Family, Groovin' Eats

Birthday Celebration For My Mom

My mom just turned 89 years young and that calls for some celebrating and some cake!! Every birthday is a celebration of love, life and family, a time to get together and just be happy. My mom loves to see my daughter and her family and we make it a point to see each other often.

I cooked the night before making a big pot of meatballs, lentil soup (for my granddaughter) and sausage and peppers. Boiled up some pasta and called it lunch. The kids of all ages love pasta so do I.

My mom misses playing poker and going to Atlantic City since her stroke a few years ago, but she still has the gambling bug. My daughter knows this and makes her day by buying her NY Lottery Scratch Offs and helping her with them trying to get the big one!!! Maybe next time.

Everyone waits for the cake and this year both my sister and daughter brought a cake. A yummy Strawberry Shortcake and delicious Lemon Meringue Tart. Just a little piece of both please!

Sandra and Robbie could not come this time, they will come next week to celebrate I know my mom can’t wait to see them. Happy Birthday Mom, may your whole year shine with love, peace and joy.

product review

The Mystery Of Dinosaur Island Game #RAWR

The Mission Is Fun…
Red Herring Games have been designing Children’s mystery parties almost as long as they have adult murder mystery parties.  How much fun is their latest theme “The Mystery of Dinosaur Island” for children aged 7-10 years of age. This latest mystery adventure includes a small science experiment using easy to obtain household equipment, a scavenger hunt, a decoding exercise and a clue following task. Each kit also contains a wealth of other ideas to extend the party with themed games, and some suggested recipes and decorative ideas.   Yes, there is something fishy going on. You are now ready to have a fun day!!!


Foto Friday! #Drawings #Art #Eyeofthebeholder

They say,”Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  I totally agree with this statement. 

I think art  falls into the   ‘eye of the beholder‘ category.  

See my daughter is displaying this art work in her home.  

These drawings were created by my late brother-in-law. We knew he had this talent and with this talent he produced art that only a few could enjoy, and the few are my children. They always thought that Uncle Jimmy’s drawings were super cool.

I was impressed with the paintings but couldn’t see them hung on the wall of my deceased mother-in-law’s home. I remember that she was impressed with the art work but not so impressed with them on her wall.

I would describe the art as dark but tastefully done. We have no idea what he used to sketch them from, but we guess they come from comic books he owned.

I am happy my daughter rescued her deceased uncle’s art work and hung them in her home. I can see now how the drawings represent a piece of himself and by way of his art he will remain in our hearts. However, it’s art that only a few can see the beauty in.

Book, product review

“Your Fittest Future Self” by Kathleen Trotter #Workout #Healthier #FitterFutureYou #Bookworm

Your Fittest Future Self” by Kathleen Trotter is a book that will guide you in making choices for a happy and healthier future you. Kathleen Trotter’s book will guide you to rethink the word “FIT“.

Your Future Fittest Self” a book with steps for being honest with yourself when it comes to getting fit. “Your Fittest Future Self” is not just another diet and exercise book. This book provides ways for you to create a NUTRITIONmix, a WORKOUTmix and a MINDSETmix that’s tailored just for YOU.
Your Future Fittest Self” helps you understand that there is no one size fits all diet, and exercise.

Kathleen Trotter is a personal trainer, nutritionist, life coach, and fitness writer. Owns a personal training studio in Toronto. She has made contributions to the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post and appears on TV shows regularly..

Kathleen Trotter’s book will help you sift through all of the diet and workout information available and put together a “health mix” that works for you.
All to help you get to a lifestyle you can live with.

product review

T-Bar Steak & Lounge

Always love a chance to meet up and enjoy a great meal. So happy we got the invite to have lunch at T-Bar Steak & Lounge in the city. I think the best thing about a restaurant is that you find a lunch crowd enjoying the food. We gobbled up the olive and herb bread sticks as we looked at the menu. Then we decided to leave it up to our waiter to bring us what he felt was the best of the house that day. Good choice on our side!

We started off with the house T-Bar Cosmo and a spicy (how I like it) Ginger Martini. Cheers. For starters, out came a Quinoa & Vegetable Salad, Yellowfin Tuna Tartar and a medley of Sushi on crispy potato. It’s like he read our minds.

We ordered our Prime Aged Bone In Rib Eye medium and it was perfect. So were the Brussel Sprouts in balsamic topped with crispy bacon. The surprise was the delicious pasta in steak Bolognese sauce. Pasta is always a good idea.

After all that you would think there was no room for dessert. Think again. We enjoyed the Brownie with ice cream and the so, so good Banana Parfait. Oh and Merci enjoyed a perfect Cappuccino. Honestly each of these desserts could have easily feed 2 or more people. HUGH.

When you eat good, you feel good.