Our first attempt at a cooking vlog….

The video on our YouTube channel will speak for itself. We are very new at this and there is some unexpected comedy and you can tell we are definitely from the south! We really enjoyed ourselves, the food was great and we had a lot of fun doing it.

Thanks to Morgan Langley (Deb’s youngest) for editing our video.

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A wonderful night of reminiscing our youth.

Three Girls Travel minus one makes for a sad time for the other two. We missed Lee very much for this outing which was to be a triple date with our husbands to go to the Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor concert. We had the tickets so Debbie, Claire, Cathy and Chuck represented Three Girls Travel. Hoping Lee gets better really soon.

The evening began with Cathy, Chuck and Claire picking Deb up at work. Chuck drove us to Longhorn Steak House. The meal was wonderful but we were still missing our third girl!

After dinner we headed over the Verizon Arena for the concert. We found our seats and waited on the show. We put Chuck in charge of a group picture.

Bonnie Raitt was first and James Taylor actually came out to introduced her. His introduction was of an “entertainer extraordinaire” and “funky as a dead dog on the pavement in 105 degree weather.” She was indeed the entertainer! She was sent to get the crowd ready for James but she is a concert in and of herself. Fabulous!!

Then for the main attraction, James Taylor, the man that sang so many of our teenage and young adult life favorites on the radio and for whom many, many numbers of girls in the 70’s had crushes (we may have been some of those) was live, in front of us, singing those very songs as well as some new ones. His level of entertainment does not come around very often. His banter with the people in his band and the people in the audience is astounding.

He sang song after song and told stories about some which gave us a new love for them. We found that the song “Sweet Baby James” was written for his baby nephew who was named after him. He wrote the song on his way to visit him for the very first time. It was a very touching story and makes the song even more special.

As the night came to an end, after James singing for over two hours including four encores, we felt satisfied that we had heard all of our favorites. We missed Lee terribly and wished she could have been with us. James Taylor is a class act. If he ever comes close again, you better believe that Three Girls Travel will be sitting in the audience singing along.

You just call out my name

And you know wherever I am

I’ll come running, to see you again

Winter, spring, summer or fall

All you have to do is call

And I’ll be there…..You’ve got a friend.

Time with girlfriends can do you good!

We recently read a story in the “Southern Living” magazine about a scientific study which states that an occasional mini-break with your friends is very beneficial to your health.

The article states that is has been proven that friendship can extend life expectancy, lower the chances of heart disease, and even help us better tolerate pain. In the study, psychologists were able to predict the size of someone’s social network based on how much pain they were able to withstand. Friends also make us feel good. In 2016, researchers found evidence that hanging out with friends can increase production of Oxytocin, the hormone that our bodies make when we’re happy.

Another study from Harvard found people who don’t have strong friendships tend to be more depressed, have later-life cognitive decline, and were even more likely to die at a younger age.

A study of 309.000 people found that a lack of strong social ties increased the risk of premature death from all causes by 50%, which was about the same effect as smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day. A 2012 study found that the risk of dementia was increased depending on how lonely people felt.

SO….. having friendships and being around friends is scientifically good for your health. Keep a few really good friends around because it could make a world of difference for your health and well being. Invest in your friendships and take some time to do things. It’s contagious and you’ll want to do again and again. Just get some friends together over dinner, clear your schedule and start planning a trip or weekend get away … for your health!

Another wonderful Murry’s Dinner Playhouse night.

The show was the “Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

The show and food were very good (as usual.) Even if you are on a low-carb diet there are plenty for choices on the buffet.

Most of all…. we just love going to Murry’s together.

Shopping for King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Everybody knows you have shop before you cook…. so off we go to the grocery store.

We met up at Super 1 Foods with our ingredient list in hand. We got everything we needed for our recipe and in fact got the very last lone rotisserie chicken.

Then we made our way to the check out. Our total came to $26.22 for the ingredients. We’re ready to cook!