourmet, Inc. (specialty foods) in the City Market. While just browsing through the many items, I came across a licorice jar. No I came across “the” licorice jar. It was filled with so many colors, but most importantly it had a great deal of the black ones–my absolute favorite. Gita’s has the best licorice that I have ever had–I went there three times in five days. It is so soft and chewy, every color (red, white, clear, multi color and two different types of black) is the best. “I” like the licorice at Gita’s Gourmet, Inc. located in the historic City Market. It is so good that since I have been home I have hidden my stash from my hubby. Before he tasted Gita’s licorice he didn’t like it. Maybe I’ll see if they ship, and I’ll buy him some too. You can find them on Facebook. Enjoy every bite because “thisisyourbestyear”.
April 15, 2017
I remember Sammy Davis, Jr. saying that he was always in search of his grandmother’s beef stew. He could find some that was good, but not as good as his grandmother’s. I have been in search of my neighbor, Miss Adell’s fried fruit pies since forever. She made the absolute best.
Once a friend and I stopped at a place that claimed they had the “best fried pies” in the world. If they did, then Miss Adell’s was the “best in the universe”.
Today, April 15, 2017, I was blessed by Bea Blessed Bakery located in the River Market District of Little Rock, Arkansas. She had my favorite fried pie (and yes, I am still on my Weight Watchers). She had apple! Oh yes, there were other items, tea cakes, all kinds of cookies, cakes and other baked goods. The fried apple pies looked like Miss Adell’s so I had to try. My only dilemma was how many to get–I got one.
As I broke it in half the flaky crust had me. Bea Blessed Bakery blessed me. I only ate half (Weight Watchers), but it was so good. I left the other half for my hubby, he deserves to be blessed too.
If you find yourself in Little Rock, Arkansas in the River Market District get your blessing at Bea Blessed Bakery. You can email them at Bea Blessed Bakery or visit them on their Facebook page. They are old-fashioned goodness. “I” like their fruit fried pies a lot, and the goodness reminded me of home.
November 1, 2016
I’ve found the absolute best cleanser for the face–Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. There is one for every skin type. It does everything. This product removes the makeup, even waterproof mascara and long-lasting lipstick. It also cleans and refreshes. Wet a cotton pad or face towel and just wipe away. There is no need to rinse, and then apply moisturizer. It’s that easy, and you can purchase this great product at your local pharmacy or discount store (Walmart, Target, etc.). It is great!!
August 1, 2016
“Oh my goodness”, what can I say about Ten Thousand Waves Spa. It is amazing–“I” like it! From the moment we started up the mountain in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico to the spa there was just this beautiful, tranquil feeling that we had. Even the walk to the entrance was beautiful–it is a walk, but they do have benches for you to sit, or you can call for transportation, but we walked it.
Ten Thousand Waves is a Japanese style spa that is inspired by the Japanese mountain hot spring resorts. It is unlike any spa that I have gone to. This is not your typical chain spa that some cities have. I have enjoyed them, but nothing like this experience.
Everything about Ten Thousand Waves says “relax and enjoy”. We were given our own private hot tub which was enclosed and very private. You can see the beautiful natural landscaping while sitting in the tub or the chairs and just relax. We shared a cold tub with another private tub.
I think that one of the things I enjoyed most was the privacy. There are communal tubs, but they are still small as compared to the chains that I have gone to. Everyone was so friendly, and we couldn’t get over the beauty of the setting.
After the bath we decided to relax even more by going to a room where you could sit/lay and listen to relaxing music. There is even a place just to sit and let your feet enjoy the warm water while you enjoy the beauty that is surrounding you.
There are other spa services that you can get such as: massages, facials and other spa treatments. Ten Thousand Waves has lodging and dining also. I know that I want to go back and partake of everything Ten Thousand Waves has to offer.
Take a look at Ten Thousand Waves and enjoy. Special thanks to Mary and Bob.
July 4, 2016
First of all “Happy 4th of July”.
Now on to What “I” Like. I have not worn skin tone shades of pantyhose in the summer for many years, and for the most part not anytime during the year. In the cooler months I wear tights, and when the occasion calls for it, and the outfit calls for them, I wear off black pantyhose. I could not find a color that even remotely looked the color of my legs. Recently I picked up a pair of Via Spiga Flawless Finish Sheer pantyhose in Bronze.
“I” like them. They look great, and they feel good too. The sizing was correct on the back of the packaging which is always a plus. Will I wear pantyhose all of the time, probably not, but when the occasion and outfit calls for them, they will be Via Spiga Flawless Finish.
I picked up two pair at DSW, and you can also go to Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and find them online at Amazon and other outlets.
Remember, “thisisyourbestyear”, and sometimes the outfit calls for pantyhose, and off black just won’t work.
June 9, 2016
At a networking event, I was collecting business cards when this beautiful lady handed me something that looked like a hotel key, you know how they put the key in the little envelope. That is what she puts her business cards in. She explained this made people take a little more notice of her cards, it sets her apart.
This was my first introduction to Lexia Crawford, the owner, buyer, head designer, creative force and more–she is Bitz N’ Pieces Boutique. If the boutique was anything like its creative force, then it would be amazing.
“I” like Bitz N’ Pieces Boutique. Everything about it is creative, it makes you want to step outside your box and try something new. From the moment you drive up to the boutique which is located in the Historic Handley District in Fort Worth, TX, you feel your creativity starting to rise up. There is no hard sell, in fact “you” ask the questions when “you” are ready. It is an amazing boutique that has grown from, but still includes vintage pieces, but now incorporates one-of-a-kind items and custom orders made just for you.
Bitz N’ Pieces Boutique is located at: 6523C E. Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, TX. You can also find them on Facebook–Bitz N’ Pieces Boutique and see more about them and shop on their website Bitz N’ Pieces.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, be creative.
April 13, 2016
“I” absolutely like Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier. It has just a hint of sweetness. I purchased it at Central Market at the recommendation of the wine staff. They were so correct. It is a screw top bottle which I like. When traveling I carry or buy my own wine and have it in the room. You can go down to the bar and get wine glasses. This saves so much money. This is a great buy and a great taste. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.
March 1, 2016
Since I made the decision to let my hair age gracefully–go gray, I noticed that a lot of other things needed to change to. When it came to lip color, I was always the nude, brownish girl–the safe girl. Well not anymore.
I went in to Sephora, and this time I asked for assistance. The very knowledgeable consultant was a “woman of a certain age” who was so not like me–not safe at all, but she did look good.
We went for the color RED. In fact we went for “Firey 01″ by Stila. I like this product, no I actually love this product. It is a liquid lipstick that stays on all day. I am a true believer. On Monday’s I apply and leave home at about 8:50 am, eat lunch about 1:00 pm and make it home about 8:00 pm with no reapplication ever.
It does not make my lips feel try or cracked, and I take if off with a makeup removal cloth. Before I go to bed, I do dab a little petroleum jelly on my lips–it’s an East Texas habit.
This product is well worth the $24 it cost. I can’t wait for my next color.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–change can be good.
December 21, 2015
It’s not that “I” like East Texas, I absolutely LOVE East Texas because it is and will always be home. I’ve found yet another thing that “I” like about going home—Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery in Harleton, Texas.
I have always known that East Texas is a beautiful place, and driving up to the vineyard made me realize it even more. From the moment we started up the hill on the gravel road, it was absolutely breathtaking. Even though the vines are dormant, they were still a sight to behold.
The winery (bar and restaurant) is a massive building that has a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere from the time you enter. There were several small parties during the time we were there with others coming and going with Christmas wine for gifts. There was great conversation from the friendly staff (East Texas people are really friendly), wonderful wine, good food and a great venue with a great view.
To find out more about this little slice of paradise in East Texas, visit their website at Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery
June 10, 2015
This year for Mother’s Day I decided to buy myself a gift. It was one of the best gifts that I have ever received. It was a gift of organization, the gift of getting rid of clutter and doing more with less. I bought myself an appointment with “Lifestyle Concierge”. It was just by accident that I even heard about this wonderful company. I met one of the business partners (Nikki Calton) when she spoke to my Leadership class at Tarrant County College on the art of interviewing and all it takes to obtain a job. We started talking and she said that I should meet the owner (Avis LaFrance) of “Lifestyle Concierge” since she was an entrepreneur, and I was always on the lookout for interesting speakers. Nikki even told me some of the things that the company had done for her.
Well when I met Avis for what was scheduled to be a short talk over coffee that lasted well over an hour–I knew I wanted some of what she was selling. She was selling organization, simplicity and a balanced life.
“I” like the process that Avis takes you through, and there is a thorough process before one thing is ever touched in your home. One thing that “I” like also is that you the customer makes all of the decisions.
There are three main types of services that are offered: Your Style, Your Home and Your Lifestyle. I purchased Your Style which includes:
- – Closet “Merge and Purge”
- – Personal Shopping
- – Makeover, Hairstyle, Color Assessment
- – Conquering Fashion and Style Techniques
- – Accessorizing Tips & Techniques
My time was spent on the closet and we merged and purged and donated. We worked for 4 hours nonstop on my side of the closet and 1/2 of another closet. There is another full closet and another half to go. Here are the results so far. I can’t wait for our next session. It has made me clean and purge all of the drawers in the bedroom.
To enhance your lifestyle go to Lifestyle Concierge. It is one of the best gifts you can give or receive.