I have become a stalker

The man walked through the aisles of our local grocery store and I caught a glimpse of him. To my amazement and excitement he was wearing a “No Name Saloon” hat. I searched on the hat for the words Park City, Utah and I found them. I felt so excited inside.

I watched him as he walked through the aisle and closer to me. I am sure that he noticed. He had to of. I was literary starting at him for 3 minutes. He looked lost and confused as he walked closer. I thought to say something but nothing came out of my mouth. He was gone. I turned around in some what of a pantic, I might of lost the UTAH man. But don not worry, I found him in the check out lane. I thought to myself “if I get in the check out lane next to him we will out of the store together”. As I kept an eye peeled on this ‘no name saloon’ man I slowly watched as he got closer to checking out. I was stuck in the lane were the old lady was taking a very long time doing everything so I was stuck waiting for my turn. I watched him walk out the door and out of my life. No chance to ask him about his hat. At least it brought me joy.

No, the picture is not of the man in the store. It is another random person that I found on the internet who is wearing the same hat :)


I'm Lucky

Bear surprised me with this beautiful 'utah' necklace. Now Utah can always be close to my heart. 


This candy has a vivid place in my childhood memories. When I was growing up I have this memory of my Mom really liking this candy. However, it was not always the easiest to find so when we did find them she would buy them and open them up as soon as we got into the car. I remember only liking the brown and yellow ones. They were the flavor of chocolate and banana, I would put the two colors in my mouth and have an explosion of chocolaty and banana flavors. It was great, so when I saw Necco’s at the store I picked them up. I brought them home for Bear to experience the same joy that I had. But I was very wrong.
Mom, fyi, these are horrible candies. It is the same experience as eating a piece of chalk.
Thanks for the childhood memory.


Jerk-Spiced Shrimp

The hubby loved this easy and quick recipe.
I pared it with a cucumber, pineapple, and onion salad.
I also think that you could use the seasoning to flavor chicken. Yummy!!

Thank you cooking light.

1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
Cooking spray

1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

2. Combine first 7 ingredients. Combine oil and shrimp in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Sprinkle spice mixture over shrimp; toss to coat. Thread shrimp evenly onto 8 (8-inch) skewers. Place skewers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes or until done, turning once.


The in and outs of the happenings of New Jersey life

I could blame my lack of blogging on our busy life, which is true because I just recently changed the calendar from May to August. Apparently I just missed the months of June and July.  But the truth is, Bear bought me a beautiful new camera for our one-year anniversary (which happened in June)  and I had not learned how to download the pictures onto the computer. So with no pictures comes no new blogs. So with that said, I finally took the time to learn how to get the pictures from the camera to the computer so everyone can be excited and thankful because we the Brooks family are now back in the blogging world!

The past couple of months we have been keeping busy with everything that summer has to offer. First, like stated before, we celebrated our one- year anniversary. I could not believe that it has already been a year. I could not be more happy 


more in love with my sweet husband. I thank him everyday for all he doe

s for me. Second, we went to Utah for 2 weeks. It was so much fun seeing my Mo

m and Dad and spending so much time with them. Thanks for accommodatin

g u

s. We also got to spend time with my dear friend Lindsay, her husband Casey 

and little boy Jack. Jack is the cutest baby ever and it was great being there with them. Third, Bear and I are still exploring New Jersey and all that it has to offer. Enjoy all the pictures.

Above Pictures: Top two, New York. Left , Jack, Bear, and Dan near the Brooklyn Bridge, These were taken a week ago when Bear and I went to NY to greet Jack back to US from Tanzania . 
Picture on Right: Jack and Bear on a trip to Virginia back in May. 

Bear set up a slip in slide for the neighborhood children. Don't worry, when I got home from work Bear was outside slip in sliding away with all the kids. 

                                                             Below: The Jersey Shore. Not to be confused with Beach.

Fishing in the rain. 
We drove out to our favorite fishing/relaxing spot on a clear sunny day. We parked the car and set up a little area to relax. Five seconds later, thunder, rain = down poor. Everything was all wet. And all we could do was laugh.    

The county fair came to the area. We were able to walk with it being just right down the street. One night we walked there just to get an elephant ear. Yummy.