Earnie: The Best Last Week of Her Life

  I said goodbye to my dear, precious Earnie last week.  Many of my blog entries have been about the funny things we have experienced living as Mother and daughter in the same house.  When God presented me with this opportunity seven years ago I had no idea that the journey she and I would go on together would be just as much as a gift for her as it was for me.    I am only on the tip of opening a well of emotion that stirs inside me.  My sister put it very well, “I feel like my heart is broken open.  With love flowing out.” My hurt over missing her is cushioned by the fact that I know she is with Daddy. I spoke at her funeral last week. It was my last goodbye.  Honoring all that is good about her.  Here is her story of the best last week of … Continue reading “Earnie: The Best Last Week of Her Life”

Dear Postman, Please Deliver to Camp

When I was away at summer camp, Earnie didn’t send me gifts in the mail.  Side bar:  My gift was usually waiting when I came home — a totally cleaned out and newly decorated bedroom.  The thing now is when you send your kid away for camp, they need to get mail cause all the other kids are getting mail and gifts! Some parents go overboard on the whole “I don’t want my child to feel alone during camp, so here’s $150 dollars.  Go treat your cabin to treats in the snack shack.”  I don’t go that crazy, but I do like to send her a few small things so she gets something every day during mail call.  The camp has a mail box so on Sunday when you drop little precious off you can drop their mail marked with their name and what day you want it delivered.  Camp is … Continue reading “Dear Postman, Please Deliver to Camp”

Digging Yellow — It’s Mellow

Yellow and orange are my fave colors du jour.  Here’s my mellow yellow journal. I love the wall color with the grey dresser and hot pink accents. Miss Bee’s science project.  Anatomy of a cell. Love this reddish/orange chair.       Yellow rattan chairs. Fun journal from Barnes and Noble.    Greenish yellow ottoman and hot pink.  Love.   Book I want to read. Mrs. Schumacher’s Pretzel Rods.  She’s teaching her daughter, Miss Anna, the trade.   Lemon Drop Cookies     This is an easy cookie to make.  You can change up the flavors by using different cake mixes and extracts.   1 box of lemon cake mix 2 eggs 1/3 cup oil 1 tsp lemon extract    Mix all ingredients.  Form about a 3/4 tsp of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar.  Bake on a cookie sheet 6-9 minutes at 375 degrees.  Dust with sifted powered … Continue reading “Digging Yellow — It’s Mellow”

Hope Springs Eternal

I’m cold.  It’s 40 degrees outside.  Rainy.  Phil was a little premature in his forecast of spring.  But, I know that soon, it will be hot. 100. Humid.  Here’s a little stroll of my backyard sanctuary.  Even though I may be cold, my little garden is in heaven.   Spinach.      Letuce.     Flowers.     What to wear.       Tomorrow:  Scenes of a Mellow Yellow. 

Epic. Cake. Fail.

This was the first recipe to try from the Cake magazine I mentioned here.  It’s the Brown Sugar Pound cake. Two things happened here.  First, when I was measuring the ingredients I measured five cups of flour.  Once ready to eat it was so bland and just plain, gah.  I have never made a cake that turned out tasteless.  So, I looked back at the recipe.  Oh.  I was supposed to put in three cups of flour (the magic number five was for the eggs).  Oops.  But, still, even if I had just put in the minimum of three cups, I think it would have still tasted, gah.  Oh, and here’s a tip.  When you use too much flour the cake never cooks all the way through.  After two hours — no exaggeration here — I finally took the cake out.  Nice burned edges, and ooey gooey raw batter in the … Continue reading “Epic. Cake. Fail.”

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Awesome slow cooker recipe for Chicken Parmesan from Full Bellies.  I started with Six Sisters Stuff and visited their recipe index and found 25 slow cooker recipes.  They also have tons of freezer meals that you prep in a gallon zip lock then throw into your slow cooker.  Yummy. So last night I made the chicken parm.  It smelled so good.  Only took 4 hours on high.  Layers of chicken, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.  It was pull apart, juicy and the perfect comfort food.  I served it with whole wheat spaghetti, grilled zucchini (ala Mrs. Burdette), and steamed lemon broccoli.  Earnie deemed it the best dinner she’s had at Windwood in quite a while. Check out both sites for delish recipes.  Have a fab Friday.

Nailing it for Spring

A reader asked me to comment on nail colors for spring.  Thanks, Mrs. Hubbard!  I always love reader suggestions. Dear Mrs. Hubbard, You can do anything you want with your nails.  From sherbet colors to neon, to ombre touches — everything is in style.  I am in love with Anne Hathaway right now.  She exudes class and style.  Back at the Golden Globes awards I zoomed in on her nail polish: White nails with butterfly appliques.  She was a Loreal featured star for red carpet makeup, so I have a feeling these appliques are from Loreal.  Chic. Here she is before Les Mis hair coordinating her dress with her nail polish. I dig her short hair-do.  I think I am going to get mine cut like hers.  Maybe I’ll have a better chance of winning an Oscar if I do it.  I could be discovered in the Rosemary’s Baby movie re-make. Ok, … Continue reading “Nailing it for Spring”

Nanny McMeow

This is what I looked like this morning at 3:08 a.m. when I was awoken by Oreo, the cat (also known as Yo-Yo, cra-cra, Orie).  She was crying for literally 20 minutes.  When I finally got out of bed (of course no one else got out of bed), I found her at the bottom of the steps looking up at me. She’s not the friendliest of cats.  She was a stray that I served as a nurse mid-wife to her when she popped out a litter of deceased kittens on my lanai.  But, last night, she let me pick her up and she immediately started purring.  I noticed the pads of her feet were really cold.  I held her for about 10 minutes, rocking her back and forth on the steps.  I’m sure if Mr. Bee has woken and saw me “rocking the kitty” he would have finally admitted his wife was … Continue reading “Nanny McMeow”

Say “I Do” to Tres Leches Cake Parfaits

I wanted to share a recipe for Tres Leches Cake parfaits.  For the bridal shower I helped co-host, I volunteered to make the dessert.  I knew Tres Leches cake was the bride’s favorite, but I didn’t want to serve it the usual way, sliced on plates with a fork.  So, I made parfaits. I used a Martha Stewart recipe for Tres Leches Cake.  I baked it the night before the party and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.  A few hours before the party, I made the whipped cream and assembled the parfaits in small, stemless wine glasses. At the bottom of each glass I put a small dollop of whipped cream, then a small square of cake, more whipped cream, another square of cake, topped with whipped cream.  I sprinkled a garnish of toasted coconut and a touch of nutmeg.  I found a set of adorable bride and groom cupcake toppers and stuck them in … Continue reading “Say “I Do” to Tres Leches Cake Parfaits”

Travel themed Bridal Shower

My co-workers and I sent off one of our own to be married to her beloved.  She spent most of this past year traveling from Texas to Florida to be with him.  So we decided a travel-themed shower would be fun. We used a vintage suitcase and a small bouquet of flowers with a tag for the front porch decor. In the living area, where guests gathered, we featured a map mounted on foam board.  Since her shower was on Valentine’s Day we googled cities in the US with a Valentine them in the name and made little hearts and attached them with red and white push pins — Candy Town, Ohio; Lover, Pennsylvania…   We filled a vintage suitcase and hat box with travel themed gifts, maps and tour guides for the table centerpiece.    Refreshments were Kale and Goat Cheese empanadas, melon prosciutto skewers, Havarti and apricot bruschetta and tres leches cake … Continue reading “Travel themed Bridal Shower”