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Tic Toc Ice Cream Parlor #WW #SWF #Hodgepodge Q&A

Hello Kittens & Pups! It’s the last Wednesday of November and the month really clicked by unprecedentedly fast. I guess it’s because I had too many irons in the fire and when you’re busy, time sorta skirts by unnoticed. Nothing is finer in the summertime than that cold, creamy frozen taste of ice cream! Occasionally, we’ll make a special trip south of Knoxville to Loudon to visit the Tic Toc Ice Cream Parlor. They make their own ice cream and boy, is it yummy!

Next is my Wednesday Hodgepodge segment hosted by Joyce. This is an excellent way to get to know your fellow blogger and you’re invited to play alone.

1.  What’s something blogging has taught you about yourself? I’m still a work-in-progress but what I’ve learned from blogging is carefully critiquing my writing. I still make plenty of goofs but I catch more than I used to, so that’s  a good thing in my opinion.

2.  Leftovers…are you in the ‘reheat and eat’ camp or the ‘put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them’ camp? What’s your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide by as a leftover? We are leftover fans. There is nothing we do not like, we enjoy it all until it’s gone.

3. ‘Me time‘…your thoughts? Most of my time is “me time” now that we are empty nesters. I enjoy every aspect of doing things around the house, even the chores.  I feel more in control of things than I did when the house was full. Of course I miss those days but I’m in a new phase and I can take life easy. I reckon I truly call the “me time” things I love doing like sketching or photographing or anything creative which includes blogging.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with? It seems the only time people come to me is when they need help. I know that’s not right but it honestly it seems this way and generally what they need is money. Seriously, do I look like an ATM? lol

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why. Cotton candy because it was such a sweet time filled with lots of good friends and loving family.

6. Insert your own random thought here. This week, I made my first batch of Christmas candy! It’s an easy recipe. I hope you like it. 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Category: dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls


  • 2 pounds Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 stick of butter, soften to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon Lorann Gourmet Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 cups Jiff Creamy peanut butter (for pb balls)


  • Cream together sweetened condensed milk,and butter then add vanilla and gradually incorporate confectioners sugar. Divide basic mixture in half; reserving one part for chocolate covered cherries if desired and with the other part add 1.5 to 2 cups of peanut butter. Allow mixture to chill in freezer for 15-30 minutes, then remove and scoop about half a tablespoon of mixture out to form into a ball; place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Repeat process until pan is filled, return to freezer for 5-10 minutes. Before removing from freezer melt chocolate according to candy maker's directions, dip each peanut butter ball and allow excess to drain back into bowl before returning to cookie sheet. You can put the candy in freezer for a few minutes or allow to sit on counter to set up before storing candy in an airtight container. I like using wide mouth mason jars. Don't forget to enjoy!


The basic recipe is meant to be slip, half for chocolate covered cherries and the other half for peanut butter balls. In this recipe I used Chocoley Bada Bing Bada Boom Candy & Molding - Milk Chocolate.


Just so you’ll know, I dipped some in ❄️Ghirardelli Chocolate White Candy Making Wafers, 10 Ounce, too. Both versions are excellent if I say so myself but you be the judge and give it a try for your crew! ❄️Affiliate Link


I’m gonna round things out with a little poem I penned for this week’s prompt of “In Other Words…SHOPPING“.


©2017 Cathy Kennedy

Shopping, shopping, shopping makes me giddy
It puts my bank account in a tizzy
Instead of green, its’ now in the red
No moo-lah January 1 I dread to pay the bill
Shopping, shopping, shopping makes me ill…instead


Seriously, this isn’t me but I couldn’t resist getting a little crazy with this prompt especially now we’re in the thralls of Christmas shopping. 🙂

I’ll see you on Friday for a bit of laughs with  A Twisted Christmas #BoTB showdown. Life is easy-going for Curious as a Cathy during the holiday season where there’s no bah-hum-bugs allowed, just bunches of Ho-Ho-Ho and a lot of jolly good fun. I took the liberty of scheduling posts in advance through the rest of the year. Comments viewed daily and return visits followed in short order. Let’s have the hap-hap-happiest season of all!







Merry Christmas Wishes


We don’t have snow in East Tennessee this Christmas or at least not at our house.  I’m sure on top of ole Smoky you might find traces of the white stuff, though.  Whatever the weather is like where you are, I hope the warmth of the season fills your heart and home with love from friends and kin.  Thank you for the gift of your friendship.  I am looking forward to continuing to build on what we started this year or years past.  May God’s glory brought down from heaven and laid in a manager shine in your life always. ?


DH gets me Christmas mewsic just about every year and this year is no exception.  He got me the iTunes Happy Holiday album by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, which I like a lot.  I hope you enjoy it, too!


While you listen to the Christmas cheer, I want to share with you a beautiful poem entitled “Gifts” written by my good friend.

by: McGuffy Ann Morris

I’ve already shopped, bought gifts galore,
then wrapped them up with bows and more.
I decorated the house inside and out;
each year brighter, without a doubt.
Still, something is missing; I don’t know what;
I must figure it out: no if, and, or but.
I baked lots of goodies to give and to share,
packaged them all up with love and care.
I wrote out cards from a very long list;
I don’t think there’s anyone I may have missed.
Still, something’s missing, what can it be?
It’s Christmas Eve, around the tree!
Lights are all lit, stockings are hung;
ready for Mass as church bells are rung.
Outside, what’s missing? I finally know.
A gift from the heavens: it’s Christmas snow!
Each snowflake, a miracle sent from above;
each miracle a gift of God’s perfect love.
Silent and holy, the snow pure and white,
reflections of God’s love born Christmas night.


#ComeBackToBed #TrentTomlinson

I’m still on my country music roll, kittens and dawg. I just can’t seem to shake it, but the picks that stick in my head are the ones that really put a groove in my soul.

Let me say something, unless a country artist has a ginormous name in the industry then chances are very good I won’t recognize newer talent. It doesn’t always mean I haven’t heard their music. It’s just I never paid attention before now and since I’m listening to iTunes Country station A LOT lately, then I’m taking note of the songs/artists I like.

For the most this morning’s artist has more old country twang to suit my taste, but he has a single that plays often that I really enjoy and that’s the purpose behind Saturday Songsuasion to share the new-to-me with you. Why not give a listen to Trent Tomlinson 2014 release Come Back To Bed.

It’s a good beat I won’t buy an entire Trent Tomlinson album, but THIS song? Yep, it has that taste of country rock making it a winner with this gal! How about with you, is it a winner?


What songsuasion is moving you?



In keeping with last week’s selfie humor…



Oopsie, you know you’re gonna be dead!


What’s making you smile this morning?


Linking with Claudia on s-ART-urday

Linking with Claudia for #s-ART-urday with Project 10! My photo-art creation is a mesh up of three original photos and the use of a Creative Market Anton Wicked Watercolor Area3 brush which was offered as a freebie recently.The short poetry piece is an original work, too. My inspiration for the boats in the sky comes from a photo DH did years ago of a double exposure of boats in the sky and I believe he took a picture at the same spot or very close to where I capture my own image of the boats.



That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. Feel free to invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s a great feeling to share! What’s next? How about a little Monday Mewzik & Mewzings


Have a songsational Saturday!


#SaturdaySongsuasion Introduces #_chrisaguayo ! #music



#s-ART-urday project 3: I took The foggy woods shot at Mt. Mitchell State Park just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.


I composed the poetic verse just for this project to go with the foggy woods that I took in 2009 at Mt. Mitchell State Park (off the Blue Ridge Parkway). I borrowed the eyes from a web source. Can you guess what celebrity they belong to? Left click & drag to right to show the answer — Angeline Jolie


Good morning, kittens & dawgs! In case you haven’t heard, the #AprilA2Z challenge is now a  thing of the past or at least until next year. This morning, I thought I’d share one of my ReverbNation treasures with you. Today’s artist is a little like the Beatles, U2, and Pink Floyd and if you’re a fan of that sound then you might want to take a listen to Chris Aguayo!



image borrowed from ReverbNation


What new talent have you stumbled on lately?



That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. Feel free to invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s a great feeling to share! Have a songsational Saturday!

What’s up next? Come back tomorrow for your weekly dose of laughter with Sunday Sillies!










Oct. 1st #IWSG collides with #BOTB


Hello, kittens & dawgs! Another day, another month gone by and here we are at the start of October. This morning, I’m joining two posts into one: IWSG & BOTB. I  like to think of it as being organized, but that’s far from being the truth. If you look up the word disorganized in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of me there. I swear, it’s true! Go look!

I’m feeling a little melancholy. My adult child is riding out a storm…a self-made one at that. Life is filled with turbulence without inviting trouble. Letting go is the hardest thing a parent can do, but I found by placing complete trust in God I am at peace. I’m human. It hurts. I feel unsettled, but I fight to keep these demons away because it does no good to make myself sick over what is out of my hands.

So, what’s a parent to do?

Getting mad at my kid helps a lot. Really it does! I exercise harder, I bang or pound stuff louder, I release this anger in a positive way, as I remind myself that I prepared my children for life to always do what’s right. Somewhere in my anger, I Pray for God’s peace in my life and protection over my child, then all is good. I feel refreshed and comforted by unseen hands.

I will admit times like these I yearn for the day when they were small; where I could keep the world away, chase their fears into the dark, or kiss their boo-boos. Letting go is the hardest thing a parent can do.

My #IWSG contribution is…

Faint memories of

…bedtime prayers

…teddy bears

…cookies and milk

…fairy Tales

…tender kisses

…sweet embraces

…teary eyes

…soft good-byes

How do you handle the crisis your children bring on themselves?


STMcC Presents 'BOTB' (Top Photo)

Let’s switch gears. Nothing brightens my mood like music. This is why I devote two posts each week to this subject and whenever BOTB gets added to the weekly mix then you’re in for three music installments. Whoo-hoo!

Today’s featured song tells a folk tale of a cowboy with a vision of a red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns of his doom to join them, forever “trying to catch the Devil’s herd across these endless skies if he does not change his ways. Do you know the name of the song?

Ghost Riders in the Sky was written by Stan Jones in the late 40s and originally recorded by Burl Ives.  The cover recorded in six other languages by more than 50 artists, since its release in 1949.  With so many possibilities to choice from for today’s sing off, how will I decide?

That being said, let the battle begin!

Instantly, I thought of Johnny Cash. Who wouldn’t think of this legend without thinking of the cover Ghost Riders in the Sky first? I’m not a huge country fan and I am trying to think outside the box…a little anyway while keeping my picks narrowed to two. Oh, this is soo hard!

The resonate voice of Vaughn Moore is a perfect match for Ghost Riders in the Sky without the country/western flavor and the haunting, twang of Duane Eddy on guitar without words is fabulous. Keep focused, Cathy! Keep focused! Staying true to my rockin’ roll roots, here are my two top choices:

Debbie Harry ….

The Outlaws…

Okay, here’s what you do to vote. In my comments section, tell me which band you like the best and why. After you’re done, then why not see what other BOTB participants (see below) are sharing.

Far Away Series

STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’

Tossing It Out

Your Daily Dose


A Writer’s Life in Progress

Creative Outlet of Stratplayer

Mike’s Ramblings

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Just for the fun of it, I thought you might like to know that The Blues Brothers 2000 performed this song in their film. I’m a big fan of the first movie and had no clue another was made. Now, I gotta check it out!

Visit Stephen for details on BOTB. I will share the winning outcome on Monday’s Music Moves Me post on the 13th, so I hope you’ll stop by to learn the results. Until then, have a tunetastic day and thank you for rockin’ my world on Battle of the Bands!



#WW: Poetic graffiti

Thank you for being apart of my day. I’m sharing today’s photo with these fine Wordless Wednesday communities.


This past winter while pulled over at one of the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I found this. I don’t condone the defacing of public property, especially those of such scenic value. Nonetheless from an artist perspective, I found it interesting. I would like to say to this and all graffiti artists, I understand your desire to express yourself, but please find more appropriate places and leave nature unspoiled. Thank you!


Sending a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…

Simple Sorjourns


Congratulations, Cathi & David! Please, show some blog love by visiting today’s featured photographer and leave a sweet comment.

Let others know you’re in the spotlight by displaying…

WW featured photographerJust a reminder, each week I use random.org to pick a new photographer. I would like the opportunity to put your blog on display. To win a chance in the spotlight, then join the linky party below with your photographic wonder URL.

Starting tomorrow, I’m taking a break from cyber life. Not to worry, I will return your visits and I scheduled in advance my posts for the month so you won’t miss a thing. Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!


#B&W weekend no.1

My paternal grandmother holding my daddy. Photographed about 1939.

My paternal grandmother holding my daddy. Photographed about 1939. Linking photo to Flashback Friday

I’m participating in the #IWSG monthly challenge. This week, I gave the group a snippet from a story inspired by my grandma (pictured above).

My last B&W contribution for this weekend’s edition…


A robin redbreast sitting pretty in a tree this past spring. Linking photo to B&W Wednesdays and The Weekend in Black and White

Little Robin Redbreast
By Anonymous

Little Robin Redbreast
    Sat upon a tree;
Up went Pussy-cat,
    Down went he.
Down came Pussy-cat,
    And away Robin ran;
Says little Robin Redbreast
    “Catch me if you can.”
Little Robin Redbreast
    Hopped upon a wall;
Pussy-cat jumped after him,
    And almost got a fall.
Little Robin chirped and sang,
    And what did Pussy say?
Pussy-cat said “Mew,”
    and Robin flew away.

Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)


Please check out Daily Blog Hops for more weekend photography memes to link and share. Have a fototastic day!