Dinner At Downton Abbey

Dinner at Desert Downton Abbey!


Just arrived Lord and Lady Heidinger AA

Lord and Lady Hareland.  Lord Hareland can be a naughty boy now and then.B

Lord and Lady Nielsen


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Host/Hostess Lord and Lady BarrettD

Lord and Lady Heidinger settling in for an enjoyable evening and gourmet meal.F

Feel free to click on any of the photos and they will come up in a larger form. Then you can click the arrows to look at them.   We had a violinist, Joanna Parks from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played during the cocktail hour in the Drawing room.  Lovely music.  I am sure you can find naughty Lord Hareland after a few nips of wine and song.

From the Hors d’Oeuvres to the after dinner Port.  This was a meal that was on the grand scale. You can see the menu and just know that each one of these plates pushed the Gourmet cooks skills up a notch.

Thank you Will and Ginny for all the special attention to detail.  The place settings and silver were all measured so they were the equal distance of each place setting.  The name tags were a beautiful little detail. It was a lovely table setting. The violinist played beautifully. Let’s not forget that we were served by Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson.  There were special Downton Abbey wines- Bordeaux Blanc and Bordeaux Claret.  Thank you to each couple who did a marvelous job on their fine culinary dish designated by Lady Barrett.  Very well done.  A toast to you!





Academy Awards 2016

Another great Academy Award Party 2016. It was a black and white event. Dress it up or dress it down. I decided to pull myself (Mother Superior) away from a long over due reunion with the cast from “SISTER ACT.” I felt it important to accompany Cardinal Bernard Francis Law to this years Academy Awards party. I really went to make sure he didn’t get into any trouble. “SPOTLIGHT,” won Best movie. We won an Oscar for the Best Costume and Makeup for the movie Spotlight.  . A good time was had by all.

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The evening was a fun and filled with good conversation, food and freindship.  The following are a couple of group shots, a few photos and award photos.

Cardinal group

Awards for best Costumes!


Best Couple: from Spotlight: Sister Pam and Cardinal Law (Lance, grew a beard for the event!)

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Most original couple: from Concussion: The Allens


Most Natural Robert Wagner Look-Alike: Mike Bixby


Best Hollywood “Star”: Gloria as Diane Keaton

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Mardi Gras Ball at The Heidinger’s

Lance and I participate in a Gourmet group.  We get a chance to push and test our Culinary skills to the wall.  The host picks the theme, decides on menu and assigns parts of the menu to the other participants.  One gets an appetizer, a salad or soup, host does the main course and sides and someone gets the dessert.  All of these dishes to go with the theme and must be made to the recipes assigned by the host.  It was a very nice event and came with some funny little bumps in the road.  One was getting the crawfish ready I put them in a tub and covered them with cold rags and went to take a shower.  When I came out from the bedroom I screamed at the sight of crawfish crawling all over my house.  Oh my!  After gathering them all up and getting the crawfish boil underway the party was about to begin.  Enjoy the photos!

Watch this video!!!!!!

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IMG_9318 - CopyGuido my Italian chalkboard did not like wearing a mask.IMG_9313 Live crawfish IMG_9312 The Great Escape!IMG_9308

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So Much Fun Packed In Two Weeks!

We have been so busy having fun with no time to spare posting on the blog.  So this is the final final packed with fun.  From our trip to Florida, Kennedy Space Center, back to Arizona with a final farewell.  In the heat of the fun a new band was formed called “Lance and the Laxits.”  I won’t tell you what Laxits stands for, you will have to investigate that one.  We had a wonderful time getting to know each other. Please click on video clips.

DSCF2884Before heading to Florida, we had a few things to do first.  A stop at my moms.  My mom was proud to show off her project of doll furniture she had made.20150713_132152We had the kids over for a barbecue to meet the cousins Wendy and Cherry.DSCF2807We are headed to Florida to have the cousins meet their cousin Aunt Barbara and Uncle Bob.  My Aunt is having a party for them so her friends can all meet the three of us. Notice the flags on the tables.  They loved it.DSCF2935DSCF2944 DSCF2959 DSCF2956The Kennedy Space Center was well worth the trip.  We all went into the space simulator to experience what it felt like at lift off and the separation once in space.  Wow!  My cousin Wendy and I also went down the emergency slide simulator of the the Atlantis space shuttle check out the video clip of us going down.

DSCF302720150717_11424920150717_10330520150717_112620Ending our trip to Florida with Lunch at a Mexican Restaurant in Brooksville, Florida with my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Bob. DSCF3019Once we arrived back in Arizona we resumed our continued big party of Coctails  turned into entertainment with Lance and the Laxits. The day before they left for home we had a reception for them with friends and my mother in turquoise. Don’t forget to watch the video clip at the end of them doing “Surf City USA.”  They are definitely characters and so proud to call them my family.IMG_8949 IMG_8957Here they are the Nuts that shook out of my family Tree.

Aussies Gone Wild

I had no idea when I shook that family tree that all these nuts would fall out!!  And for those who have asked about the bear.  I added a photo of cousin Wendy’s Mr. Bentley. Ginny, this is for you.  Mr. Bentley wanted to sit by the pool and have an umbrella drink. Taking it easy on his beach blanket in Tucson and reading the paper. The two videos show how our entertainment regressed after a few drinks.  The group is called, “Nutty Trio.”  Click on Aussies Gone Wild, the email post doesn’t seem to show the videos so click on Aussies Gone Wild and it will take you to the videos. Let me know if you see them by responding to the email but you don’t have to make a comment on the blog. I am not sure why they don’t come up in the email.  I have also been so busy I am way behind with posting.  But will get caught up.  It has been a wonderful visit.

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Busy 4 days!

The cousins are trying to catch up with the jet lag of a 17 hour difference in time. We took it easy the next day.  We spent a day visiting with mom and doing a lot of talking and exchanging information about family.  All the missing information was now coming together with a lot of holes filled in.  It has been an amazing journey of exchanges.  We did have an extra guest who always travels with Wendy.  His name is Mr. Bentley the bear.  He has his own USA Immigration badge awarded to him on a previous trip.  We had a nice lunch with mom to end our visit.

In between shopping we had a full day at the Tucson Desert Museum.  It is a wonderful view of what goes on here in our desert.  From plant life and desert dwellers it was a fun and educational day that was so worth while.  Last night we ended the full day of shopping, laughing to our bellies ached. We had cocktails and Appetizers at the Ritz Carlton out on the Ignite patio.  A beautiful view of the canyon while listening to the Story Teller talking about the spirit of the Indian. When the story was told the flutist off in the distance played the Indian flute for 1/2 hour.  It was very spiritual and really showed the soul of Arizona.DSCF2667DSCF2679At lunch with Cherry, Wendy, mom, myself and Mr. Bentley the bear.IMG_1791IMG_8881DSCF2717Showing the cousins how Indians use to sew.  The Agave plant was used for sewing. Moccasins and dresses were made by using the tip of the Agave plant as a needle. Breaking it off at the end and then peeling it down to the base.  The length of the peel becomes the thread.  Very interesting.  This Agave had died and so I didn’t mind demonstrating its purpose.  It is also used to make Tequila.DSCF2749IMG_8907IMG_8905IMG_8888DSCF2783A trip to the local Ritz Carlton for Apps and cocktails.  A story by the story teller and the flutist up in the canyon.  A nice evening.IMG_1793Story tellerIf you look up in the rocks you can spot the Flutist he is in Red.IMG_1800

The Australian Cousins Are Here in Tucson!

We are delighted that our Australian cousins are here in Arizona for a visit. The Story is amazing of how we even found each other.  We are delighted to have them and hope they have a grand time here in our great USA.  The first photo the suspects were captured on a surveillance camera.  Thought that was pretty cool.  Then about 3 minutes of seeing them on camera they were coming down the escalator.  We decided to stop at a good Mexican Restaurant on 4th street in South Tucson for a late lunch and early dinner.  It was a long flight and didn’t know how long they were going to be able to stay up.  When we got home we went for a swim in the pool while Lance made Margarita’s in our new Margaritaville machine which were delicious and his recipe was restaurant quality.  Yum!  After that we had a dessert and off to be they went at 7:30 PM.  I don’t think they could have stayed awake any longer.  Welcome to Arizona!