My husband and I are heading to Southern California tomorrow morning...Burbank Airport to be exact...to visit our family. We are specifically going to stay at my parent's house and help them with some home repairs and general maintenance! We will be able to visit with my siblings and their spouses and nieces and nephews too as they join us to help with the chores!
My Parents: Jean and Hal
I am not sure how often I will be able to get to the computer?
After getting ready for church on Valentine's Day morning...I walked into the kitchen and found this box sitting on the counter. Inside was a beautiful silver heart necklace from Brighton. But that wasn't all...when I read the card it said that I had to go on a "Treasure Hunt" for my other goodies...
All these little gift bags were hidden around the room, each holding a treasure!
A beautiful charm bracelet...
A little ring charm...
A sweet heart charm...
These beautiful earrings...
And this gorgeous "Heart Necklace"!
Each package was so fun to find and so sweetly wrapped...
After our special dinner the night before...this was just "over the top"! Thank you, Honey! I love you!
On Saturday morning my husband gave me movie tickets for myself and my best friend, Marsha. We were going to a 4:50 showing and then being taken out for a surprise dinner, etc.
When the movie was over we drove back to the house to meet up with our husbands...but we were not going OUT to dinner at all...instead they greeted us with long stemmed red roses and proceeded to escort us to our "table" for dinner. They had prepared a special Valentine's Day Dinner...complete with chocolates, candles, wine, music and all the trimmings. They even had a printed menu at our place settings. It was beautiful!
The menu consisted of :
Appetizer : Petit Quiches
Salad : Mandarin Orange & Almond
Entree : Tender Filet Mignon
Succulent Crab Legs
Dessert: Red Velvet Cupcake w/ French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
We each received a Filigree Chocolate Heart from "Moonstruck Chocolates"...look inside...
I uncovered some of these old books of stamps recently...
...and boy did they bring back memories...fun memories!
Remember pasting the stamps in books for your mom?
We had a system...once our tongues were dried up from licking, we would take a wet sponge, put it on a little plate and form a "wet & paste" assembly line.
It was so much fun...working together for a common goal.
When the books were filled and counted we would look through the catalog page by page wondering what prizesour mom would choose?
The catalog seemed to offer just about everything!
S & H Green Stamps were a form of trading stamps popular in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s. They were distributed as part of a rewards program at grocery stores, gas stations, and other retail stores. The first S&H Green Stamps were issued in 1896!
During the 1960s, the rewards catalog printed by the company was the largest publication in the United States and the company issued three times as many stamps as the U.S. Postal Service.
The amount of stamps you would get was based on the amount of dollars you spent.
You took your stamps to the Green Stamps store...where the prizes were on display. When your choice had been made...the item would come out from the back stockroom on a conveyor belt for pick up, like the luggage claim at the airport!
What most people do not know is that S&H is still around! Even better, S &H Green Stamps are still valid! Today you can exchange them for their new digital currency known as "S & H greenpoints" or cash.
Oh...and do you remember these too?
Perhaps you have a memory to share about these stamps?
Here is a quick recipe for a "middle-of-the-week" dinner...
I call it:
"Triple P Pasta"
(I will tell you what the 3 p's stand for at the end of this post)
This dish can be made in a jiffy...I found some wonderful pre-cooked ham (sodium nitrate free) that I cut into thin strips and sauteed in a pan with 4 cloves of garlic and a little olive oil. After cooking for 10 mins or so, I added some frozen peas, kalamata olives, diced tomatoes and some of this fabulous spread from "Trader Joes".
You can use this spread on toast or crackers...even as a veggie dip, but I frequently use it for a quick pasta sauce or as a thickening agent.
As you can see from the label...it contains all "real" ingredients...(acetic acid is a colorless, organic acid, which gives vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell.)
I usually stir in a little water to thin it out and then sprinkle in whatever spices I have on hand.
Boil the pasta....and your meal is ready!
Oh yes...I didn't forget...the three "P's?..."Pasta, Peas & Pig?"...ok ham!