Celtic Gathering & Games

I’m proud of my Scottish ancestry, to the point of eye-rolling according to the wee beasties, and I wholly support any event that celebrates that. I went to the Las Vegas Celtic Gathering and Highland Games yesterday.

Perhaps it’s because I went alone.

Perhaps it’s because with “games” in the heading I expected, well, games.

Perhaps I’m spoiled, and likely bias, but the Portland Highland games are much better. In fact, I highly recommend if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon on the third Saturday of July that you make your way to Mount Hood Community College and enjoy a taste of Scotland.

Clan and vendor presence is about equal between the two events. The music, as in bands and singers on a stage, is probably better at the Las Vegas event. However, the marching bands are probably better at the Portland event.

The Portland games are very sports oriented. There are more dancing, piping, and drumming competition stages at the Portland event.

The Las Vegas event includes street parties on Freemont Street Friday and Saturday nights and the Gathering/Games goes on for two days. The Portland event only happens the one day and is followed by the Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee).

I used to be a contributing sponsor of the Portland games and regularly volunteered. I’d hoped to become similarly active in the Las Vegas organization yet yesterday left me feeling blah.

Kilts, I promised you kilts. Enjoy ;)

Wicked Tinkers1
Wicked Tinkers2
Wicked Tinkers3

Caber Toss

Caber Toss


The Ladies

The Ladies Throwing the Weights


I couldn’t resist :snicker:

Ten on Tuesday: Yummy Together

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is Foods That Belong Together. Oh, so much yummy and so few spaces…

  1. Nutmeg and Cheese. I add nutmeg to just about every cheese sauce I make. Mac and cheese with fresh grated nutmeg, heaven. Alfredo sauce with fresh grated nutmeg, divine. Freshly grated nutmeg into the ricotta for that lasagna, scrumptious.
  2. Dark Chocolate and Raspberries. I love this in any form though I indulge this combo most often in my coffee.
  3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup. This has to be one of my main comfort foods.
  4. Fish and Chips with Melt Vinegar. That Man thinks this is the nastiest combo on the planet but the Brit in me says this is the only way to eat Fish and Chips. Le Yum.
  5. Cinnamon and Chocolate. I add cinnamon to hot cocoa, to coffee (when not indulging in the aforementioned combo), and chocolate chip cookies.
  6. Tea and Scones. Especially delicious if the scones are cranberry-orange.
  7. Cranberry and Orange. Toss dried cranberries and mandarin oranges in with salad greens. My favorite combo in scones and muffins. Great addition to a harvest dressing (stuffing). Cook pork chops or chicken breasts in orange juice and serve with cranberry sauce.
  8. Yogurt and Muesli. My current favorite breakfast. 3/4 cup plain yogurt (Greek or regular) with a 1/4 cup Muesli, combine the night before. Makes for a quick and easy breakfast that’s full of protein and very satisfying.
  9. Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter. Add a glass of milk and this offers a full protein.
  10. Orange Juice and Champagne ;)

What is your favorite food pairing?

It’s Official, There’s a Teen Male in the House

If the rapidly increasing food bill wasn’t enough,
If the changing voice wasn’t a clue,
If the growth spurt, which caused him to pass me in height, wasn’t an indicator,
If the changing interests didn’t tip us off,
The cheesy pick-up lines did it!

Him: “Did it hurt?”
Her: “What”
Him: “Did it hurt when you fell to earth?”
Her: blushing “Thanks.”

Him: “Do you have a map?”
(Different) Her: “For what?”
Him: “Me. I got lost in your eyes.”
Her: embarrassed laugh as she walked away

We could be in trouble, LOL.

What cheesy lines have you heard, or had used on you?

Ten on Tuesday: the Book Edition

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is the last ten books read. :snicker: Like THAT is a hard one. They also asked for reviews…hmm, we’ll see what happens as I list them.

Fasten your seat belts, here we go.

  1. Somebody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters, I’m actually reading this one now. The continuation of Marc and Angelina’s story, too many dragons to slay in one book :) Ms. Masters has completely sucked me into this series/saga. Recommend the entire series. I understand she’s working on the next book, Nobody’s Dream, now. Write fast, dear author, write fast.
  2. Nobody’s Perfect by Kallypso Masters. Damian and Savi’s story, well deserved HEA.
  3. Nobody’s Hero by Kallypso Masters. Adam and Karla’s story, nice HEA.
  4. Nobody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters. The start of Marc and Angelina’s story, HFN.
  5. Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters. The Prequel to the Rescue Me series, came with Nobody’s Angel, where we meet the main three men and how they ended up on an rooftop in Fallujah. BDSM, Wounded Warriors.
  6. Highlander’s Curse by Melissa Mayhue. Colin and Abby’s tale, HEA. I adore this Daughters of the Glen series. Recommend the entire series. (Highly recommend to readers of Karen Marie Moning.) Fae. Time-travel. Soul-mates.
  7. Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) by Laura E Harner. Cass and Tyler’s story, HEA. This is the first book of a series and, while I enjoyed the story, I doubt I’ll continue the series. Recommend to readers of the genre. GLBTQ. Cowboys. Wounded Warriors.
  8. Unexpected Dad by Trina Solet. Tyler and Jake’s story, HEA. I enjoyed the tale but not the execution, which isn’t to say it was badly done. Recommend. GLBTQ. Friends to Lovers.
  9. Penance by Ann Mayburn. This is the second book about Wyatt and Michelle, wrapping up their story – I believe – HEA. When I read Still (the first book) last year I was definitely left with a HEA feeling at the end. Then came the teaser chapter for Penance and holy cow but I needed to get my hands on Penance. It delivered too, though the editing felt a bit rushed compared to Still. Michelle saves Wyatt in Still and Wyatt saves Michelle in Penance. Highly recommend. BDSM. FemDom. Wounded Warriors.
  10. Dreamlander by KM Weiland. Chris and Allara’s story, a hinted HEA. Chris crosses over to an alternate world in his dreams where it is Allara’s job to train and guide him. This is a hard one to sum up without spoilers. Recommend. Fantasy.

What was the last book you read?

Ten on Tuesday: Oscar

ToT-Button10 Thoughts On This Year’s Oscar Show. Or, if you don’t watch The Oscars, 10 Reasons Why You Don’t Watch the Oscars. Or even 10 Things You Do Instead of Watching the Oscars.

We DID watch the Oscars. In fact, we had a rather unique opportunity this year in that the majority of the nominated movies circulated through my office in the weeks leading up to Sunday night’s show.

So, here goes:

  1. We thought Ellen DeGeneres did a pretty good job of hosting the Academy Awards. The wee beasties especially enjoyed the whole pizza delivery thing.
  2. We agreed on Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor.
  3. We agreed on Matthew McConaughey for Best Leading Actor.
  4. We agreed on Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress.
  5. I never got around to watching Blue Jasmine so can’t speak to Cate Blanchett for Best Lead Actress, though I do like her in general.
  6. We were thrilled 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture.
  7. After watching the BAFTA show I want to watch Philomena and I thought it was cool that the real lady was in the audience.
  8. UGH on the number of wins Gravity took home. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed the movie but not to that level.
  9. There’s interest now to watch Dallas Buyers Club now that the males in my house understand a bit more about the story. I guess reading the back of the DVD wasn’t enough.
  10. The “In Memoriam” always gets me. Using the song from Somewhere in Time choked me up. I appreciated Bette Midler preforming Wind Beneath My Wings though her voice isn’t what it used to be.

Did you watch the Oscars?

Video I Love: Heartbeat

We had a late night last night with football practice then a homework project needing to be completed for school today. I don’t have anything sitting in the queue and thought today would be a wash.

Then, while getting ready for work this morning, I heard this…

And it put a huge smile on my face.

Sound is one of those triggers that invokes memories. I have nothing but great memories where this song is concerned.

Childhood Christmases were spent with my dad’s sister and her family, some years at our house while others at theirs. There were five of us kids. Each year presented us with the challenge of what we would do. Some years we were rock band. We’d practice and practice our dance moves and lip-syncing to whatever songs we’d chosen for our concert.

This was one of them.

This was from the year my sister sang rather than lip-synced and will forever be HOTBEAT in our minds.

Do you have a fun song memory to share?

Finding the Silver Lining

Yesterday was one of those days where you roll out of bed and immediately want to roll right back in.

I woke up late. Late enough that by the time I got my coffee and made sure wee beastie #1 was up, I’d lost a half hour.

Silver Lining:  late for me is still the crack of crazy for most people.

I had a lot of football running around to do with wee beastie #2 before his practice plus picking up wee beastie #3 from choir practice.

Silver Lining:  received a text from the team mum saying practice had been pushed back half an hour.

Double Silver Lining:  work was quiet and I was caught up which enabled me to leave an hour early.

I arrived at the school to pick up #3 and, because I had a few minutes to wait before choir ended, actually parked in the lot rather than the loading zone.

That became a Silver Lining when I returned to the car, kiddo in hand, and the car wouldn’t start!

Silver Lining:  the school is just under two miles from home. A walk I don’t let the wee beasties do on their own.

The pre-practice running around shelved for the day, wee beastie #3 and I started walking toward home. Sans the four-inch heels I’d worn to work. (Time to start carrying flats in the car again, LOL) And even there is a Silver Lining in that it isn’t hot enough yet that walking barefoot will give you first degree burns (I wish I was kidding about that).

I called wee beastie #2 and told him to grab his gear and start walking toward practice. Oh, and grab me some shoes. We met up and I watched wee beastie #3 enter our neighborhood. Then #2 and I walked to football practice. (I just Googled the path, works out to 3.4 miles for me and 2.1 miles for wee beastie #2. Yeah, a freakin’ long walk.)

We made it with 5 minutes to spare because of the Silver Linings:  me getting off early and practice moving a half hour later.

Double Silver Lining:  I got my exercise in for the day! (I’m paying for it this morning though, LOL)

That Man met us at the football field and, after dropping #2 off at home, we went to see what we could about the car. He’s hoping it is just the timing belt but we noticed the car is also leaking oil. We’ll find out the damage later today.

Silver Lining:  AAA. Seriously. That Man had insisted I get a membership the first road trip I made to Oregon without him. I’ve since upgraded to the Plus membership which grants more towing miles. Considering the issues we’ve had with this poor car, the membership has more than paid for itself. Anyway, the extra towing meant we didn’t have any out of pocket to tow the car to our preferred mechanic.

Yet another Silver Lining, we received our tax refund and, while those funds were earmarked for a move, they couldn’t have hit our bank at a better time.

Sometimes Silver Linings are so thin you can only see them in retrospect. Other times they jump out at you.

I’m really thankful of those Silver Linings on a day that felt like a full moon on top of the apocalypse.

What Silver Lining has blessed you recently?

An Olympic Ten on Tuesday

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is ten thoughts on the Winter Olympics. Hmm…

  1. We enjoyed the opening ceremonies
  2. That Man is all about the hockey
  3. Kid 1 is all about the snowboarding
  4. Kid 2 is utterly uninterested in the whole thing
  5. Kid 3 is all about the hockey
  6. Kid 4 doesn’t get the hype
  7. I haven’t seen a single figure skating event
  8. I suspect the time difference has a hand in our lack of viewing
  9. I prefer the Summer games to the Winter games
  10. Quite frankly, most of us are ready for regular TV viewing to resume

So, what are your thoughts on the Winter Olympics?

Psst…It’s National PIE Day

I have something chocolaty to share with you today.

Because mixing my favorite dessert, pie, with chocolate makes it a double favorite.

I don’t even have a name for this pie. The wee beasties call it Brownie Pie so we’ll go with that :) It’s rich. It’s chocolaty. It’s nutty. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve it with milk! It’s yummy.

Brownie Pie

Brownie PieThis is an easy one.

Prepare your pie crust.

Start by melting a 1/4 cup of butter. In a bowl mix together 1 cup of sugar with 3 1/2 tablespoons of cocca and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Stir in the melted butter until everything is combined. Add 2 eggs, one at a time and mix well after each one. Stir in 6 ounces of evaporated milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Fold in 3/4 cup of coarsely chopped pecans. Pour into your pie crust and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Wee Beastie Rating:

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Ten on Tuesday: Breakfast

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day :)

ToT-ButtonToday’s Ten on Tuesday prompt is ten favorite breakfast foods. Yum.

In no particular order my favs are:

  1. Classic Bacon and Eggs and Hash Browns
  2. Smoothies
  3. Omelets
  4. Pancakes
  5. Plain Greek Yogurt with Muesli
  6. Waffles
  7. Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain Cereal
  8. Baby Dutchman
  9. Granola
  10. Cinnamon Rolls

What’s your favorite breakfast?

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