Thursday, July 31, 2014

Break.




To say that my summer has been stressful would be an understatement. With E's health issues and surgeries, demands at work and general life stresses, I am tired.  I am wrapped REALLY tight right now; so much so that I am making myself physically ill.  I don't feel like I have had a summer break or spent enough quality time with my favorite twelve and a half year old. 

So last week I decided I needed to unplug. Like FOR REAL unplug, from social media and even my beloved blog,  and focus on relaxing and having a bit fun before B heads back to school.  When B tells me she misses me I KNOW it is time for a break.

So I will be on a month long hiatus to spend some much needed time with my family and taking time to take care of myself. I hope you all continue to have a fantastic summer and I will see you in September! 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Selfies!



1. These are pictures from the past 6 months or so.  I can see the weight loss from when I took the first picture until this most recent one.  When you are losing weight, you can't always see what others see.  Never mind my foundation garments stay having me looked nipped and tucked! LOL

2.  Many of these outfits are now too big!!

3. Doesn't everybody take bathroom selfies? No? Oh...carry on!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alon's Lemon-Lime Pound Cake




So, if you’ve been reading me for any amount of time you know that baking is really not my thing. I mean I have some things that I can successfully bang out but a pastry chef I will never be! I’m good on that...lol.

One of my sister's friends, is honing her housewifery skills by cooking more meals at home. My sister and her friend kept bragging about how great this cake was and how I needed to make it. So I did and hated I waited so long to prepare it.  This cake is junk in your trunk delicious! It is moist and flavorful; yet light and airy.  It would be great with a cup of coffee, glass of milk or spot of tea!


Alon's Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

What you need:
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 8 ounces of regular lemon lime soda
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract


What to do:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter and oil
  • Add eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly after each addition
  • Add cake flour and lemon lime soda to cream mixture. Mix until just combined
  • Add the lemon and coconut extracts to the batter and mix for about a minute
  • Pour cake batter into a prepared Bundt cake pan or two prepared loaf pans
  • Bake cake for 1½ hours at 325 degrees or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.


Originally posted February 1, 2011 on my old site. Updated with new pictures.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's For Dinner?


I started posting our weekly menu on the fridge so the family would always know what to expect come dinner time.  It also aids in giving me an idea of what to actually cook!  I freeze everything so once I have decided on a menu I place all of the meat that I will be using on a tray at the top of the fridge to defrost.  If there is some prep involved I tend to do that over the weekend like cutting up chicken, making pizza dough or even cooking rice. 

Here's what our menu looks like this week:


Kung Pao Chicken – Tender chicken tossed in a delicious vinegar brown sugar sauce, honey roasted peanuts and green onions; served over stir fried rice and fried okra

Ginger and Orange Sticky Wings – Spicy roasted wings tossed in a ginger and orange peel marmalade sauce; served with House Potatoes and a fresh green salad and a homemade Asian style dressing

Barbeque Ranch Chicken Salad – Grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, fresh roasted corn and black beans over fresh greens, served with a semi-homemade BBQ ranch dressing and topped with crispy onion strings

Homemade Cheeseburger Pizza – Sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, tomatoes, romaine and seasoned ground beef piled on a homemade pizza crust and served with a fresh green salad and homemade creamy Italian dressing

This week's ice cream will be: Peanut Butter Cup! Rich peanut butter ice cream with chunks of honey roasted peanuts and semi-sweet chocolate



 Yes. Yes, I do put the meal descriptions on the menu.  I'm a tad bit extra! LOL

What's on your menu this week?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Now Churning: Double Chocolate CHUNK!



This week's ice cream was rich chocolate ice cream, semi-sweet chocolate chunks mixed with creamy vanilla bean white chocolate chunks! So good!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Italian Herb Mix



Italian Herb Mix

What you need:
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary. Rosemary is very pungent so adjust as necessary
One Tablespoon each:
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried sage
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried parsley
  • Granulated garlic, optional

What to do:
  • Thoroughly mix all ingredients
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Currently...



Enjoying – Summer weather.  Weather in the city has been rather mild this year! We've gotten decent rain and, as of this writing, have not gotten above 95 degrees!

Loving – Lane Bryant’s buy two bras get two free sale.  A new, well-fitting bra will change your life perspective OK!! LOLOL

Feeling – Tired. I have not been sleeping well…Boo insomnia Boo!

Reading - Maid to Love by Marie Force

Thinking about – Thrifting for the shelf d├ęcor. I want eclectic family funk on those shelves!

Listening to – Old School Prince, i.e. Controversy, 1999, Dirty Mind…classics!

Watching – House of Cards.  I started watching earlier this year but it didn’t pull me in. So I am going to give it another try since I am a Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright fan.  Haven't started The West Wing yet...

Making me happy – Doing more of the things that I love!

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