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Thursday2Q: Appliance Brands/Buying Factors


Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! This morning’s artist popped up on my radar when I stumbled upon this song from her debute album, Unbreakable Smile (2015).  Tori has recorded mewsic on YouTube since she was 14 and was even a contestant on American Idol season 9.  I won’t sugar coat it, she has talent but her vocal style only shines in some of her songs and she has a horrible habit of not saying her words completely. Yeah, it’s a trend in mewsic style but I don’t have to like it.  Anywho, she does a beautiful job covering the Disney’s song, Colors of the Wind with a softness to her voice that made it soooo sweet and pleasant to my ear. This is what Tori should be doing more of! If you’re interested you can learn more about her on Wikipedia.

Last week’s 5 goals didn’t work out quite as well as hoped. Life threw a wrench in my plans. The Sunday before last, one of our refrigerators finally bit the dust. What’s the world coming to when a major appliance nearly 50 years old dies? 🙂 I’m not complaining. In fact, I can not believe that old gal stood reliable all these years.  This thing was in the house when we moved here in 1980. We bought a second refrigerator around the time DS was a year old and that thing has given us nothing but trouble from day one. Not to mention, I’m certain it’s on its last leg.  I just hope it can hold off until we find a replacement for frig #1 which brings me to why my goals fell apart last week. I was absorbed in research for repair possibilities while looking for a new unit. I’m still looking but this week, I’m doing better on the exercise score but all else I’m not doing so well with my diet. I’ll keep plogging along until it clicks.

 

1. Do you have a favorite appliance brand? I don’t know that I have a favorite, but I am not considering a Kitchenaid because that’s the newer one we have that’s given us a headache from the get-go.  I’m leaning heavily toward Frigidaire. That’s the brand of our upright freezer.

2. What are the determining factors in choosing a refrigerator? A top priority is that it is made in the United States. Second, the company is not owned by a communist country, like Haier. Incidentally, I learned that they bought out GE. There goes a good solid American brand down the tube! Third, I look for the features I want in my frig. Preferably a unit that has independent controls in the refrigerated and freezer compartments. The freezer must be on top and overall depth between 26″ – 28″. Anything more makes it difficult to reach food in the back. This is really hard to find, too.  I want a simple shelf layout, nothing fancy that cuts down on cold-storage possibilities like in the Frigidaire line.

This one is smaller than our old unit but I like it. The only I do not like is it doesn’t have a handle to grip, it’s the molded type which I’m not crazy about and may knock this out of the running. A trip to Sears is needed to determine if this is an issue or not.

The week will soon wind down by I’ll be back tomorrow with some giggles and a whole lot more of Friday Fun Stuff!

 

X💋X💋, Cathy

Thursday2Q: Exercise/Diet

 


Hello Kittens & Dawgs, I can’t believe it’s almost mid-January. This morning’s feature artist is new-to-me. I like asking Google for  suggestions and discovered this girl, Dua Lipa. She’s an English singer, songwriter, and model who started her career at the age of 14. The above YouTube playlist consists of two of her best songs, # 1, “New Rules” was a number one single in the UK and #5 “Be The One” hit the UK top 10 singles chart.

Over the weekend I wanted to share 5 goals for this week in my Sunspiration slot but failed due to a shortage on time. Anywho, I decided to share them now.

  1. Exercise daily. I stopped sometime around Halloween after getting consumed with holiday prep and never returned. WomensHealthMag says, the National Institute of Health recommends to lose weigh you need to do moderate aerobic activity for 30-45 minutes at least three times per week. I will shoot for my normal routine of 60-minutes for 4-5 days this week which is totally doable.
  2. Food journal. Okay, this stinks but I know I need to do it for at least two weeks. This forces me to focus on my diet causing me to question every bit. Am I hungry? Am I thirst? FYI: Being thirsty sends mixed signals to the brain making you think you’re hungry. Learn how to tell the difference, here. Am I bored?
  3. Stand often. I do way too much sitting down. There are so many studies showing that’s bad for you. Duh, like I need someone to tell me why? That’s just common sense but what I didn’t realize is that standing burns significant calories. Lifehacker.com says this about standing versus sitting for three hours per day….Standing caused the volunteers to have a higher heart rate (around 10 beats per minute higher), which adds up to burning about 50 calories more per hour versus sitting. Over a year, that adds up to about 30,000 more calories or 8 pounds of fat.
  4. Lose the junk. This is an ongoing chore 365 days and after nearly 39 years of marriage we have stuff that needs to go. However, after reading this article, I think I will dedicate 5 mintues each day to finding items to toss with the hopes of filling at least one trash bag per week. Sounds like a good plan to declutter our home!
  5. Create. Last year, I discovered by forcing myself to sketch it revealed I had some hidden talent but another thing I found out is by creating it releaved stress and boosted my mood. My goal is to do something creative every day. There are many mental health benefits for everyone to take advantage of if one is willing to unlock his/her ability to test the waters.

Sketch created on iPad Pro using Apple Pencil in Procreate following YouTube illustrator.

Next week, I’ll report how my progress went with working these steps into my day. I’m sure I will struggle to get going but I know I will eventually get back into the groove of doing the things that I’ve allowed to slide.

I’m trying to find that happy balance between the blog world and life after the holidays. I haven’t quite gotten it just yet. This week I made a concerted effort to get back into using the elliptical for an hour every day.  That’s one of the goals I set over the weekend and I hope to bump that to two hours after I my building my stamia. I haven’t exercised since…gosh, I can’t remember maybe Halloween. There’s no excuse for dropping the ball on keeping active and I seriously don’t think raising my fork and spoon to my lips qualifies as weightlifting. *smack forehead*

I love my Zumba videos but haven’t used them in years. Our living room is small and when we got the elliptical it made it even smaller, so I’m hoping when we move this year, I know that’s not guaranteed but if I keep saying it enough then maybe it will happen, we can find a home that will accommodate this need.  An unfinished basement is an ideal place for a workout room, don’t you think?

In keeping with getting back my blogging basics, here are this week’s Thursday Two Questions. Feel free to answer these in comments, borrow to create your own T2Q post or come up with your own. This is a great way to initate conversation while learning new things about one another.

1. Do you exercise more for weight loss or just for general health?

It took me years to figure this out but exercise isn’t the key to weight loss as much as it is my diet. So, now I exercise mostly for my overall health. Using my elliptical is about the only way I get some serious aerobic activity and while it’s important to keep the heart rate up, I think it’s essential to keep your body moving to prevent muscles and joints from growing weak and stiff.  That makes a person feel old.

2. What’s the best diet tip you found works for you?

The best thing I found that works for me is realizing how many calories I’m consuming each day. Unless you’re a highly motivated person who always makes the right food choices then this isn’t a problem but if you aren’t like me then keeping a diary ensures I don’t over eat.  After a long break away from my normal diet routine, I found keeping a food journal for a couple of weeks is a huge help to reset my diet habits.

 

Speaking of diet/exercise, you may want to check out the “Dear Diet Diary” funny I shared last Friday. I hope you enjoyed my little Q&A session. Eventually, I hope to include other Thursday hop connections. If you visit my Daily Blog Hop page you’ll find a few listed. Some of which I participated in last year but my timing was off and I couldn’t latch on to them properly. I hope to change that this year. Wish me luck! I invite you to stroll back over tomorrow for some giggles and a whole lot more of Friday Fun Stuff!

X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

Thursday2Q: Old/New Year

Taylor Davis is young violinist I stumbled upon during a recent BoTB showdown. I liked her style and found some of her original songs on YouTube.

Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! How’s the new year going for ya so far? All is well here but then it’s too early to say for sure. Anywho, I’m trying to get back to some of my blogging basics in which I did a lot of Q&A prompts.  Years ago, I co-hosted Thursday Two Questions with another blogger. It was a great way to start conversation while learning new things about one another. The object is to either use questions posed here or to create your own (if you choose to come up with your own then please respond to mine in comments for others to get to know you better).

1. Name one thing about 2017 that you’re glad to say goodbye to? I’ll state the obvious, DH’s eye problem.  I hope that is far, far behind us and that only things will only improve.

2. Tell me one thing that has you excited about the new year? Other than the getting the other two surgeries out-of-the-way for DH’s eye which we hope will fix him right up then the one thing that really has me excited is the prospect of moving into a new home. This is something I’ve wanted for years and we’re committed to trying to see this dream turn into a reality. *fingers crossed*

 

I hope you enjoyed my little Q&A session. Eventually, I hope to include other Thursday hop connections. If you visit my Daily Blog Hop page you’ll find a few listed. Some of which I participated in last year but my timing was off and I couldn’t latch on to them properly. I hope to change that this year. Wish me luck! I invite you to stroll back over tomorrow for some giggles and a whole lot more of Friday Fun Stuff!  X💋X💋, Cathy

#Movie Remews and Cherry Almond Cake #recipe

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! DH and I watch a lot of programs on Netflix or Amazon Prime and I thought wouldn’t it be wonderful to share with you some of the things we took a gamble on with

MOVIEREMEWS

The Flintstones (1994) is not an animated flick, but a live action film. It was fun to see the spot on actors Fred (John Goodman) and Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) Flintsone , Barney (Rick Moranis) and Betty (Rosie O’Donnell) Rubble and the rest of the all-star cast bring this adventure to life. In this movie Fred finally gets a chance to climb out of the rock pit to top executive. Is this too good to be true? Advancement comes with a price. How will Fred get out of the mess he finds himself in?  If you grew up watching this classic cartoon series, then you’ll enjoy seeing it, too.

Adventures in Babysitting (1987) is a fun action-adventure flick. Babysitting just got dangerous and it’s not the kids (Sara, Brad, & his friend)the babysitter has to worry about.  Chris (Elisabeth Shue) takes a last-minute babysitting gig after being stood up by her boyfriend (Bradley Whitford). No sooner did the parents step out of the house Chris gets a distressing call from her girlfriend saying she’s stranded in the city and needed help. That’s when the nightmare begins: blown tire, crazy tow-truck driver, gun shooting, car jacking, kidnapping, gangster chasing adventure of a life time all in one night! This is an outrageously fun movie to see things go from bad to worse in short order before the table turns for the better.

Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure (1989). Ted (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winter) are totally flunking history. If they fail than the future is imperil. It’s up to Rufus (George Carlin) to travel back in time to give Ted and Bill a little help with the use of a time machine to help bring together their last assignment – a history presentation in an excellent fashion. This is a silly fun film, but I liked it.

It pays to revisit the 80s and 90s from time to time to find movie oversights because I found what once didn’t appeal to me now peaks my interest and these decades were actually great ones for producing some awesome movies. Check out the trailer links above for the flicks!

 

inthekitchen

Cherry Almond Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Cherry Almond Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 16 maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins Cherry Extract
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  • Buttercream Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk (optional)
  • 3 teaspoon almond extract
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • For decorating: Maraschino cherries, drained and dried Sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the softened butter, milk, and cherry juice. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  • Add the eggs and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans. Divide the batter between the cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when you touch the center of it. Allow the cakes to sit for 5 minutes, and then remove them from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare the buttercream.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2-3 minutes until it is almost white in color. Add in the powdered sugar, cherry juice, almond extract, and milk if needed. Add a drop or two of red food coloring if you'd like the cake to be a little pinker. Beat on low speed again for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the cakes are cool, place one cake on a cake plate. Put a layer of frosting on top of the cake. Then place the second cake on top of the frosting. Using a knife, spread frosting on the top and sides of the cake, covering it completely and getting the frosting as smooth as possible.
  • Decorating (optional): Use a knife or spoon and drag it up the cake sides, starting at the bottom and going to the top. This will create nice lines up the sides of the cake.
  • Use a coupler to attach Wilton tip #11 to a decorating bag. Fill the bag with buttercream and pipe simple stars around the bottom and top edges of the cake.
  • Place the drained and paper towel dried maraschino cherries on the top of the cake in the placement that you'd like them. Place almond slices around the cherry, sticking them into the buttercream so they look like flower petals around the cherry.
  • Refrigerate the cake until serving.

Notes

After sampling the cake, DH and I concluded the cherry extract in the cake needed to be bumped up. The next time I make this cake I plan to take the the cherry extract in the cake to 3 teaspoons.

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Do you have any good movies to recommend? If so, share in comments! What are you making in the kitchen lately? Share a recipe link to what you’re cookin’! Have an excellent day!

Perfect Together #T2Q

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I just have to share this with you. DH did the most incredibly sweet thing the other night. He secretly downloaded a song to my phone while I exercised.

Click here for the lyrics

Isn’t this the most adorable song ever?  I just love it and it makes me super happy listening to it.

Thinking about the word play in Rosanna’s song, how would you choose to describe your relationship with your soul mate? I would answer this about DH & my relationship…If you were the doughnut, I’d be the jelly! Hey, what else would you expect me to say. DH LOVES doughnuts of all kinds, but jelly doughnuts might be one of his favorites!!

What kind of personality do you have ~ opposite or the same as your mates? We are definitely opposite, but over the years both of our personalities have changed a little more like the others’. For instance, DH has gotten more outgoing while I have grown a wee bit reserved. We really have rubbed off on each other after nearly 36 years of togetherness.

We may not be perfect, but we are perfect together. I think this song was written just for us. Thanks for stopping by this morning and I hope you’ll come back for Flashback Friday!

 

FYI: Perfect Together is available on iTunes. Not knowing a thing about Rosanna, I discovered she’s an adorable YouTuber DIY chick. Perfect Together is her first single and she used her songspiration for a  DIY Treats  Perfect Together video that I thought was cool. Do check it out coz I know you’re gonna like it!

Say, Aaaaah! 4 – internet resources, tricks, and tips on surviving an adult tonsillectomy #T2Q #random

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! This morning DD#2 is having a tonsillectomy. DH and I still have our tonsils, so I have no idea what she’s up against. Naturally, you would expect nothing less of me so you know I asked Google for a little help. I got hundreds of hits, but I narrowed it down to four internet resources, tricks, and tips on surviving an adult tonsillectomy from different bloggers first-hand experiences with this matter.

I’m totally ignorant on this subject, but found what the info these bloggers shared important and useful, if faced with the removal of my tonsils. I plan to text these links to her with the hope it makes life a bit easier for her in the coming days. Maybe this info will benefit you or someone you know to get through this common childhood procedure, as an adult. This is supposedly a difficult undertaking as a grown up. So, please say a little prayer for her! 😉

Do you have your tonsils?  If not, did you have them removed as a child or an adult? What type of experience did you have?

This has been a wild week, if all goes well, I hope to share another edition of Flashback Friday tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

#Reign Mary, queen of Scots #history

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! In 2013 The CW aired a new TV series based on Mary, queen of Scots called Reign. We tried following, but life’s demands got in the way. Thankfully, Netflix picked up Reign. We  watched season one with each episode filled with elements of suspense, secrets, deceit, passion, or murder. What more can you ask of a series? BINGO! We’re totally hooked. A total surprise to us, too.  Have you watched Reign?

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Adelaide Kane ~Mary, queen of Scots, (L) Torrance Coombs ~ Sebastian, (R) Toby Regbo ~ Francis *borrowed image*

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