3 days later…Oct 24,2017

Currently as I type we are on the road to Mexico! Sorry I have been out of touch but who has time to blog whet they’re in Vegas? We spent 3 exciting nights in Vegas with our friends Tom & Stephanie. Spent too much money at the outlet mall, drank too many beverages and had a really fun time. Then we headed to Palm Springs for 1 night. Walked around downtown, had a nice Italian dinner then headed back to the hotel for a swim & a hot tub! I could get in to specifics, but naaa!

Road wise, no issues, lets see how our crossing in to Mexico at Calexico goes!

Check back later!!

Xoxo

Me!

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Vegas baby! Oct 20,2017

After nearly driving 2000 km we finally arrived in Las Vegas Nevada! The drive was pretty uneventful which I guess is a good thing! The stretch between jackpot to Vegas is one giant straight line with nothing to see for miles and miles. If you thought driving through Saskatchewan was boring you ain’t seen nothing yet till you take the drive from jackpot to Vegas. And we even hit snow in Wells. We were not impressed but Monty did a great job! The hardest part about the drive was actually maneuvering through Vegas to find our friends home. They live out in Spring Valley somewhere & our GPS made a couple of errors but eventually corrected itself. You know Roc he is not a city driver. We are used to driving in Penticton with 40,000 people not in a huge city with 2 million! But we found it! I am pretty sure our three days in Vegas are not going to be your typical Vegas vacation. We won’t be spending time gambling. We won’t be going to any big fancy shows. We’re mostly chilling with our friends! Our first night stephanie’s yoga studio asked if she could help out at the pride parade. So while she was there Tom took us to The Peppermill for dinner. Let me tell you it was lined up like crazy. And you can easily share a plate. All three of us had leftovers on our plate! We were so full that I had to walk it off. We walked from there to the worlds largest gift shop where ROC wanted to buy a mug. From there we went and picked up Stephanie and headed home. In the morning at 4:30 AM Tom and Stephanie were heading out for a bike ride and run with the running group. We really wanted to go but we knew there was no way we could get up that early. These guys have too much energy there’s no way we can keep up LOL! Day two in Vegas we will see what it will bring.

Xoxo

Me!

Monty Hauls Ass Oct 19,2017

Day 2 of our road trip to Cabo San Lucas included miles and miles through the land of road kill from Moses Lake WA to Jackpot NV. We saw at least 30 road kill splatters along the way including deer, coyotes, skunks, an owl, an eagle, a porcupine and many unidentifiable! Ew!

The farther along we got the faster we could go. It went from 60, to 70, to 80mph, and Monty hauled ass! Monty is the name we gave our Santa Fe. Here is my logic…it is the colour of a sandy beach, we bought it off a jamaican couple, Montego Bay is a Beach in Jamaica, soooooo…Monty!

Anyway, poor Monty is loaded, close to 1000 lbs, and he didn’t waver, even going up some hefty hills.

Some things I learned today…

1) thank god for the GPS. If I had to watch for signs we never would have made it.

2) farms stink

3) US cars don’t have daytime running lights (stupid)

4) avoid highway hotels. We are running on only a few hrs sleep it was so noisy last night!

5) know when to walk away at the casino! I cashed out with a whopping $20 cash over my original play of $5 😱

Here was Roc’s big question. As we drove through cattle county we saw a bunch of Holstein cattle. He first wondered why they were black and white, then he wondered who milked them before people, or did people invent them? (Feel free to submit your answers)

It was a long day as you can probably tell. Sadly, I have to write this on my phone as the internet doesn’t work in our room.

Tomorrow Vegas Baby!

Xoxo

Me!

The Adventure Begins, Oct 18/2017

Today was the big day! Our adventure from all the yellows, reds, oranges and browns of autumn to the land of sand and sunshine.  We woke at the wee hour of 5:30 am, why? I have no idea. Probably just excited. Roc had to finish off his to-do list, while I had to log in and go to work. While typing away on my computer I could hear the rumblings of Roc trying to pack the Santa Fe.  Constantly proclaiming it wasn’t all going to fit. (It did, barely) Then off to reclaim my crown at the dentist! Ya, my temp fell off, now thoroughly digested, today was the day the final crown came in. My regular dentist was on vacation, so I sat in the chair best I could while he sculpted my new crown trying to get it to fit right.  Eventually I said”good enough” (it wasn’t) and headed for the door.

fall

Back to work to write one last ad, then we hit the road.  Goal: make it to Moses Lake Washington. We waved good bye to all the trees shedding their leaves for fall, and headed to the Osoyoos/Oroville border.  Fortunately everything went smoothly at the crossing.  He asked a whole lot of questions, especially about the tires in the back, but didn’t mention the Styrofoam head! “Have a good trip” he said, and we were off, now in the USA! Just before we hit Omak, traffic was stopped for a very bad accident. I think a little car tried turning in front of a semi. The car was upside down ass end up a hill,, while the semi was jackknifed in the middle of the highway.  We slowly all drove past. Looked like a nurse or dr was there to help (judging by his scrubs) the emergency crews passed us on the highway about 5 minutes later heading to the scene. That was our big reminder to slow down, take our time, and be safe. The rest of the journey was pretty uneventful, until we finally pulled in to Moses Lake. It was now dark, and Roc told me it was a small town so I figured we would just stop at a hotel as we passed by.  1st…Moses lake is not small. 2nd. We didn’t pass any hotels (that we saw) and it looked like we were headed out of town. So we turned around and finally found one.  We probably should have kept driving…not pretty, barely clean, shower sprays everywhere, old school box tv, and the wall lights are installed sideways . But it was close to Guidos pizza, where we walked to dinner! So that’s a plus.

Reflecting on my day I noticed a few things. 1) Driving in Canada is much more satisfying than in the US.  I felt like we barely made any headway.  In the US, 80 miles is 128 kms!  Much more satisfying when counting clicks!

2) When Roc says the car is full, ignore ignore ignore, there is always more room.

3)  There is some pretty cool scenery here in Washington.  Fields full of boulders, pretty little lakes, dams, rocky cliffs, and yes, even tee-pees!

Well, that’s it for day 1. Tomorrow we are off to Jackpot!  We will see what the day brings. Sorry for the crappy pics, took them on the fly!

Signing off…

xoxo

me!

 

 

 

Testing Testing 1,2,3!

This is it!  One week countdown to our BIG CABO ROAD TRIP!  We have already started to pack the car! So I figured it was time to get my blog dusted off and ready for action. I HOPE to be able to keep you all up to date on the goings on along the way!  Just make sure you follow my blog! Pink Bubbly!  Yep that’s the right one.  Want to know why it’s called Pink Bubbly? Read former post called “I Dropped the Elephant”  It’s been a while since I blogged, so it’s a little dusty, and I’m a little rusty!

Thanks for following along!

XOXO

Me!

Road Trip 2

Wine Tour @ Van Westen Vineyards

One of the things I love most about living in wine country and Penticton, is the variety of new wineries popping up every year. One day I decided to visit a winery I had never been to before. As we were driving along the Naramata Bench I saw a sandwich board on the highway that said Van Westen Vineyards Winery. So we took the next left and found our way to this…new to me winery! The Van Westen family were fruit farmers here since 1954. However Rob Van Westen decided to try his hand at growing grapes about 12 years ago.  This will be the third year that the winery will be open in the summer. Previously it was hit and miss or by appointment.

Sign

As we pulled in to the driveway we were greeted by the winery dog named Brew. Don’t be alarmed by his size he truly has a gentle soul!

Brew the wine dog

Brew the wine dog

The tasting room is inside this large warehouse, garage style building. It’s not  flashy, but then again, I’m here for the wine, not the décor! It does however have a wonderful Okanagan Lake view.

We gathered around a wine barrel converted to hold a bucket of wine bottles, with a table area for your glasses and tasting notes.  A very clever idea indeed.

Wine Bar

Wine Bar

The tasting began with the 2013 Pinot Grigio, a wonderful summer patio wine.  A nice clean crisp refreshing wine with hints of pear and apple.  The second wine we tasted was the Vivacious! I love that name. It’s a 40%Pinot Blanc & 60% Pinot Gris blend. It had a stronger flavour than the first wine, and she said this would pair nicely with white meats like chicken or fish. It has a nice sweet aftertaste. The third wine was the Viognier. A percentage of it is oaked so the wine has more body. However there is no oaky taste because the barrels are 6 – 10 years old. She said this pairs nicely with seafoods like crab etc.

While I was tasting the white wines, my BF and DD was taking interest in the unique things found around the winery.  The first thing he noticed was a bladder press. You put the fruit/grapes inside and the rubber bladder expands and squishes the juice out.  (The days of purple feet are over my friends) 🙂

Then he looked up and saw a giant moose head.  I mean this thing was huge. This photo doesn’t do it justice.  As the story goes, in 1904, (yes 101 years ago) this moose kept coming in to the town of Naramata and he was becoming a nuisance. They kept chasing him out of town and he kept coming back. So I guess you can say his days were numbered.  But his legacy lives on, and story continues to be told at Van Westen Vineyards and Winery!

Moose

Barrel Room

Barrel Room

Now we entered the barrel room to taste the red wines. The temperature is controlled to around 16 degrees in here. There were three wines to taste.  The 2010 Voluptuous is 77% Merlot and 33%  Cab Franc. I senced the flavours of plum in this wine. We followed the first wine with a tasting of the same wine from 2011.  Same vines but a totally different taste.  She described how even the wind and weather can have an impact on the taste of the wine, which is why year to year the wines differ.  I preferred the 2010. The last one was a 2010 V…roman numeral five. It’s their Bordeaux style blend. Merlot, and Cab Franc, with a bit of Malbec, Cab Sav, Petit Verdot! It’s a really full bodied, full flavoured wine. It pairs nicely with gamier meats like duck or lamb.

Red Wines

Red Wines

The wines at Van Westen are also vegan. They don’t add any artificial softeners, so the tannins are bolder than some other wines that use them. This also enables you to cellar the red wines probably up to 10 years.  They will soften over time. So no fish protein and no egg whites! This is important if you have an egg allergy!

As we were leaving the winery we bumped in to the winemaker Rob Van Westen. He told us the story of the Lapin Cherry. Apparently it was created through crossbreeding by Dr. Lapin at the research station in Trout Creek. His dad took the first risk at planting them over 40 years ago, and now they are grown all over the world.  So it’s safe to say the oldest Lapin cherries in the world are grown on this property.

I had a lot of fun on this wine tour and heard some wonderful stories. I would highly suggest you plan a visit to this winery. They are open Friday and Saturday and long weekend Sundays until July 1st, then they will probably be open daily over the summer. You can also call for a tasting appointment.

Please note: I am no wine expert. I just like to drink it!

Cheers

Me!

The View

The View

The Winery

The Winery

Chicken Curry! Oh Yes I did!

If you know me, you know I am not much of a cook. So I am always happy when a friend takes me under their wing by offering a cooking class. Last night, We headed up to Dave and Cathy’s place to learn about cooking curry! I decided to video the steps, so I would remember what to do, and transcribe it for you!

Apparently, when you make a curry, you need several spices, because that’s what gives it that wonderful flavour.  Curry powder has several spices in it already, but you need to add more.

Tonight we made 2 dishes. Regular curry and Madras curry.

Step 1:  (4:27pm)

Place chopped garlic and onions in the bottom of the pot (s). Apparently the onions, garlic and a little bit of ginger will cook and eventually disappear making the curry thick, that and the coconut milk. But right now just put chopped onions and garlic into the pot (s).

Step 2: (4:29 pm)

Turn on stove to medium high.  Scoop in  some coconut oil and some red palm oil. Looked like a couple spoons of each into both pots. Also a scoop of clarified butter if you don’t have (I think she said…Gee?)

Yes, I asked – how do you make clarified butter?  She said put butter in a pot, put it on low for 3 hours. The foam comes to the top, and the milk goes to the bottom. Skim off the butter and put through a cheese cloth strainer. Shazam – you have clarified butter.

Step 2.5 (4:31 pm)

While you have the palm oil out, put a couple of scoops into a 3rd pan, where you are frying your chicken.

Step 3: (4:34 pm)

Add ginger, about 1/2 an inch. She keeps her ginger in the freezer.  Then she used a really fine grader, and graded in 1/2 an inch of ginger in to each pot.  Sound confusing? It’s not, if the ginger root was one inch tall, you grade half of that into the pot! 🙂

This stuff has been cooking for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: (4:37 pm)

Add chopped celery, because she likes hers to cook a long time and disappear with the onions and garlic.

Step 5: (4:38 pm)

Add the spices. How much of each? I have no idea, But I do have a video, unfortunately this blog cannot post videos, so If you want it, I’ll email it to you, just ask me for it.

Pot 1                      Pot 2

Curry                    Madras Curry

Turmeric             Turmeric

Cumin                Cumin

………..               Garam Masala

Grind up/crush celery seed and coriander and add to both pots but put more in pot 2.

Step 6:

Turn down stove to medium low and let simmer.

Step 7: (4:41 pm)

3 minutes later we added home made chicken stock to each pot.  Looked like 2 cups in each pot. And squeeze in a lemon into the Curry Pot 1.

Step 8: (4:45 pm)

Add chopped carrots to both pots then cover both pots.

Step 9: (5:21)

About 30 minutes later we added chopped zucchini and cauliflower to both pots. And a little bit of water, like a cup full.

Step 10:

I guess before this all started she chopped up some chicken breasts and covered them in Turmeric, salt and pepper, and Paprika.  Turn on the pan that has palm oil in it.  Add some olive oil. Get it nice and hot, now add the chicken. We’re going to cook it until it’s almost done. Then we turn it off, and the heat from the pan, finishes cooking it. This is how we get soft succulent chicken, not hard leathery chicken.,  Then the chicken will go in the 2 pots for maybe 2 minutes before serving.

Step 11 (5:30 pm)

While chicken is cooking, Add a can of coconut milk to each pot. And a can of organic diced tomatoes to the Madras Curry pot 2 and a few shakes of peri peri sauce to spice up the madras curry pot 2.

Step 12: (5:50 pm)

Add some Chutney to the Curry pot 1, about 4 tablespoons.  What a difference.  I tasted before and after we added that!  WOW! The chutney accentuates the curry flavour.

Step 13:

Once the chicken is cooked, divide into both pots, stir up, wait a couple of minutes and serve over rice.  DELISH!

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