Happy 100th post to me.

Whew!!! 100 posts. My first post was April 23rd 2008. It still sits there alone with 0 comments. What a lonely coconut cake. I again want to thank EVERYONE who reads my blog. And especially want to thank those of you who take your time out of your day to leave your kind comments. If […]

Pay It Forward

Go over and see Tanya at Take the Cannoli and enter her Pay It Forward Giveaway. And take a gander at what she got in the mail from me ( oh how I love shopping)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lets keep this giveaway going. It is sooooooo fun to go shopping for others and making them happy with all of […]

Impulse Buy.

“My Friends”..(if I heard John McCain say that one more time last night during the debate I thought I would shove his bumbed arm up his butt..I am sooooo over this election)..anyways, My friends, what you are looking at is 1/4 pounds Grade A Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla Beans. I thought I would be thrifty and […]

WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY

I have been such a slacker when it comes to Weight Watcher Wednesdays lately. I have not been doing much blog worthy cooking. But I HAD to have a sweet treat over the weekend, and I recalled this WW recipe that I made a while back with only TWO ingredients! It is SUPER SUPER simple. […]

Potato- Sour Cream Biscuits

One of my FAVORITE blogs is The Noble Pig. She is one of my daily reads. Cathy always has funny, relatable content and delicious food. I saw these yummy little rounds of carbohydrate goodness and had to read on! No yeast..there is no yeast in these biscuits. I have never really worked with yeast. Nooo, […]

Empty Pantry Syndrome

We have all had it at one point in our lives..you know..when you are standing in your kitchen, staring at a plate of thawed chicken breast..staring and staring and staring. I HATE HATE making the same things over and over. I pulled out my recipes binder, saw some things that looked good. Crap, I had […]

Blueberry Goodness!!

Photos taken PRE-Lowel Ego Light. Wow, I am such a slacker. I made this Blueberry Crumble WAAAYYYYYYY back in July, and am now just getting around to posting about it. Shame on me! I post it when Bleuberries are probably like $50 million dollars at the grocery store. Ok, so I exadurate a bit. But […]

The Death Of Chocolate

Robert Steinberg dies at 61 from lymphatic cancer. Who is this person you ask? Are you a chocolate lover? Two words….Scharffen Berger. He founded chocolatier Scharffen Berger, one of my favorite Chocolates. You can see his Obituary HERE

Living under a rock!!

I know I am a bit air headed and maybe living under a rock. But for some reason I have not yet been clued in on the The Left Over Queens Finest Foodies Friday. (FFF) I got an email from Patsy @ Family Friends and Food congratulating me on FFF. I emailed her back thinking […]

Daring Bakers #4 Lavash Crackers

Ok, this post will be short and simple. Talk about waiting till the last minute..I did these Friday afternoon while getting ready for a wake of a dear family friend that passed away from Lung Cancer. My favorite part about this months challenge…..NO MESSY KITCHEN! I only had to wash out my KA mixing bowl, […]

Blog Awards and Martha Stewart

It is no secret that I have been seriously behind in my blogging. As you all know it is ohhhhhh sooooooo time consuming, but well worth it! I have received some wonderful awards lately and haven’t had a chance to post them. Thank you to all of you for thinking of me. I appreciate each […]

Happy Fall

Happy Fall y’all! I cant really say I know much about fall, since here in Florida we don’t get it. Well my calender on the fridge says today is the first day of fall. But the thermometer on my house says its still smack dab in the middle of sizzling summer! So many of you […]

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Happy 100th post to me.

Whew!!! 100 posts. My first post was April 23rd 2008. It still sits there alone with 0 comments.
What a lonely coconut cake.
I again want to thank EVERYONE who reads my blog. And especially want to thank those of you who take your time out of your day to leave your kind comments. If it weren’t for comments we would have no idea who, if anyone is reading our blogs.
I always go back and forth..to blog or to stop blogging. As you all know it is very time consuming but also so very rewarding. So for now, I am on the continue blogging side. But tomorrow, who knows. What would I do with all of my time if stopped???LOL
So again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Also if you have any suggestions on my blog, feel free to let me know..more this..less of that??!!
Above is a GIANT cupcake cake I made today. You cant really tell it is big, but it is. I used the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan. My sister asked me to make the cake for her daughters birthday. After all of the stress I had with my 3 year olds Sleeping Beauty Birthday cake, I was hesitant. But I couldn’t turn down a chance to bake for my cute niece.
So in my anal fashion, I had to do a practice cake(and probably wont be my last practice). Sarah’s theme for her birthday party is
Pinkalicious. My mission is to make a giant cupcake cake to look like the one in the book.
Mission accomplished. I even made a huge cherry out of gum paste that I colored red with red food coloring.
Cute, very cute!

Pay It Forward

Go over and see Tanya at Take the Cannoli and enter her Pay It Forward Giveaway. And take a gander at what she got in the mail from me ( oh how I love shopping)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lets keep this giveaway going. It is sooooooo fun to go shopping for others and making them happy with all of their goodies!!

Impulse Buy.

“My Friends”..(if I heard John McCain say that one more time last night during the debate I thought I would shove his bumbed arm up his butt..I am sooooo over this election)..anyways, My friends, what you are looking at is 1/4 pounds Grade A Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla Beans. I thought I would be thrifty and purchase some vanilla beans on Ebay, and this is what I buy! What in the hell am I going to do with 1/4 pounds of vanilla beans? I have never really used vanilla beans before. I mean come one, a little goes a long way.
So seriously, what was I thinking? Am I ever, in my life time ever going to use all of these?
Any one have any bright ideas?

WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY

I have been such a slacker when it comes to Weight Watcher Wednesdays lately. I have not been doing much blog worthy cooking. But I HAD to have a sweet treat over the weekend, and I recalled this WW recipe that I made a while back with only TWO ingredients! It is SUPER SUPER simple. And so very tasty. If you are not an Angel food cake person, this one is not for you. I tried my hardest to eat just one, but it was impossible!
I know I know..I choose the WRONG color background for this. Too much pink! Looks like someone puked Pepto-Bismol!!!!!But they were GONE before I had a chance to snap another photo.
CHERRY SQUARES
1 package Angel Food cake mix, about 14 1/4 oz
1 22oz. can light cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 350F
Combine cake mix with pie filling( do not add any other ingredients). Pour batter into ungreased 9X13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into 24 squares.
Points value: 2

****you can use any lite pie filling..I also made this with Blueberry Pie filling****
Recipe from Weight Watchers.com

Potato- Sour Cream Biscuits

One of my FAVORITE blogs is The Noble Pig. She is one of my daily reads. Cathy always has funny, relatable content and delicious food. I saw these yummy little rounds of carbohydrate goodness and had to read on! No yeast..there is no yeast in these biscuits. I have never really worked with yeast. Nooo, I am not scared. But I associate yeast with having to wait to bake something, and to be quite honest, if I am gonna bake something..I WANT IT NOW! I don’t want to wait for 2 hours for something to rise. So I knew these were for me. I baked them the next day after I saw them. They were almost embarrassingly easy to whip up. Did my kids eat them?? Hell no they didn’t eat them. They were different from their everyday Pillsbury wheat rolls I give them. So there was no way they were going to eat them. Little terds! Oh well..that meant more for me and the hubby. The biscuits were delicious plain, with butter or with jam. Anyway you look at it, they are superb! Make them tomorrow will ya?

adapted (but changed) from Cooking Light
8 ounces cubed peeled Yukon Gold potato
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons butter, cut into smaller pieces
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7-3/4 ounces)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cooking spray or parchment paper.
Place potato in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender; drain. Return potato to pan. Add buttermilk, sour cream and butter to pan; mash with a potato masher until smooth.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add potato mixture and stir just until moist. Do not over stir. Turn the dough onto a slightly floured surface; knead lightly about 5 or 6 times.
Pat dough to a 3/4-inch thickness (get out you ruler). Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. (You can use a larger cutter if you like.) Place biscuits 2-inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or covered in parchment paper. Bake at 450 degrees for 14 minutes or until lightly browned.

Empty Pantry Syndrome

We have all had it at one point in our lives..you know..when you are standing in your kitchen, staring at a plate of thawed chicken breast..staring and staring and staring. I HATE HATE making the same things over and over. I pulled out my recipes binder, saw some things that looked good. Crap, I had none of the ingredients in my pantry. I had no bread crumbs, no fresh herbs, no pasta. Hmmmm, desperate times call for desperate measures.
I know I had potatoes and onions. Ok, I could work with what I had.
Again, no bread crumbs..there it was in the rear of my pantry…Stove Top Stuffing! All Stove Top is is Bread right? So below is the recipe in which I came up for dinner. I know the photos look like a big blob of nothing. But I tell you what…it was pretty damn tasty if I must say so myself!

Empty Pantry Chicken
4 organic chicken breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 potato sliced thin
1 onion
3/4 cup Sherry
1 cup Stove Top Stuffing mix
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Salt and Pepper
Slice onion thinly, caramelize them in pan
In a buttered casserole dish, arrange thinly sliced potatoes on bottom
Salt and Pepper Chicken
Place chicken on top of potatoes
Place caramelized onions on top of chicken
In small bowl, mix cream of mushroom soup and sherry together
Place soup mixture on top of onions
Top with Stove Top Stuffing
Shred Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over Stove Top
Bake uncovered in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until chicken is done.

Blueberry Goodness!!

Photos taken PRE-Lowel Ego Light.

Wow, I am such a slacker. I made this Blueberry Crumble WAAAYYYYYYY back in July, and am now just getting around to posting about it. Shame on me! I post it when Bleuberries are probably like $50 million dollars at the grocery store. Ok, so I exadurate a bit. But I think they were $5 for one of those itty bitty packages last week. So you might have to bookmark this for next summer, or if your willing to give the cashier at check out your left and right arm and your big toe for payment, have at it. Oh wait, if you give both your arms for payment, then you REALLY cant make them. Well then if you….oh never mind! Enough about the price of blueberries.

This is a SUPER yummy crumb cake. MOIST..oh sooooo MOIST! And who can resist a crumb topping? I know I cant! And if you can, well there is something just terribly wrong with you! hehehe!!!!

ohhh..I am sooo pissed..I stopped writing this post last night because I couldn’t find my recipe for this heavenly crumb cake and I was tired with a migraine. So I went to bed with all hopes of locating the recipe today! OMG..I have scoured my recipe binders 3 times each..and NOTHING!!! I can not believe I have lost this luscious recipe! I blame it on my “momnesia”!!!!
I am terribly sorry to post this as a tease without the directions. But I assure you, when I find it, I will update this post. This cake is toooo tasty to leave you hanging!!!

The Death Of Chocolate

Robert Steinberg dies at 61 from lymphatic cancer.

Who is this person you ask?

Are you a chocolate lover?

Two words….Scharffen Berger.
He founded chocolatier Scharffen Berger, one of my favorite Chocolates.
You can see his Obituary HERE

Living under a rock!!

I know I am a bit air headed and maybe living under a rock. But for some reason I have not yet been clued in on the The Left Over Queens Finest Foodies Friday. (FFF)

I got an email from Patsy @ Family Friends and Food congratulating me on FFF. I emailed her back thinking she was cursing me out(lol). She informed me of what FFF was. So I headed over to Jenns site The Left Over Queen and there I was..my little old blog. SO I investigated a bit more..how did this come about? Votes by your peers!! How awesome is that? I just always find it amazing when someone thinks of my blog for mentioning! Seriously, when I started my blog, I didn’t think a soul would ever read it! So again thank you!

Here are the folks who mentioned me.

The ever so mysterious Foodycat

Thanks you guys! I cant tell you how much it means to me!

Daring Bakers #4 Lavash Crackers

Ok, this post will be short and simple. Talk about waiting till the last minute..I did these Friday afternoon while getting ready for a wake of a dear family friend that passed away from Lung Cancer.

My favorite part about this months challenge…..NO MESSY KITCHEN!
I only had to wash out my KA mixing bowl, dough hook, rolling pin, and silpat! SCORE!
My husband was crushed when he saw this months challenge. His exact words, “Crackers??”
(a man of few words).needless to say he was disappointed. He wanted the sweet 28 layer cake he was dreaming up in his head!

Natalie from Gluten A Go Go and Shel of Musings From the Fishbowl are the hosts this months and you can view the original recipe on their sites. You can visit all of the other Daring Bakers Crackers here.

These are Lavash crackers..you know the kind of cracker you get when you go out to eat usually with the black sesame seeds on them?! Our hosts wanted this month to be strictly Vegan with an optional Gluten Free Recipe.
I choose the NON gluten free version.
1st version…Rosemary,garlic powder and sea salt crackers with Sun-dried tomato hummus.
2nd version..Cinnamon with Demerara sugar crackers(acorn and apple shaped) with Pumpkin-coconut dip.
Both were very yummy!

Blog Awards and Martha Stewart

It is no secret that I have been seriously behind in my blogging. As you all know it is ohhhhhh sooooooo time consuming, but well worth it! I have received some wonderful awards lately and haven’t had a chance to post them. Thank you to all of you for thinking of me. I appreciate each and everyone of you who read my blog! It make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!!! 🙂

Thank you very much Hayley @ Away With the Fairycakes.

Many Thanks Dawn…Vanilla Sugar

Denise you Rock..visit her @ Run DMT


Thank you very much Jamie..visit Jamie @ My Baking Addiction

Also don’t forget to visit Martha’s blog. Tell her all about your blog and she just might mention yours on hers!!!

Happy Fall

Happy Fall y’all! I cant really say I know much about fall, since here in Florida we don’t get it. Well my calender on the fridge says today is the first day of fall. But the thermometer on my house says its still smack dab in the middle of sizzling summer! So many of you say your nights are starting to cool off. Here in Tampa, you can cut the humidity with a knife and you have to still bathe in Deep Woods Off to warn off the horse sized mosquito’s! Ohhh happy days!!!

Anyways, what a better way to start of “FALL” than turkey? No not the kind we usually pair with mashed potatoes, the Oreo Bread of Turkey!
Aren’t they adorable? I am not sure where they originally came from, probably one of those crafty holiday food magazines. I saw these many moons ago at a party and they always stuck in my head.

Writing the directions down without a visual is hard. But just one look at them and you can pretty much figure out how to make them.
Here is what you need for 1 turkey
2 DOUBLE stuff Oreos
7 Candy Corns
1 malted Milk Ball
1 Reece’s Cup
Chocolate Frosting(the premade kind in the tub)
White, red, orange and black decorating frosting(the kind in the squeeze tube)

Lay the one Oreo down. Take a smear of chocolate frosting and glue the other Oreo so it stand on top of the bottom Oreo(this one serves as the Turkeys back)
With the chocolate frosting, “glue” the Reece’s cup to the bottom and back Oreos
With the chocolate frosting glue the whopper to the top of the Reece’s.
Place 5 candy corns tip down into the vanilla cream of the “back” of the turkey
For the beak…Break off the tip of 1 candy corn and with the white frosting glue it on the malted milk ball.
Dab on the eyes with the white and black frosting.
Make feet with the orange frosting
Make the waddle with the red frosting
Affix 1 candy corm to the rear of the turkey..for his hiney!

DOES MY BUTT LOOK BIG???

Enjoy..the kiddos will get a kick out of these!