Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Traditional alien glow in the dark Easter eggs.

One left out for the Easter Bunny.

After eating his alien egg, the Bunny left 48 plastic eggs filled with cash, prizes and clues to "The Basket".

Basket found.
Before 6:15am.

Happy Easter

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Photo borrowed from the internet
Viktor Fall Winter Ready To Wear 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Photo borrowed from the internet.

Happy Valentine's Day


Monday, February 11, 2013

Lincoln's Birthday

Lincoln with an attitude.
my kid

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, we are having ZigZaggedy Day. Dinner for breakfast, breakfast for lunch and lunch for dinner. 

(We understand that this has nothing to do with Lincoln or honoring him, or being French Skinny but we feel that if he had a lot of laundry to do and a six year old at home he would do whatever it took for some sanity.) 

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Le Pain Quotidien


There are few things as delightful as a business meeting in a French Bistro. Tish and I had a meeting yesterday at Le Pain Quotidien in West Hollywood.  Le Pain Quotidien means "Our daily bread". 

Chocolate Croissant

Tish and I split one.

Ham and gruyere on a croissant

The person we were having a meeting with had this beautiful breakfast. He was gracious enough to let Tish (she has a fancy phone and I forgot my camera) take this. 

A lovely place for a lovely meal.


The walking is getting easier. Some days 2 miles some days 4 miles. 


One good thing a day for a year:

Walking has become a special time with my 6 year old.
Hugs from my family when I really needed them.
I'm getting a dog this year. 
Finally having a place to wear my new shoes.
Meeting a delightful gentlemen I consider part of Hollywood royalty. 
Listening to his stories of Walter Matthau.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Breakfast- Quinoa

Quinoa with sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, pine nuts, goat cheese and cayenne pepper.

This is so good. I'm eating and writing (which is not very French!) okay wait.....
Two minutes later: Done...What do you expect?! It's delicious and it was only half a ramekin! Anyway, back to the Quinoa, little bits my favorite things. I have to go to the store so I had to use what I had. 

White Quinoa
A Tablespoon of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil from a jar. 
A Tablespoon of dry roasted pine nuts.
Goat Cheese for creaminess.
Cayenne Pepper and a little Black Pepper for a kick. 

It's sweet and crunch and creamy and spicy. 

The perfect breakfast after my French Skinny walk. 

Today is the fourth day walking four miles a day. I thought I was in shape until I started walking 4 miles a day. Why would I think I was in shape? I have no idea, I really didn't think my legs and shins would hurt going from two miles a day to four miles a day. I started Monday. The next morning was the worst. No, actually Wednesday was pretty bad too. But today it feels better. I'm sleeping better also. I'll be working through lunch so we'll see if this takes me to dinner. Lots of water. Lots. 


One good thing a day for a year:

Monday: Starting my 4 miles a day! 

Tuesday: After walking 4 miles this is the best pineapple I've ever had.

Wednesday: I sure am lucky to be walking 4 miles even if my legs are KILLING me. 

Thursday: Quinoa Breakfast! 


For a fun time, Blog Hop with Smacksy and her friends today. They'll tell you why you're glad they didn't blog in the 80's. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Weekend

Saturday, I was privileged to witness a beautiful wedding between two people who are in love. It was to be an outdoor wedding under a gazebo at 2:00pm in Arizona. Grandma Dee, my sister Tammy, my six year old son and I flew to Arizona Friday night. At each airport we got a wheelchair for Grandma and with that comes VIP service.  (I want to take Grandma Dee with me on every trip!)  It was my son's first airplane ride. He got to go into the cockpit with the pilot and look around, the stewardess was incredibly nice and 6 asked me if there would be a trolly with drinks and snacks like on the train in the Harry Potter movie. I will never forget holding his hand and watching his face during takeoff. The excitement and pure joy was followed by hugs and kisses. The stewardess came by with "the trolly" and asked if she could make him a Shirley Temple (Sprite and raspberry juice I think) The flight was an hour and a half then the bags, the rental car and finally the hotel. We had just unpacked and gone to dinner at a really fun restaurant called The Rustler's Rooste when it started. The rain.

It rained hard. All night long. Uh oh. Outdoor wedding? The next morning we called and found out the place they were going to get married was flooded with 3 inches of water and unless we got a boat for Grandma Dee and the rest of the guests that location was cancelled. There were tears.

But, remembering it is all about love and being married, they decided to go ahead and get hitched.

The ceremony took place in the garage where the groom's father usually kept his Harley Davidson motorcycles. It was tricked out with hardwood floors, posters of Harley chicks on the walls, a  bar and a giant T.V. They had moved the motorcycles out and put tables and chairs inside. They got a couple of tents and extended them down the driveway.

The bride and groom are crazy in love. They said their own vows and I cried happy tears. It was an adapt and overcome moment and it was sincere, unique and lovely.

In a few weeks, when the weather clears up, they will have that outdoor reception. We can't go but I feel so lucky to have been there for the big event.

The next day, on the way to the airport,  we stopped at a restaurant called Ghallager's for lunch. They had Ghost Pepper Hot Wings on the menu.  I've never seen anything with a ghost pepper (the hottest pepper in the world) on a menu before and I've never tried anything with a ghost pepper in it.
I called Hubby before I ordered to get his opinion. He said he thought it was a terrible idea since I'm getting on a plane in 2 hours. Then 6 started chanting "Do it! Do it! Do it!"  (He and Hubby have watched way too many episodes of Man vs. Food) So I did. I ordered the half dozen.

It was the hottest sauce I've ever had. Ever. Ever.  However, it was also very tasty. And the wings were baked, then grilled. Delicious!


After an action packed weekend, I'm back to FS portions. I had an egg for breakfast, then took a FS walk to the store for my lunch. (An apple, a little smoked gouda and a giant bottle of water.) Later, I'll walk to pick up my son from school. (About 4 miles of walking altogether) Dinner will be a lovely soup Hubby made. FS size of course!


One good thing a day for a year:

Experiencing my son's first plane ride.

Watching love conquer all. (Even the weather.)

Ghost pepper hot wings.

Sharing it all with my Grandma Dee and my sister, Tammy.