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#TSWD March 2017 Edition

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For Today….

 

 

Looking out my window…the sky is gray with the gentle drizzle of rain falling softly upon the eve.

 

 

 

 

I am thinking…about the recent mews I got from DD#1 which I’m processing and not ready to share with anyone just yet.

 

 

 

Today DH rolls from hourly employment to full-time. We are ecstatic he was offered a full-time position. God is good!

 

 

One of my favorite things…is mewsic.  There isn’t a day that passes without the sound of mewsic playing throughout the house.  It moves, inspires, and uplifts my spirit!

 

 

I am creating… art sketchings for the April A-Z Challenge.  I am not an artist.  In high school, I took art but never thought I was very talented.  Looking back I think it was largely due to lack of confidence and I was afraid to try. Art is an expression which you must feel.  Last year, I decided it was time to rekindle this long forgotten passion and surprisingly I discovered I have some talent. I’m hoping to grow my abilities with this month long blogging exercise and hopefully, you’ll want to be a part of the experience.

 

 

 

I am wearing… sweatpants, long sleeve t-shirt, fleece socks, and hoodie.  The weather is still cool but it won’t be long before I can shed some of these layers.

 

 

 

 

I am reading listening to… my iTunes “Rock Mewsic” playlist with various artists. Currently, Sheryl Crow “Always On Your Side” from her Wildflower album is playing.

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I am hoping...before the year ends, we’ll be in a new home.  This has been a long time dream of mine. DH and I talked often while he was laid off that when he gets another job that we need to do something about making this dream a reality. I’m trusting God to present to us the house He wants for us.

 

 

 

 

 

I am learning…that I don’t have to be purrfect when it comes to my art.  This is a learning process and it’s okay to experiment until I get it right.

 

 

In my kitchen…I’m trying to figure out what I want to fix for dinner tonight using chicken. I think I may make one of DH’s favorites – fried chicken stripes.  I also plan to make a fresh batch of buttermilk biscuits which will be an excellent addition for dinner tonight.  

 

 

 

 

Post Script… I’d like to invite you to join me on the dance floor with Monday Mewsic Moves Me. If you have mewsic to share then this is the place to do it each week and if not, then just enjoy the tunes! 😉

 

 

 

 

Shared Quote… This isn’t a quote but it’s some great encouragement to inspire us to be the best that we can be!

 

A moment from my day… This is the last sketch entry in my art journal for the A-Z Challenge. I hope to have all sketches completed this week, then I can go back and do additional sketches or other fill-in material if the inspiration strikes!

 

 

In closing…I want to share a recipe I discovered last year this time and made for St. Patrick’s Day.

Double Dipped Mint Shortbread Cookies

Double Dipped Mint Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1-cup sugar
  • 1-cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2⅔ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tsp mint extract*
  • 10 drops of green food coloring
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • green sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then add the mint extract.
  2. Slowly mix in the flour and salt. Once well combined, add the 10 drops of green food coloring.
  3. Roll the green dough into 1" balls and flatten with a glass, and place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Once cookies are cooled, place semi sweet chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for 30 seconds on high. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted. Dip one end of mint shortbread cookies into the semi-sweet chocolate. Place back on wire rack to dry.
  5. Once dry, place white chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons whipping cream into a
  6. Microwave safe bowl. Cook for 30 seconds on high. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted. Dip the other end of the mint shortbread cookies into the white chocolate. Sprinkle green sprinkles on white chocolate while wet. Let dry.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. *NOTE: The amount of mint needs to go up to 4 teaspoons.
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Thank you for visiting today. I will over to see you soon! Meanwhile, I invite you for a return visit tomorrow for Tuesday Tunesation! 😉

 

 

 

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Photo Blooper #humor + Friendly Fill-ins

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I have no plans to rise early today, kittens & dawgs! This is DH’s off day, so hopefully, we’re catching up on much-needed Zs. The week is almost over but if you’re draggin’ this mornin’ then perhaps a spoonful of laughs will change your mood. WARNING! If you have small ones in the room, use discretion before and put your coffee on the table before proceeding this morning with Photo bloopers #humor!

No monkeying around allowed on national TV, bud!

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What an animal! He has more hand action than my boyfriend!

Photoshop Gone Wrong!

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Pirate wear by Adidas! I like that. What do you think?

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This chick has a serious sportswear malfunction!tennis player

You might wanna think twice about crossing your legs while wearing a short dress without undergarments. There’s always a camera around when you least expect it or in this case totally right on you!

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You’ve been flashed! Are you blushing?

 

Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

(1) Snow cream. Did you make this when you were a kid?

Photo Blooper #humor + Friendly Fill-ins

Photo Blooper #humor + Friendly Fill-ins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less depending on the density of the snow)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together first three ingredients, then add snow to get the desired consistency. Dish it out and enjoy. It melts really fast so be sure to put the rest of it (if there's any left) in the freezer.

Notes

Unfortunately we do not have any snow and I wanted an image to go with my recipe, so I borrowed one from a Google source.

http://curiousasacathy.com/2017/02/photo-blooper-humor-friendly-fill-ins/

(2) My favorite kind of soup is chicken noodle. It’s my comfort soup when I’m under the weather.

(3) When no one is around, I talk to myself because sometimes I need good advice when DH isn’t around.

(4)  The Lord is my strength and rock on which I stand. I could not make it in this life without Jesus. He is my hope, my everything, and He sees me through every step of every day. I’m never alone. He walks beside me and when I cannot walk, He carries me.

I adjusted my Friday posts yet again.  I know, I know but it’s a woman prerogative to change her mind, right?  I’m still keeping Skywatch Friday and Celebrate the Small Things in one post but I decided to move it back to Fridays which I published earlier today.

Do you find posts with too much content overwhelming?  Do you only skim the post, picking up bits and pieces to comment on? Do you prefer to see daily multiple posts with less content?

For more social media network fun and inspiration join these ladies below!

Friday Features Linky Party
 

 

 

That’s a wrap for now but you’re invited to hit the dance floor (mewsic theme – your pick) on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me.

 

Have a laughtastic weekend!

 

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Love Yourself, Celebrate Your Love, Who/What Are you Lovin’

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  Happy Valentine’s Day, kittens & dawgs!

What exciting stuff do you have planned? I made some heart-shaped chocolate petit fours for DH and if you dropped by last week then you saw the special V-Day card I made for him, as well as our kiddos. I didn’t forget you. I doodled this ribbon heart design with friends in a rainbow of colors (actually it is the colors of a rainbow) especially for all of you to show how special you are to me.

Today, I thought it would be fun to revisit two older posts I wrote in my early years of blogging. Valentine’s Day is the “love holiday”, but you know what to truly love someone else, you must love yourself first.  I encourage you to read 7 Ways to Love Yourself.  Valentine’s Day celebrates a couple’s intimacy but shouldn’t we celebrate this all year? Check out 12 Way to Celebrate Your Love!

Les from Ink Interrupted hosts the weekly meme, Tuesday Coffee Chat and her coffee chat topic this morning is on cue for this special occasion. The prompt is LOVE.   What or Who are you lovin’ lately?

It’s hard to imagine loving DH any more than I do but I find that I grow more and more in love with him each day of every year.  I’m not sure how that’s possible and yet it is.  We are more than husband and wife, we are best friends!  There is nothing he or I would rather do than to do it with each other.  I help him change the oil in the car and he helps  me fold the laundry, We like getting up early to take long day trips to the mountains, photograph scenic views or beautiful sunsets, I fix his boo-boos and he fixes mine, we are junkaholics who love ice cream, chocolate, and donuts, we like to cuddle in the living room watching romantic comedies, action flicks, or edge of your seat thrillers, he shares interesting articles, headlines, and how-tos while I enlighten him with my photo-art, doodles, blogging interests, or delicious recipes.

We’re different in many ways and so alike in others. He’s quick-witted – I’m slow on the take. He’s intelligent – I’m trying to catch up. He’s logical – I’m emotional (that’s not always a bad thing). He’s reserved – I’m an open book. He loves cookies – I love to bake cookies. He’s coördinated – I’m a klutz. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a purrtty amazing person  *giggle* but it’s not my place to speak of these things. Instead, I’ll leave that to DH who’s always quick to share with others my favorable attributes. He’s just sweet like that. 😉

Within our core, we share identical viewpoints – politically, spiritually, and ethically.  He gives freely and cares deeply, placing me above himself all the time.  It an honor to call myself his wife.  The old saying Love is blind is true because love hides the small stuff not worthy of attention that otherwise could rear its head to cause problems and that’s the way love should work.  We all have impurrfections and it’s nice when love is bigger than our flaws.  Thank you, DH, for being my Valentine and the greatest LOVE of my life! 😘


That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

 

Last week, I was inspired by Clean and Scentsible and having the ingredients on hand decided to make my own version of her fun Valentine’s Day treat.

 

Heart-shaped Mini Raspberry Pies

Heart-shaped Mini Raspberry Pies

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Pie Dough
  • Raspberry Pie Filling (Strawberry sounds goods, too)
  • Egg white

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven according to the directions on the dough. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Choose your favorite pie filling. For this recipe, I used Duncan Hines Premium Raspberry Pie Filling. An optional step I did was add ¼ cup of Splenda to the filling and stirred well. DH likes it to be a little sweeter.
  3. Roll the dough out. Using an Anne Clark 3 ⅝ heart-shaped cookie cutter (made in the USA), I cut out the heart shapes placing on the cookie sheet. Place about a tablespoon of filling in the center of each mini heart-shaped piecrust, then brush egg white along the edges (this acts like a glue for the two piecrust pieces) and then top with another mini heart-shaped piecrust.
  4. Use a fork to press two piecrust pieces together, if filling squeezes out use other end of fork to scrap up and put back in bowl. I found using the other end of the fork to seal the difficult areas down useful then I crinkled with fork tines to make it look pretty.
  5. The last step brush tops of mini heart-shaped pies with egg white and sprinkle with sugar, then place in the oven and bake about 5 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and enjoy!
http://curiousasacathy.com/2017/02/love-yourself-celebrate-your-love-whowhat-are-you-lovin/

This is NOT an affiliated link. I used the 3 ⅝” cookie cutter from this Ann Clark heart-shaped cookie cutter set.

Did you catch my earlier post, Barry White on Tuesday Tunesation? If not, I invite you to check it out! 😉  I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week photo meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

Have a sweetheart of a day!

 

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Afternoon Sunshine SWF + CTST Vol. 6

January brought a mix of gray and blue skies but it seemed the gloom hung around more than I cared for so when the Mr. Blue Sky showed up the last full week of the month then I had to get outside for a quick snap and to enjoy the lovely afternoon sunshine!

Linking with photo enthusiasts around the globe in Skywatch Friday

Along with my weekly sky views,  I’m including my Celebrate The Small Things segment. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating better hearing!  I went to the doctor last Friday. He told me I had an inner ear infection and gave me an antibiotic.  While it’s not all better I do hear better. I reckon another round of antibiotics is needed.  I’m celebrating a new marshmallow cereal treat I made for Super Bowl weekend and I’m sharing my recipe below.

Super Bowl Celebration Treats

Super Bowl Celebration Treats

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Post Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 10 ounces Campfire marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Butter a 13x9x2 pan and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat; stirring frequently so to not burn.
  3. Pour cereal into marshmallow cream and stir thoroughly with a butter coated spoon, then spoon soft-marshmallow coated cereal into pan.
  4. Use either buttered coated hands (be careful to not burn yourself) or spoon to press into pan.
  5. Cool completely, cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!
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The Cocoa Pebbles were our favorite! Mmm, don’t they look good? 😋

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!

 

I’m playing along with TMP again and if you’re interested the rules are simple; base on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them, then link up with Wandering through the Shelves.  This week’s movie theme is Prodigy/Genius.

 

 

October Sky is close to my heart. The author of the book, Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam hails from the same West Virginia county as little ole me which later became the movie, October Sky, that coincidentally premiered here in Knoxville (they shot a lot of the movie in nearby Oliver Springs, TN).

 

Young Homer Hickam got the right nudge from the right science teacher to literally shoot for the stars. It takes a true genius to pull one’s dreams off like Hickam did! The movie is fun and it leaves you with that feel-good sense that only one can get from a film like this. We own it on Blu-ray!

I.Q. is a romantic comedy between Albert Einstein’s niece, Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) whose a highly, intelligent doctoral student at Princeton University and an auto mechanic, Ed Walters (Tim Robbins). The thing is, Boyd is engaged to a stuffy Princeton Professor but when Walters shows up at his home looking for his niece then he knew she needed a little push. Einstein devises a ruse with the help of his friends that might give Ed a fighting chance at winning Catherine’s heart.to open his niece’s eyes to at giving Ed a chance. love when he realizes Ed is the man for Catherine.

 

 

This film portrays Einstein as a fun-loving genius with a streak of mischief. I highly recommend this fun flick! We own it on DVD.

 

My last movie pick I decided to a different direction and although I never really thought of composers as geniuses but after revisiting the film, Amadeus,  my eyes were open with the portrayal of this mewsic genius. 

 

The movie takes you through Mozart’s life from the perspective of another composure late in years whose admiration for Amadeus mushroomed into bitter jealousy and anger. How accurate the account is I don’t know but I am finding the movie entertaining. During today’s elliptical session I plan to finish watching it.  Available for streaming on Netflix!

 

 

I’ll leave you, Kittens and Dawgs, with The Best of Mozart but you’re invited to join me for some media fun while getting your weekly dose of meds laughs with my newest edition of Friday Sillies!

 

Have a celebratory, ingenious, skywatch-tastic day! 😉

 

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#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

  1. 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.
  2. Add the eggs and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans. Divide the batter between the cake pans.
  4. 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.
  5. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the buttercream.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

http://curiousasacathy.com/2016/05/movie-remews-and-cherry-almond-cake-recipe/

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!