Friday, May 25, 2012


Yep.  I said it.  It's Friday.

Even better.  It's the Friday before a 3 day weekend.

Can I get a WOOOHOOO?!?

I've been looking forward to this weekend for a while now.

Why you may ask? 

Because I'm going for some R & R.

Oh and we can't forget the F.

No, get your mind out of the gutter.

F is for Fishing!

Sunday morning, we're getting up early, packing a picnic lunch, stopping at Daylight Donuts then headed for the lake.  We're going to fish all morning.  Maybe even play at the park. 

But the main thing is I will be relaxing. 

So, no matter what your plans are this weekend, be safe and be happy.

Most important RELAX!

Monday, May 21, 2012


This weekend I...

...sold a motorcycle.

...sat in a firetruck.

...ate at Applebee's.

...had a stalker at Isle of Capri.

...won a hundred dollars.

...lost a hundred dollars.

...found a hundred dollars (it was in the other pocket).

...spent $235.00 at Walmart.

...went fishing.

...caught nothing but crap.

...wished I'd catch crappie instead.

...wished for more weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day. 

I've only made a cherry cobbler once in my life.  I was told it was good.  I didn't taste it.

I'm not a huge fan of cherry cobbler.  Neither is anyone in my household.  Except maybe the dogs.  I don't know.  You'll have to ask them.

But since today is Cherry Cobbler Day, I figured I'd entice you with some wonderful pictures.

Pie isn't pie without a scoop of ice cream  Well it's true.  I wouldn't lie to you.

The one time I did bake a Cherry Cobbler, it looked more like this one.  I haven't made another one because I remember the crust being a pain in the keister.    

But it wouldn't be a complete post unless I left you with a recipe.  

I don't know who Mrs. Ely is but this recipe must have been decent to have been clipped from the newspaper and kept.  

Enjoy your pie!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


While I was surfing the stats for this blog, I came to realize that the page that gets the most views is How I Love My Bed.

It's crazy.  You would think at least the alcohol recipes would rate higher than my bed.

But, I guess the internet  world searches beds more often than alcohol.  Go figure.

So I thought I'd capitalize on this information and write another post about beds.

My dream bedroom would overlook at a lake.  Or an ocean.  I'd even accept a wide river.  I just want to see water outside by room.

The water is so peaceful early in the morning.  It would be a calming way to awaken.

I'd like to be able to sip my coffee sitting on a deck outside my bedroom.


Really, I'd just settle for a view of water from a simple bedroom.  I'm not asking for anything fancy. 

  But on the other hand, I wouldn't turn down this bedroom.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Today is National Chocolate Chip Day.

I thought every day was chocolate chip day.  Well maybe that's just for me.

In celebration of this glorious holiday, I'm once again sharing my favorite recipe that contains chocolate chips:

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars!

These are yummy and easy to make.

I can almost guarantee you won't be able to eat just one.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

The ingredients:

1 tube of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (I specify Pillsbury because of the size of the package. If you buy the Walmart brand, the package is smaller and you may have to use 2)

1 package of cream cheese

1 egg

1/2 sugar

In a mixing bowl, add the last 3 ingredients and beat until smooth.

In an ungreased baking dish (I used my Pyrex 7 x 11 glass baking dish), put 1/2 of the cookie dough. Using your fingers, smash it down covering the entire bottom of the dish evenly forming the bottom crust. (The kids would love doing this part!)

Then add the cream cheese mixture. Spread it evenly across the first layer of cookie dough.

Crumble the remaining cookie dough on top of the cream cheese mixture covering the top. Don't worry about holes since as it bakes it will spread.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Once you pull it from the oven, the center will be slightly soft. Don't worry about this. As it cools, it will fix itself.

Once cooled, cover and place in the refrigerator until time to serve.

You can eat these with your fingers or with a fork. I, personally, could just eat them right from the pan. They're rich. They're creamy. They're cookies. They're cheesecake. What more could you want?

Well, if it had been in the budget, I would have wanted chopped macadamia nuts on top. Oh my goodness, it can only get better from here!

Monday, May 14, 2012


This adorable little face belongs to our newest family member, Fletch.  One of the Teenager's friends found some kittens abandoned by their mother.  She couldn't care for all of them so we took this little fellow into our home.

We fed him with a syringe using mother's milk purchased at the pet store.  He wasn't capable of using the bottle yet so the syringe was our best way of feeding.

He eventually grasped the concept of the bottle and suckled that way.  

Now he's a happy, healthy, rambunctious little kitten. 

At times, he's a pain in the behind.

Ok.  So make that most of the time.

He's a stalker.   He has his claws and loves to use them.  He likes to hide under the footstool and surprise whoever might be walking past. 

He's still adorable.

Especially when he's asleep.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


For Mother's Day, we are spending the weekend at the weekend house in Harrisonville.

Jason smoked a brisket that was absolutely amazing, Daddeee made pasta salad, and Papa Gary made his most fabulous baked beans (I will get this recipe from him someday soon).

 After dinner, the guys started a fire in the fire pit. The beginning of the fire was to get rid of all of the twigs that fell during the storm last week (insert tornado here). Once the real fire got going, it was amazing.

We bought the jumbo marshmallows but soon realized they were just too big for roasting.  They were extremely messy too.

Once the kids were satisfied with their S'mores, the adults were able to sit back and relax.

I love to sit and watch the fire.  I find it mesmerizing.   The popping and crackling is amazing to listen to. 

The Teenager collected pine cones and poured them on the fire.  Watching the pine cones burn is so interesting.  I can't even begin to explain to you what they look like as they're burning. 

So far I've enjoyed relaxing on my Mother's Day weekend.  It has been a much needed time of relaxation since I spent most of last week sick. 

Happy Mother's Day to all my mom friends!

Friday, May 11, 2012


Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

Like everyone else, I had to read this book.

I bought it to read on the bus during my trip to Chicago with The Teenager and his school orchestra.

I didn't know what it was about before I started it other than what the description on the back of the book says. A parent of one of the other teenagers asked me what I was reading.  I showed him the cover of the book and he smirked.

Wow did I get a surprise when I got into the book. I then realized why the other parent smirked. He had heard about the book. I was a bit embarrassed.

I highly recommend this book as a fantastic read. I learned quite a bit about a lifestyle that I hadn't ever thought about before.

The story is thought provoking. Just as Anastasia wonders about how and if she can live the lifestyle, I also wondered.

It's a very erotic story and I found the vibration of the bus to be very distracting.

As for the ending, I won't say anything. I'll just say I can't wait to get the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, and begin reading it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Not just margaritas but the most amazing margarita you will ever try!

Dirty Margarita's are the most amazing margarita's in the world.  They're not only yummy but they're simple to make. 

Not a lot of measuring is involved.

Members of the party:

1 can of frozen Minute Maid Limeade mix

Enough tequila to fill that empty Minute Maid container (I use half a can, my husband uses 3/4 of a can.  This depends on your personal preference.)

1 12 oz bottle of beer of your choice.  I prefer Miller Lite.

1  12 oz can of Sprite or 7up.

In a pitcher, add the Limeade mix, tequila, beer, and soda.  Mix.

That's it!  You can get fancy shmancy and slice a lime and salt the rim but I can pass on either of those.

Warning!  These go down easy so be aware.  Stand up between glasses to gauge how drunk you are because you will get drunk on these. 

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


I've been lost. 

I lost the password to the blog and haven't been able to post.

I know.  Pretty stupid.

A lot has happened that I haven't been able to share.

We have a new fur baby.

The Teenager and I went to Chicago.

We are selling "The Other Woman" aka The Harley.

Since I've been away so long, I'd like to spend some time cleaning house and changing things up a bit. 

It might take me a short while but I'd like to spruce things up a bit.

Oh, and I have lots of fun new recipes!

I've missed you all.  What's new with you?