Cinnamon Roll Saturday

This past Saturday, I took Miss Bee to Ginger Brown’s diner in Lake Worth.  It was a cold, rainy day and the perfect conditions for comfort food.  Each meal comes with their famous homemade cinnamon rolls.  The chatty older couple next to us shared their cinnamon rolls with us (you see, she has diabetes and can’t eat them).  Plus, while we were waiting to be seated we did their “text us and we’ll give you a coupon for a free cinnamon roll” incentive.  So, we left with six of these bad boys… We missed the “cinnamon roll happy hour”.  During non-peak times of the day, if you purchase nine cinnamon rolls you get nine free.  Perfect for a sleepover! Are you like me and savor the center of the cinnamon roll for last?

RIP Stir ‘n Frost

Three fun things at work today…first it’s my favorite day of the week Friday, second we had cake at 10:30 a.m. for one of our student workers for her birthday (no, I didn’t eat any because of my Lenten sacrifice, but it was okay because it was chocolate), and third, I have a chicken salad sandwich from my favorite place, McKinley’s, for lunch. During our snack time this morning, I had another realization that I am old enough to be the mother of the girls I work with.  None of them remembered Stir ‘n Frost cake mix.  How tragic.  They looked puzzled as I tried to explain how it came with its own pan and two packets — one for the cake mix and one with ready made frosting.  Bake and eat from the same pan!  Genious. So, I did a little research and here’s what I found.. “Next time … Continue reading “RIP Stir ‘n Frost”

Party Like a 90-Year Old

I had the greatest pleasure on Saturday to attend the 90th birthday party of my dear friend, Julia Johnson.  She and Earnie have known each other for almost 60 years.  They raised their children together, and buried their beloved husbands together.  Julia moved to Dallas several years ago, making it difficult to see each other.  When I saw her Sunday, I just couldn’t stop touching her.  She hadn’t changed a bit, other than to shrink in size to the cutest little lady I just want to put in my pocket. Here she is with Earnie before Julia blew out the candles on her birthday cake… Also at the party, my high school English teacher — Mrs. Dyer.  She shared she is 86!  I guess eating lots of home-grown vegetables growing up is the secret, because neither of these gals has aged at all. Now that I am grown up, I get … Continue reading “Party Like a 90-Year Old”

Praline Grahams

Made a batch of these Praline Grahams for Sister Bee’s spring open house with her Thirty One Business and other vendors.  I have had this Southern Living recipe for years and it’s very easy.  It’s the perfect sweet with coffee or for a wine and cheese party.  Enjoy! Praline Grahams 12 whole graham crackers any flavor — regular, cinnamon or chocolate 3/4 cup of margarine (the syrup seems to spread better using margarine, but when I don’t have it I substitute with butter.  I actually like butter taste better). 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup chopped pecans I have doubled this recipe using almost two packages of graham crackers, 1 cup sugar and 3 sticks of margarine.  Works fine. Break graham crackers in half into squares.  Arrange on a cookie sheet with sides.  Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in sugar and chopped pecans.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  … Continue reading “Praline Grahams”

Martha made my lunch — It’s a Good Thing

Recently, out to dinner with friends, we shared if money were no concern, what personal luxury would we indulge in on a regular basis.  Most of us said having a personal chef. I can’t help myself when I go to Macy’s and see how they have merchandised the Martha Stewart line of home products.  Especially her food storage containers.  I upgraded recently to a monogrammed lunch box courtesy of Sister Bee’s Thirty One business.  So, I decided it was time to trade in the Gladware plastic tubs where the lids don’t fit anymore. Martha made my yogurt parfait this morning and packaged it in this cute little divided cup.  It has a container on the bottom for your yogurt and on top your granola or fruit and a spoon. Then, she packaged my lunch in this cute four piece lunch to go kit.  A place on the bottom for your … Continue reading “Martha made my lunch — It’s a Good Thing”

Everyone needs a Sister in their Hive

Today is my Sister Lady’s birthday.  Everyone should be lucky enough to have a sister.  My story is unique in that she was 15 when I came along…much more like a mother to me than a sister.  All my positive childhood experiences are rooted deeply in the love I felt from not only her but my two brothers.  Several years ago, Earnie gave me a few albums with photos she had made from slides from my birthday parties and family vacations.  In almost every photo, I am being held by someone.  Earnie always says that my feet never touched the ground my first year of life. But, today is reserved for Sister Bee and the many things I learned from her… She taught me my ABC’s. Always be aware of boys with rocks.  “R” for rocks. You must accessorize, even in the mountains.  Notice the purse and scarf. Swimming can be fun, but … Continue reading “Everyone needs a Sister in their Hive”

Party of Twelve

Miss Bee turned 12 on Sunday.  We packaged her invitations in red and pink polka dot bags with a label that said “It’s going to be swell, Phoebe is turning 12.”  Tucked inside was a strip of photos of her (like from a photo booth) and the invitation. Miss Bee ordered Frito Pie for lunch, so the night before the wingding (as Daddy would call it) I made three big pots of chili.  Then Sunday morning we put the chili into crockpots to heat.  I set out all the toppings…cheese, sour cream, red, yellow and orange diced bell peppers, cilantro, and of course Fritos.  For those that preferred the salad route, we chopped tomotoes and romaine lettuce for taco salads.  It was fun watching everyone customize their own mug o’ chili… That’s my niece bee, Violet, dipping her taquito into her chili. Dinner was on your own and some decided to enjoy the … Continue reading “Party of Twelve”

Daddy Hung the Moon

It has been almost a year since Daddy went to live in heaven and oh, the new mischief heaven must have going on with him there.  I think of all the saints he has greeted since then, some have been his friends in the last year from church.  And the famous people…I wonder if Daddy was involved in the planning of Elizabeth Taylor’s welcome to heaven party. Anyway, I have been thinking about him alot lately.  More so than usual.  Earnie happened to share with me that she’d been thinking about Daddy alot and I told her I had too.  We got to thinking it was because he was probably doing something big in heaven like planning a festival or parade. Then, last night on the way home, we saw the Moon.  A big, fat glorious Moon. Look back at my blog entry on March 19 from 2011 and you’ll … Continue reading “Daddy Hung the Moon”

Hosting a Grandmother-to-Be Shower

Neighbor Bee, Cindy, is about 6 weeks away from being a Grandmother to little Addison Leigh – Miss Addi Bee.  So, it was only proper to have a shower for CiCi (the name Addi will call her).  We assembled the neighbors for a “Sips and Sweets” afternoon shower. It started with the invitation.  I found artwork on the internet and printed it off on cardstock — “She’s About to Pop with Excitement!”  Miss Bee and I packaged the invitations inside cellophane with a bag of microwave popcorn, tied them up with ribbon in the same design as the bag, attached a card that said “hope you can pop in!” and Miss Bee hand-delivered each invitation one afternoon. For the big day we had a few party activities…one included a quiz to match each guest’s name with the translation of the meaning of their name.  Then, each guest wrote their wish for Cici and … Continue reading “Hosting a Grandmother-to-Be Shower”

The Mother’s Encyclopedia

Sister Bee dropped off a box of things from her house, of which consisted six volumes of “The Mother’s Encyclopedia”.  The first copyright was 1933, followed by a reprint in 1942 a year in which I am sure many new things were updated on childrearing — being how we were so progressive in the ’40s. Each volume covered a broad range of topics.  My favorite is Volume Four:  Measles to Prostitution — how about that for an opener at the dinner table when Timmy gets home from school. The photos are hilarious.  I have taken the liberty to update the captions from the original… “Go on outside Suzie with your brother and play on the rickety, tetanus infested fence while Mommy makes me a pitcher of margaritas.” “Dear, do you think it’s a problem we dressed Jeff in a dress for the family Christmas card?”  The original title of this photo … Continue reading “The Mother’s Encyclopedia”