Friday, May 27, 2016

Strawberry Lime Daiquiri Cake - FF and It's A Heat Wave

So much has been going on. Potato May just turned 18 and on June 11th he will
graduate. Hard to believe but it's true. Last year I asked him what type of cake he wanted and I made him a strawberry cake with fresh whipped banana frosting topped with silver glitter edible sprinkles and animal print candles. Yes, he is a little "far out" and absolutely loved it. This year he said he still wanted strawberry but not sure what else. So, I made him a strawberry lime daiquiri cake with lime fluffy frosting. I went a little crazy on the frosting but DANG it was good!! Potato May LOVED it and you'll see in the second photo, he was smelling it. He's so funny, he will smell stuff before eating it. While I'm cooking he drives me nuts, he always come in and wants to know if he can open the lid and smell.
If you've been around long, you'll be wondering just what in the Sam Hill has gotten into me? I know, seems like everything I've baked lately has had alcohol in it. Oh well, it's been REALLY good! Thankfully like the amaretto coke chocolate cake, W loved this one too. I'm on a roll.
Strawberry Lime Daiquiri Cake
1 box - Duncan Hines while cake mix
10 oz Strawberry Daiquiri Seagrams cooler
5-6 fresh strawberries, pureed
eggs, oil according to the box
1 lime, juiced and zested
1 can whipped cream white fluffy frosting
Prepare the cake according to the box,except adding the wine cooler instead of water, add the lime zest,also puree the strawberries and add in. Spray a bundt pan and pour the batter in, bake for the allotted time. Allow the cake to cool and invert onto a cake pan. Take the frosting out of the can and stir in the lime juice. Place into a zip top bag and clip the end, squeeze over the cake.
Funny Friday, May 2016
Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Jules at The Bergham’s Life Chronicles (
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1. We're having a heat wave folks! People are doing whatever necessary to stay cool, said the weatherman showing a cute photo sent in by a viewer.
2. Watch my dive mommy!
3. "Hey Whit, why don't you pour the water on your head?" Said her mommy. "Okay" then she plopped her head IN the bucket.
4. TA DA I can stand on my head in the water mommy!
5. NO it is NOT for the rubber ducky! It is for my head!
Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:                Not That Sarah Michelle                Southern Belle Charm                                  My Brain on Kids          Someone Else’s Genius
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Cookie Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting AND FOTW May

It's that time... Fly On The Wall. Yep, you get a peek into my life, home and activities. Plus if you scroll down you can peek into the lives of my blogging friends who are participating in this.
Let's start.....

Well my honey found my blog. I guess my hinting and commenting that he had not read any of it got to him. AND what post was up when he found it?? Yep, Fly On The Wall. Oh dear. My own fault. He said "WHY would you write about THAT??" I said, "why not it was funny." He shakes his head and walks off. Hmm 
may be the last time he reads it.

Look at these babies! Cookies! Cupcakes! Chocolate oh my!
We are driving down the road and W is talking about something, gives an example and I said "oh like..." and he looks at me all weird. I said "what". He says "Man I love you but you are so strange some times". I laughed, "yep and now that you know it, it's too late to back out". LOL now he's really shaking his head.

Super Easy Recipe!
1 pkg M&M Chocolate Chip cookies
1 yellow cake mix, butter
1 container of buttercream frosting
ingredients for the cake mix
cupcake liners
baking spray
muffin tin, 12
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Place the liners in the muffin tin, spray with baking spray (yes the liners) and drop a cookie in the bottom. Now take the remaining cookies and crush by hand or with a food processor. Prepare you cake mix according to the directions. Next add the crushed cookies. Now pour over the cookie. Bake for the time listed on the box for cupcakes. Allow to cool and frost.
YES I used "prepackaged" ingredients because I was in the mood for sweets and just didn't feel like baking cookies for the cupcakes first, so I used a mix as well. Lazy I know but they were REALLY good!

WOOT WOOT Potato May brought up his grades! His progress report last time was 53, 84, 78, 90. This time it is 84, 88, 85, 97. That's right! He CAN do this, he's just lazy. Sorry kid if you're reading this, you know it's true.

Last month Karen shared that she was almost in an accident due to trying to take a photo of a lady driving and brushing her teeth. Well, the very day that I read that, I had brushed my teeth while driving on the way to work. I know, it's crazy, the first time I've ever done that but it was easy and not distracting. This is what I used...
LMSP Little Miss Sassy Pants aka my grand daughter seems to think she is part spider these days. My DIL sends me this photo and says "I do not see this ending well."
My daughter in law posted on FB:
LMSP: What are you making?
DIL: Daddy's lunch!
LMSP: Why? Can't HE make it?
DIL: well yes, BUT, I love him, so I prepare it for him. Just like I make your food, cause I love you!
LMSP: (very matter-of-fact) Um, that's different cause I can't cook! (hand on hips)
LMSP is growing up fast. She has 2 bottom permanent teeth and now she is missing two top teeth!
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Juicebox Confession                                     
Menopausal Mother                                   
Spatulas on Parade                                 
Searching for Sanity                                 
Never Ever Give Up Hope                           
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                    
Southern Belle Charm                                
My Brain on Kids                  
This is what Potato May does in class. His explanation is: he doesn't need the class to graduate, he's the smartest one in the class to include the teacher and he was bored. sigh...
Potato May is graduating in June and has been working on several senior projects. With all the school work, it has increased his appetite. Yes my cupboards are bare.
I was visiting my uncle and his speech therapist came by, she worked with him for over an hour. He was so funny. My aunt and I sat in the living room while they sat in the dining room. He would say words and we had to repeat what he said. During the therapy time he got frustrated and if my aunt said a word that was not correct he would stick his tongue out at her, she could not see him but I could. I was laughing.
When I went to leave he said " Dawn needs to leave cause since she got here I've been hot" I started laughing , my aunt said "REALLY?! So do you want me to leave and her to stay?" He looked at her funny and said "No you stay, she can go". We were all laughing.
Back story, my uncle (they have been married 5 years together 15) said to me MANY times, if I met you first and was 20 years younger...
He's not my type. LOL but I do love the man and we've had many good laughs.

Potato May comes in the room and says "isn't this cute. I'm reading a book and the little girl calls it "hot spice" but I'm not sure what it is. When the nurse goes to see the dying. I said "You mean, hospice?" He says "yeah, that's it. I like Hot Spice better," walks back out.

Mother's Day I'm at my moms and LMSP says,
"Let me put on my Doc McStuffin coat and then you tell me what hurts so I can give you a eye pill"
I said "a what?"
She says , "an eye pill, you know I stick a needle in your arm and you are all better."
I said "a shot?"
My DIL says "she means an IV"

ROTFL Oh okay!
LMSP eye rolling says, " I gave Daddy one earlier and it fixed his brain"
I said, "Girl if you can fix the male brain with an IV you will be rich!"
She says "huh?"
We all laugh, well, except my son and he says "Oh  ha ha funny ladies."
I smiled and said "Thank you."

LMSP goes into the bedroom and comes out, hands behind her back snickering. I said "whatcha doing?" she smiles, "I got you this. She hands me some gold plastic beads and a sea shell. I said, "oh thank you, did you go to the beach?" She looks at me, shakes her head and said "NO I was in the BED ROOOM Silly". Good grief! This child.
Then very sweetly she whispers, "I'm a kid, got no money or job, so I got these from the room to give you for Mother's Day." OMGosh...okay after that I can deal with her sarcasm!

I had just finished dinner and W was asking about food. I needed to heat up the veggies and then we'd eat. The exchange went like this:
Me:As soon as the peas and corn heat up we'll eat.
W:WTF ? As soon as he pees in the floor and heats up we'll eat.
Me: WHAT? NO NO as soon as the PEAS AND CORN heat up we'll eat.
W: OH, good cause the other WAS NOT appealing.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lemon Garlic Rosemary Chicken Bake with capers and potatoes

I'm trying so hard to make delicious low cal and low fat recipes that W will eat. This is a trick considering he likes, no loves, no demands (in a nice way) wings, pizza, burgers, spaghetti, rice, potatoes, fries or mac 'n' cheese. I see that look on your face, you're saying "what no veggies?" unless it is corn or collard greens, no veggies. Oh and corn is a starch, not a vegetable.
Thankfully Potato May will eat almost anything. So I have to prepare myself salads on a regular basis and I do prepare other vegetables for us. I will also prepare something for myself when they are out and I KNOW they won't eat it. Like a nice piece of salmon and some citrus slaw for example.

Surprisingly W ate this, after he scraped off the capers (because they are "green") LOL but the chicken and potatoes were deliciously packed with flavor.

Easy recipe:
roasting pan
cooking spray or a tsp of coconut oil to rub over the pan
4 legs
4 thighs
a small jar of capers, drained
a lemon, 2 slices, juice the halves
4-6 medium red potatoes cut into chunks
10 fresh cloves crushed garlic
2 TBSP rosemary
fresh cracked black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, capers, s slices of lemon, garlic, rosemary and pepper do this is a large bowl or gallon zip top bag, add in the chicken and mix well. Rub to coat.
Dump on the greased roasting pan, toss in the potatoes and bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve with fresh baked bread or rolls and a nice salad.
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