Explore the California Missions

Visiting a mission with your children provides an opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of California. Most of the missions display art and historical artifacts, and many have living history and other special events.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/explore-the-california-missions/

Chocolate Mint Protein Bars

So, I have another great recipe for you which comes from Portland-based blogger and awesome daughter, Ashley MacQuarrie. When my children were small, they frequently were told that “chocolate is not a breakfast food” in response to their requests for chocolatey cereals from the grocery store. I’m so glad Ashley found a way to make chocolate a reasonable choice for breakfast, or any meal, and this series would be incomplete without it.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/chocolate-mint-protein-bars/

The Best Movies You Never Heard Of – Part 2

Last week we took a look at eight forgotten movies that we like and wanted to share with you. This week we have eight more.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/the-best-movies-you-never-heard-of-part-2/

Meatloaf with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce

I think a good meatloaf is not too dry, not too soft and most importantly, does not have bell peppers. I tried to make this in my slow cooker a while back, but the results were too soft, I couldn’t make a decent cold meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers. And cold meatloaf sandwich is surely one of life’s small pleasures.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/meatloaf-with-bacon-and-barbecue-sauce/

Oatmeal Masks for Beautiful Skin

face mask

As I was looking for ways to use up my 3 pounds of oatmeal, of course, I made a face mask. While I relaxed covered in my oats, I decided to see if there was any research to back up oatmeal’s reputation.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/oatmeal-masks-for-beautiful-skin/

Cherry Chocolate Granola

Our local community center gives away food donated by local supermarkets and I picked up a 3 pound bag of oats when I was there recently. The bag was faded, battered, and taped, but I was intrigued by the challenge, so when I got home, I searched for ways to use up 3 pounds of oats before they were truly unusable. I used those oats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a facial product! First, I made Cherry Chocolate Granola.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/cherry-chocolate-granola/

Maple Bacon Oatmeal

This one is really more of a serving suggestion. You don’t really need a recipe for oatmeal – just follow the directions on your oatmeal container, then add bacon.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/maple-bacon-oatmeal/

The Best Movies You Never Heard of – Part 1

I’ve always had a taste for obscure and idiosyncratic movies. A long time ago there was a video store in Pasadena that was unlike any I’d ever seen before. Videodeon specialized in films for movie lovers. They had a large art film section, an even larger foreign film section, a healthy collection of little indie films, and a bunch of “drive-in classics.” As might be expected, the store only lasted a few years, but while it was there, we found ourselves exposed to a lot of interesting films, many of which don’t involve CGI monsters blowing things up. Here are a few of our favorite films you may not have seen or may have forgotten about.

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/the-best-movies-you-never-heard-of-part-1/

E.S.T. in the Slow Cooker

This is what happened when I tried to take the chicken out of the slow cooker.

While both of my sisters are wonderful cooks, I think I just didn’t get that gene. I mean, I’m OK, I can read a recipe (following it is whole ‘nother thing), but mostly I just can’t be bothered. I do like my rice cooker but I admit, I love my slow cooker. I can just throw stuff in there, and at the end of the day, voilà! perfectly cooked food! Easy peasy. Most of my recipes are simple. VERY simple. That often means that they are also relatively inexpensive to make as well. I think they are tasty too. Easy, Simple, Tasty – how can you beat that?

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/e-s-t-in-the-slow-cooker/

A Luxurious Afternoon Tea For 15 Cents!

Langham pasadena tea

  Afternoon Tea at the The Langham Hotel, Pasadena is like stepping through a glorious doorway to another time and continent. Relax in the beautiful surroundings overlooking the gardens while you savor a wonderful array of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, tarts, luscious fruit, and delicate French macarons as you sip from the elegant Wedgwood …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://bluecollar-blacktie.com/a-luxurious-afternoon-tea-for-15-cents/

Older posts «