Friday, January 30, 2015

January Funny Friday

Good gracious, the first month of the new year is almost over. How many times this month have you written 2014? I was barely used to writing 2014 and now it's 2015.
I have been in college for a week now. I'm sure you really want to know how it's going, right? Well, let me tell ya...I switched to all online classes, not sure that was a good idea considering there are 5, yes 5 classes! I hope I can keep up with it all. Only time will tell.

January Funny Friday

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 Baking In A Tornado ( .

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1. HELP I'm being eaten by the man eating couch!

2. Now where did I put that boy? Oh yeah, there he is right where I left him.

3. hmmm, he's really not good at this "hide and seek" thing is he?

4. Cold? No, I'm not cold, I have pillows.

5. NO you are NOT taking my photo for your blog AGAIN!

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Stacy Sews and Schools (
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles (
Baking In A Tornado (
Someone Else’s Genius (
Confessions of a part-time working mom (
The Momisodes (
Sanity Waiting to Happen (
Spatulas on Parade  (
Juicebox Confession (
Cluttered Genius (
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy (
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fly On The Wall- Jan 2015

Time for a new episode of LMSP! Little Miss Sassy Pants and it is part of "Fly On The Wall".
Staying at my moms I get to see LMSP on Mondays and Tuesdays sometimes Wednesday as well. She is full of attitude, questions and far too grown for her own good but I enjoy spending time with her, well, when she's in a good mood that is.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 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                          Spatulas on Parade                          Follow me home                          Menopausal Mother                        Stacy Sews and Schools                                   Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                    Juicebox Confession                              Battered Hope          Eileen’s Perpetually Busy                                  Go Mama O                       Someone Else’s Genius                            The Sadder But Wiser Girl                             Just A Little Nutty                                       The Momisodes

DIL = daughter-in-law
LMSP = little miss sassy pants

My DIL posted on FB:
DIL and son: singing "I believe I can Fly!!"
LMSP: No you can't!
DIL and son: "I believe I can touch the skyyy!"
LMSP: Noooo you can't!
DIL and son: "I think about it every night and day! Spread my wings and fly away!!"

LMSP comes in with my mom, "Hey Dawn guess what!"
Me: what?
LMSP: I went with Gran-ma and she didn't tell the man at Wheel of Fortune that my sissy is 11 years old. ugh
Me: Wheel of Fortune?
Mom: I keep telling her it's Cella Ford I don't know why she keeps saying that.
Me: I am seriously laughing at this point! this cracked me up

LMSP: So Dawn, what do you want to talk about? How about Halloween or Christmas. What do you want to be? 
Me: I want to be young and energetic. 
LMSP: NO what do you want to dress up as silly?
My mom: I'll be Snow White and you can be my lamb.
Me: You mean Bo Peep?
My mom: LOL yes, No Snow White
Me: Then she'd be your dwarf. Maybe Grumpy.
LMSP: throws her head back and laughs, "No DUMPY, that would be funny"
Me: You mean Dopey?
LMSP: eye rolls... "same thing"
Our breakfast conversations, sounds like we all need more sleep.

"I'm laying on my blanket at the beach" Then she picks up her stuff walks into the kitchen and lays down. Singing "I'm done at the beach, I'm done at the beach, now I'm gonna sleep sleep sleep"
LMSP is cracking me up.
Then she carried all her stuff back into the living room, laid out her towel and sang "I'm at the beach, I'm gonna stay at the beach, ah my sand melted! ARGH
My mom: "how'd your sand melt?"
LMSP "it's raining and its the worst time EVER!!! I'm never going back!"
It's been raining at our house for 4 days straight and we're all a little batty at this point.
Mom and I were laughing, LMSP is such a drama queen.
above is my LMSP and Lily. She loves Lily and Lily is an attention hog so it works great. The other two kitties stand hidden, they don't like her, she jumps around and makes a lot of noise, but hey she's 4.

LMSP: guys guys hey! what do you want to talk about?
She only ask us this about 100 times a day!

My mom and I are sitting at the stop light coming out of the dreaded wally world. I was just staring out the window. My mom says "look at all those "A Kerns" I know the squirrels at my house would love those"
I was stunned, look at WHAT? oh wait, you mean...acorns?!
My mom looks at me like I've lost my mind and said "yesss that's what I said"
I'm like, "ugh, no you said A KERN and I don't know what the heck that is and WHEN did you start saying it that way"
She refused to answer... has she always said this? I have no idea.

Other things my mom says that makes me go batty:
how she says it = what it is
A KERN = acorn
new mourn yah = pneumonia 
AL Man = almond
Sal Man = salmond
yes tur dee = yesterday
pitcher = picture or pitcher (both said the same way)
piller = pillow
winder = window

I guess I grew up with it and it was normal but having lived away and having home schooled my boys, I became a stickler for them to learn to speak correctly. I know we all live in different places and accents affect things, but this woman has never been anywhere and I swear her vernacular has changed over the years.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Quinoa and Lemongrass CIC Jan 2015

Welcome to the January 2015 edition of the CIC = Crazy Ingredient Challenge.

This is where 2 ingredients are chosen at random and given to the participating bloggers who in turn create a NEW never before posted recipe on their blog. We share, pin, post and have lots of fun making new fun and sometimes not so great recipes.

I did not get mine done as my son has been in the hospital in ICU but I WILL get it done and posted maybe later today.

So for now, be sure to visit all the other great recipes posted by my blogging buddies.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Use Your Words - Jan 2015

You may be looking for Pearl and William's saga continued but I'm taking a break this month. Doing something a little different but never fear, they will return next month. A celebration of 1 year and a special surprise. I know, you think you have it all figured out, but remember I like to keep you on your toes!

Today’s post is "Use Your Words" a writing challenge. This is how it works: bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to create 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...

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                 Baking In A Tornado                        Stacy Sews and Schools                          Spatulas on Parade                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                     Confessions of a part-time working mom                                Juicebox Confession                             Someone Else’s Genius                                            The Momisodes                                   Battered Hope               Eileen’s Perpetually Busy                        Evil Joy Speaks

Your words are: Unassuming  ~ Perspective ~ Bemused ~ Aberration
They were submitted by:    

I'm going to do something different for the first time in a year. Yep, no Pearl and William. I'm saving a big special for February :)

Unassuming: means modest, not arrogant, pleasant or polite.
That is what I want, an unassuming man. Someone who is pleasant, polite and NOT arrogant. Is there such a thing?

Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something.
My aunt said to me: why are you smiling?
My response was why not? I'm alive, well and have a new future to look forward to. WHY would I not smile? It is all about perspective I guess. I see a bright future and she sees my bleak past. I prefer my perspective over hers any day.

Bemused: puzzled, confused, perplexed, baffled, mystified
My life has bemused me in the last several months, confused me, puzzled me, baffled me but then I realized that somethings are not meant for us to understand and I read a quote a few days ago that said "there are two days you can't change. Yesterday and tomorrow so live for today" this is a great philosophy in order to get over a bemused life.

Aberration: a departure of what is normal, usual or expected, typically one that is unwelcome. Example: "they described the outbreak of violence in the area as an aberration"

OH MAN! My life became an aberration in September of 2014, it bemused me, changed me from unassuming to one of siding on caution and then I changed my perspective on the whole situation.

Stay tuned next month for the return of Pearl and William...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Italian Chicken Pasta - one pot one meal

No, I have not forgotten how to cook but living with my mom (who is the pickiest eater you'll ever meet) presents difficulties. I made this last night and am sharing today for a #tastytuesday meal.

She doesn't like "mess" which translates to flavor, or "junk" which means any vegetable other than corn, green beans, cabbage or collards.

I love my mom but she is very judgmental of food and spices. She wrinkles up her nose and will push it around the plate. (I guess that's what happens when you're almost 70 and have never been anywhere other than a small town. Her idea of good food means it comes out of a box, can or frozen. She loves easy microwave prepared food. I am all about fresh, homemade and full of flavor. We are two entirely different people.)

Well, this was no different. It was delicious but she coughed, fanned, made all sorts of comments and noises. Oh well, I tried. It is so different than cooking the past 25 years for a man who would eat anything and loved it.

It was really simple and prepared all in one pot. Less mess, easy clean up and less standing at the stove.
All cooked and ready to eat! It was still bubbling when I took the photo so it looks kinda funny but oh man I loved it.

Italian Chicken Pasta
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 large sweet salad peppers
1/2 large sweet onion diced
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup small pasta shells
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup finely shredded Italian blend cheese

I cut the chicken into bite size pieces, sauteed it and the onion in the evoo. Once the onions were clear and the chicken was done I added the diced peppers and spices. Add 3/4 cup pasta shells and pour the tomatoes on top. Then add 3/4 cup water and sprinkle a little more garlic and oregano on top. Cover and simmer until the pasta is done about 8 minutes. Then I stirred in the Parmesan cheese, topped with the Italian blend and covered for 5 minutes until the cheese was all bubbly.
Serve with your favorite veggie. We had sweet garden peas.
A delicious easy meal all in one pot.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Rockin' the Socks off 2015 - SSS January 2015

Hi and welcome to the FIRST SSS of 2015! Today you'll find we added a few new bloggers to our midst, which we are super excited about and hope you are as well.
Be sure to stop by and read all about them, their blogs and what subject they were given. You'll find my post at the bottom. Thanks for stopping by!

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                          Spatulas on Parade                        Stacy Sews and Schools                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy               Confessions of a part-time working mom                    Juicebox Confession                  Someone Else’s Genius                                          The Momisodes                                 Climaxed                           Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                                Cluttered Genius                  Southern Belle Charm               Evil Joy Speaks

Your “Secret Subject” is:
 January has arrived. 2015. Tell me about the past year and how 2015 is going to rock your socks.
It was submitted by:  

I have no idea if Evil Joy reads my blog or not and as these topics are assigned randomly it really doesn't matter. My first thought was, wow, she read my mail. Then I remembered it's randomly assigned.

What am I talking about? The subject "the past year and how 2015 will rock" well, it has GOT to be better than 2014! If you've been around any length of time you know that 2014 was NOT my best year as far as my personal life is concerned. 
My soon-to-be-ex left me, no money, no car, no home, no job, no nothing but personal stuff, kitties and my son after 25 years. Gee thanks! I had to relocate not once but twice in a 8 week period. All my life went into boxes and storage. But don't feel sorry for me, please. It was a blessing in disguise. I won't go into the gory details but God knew it would happen, He was not surprised and He has a plan. Now...

First let's look back and remember the GOOD of 2014:
I saw my youngest son (he's in the USAF and lives 2800 miles from me now)
There was reconciliation with my father-in-law and sister-in-law
My oldest son got married! WOOT
I have a new daughter-in-love
My middle son came home! (good and bad for reasons I won't go into)
I left GA! Hallelujah
I enrolled in college, yes at almost 50 I am now a student.
My little grandson was born.
I went on vacation for the first time in 19 years. WAY over due!
I lost 60 lbs without pills, surgery, special drinks, etc...
I met some wonderful online ladies who support me in my struggle to say bye-bye to fat and hello to healthy.
I joined several new writing challenges, this being one, and have met some fabulous bloggers and regained my love of writing.
My Sissy (heart sister not biological for I'm an only child) got married!
A dear dear friend that was like a big sister to me, we lost contact about 8 years ago, found me on Facebook and we've reconnected like we never missed a day! OH How I love technology!

How can 2015 top this? Easy!
I will begin classes on the 26th and am planning to rock the socks off this semester.
I have a job, a full time job, for the first time in YEARS.
The plan is to lose another 60 lbs.
With my job I will be able to support myself, my son, get our own place and a car. Live independently free from a toxic relationship and enjoy life for maybe the first time ever or at-least in 25 years.
My son has found a job and he likes it.
There are plans for a vacation, a trip to see my youngest son and his wife, day trips, and weekends out and about.
Going to festivals, being around friends, watching the sunset over the water, cooking what "I" want.
Learning who I am and who I want to be. Setting goals and reaching them.
Being successful at work and school.
Being a happy person. No joyful person.
Attending church again and not having to fight about it with anyone.

Will 2015 have it's trials? Of course, it already has and it is only the 9th of the month. But that's life.
Will I see victory this year? YES, I already have and will continue. I refuse to be a victim or survive.
I want to be will be a victor and thrive! THAT is the biggest goal this year and THAT is how I will "Rock the socks off of 2015".

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

U-G-L-Y duckling cake

Happy New Year! Man, 2015! Hard to believe. I remember as a teen and Prince was singing 1999 and that seemed like FOREVER and now we've moved way past the whole Y2K scare and after we blink a few times it will be 2020.

Lord willing this year will be good, it will definitely be a year of more changes. I ended 2014 NOT how I thought I would. Instead of looking forward to another 25 years of marriage, it ended and I faced starting life over at almost 50 years old. We never know where tomorrow will take us.

Now I am enrolled in college and looks like I'll be starting classes on the 12th and working full time for the first time in YEARS. I'm in training and it's only my first week but so far so good.

I have a few recipes planned out and some things in the works but for today I'm sharing my moms ugly duckling cake with you. This recipe came out of a magazine many years ago. Yep, it's U G L Y but it is tasty and simple. Nothing healthy but it's still the holiday week. LOL

Stay tuned for upcoming recipes, reviews, updates and of course the 4 writing challenges that I take part in. Also, the CIC that falls on the 20th of each month.
** for those who complained about the small type in the photo:
1 package 2 layer size yellow cake mix
1 can 16 oz fruit cocktail
2 1/3 cups coconut
2 eggs
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Combine the cake mix, fruit cocktail with syrup, 1 cup coconut and eggs in a large bowl. Blend then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 13x9 pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until cake is done. Bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil in a small saucepan, boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in remaining coconut and spoon over hot cake, serve warm or cool.

When I make this cake I put half the coconut IN the cake mix, my mother puts it all on top. I also use more brown sugar, half cup IN the cake and half cup sprinkled on top. Either way it's a good cake.

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