Bike The Burgh Tours ~ Tour Pittsburgh On Your Bike

Last week, my sister was home to Pennsylvania, from Florida, where she now lives.   I was trying to think of something fun and unique for us to do.  Then I came across Bike The Burgh Tours.   My sister is 67 and I am 64 so I thought maybe this might be a little bit too much for a couple of old ladies.

I sent an email to the administrator of Bike The Burgh Tours asking if the tour was difficult.  She assured me that I could do it.  If you can ride a bike, you can do this tour.

If you are looking for a unique way to REALLY see what Pittsburgh is all about, Check out Bike The Burgh Tours!  Fun for young and old alike!!

Pittsburgh is a beautiful town, a town I don't know a whole lot about.  I was very excited to learn a little bit more about it.
Our first Bike The Burgh Tour was, Bridges In The Burgh.      Did you know Pittsburgh is bursting with bridges?  There are 400 bridges in Pittsburgh!!  Crazy!!  Who would have thought!
Meet Val, owner of Bike The Burgh Tours
Not long into our bike tour, my sister started having trouble with her seat.  Val right away started fixing the problem herself.  I can tell you.... I was very impressed.
After the seat was repaired, Val told us some history of the Hot Metal Bridge we were standing on.  Then off we went to the next destination.  By the way, Val slows down or speeds up to make sure everyone can keep up with her.   That was a good thing for us since we are kind of out of shape when it comes to riding bikes.

I am not going to spoil the tour for those of you that haven't done this yet.  I will say, I got to see how beautiful Pittsburgh is.  We learned so much about the Bridges Of Pittsburgh, plus we got to see so many other points of interest.  And.... we got some really good exercise along the way.

Here is something to let you know how kind Val is.  When she found out we were riding our bikes to the casino after the tour to meet my Hubs, she made sure she told us she would bike us there so we wouldn't get lost.   Good thing too!!  I would have been still riding my bike around Pittsburgh looking for the Rivers Casino.
Thank you so much Val!!  What a kind, good person you are.

My younger sister wants to go on a Bike The Burgh Tour with me next.  We just have to figure out our schedules.   I would like to do one of the weekend tours.

So What Are You Waiting For
If you are going to be in Pittsburh and are looking for a way to learn more about the city, Or if you live in Pittsburh and want to see it in a whole new light, get in touch with Val at


Twitter @BiketheBurgh

Also!!!! If you don't have a bike, there are bike rentals right close to where you meet for the tour.


Monster Mini Golf In Monroeville Pennsylvania ~ Buy One Admit One Free

While we were on vacation in Virginia, the only thing my Grandson wanted to do was play Miniature Golf.     They went to play at a place that was strictly just miniature golf, with no bells and whistles.

I found a place basically right in my own backyard to take him to play.  It has Glow In The Dark Mini Golfing!!

Monster Mini Golf In Monroeville Pennsylvania features 18 holes of Monster themed, Indoor Glow In the Dark.

This is Mini Golf, With coll special effects, great music, state of the art arcade games, glow air hockey and tons of redemption games with great prizes.   Monster Mini Golf is a mini golf experience like you've never had before!   Monster Mini Golf is high energy, 3 dimensional and they even take it a step further with a Live DJ.  But wait!!! They take it one step further....  They give away prizes for the craziest reasons!!

There are 2 Private, and very Posh Party Rooms that are great for birthday parties, teen parties, field trips, fundraisers, corporate function, weddings, or any event you can think of.

For details and other locations visit   Prices range rom $8.00 to $9.00 per person.
Monster Mini Golf is open year round and frightly fun for all ages.

If you are a reader of my blog... You Are In Luck  You can SAVE with this great deal.

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Our Sandbrige Beach Vacation ~ Perfect For Our Entire Family

We have been taking our kids on vacation to the beach every other year.  This year, we wanted to do Virginia Beach, but when we contacted a realtor, they told us we wouldn't be able to get a pool with our rental if we stayed right in Virginia Beach.   They suggested Sandbridge, Virginia.   

Sandbridge is located just south of Virginia Beach and is only about a 20 minute drive to get there.  We are so happy that we ended up in Sandbridge and not Virginia Beach like we thought we wanted.
The beaches in Sandbridge are quiet and family oriented.  They have 5 miles of beautiful golden sand and are known to have the cleanest beaches around.

To get to the beach from our rental house, we only had to walk a short block right up our street and we were there.  We couldn't of chosen a better spot.  Plus we chose our rental because it had a huge pool, plus it was right on the bay with it's own bay access. 

We wanted a 4 bedroom place and ended up with a bonus room.  Good thing because my grown Granddaughters came and brought their friends.

I have to tell you, my Hubs and I took the very top floor.  We had a HUGE room with a jacuzzi in it.  A King size bed a wet bar, our own outdoor deck that looked down over the pool.  Perfect... everyone wanted a piece of our space.  LOL... but it was all ours.  I did let my one Granddaughter study in it since she had homework to do for summer college classes. 
Oh yes!  I almost forgot they had internet access which was very important!!

We were there on July 4th and decided to watch fireworks from our top deck.  Do you know that they had fireworks every direction you looked.  There were so many gong on that we didn't know where to look next.  It was perfect for the young Grandkids.

I tried to get some pictures of each family, but I guess I didn't do such a great job.   Maybe next time I will do better.
If you are ever headed to Sandbridge, Virginia and are looking for rentals, We rented the house from Siebert Realty and had excellent service.  They answered every question we could throw at them.  Even some of the stupid questions.   I like it when you have a rental that goes smoothly.  Not all of ours have in the past.

You can also visit Siebert Realty on
Twitter @SiebertRealty 


Make Your Own Spicy Tomato Sauce and Spicy Tomato Juice

I love tomato juice, but what I buy in the store just isn't quite what I have in mind when I think spicy tomato juice.   Fresh is always best.  One reason is .. we know exactly what we put into it.

I of course used my Ninja Blender since it does a great job at pulverizing all the vegetables I can thow into it.

I have a lot of tomatoes and peppers that I don't want to go to waste so we make tomato sauce and freeze it for later use.

It is so easy to make tomato sauce.  All you do is gather the vegetables you want to put into your sauce and blend it up.

Yes the sauce does look a little pink, but when we cook it down, it will turn red.   I am going to freeze it just like it is and cook it as I need it.

To make the spicy sauce, you can actually add anything you want
In this batch 
I filled the Ninja 3/4 full with tomatoes
I then added a handfull of basil
Some hot peppers
I then whipped it all up in my Ninja
Other things you may want to add
Just add anything your heart desires.

Since my Hubs and I love Spicy tomato juice, we use some of the above sauce for our juice.
To make the Spicy Tomato Juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Salt & Pepper
That is all I added to make the spicy tomato juice.

Put it all into your blender.  Blend and drink

So Good!!

The thing with this is, you can add what ever you want to make your juice taste exactly the way you want it.

Grilled Tomatoes Anyone?

If you have a lot of tomatoes and don't know what to do with them.  Try grilling them.
All we do is cut them in half and make the bottoms flat so they sit flat.
Put some sea salt on the cut ends, add basil, hot pepper and cheese. (They do have some alternative cheese you can use if you don't do dairy)
These are great!!


I Am Using Carapex So I Don't Have To Look My Age

When I became sick with candida, I aged so fast.  Now, I need to try and reverse some of the devastating effects that candida has had on my body.
Deep wrinkles.  Especially around my mouth.  Plus, my neck is full of folds and wrinkles.  I don't feel old until I get a good look at myself then... my looks make me feel old.  The lines around my mouth are the ones that bug me the most.

I should have been doing something about the aging skin earlier, but I was just so focused on healing the candida, that I didn't care about how I looked.  Now, that I feel healthy, I want to look as healthy as I feel.   I hate looking old.  Hate it!!

Carapex sent me some products to try for my wrinkles.

I have been using the Carapex Deep Line Reducer Eye Serum, Carapex Neck Firming Lotion, Carapex Deep Line Night Repair Cream and the Carapex Deep Line Repair Day Cream now for over 2 weeks.
It has reduced the deep lines around my mouth.  It hasn't taken them away but it has noticably reduced them. Plus, my face is softer than it has been in a very long time.

Carapex Deep Line Reducer Eye Serum
. Intensified formula that targets uner eye wrinkles, lines, crow's feet, dark circles and puffiness.
. Oil free, cooling gel texture refreshes and soothes your skin to reduce stress and signs of aging.
. Reduces the density and depth of wrinkles with peptides, soy extracts and wild yam extracts; promotes
  firmness, reduces puffiness with a blend of soothing aloe vera, cucumber extract, wild mushroom extract
  and bladderwrack (a type of seaweed) extract.
. Corrects under eye dark circles, brightens the eye area and evens out skin tone with caffeine contained in
  guarana fruit extract and plant based chrysin.
. Made in Canada, paraben-free, toxin-free, fragrance-free, harsh chemicals-free, cruelty-free

Carapex Neck Firming Lotion
. A nourishing, hydrating, natural lotion that delivers visible results for horizontal lines, folds, sagging skin on
  your neck
. Contains hyaluronic acid and marine elastin & collagen to moisturize and restore the elasticity on your skin.
. Smooths away fine lines and wrinkles with natural shea butter, mango seed oil, avacado oil, grape seed oil
  and sweet almond oil
. Easy to apply and absorb, rich in texture yet not greasy.  Enjoy the incredible softness and youthfull
  firmness you've always longed for.
. Made in canada with natural elements, harsh chemicals-free, fragrance-free, color-free, never tested on

Carapex Deep Line Repair Night Cream
. Nourishing, Moisturizing, Repairing, Rejuvenation
. Repairs deep wrinkles and lines with exclusive Deep Line Complex and Moisturizing Complex
. A rich yet not greasy mixture of natural shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, aloe vera leaf juice and olive extract makes your skin radiant, hydrated and supple
. Unscented and contains no harsh chemicals, this night cream is perfect for sensitive skin.
. Made in Canada with natural elements, paraben-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free.

Carapex Deep Line Repair Day Cream
. A nourishing, soothing cream infused with an exclusive Deep Line Complex and Moisturizing Complex to visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
. A luxurious blend of natural shea butter, aloe leaf gel, grape seed oil, avocado seed oil, jojoba seed oil and Vitamin E act as natural antioxidants to protect, moisturize and heal your skin.
. Gentle moisturizing formula provides long lasting hydration, can be worn safely under makeup.
. Fragrance-free, easy absorption with no greasy after feel, perfect for sensitive skin.
. Made in Canada with natural elements, paraben-free, harsh chemical-free, cruelty free.

When the Carapex products arrived, we were headed to Virginia Beach on vacation.  I was happy to have some good creams to take with me.  The sun was so hot that I am surprised that the moisturizers worked as well as they did.
I am not much of a sun bather, in fact, I stay in the shade.  But still, that sun is brutal, even in the shade.  It would bounce right off the pool and get me every time.

I think the results I got so far are AMAZING!!  And, it has only been 2 weeks.   I am going to continue to use it.  I hope it takes all those wrinkles away.  

I did this video to better show how Carapex worked on the wrinkles around my mouth, eyes and the neck.
It really shows my age without makeup!

If you would like to learn more about Carapex, visit their site at
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Zucchini Pancakes Recipe

I still have quite a lot of zucchini.   You run out of ways to make zucchini so I decided to make zucchini pancakes.     These really turned out pretty good.  I not only had them for breakfast but ate them cold for lunch also.

Zucchini Pancakes

2 Cups Grated Zucchini
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 Tablespoons chives or green onion chopped
1/4 Cup Uncooked Oatmeal
2/3 Cup Buckwheat Flour (You can probably use any flour)
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese (I didn't add this)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch dried oregano (I used fresh basil)
1/4 cup olive oil for frying

Stir zucchini, eggs and onion into a large bowl.

 Mix oatmeal, flour of choice, Parmesan cheese, baking powder, salt and oregano in a second bowl.

Stir zucchini, eggs and onion into the flour mixture.  Mix until just moistened.

Heat oil in a frying pan.  Drop rounded spoonfuls of batter into hot oil and fry until golden.  Drain

Now I am looking for a sweet version of zucchini pancakes


Roasted Red Tomato Soup

There is nothing better than smelling these vegetables as they are roasting.  The smell filled my whole kitchen.  It made me so hungry, that I couldn't wait until it was soup!
This is before and after roasting the
vegetables.  I browned the basil a little more
than I would have liked, but all turned out well.

To Roast the Tomatoes And Vegetables
.  Cut about 3 pounds of tomatoes in quarters or Cherry tomatoes in half
.  4 Cloves of Garlic Peeled
.  2 Hot Banana Peppers Cut into 2 inch pieces(Optional)
.  2 Medium Carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
.  1 Small Onion ( I didn't have onion so I added a handful of chives)
.  1 Handful Fresh Basil 
.  1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Place vegetables on a sheet of aluminum foil
Pour The olive oil over and mix vegetables with your hands
Sprinkle some salt on top of vegetables
Bake at 375* For about 40 minutes
Raise Temapature to 400* and bake another 20 Minutes

Remove from oven and cool.
Put all vegetables into a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in refrigerator until ready to heat and eat.

This tasted so good that I can't wait for more of  our
tomatoes to ripen so we can make it again.
This would also make a great sauce for over spaghetti