Monday, June 27, 2016

Dreamsicle Cake and 4 years of blogging

Life has been so hectic until I totally missed my own blogiversary. Yep, the anniversary of my blog. It was on June 18th, four years, and I missed it! I realized it a few days after the fact but have been busy and wanted to have a moment to think and consider just exactly WHAT I was going to do for it.

Of course I knew cake would be involved and a walk down memory lane. In the four years since I started this blog a lot has happened.
My youngest son graduated from high school, went to college, left college, got engaged, join the Air Force, got married and became a dad. My middle son graduated from Paul Mitchell, moved from NC to GA and back to NC. He has changed career thoughts several times and is considering school again. My oldest son got married, had a near death accident and started a new job.

So as you can tell, I went from a full house to an empty nest. I moved from NC to GA, got divorced after 25 years of marriage and moved back to NC. I was reunited with my high school crush and we have spent the last 18 months enjoying life and love. I went from an empty nest to a full house again and now full circle, empty again. Being divorced meant having to take care of myself, I started college and went to work. There have been way to many health scares in the last 8 months and it seems they are not over but I'm confident that all will be well.
This blog went from a place to drop by recipes for family and friends to product reviews, writing challenges, fattening decadent foods to clean eating and back again. You have watched me grow, learn and change. There was a lot of pressure on me to "make money" and blogging lost it's draw, fun. I barely posted anything for about 8 months due to living with my mom and now I'm back to posting 2-3 times a week AND for fun!

In the beginning I did not understand scheduling and spreading out my post. Funny I look back and see I posted 2-4 recipes at a time on one post. I've considering going back and separating them but I like it, it shows growth and change.

Curious? Here is my first ever post HERE, this post has the most views of any thing I've ever done! HERE over 53,000 views!

My blogiversary cake...Dreamsicle Cake was FAN Freakin'Tastic! And you can have it too!:
Dreamsicle Cake
Duncan Hines orange supreme cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup concentrated frozen orange juice,thawed
3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 box cheesecake flavored instant pudding mix
In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and then slowly add the wet ingredients. I mix those together in a separate bowl and then pour in. Mix batter until nice and smooth and thick. Pour into a greased bundt pan or two 9 inch round. Bake at 350 degrees until done, about 35 minutes depending on your oven. Follow the cake mix box instructions for time and temperature if using a different size pan.
Frosting:
Betty Crocker whipped cream frosting in a can (yes I did) and 2 TBSP OJ concentrate, mix well and put into a zip top bag. Squeeze out the air and snip the corner off. Squirt over cooled cake, as much or as little as you want. I went a little crazy. 

If you're new, I participate in several writing challenges, a Crazy Ingredient Challenge, poetry group post, a "blog with friends" once a month and several times a year there is a Progressive Story group that I am honored to be part of.

I have lost some of the dearest members of my family and gained 3 grandbabies. In life there is death and in birth there is promise. I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me and that you will continue to stop by. Thank you to all my wonderful friends, family and blog community! I love you all <3

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The boy, a recipe and FF post

I have a delicious new recipe! Baked not fried so it's less fattening. It is really very simple to do and I absolutely loved it. You can leave off the creamy sauce if you want to drop some calories but you will miss out on a ton of flavor.

Crispy Cheesy Chicken
1/2 cup milk, I used almond milk
1 TBSP parsley flakes 
1 -2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
Stir well in a bowl or shallow plate for dipping

Second bowl or plate, have 1/2 - 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Third plate, 1 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheese

3 large boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-3 pieces
Dip in the milk, then the crumbs, milk and then cheese. Place in a baking dish. I sprinkled the cheese on top that did not stick.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the interior of the meat reads at least 165 degrees. It's not a good idea to eat raw chicken.

While the chicken is baking prepare the sauce:
1 can low sodium reduced fat cream of chicken soup
2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP sour cream
fresh cracked black pepper
Place these ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer while the chicken is cooking. Serve over the chicken, pasta, rice or potatoes.


Funny Friday, June 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 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy (http://dinoheromommy.com/)
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1. No mommy a tornado did NOT go through this room, you're so silly.


2. I leave the room for 2 minutes! 2, count them TWO minutes AND he manages to do this?!


3. But mommy, you said "Keep yourself busy... I did"


4. What? he says... mom walks out of the room, shaking her head and muttering to herself.


5. THIS yes THIS is why I said ONE kid when we had a boy! Mom sends the text and photo to Dad at work. He opens his phone and ROTFL his staff looks at him like he's lost his mind. Then he shares the photo. The men laugh, the single girls gasp, the moms pass out and say a prayer for their fellow mom at home.


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
http://dinoheromommy.com/                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                Not That Sarah Michelle
http://www.southernbellecharm.com                Southern Belle Charm
http://mybrainonkids.net                                  My Brain on Kids
         Baking In A Tornado
http://mollyritterbeck.com/                                Molly Ritterbeck


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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Wackiest Chocolate Cake Ever #CIC

Hey everybody, sorry I've been MIA for the CIC  but life has been crazy. I hope this post makes it up in time, as I am preparing this less than 4 hours from posting. Nothing like cutting it close!

This month for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge our ingredients are Blueberries AND Spinach! Now for me, I use those two thing in smoothies ALL the time and in salads but I need to 'challenge' myself. My thought was, I can use black beans in brownies so why not blueberries in chocolate cake? Sounds totally logical right?

W is not a big fan of chocolate and if he finds out there are blueberries and spinach in it, NO WAY he will eat it.

A handful of spinach, I buy organic baby spinach and freeze it to put in my smoothies. So I grabbed a handful out of the freezer.

1/2 cup fresh blueberries (they are in season here right now and the Blueberry festival is this weekend!)
3 TBSP dark chocolate baking cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
5 TBSP oil
1 cup water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 baking dish. Mix your dry ingredients together and pour into the pan. Now add your wet ingredients. Mix well. Lastly stir in your spinach and blueberry puree. Bake for 35 minutes.

Frosting
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup baking cocoa
Add all ingredients into a bowl and whip until creamy. Spread on cooled cake.
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