Fall Treats!

My first night in California my family got together for a build your own taco night.

I decided this was a good time to spring this new dessert idea on them.

Have you seen these caramel bits? I found them at Target and it’s great not to have to unwrap each individual caramel to melt them. The recipe for these treats is at Very Culinary. I used pecan pieces instead of cashews or peanuts. I wasn’t in my own kitchen when I made these. The next time I make them I’ll chop the nuts finer and the result will be prettier. They still were delicious chunky and disappeared quickly.

My parents made their first outing since my mom’s stroke and came to the taco party. It was nice to have them there and it was good for them to get out of the apartment.

The evening ended with this beautiful sunset in Orange, California.

Sunday was a full day and I’ll share later. Hope the beginning of Fall has been good to you.

Tablescape Thursday ~ Taco Night!

It’s time to enjoy tables set for our viewing. Please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to be inspired !

I had so much fun mixing and matching last week for my Mother’s Day table that I decided to do it again for our Taco Night table. I wanted to choose colors that would represent the colorful Mexican culture.



I rolled my napkins like taquitos and used some made in Mexico napkin rings. I had 6 of the flowery ones and found two striped ones that completed the 8 place settings. The 4 red and white checked plates I found at Goodwill and the 4 red and white flowered plates I picked up at HomeGoods.



The center cake plate and candle holder were both Goodwill purchases, too.


Our daughter Katie, my sister Lana and her husband Steve…


Our son Josh, my nephew Caleb, his girlfriend Marie and our DIL Laura.

I bought 8 of these goblets at a thrift store on Main St. in Ventura, California for 49 cents each.


The tablecloth came from Goodwill also.

This was a fun table to enjoy with our company. We built our own tacos and had brownie sundaes for dessert with a fun game of Mexican Train after the meal…

Looking forward to getting around to see tables from around the blogisphere…

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

A Funny Thing Happened…

…on the way to Thanksgiving! I spent so much time enjoying real live people and real good food that I didn’t have time to upload photos and post about it. I’m re-winding now and getting caught up. Please bear with me.


Have you read or seen the T.V. shows about those great Food Trucks that move about the city offering good food at different locations each day? Dear and my brother and his wife had seen a segment about the Best Food Truck in the U.S.A. and a truck right here in Seattle won the distinction. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving we found out it’s location and headed out with our Thanksgiving company to have some good eats! Marination lived up to it’s honor and served us up some really good food. To thank the people of Seattle for nominating them it was Free Taco Day! Woohoo!


The food was delicious and the people who run the business were great! Find out where they are today by clicking on the Marination link above. You won’t be disappointed when you take your first bite!


We were hankering for something good to wash down this fabulous food and found out that Hale’s Ales another great Seattle establishment was just down the street.


I’ll be adding this link to Foodie Friday because it’s all about the Food! Thanks Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.