Ole’ Earnie

I got a call yesterday from one of Earnie’s church lady friends, Gloria.  She told me their sewing group, of which Earnie was a member, would be meeting next week and she was planning to make Earnie’s recipe for Mexican Fruit Cake.  Hold your horses, reader.  It’s not this… The thought of candied fruit with a congealed sauce over a nutty cake makes my gag reflex work overtime.  Earnie’s recipe is a much gentler, kinder cake. Gloria told me how much they missed my mother and since this next week is their Valentine’s Day gathering she wanted to make Earnie’s cake so they could think of her.  Isn’t that the sweetest gift ever?  I’ve been missing her so much lately.  These little treasures that come out of the blue help me to remember her spirit is still very much present.  My bestie picked up a magazine to read the other day and in … Continue reading “Ole’ Earnie”

Mr. Bee Has Left the Building

Mr. Bee is officially retired.  He is so excited.  He has a bucket list of things he wants to do: Be a substitute teacher — I would rather roll myself in honey and be fed to a pack of red ants, but if this makes him happy, then go for it. Go to Culinary School  — he says he will be making dinner for us.  Meatloaf, he reported, is his first meal.  Gives me images of Will Ferrell in the Wedding Crashers. Ma, Meatloaf!!!  Become a certified auto mechanic — he loves to work on cars.  His Porsche dealer friend said Mr. Bee could hang with him in the garage. Take a glass blowing class Learn to play the guitar Plant me a vegetable garden Be a mall Santa Claus — he has already started the beard He retired after 19 years of service from the state, and many more … Continue reading “Mr. Bee Has Left the Building”

I’m Waterlogued

I spent my entire evening playing with Waterlogue.  It’s a new smart phone app that takes your photos and creates a watercolor print right before your eyes.  It is awesomesauce.  The Hive may open a gallery with these buzz worthy jewels… Mr. Hobbes New York Poppy Farm    Take my hand   Ruthie, the Weinerful   Miss Bee with sandy toes   Porkchop and Lovie   I mustache you a question   Buttercream Frosting   Earnie and the Amaryllis   Animal Print   Reincarnation     Best $2.99 I have spent in a while.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

I think I might buy stock in cauliflower farms.  Can you marry a cauliflower?  Tonight I was testing the recipes from Pinterest, and this one was in the queue — oven roasted cauliflower and it was a hit.  Like, licking my plate, wishing I had more, hit. It was lemony, garlicky, with just a few bites of caramelized crunchy tips from the olive oil.  And the Parmesan cheese at the end, adds just another zest.  I think this would be the perfect side to grilled chicken or salmon.  One medium-sized cauliflower served three people generously, so if you want to make it for a dinner party you might want to cut up two heads of cauliflower. Now go out to the grocery tomorrow and make this.  Follow me on Pinterest for the recipe, or click above for the direct link to the recipe.

Find it in Everything — What the Queen is reading in January

I have always had a crush on Drew Barrymore.  Her movies are so endearing, especially Never Been Kissed (great chick flick to watch with your teen).  Every time I see her interviewed she is positive, articulate and thoughtful.  She’s a new mom, with another baby on the way.  And, she has launched a pretty line of cosmetics called Flower Beauty at Walmart.  I have tried several of her products and not only are they high quality, but they are super affordable. She just released her new book Find it in Everything.  In it she shares her photographs of the heart-shaped objects and patterns she has come across over the past ten years.  Her personal collection of photographs are simple, sweet and would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  In the preface of her book she talks about how she believes her fondness for heart-shapes came from when she was a … Continue reading “Find it in Everything — What the Queen is reading in January”

Trader Joe’s Top 25 Picks — Mine made the list!

Trader Joe’s Top 25 list of their customer favorites was just announced and this proud consumer is so excited that a few of my very own faves were included! Click on the link to see if your faves are on the list.  Mine were Pumpkin Coffee, Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix, and the Mandarin Chicken. While you are on their site, sign up for their Fearless Flyer.  The flyer is so creative and makes you want everything — plus they have a feature where you can create a shopping list and they will send it right to your inbox to use while you’re in the store! Mark you calendar for January 28 when it’s National Appetizer Day.  The store is supposed to have fun food samplings and give aways.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I’m just a fan. Hope your Tuesday is terrific.

How to Make a Marginal Lasagna

That title makes you want to tune in, doesn’t it?  In an effort to help me be better organized on my weekday meal planning, which I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I made the Pinterest Crock Pot Lasagna.  Here’s how The Hive residents weighed in on the results.   The recipe said to take one bottle of any pasta sauce, uncooked lasagna noodles, one 16-oz carton of cottage cheese, and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.  Start with the sauce and make three layers.  Cook for 5-6 hours. Results:  Worth trying again but with these modifications — use two jars of sauce.  It was a little too dry which I think is what made it cook faster than the 5 hours.  By the 5th hour, the edges were starting to burn.  And although I like my lasagna to have a little crispy cheese edges, this was burnt.  I think this extra liquid would also insure that … Continue reading “How to Make a Marginal Lasagna”

Quick Pottery Barn Orchid Knockoff

I was flipping through my new Pottery Barn catalog last night and I spotted something I wanted to try and replicate on my own. I love the centerpiece using the glass hurricane with the orchid.  It’s not a new idea, but I think I liked how the orchids were placed in the glass with moss making it look kind of terrarium-ish (I just made that word up). The glass hurricane sells for $79, but I wanted to come in way under that.  I already had the orchid stems.  I need a few bags of moss sheets, balls, and floral putty to hold it down.  I knew I also wanted a tinted glass hurricane.  I found one at Target for $23. I gathered all my supplies, which cost less than $16 at Michaels, plus a pair of clippers for the floral stems.  I bought two bags of moss, and one bag … Continue reading “Quick Pottery Barn Orchid Knockoff”

Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread

I love my church lady friends, because they can cook anything from casseroles to monkey bread and it’s amaze balls (this is my new favorite word for 2014).  I went to an ornament exchange and my friend Mrs. Creel brought this.  I ate three-fourths of it and I wasn’t embarrassed in the least.  I realize that today, being the first day of the year when most people have “EAT NO MORE SUGAR” at the top of their resolute list, it’s not the best time to give you a recipe for monkey bread, but I don’t care.  It’s delish, so deal. Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 cans of Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing 1/2 cup chopped pecans (if you’re not a nut person, you can omit) 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup butter Preheat oven to 350.  Grease … Continue reading “Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread”

Off to a New Year’s Eve Party

Very soon after we moved into our home, almost seven years ago, we became friends with the neighbors in our section of the neighborhood.  We really enjoy getting together and for the last six years we’ve each taken turns hosting a NYE party.  We’ve had theme parties, like dress from a character from the ’60s, and come in your pj’s.  I found this clever idea for goody bags for the ladies from oh so beautiful paper. I just used white lunch sacks I had on hand, and printed the tags from the link. I included a can of black eyed peas for good luck in the new year, a packet of Emergen-C for good health (they used a packet of Alka Seltzer), and Hershey Kisses for love in the new year (I used dark chocolate kisses for more good health). These are the cute labels you can print on card stock.  Their webpage made me want … Continue reading “Off to a New Year’s Eve Party”