Monthly Archives: September 2008

Phoenix, Day 4

Today would be the conclusion of “Phoenix, Part 2, 2008”! Yes, this is my second trip to the Phoenix area this year, June was my trip to Scottsdale! I had a late check-out at the hotel, so I took advantage of some time to get in a long walk (exercise needed), take some pictures, and pick-up a magazine for the flight home. The weather was warm, the sky was beautifully blue, and it was my last day in Phoenix! I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate the desert, and I’ve already been making plans to return in the spring. I will be uploading photos of this trip soon. I forgot the USB cable when I was packing! Otherwise, you’d be seeing some photos with my post.


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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ Vacation 2008



Phoenix, Day 3

Today I spent some time at two of Phoenix’s art galleries. First, the Heard Museum. This museum features Native American art and artifacts. What impressed me the most was the pottery! Most was made by Native American people through the years, and now has found a permanent home at the Heard Museum. My favorite exhibitions were the Hopi katsina dolls, over 500 on display, from the Barry Goldwater collection. An impressive array of Hopi Indian dolls, each unique and in itself, told a story. The other was the 30-foot glass and clay “art fence” by Tony Jojola. An impressive “fence” style wall of glass and clay!

Just two blocks from the Heard Museum is the Phoenix Art Museum. The PAM is an impressive building, filled with both contemporary and traditional works of art. One of the exhibitions, titled “One for All, All for One”, which explores the utilitarian beginnings of the jumpsuit. This exhibition follows the one-piece as it progresses and evolves into the often theorized garment of the future. Even an “Elvis” jumpsuit was featured!

Another warm and delightful day in the desert – knowing that tomorrow would mean returning back home! I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of the desert and the weather that comes with living here. I could easily see myself coming here in the winter months to escape the cold, rain and wetness of the Willamette Valley!


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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ Vacation 2008



Phoenix, Day 2

It’s the second day in Phoenix, and very, very warm! Right now, approximately 5:30 pm, it’s nearly 100 degrees outside! I love it! It was sure good to sleep in this morning, something I’m not able to do very often. It felt wonderful to not get up and feel rushed to get started on a project or be somewhere! I just kicked back and relaxed.

Once I had “relaxed” over breakfast, it was time to get moving and exploring the nearby attractions. The hotel is very close, walkable in fact, to the Biltmore Fashion Park. This shopping and restaurant district is home to many upscale businesses. Several finds on clearance racks at Macy’s was the productive part of the morning, followed by coffee at Starbucks!

A trek to the Town & Country Plaza, directly across the street from my hotel, offered a host of stores and finds! I found several clearance-type stores, where merchandise gets a “last chance” for sale. I came away with nothing, but there’s still a couple days left! Incredible bargins on name brand items! It was great to see “Trader Joes” so close, which meant a shopping trip for food items in my hotel. Trader Joes has to be one of the best retailers in the country!

Tomorrow I’m planning to see the Heard Museum, and the Phoenix Art Museum. The hotel has a free shuttle within a five mile radius, so I plan to take advantage of the service!

More later on “Phoenix, Day 3”!


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Posted by on September 27, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ Vacation 2008




It’s time again for a brief R & R! Back to the sun, desert and warmth of Phoenix! I’m looking forward to some time away from home, and to just relax and have fun! I’ve got some museums I would like to visit, along with discovering some new shopping venues! The hotel I will be at is close to a couple places I plan to check out!

I will update my blog from Phoenix! Stay tuned for my latest adventures and even some photos! (Digital photography is great!)


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Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ Vacation 2008



Tons of Candy and Goodie Recipes!

Below are links and more links to great candy, goodies, and cookies! Click on the link and you will be taken directly to the recipe! Enjoy! Dale

2 Minute Microwave Fudge

5 Minute Fudge

7 Layer Bars

Aaron’s Buttery Cashew Brittle

Almond Bark

Amanda’s Peppermint Creams

Ann’s Cream Nut Candy

Bavarian Inn Peanut Bars

Beth’s Delicious Fudge

Brownie Fudge Dessert



Butter Toffee

Candied Yams

Candy Bar Brownies

Candy Cane Brittle

Candy Cane Fudge

Caramel Krispie Treats


Carmel Corn

Carol’s Christmas Treats

Chocolate Almond Bars

Chocolate Balls

Chocolate Billionaires

Chocolate Chow Mein Candy

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate Covered Nuts

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Nut Caramels

Chocolate Popcorn

Chocolate Silk Bon Bons

Chocolate Truffels

Christmas Candied Walnuts

Christmas Crackle Candy

Christmas Mice

Chunky Mallow Candy

Cinnamon Hard Candy

Cinnamon Popcorn

Cranberry Nut Fudge

Cream Cheese Candy

Creamy Chocolate Truffles

Creamy Microwave Pralines (Texas Stye)

Crispy peanutbutter balls

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Deborahe’s Holiday Chocolates

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

Dish of Dirt


Dorothy’s Peanut Butter/Butterscotch Noodle Cookie

Dreamcicle Fudge

Easy Candy

Easy Divinity

Easy Divinity Easy Divinity Candy

Easy Fudge

Easy Granola Candy

Easy Microwave Carmel

Easy Microwave Fudge

Easy Pecan Logs

English Toffee

English Toffee

English Toffee Bars

Fabulous Fudge

Fake Brittle

Fantasy Fudge

Festive Chocolate Truffles

Five Minute Fudge

Fool-Proof Fudge

Frosted Pecans



Fudge for One

Fudge Puddles

Georgia Nuggets

Grandma Donna’s Nummies

Grandma F’s Delicious Fudge

Grandmother’ s Holiday Fudge

Hard Candy

Hard Tack Candy

Hazelnut Fantasy Fudge

Ho-Ho Hash

Holly Confection

Honey Comb

J & D’s Peanut Butter Balls

J’s Cream Fudge

Jeanne’s Tiger Butter

Jen’s Chocolate Meringues

Kim’s Famous Cashew Brittle

Magic Marshmallow Fudge

Mama’s Fudge

Maple Rum Balls

Margie’s Best Candy

Martha Washington Candy

Martha Washington Mounds


Melting Moments

Melting Moments

Memaw’s Reese’s

Meme’s Best Ever Peanut Butter Fudge


Micky’s Mints

Microwave Peanutbutter fudge

Microwave Pralines

Milk Fudge

Milky Way Bars

Million Dollar Fudge

Mimi’s Famous Fudge

Mocha Truffles

Mom’s Mints

Mr. Monroe’s Famous Fudge

Mrs. Eisenhower’s Fudge

Never Fail Fudge

Never Fail Fudge

No Bake Rum Balls

No Cook Peanut Butter Fudge

No Fail Fudge

Novia Scotia Treats

Nut Mallow Goodies

Nutty North Pole Fudge

Orange Balls

Orange Glazed Pecans

Out Of This World Fudge

Oven Carmel Corn

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle (Microwave)

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Bars-An Elve’s Favorite Treat

Peanut Butter Candy

Peanut Butter Candy

Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Fruit Squares

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Clusters (mircrowavable)

Peanut Krispies

Peanut Patties

Pecan Candy

Pecan Kisses


Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peppermint Bonbons

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Wands

Popcorn Cake

Popcorn Cake

Potato Candy

Potato Candy

Potato Candy

Potato Candy

Praline Kisses


Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow (for Humans)

Quick and Easy Mini Marshmallow Sandwiches 

Quick and E-Z Fudge

 Raspberry Fudge Balls

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Droppings

Reindeer Food

Reindeer Food

Rocky Road

Rocky Road

Rocky Road Bark

Rudolph’s Favorite Pecans

Rum Balls

Salt Water Taffy

Sea Foam Candy

Skor Fudge


Snowy Day Brownies

Snowy Divinity

Snowy Pretzels

Spiced Pumpkin Fudge

Stained Glass Candy

Sugared Nuts

Super Peanut Clusters

Treacel Fudge

Triple Layer Bars

TripleLayer Chocolate Bars


Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight


Uncle Ferd’s Butter Crisp Cracker Candy

Uncle Jack Hallwood’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Very Easy Fudge

White Christmas

Willy Wonka Bars

Winter Strawberries


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Posted by on September 23, 2008 in Just for Fun!


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Posted by on September 22, 2008 in Travel


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Picasa 3

If you take digital photos or have a large collection of digital images you use for various projects, you know how challenging it can be to keep them organized. What is nice about “Picasa” is 1) it’s a free program from Google; 2) it allows you to manage your photos and digital images in one place, and find photos you forgot you had; 3) allows you to edit them to fix red-eye, crop and more; 4) create photos into movies, collages, slide shows and more; and 5) share them by uploading seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends, family and the world.

I have moved to the digital world for photography, and just uploaded over 200 pictures into Picasa. It is a fast and efficient way to organize not only photos but digital images. With maintaining web sites for myself and several other organizations, I have to keep digital images (logos, clip art, etc.) in some logical sense of organization!

Picasa 3 has just been launched and is available to download, at no cost! It’s a Google product, so you know it’s great! Visit the Picasa web site at


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Posted by on September 20, 2008 in Photography


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