Friday, December 30, 2016

FF December

Can you believe that it is the end of 2016? Another year has flown by and we are preparing for the new year. Any plans? I'll be resting, I hope and praying for good things to come in 2017. Thank you to all my faithful readers for your support and to my new followers, welcome.

Funny Friday, December 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 Candice of Measurements of Merriment (http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com)
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1. ooh MOM, I'm too tired to go play outside after putting on all these clothes.
2. Dang it, NOW I need to go pee...

3. ugh what do you mean it stopped snowing?

4. Mom looking for her purse, walks in and finds this...the child got tired of waiting. LOL

5. After a rousing game of snowball fighting, this little one walked in and quickly passed out.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/     The Bergham Chronicles
http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com     Measurements of Merriment
http://dinoheromommy.com/                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                Not That Sarah Michelle
http://www.southernbellecharm.com                Southern Belle Charm
http://www.BakingInATornado.com          Baking In A Tornado

Friday, December 23, 2016

Black Forrest Ham and Gouda Sliders: FOTW December 2016

Today is my middle son's 25th birthday!! Happy Birthday Jesse!! Jesse loves dessert and he loves bread. On Sunday he was off work so I decided to make him something he would enjoy. Sliders! A simple quick easy recipe that is perfect for lunch, parties, football days or just because.
Scroll down for recipe:

Here is Jesse with his niece, my baby's baby! We FINALLY got to see her and had the best time! Look at those smiles.
Black Forrest Ham and Gouda Sliders
1 pkg Hawaiian sweet rolls
6 slices of Gouda
9 oz Black Forrest ham
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Paprika
Parsley flakes
2 TBSP melted Butter
sprinkle Poppy seed
Slice the rolls in half like a bun keeping all 12 intact. Sprinkle with garlic, paprika and onion powder. Next lay out half the ham, top with cheese and add the remaining ham and top with more cheese. Brush the top of the rolls with melted butter and parsley. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Slice/cut the squares and serve.
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 8 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:
Baking In A Tornado                   http://www.bakinginatornado.com/
Menopausal Mother                    http://www.menopausalmom.com/                        
Searching for Sanity                    http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                       
Never Ever Give Up Hope             http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy         http://dinoheromommy.com/                    
Southern Belle Charm                   http://www.southernbellecharm.com
A Little Piece of Peace                   http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com 
Go Mama O                                 gomamao.com

There is a very sweet hard working young lady that I pick up on cold or rainy mornings. I take her son to daycare and then drop her at work. He is the sweetest, politest little thing. I just love little Brenden so much. She has done an incredible job with him and his sister. She is a young, struggling, single mom trying her best. One afternoon we picked him up from daycare, after I had picked her up from WalMart. He crawled in the car and saw the shopping bags. All excited he said "OH MOMMY did you buy new food for me, you and Kria?! She said yes and he said "OH THANK YOU MOMMY, I love you so much!
He was so excited for food and appreciative, it just broke my heart.
Each day he tells me what he did at daycare and about the other kids. Each Thursday he is excited because it's show and tell day. He doesn't have much but he thinks he does. He is always super excited to show his friends whatever it is he is bringing.
These are the days I am sad and wishing I had disposable income. I would so take this precious little guy to the store.
One afternoon after waiting for over an hour, filling out paperwork and answering questions so that I could pick up a client on a secure military base, the gentleman in charge said to me "I just want to commend you on your attitude. Folks come in here without the documents they need and demand attention and entrance within seconds. You had everything you needed and had to wait over an hour. Never once did I see you get mad or treat anyone rudely. I want to thank you." It warmed my heart but I said to him "What good would it have done except to ruin your day and mine?" He said you're right but folks just don't think that way.
He's right. Everyone is in a hurry and thinks they are the ONLY person who needs help. We need more calm tranquil moments.

Watching Sunday night football and a player says "hmm smell that, that's the up smell" .
A reporter says "What's up?"
The player laughs and says "good, what's up wich you?"
Everyone laughs

Watching TV with my mom and (it's a reality show) the man's daughter has him at the gym. 
Daughter: when was the last time you worked out Dad?
Dad: honey the last time I worked out was with Olivia Newton John
Later in the show, he's about to fall out and says "It's hotter than satan's ball sack in here"
OMG I was about to fall out!!!!

I was driving a lady to another airport, a little over an hour away, she is on the phone with her husband. She says "oh stop talking I have to go, you are distracting the driving". I looked at her after she hung up, I said I was fine, she said "it's okay I didn't want to talk to him anymore" I didn't mean to but I cracked up.

I spent 8 days with 2 of my boys who had not seen each other in 3 years. I also got to finally meet my youngest granddaughter who turned 9 months on her Daddy's 23 birthday. What a blast!! She is a precious little thing who is so happy and laughs all the time.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Banana Pudding CAKE

A few days ago W posted on my FB page. A photo of a cake, banana pudding cake. But it had no recipe. I did an internet search and found dozens of recipes. From simple to extravagant, light to decadent but none looked like the photo, and let's be honest, my cakes  are DELICIOUS but rarely are they beautiful. I'm not a decorator when it comes to cakes and I'm okay with that. 
My grandmother always said that the uglier a cake was, the better it tasted. Well I can attest to this, because when I've had some UGLY cakes, they've tasted FANtastic.
So...I found a recipe that I liked the most and tweaked it. You knew that was coming, right? Plus I didn't want to spend HOURS working on this one cake. I did actually spend about 2 1/2 hours but let me tell you, it was worth EVERY minute!
Now this is a perfect cake for summer picnics, church dinners, Sunday dinner, holidays or just because!
Banana Pudding CAKE
1 yellow cake mix
1 box banana cream pie instant pudding mix
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup water
In a mixing bowl add the cake mix, water, oil, milk and eggs. Once it is mixed well, add the pudding package. Stir well.
Pour into 2 greased 8 inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes. (depending on your oven)
Pop the cakes out of the pans and brush with a mixture of :
1 TBSP evaporated milk
1 TBSP sweetened condensed milk

Slice a banana and lay the slices on each layer.

Mix a box of banana cream pie instant pudding, 1 1/4 cups milk and whisk well. Next stir in 1 oz ounce container of cool whip. Spread this over the banana layered cake, top with the second layer. Cover the second layer with milk mix, bananas and pudding mixture.
Allow this to set and cover with cool whip, top and sides. On the top add crushed Nilla wafers, about 15. Then around the sides add whole wafers. Place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight IF you can wait that long!

ENJOY!!

This cake is decadent, light,fluffy, sweet and oh man slap yo momma good! So warn her! My Daddy loved my banana pudding and he would have loved this cake.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas with Pearl and William: UYW December 16

I decied to write a small chapter in the lives of Pearl and William for today's post. If you scroll down you will find links to all the bloggers participating and at the end you'll find my story.

But first let me share this simple, delicious and frugal dish with you. W loves burgers and especially cheeseburgers. It was cold and why not turn that dish into a soup? Well, seems that cheeseburger soup is a big deal at different restaurants. Who knew? Not me. My friend Eva was saying she had "the best" cheeseburger soup. Eva honey I hope you like this one and that it is as easy as it is delicous!
Cheeseburger Soup
Frugality at it's finest! Plus it's comfort food at it's best.

Leftover potato soup - approximately 6 cups
1/2 lb lean ground beef
4 oz velvetta cheese
4 oz sharp cheddar shredded
paprika, onion powder and a dash of chili powder
water 2 cups
optional:

crutons or toasted hamburger bun diced

Brown the beef in a pan with spices, drain if needed. Add to the potato soup, stir well and add water. Heat through and then add the cheese. Allow to simmer about 15 minutes and serve. Simple and delicious. Very filling as well.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Southern Belle Charm          http://www.southernbellecharm.com                     
Not That Sarah Michelle  http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                   
The Bergham Chronicles                 http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                   http://dinoheromommy.com/ 
Simply Shannon                                     http://mybrainonkids.net   
Confessions of a part time working mom http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/  
On the Border                                 http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/  
Climaxed                                        http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com     
Your words are: freezing ~ house ~ wring ~ pine ~ heavy ~ floor
They were submitted by: http://Bakinginatornado.com      

Standing in front of the window, gazing out upon the freshly fallen snow, Pearl could see the house beyond the trees. The house of her cousin Sarah and her wunderful gut husband Abe. Pearl could hardly believe she had been here for 10 years now. So much had happened since she took the leap of faith to come help her cousin with the new babe. That babe now almost a teenager. How time moves ahead no matter how we try to hold it back.

She shivered, the heavy pine floor creaked as she tiptoed across to add another log to the fire. It was below freezing outside but the house was sturdy and would heat up in no time. Yes, a sturdy house, like their lives. It had weathered a lot of storms but stood firm because it had a solid foundation. Like their lives.

After placing the log on the fire, Pearl gracefully waddled over to the sink, took the rag out of the water. She had to wring it out and wipe her hands. The soot would not brush off like dust. 

William walked in and stood fixated with the sight of his pregnant wife at the sink. The pride he felt was overwhelming, like the love they shared. He was such a blessed man. Five healthy children and another on the way. A full quiver is the inheritance of a faithful man.

He signed and she turned. Their eyes met and the love burned, they both smiled and he crossed the room, took her in his arms and in the light of day right in the kitchen kissed her full on the lips. She giggled, swatted at him and the snuggled against his shoulder. Yes, the blissful moments alone, silent just holding one another,...well that didn't last long. They heard shuffling of feet and giggles.

Turning they saw their children standing before the Christmas tree, sleepy eyes, messy hair, yawning and smiling. These were the moments they lived for. A house full of love and soon chaos as Sarah and Abe's brood would join them for the afternoon meal. But he wouldn't change a thing, neither would Pearl.

The stockings were hung by the chimney and each held a treat. Times were tough, money was lean but they were blessed and the children were appreciative of any little thing. A stick of candy, an apple, an orange, a handful of nuts and a new pencil. They were delighted and let out squeals but the best was yet come.

William walked to the tree and picked up each package and read the childs name. That child would step forward and receive their gift. The others would wait patiently while they opened their gift. 

First would be Hanna and Thomas the twins, then William Jr, Katherine and lastly Jacob. Hanna received a lovely handmade by her mother and embroidered by her Cousin Sarah. She beamed with pride, she was growing into a lovely young woman and loved to cook. Thomas was given work gloves to protect his hands from the harsh winter winds and the splinters that caused him daily grief. Will was overjoyed with a pair of gloves as well. Katherine being 6 was given a handmade doll and being only 3 little Jacob received a toy truck.

The children said "Now it's time for Ma to have her gift" they were absolutely beside themselves. How they had kept the secret this long was a miracle, but William was ever so proud they had.

Pearl said "oh but William we agreed no gifts for us." she blushed but was so happy. He handed her the small package. Inside held a treasure that made her cry and fill with emotion. It was her parents bible with all the family history inside. Having lost them in a wagon/car accident earlier in the year her emotions were still raw. In the Bible was a note from her siblings each wishing her a Merry Christmas. THIS was the greatest gift she could have ever imagined.

She stood and walked to the room, William was a little confused but decided to wait for her return. She came out carrying a bulky scarf that was clearly wrapped around something large. He went to her and she held it out before her. Gently William took the scarf and unwrapped a new tool belt. It was hand crafted, leather and he was stunned.
How? When? Pearl just smiled. And for the second time that day, he took her in his arms and kissed her in front of the children who all cheered.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sweet Chili Pistachio Toffe and Tis' the Season for Giving: Poetry

Tis' the season for giving, the Christmas season. In years past I have spent endless hours baking, mixing, and creating goodies to give friends and family. Last year I did not or was not able, nor did I the year before. BUT...this year I've already started. Oh yes, two days after returning from my Texas trip I started coming up with ideas. This is one of those ideas. It turned out great! 
I made a small batch for a tester and it was such a big hit that I will be making several big batches. All you'll need to do is double the recipe.
You could use whatever type of nut you wanted or none at all. I thought I had purchased regular pistachios but upon taking them out of the bag at home I realized they were "sweet chili" and thought oh yes, this will make the recipe "kick". I love the sweet and spicy combo almost as much as sweet and salty.
Sweet Chili Pistachio Toffee
1 sleeve of honey graham crackers
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Cook on medium heat in a non stick sauce pan and stir constantly. Simmer about 20 minutes or until it thickens and turns a beautiful golden brown/tan toffee color. In a 8x8 pan, spray with a baking spray and lay a single layer of graham crackers down. Pour the mixture on top and sprinkle with mini chocolate chip morsels, they will melt, spread and sprinkle cracked pistachios on top. Set in the freezer for 15 minutes and then break into pieces. Store in an air tight container. ENJOY
This post is part of the monthly poetry group posting. Be sure to scroll down and visit all the other participating bloggers. 

Tis the season for giving
I don't really need a reason.
To give is greater than receiving,
to see a smile on the faces
of those I care for is a blessing.
Toys for toddlers,
music for teens,
gift cards for the hard ones in between.
Sweets and treats to young and old,
cards sent out to family abroad.
Kisses under the mistletoe,
hot cocoa by the fire.
Decorating the tree,
hanging stockings with care,
in hopes that Old Saint Nick
might still care!
Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
whatever you want
be kind and loving
peace on Earth
the giving spirit
THAT is what I'd like to have.

G - gifts
I - in abundance
V - vibrant colored lights
I - incense, frankincense and mirth
N - Noel
G - Good tidings of cheer
The Esscence of Giving   Karen of Baking In A Tornado
Giving Wrapped  Diane of On The Border
Giving And More Giving Lydia of Clutter Genius

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bacon and Potato Soup

I returned home on Wednesday evening, late much later than I wanted, and on Friday I made a big pot of homemade potato soup. Now here's the crazy thing. I sent W a text and asked him what he wanted for supper. I gave a suggestion and his reply was "how about soup or chili and grilled cheese. It's cold" I thought WHAT??? Since when do you eat soup? Plus he doesn't eat vegetables what type of soup could I possibly fix?

OH YES potato, he loves potatoes. So I asked "what about potato soup?" and he agreed.

I love potato soup and what better way to fix it than to load it up. Potatoes, bacon, cheese oh my!

Thankfully he loved the soup and of course my son did as well. Stay tuned later this week and see what I did with the leftovers!! OH MAN you're going to love it I promise.
Bacon and Potato Soup
2-3 lbs of yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
8 oz bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
8 oz heavy cream
1/2 stick butter
garlic powder
onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
parsley flakes 1 TBSP
1 cup whole milk
32 oz chicken broth
2-3 cups of water

In a large pot place the butter and diced potatoes in. Add the spices and stir around for 10 minutes then add the broth and water. Allow to cook for 20-30 minutes. When the potatoes are done, mash them partially but not completely. In a bowl add the cream and a ladle of soup to temper the cream, stir and add another ladle then pour in to the pot. Do the same with the milk. Stir in the bacon and allow the soup to simmer for another 10 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and green onion if desired.

Friday, December 9, 2016

What Dreams Are Made Of: SSS December2016

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                    http://www.BakingInATornado.com                         
 Not That Sarah Michelle            http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com 
The Bergham Chronicles            http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com                        
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver     http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html
The Lieber Family Blog                 http://thelieberfamily.com   
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy        http://dinoheromommy.com/  
Never Ever Give Up Hope              http://batteredhope.blogspot.com    
Simply Shannon                         http://mybrainonkids.net 
A Little Piece of Peace                   http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com
Confessions of a part time working mom     http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
The Angrivated Mom Blog                   http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com/ 
Climaxed                                                   http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com 

Your “Secret Subject” is:
What would you do with yourself if life handed you a free pass and you could do anything you wanted without consequence or financial obligation?
It was submitted by: http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com/   
Oh my...I think I'd be a multi-talented actress, singer, writer and world traveler. Why? Because if you know me, you know I have a hard time choosing just one thing.
I love to write and when I was growing up I wanted to be a singer or famous fashion designer. Yes I had dreams of designing the new concert outfits for KISS, more importantly Paul Stanley. He would fall in love with me and that would be that.
As a writer I would travel the world for inspiration and locations for my next big hit.
At dinner parties they would beg me to sing and share stories of my travels.
Yes, I'm a dreamer but if you're going to do it, do it right.
For award shows, banquets and dinners at the White House I would design and create exquisite gowns that would land me on the cover of every magazine and red carpet event.

Now on to reality. All of the above is a dream belonging to a selfish young girl. My dreams as a mature mom/grandmom are completely different. I would love to have an unlimited supply of money for the purpose of helping others. Charities, non profit organizations and being an activist for those who have no voice. Children, veteran's and animals.

 I would own a large farm with indoor kennels, barns and a home for the abandoned animals, abused and left behind cats, dogs, horses and discarded children. They would have love and responsibility. They would learn to care for each other and help those in their community. Working the land, growing food and serving. 

Picking up trash on the side of the road, cleaning parks, planting flowers, raking the leaves in the yards of elderly couples, the list goes on. These are things I did with my boys and it taught them compassion, tolerance, service and giving attitudes.

My spiritual gift of mercy runs strong when I see a kitty running around the dumpster at the gas station or a stray dog on the side of the highway. I'd love to save them all but have no room for them. I have had a dream for many years to own a farm for rescues.

This is my adult dream. That and retiring to the beach :)