Friday, October 28, 2016

October FF

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     Measures of Merriment
1. Do these panties make my butt look big?

2. ooh hot pink panties!

3. I don't get it? WHY does daddy thinks these are "hot"? Not much here to keep ya warm.

4. Undies, panties, bikini, thong, whatever...they're mine now!

5. Like my outfit Mommy? I'm ready to go shopping now, just let me slip on these shoes.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:          Baking In A Tornado     The Bergham Chronicles     Measurements of Merriment                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                Not That Sarah Michelle                                  My Brain on Kids

Friday, October 21, 2016

FOTW October

If you have been keeping up with the news, you have seen NC and the flooded areas. Mine being one of them, two weeks ago I was evacuated from my home and have NO idea when I can return. BUT I am safe and trying to stay positive. So let's enjoy this month's "Fly On The Wall" post. Be sure to read to the end and then visit the other links.
Sorry, no recipe this time. I have no kitchen :(

Talking to W daughter on the phone and all of a sudden she says "WHAT are you doing?" She says, " this kid is licking his foot!" Then "E that is gross, stop it" And I hear "stop" LOL yep, that magpie stage seems to have set in early. He is 19 months old and sooo dang cute.
Watching "Sports Jeopardy" with W and I got the first 3 questions first! WIN
This was me after working from Friday to Monday straight through. Eight hours each day on my feet. I was so tired.
One of my friends posted this as her status on FB:Walking thru the nursing home to see my dad and one of the little residents asks me if I want to "smoke a goobie" (think she meant doobie) with her and then she let's out a hefty Rick Flair WOOOOOOO. I just lost it. (Thanks Kim H for letting me share)

*A friend posted on FB "my daughter was laying on my belly and kept trying to play with my chest. I said Leave my boobies alone" She giggled and said "Mimi doesn't have boobies" I said "what does she have then?" She giggles again and said "titties" 
This little girl is 3! THREE! Be careful what you say, little ones LOVE to repeat it.
I need this shirt.

I was thinking back about different people and times from my past and remembered Tracey. Sweet girl but blonde to the roots. She was standing on the bed trying to change a light bulb, BUT she forgot to turn the ceiling fan off. The blade slapped her side the head, knocked her off the bed, she did a flip and landed upside down between the bed and wall. It was funny as heck, until we realized she was out for the count. ER trip, concussion, goose egg size bruise and a great story to tell.

Have you ever tried online dating? A friend of mine recently signed up. I was helping her create her profile, fill out all the questionnaires and surfing through the "suggestions just for you"...are these people kidding? OMGosh, this one guy, oh gee, his profile picture was him and a blow up doll! I thought EWW you really think a woman is going to "flirt" with you online after seeing this? Then I thought maybe it's a joke, but at closer inspection of the photo, we think it was probably taken in his mother's basement where he sure-idly lives! Maybe we watch too much Criminal Minds? Nah.

Potato May came for a visit last month. Guess what one of the first things he said to me was. Yes, it was about food. He said, "Hey Dawn, are you in the mood to bake and fix me some of your banging grub?" LOL he sure has a way with words.
Little Miss Sassy Pants turned 6 on the 6th of this month. It's hard to believe that that much time has passed. I remember when she was born and a few hours later my son calling me and saying she was being air lifted to Duke's Childrens Hospital. She was a preemie but all seemed well in the beginning. Less than 4 lbs but a strong fighter. Now she's in Kindergarten.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado         
Menopausal Mother                                  
Searching for Sanity                                 
Never Ever Give Up Hope                           
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy    
A Little Piece of Peace        

Friday, October 14, 2016

Louisiana Hot Sauce Grilled Chicken Salad: Oct UYW

Happy Friday! Well, I'm trying to be happy anyway. Hurricane Matthew blew through last week and thankfully we sustained minimal damage. However the aftermath has proven to be far more devastating. I was evacuated from my home on Sunday and told it could be up to 2 weeks or longer before I can return, IF there is anything to return to. So...lots of stress about the uncertain future.
BUT life goes on and I'm safe and dry so I will not or try not to dwell on it.
So today we post our Use You Words post and this new recipe that is probably the easiest no brainer recipe I've done lately. 
Louisiana Hot Sauce Grilled Chicken Salad
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce
Soak the chicken down with hot sauce. Allow to sit/marinate for at least an hour. Pop on the grill, I used my George Foreman as it was just to stinkin' hot to go outside and grill. Allow to cool slightly, slice and place on the salad. I prepare 4 breast at a time and this allows me to use them in wraps, on salads, on a roll or heated up with side dishes of left over veggies for quick meals.
For my salad I used:
Romaine lettuce
Iceberg lettuce
shredded carrot
shredded purple cabbage
bacon bits
On my day off I prep food, I shred, dice and chop my veggies then place them in air tight containers so it is quicker for meals and salads. I find by doing this I am less likely to eat junk food.
Trick or Treat
Smell my feet
Give me something 
good to eat

If you don't
I don't care
I'll pull down
your underwear
   This dates back to 1930 and the author is unknown.
As kids my cousins and I would sing this song on our way to a house. My mom would fuss and tell us to stop or back in the car we would go. My cousins and I thought she was an old party pooper.
When we got to the second verse and sang it. To which my mother would say "And I'll tear your tail up" If we pulled anyone's underwear. For you Non-Southerners that means a butt whoopin' , spankin' and no time outs.
Did we stop? No. We only sang it softly so she couldn't hear us. giggle
THEN we would gear up on the ride home for Christmas, which would really drive her over the edge.
Jingle Bells
Batman Smells
Rabbits in the hay
One jumped up 
and I shot him in the butt
 and the other one got away

Oh I digress. So back to my UYW...October is a great month. Seems many folks throw Halloween parties, packed with drinking, games, outrageous or scary costumes, gory food, sweet treats and definitely a few tricks thrown in for their skittish pals.
The last party I went to we played a game where you would smell the treat while blindfolded and then you would identify it and taste it. However, the person holding the food would swap out what you smelled for something different to taste. For example you would smell good, like an orange and then taste awful like a sardine. Then you would smell sour milk and taste a shot of alcohol. It was very entertaining to say the least. Some reacted, example a lady threw up with anticipation over smelling the stinky food. At least no one had to smell stinky feet.
My words were: 
trick ~ treat ~ smell ~ feet ~ good ~ eat

Be sure to visit the other links and find out what words they had and how they used them.
Baking In A Tornado              
Southern Belle Charm                                     
Not That Sarah Michelle                           
The Bergham Chronicles               
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy       
Confessions of a part time working mom
Never Ever Give Up Hope              

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Chocolate Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes:Fall or Autumn, What do we call ya? : Poem

Fall or Autumn
Which one do we call ya?
Fall for falling leaves
Falling temperatures
and falling back an hour.
Crisp mornings,
coffee steaming,
fuzzy slippers,
sweater weather.
Sunsets early,
sunrise later.
Walking on crispy leaves,
seeing the vibrant color changes,
pulling out the hoodies, sweaters and gloves.
Buying new boots, hats and scarves.
Time for baking and crock pot cooking.
Soup, stews and cakes.
Snuggling up in front of a fire.
roasting marshmallows,
making s'mores.
New memories to make.
Sleeping with the covers pulled up,
waking to a nip in the air,
gone are the hot humid days of summer
for a respite from the heat.
Frosted over windshields
will greet us each morning.
Dew to frost on the ground.
Seeing our breath in the air
and feeling the cold snap nip our noses
be careful to warm those toes.
Cup of hot coffee in hand
welcome the cool with a grand gesture.
Bye Bye Summer, for now
Hello Fall and welcome!
Chocolate Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes
Two batters for one delicious cupcake
12 cupcake liners, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, you will bake for 20 minutes
2 bowls

Bowl 1:
9 TBSP flour, all purpose
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 TBSP baking cocoa
6 TBSP sugar
7 TBSP milk (I used almond)
3 TBSP oil (I used coconut)
Mix well and set aside.

Bowl 2:
9 TBSP flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 TBSP pumpkin puree
1 TBSP cinnamon
3 TBSP oil
Mix well. This batter will be thick.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the pumpkin batter into each cup. Next spoon the chocolate batter in. Slide into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Cool and frost. I used Pillsbury Whipped marshmallow frosting.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cow Tails and Nuts:Oct:Trick and Treats #BlogWithFriends

Are you indecisive? We are, as we I mean me. But our group this month had a terrible time picking a theme for #BlogWithFriends! We went back and forth several times and decided on "Trick and Treats". Since my kids are grown and gone plus I live out in the boonies I have no reason to go all out for Halloween this year. (Be sure to scroll down and check out the other projects).
However, I do love treats and Fall. Plus who needs a kid to make something ooey and gooey?? Not this chick!

In the past I've done some "Halloween" themed food that got mixed reviews. Some were cute, some were gross and some made friends and relatives think I had totally lost my mind. Bahahahaa
You can check those out if you like: Boogers On A Stick, Bones, Monster Mash and Graveyard Dessert.
For these delicious treats I used cowtales. Not familiar with them? They are a delicious caramel stick with a white nugget center, from my childhood. I added pecans finely chopped as the "nuts" LOL

CowTails and Nuts - Cookies
2 cups brown sugar
1 stick butter, unsalted room temp
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
Beat these ingredients together until smooth and creamy
Sift in the following:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Beat in:
3 cups oats
2 TBSP nutella or whatever spread you would like
Lastly stir in by hand:
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
4 oz of CowTales thinly sliced

Drop by the TBSP onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes for crunchy and 10 for soft cookies at 350 degrees.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Bread:Oct SSS

Remember I told you I made 3 recipes in my slow cooker. If you missed the other two, check it out. Lots of helpful hints, tricks and tips if you are not experienced in baking with your slow cooker/crock pot. Recipe 1  Recipe 2 

This is also the SSS post that you will find as you scroll down.
I used small loaf pans and placed them inside my slow cooker to create these delicious little loaves.
This is a delicious snack bread or breakfast bread. It is sweet but not over kill.
Dark Chocolate Cranberry Bread
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup coconut oil, you can use a different type if you have an allergy
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate covered cranberries
Beat your margarine, oil and eggs together. Now beat in the sugar. Stir in your other dry ingredients. I find it works best if I add my dry ingredients to a bowl and stir well to incorporate them well, so as not get bite into the bread and find a salty spot. Once everything is well combined, fold in the cranberries. Pour the batter into a well greased slow cooker/crock pot.(OR like I did this time use a large loaf pan or several small ones) Place your paper towels on top then the lid. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. See RECIPE 1 for details
Cook for 3 1/2 hours covered. Remove lid and bake another 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly in the pot then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an air tight container for 3-5 days.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 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                                   
Not That Sarah Michelle   
The Bergham Chronicles                              
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
 The Lieber Family Blog       
 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy   
Southern Belle Charm            
Confessions of a part time working mom     
Never Ever Give Up Hope              
A Little Piece of Peace            

Your “Secret Subject” is:
Tell me the moment you discovered who you are.

When I received this prompt I thought "WHY" me, why did I get this one? I mean, come on, have I figured out who I am? Not really but I have discovered who I am not.
I am not a stay at home mom anymore.
I am no longer a married woman of over 25 years.
I am not a good student.
I am not a sales person.
I am not a door mat.
I am not a victim.
I am not a push over.
I am not what you call me no matter how many times you say it.
I am not a woman who shares her man.
I am not going to put myself on the back burner anymore.
I am not as trusting as I once was.
I am no longer afraid to be alone.

I may not know who I am, but I know who I am not. I know that I enjoy my job, am a dedicated friend and mom, I am a woman who will thrive and not just survive. This has been a growing process for 2 years so I guess I learned who I was at the age of 50.