The Kennedy Center

We had another tour set up by our Congressman while were in DC.  It was at the Kennedy Center and I really hadn’t thought much about what we would or wouldn’t see when we went.  As you enter you are greeted by a gallery of flags. 

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It was for me, just a regular tour as far as tours go.  We were able to see some interesting things and some behind the scenes things as well.  We were able to see one of the auditoriums but were unable to see the main one as they were preparing for some sort of performance. 

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Here’s a cool shot of the seats.  They were pretty comfy.

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What do you notice when you tour somewhere?  I tend to notice or take an interest in things other than what are pointed out for us.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the docents sharing with us the history and interesting anecdotes etc.  I just tend to see some other things that many folks miss. 

Like the lights.  I love chandeliers and unusual lighting. 

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We walked out onto a terrace where they often have parties.  It had a wonderful view.

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As you look to the right of the terrace you will notice some buildings.  One of them is the Watergate Hotel. 

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Part of the tour included the opportunity to see a performance.  I thought we would be seeing this in one of the auditoriums but it was actually held in an area off of the main foyer. 

Again, some cool chandeliers.

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Our tour ended and we hurried to get in line for the free performance.  We were told that it gets crowded and they were right. 

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As part of its effort to make the performing arts available to everyone, the Kennedy Center offers a free performance every day on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer.  These performances of music, theater, and dance feature emerging and established artists from the Washington area, across the nation, and around the world.  For more info you can go to Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Our performance featured Peter Horr, Violoncello and Henri Sigfridsson, Piano. 

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The gift shop is always one of my favorite places to visit. 

 

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They had these beautiful miniature dresses.  I so wanted to get these even though I have no practical use for them. 

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I’m not a trained ballet dancer but I totally wanted to buy these shoes and wear them.  They just look so awesome to me.

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They had a cool patch that I bought to add to my collection.  🙂 

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Another cool thing that I found was this awesome payphone!!  When was the last time you saw one of those?  It even had phonebooks!  I was doing a ::happy dance:: 

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Have you ever been to the Kennedy Center?

What cool things have you seen on your latest trip?

Stay awesome!

live~laugh~love~lisa

 

 

 

 

The White House…and our non-tour of it…

Because of the sequestration we were not able to take a tour of the White House.  Now please don’t think this post is an open invitation for a debate on politics.  This post is merely a description of my very brief visit to the White House.  Here goes…

TA DAH!!!  We are on our tour of the front of the White House!  WoooHooo!!  This was as close as we could get and would have to do.  I was disappointed but hey…stuff happens.

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It’s really a very beautiful building. 

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I’m not sure what this was about…

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I don’t even remember if the scroll was written in English or not.  Just kind of interesting seeing this right on one of the streets. 

And I don’t know what this was about either…

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The lady “manning” the display was nice.  Chatted with the guy in the pic for a bit but I never really understood what the issue was. 

One of the things that I LOVE about travel is the different and interesting things that you can see.  Much different than where I am from but that is what makes travel so awesome.

And there were folks on segues.  I may have to try it sometime.  I think I might feel kind of silly until I got the hang of it.  But even then I might still feel silly.  Or I might feel super cool and important.  I guess I’ll just have to try it and see.

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I really wish we had been able to tour the White House.  It would have been cool but I’m sure we’ll visit again and then maybe we’ll get our chance. 

  • Have you ever toured the White House?
  • Have you ever visited DC? 
  • What are your travel plans for the coming year?

Stay awesome!!

live~laugh~love~lisa

Mexican Wedding Cookies

I make these every year and they always turn out so yummy!  They are pretty easy to make but a little messy but definitely worth it. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 c finely chopped pecans

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Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350.  Beat butter, 1/2 c of the powdered sugar and the vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Gradually add flour and pecans, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended. 

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place, 1-1/2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheet.  I line my baking sheet with parchment to make clean up easier.

Bake 14-15 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned.  Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets.  Roll warm cookies in remaining 1/2 c powdered sugar until evenly coated; place on wire racks.  Cool completely and store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

 

I always double the recipe as I usually am making them for a family cookie exchange.

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Stay awesome!

live~laugh~love~lisa

Peterson House

Across from Ford’s Theatre is the Peterson House.  We naturally went across the street to visit it as well. 

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I didn’t know this until we were there, but the Peterson house is where Lincoln died. 

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On the tour you can see the bed he laid in when he passed and a lot of old stuff.  And I think old stuff is cool so I enjoyed my time there. 

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Did you have a View-Master as a kid?  I didn’t but I thought they were so cool. 

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I love this stuffed Abe with the little mini stuffed Abe. 

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  • What museums have you visited lately? 
  • Where will your next adventure take you?

Stay awesome!

live~laugh~love~lisa

Brown Sugar Drops

Each year my mom, sister, sister-in-law, my sisters’ mother-in-law, my three nieces and I all get together and have what we call, Bake-N-Take.  We bring 4 containers worth of goodies to share, eat lunch and then make a couple of batches of chocolate chip cookies.  It’s a lot of fun girlie time!

Each year I make try to find some new recipes to try.  This recipe is actually one my grandmother sent to my mother in a letter. 

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It always makes me smile to see my gramma’s (that’s how we spell it) writing.  She was a very good cook and make the best chocolate chip cookies EVER!!  She actually passed away 24 years ago so all the recipes from her that I have are special.

To make Brown Sugar Drops you will need:

  • 1 c soft shortening (oleo)
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 sour milk or buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

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Here’s what you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 400 and combine all the ingredients.  Now this is my kind of recipe!  No, set aside this or reserve that…just put it all in the bowl and mix!  You can either make balls or just drop the dough which is what I did.  Bake for 8-10 minutes and there ya go! 

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My number one tester (aka my hubby) said they were very soft on the inside and they were not “too sweet”.  I personally think they were a little bland and what I would call a coffee cookie, meaning that this would be good paired with a cup of coffee.  But I actually am not a coffee fan despite two of my daughters being baristas. 

I also only went with the original recipe and did not add any coconut or nuts to it which may alter the taste some.  My grandmother was an awesome cook and I have several of her recipes that I’ll be trying and sharing with y’all in the future. 

Stay awesome!

live~laugh~love~lisa

Snowman Terra Cotta Pots

I absolutely LOVE Pinterest!  There are so many super cute ideas and pinning them is so much fun!  On my Pinterest board, ho…ho…ho…holiday cheer, I have several ideas that I wanted to try and make for this holiday season.  As you can see, if you glanced at my board it is filled with snowmen ideas.  I just LOVE snowmen! 

You need just a few things to recreate these adorable little pots. 

  • Terra cotta pots
  • White spray paint
  • Acrylic paint in black and orange
  • Netting/tulle or cellophane
  • Peppermints
  • Ribbon to tie up the packages

To begin, make sure the pots are clean and free of dust and dirt. 

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Next, paint the pots evenly with the white spray paint.  My fabulous assistant (aka my awesome husband) used a screw/bolt with a head larger than the hole in the bottom of the pot and used it to hang the pot so he could spray paint it easily.  It worked like a charm!

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We then set them out to dry and the lovely Texas sun.

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I also painted a few of the pots with regular acrylic paint.  We’ll see at the end if they turned out differently. 

I painted on the black rim.  And ended up doing two coats for better coverage. 

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Next I traced on the eyes and the carrot nose with a pencil.  I then used black paint for the eyes/mouth and orange for the nose. 

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I think the mouth looks a little wide so I may repaint them.  We’ll see. 

I had purchased some tulle already cut into 10” circles to make it easier on myself and put a handful of peppermints in the center of each one.  I then placed it in the pot.  It did not leave enough to tie off with a ribbon so I now have 25 10” tulle circles to use for another project! 

I then bought some gallon sized plastic bags at the dollar store and guess how much they cost me?  That’s right, a dollar!!!  haha!!  I cut them to make sort of a cone and then filled it up with peppermints and placed it inside the pot.  Wrapped it up with a cute bit of ribbon and there you have it!! 

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  • What fun things have you found on Pinterest lately? 
  • What types of crafts have you been working on?

Stay awesome!

live~laugh~love~lisa

Chicken Zucchini

Are you looking for an easy to prepare meal for a busy night?  This can be quickly prepared and read to eat in just under an hour and a half or you can even make this a crock pot meal and it will be ready when you get home! 

Here’s what you need:

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 zucchini
  • 2 cans cream of celery soup (you can use reduced fat)
  • 2 cans of water
  • *Optional – 4 large potatoes

Here’s what I did:

I set the oven to 350 and I sliced the zucchini into thin slices.  Next I placed the chicken breasts inside an oven bag and placed it in roasting pan.  I combined the soups, water and stirred until smooth and then added the zucchini.  I poured this mixture over the chicken in the bag and tied the bag up.  It baked for an hour and 15 minutes and it was so tender and yummy!!

Here’s how it turned out:

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An option to this recipe would be to add potatoes.  Of course you could also add less water and create more of a sauce for it.  I’ve also made this as shown and served it over rice.  If I’m going to get home a little later than normal, I sometimes toss all the ingredients in the crock pot and set it to low for 6-8 hours so it’s ready when I get home.  Several different options for you to try! 

What new recipes have you tried lately? 

Do you have any quick and easy meals that you utilize on busy days?

Stay awesome folks!

live~laugh~love~lisa