Sunday, January 18, 2015

GEAUX GREENBAY & EASY KING CAKE!

So today I was a cheesehead...meaning I was rooting for Green Bay to beat the pants off of Seattle. Well not literally but you know what I mean! Of course I would much rather be rooting for my Saints but yeah...we won't go there!!! I so would have loved to see GreenBay make it all the way to SuperBowl champs...boooooo Seattle!
We are finally getting some decent weather here, still a little chilly, but sunny and dry for a change! I am sure that will change as the week goes on so enjoy it while you can!

Unlike "most" people, we are not off tomorrow...UGH! It would be nice to have a Monday off but then Tuesday would become Monday..the folks that work with me knows what I mean. To all of you who are off...whatever!


Soon Mardi Gras will be upon us...."throw me something mister" ! I used to love Mardi Gras when I was younger. Rene' and I used to take off for NOLA when he would get off of work and make as many parades as we could...sometimes 3-4 nights in a row! Now you would not catch him near NOLA for Mardi Gras. Me? if there was a bathroom close by...you bet I'd be there. Ahhhh signs of getting old...plotting out where the nearest bathroom is! Last year we did not go to 1 parade...not even local. Can't say I missed it...it was cold and rainy if I remember right. This year...not sure yet!


...the house is finally all de-Christmas-ized and most of it put away. I kind of miss my tree being up. Thought about keeping it up and decorating for each season...Poppa said Ummm no. Thats okay, I'll just keep decorating my mantle.


Have a wonderful week!

20 MINUTE KING CAKE-(AKA KING CAKE MONKEY BREAD)



4 tubes refrigerator biscuits
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups sugar, separated
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup butter
Mix the cinnamon with 3/4 cup sugar. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and roll in sugar cinnamon mix. Layer with nuts in tube pan. Mix 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk and butter in saucepan; bring to boil and pour over the biscuits. Bake at 350 degree F. for 30 minutes or until it looks done.  Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then invert onto a plate.

For the Icing:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Colored sprinkles (purple, green, yellow)
Mix the sugar, cream, and vanilla together. Spread over warm monkey bread. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Serve immediately.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!


Wish I could get excited about the NFL playoffs but without my Saint's in there, it's hard to get motivated! I am happy that Green Bay won today because that used to be my brother's fav team and now my nephew Alex thinks that GB is the best...so we root for GB!!
One of my blogger friends sent out a challenge to list a few of your favorite things....so being I am so totally bored today I decided to take the challenge!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS....

1. My latest new perfume obsession is called Laila..the Essence of Norway. When we went to DisneyWorld in December...we were in Epcot and walked into a shop in Norway and the smell in there was devine. I knew whatever it was, I had to have it...so I bought some. 
It smells heavenly...clean...fresh...pure!

2. I don't know about your skin in this crazy cold weather, but mine has been terrible...dry, flakey...terrible. Someone suggested using this Gold Bond Soothing lotion...I even was able to find it in a fragrance free lotion. It makes your skin so soft and not greasy at all...just soft and supple!
 I use it all over!


3. As for my face...I have used this for quite a while..it exfoliates and leaves your face feeling so clean and soft. Its called Aveeno Positively ageless daily exfoliating cleanser.  
LOVE it!


4. O M G I stumbled upon this Pumpkin Pie flavored Pop-Tart and I can tell you, if you like pumpkin pie, you will love this pop-tart! Its not super sweet but tastes yummy! I know it was a seasonal item, so I kind of stocked up...don't judge!! There was a ginger bread one also but I didn't buy any. 
I had too many Pumpkin Pie ones in my buggy!!!



 5. About 6 months ago I found the best website that sold really cute and different things. I just had to have these measuring cups!!! They had the measuring spoons to match but were out of stock! :-(  Then I happened to find these really cute vintage measuring spoons...so I bought those too! 
Aren't these finds just so darn cute?

 

And last but certainly not least..my most favorite thing in this world!
He has my heart...and Minnie's!

What are some of your favorite things?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 AND FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE


2015 - how in the heck did that happen?

 Seems like we just celebrated 2014! Although 2014 was not a wonderful year, I am still here, waking up each morning...so I am not complaining.

6 things that I did not like about 2014...
1. Way too much family turmoil...broke my heart.
2. Too much drama at work...no teamwork..too much backstabbing!
3. I did not keep my resolution to lose some weight and get healthier...all my own fault.
4. Witnessed some people that I love very much, in so much pain, and not knowing how to help them.
5. Seeing my husband struggle with a broken leg....so hard to keep him in one place!
6. I turned 60 !

I guess that list isn't too bad...

6 thinks I did like about 2014....
1. Seeing my girl happy again with a smile on her face! Thanks Brenan!!
2. Witnessing the magic and mind of a 3 year old and all the sweet things he does!
3. Being able to take not 1 but 2 vacations...to the beach and to Disneyworld!!!
4. Having all my chickies close by...one in my back yard and one 2 streets away!
5. Seeing healing begin in my family...on many levels!
6. I turned 60 with an amazing surprise birthday party!!!!

So I guess bring it on 2015...it can only get better from here on out right? I guess the saying is true..it's all about the attitude! 

What are your wishes for the new year?

If you like fruit cocktail then you will love this cake! Jordan made this for a competition when he was in 4-H many many years ago and won a blue ribbon!!

FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE

 Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) can fruit cocktail
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                           
Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x9 inch square baking pan.                            2.Combine the flour, white sugar, egg, baking soda, vanilla and undrained fruit cocktail. Mix until blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the brown sugar.                           
3.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes or until golden brown and firm.   




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Absence and Pumpkin French Toast


Poor little neglected blog! Shame on me, but I just have not been in the "blogging groove". And its not that I had nothing to blog about because I sure have! But everytime I started to blog, my thoughts were just not in the right place, and it would have come across as whining or complaining...and that is not what I intended this venture to be...so I would start to type...then backspace backspace backspace...delete! Then I was totally bummed because half of my photos on my blog posts are gone....forever! And its all my fault! One night as I was laying in bed on my Ipad, I got this message about syncing photos to all of my devices. Now I am computer savvy enough to know what that means, BUT not thinking, it also meant photos I decided to delete from my Ipad would also delete them from my other devices...hence my blog! I was so pissed off at myself!! So now most of my past blog postings are free of photos!!! I guess all I can do is begin again...and NOT delete photos from one device!
That being said...since I have blogged, my hubby has mended from a broken leg, a cracked tooth and now he has bronchitis! Thats alot to happen in a matter of 8 weeks! And as most of you know, men are terrible patients!!! Yes you are...admit it...you know you are! So I am thrilled that he is doing much better and hopefully will be back at work full time in less than a week!!!
He and I took a short 2 day trip to Natchitoches (in Central La) so he could just check on the job that did him in. His boss told him...take your wife! So I went along, thanks to my boss for letting me off at the last minute. I have never actually been to Natchitoches, just passed thru. It is such a quaint town with brick streets and lots of antique shops lining the streets.We really just rode around since he was not supposed to be walking much...but if you know us, we love to just ride around and site see!


This was our view for dinner...beautiful!

The entire downtown was decorated for fall
 
The colors were amazing

We are planning on going back when he is feeling better so we can visit all of the shops and spend money!
I ALMOST like this place as much as I like Natchez!! ALMOST!



Fall is definitely  here...if you can't tell by the weather you can tell by all of  the
pumpkin recipes on Pinterest!
SO naturally I have to share a pumpkin recipe with you!

Pumpkin French Toast
Yield: About 9 slices
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 9 slices Texas toast (or other white bread such as Challah or French bread)
  • Butter, for griddle

Directions
  • Preheat an electric griddle to 350 degrees (a non-stick skillet set over medium heat also works fine). In a mixing bowl whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger until well combined. Pour into a shallow dish.
  • Butter griddle and dip bread into egg mixture (allowing a few seconds for it to absorb mixture. I also squeeze gently to soak the mixture to center), then rotate and coat opposite side. Transfer to griddle and cook until golden brown on bottom, then lift, butter griddle once more and flip french toast to opposite side and cook until golden brown. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup. 



Sunday, August 3, 2014

30-40 YEARS AGO


If I could talk to myself 30-40 years ago
this is what I would tell myself....
(I borrowed this from a fellow blogger)
1. Basking in the sun with baby oil and iodine sounds like a fabulous idea, especially when you lay out on the roof to maximize it’s effect while skipping school, but 20 years from now you will find freckles, age spots, wrinkles and that huge skin cancer on your back. It will cost you a fortune to remove the age spots and freckles, the wrinkles will not make you look sophisticated, and Botox/Restylene is expensive. Skin cancer can kill you. Please wear sunscreen everyday.

2. The really hot guys who really have no direction in life at 25 will also have no direction in life at 45. If his only ambition is to install
car stereo’s in his momma’s garage, he’s not for you. Stay away from him and all the others like him unless you are prepared to support them for the rest of your life. They will bleed you financially and emotionally the rest of your life.

3. Most of the cool kids in high school that picked on the quiet nerds? Those nerds end up signing their paychecks. I bet Bill Gates loves going to his high school reunion. Those kids that were quiet and studious just learned early that being different is cool. You should try to have their self esteem.

4. Some of those quiet kids in school that no one understood were different because their home life was horrible and they needed you to reach out to them but you were to selfish to realize that. Realize that you are not the center of the universe. Realize that everyone is not as fortunate as you.

5. Being a cheerleader or a beauty queen never really gets you anywhere in life. No one will ever ask you in a job interview if you can do a back handspring. This I promise.

6. Studying and working hard gets you everywhere. There are no shortcuts in life. You may read the Cliff Notes but you still don’t know the whole story.

7. You may not know at 18 what you want to do for the rest of your life and that’s OK…you may not know until you’re 38 or 48 or 58. Sometimes you may never know. The important thing is you know who you are and what you stand for.

8. Not everyone can be doctors or lawyers and that doesn’t make you any lesser than a person. Blue collar workers are the backbone of our country. Not everyone can be great but you can be great at what you do.

9. Pick a career that makes you happy and fulfills you, no matter what the pay. If you enjoy what you do, the money will come.

10. You, yourself are enough. You don’t need someone else to make you happy. If you can’t be happy with yourself, you can’t be happy with someone else.

11. You can’t fix someone else’s problems, so don’t waste your time.

12. Always take time for yourself. Learn to enjoy time alone. Be happy in your solitude. You can be your best company.

13. Always take time for your girlfriends. Don’t flake out on them when a new guy comes along. Don’t forget about them when you get busy with your new baby. You need them and they need you. They will be there for you when your whole world falls apart and you will need them to help you pick up the pieces.

14. Tell the truth, even when it isn’t in your best interest. Even when it means everyone else thinks your crazy…or a bitch…or stupid. You will sleep well at night knowing you did the right thing.

15. Keep your word. Do what you say and mean it.

16. Before you marry you should experience three situations with your significant other:
A. You both should take care of each other during a bout with the stomach virus. Nothing brings out the worse in people than diarrhea and vomiting.
B. Go on vacation and work through a difficult situation like losing your luggage. Knowing how your partner handles the simple stresses in life will give you an idea how he/she will handle your relationship.
C. Let them meet your entire extended family, even the ones that you don’t claim.

17. Learn to laugh at yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously. It really does look funny when you fall down the steps. Laugh and laugh hard.Life is too short to be a stick in the mud.

18. Regrets are a waste of time.

19. Real love is fireworks. If you don’t feel it, it’s not right. Don’t let anyone tell you different and don’t settle.

20. Don’t let fear hold you back.

21. Stop using all that hairspray. You’re really destroying the ozone layer at break neck speed and big hair really doesn’t flatter you anyway.

But most of all, I’ve learned that love, family, friends and health are the cake of your life. The rest are just icing.

And my cake taste great.





Sunday, July 20, 2014

DRAMA AND FRESH FIG CAKE



I read this today on a blog that I follow and BOY did it make sense...especially with all of the drama we face daily via "Facebook"! 
“Their drama is NOT mine to deal with.” 
– Honestly, you can’t save most people from themselves, so don’t get sucked too deep into their drama.  Those who make perpetual chaos of their lives won’t appreciate you interfering with the commotion they’ve created, anyway.  They want your “poor baby” sympathy, but they don’t want to change.  They don’t want their lives fixed by YOU.  They don’t want their problems solved, their emotional addictions and distractions taken away, their stories resolved, or their messes cleaned up.  Because what would they have left?  They don’t know and they aren’t ready to know yet.  And it’s not your job to tell them. --
Pretty powerful words huh? Yeah I thought so too.Oh sure we are all guilty of the infamous postings saying we are aggravated, or angry or sad...and sometimes (most times) we are just venting and maybe looking for a virtual hug...or validation. I am learning that all I can do is offer that virtual hug...say I am here if you need me...and not get sucked too deep into their drama...because God knows, I have enough of my own drama!!!
I hope you are having a blessed Sunday!

OH how figs remind me of my MawMaw!!!That woman could cook up some mean fig preserves. I used to love to sit in her kitchen when she cooked and talk with her....and learn! And after she jarred those preserves, she would toast some bread with a small pat of butter, figs and a cup of coffee milk! 
Comfort food at it's finest!!!!
 I miss those days so much! 
I miss her even more!





Fresh Fig Cake
Ingredients
¾ cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups fig preserves

 Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add milk. With mixer on low, slowly add flour followed by dissolved baking soda. Beat in vanilla. Add fig preserves and beat until just blended. If using a stand mixer, be sure to scrape sides and bottom of bowl to ensure even mixing. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 12 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to one hour. Cake will flatten and pull away from sides of baking dish as it cools. Serve warm with whipped cream. 





Sunday, June 29, 2014

Reflections and Star Spangled Pie

I have followed her blog for a long time and I have always admired her ability to be blatantly honest and truthful, no matter what. You either love her or you don't. Me? I love her and wish I could be more like her...blatantly honest...no matter what. But you see IF I do that, then someone will be hurt and I have this problem with hurting people...even to the point of I'd rather hurt or be hurt instead. Yes I know that is not being true to myself...but it's who I am. The times I have attempted to be honest with my feelings, I ended up so upset for hurting that other person and felt like shit about myself. I guess I truly live up to my nickname my sister gave me...Swiss Miss...you know, like Switzerland...not wanting to take sides...wanting everyone to love me. And in all honesty...its damned hard living up to that also!! Geez what a mess huh?
This morning I read a quote on someone's Facebook page and I have not been able to get it out of my head since....
"IF YOU THINK SOMEONE'S POST IS ABOUT YOU
TRUTH IS IT PROBABLY ISN'T, BUT YOU PROBABLY SEE YOURSELF IN IT.
SUGGESTION: DON'T GET UPSET WITH THE MIRROR...
FIX THE REFLECTION"
Powerful words huh? 
So I will work on fixing the reflection and pray that I can accomplish that. 
Being true to myself...so I can love ME!
Thank you G for being my inspiration.


STAR SPANGLED PIE



INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups Keebler® Chips Deluxe® Rainbow Bite Size cookies
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened*
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
1 Keebler® Ready Crust® Graham Pie Crust
Red, white and blue sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

1. Chop cookies. Set aside.

2. In small mixing bowl beat cream cheese on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and lemon juice. Beat until combined. Fold in cookies and whipped topping. 3. Spread in crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set. Garnish with sprinkles. Store in refrigerator.

*NOTE: Soften cream cheese in microwave at high for 15 to 20 seconds. - See more at: http://www.snackpicks.com/en_US/recipes/details/star-spangled-pie.html#sthash.BzaeYXbx.dpuf

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups Keebler® Chips Deluxe® Rainbow Bite Size cookies
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened*
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
1 Keebler® Ready Crust® Graham Pie Crust
Red, white and blue sprinkles - See more at: http://www.snackpicks.com/en_US/recipes/details/star-spangled-pie.html#sthash.BzaeYXbx.dpuf

 INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups Keebler® Chips Deluxe® Rainbow Bite Size cookies
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened*
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
1 Keebler® Ready Crust® Graham Pie Crust
 Red, white and blue sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

1. Chop cookies. Set aside.

2. In small mixing bowl beat cream cheese on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and lemon juice. Beat until combined. Fold in cookies and whipped topping. 3. Spread in crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set. Garnish with sprinkles. Store in refrigerator.

*NOTE: Soften cream cheese in microwave at high for 15 to 20 seconds.    



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INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups Keebler® Chips Deluxe® Rainbow Bite Size cookies
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened*
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
1 Keebler® Ready Crust® Graham Pie Crust
Red, white and blue sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

1. Chop cookies. Set aside.

2. In small mixing bowl beat cream cheese on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and lemon juice. Beat until combined. Fold in cookies and whipped topping. 3. Spread in crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set. Garnish with sprinkles. Store in refrigerator.

*NOTE: Soften cream cheese in microwave at high for 15 to 20 seconds. - See more at: http://www.snackpicks.com/en_US/recipes/details/star-spangled-pie.html#sthash.BzaeYXbx.dpuf