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September 2016 Weddings Wine & Biking :)

still playing catch up.
I miss the daily Picture of the Day.
So MUCH has happened!

September 2016

September 2016
our first wedding this month:
neighbor Jenna (with dad Mayor Bob)
All the neighbors, looking GOOD!
the ring being delivered via drone!
Wedding was held at POMME.
A cool venue in the suburbs.
short bike rides for me after my injury in August.
Staff training, I’m full service!
Samantha & Peter
Our second wedding this month!
Billy & Robin (proud dad & mom)
another biking adventure.
Ran into a an old schoolmate form High School.
Probably haven’t seen Maureen in 37 years.
Weasel in her fancy Lion Outfit.
Getting ready for Halloween.
Chester Lion
BIG Wine tasting in NYC
with all my coworkers
fun with some customers

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‘The only way to live
is by accepting each minute
as an unrepeatable miracle.’

~Storm Jameson

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark recipe

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark

FYI: My preferred brand of chocolate is Ghirardelli.

INGREDIENTS

  • About 8 ounces (half of a 1-pound bag) mini pretzels, broken into smaller pieces, more or less to cover the pan
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups (one 12-ounce bag) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 11X17-inch rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Cover the bottom of the pan in a layer of broken mini pretzels. Set aside.
  2. In a small or medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and brown sugar. When the mixture starts to gently simmer and bubble, let it cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Immediately pour the hot caramel mixture over the pretzels in a back and forth motion to cover most of the pretzels (a few empty/dry spots are ok as the caramel will fuse together during baking).
  3. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot caramel and pretzels. Let the chocolate chips sit for 2-3 minutes until they melt. Use an offset spatula or rubber spatula to gently spread the melted chocolate over the toffee. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Let the toffee cool completely at room temperature then refrigerate if needed to help the chocolate set up. Break the toffee into pieces and try not to eat the whole batch.

Recipe from www.melskitchencafe.com

Always Positive,

Helen

this was Sent from my Wine Cellar

https://whatwouldhelendo.com/

August 2016 the highlights Volleyball, Hospital visits (one good, one not so)

August 2016

Atlantic City Volleyball tournament
partner Isabel & I came in SECOND!

(always a bridesmaid….. at least I am still playing!)

and we have a new DIEHL BABY (8/12/16)

meet Sawyer Joseph (prince charming…)

big sister Dani Rae meeting baby brother Sawyer
for the first time
Dani Rae, Sawyer & Mom πŸ™‚
grass volleyball tournament…..
oops! ended up in the hospital with a torn calf muscle.

for the record….
I finished the game we were playing
when I got injured and
we were the first place team off our net…..

my leg, weasel & mike
friend Marguerite was my wine Sherpa for the week
after my injury. She drove me everywhere &
carried my wine bag too!
Dani Rae at the grange fair
Michael & Dani Rae on the slides!
and one of the highlights was a TY note from
friend Marguerite’s dad bc we took her to the ER
& stayed with her the whole time.*****************************************

Saying no can be positive.
Because it frees you
to focus on something
that makes a real difference.

~ Ralph Marston

July 2016 the highlights

back by popular demand…… Picture of The Day….

JULY 2016 Highlights

Weasel. Still Cute as ever.

pulling a Princess Weasel Great Dog trick.
Using her “baby” as a pillow.

some if you might know this story – but others may not!

Bittersweet story….
we were at the ER vet saying “goodbye” to “Princess Weasel Great Dog” (our 14 yr old Vizsla) & at that exact moment I got a text message saying our new puppy 🐢 was being born…..
and now we have FUZZY WUZZY BABY WEASEL.

That’s her story.

Fun night out with old High School friends.

We’ve know each other for 42 years!!!!

Weasel had a play date with BLUE the Vizsla
we did the RUGGED MANIAC race.
and had FUN!Me, Jim, his wife Colleen & his sister Karen.

Jim must not have gotten the pink memo.

went to Cooking School at Jean Pierre’s in Newtown.

Do this.

http://www.chef-jean-pierre.com/

we finally had a memorial service for my brother
MICHAEL who died last year.Service was held at
Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

gorgeous there.

http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/washingtoncrossing.asp

caught up with old friend AMY from Wall Street Days.

woo hoo!!

then we were entertained at the gym by this guy.

I want what he was smoking!

SPARTAN RACE

Challenging. We finished.

ran into crazy Momma deer & her baby.

What a story!!!

Weasel continues to FROG HUNT. not catch.
2nd place. yesssss!

First would have been better…..

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Some pursue happiness;
others create it.

July 2016 Rugged Maniac!

July 2016 Rugged Maniac

See all the photos from the races here:
https://helenspicturesoftheday.shutterfly.com/pictures/8265

Ready , set , go……..

Still Smiling….

JUMP!

YAY – all done πŸ™‚

End of Race beverages….

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It’s time to do something that will force me to become a better version of myself along the way

~ Nicole Antoinette

Image

Figs!!!!

Ripe fig ready for picking!

I’m quite please with the abundance of figs my tree has given me 😻

Always Positive,

Helen

Sent from my WineCellar!

https://whatwouldhelendo.com/

2016 June 12th to June 18th weasel betty wine dani rae Volleyball

see all the pictures from this week here:
https://helenspicturesoftheday.shutterfly.com/pictures/8231

June 12th to June 18th 2016

This is my view first thing this morning.

❀ weasel

hospital visit to get our cousin Rose Mary

She’s been having sciatica issues.
We came to bring her home.

making a batch of my famous strawberry/jalapeΓ±o
tequila concoction
peanut butter & banana concoctions…
a few yummy variations..
attended an event at Mike’s mom’s apartment.
they have a white board with Questions.As we approach Father’s Day,
What is the most meaningful lesson your dad
ever taught you???

my answer: show interest in other people.
Don’t just be all about yourself.

(feel free to send me your answers)

Mike’s Mon Betty (far left)
She’s a singing senior πŸ™‚
Then I was off to Staff Training at Continental Tavern
in Yardley, PA.Go there ….They have LOTS of my Wines!
beer school with a Vertical Tasting of expired Enjoy By’s
Weasel enjoying a Sprinkler : )
Saw DORY with Dani Rae πŸ™‚
Oyster Happy Hour with neighbor Deb & friend Anthony
FIRST PLACE with JoAnna in Bradley Beach, NJ

winner winner……..

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Stay young by continuing to grow.
You do not grow old,

you become old by not growing.

~ Wilfred Arlan Peterson