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Polar Express B&W photo & #Hodgepodge Q&A

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! Keeping things simple because I’m in low-key, no stress mode with it being the Christmas season am sharing another view of the Polar Express from our last year’s Bryson City, North Carolina day trip.

I’m not going to lie to you the power lines in this photo freak me out but there’s nothing I can do about it if an electric company is inconsiderate in where it places its utilities. Geez, the nerve of some people, right? To off-set the ugliness I converted my photo to B&W  and added a vignette giving it a vintage appeal with Pixelmator.  What do you think?

 



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. ‘Hurry less, worry less’…what’s your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How’s it going so far? Every year keeps getting easier, simpler concerning the holidays. We were never ones to buy a lot for our kids, ourselves, or others.  That’s not the reason for the season. Dinner prep I do in stages, tackling a dish or dessert every day leading up to the main event. Same goes for decorating. I take it in stages doing a little every day. This not only cuts the stress but allows me to enjoy the Christmas season more fuller. I hope the 2018 holiday season is a wee bit more hectic in a good way, though.  My prayer is in the coming new year that we’ll be in a new home with plenty of room to have the whole family over all at once.  I think I’d be okay with that kind of hurry and worry because it’ll be a good kind of both. Just remind me of that, though. 🙂

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?  Definitely. Actually, I print off a blank calender sheet to pencil in daily activities and as I get them done, then I cross them off. Sometimes, if I get ahead of schedule then I move on to the next task. We are DIYers unless it’s a job out of league.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy-free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What’s the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?  Honestly, none of this does anything for me. I eat what I want because it’s good for me and I already like it.  I already drink dairy-free milk, actually I have almond milk for my cereal since I’m lactose intolerant.  I’ll use it to make hot chocolate, too. DH still drinks milk. I have no problem with folks drinking dairy if that’s what they like.  I’ve wondered the same about diary-free milk, too. I’ll be eager to see what others answer your question.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site, ‘Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.’ What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?  I do like the color purple. In fact for years it was my favorite color but in the last 10 years it got replaced with light pink. There’s a book/movie called “Purple”? I guess that answers that quesiton. I do wear purple a little. I have a polar fleece hoodie and a turtle neck sweater. Describing the one item in my home that’s purple…I have two that sit in its place when not in use, both made of wax, do you know what they are? I have no clue what color I’d select for the new year. I don’t think about these sorts of things and I’m not sure how important it is to me but I know various colors evoke different feelings. I’m a huge fan of colorful stuff, too. It usually makes me giddy. I’ll just leave this up to the “experts”.

5. Favorite book read this year? Sorry, my reading is limited to blogs and internet research. I haven’t read a book in years…really!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.  Over the weekend, we watched a delightful Christmas flick on Amazon Prime featuring Jimmy Durante, ❄️ A Christmas Wish (In Color) (1950 ). This is a delightful film and Durante is hilarious!  If you haven’t seen it, then I invite you to check it out on Amazon Prime. Here it is in B&W on YouTube.  ❄️ Amazon Affiliate link

 

Do you like shortbread cookies? We do. I baked a small batch last week using a recipe I borrowed from my MIL years ago found in her vintage Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s an easy peasy recipe with only three ingredients!

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter (4 sticks)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar. Add 2½ cups flour mixing thoroughly.
  • Turn out onto a board floured with the remaining ½ cup flour. Knead in flour until dough cracks on surface and doesn’t stick to board.
  • Roll ¼ inch thick. Cut into fancy shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 50-minutes at 275º or until lightly browned.
  • Makes 2-dozen cookies.

Notes

For years I wanted to try making my own chocolate dipped shortbread similar to Cadbury's but never got around to doing it until now. I used some left over melted Chocoley Milk Chocolate on my shortbread cookies and they turned out delicious. Next time, I'm going to try Chocoley Dark Chocolate. 🙂

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One more piece of random, as I mentioned above, the power lines in the photo drive me crazy. So, I decided to process the B&W convert with my iPad app DistressedFX. I didn’t take note of the filters I used but liked the old vintage charm it produced.

Have a good day and hop back tomorrow for a new Christmas album share! X💋X💋, Cathy

 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

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.

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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“.

 

 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!

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving #humor, #CTST, & #FriendlyFillins

Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs!  I debated on posting today but since DH is at work and most of next I’m spending with him then I thought I’d share a mixture of giggles with these Friday Sillies. Enjoy!

This week I went for my last dental post-op appointment for this year and while I was there I had the doctor fix my front tooth. The same place chipped again.

 

Early night fall makes me think the evenings are longer than they are and am more than ready by 8:30 to hit the hay.

 

 

 

 

I’m linking Skywatch Friday and if you’re here for a peek at this week’s contribution, kindly click here.

 

 

What are you celebrating?  Today, I Celebrate The Small Things with Lexa.  Today, I’m joyfully celebrating DD#2 & DSIL got moved into their new apartment in Brunswick, Maine on Tuesday after spending almost two weeks in a motel.  I know they are more thrilled than me. I celebrate the age of technology all the more and thanks to text and FaceTime we can stay connected with them. Who knows we may become closer despite the distance that now separates us.

 

 

Switching gears, I’m rounding things out with these Friendly Fill-Ins hosted by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!

1. I can’t wait to eat all the desserts on Thanksgiving. Speaking of desserts I found a really yummy cookie recipe at Ida’s place, Wishes, Dreams, & Other Things, and I made it just the other day and mmm, good!

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

Category: dessert

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 36 pecan halves or chopped pecans, toasted, optional

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour, baking soda, and salt beat until combined. Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes (or more).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Shape into 1" balls (I used a 1 tbsp cookie scoop) and place a couple inches apart on lightly greased
  • cookie sheets or parchment paper. Bake 10 minutes or until set (not glossy at all in the middle) and lightly browned at the edges. Cool before frosting (see below).

Notes

Frosting: 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon butter, and 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted.

First, combine brown sugar and milk in a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Second, stir in 1½ cups powdered sugar and whisk or beat with a mixer until smooth. If frosting is too thin, add more sugar, but keep in mind it will firm up dramatically within a few minutes. Finally, spread each cookie with about 1 tablespoon of frosting and top with a pecan or chopped pecans. Let frosting set before storing.

SUGGESTIONS:

These cookies spread rather thin when baked. If you prefer a thicker cookie similar to Pecan Sandies then I recommend either decreasing butter or increasing flour. I will make this adjustment the next time I make this recipe.

Also, a trick for frosting the cookies is to keep frosting on burner after you turn it off and frost one cookie at a time because the frosting cools off too quickly to spread. We feel like the cookies probably would be better if I had not added quite so much frosting, so I'll scale back on the frosting next go around.

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2. My favorite kind of pie is pecan but I’ve grown to love pumpkin pie over the years which is especially good with lots of Reddi Wipp piled on top.

3. This year, I am particularly thankful for DH’s eye sight after such a scare  earlier in the year with the detached retina.

4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is we don’t have one. Yeah, that’s sad, I know, but now I’m eager to read what everyone’s funny holiday traditions are….wait! there is funny tradition in my family. We don’t do it so much except I might if it crosses my mind but this is something my grandpa used to do every year and don’t ask me what it means because I really have no clue. Maybe, you know and can enlighten me.  Anywho, he used to call us first thing or greet us when we walked into their home on Christmas by being the first person to say, “Christmas gift!” FYI, I found the why to this strange custom here if you’re interested.

 

 

 

That’s a wrap for now but I hope to see you on the dance floor for Thanksgiving/Thankful mewsic on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me!

X💋X💋,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alvin and the Chipmunks

I can’t spell DNCE with out U. 🙂 I’d like to take credit for that funny but DH came up with that after hearing a different funny spin-off of DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean. I stumbled upon these cute little furry friends singing this dance worthy tune and decided to turn today’s Friday Fun Stuff into a dance party featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks.

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I watched the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunk movie. Jason Lee does a fabulous job as Dave Seville.  Overall I enjoyed this adorably cute and predictable flick capturing my inner child. 🙂

 

Things are progressing about normal with DH’s retina attachment surgery but his vision issues remain.  This may not resolve itself until after he finishes the process which includes two other procedures and getting new glasses. We aren’t venturing off for long day trips but keep closer to home. It’s funny how we still find a lot to do and places we haven’t seen or been to in a long time. It’s interesting how we can drive 15-20 minutes out of the city and it’s almost like rural east Tennessee.This is a view of House Mountain not too far from where we live.

 

Hostess: A by author, Lexa Cain!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things, such as DD#1. This week, she turned 29. She was once so tiny weighing less than 6 pounds. I baked her a Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting (See recipe below).

Next year, she enters a new decade. My beautiful baby girl is now a beautiful woman…a single, beautiful woman! 😉 lol

 

Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix
  • 2 small boxes Jello Cook n’ Serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 12oz. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ c. apple sauce*
  • ½ c warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. Daisy sour cream

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips and frosting. Beat 4 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake in a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10-15 minutes; turn out on wire rack or serving plate to complete cooling. Frost inside tube, top, and around sides when completely cooled. (I used a sheet pan.)
  • *If you don’t want to use applesauce, then use equal amount of cooking oil.
  • Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 pounds Confectioners Sugar
  • 1-cup (2-sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 3-6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons LorAnn Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Cream confectioners sugar and butter; continue mixing while adding vanilla bean paste and finally add milk to suit consistency preference.
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In honor of DD#1 who loved watching Alvin and the Chipmunks, especially features of the Chipettes because well…she shares the name of Alvin’s girlfriend. Let’s hear for The Chipettes!

What are you celebrating?

 

1FFBadgeThanks for hosting the fun, Annie and Ellen!

(1) My next scheduled post will be Monday Mewsic Moves Me and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Independence Day or Celebrating the Holiday” tunes with a blogversary giveaway kicking off.

 

(2) Fireworks originated in China some 2,000 years ago in an accidentally discovery when a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen mixed charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter (items commonly found in kitchens in those days). The mixture burned and when compressed in an enclosure (a bamboo tube), it exploded. Can you imagine the kaboom? (source credit)

 

(3) This week, I am thankful to live in the good ole USA. There’s no better land than only in America!

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(4) Freedom earned by our forefathers and maintained by today by all who SERVE this country and the LOVE from the ordinary American fighting to protect the liberties of this great land through voice and action.

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I appreciate you joining me. I’m taking it easy this summer with posts loosely done on a whim.  Hopefully, you get notifications delivered to your email whenever I add a new post but if not, then you may want to join now to not miss out!

That’s a wrap for now, I’ll see ya on the dance floor for independence Day or Celebrating the holiday tunes and a Mondays Mewsic Moves Me anniversary giveaway! 

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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#TSWD March 2017 Edition

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

  • 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.
  • Slowly mix in the flour and salt. Once well combined, add the 10 drops of green food coloring.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once dry, place white chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons whipping cream into a
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!
  • *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

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

  • 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.

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(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?

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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’

  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

  • Pre-heat the oven according to the directions on the dough. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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