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.
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.”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
I helped host a bridal shower for a co-worker recently. When I saw a recipe for Kale and Goat Cheese Empanadas, I knew she would love them. They are super easy to make and very yummy. Check out the latest issue of Oprah magazine for this and other recipes, including brownies made with just a jar of Nutella, eggs, flour and salt! I doubled the recipe. I took two bunches of Lacinato kale and washed and chopped the greens. Mix in salt and pepper then saute them in olive oil, I didn’t measure but about 3 tablespoons would do it for doubling the recipe. After about 4 minutes of sauteing, put the greens to the side to cool. Once cooled, I added one cup of crumbled goat cheese. Then you take refrigerated pie crust dough. I didn’t do it like the recipe said because I needed more than 8 empanadas per … Continue reading “Easy, easy appetizer for spring”
On a recent visit to my doctor for a check up, I mentioned to her I was dismayed that my skin was finally betraying me with “dark spots.” I guess I’ve done pretty well if I am just a few years shy of my 50th birthday and have gone this long with having no signs of sun damage. Earnie used to keep me slathered in Pre-Sun, which I remember burning like hell upon application. Maybe I was getting my own version of a chemical peel when I was five. Hey. She did me a favor. My doctor recommended a chemical peel. When I researched the cost, I just couldn’t justify the expense even though I know it would probably yield fantastic results. I went for an at-home version. Kate Sommerville has a Clinic-to-Go resurfacing peel kit. 16 individually packaged, pre-treated wipes. You peel the tabbed cover off, place your fingers in the glove-like … Continue reading “Peeling Back Time”
Behind Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day is my second most favorite holiday. I love red, pink and white. I love valentine cards. The last tip I suggested was on how to make your lips pretty for kissing. Tip #2 is to always have a dish of Valentine’s candy out for guest enjoyment. Last year I found Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers candy at CVS. They are just like sour cherries only in heart shapes with flavors like cherry vanilla, black cherry, cherry cheesecake, cherry cola, cherry daiquiri and cherry cola. They look so pretty in my milk glass candy dish. Buzz over to Eighteen 25 for their free, down loadable subway art. I purchased a frame for my desk at work specifically to interchange their subway art to celebrate the seasons.