Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Raspberry Coconut Poke Cake and National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Did you know there was such a thing as National Tell A Fairy Tale Day? I didn't until recently when I was searching the web. Why you ask, well, doesn't everyone search for National Holidays and weird stuff? No? Just me? Nah, I doubt it. I was searching around for days to see if any of them would work for a blog post. Inspiration. Guidance. Or for just plain ol' fun.
I saw, National Tell A Fairy Tale Day and thought why not. I mean, my writing challenges are fiction and could easily be fairy tale-ish, right? Sure.
So here is my Fairy Tale.

Once upon a time in a far away no no. STOP the train. That has been done sooo many times. Let's try something different. Ready? Yeah, me too.

Sally rubbed her eyes and stretched. Oh wow what a wonderful nights sleep. She stood and fluffed her leaf and laid it back into place. She looked around, it seemed the forest was already alive this morning. Everyone was buzzing about and getting ready to receive the Snow Queen. Oh my...her arrival was unexpected but so exciting to think about.
Sally walked to the edge of the flower and took off, as she buzzed through the air she looked below. There was Ms. Centipede trying to wrangle her three little ones, each going in a different direction. There was Mr. Squirrel scurrying about gathering nuts like a mad hatter. Oh yes, and Mrs. Cottontail with her brood of bunnies all hopping along and chattering, who knew bunnies talked so much, kinda like magpies.
As she hurried along she could see the colony before she approached it, oh man, it looked like she was late, what???
Nearing she heard someone shout "She's here, Sally's here!". Why the big to do? She was always here, it was part of her job to be here. She was probably in trouble for being out all night and breaking the rules yet again.
Landing and walking along here came Sue Bee rushing toward her, she stopped short and bowed. "My Queen." What the what? Sally shook her head. "Have you lost your mind Sue Bee, what are you talking about?"
Landing in front of her and quickly taking a bow was Rush. He was the Queen's right wing man. He looked at her and said "Forgive me, my Queen, but please hurry" and he took off. She jumped into flight behind him and soon they came to the Queen's chamber.
There she was, but wait, what was wrong?!
Dr Buzz came over and said "Sally, you will be Queen from this moment on until your end arrives. Our Queen Mother has passed, just moments ago, and you are next in line according to what is written."
Wait, I'm what?! Sally shook her head. "Next in line? How can that be?"
"Yes, next in line, for you see, the humans came through very early this morning and sent some strong vapors through the colony, before we had chance to warn anyone and well, it took the Queen mother, her daughters and their daughters, according to our lineage, you are next in line."
Oh wow, she wasn't prepared for this. No one every expected that she'd live long enough to be Queen past all the others in line. She took a deep breath and said "Long live our Queen Mother." Then she paused and said "now we MUST get ready for the Snow Queen. Her arrival is sooner than we thought, the forest is alive with activity. MAN the battle stations, protect the hive, gather the workers and let's prepare!"
A loud cheer went up outside, yes, Sally would make a fine Queen even if she wasn't ready.
The hours progressed and the hive was looking in tip top shape, the combs were filled, the workers were exhausted and the new Queen, well Sally was satisfied with how things were going but she needed to go for a quick flight.
She walked to the door of her chamber but there stood several guards. huh? Oh yeah, she was Queen now. She couldn't just take flight. She sighed. Whoever said it's good to be Queen had never been a queen.
Later that day as dusk began to descend on the forest, the animals all went into their homes and shut the doors tight. The darkness fell, the wind began to howl and the temperatures began to drop. Small delicate flakes began to fall, yes, the Snow Queen was on her way. 
By morning the forest floor was covered in a blanket of white and there in all her glory stood the Snow Queen. Regal, tall and mighty yet soft and warm. She waved her hand and tiny flakes fell again. A blue jay sitting on a limb over head squawked out the morning call. One by one the animals came out of their homes, dens, nest and hiding. Each one gathering and bowing before the Snow Queen. She smiled and looked around. She loved each of these creatures and hoped they were all prepared.
In a voice like wind she whispered, "Good morning all and I hope you have taken the warning of my arrival serious, I will be with you for the next six weeks. The sun will shine but the wind will howl. The nights will be harsh but the days will shine like diamonds. The humans near by will be hunting some of you, so do take caution. There is a new friend down the trail. A human who loves us and she will be leaving out food each day. Don't be greedy. Leave some for your neighbors but do take enough for your family each day. This is a blessing from Mother Nature herself. So remember to be thankful. I would also like to address a new Queen in our midst. Sally is the new Bee Queen as of three moons ago." Sally flew in front and everyone bowed. It was quiet humbling but she held her position and then flew to land on the shoulder of the Snow Queen to take her place in the Royal Forest Advocacy Defense Line. What a moment if only her mother were alive to see this!
The Grand Buck came up front and bowed before the RFADL and gave a snort, "I smell the human hunters, they are near my Queen, we must allow the little ones to take cover."
"YES! Everyone, take cover but do not be afraid. This year I have heard from Mother Nature herself, that if we follow her instructions, we will all be here come spring time." In a whisper her voice traveled through the forest and across the glenn to each ear listening. Yes, they would all take heed and follow instruction.
And just like the wind, the Snow Queen was gone. Everyone disbursed to their homes and no one hunter fired a single shot that day or that season.
It was a harsh winter and some of the animals didn't fair as well as others but no one perished.
Spring time was a time of renewal, of life and well, a lot more bunnies!
Queen Bee Sally was out enjoying the warm air, yes, she had a cluster of guards with her  but she didn't care. She was enjoying the sun and visiting all the flowers the new human had planted. What a lovely garden full of all sorts of flowers and plants. It looked as if she had planted them next to the forest edge, maybe on purpose? Just for her forest friends? Yes this was truly a lovely time to be Queen.
The End.

Thank you Forsyth Family Magazine for the photo
Now this cake is no fairy tale and as I did my best to reduce the sugar and fat it is still delicious and perfect for Spring or anytime you want it to feel like spring has arrived.

Following the cake mix instructions in amounts but substituting applesauce for oil.
unsweetened applesauce
cake mix
Mix well and pour into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Bake at the temp and time for your oven and altitude. I learned many years ago that all ovens are different and depending on your climate, it can affect the turn out of baked goods.

box of raspberry jello
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
Dissolve the jello in hot water, once it is dissolved, add the cold water. IF you do not do this, it will be grainy.

Cool the cake slightly, wait about 15-20 minutes, then poke holes in the top with the end of a wooden spoon. Pour the jello over the cake. Don't worry, I thought oh no I've made a mistake this will cause the cake to be mush and gross. It didn't.
Place it in the fridge to cool off. No lie y'all, it was FREEZING the day I made this cake and my fridge was I covered the cake and sat it in our screened in porch for a couple of hours. It almost froze!

Using the following:
1/2 container of 8 oz light or sugar free whipped topping
1/4-1/2 of shredded coconut
Spread the whipped topping over the cake and sprinkle with coconut, you could leave this off if you're not a fan, but it really adds that certain something, ya know?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Color Street and more - Mosaic Monday

Welcome to another issue of Mosaic Monday. Angie over at Ten Toes in the Water is the hostess. You post about whatever you want and have at least one mosaic or collage photo in your post, then link up at her party. Pretty simple and cool. I love it.
So today I'm talking about Color Street, mugs and a few of my favorite things.

Hi my name is Dawn and I'm a Color Street addict LOL
See the bottom left photo...and that's not all of them. I know I know but I love it so much. I've been using Color Street for 2 years and recently my friend Sandra, whom I talk about further down, became a color specialist for. I have to help out my friends by purchasing, right? Yes! It is so much cheaper than a salon, no drying time and for me they last 3-4 weeks at a time. Not bad for $12 and I get 2 manis and 2 pedis out of each set. You can NOT go to a salon for that.
Besides Color Street, coffee, my kitties (which you will find lots of post about), G*d, family, friends, squirrels and owls, today I'm sharing a few of my favorite things. Books, I love books, real books not electronic digital ones.
Like coffee mugs! Does anyone else just love mugs? Last year when we moved I went through all of our kitchen stuff and pared it down. Well, fast forward less than a year later and guessed it. The mug collection has grown by leaps and bounds.

Top left is my ultimate favorite and oldest mug. You'll laugh but that's okay. I purchased that mug at the Dollar Tree almost 27 years ago! It has survived over 25 moves. No, that is not a typo.
Top right is a China cup I purchased just before Christmas at Home Goods. I love owls and it was the only one. So I told my husband it could be part of my gifts because I just KNEW it would be gone by the time he went.
The middle and bottom two photos are of the same mug. My Minnie Mouse mug from Disney. My sweet friend Sandra surprised her kids with a trip for Christmas. While she and her family were there she picked up gifts for each of us in our weekly Bible study group. She gave me this cute mug and she didn't know it but the inside color matches everything going on at my house! Perfect!
 One of my WW accountability ladies gave me the 'meow' mug for Christmas. I love it, the little kitty sitting inside reminds me of Miss Lily! The "best cat mom" my middle son gave me for Christmas two years ago, he thought it was hilarious. Sorry if it offends. The BIG mug, with the paw print inside I recently purchased at Aldi, a Christmas clearance item. A big ol' whopping $1.69!! I mean, come on, I had to buy it. Right?
Red trucks. I will blame this one on my Daddy, rest his soul. He was a mechanic and loved trucks. Every vehicle we ever owned, with the except of I think 3, and there were a LOT of cars, they were all red. Yes red. Fire engine red. Daddy loved red and thought that there was no other color for any of our cars. We had a Mercury in the late 70's and it was yellow, Daddy swore that is why it was a crappy car,  because it wasn't red. Trucks. What man doesn't like a truck? Very few but I am my Daddy's child, no matter my age, and I will always have a big space in my heart for red trucks, old vintage, antique, new, hot rods, it doesn't matter, if it's red and makes a loud growl when you step on the gas. I'm in love.

These trucks were at a car show we went to last September, it was hot as July 4th but I walked and sweated, took a TON of pictures and enjoyed myself.
I could go on and on but I'll save some for another post as not to bore you all to tears.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Cold Temperatures and Warm Kitties - Feb FOTW

My Lily girl, she is a Daddy's girl after living with him for 4 years, she doesn't usually give me to winks unless it involves food, but one afternoon she just popped up on the couch and laid her little head in my lap, boom, she was fast asleep. I guess any lap will do when you need a nap. LOL
It's Fly On The Wall time, one of my favorite post each month. This is the post where you the readers get a glimpse into our lives. At the end of this post you'll find links to the other participants. Be sure to 'buzz' over.

No that's not a pregnant belly, a growth or just's a 17 lb cat who's cold. LOL he's so silly but I love him to pieces. And yes, I have on leggings. Weird I know.
 If you haven't heard of it, WHERE have you been??? Color Street REAL nail polish in a strip. Man I love this stuff and have been using it for 2 years. NO I'm not selling. Just sharing. This is black cherry bon bon and was my hostess gift for December. Finally got around to putting it on.
 Hi my name is Dawn (Hi Dawn) and I'm a Color Street Addict. It started 2 years ago right after the company started. I was introduced and hooked at the very first try. (sigh, awe) (they understand) I truly do need a support group, the current one just keeps saying BUY MORE BUY MORE.
 THIS happened. My fountain froze. SOLID and busted the barrel and broke my terra cotta. I was NOT happy. It stayed frozen for 4 days. THIS is not normal in the South and I am not happy. 😢😢
 So far our winter has been rain, rain and more rain. What do we do on a rainy Saturday? We watch movies, read, play on the laptop/tablet/phone but the kitties? Sleep.
 I drink a lot of water. 120 oz a day to be exact. I have to, doctors orders, for my kidneys plus it helps aid weight loss. I'm down -53 lbs. I am struggling with 3 lbs I keep regaining and losing. I'm sick of them. Like a hooker with a STD, just can't shake it. LOL okay bad reference. But you get the picture. So anyway, I had a favorite tumbler that I drank water out of. I was going into the kitchen to refill it and bam...tripped over a kitty. Shocking right? AND it broke. I was less than pleased. I ordered a Pioneer Woman mason jar, 32 oz, blue with the lid and straw. Beautiful. But man. Fill that baby up with water and it's heavy.
So I searched high and low. Seriously, in the summer these things are a dime a dozen, in winter, nope. Next to impossible to find one.
BUT I found my new favorite on Amazon. Isn't she lovely? 22 oz, tall, slim and trim.
 On cold mornings, what do we do? We lay in bed. Why? Because I'm trapped!! 32 lbs of black purring mass of fur trapped! Don't they look comfy? Would you disturb them to get up? I can't. Unless my eye balls are floating, then they have got to move and move quickly or this wonderful foam mattress will become a soaking sponge.

On the 6th my Uncle George aka my Daddy's life long best friend passed away. I had known him my entire life. I felt like he was the last link to my Daddy so his passing hit me really hard. I drove 9 hours to be at his celebration of life and pay my respects to his wife, daughter and grandkids. During my visit I also was able to visit several of my grand kids. So it wasn't all bad. I'll post pictures later. I have to get the okay from the moms. But you can see pictures of the fur grands HERE.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Never Ever Give Up Hope   
Menopausal Mother         
Spatulas on Parade