Fun Halloween Party Dip!!

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Graveyard Taco Dip

First layer:
1 can refried beans or refried black beans

Second layer:
2 cups sour cream
1 pkg taco seasoning

Third layer:
2 avocados, mashed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Fourth layer:
1 cup salsa

Fifth layer:
1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped

Directions
In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and taco seasoning. In another small bowl, mix the mashed avocados, minced garlic, and mayonnaise.

In a small Pyrex dish or pie plate, layer the beans, sour cream mixture, avocado mixture, and salsa. Sprinkle the scallions on top.

Chill at least an hour, or until ready to serve. (The dip can be made a day ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator.)

To make the tombstones and tree, cut the shapes you want out of 2 large tortillas. Place the cut-out shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees until the tortillas are nice and brown. You can add text to the tombstones with a black food safe marker. Put the tombstones and tree in the dip just before serving.


 

Tis the Beginning of Extreme Decorating!

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If I had the money, and more so the room to store everything, plus the time, I would absolutely decorate EVERY room in my house for the holidays. Each and every room would have a splash of holiday in it. As I was looking for Halloween decorating ideas, I came across this great bathroom! I This bathroom is decorated to catch your eye, but is very simple. It basically has the shower curtain, rug, a couple of hand towels, looks like a night light, and I would throw in candle or two, and probably just little something off the wall.

I went to Amazon and found this particular shower curtain, it’s a bit pricey, but I found several others that are adorable and cost way less. If you get as excited about the holidays and decorating as I do then we can of course find a way to fit decorating into our budget. I will tell you this, the Dollar Tree store is one of my very best friends during the holidays! I won’t go to the extreme and do every single room, but I will get as close to it as I can without going over budget.

Tis the season to begin decorating…let it begin!

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

Sisterhood…Brotherhood…

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Today the Lion King and I returned from Blues, Bikes & BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We have been married going on our second year next month, and have now been to BBB four years in a row. This is obviously our thing to do every year in September.  We did things a bit differently this year and that’s ok, because we had fun doing it. We cut it a day short this time and didn’t take a long ride like we usually do one of the three full days we were there. We usually have someone with us, but this year were alone.  So what we did do this year? We escaped.

More than a week ago we had an incident in Tulsa that has totally consumed the news here. It was a shooting incident involving an officer and a man, both of different sexes and  races. I will say without a doubt it has worn the citizens of Tulsa and the surrounding towns down. We actually live in Broken Arrow which is a suburb of Tulsa, so therefore all we get is Tulsa’s news. Morning after morning, evening after evening, night after night, this shooting is all we have heard. I have never been so glad to leave Oklahoma as I was Friday.  Once we got to Fayetteville, it just went away. Why? Number one we were in another state, number two, we were in a place where everyone just got along.

Bikers are of a different breed. No matter what your race, sex, religion, or beliefs are, they are a true brotherhood and sisterhood. The only incident’s we saw were a man down on Dickson St, probably from heat exhaustion. The police were there to help him, and by the time we got parked they had him up and off the sidewalk. The only other was a small domestic dispute which Luke let security know of right after we passed the couple and security was on it.

It was so nice getting out of our home state and going to a place where there was  thousands upon thousands, yet no violence, no turmoil, no judgments, and everyone just became one.

Bikers seem to get a bad rap wherever they go and that is so unfair as they are probably the biggest peace keepers on this earth. They are there not only for their biker brothers, sisters and their families, but do fundraisers for so many causes which include children with cancer to families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Luke and I got home early afternoon today, unpacked, chilled out, turned on the tube to football, HGTV, and then the news. Guess what was on the news….Yes, the same thing that was on a week ago…UUUUUGH!!!

There truly is no place like home. But if I have to continue to come home to this because this is what one of the majors cities in our home state has turned to…count me out. I would rather hit the road with 24-7 wind therapy and people who do not judge, especially at the age of 57. Life is to short to spend on hate. Women After Fifty, we are still young. Don’t let hate consume you. It’s all about love.

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

 

 

A Good Girl Scout is Always….Prepared.

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Fall is slowly easing its way into our lives. Well in Oklahoma anyway. Considering it is actually Fall and the highs were in the 90’s this week and a hit index of 111 one day, that pretty much explains our “Fall” at this point. It should be easing it’s way into Okie land this weekend though as the rains move in on Saturday and continue for a few days, while the temperatures slowly begin to fall. I was actually hoping the rains would hold off for a couple of days as we will be attending Blues, Bikes & BBQ in Fayetteville, AR. Although the rains are not predicted to hit there until Sunday, it means the Lion King will be riding the Harley back in the rain from the time we leave until we get back to Oklahoma. This I am not thrilled with.  I myself will remain dry. Why is this you ask, or maybe you don’t, but I will tell you anyway. I will have my car. I know, the next question is, why would anyone take a car to a place where there are thousands upon thousands of motorcycles?

Well this is why. The first year we went together I realized, I have STUFF! A LOT OF STUFF! We normally leave on Thursday and come back home on Sunday. Therefore one must pack accordingly. Yes, even at the age of 57 I am going to be darn sure I look descent on the back of a bike. Plus in Oklahoma the weather can change in a snap. I have gone into a restaurant before in shorts because it was so hot, and by the time we left there was snow on the ground. Since we will not be so far from the border of Oklahoma, I stay prepared. Learned that in Girl Scouts and it stuck. Packing for a 3 night trip, one has to consider the fact we will be going from day time activities which the heat will be extreme, to the night time activities where there is usually a plunge in the temps. Therefore, boots, flip flops, tennis shoes, tank tops, tee shirts, sweaters, blue jeans ( I do stick to only blue jeans as we are on the bike). Now I might wear shorts to our destination and home, but during and on the bike, it’s always jeans. I always take a some form of jacket, then there is the head gear, bandanna’s and baseball hats. Luckily those fold easily, but I always make sure I buy a new bandanna while I am there. That is always my “MUST” buy when I am there. One also has to have minimal, but some type of bling. Earrings, small necklace and at least one bracelet. Now there is also the need for my makeup, hair care products, shampoo, soap and lotions. We stay at one of the better hotels but I don’t care how much class that hotel has, their body products just suck. I never feel clean, my hair stays greasy, and skin stays dry using their products. I am however learning to down size on those and using little bottles to put my own products in. Last thing on the list, make up, though it is minimal these days, I must have some type of make up, and never, ever go anywhere without my mascara. The Lion King, family and friends have  been told many times, if I ever go into a coma, you make sure that mascara is on me, because if and when I wake up and I don’t have that on, there will be a price to pay. Mascara is my life line into the everyday world as coffee is for others.

Now the #2 reason I take my car is because if it rains, we have a back up vehicle. The normal routine is, he takes the bike, I take my car, we arrive, I park the car, and from that point it’s the bike the whole time unless weather conditions prevent us from doing that. So while there may be hundreds who are stuck in hotel rooms, cabins, tents, campers etc, we know we can get out and do what we want.

I have decided, no matter how old I am, where I am going, how long the stay, I will always NEED…MY…STUFF. Thank goodness the hotels have finally figured out to supply us with hair dryers! Such a necessity we at times forget trying to be sure we have everything else. Mine does not sit out so it’s easily forgotten.

We will be leaving at noon this year on Friday, instead of Thursday so that means one day less of clothes, this will lighten the load a good 2 lbs!

Can you believe this blog was going to lead into my thoughts on the paranormal? HA!  So it looks like I will be doing that one at a later date. It will be interesting I promise. 😉

I hope to have some wonderful pics of ladies after fifty having a wonderful time at BBB that I will be sharing in the near future.

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

 

Love the Tips & Agree!

5 Makeup Tips For Older Women By 64 Year Old Makeup Artist Turned Super Model Cindy Joseph!

Cindy Joseph’s makeup tips for Boomers

1. Use cream-based, not powder-based cosmetics on your face. Powder adds texture to skin that already has developed texture.

2. A good rule of thumb for lipstick is to find a tone that matches your inner lip or gums.

3. Women older than 50 tend to lose definition in their eyebrows. Just go with that. Don’t recreate the brows you had in your 20s.

4. This is a hard one, but do not wear any eye shadow at all (and especially no contour eye shadow in the crease because it gives the appearance of deepening the crease). A little bit of mascara is OK.

5. If you’re going to use a foundation to even out skin tone, find one that gives coverage but doesn’t add texture. Be willing to spend money on a foundation and take your time to experiment and find the exact right shade. Matching your skin tone exactly is critical.

Beauty Makeup artist and model Cindy Joseph says less is more as women age. 

Is there a woman who hasn’t dabbed a little lipstick on her cheeks for a quick touch-up?

“The whole idea of less is more, that women shouldn’t be slaves to dozens of makeup products, is what I really believe in,” said Cindy Joseph, a makeup artist and model who’s pared down her own cosmetics kit to just a few items.

Great Party Idea!

My Sister and I recently had a surprise birthday party for our Mom. It was her 87th! We did an all day open house for her, with lots of pictures everywhere in the house. This included hanging up photo’s, photo albums, and my sister even took all of our home movies from when were kids, that my Mom had already converted to VHS, but then she converted them to a DVD. I was shopping at Hobby Lobby one day and of course Christmas is everywhere at this time of year. Her colors for the party were pink and turquoise, and I stumbled across mini trees those exact colors. They were perfect to hang pictures on using the mini clothes pins! I have posted a couple of pictures so you can get the ideal. I thought it was really a neat ideal and a great way to display pictures for those type of events! 

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

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Home Never Leaves Us…

I love this! I know I never knock when I go to my Mom’s, I don’t hesitate to rummage through her fridge or pantry if I am hungry, and when I am there, feel like I have never left home. My boys are just as comfortable coming into our house and doing the same thing. No matter where you live now, if you can go back home and it feels like home, then it is home.

 

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Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars, 

Lion Queen

My 2nd Fashion Obsession…Scarves

Ok Ladies, you know of my first fashion obsession, boots. A close second would be scarves!  I have fallen in love with the scarf trend and I hope it stays in style for a very long time!

I have always loved the headscarf look with the big sunglasses, but I have found I love a scarf around the neck with a great outfit. I have decided to show some ways to tie a scarf, and there are so many I thought it would be kind of neat to show you yet one more way to utilize this fashion trend each week. Today’s starts with six ways to utilize a scarf. I will add a new one each week until every possible way has ran out! 

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If you haven’t gotten on board with this trend, you should really try it! There are so many beautiful scarves out there, and it’s amazing how they can change an every day so so look into a fashion statement of the day! Plus if you are not a fan of things around your neck you can allow them to drape beautifully down the front of your attire. Have fun with this ladies. It’s not just for the young, but for all ages. We Women After Fifty have so many options these days! It just blows me away sometimes! Here is a eternity scarf favorite of mine for October! It’s just fun!

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Pumpkin scarf

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

 

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