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A Las Vegas Trip Report

Shirley and I take an annual trip to Las Vegas. This year, for the first time, we stayed downtown.
Our hotel of choice was the Plaza, mostly because of recommendations. I’m going to give the Plaza a mixed review. Pros: the hotel itself was nice. The casino was fun and busy. Money was won. Restaurants were fine. We ate at Hash House a Go Go and the food was good, but portions were so large that we wasted too much. There is a food court in the hotel. Location was terrific. We didn’t have to do much walking and we enjoyed close proximity to other hotels, Walgreens, and the Fremont Experience. Cons: The elevators made scarey noises. Casino was smokey.
Our room was on the 6th floor, at the end of a hall, but the walk wasn’t overly long. The room was clean and the furniture wasn’t beat up, but one of the mattresses (on Shirley’s bed) was lumpy and uncomfortable. It needs to be replaced. The bathroom was pretty awful. The toilet and tub/shower were squeezed into a tiny room. Oddly, there was no towel rack in this room, and the hook on the back of the door was broken. Also, there was no grab bar and I felt unsafe getting in and out of the tub.Toiletries were a joke. There was a tiny tube of shampoo, and a tiny tube of lotion, and a single bar of soap. I’m not fond of sharing bar soap so I left a note for housekeeping the next day asking for more soap. She gave us one bar, so now we had a bar for hand washing at the sink, and a bar to share for showers. I gave up and bought some body wash. I was puzzled by the lack of mirrors. The only mirror was the one over the sink. No full length mirror, no make up mirror. Am I spoiled? I bought a make up mirror at Walgreens. Our toilet stopped flushing one evening and maintenance was prompt to come fix it. Although there were earplugs in the nightstand, our room was quiet so we didn’t need them. AC was working well.
We paid $244.00 for 4 nights and that included the resort fee and tax.
Shuttles:
We took the Bell Trans airport shuttle because we purchased tickets when we bought air fare. They are just transitioning from Showtime shuttle and it was a disorganized mess.
We used the Loop Shuttle twice and highly recommend it. It’s free. We used the shuttle to go to the Premium Outlet Mall. The stores were almost entirely designer outlets and pricey. We did find the Cheesecake Factory so ate lunch there. We split an order of avocado egg rolls and we each had a slice of cheesecake. The shuttle also stops 2 blocks from Container Park, and I needed to go there to use a beef jerky groupon. It happened that we were there on the day the driverless shuttle began service so there were several TV crews there. The shuttle had a little mishap, a fender bender that was not the fault of the shuttle.
Being right on Fremont we were able to spend plenty of time under the canopy. We caught a couple of light shows and they didn’t disappoint. Some of the “entertainers”/buskers were just nasty. We saw way too much flesh. Saw lots of heart breakers too.
We ate at 2 buffets. Had breakfast buffet at the Fremont and it was just fine. Very large selection and the food looked appetizing and fresh. It was $8.49 for breakfast. We had dinner one evening at Main Street Station Buffet. WOW! This buffet is huge! Very good food and friendly servers. Dinner price was $11.99.
Slots:
At the Plaza, we did well and it was our favorite place to play. Shirley found a Wonder Woman machine that was good to her. At the end I think she was down just a little by the end of the trip. I was up and down until I found my money machine on the last day. It was called Gigantic 7’s and I ended up with enough money to buy myself a new kitchen stove. It’s always good to win! We also enjoyed the casino at Golden Nugget.
All in all it was a fun trip. I might not stay at the Plaza again, but if I get a good offer, I might. I would just know that I need to bring a mirror and body wash.

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A Fall Day Trip

We had our annual fall visit from the Michigan cousins last weekend. We always have a good time with them.This time we took a day trip to Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, which Ron had always wanted to see. We went on the Upper Dells boat trip and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. Temp was 68/70, not a cloud in the sky, light breeze. We were on the top (open) deck. We wandered around town for a short while, had big,juicy burgers in a bar, and bought fudge for our dog sitter.
On Friday night we went out for fish fry at our favorite tavern in town. The food was good, as always.
It was a fun weekend.

 

20170527_150806 Not really a recipe, more of a method.  I discovered that I can easily make good iced coffee using my Keurig (hot) coffee maker.

Just fill a non breakable tumbler with ice put a k-kup in the machine, and press the button to make the smaller cup of coffee.  When it’s done brewing, add more ice and whatever milk/cream, etc. that you prefer.  Enjoy!

  • Due to the possibility of breaking glass when putting hot into a cold glass (you don’t want to clean up that mess) use a tumbler or container that won’t break and then pour your coffee into something pretty for serving.

California Roll Salad

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I saw a recipe for California Roll Sushi Bowls that sounded delicious. My problem is that my husband doesn’t care for rice, and he won’t eat sushi. I turned it into a salad using shell pasta instead of rice and Lee loved it. I’ll make it again.

 

 

California Roll Salad

3 cups  shell pasta, prepared
10 oz imitation crab or lump crab meat
1 1/2 cups diced English cucumber
3/4 cup matchstick carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
1 avocado, cubed
1 nori sheet chopped or crumbled

Combine all ingredients and dress lightly with Asian Dressing. You can use your favorite bottled dressing or make your own. This is the dressing I made for the salad:
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger root
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
Shake it up, or whisk it.

Buddha Bowls

I’m in the process of discovering Buddha Bowls. They’re also called Hippie Bowls, Bliss Bowls, Glory Bowls. Take your pick.
It’s a simple concept. Use a good sized bowl and fill it with goodness.
Your base can be a grain, like brown rice or cous cous, or it can be greens, like spinach or lettuce, or even pasta will work as a base.
Layer on lots of vegetables. They can be raw or roasted, however you like them.
Add some protein. Chicken, tofu, beans.
Garnish with seeds, nuts, olives, artichoke hearts, look in the fridge and pantry and see what you come up with.
Finally, use a dressing of your choice.
Our dinner tonight started with ramen noodles as a base (I know, but I didn’t have time to make rice.)
I roasted asparagus and mushrooms, and grilled chicken breast.
We used just a touch of teriyaki sauce drizzled on top.
This is a good way to pile on the veggies.

Egg Roll Noodle Bowl

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I found this recipe on Taste of Home and since I love egg rolls but hate the deep fried fat, I made it the other night.  It was just as good as I expected it to be.  Lee loved it. A generous 1 1/2 cup serving is only 302 calories.  The original recipe called for ground pork.This picture is from the Taste of Home website.

EGG ROLL NOODLE BOWL
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmuric
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bag cole slaw shredded cabbage
2 large carrots, shredded
4 oz. rice noodles
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Additional soy sauce if desired
Directions
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook and crumble ground turkey intil browned. Stir in soy sauce, garlic, and seasonings. Add cabbage and carrots. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and add immediately to pork mixture, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve with additional soy sauce.
Yields 4 servings 302 calories, 33 carbs each.

New Year, Old Me

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No real resolutions for 2017.  I would like to get serious about playing my ukulele so that’s going to be a goal for me.  I’d like to do a better job of blogging too, but I can’t figure out what direction to take with it.  I do enjoy sharing recipes so I know I’ll continue to do that.

I have  some milestones  coming up this year.  My 70th birthday in March, and our 30th anniversary in October. No plans yet for either event.

I made a delicious lentil soup last night.  Here’s what I put in it.  I used the slow cooker, but it could be made in an Instant Pot or on the stove top.

Lentil with Ham Soup

1 pound lentils
1 ham bone or smoked hock
2 shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 quarts chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes with celery/peppers/onion
1 tsp.  dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

I used the ham bone just to flavor the soup.  I didn’t pick the meat off into the soup.

Happy New Year!

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