Thursday, June 28, 2018

Southwest Flat Bread

I love pizza, any kind really. Yes, I will even eat it with pineapple on it. I know, I know, there are the purist who holler that's not right, but hey if it taste good, eat it. Who makes these rules anyway? What should and should not go on pizza, or in pancake mix, or any food rule for that matter?
Okay, I'm straying here.
I love pizza and I've grown to enjoy the spicy kick every now and again too. BIG shock for those who know me well.

This makes a great lunch or quick dinner. You can pre chop all the ingredients and have it ready to go. Serve with a big salad.
If it's too hot to crank up the oven, use flat bread wraps, place all the ingredients inside, roll and eat. Your choice.

store bought flat bread or you could roll out pizza dough very thin
red onion diced
tomato seeded and diced
red bell pepper diced
jalapeno seeded and diced
chicken diced and cooked (you can use leftovers or rotisserie chicken)
bbq sauce
spicy ranch dressing drizzle
jack cheese shredded
cheddar shredded
Roll out your dough very thin or use a prepared flat bread. Top with all the wonderful ingredients listed above in whatever order you choose, no rules. Bake at 450 for 7-10 minutes depending on how crispy you want it.
Allow it to cool off, slice and enjoy. I don't normally wait, I burn my mouth and complain later.

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Adventures of Tucker and FOTW - June

Happy Friday y'all!! And almost the end of the month. I was talking, via FB messenger to a friend/fellow blogger and talking about time flying. Kids being so busy and growing up way to fast. I told her to enjoy it because I missed my boys and our busy schedule. Her reply...it has stuck with me. "The days are long but the years are short."
Just give that a minute to sink in.

I've been at this blogging thing for 6 years. Seems like just yesterday my friends were encouraging me to start a blog and now here we are, six years later. Did you see my anniversary/blogiversary post? You can read it HERE.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 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
My Brand of Crazy                   https://sarahsbrandcrazy.blogspot.com/

So much happened last month. My oldest son got a new job, oldest biological son and his wife bought a house, my youngest son was promoted and his moving to a new duty station (only 6 hours from me!!) and my middle son got a new job and a new relationship plus his son moved closer to him (yay!) and my daughter finished another year of college. Only 2 more to go! Bless her she has been at this for a long time. Working full time and raising a family, now due to her accident and disability she is in school full time AND on the Dean's list.
My oldest grand daughter turned 21 and is getting married this month. Yikes! My youngest grand daughter is moving closer!!!! If case you missed it there are 5 kids and 9 grands. Yep, it's official, I'm old.

Every night after supper we watch Family Feud on the GSN. We love Steve Harvey. So the question was "name a part of the body that can get you in trouble?" Of course number one was mouth. I was not really paying attention and checking my email. I hear "goose" and turn toward my husband. I said "WHAT? why would they say goose?" He said they didn't, they said boobs. I said, Oh...

Bits of conversation 

Did you see all the musky toes out back?
Musky toes?
Mosquitoes 

Well if you woke up Ett you know there was a tiger hunting ya
Yep. Wake up. Man I can’t see it’s dark in here. And wet. What’s this liquid it’s burning me

The pup snoring. 
Him. What'd you do to him ?
Me. Told him to leave me alone and lay done. 
Him. Why won’t he do that for me?
Me. He knows I mean it. 
**
My big beautiful Beau, something caught his eye. He's up on his hind feet straining his neck to see. I got up and looked out, didn't see a thing but heard a lot of noise going up the stairwell.

Tucker is way more active than any puppy I've ever had. He is more active than my fibro can handle. Poor guy wants to run and play all day, I can't. He has done very well except for killing. He has killed 3 tennis balls. Poor things don't stand a chance around here. **4 as of this morning.
Another one bites the dust...

After giving Tucker a brand new ball. He quickly lost it. I'm thinking HOW and in two seconds, he's pushing the chair, getting under it, having a fit. I walk over and find this.
The ball got caught up in the sheet AND what else do I discover...he's been chewing on the window sill. Oy...good thing hubby can fix anything. See his little face, right where it says Parade. LOL he was still looking even after I said "here it is". Silly dog.

This was just too funny. I walked in the living room and my poor husband was surrounded! The dog is at his feet asleep and the restless natives are circling the hound ready to attack.
On the interstate and we passed a Volvo. On the side was a sign. Honda recall team 1-800... ....

That's it for this month. Be sure to visit the others and don't forget, we do this every month. Sometimes it is funny, sometimes it is just pictures and sharing 'stuff'.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Caramel Coconut Fudgy Brownie - Blogiversary

Welcome! Who would have thought that six years ago when I started this that I would actually have followers, readers and fans. I am humbled and very thankful. Six years! WOW

June is a huge celebration month.
June 1st my youngest son's wedding 5th anniversary 
6/2 the anniversary of my Daddy passing RIP 5 years
6/8  my birthday the big 29 cough...with 23 experience
6/9 my oldest son's birthday..31
6/11 oldest friend's (oldest because we've known each other our entire lives) birthday..52
6/12 my blogiversary..6 years
6/23 Sissy's birthday...we'll leave that year blank
6/26 Sissy's daughter, my heart daughter, 28th birthday
Add to that a dozen friends who are celebrating either birthday's or anniversarys AND 6 blog challenge post. A busy month as you can see.

To make it even more special...my dear friend and fellow blogger Tamara from Part-Time Working Hockey Mom aka The Three Gerbers, is also celebrating her blogiversary. We have been at this for SIX years. I mentioned to her that we were both celebrating in June and she suggested we post together as a party/celebration. I thought it was a great idea. So this post is dedicated to 'us'.

Let's take a look back...my very first blog post. HERE
My favorite post...HERE
Your favorite post...HERE (based on statics from my blog)
My 2016 birthday post HERE because it is one of my favorite cakes!
My birthday post for this year. HERE
HERE
For this post, I'm sharing and celebrating lots of milestones and this killer recipe. I was walking around the grocery store and my husband's words ringing in my head. He wanted me to pick up something sweet. Wasn't I enough? LOL but seriously, I was thinking what junk do I want to buy. Nothing. Then I thought, chocolate, brownies, oooh wait! I LOVE the GS cookies, you know the ones, with caramel and coconut. Mmm mmm good. What if I made a brownie to replicate or resemble the cookie? Oh yeah that sounded good to me.

Here is what I came up with. Doesn't that look decadent? Oh it is.
I purchased a family size dark chocolate fudge brownie mix, the reason is because I rarely bake anymore and didn't want to purchase all the ingredients to make brownies from scratch.

Dark chocolate Fudge brownie mix, prepare according to package
I baked mine in a pie pan but you can use whatever pan you prefer.
Once it was in the pan I sprinkled on graham cracker crumbs to resemble the cookie.
Then raw unsweetened coconut sprinkled on the crumbs.
Last I drizzled caramel sauce all over the top.
Bake
Topped with vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with more caramel sauce.
When it was baked and cooled, the top had formed a crust, so the top was crunchy and the brownie soft moist and fudgy. Oh man!



Part of the celebration in this post includes the Liebster award. Tamara was nominated and she nominated me! How cool is that? Confused...here's the details.
Liebster Award
"Liebster" is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. It is an online recognition in form of virtual award which started in 2011 passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers for enjoying and valuing their work. The idea is to recognize the effort and give credit.

The Liebster Award is interesting in that anyone nominated for it receives it by writing an acceptance post. The rules for accepting the award are straightforward:
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 11 people and ask them 11 questions.
  • Notify each of the nominees on their blog.
Through the years, the logo has changed as well as the suggested requirements to participate. Here is the LINK to my old acceptance, with its requirements and here is the new logo...
Nominees, should you choose to accept your award, here are your questions:

1.How did you decide to start your blog? 
In June of 2012 my friends encouraged me to write a blog. They were always after my recipes and this would be an easy way for them to find them when needed. Being a new empty nester it also gave me something to do.
2.If you were to start over, what would you do differently?
I would purchase my own domain and hire someone to do updates.
3.If you were a fruit, which would you be and why?
An apple because they come in so many different varieties, shapes and colors plus it is a very versatile fruit.
4.What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults?
Oh well don't you look nice today is it a special occasion? To me this says you normally look like crap, what made you look decent today?
5.Show me your favorite purse / bag / backpack!
Michael Kors - I love the classic timeless look of this bag.

6.What is the worst purchase you’ve ever made?
1995 we purchased a used Pontiac LeMans, it was a lemon, the worst purchase ever.
7.Chicken or Beef?
I love a good steak but when it comes to what I cook at home, chicken wins over beef.
8.What are three of your best traits? 
This could be interrupted two ways. Personality traits or physical...let's go with personality: loyal, dependable, funny
9.Have you ever impersonated someone else?
Yes and no. I can imitate most anyone if I am around them for very long but as far as doing an impersonation and dressing up as them, no.
10.What was something recent that you messed up and got away with?
Nothing that comes to mind.
11.After you survive the apocalypse, what will your job be?
Supply organizer, I'm very resourceful at finding things and I'm organized, so it just makes sense.

I am nominating the following, and I have to let them know. I know it says 11 but there were a few that I contacted first and they declined. I was a little shocked, hopefully these ladies will feel honored and accept.

Thank you all for a great 6 years and cheers to the next 6, may they be just as exciting.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Honey Bourbon Brine - Chicken KETO

Are you a fan of brine? You know the salty highly seasoned water solution that you soak meat in for 24 hours. I'm not. I have tried it, now three times. None of the three have I enjoyed.
The ONLY reason I'm sharing this is because someone might like it. Like I said, I'm not a fan of brine, but I thought this would be good. No. It wasn't, well not to me. My husband ate it but wasn't a fan either.
If you try it, let me know. Are you a fan?
Brine mix
4 cups tea
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup salt
2 bay leaves
1 lemon sliced
2 oz bourbon
Place all ingredients in a gallon size zip top bag and drop in your chicken, on the bone or boneless, whichever you prefer. Place the bag in a bowl, in case there is leakage, place in the fridge for 24 hours. Drain the chicken and cook or grill.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Chocolate Whipped Cream -Truth or Dare - BWF - June

Welcome to the June edition of  Blogging With Friends. Each month we choose a theme, always different and sometimes relative to the month/holiday coming up. Since we are all different "types" of bloggers our interpretation of the theme will vary greatly from one blog to the other.
I was out voted this month. Our theme is "truth or dare", which I honestly was not a fan of. You may ask why and I'll explain. Have you seen the commercial for the new horror movie? I had, and when I saw this as a potential theme I cringed. No way did I want to do it but alas here we are.
Also, truth or dare brought up some very unhappy teen memories. 

Dare I share? Well, that is the theme...when I was 14 I had a horrible crush on this guy. He was 18. One morning my friends and I were standing out front of the school, waiting on the bell. In pulls this car, music blaring and JJ got out. His brother, Roger, my crush was driving. He said "hey you girls want to have some fun?" My friend Kim ran to the car. The rest of us looked at each other. She was leaning in the window and talking to him. Then she turns around and says "come on!!" so we did. I have no idea what in heavens name possessed me that morning. But I got in the car and away we sped. OH MY GOSH I was skipping school AND with an 18 year old no doubt. My mother was going to kill me, I could see the newspaper headlines now. "LOCAL GIRL KILLED BY IRRATE MOTHER" or "LOCAL GIRL KILLED FOR SKIPPING SCHOOL, LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU ALL". 
We drove for what seemed like an hour, and it was close to it. He pulled in a local mom and pop store, and came out with beer. OH MY GOSH, yep, that did it, that sealed my faith. I was dead. Because if my mother didn't kill me, my dad would surely kill this guy.
Then we drove to his house. It was a cute house, surrounded by trees, perfect for a murder. Yes I've always had a dark mind. We sat around the living room, smoking cigarettes and being cool. He popped a top, drank it down and Kim grabbed one. She was the "cool" kid, daring, rebellious, my alter ego. She pushed a bottle towards me. "HERE Dawn, drink one", "no I'm okay." She laughed "oooh are you scared. I dare you." And so the day began. One dare after another. I "dare" you to drink a beer, I dare you to smoke a cigarette, I dare you to take a toke off this joint, I dare you to make out with Roger, I dare you to go in the bedroom with him and on and on it went.
The way the day ended is a horrible nightmare and one I'm not ready to share. But I will say this, NO I did not cower in every dare. I did not make out with him, I did not have sex or give him a hickie and yes Kim and the rest of my "friends" made fun of me. The goody goody girl. I was scared, embarrassed and then I was mad as hell. These were not my friends. Friends didn't treat friends like this. I did say no. I did not give in and "truth or dare" has always been a phrase that gets my dander up and brings on heightened anxiety because I see that scared 14 year old girl sitting in a house surrounded by trees and it could have very easily ended worse than it did. We were stupid to get in that car. Our parents had no way of knowing where we were or what we were doing. We didn't know him. We knew WHO he was but that's different.
Not long after that, just a few months, he shot and killed a man. His best friends father. The mom talked him in to it, offered him part of the insurance money. His best friend was an accomplice. He served 32 years in prison. So yes, it could have ended much worse.
So when I saw the movie advertise, all this came flooding back. THEN the group voted and this was chosen as a theme. Oy!

Can we talk about this for one more minute? Truth or dare, peer pressure, bullying there really isn't much difference. Were you the giver or receiver? How about your children? No I don't believe it's part of growing up, no I don't believe it's okay, yes I do think you can teach your children to be nice, kind and accepting without being door mats. It's called common decency and I believe it packed up and left. It all stems from one thing, low self esteem. If you bully someone, it is a deep rooted issue. The bully is vying for attention, self seeking, they are ultimately afraid of something. They may be receiving this at home, a dad who is trying to make him a man at 12 but really is just a mean old drunk. I'm actually going to stop right here because this is a major hot spot for me, a soap box issue.
I will say this. Teach your children kindness. Teach them to also stand up for themselves. Teach them that it's okay to be different and value their differences, strengths and stop focusing on the negative. The world will give them enough of that all too soon. Teach them to walk away even if it means being alone for a while. It is better to be alone than to walk with idiots.
Stop Bullying campaign...talk to your kids. Maybe read it and take it to heart yourself. http://stompoutbullying.org/

On to a happier topic and memory. How about this...a chocolate chip pound cake with fresh strawberry sauce and chocolate whipped cream!? Dare I? Yes this time!
The strawberry sauce you'll find HERE if you want the recipe. Yes the picture shows just chopped strawberries, I forgot to get a picture of the sauce over the cake, we were in a hurry to eat it. The down side of blogging, pictures MUST be taken first. LOL

Chocolate Whipping Cream
Homemade whipped cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
Beat until light, fluffy and stiff peaks are formed. If you over whip, you'll end up with something close to butter and the cream will begin to break down and separate.

For the pound cake, I cheated. Yep I purchased a mix and added chocolate chips to it. You can bake your own from scratch. It will take about a dozen eggs but you will be able to control the other ingredients and less processed stuff.

That's it, simple, easy and super delicious.

Now be sure to stop by the other participants and see how they interpreted this theme.
Lydia Cluttered Genius : Survive the beach...with kids
Rabia from  The Lieber Family
 Tamara from Part Time Working Hockey Mom


Friday, June 8, 2018

Pina Colada Oreo Cupcakes

Guess what y'all...

That's right! Today is my birthday!! WOOT PAARTAY...BOOM
Can you tell I'm excited?

Here's how today is going to go, after getting up and getting dressed I will take Tucker to the vet/boarding where he will stay until tomorrow. I will then head to my favorite place, yep, Dunkin' Donut and get my iced coffee with mocha. Mmm just thinking about it makes my mouth water...okay. Then I will either sit under the umbrella outside or drive over to the park. Sit at a table in the shade and enjoy my coffee. Next will be the mall, Macy's to be exact, where I hope to find something nice to wear out to dinner tonight. If I don't find anything there I'll browse around the mall and head over to Cato, my other favorite place. Most likely it will be lunch time at this point. I'll grab a bite and meet my hubby. Then after lunch it will be errands. Renew my tags on my car, get a haircut (first one in six months oh yeah I'm way over due for a trim) grocery shopping and then home. I'll rest up a bit and then shower and change for an evening out with my wonderful handsome husband. We are going to a new place, a Colombian restaurant. 
It might not sound fantastic to anyone else, but it's my day and this is what I have planned and am very excited about.

In celebration of my birthday and because I love Pina Colada's , these fabulous cupcakes are my newest creation.

When I saw the new Oreo cookies for the summer, Cherry Cola and Pina Colada, I immediately thought about cupcakes. (there is also kettle corn but yuck)

I love putting Oreo's in cupcakes. Have you seen the ones I did several years ago? No, well you can check out the recipe HERE.
Here's what they look like. Mmm

So anyway I knew I needed to make a new version of my cupcake using one of the new flavors, but which one first. It was a hard decision but I went with PC first and I was NOT disappointed, except that the cookies are THIN not regular Oreo. Ugh..oh well, it still worked but with thin cookies and not as many in a package I had to modify my original recipe just a tad. The cherry cola are regular size cookies, that's next. Oooh boy!

Pina Colada Oreo Cupcakes
1 pkg of Pina Colada
1 white cake mix
1 container of whipped white frosting
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
Mix cake mix according to box instructions, then add the coconut and pineapple. Crush 8 Oreo's and add to the batter. Place one Oreo in the bottom of each liner. Scoop into cupcake liners, 24, and bake according to the box. I also added a little coconut and a few crushed Oreo's in to the frosting. Bake, allow to cool. Frost and add 1/2 of a cookie for decoration or not.
ENJOY

I'm not a decorator of cakes so I found this one online. I thought it was lovely.

 Making a wish but I can't share or it won't come true, or so they say. I think we make our own wishes and dreams come true.
 Have a great day, I plan on it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Loaded Cauliflower Bake KETO

I love loaded baked potatoes, potatoes, bacon, cheese, come on what's not to love right? Well, one thing, the carbs.
Not wanting to give in the carb craving I looked in the freezer and found a bag of cauliflower. Now I'm not going to lie and tell you it taste the same, it doesn't but it is a good substitute and has no carbs.
It was a very simple thing. I placed the thawed cauliflower on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Then covered it with cheese, parmesan and colby, sprinkled parsley flakes, fresh cracked black pepper and a bunch of chopped up cooked bacon. Slid it in the oven until it was all bubbly and the edges of the cheese were golden brown.
This was a super WIN, delicious, easy and low carb. Even my husband loved it and he does not like cauliflower. 
The perfect side dish or appetizer.