Friday, September 21, 2018

FOTW September

Sorry I missed August but from July 30th through August 27th I was in and out of the hospital. 

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 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                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Menopausal Mother                     http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope            https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade                   https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

Just two weeks before going in the first time, my hubby blessed me with a new vehicle. I was still getting used to it when I went to the ER. Here is my beauty, still waiting to recover fully so I can drive.
Our poor little container garden. It did not do well this year and we can't figure out why. Oh well, we did get two cucumbers, 4 bell peppers, dozens of jalapenos and little grape tomatoes.
I normally cut the kitties claws each week, I've done it since they were babies. Well,  being sick the last thing on my mind was kitty claws. Until I came home from the hospital and Lily feels like hypodermics walking across my lap!

My spoiled babies were glad for me to be back home. Not as much as I was and am. The hospital is NO place to rest. They say "sleep and rest" then come in every 3 hours for vitals and to wake me up and say "do you need anything?" good land! BUT they did take very good care of me.
Ms. Lily on top, Sugar my baby bottom left and Beau my big love bug bottom right.

In August my youngest son and his family transferred to their new duty station. Now they are only 6 hours away!! I'm so excited. Hoping that means MORE grandbaby time!
** Surprise! They came to see me Sept 7-9! It was marvelous!!

So my husband, bless him, has had to cook and clean on top of holding down a job AND caring for me since the end of July. Bless him. It has taken its toll.
We sit down to breakfast and I'm thinking, huh? There's a jar of pickle relish sitting there. I said "Honey, why is there pickle relish on the table?"
He walks over and says "SHOOT I saw the purple lid and thought it was grape jelly."
We had a good laugh. I said "You know this will end up on Fly..."he said "yeah yeah." LOL

Watching jeopardy one night and I said "why aren’t you answering the questions?"
He replied ,"I was watching black head removal videos."
I turned and said "are you serious?"
He said, "uh huh". SMH 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Loaded Pumpkin Bread

I actually made this in July, yes July. My husband said, "pumpkin bread now?" I said YES why does it have to be Fall to enjoy pumpkin bread?
I set about making a loaded pumpkin bread that was DELICIOUS not just to me because it only lasted about 4 days with just the two of us. So I'd say it was enjoyed by both parties. hahaha
I found myself without pumpkin spice so I made my own. Very simple.
homemade pumpkin spice
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves, ground
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Mix well and store in an air tight container.

loaded pumpkin bread
1 cup oil
2 cups solid packed pumpkin, puree
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
*brown sugar (1/2 cup divided)
*candied pecans (1/2 cup chopped)
*chocolate chips (1 cup)
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients. EXCEPT for the optional ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry into the large bowl. Stir gently. Fold in the chips. Grease a bundt pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and preheat your oven to 325 F. Pour half the batter in and smooth it out. Sprinkle in the brown sugar and pecans. Pour the remaining batter on top. Smooth out. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Oven time varies. I have a gas oven and it took mine right at 50 minutes.
My bundt pan is spring form so once the baking was complete I popped open the sides and allowed it to sit for about 20 minutes. Then invert on a plate to cool.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tropical Sangria - Rock It - BWF

Welcome to another edition of Blog With Friends! This month's theme? Rock it.
Rock it? Like rock out with some 1980's big hair rock 'n roll?
Rock it like in a boat?
Rock it like you killed it? Meaning nailed it. Meaning did FANtastic?
Rock it like the rocks we paint and hide to encourage and uplift others?
Rock it? I think is pretty open to whatever you want it to mean.

So we rocked out with some tropical sangria. (this was before I got sick because I can no longer drink) But it was good and I'm not a wine drinker at all. Time to "rock it" with an adult beverage and chill one last time before summers end.

This was beyond simple.

1 bottle of wine, your choice
I used a California moscoto white
1 bottle of mango juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup strawberries quartered
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mandarin orange slices
Mix well and allow to sit in the fridge and chill. You can pour the juice and fruit into a container and freeze then add the chunks to the wine in glasses, I did and it kept the drink cold longer without watering it down.
Be sure to see what everyone else's interpretation of "rock it" looks like.