Slushy Sangria on Tuesdays Table

While I was out driving  around today doing errands and listening to my new favorite radio station, NASH fm, my new favorite artist, Blake Shelton, came on with his song Sangria.  It gave me a hankering for some.

Why not make it a slushy version and really bring on summer?

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Blackberry Sangria Slushy

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen blackberries

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2 cups white wine (slightly sweet)
2 white nectarines, diced and frozen

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Juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp. sugar

Optional: ½ cup frozen strawberries

Optional: Ice cubes

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until mixture is smooth and  creamy.

Add ice cubes, if desired, and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
Serve immediately or keep in the freezer for an hour or so, until ready to serve.

Salud,

Janie

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Call Me and Let Me Know Where to Get Those Thighs, not to mention the hair

Huh??? Something’s not right and it’s not what you think. I’m not here to judge anyone’s sexual preference, gender identity or whatever else floats their boat.  Please tell me it’s ok to be pissed about  the fact that Bruce Jenner, tri-athlete hero of my youth looks better in a I -don’t- even -know -what -to -call -that than I do!

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Really, where did those thighs come from.  Is that what running does? I don’t want to run. I do want slim thighs and  don’t get me started on the hair.  I have good hair. I had better hair before menopause. Bruce/Caitlyn owes it to those who have been women their whole lives to debut as a post-menopausal, thinned hair, cellulite ridden women. Keep it real, would ya?

I bet there are no stretch marks on those new boobs either.  I also bet they don’t sag. No c-section scars or for that matter, no scars on those legs from scraping off half your ankle when you tried shaving your legs  at ten years old for the first time.

I would have liked Caitlyn better if she showed up in mom jeans and a sweatshirt.  Maybe she could have had her hair up in a clip or a pony like the rest of us.  For real authenticity, Caitlyn, look tired woman! We are an exhausted gender.  We work, we take care of our homes, our kids, our parents and we do dishes!

Be who you are, that’s all great.

But if you want to be one of us, don’t make us feel bad for Pete’s  sake! We are a sensitive people and  we don’t like our men to be prettier than we are.

Bye bye Bruce, compliments Caitlyn,

Janie

The Power of the Shower

Theres nothing I like better than a hot, long, steamy shower. A good shower heals whatever ails me.   Here are some of my favorite shower must haves!!!The Power of the Shower

Trina Turk LA plush bath towel
bedbathandbeyond.com

Hamam pink robe
amara.com

Body cleanser
target.com

Organix hair care
$20 – nelly.com

Teak Corner Bench
grandinroad.com
Have a great weekend!!!
Janie

⚡️Encouraging Thunder Award⚡️

imageThank you so much to A Mommas View for bestowing the Encouraging Thunder Award to me!

It sounds so powerful and fierce! Two attributes I’m not normally associated with. I might be more like an encouraging rainstorm, sending out my slow but steady drips of prose hoping to resonate with someone.

It makes me feel both humble and a bit more capable.  A Mommas View knows what she talking about, so thanks again for encouraging me!!!

I got started blogging for a number of reasons.  Most of them are selfish.

1. I wanted  a distraction from some personal issues going on at the time.

2. I wanted to use it as a chronicle of my thoughts to help me remember myself when I no longer can.

3. I hoped to entertain other’s by entertaining myself.

4. I wanted to prove to myself that I could.

5. I was going in a diet and giving up chocolate so I needed something else to do beside eat!

Rules for this award:

Post it on your blog
Grant other bloggers the award

What you cannot do:

Abuse or misuse the logo.
Claim that it is your own handmade logo.
What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

Enjoy the award!
Give thanks to your nominator
Mention your purpose in blogging

I would like to nominate the following blogs who give inspiration and encouragement to the rest of us:

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So Bad Ass

Life of Janine

Countlesswonders

Simply Grateful Housewife

Finding My Inner Zen

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Thank you to everyone who continues to read and find me.  You are my encouragement!

Janie

IPO or Bust!?!?

This is what I am contemplating. The initial public offering of my blog noplainjanie.image

  Let  me explain. Aside from my immediate family and 192 new friends and followers that have found me on the Internet no one knows I have been writing a blog. Not my extended family, not my closest friends not even my hair colorist.. I don’t know why I’ve been so hesitant to go public.  This is my version: image   I think it’s possible I’ve been nervous about being judged, mostly unfavorably.  Is it good enough?  Is it witty? Too light, too serious, too “who does she think she is?” I have three Liebster Awards, a Creative Blogger Award and a Versatile Blogger Award. It has been amazing to be recognized and humbling too. Awards and nominations leave me striving to be better and to never coast. I initially told myself I would go public once I had 100 followers.  I figured there was safety in numbers and if 100 people thought I was worthy of following then surely my friends would be supportive. This is what it looked like when I reached that goal: image   I  could  see the leap from of faith I was asking myself to take.  I didn’t jump. Instead, I renegotiated the terms.  200.  When I would reach 200 followers my self-esteem would be so high that announcing my blog would be easy.  Ha! As I write this I am at 199.  To some blogs here on WordPress that is laughable.  There are blogs who are so much younger than mine who have triple the readership.  There are some who have less. Aside from this target I set for myself I never otherwise pay too much attention to the numbers and the stats.  Now though, I am close.  Again.

I do not want to run scared, but I’m too scared to run! To take the leap or not take the leap?  That is the real question!

image   Is there any way to guarantee success?  No, of course not!  That what taking a leap is all about! Those who know me, however, know that I have very rarely ever leapt anywhere! I’m way too much a control freak for that and putting this out there leaves me with no control. image   One person, just one more person puts me at this precipice and this weighty decision.  Somehow I am coming to believe that I have more faith in those who I wish to share this with than in myself.  I am also coming to believe that is ok.     image   So true!   If not now, when?  At 300 or 500?  When will it be enough? I have been preparing for this forever.  I have been writing forever.  Maybe not writing well, perhaps not clever enough, possibly not so amusing, conceivably dull but I have been writing. Incredibly 199 people believe in noplainjanie. Oh crap, I haven’t been counting ME!  I’m at 200 if I count me and why shouldn’t I? So I respectfully ask you, my new and my old readers: image   Don’t judge too harshly. For those that are new to noplainjanie start at the about page up top and then click here. Thanks for reading and following. Janie

Tuesdays Table Healthy Fish and Chips

Fabulous Flounder on Tuesdays Table with Addicting Zucchini Chips

 

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Is it healthy, fast and full of flavor?   Yes, yes and yes!  You DO like fish you just didn’t know it.  A great alternative to a heavy meat meal, perfect for the warmer weather.

Ingredients

1/3 cup rolled oats and if I dint have them I just up the amount of panko
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ tablespoons chopped parsley plus extra for garnish
½ teaspoon dried oregano
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 flounder fillets (6 ounces each) or tilapia
Lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Mix the ground oats with the panko breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, oregano, lemon juice, zest, oil, and ½ teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

Place the fish filets on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Spoon equal amounts of the breadcrumb mixture onto the filets, lightly pressing it in so that it adheres to the fish.

Bake in the oven 10-12 minutes until the fish is opaque and topping is golden brown. If the topping needs to be browned further, place the fish under the broiler for a minute or two.

Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices. Squeeze lemon on top just before eating.

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Slice zucchini very thin and place on baking pan.  Drizzle olive oil, add  garlic powder,pepper, sea salt, and onion powder and bake for 25-35 minutes at 375*  or until crispy.

 

Fish and chips never tasted so good to your heart❤️

Beam Me Up

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Nice sentiment. I hope you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to reap the karma. I was never one for science fiction although when I was young I liked to watch Captain Kirk and Spock do their thing.  I liked the whole “beam me up” idea. I still do. How awesome would that be?!?! Imagine the possibilities!!

In an embarrassing situation? Get beamed away!

Someone annoying you? Beam away, or better yet, beam them away!

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It’s endless really. So many possibilities for use.  There have been countless times I have wished to be anywhere than where I am.

The invisibility cloak is also worthwhile, don’t get me wrong, but they have two very different uses.  Hard to tell which one is more useful.

Being the proverbial fly on the wall has its own distinct advantages.  There are situations where one would love to know what’s going on when people think you are not around.

There are other circumstances where it’s just better not only not to know, but to not even be around.  That’s when getting beamed up would come in handy.

In either case one does not want to be present in their current presence. Happens a lot.

Need to overcome that. Being present is what it’s all about after all.  Creating a life for yourself that you WANT to be present for.

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So may the fourth be with you and may you all find yourselves exactly where you want to be.

Janie