Sunday, July 27, 2014

Made in Arkansas

Marty and I made our way across town to the Hillcrest Farmers Market yesterday before the heat set in.  This has become our Saturday morning ritual.  We enjoy seeing the familiar faces and being a part of this little community once a week.

The Hillcrest Farmers Market is a ministry of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church located at 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd in Little Rock.  The market began several years ago as a way for church staff and members to introduce themselves to the neighborhood.  I have been told the market is open year round weather permitting.  You can keep updated by following their Facebook page.

 The farmers, vendors and a few food trucks set up shop on the sidewalk and street in front of the church.  Volunteers man craft tables set up for the kids.  The church doors are open to all and they encourage you to shop, visit and make yourself comfortable on the front steps of the church to eat and fellowship.

Most of the vendors have the same vegetables and fruit -- just different sizes and varieties.  What I like most about Hillcrest Farmers Market is they only allow Arkansas grown products to be sold.  You are only going to find what is in season in Arkansas so don't think you can pick up lemons or avocados.  No shipping in produce from out of state and trying to market it as local.  They have a strict application process and often have a wait list.

Yesterday, I found everything from homemade artisan bakery products and fresh flowers to coffee and tamales.

This colorful booth caught my attention!

Think of all the salsa you could make with these tomatoes.

Jupiter Grapes - 3 years of growing 

Took Maria's tamale's home for lunch.  Delicious!

Consider visiting the Hillcrest Farmers Market and buy food locally grown.  It really does taste better.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The OFFICIAL Turn Off's & Turn On's LIST

Hope this does not come off as too negative.  I like to start my Monday on a fresh and positive note!

Turn Off's:

  • Those who take advantage of my kindness.
  • Clutter
  • All things pumpkin.
  • Those who look down on others because of their economic status, race, where they go to school, what they wear, the neighborhood they live in, etc......
  • Finding a plastic bottle in the kitchen trash.  Come on people -- we all know where the recycling bin is.
  • Those who call me and then proceed to have conversations with other people they are in the room with or yell at their kids.  I have been know to just hang up the phone.
  • "Friends" who ask how I am and then proceed to cut me off and go into great detail about what's going on with them.  I don't do one sided friendships.  Once I walk away I don't always come back.  

Now on to the good stuff....

Turn On's:
  • Coming home from a trip and finding that my guys did all the laundry without me asking them.
  • Genuine Friendships
  • Classical Music
  • My little family -- furry ones included.
  • Reading the Sunday paper from front to back.
  • The smell of Fabulosa -- I know my place is clean when I walk in and smell the lavender.
  • Going to the movies with my favorite husband.
  • Tidiness
  • Relaxing with a good book.
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Confessions of a 80's Concert Junkie

I am still working on my blog challenge goal of 30 posts in 30 days.  So far I'm on challenge #20 and I started this approximately 390 days ago but who's counting?

Today, I have been tasked with listing all the concerts I have attended.  Now that is a challenge!  The majority of concerts attended in my lifetime happened during middle and high school and in my early 20's.  I still do see a concert occasionally, but usually with my daughter.  She's almost 15 so before long she will be seeing concerts without a parent chaperon.

I grew up Albuquerque, New Mexico which was always a stopping place for any major band so I definitely had plenty of opportunities to hear some great music.  I'm a child of the 80's --  the best decade EVER!  I listened to most of the regular hits of the decade...Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield, Human League, J. Geil's, John Mellencamp, The Police, Men at Work.....etc.

What most of my grown up friends don't know about me, is that back in the day I loved some serious metal bands -- hair, trash, glam and of course traditional.  I went to as many concerts as I could wearing some ridiculous outfits!  Anyone remember the girls from those ZZ Top Videos?

Today I still like my rock music but sometimes in the form of classical.  Ever heard of Vitamin C Quartet?  Add it to your play list on Pandora or I Heart Radio and you'll see what I'm talking about!

Today,  my play list on ITunes ranges anywhere from Motley Cru (their first recorded songs)  to Crowded House and maybe some Tom Jones in between.

With that said, the  first concert I went to  was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  Their opening band was Bow Wow Wow (I Like Candy).  I specifically remember the ticket costing $11.50.  The last concert I bought a ticket to was Bruno Mars and the price for that amazing show was around $85.00 a ticket.

Compiled here in no particular order is a listing of every concert I can remember attending in between Joan and Bruno......

Huey Lewis and the News
Motley Cru (several times)
Ozzy Osbourne
Reo Speedwagon
Billy Joel
Elton John
The Oakridge Boys (sadly)
Van Halen
Bon Jovi (several times)
Guns n Roses
Def Leppard
Churck Mangione (not my choice)
Quiet Riot
Iron Maiden
Pat Benatr
Twisted Sister
Hannah Montana
Judas Priest
Hillary Duff
Taylor Swift
Cheetah Girls
Tears for Fears
ZZ Top
Clint Black
Cheap Trick

Rock on!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Where are you from?

Here's another tidbit of information about me.....

All the places I've lived -- google if you never heard of these locations.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Torrance, California

Redondo Beach, California

El Segundo, California

Little Rock, Arkansas

I've always wanted to live in another country and experience the culture.  No specific location but a view of any ocean would be nice.

Think I'll see if I can find a episode of House Hunters International to watch.