Monday, August 21, 2017

Travel: Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas

Click here for more information about the Nasher Sculpture Center

Across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art and in the heart of the Arts district, the Nasher Sculpture Center consists of indoor and outdoor galleries containing modern and contemporary sculptures. Opened in 2003, the gallery houses the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher’s rotating collection. With pieces by Rodin, Picasso and Matisse, this collection is small, but well-curated. If you are in or near Dallas and like sculpture, visit this gallery!

This is my favorite shot because you can see another
sculpture through this one

outdoor artwork

This picture doesn't do this work of art justice, but
there's a sculpture of a man within the sculpture

Painting are included in the collection

Friday, August 18, 2017

Movie Review: “Atomic Blonde”

   Atomic Blonde
   Rated R

Five days before the fall of the Berlin wall, MI-6 agent Lorraine Broughton is sent to Berlin to retrieve the body of a fellow agent. She partners with station chief David Percival to figure out who is killing British spies. Will Lorraine and David survive or meet a fate like their fellow agent?

Atomic Blonde is reminiscent of a James Bond movie-it’s action-packed, unpredictable and the main character is basically a female James Bond. She’s clever, lethal and unapologetically sexy. If you’re looking for thrilling entertainment, this is the film for you!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review: “A Gentleman in Moscow”

   A Gentleman in Moscow
   Amor Towles

At the age of 33 in 1922, unrepentant aristocrat Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to house arrest at the Hotel Metropol, a luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin. A Gentleman in Moscow recounts Russia’s history and the count’s life prior to and after his incarceration.

It took me a while to get into A Gentleman in Moscow, but once I did, I loved it. This novel is filled with information about early 20th century Russian life and presents an interesting viewpoint on the Russian psyche. But what appealed to me most was this novel’s protagonist. Amor Towles made Alexander come to life-he’s intelligent, humorous, upbeat, possesses impeccable manners and is the sort of person with whom I like spending time.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Home: Clear View Retractable Screen Doors

the screen door is in the retracted position

the screen is covering the opening

magnets hold the door in place

opening the door from the housing

When I was visiting our California friends, Gale and Jean, I noticed they had the niftiest screen door. They can cool their home by opening the doors and windows since they live near the beach, but a traditional screen door won’t work since they have French doors. Instead, they had a Clear View Retractable Screen Door installed.

These innovative screens mount on the outside of a home, stay in place using strong magnets and retract into a casing when not in use. They’re a genius product, and I plan to install them on our next California home!

For more information on retractable screen doors, click here

Friday, August 11, 2017

Style: Tasteful Cutouts

Athleta dress, Chan Luu necklace, Dior sunglasses (similar),
Cuyana clutch, Pedro Garcia sandals (similar)

I bought my first maxi dress about 12 years ago and thought they were a trend that would last only a few years. They seem to have become a staple and are available all the time. Since my beloved black maxi dress purchased a few years ago is looking faded and sad, I decided it was time to find a new one.

This tank-style maxi dress from Athleta is fun. It has side seam splits to keep me cool and the side cutouts are on trend, yet age-appropriate since they don’t show too much skin. Pair with sandals, a tiny Cuyana clutch and a tassel necklace, this dress may become one of my dependable staples.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cooking and Entertaining: Almond Joy Energy Bites

Almond Joy Energy Bites

In an effort to lose a few pounds, I've been cutting back on refined sugar and flour. The problem is that I miss sweets. My taste buds are adjusting and when I do eat foods containing refined sugar, they taste almost too sweet. These Almond Joy Energy Bites are perfect for my situation-they're sweet, but contain no refined sugar or flour, provide nutrients and fiber and are so tasty! They're so good, my husband (who isn't cutting back on sugar) likes them!

These energy bites are so easy to prepare and can be made in about 10 minutes. I made a half batch, and they lasted about a week in the refrigerator. Because the dates I used were a little dry, I ended up adding 1-2 tablespoons of water to make the mixture stick together. If you interested in eating a healthier treat, give this recipe a try.

the ingredients

Be sure to remove the date pits

Combine all ingredients the bowl of the food processor

Stop chopping the ingredients when they start to come together and
then roll into balls. I chose not to roll the energy bites in coconut

Almond Joy Energy Bites
Click here for the recipe