Monday, August 31

Coconut Sugar Cookies

My household wants me to always make
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
and even though they are super easy
and Bandit our Macaw loves them.
I wanted to make something different this Monday morning.
This recipe is from a Gooseberry patch book
and the cookies had a different name.
They are buttery, very soft and yummy.

Coconut Sugar Cookies

1 & 1/2 cups butter, 3 sticks
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix by hand (do not use a mixer)
softened butter, sugar, coconut, vanilla & egg.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Roll into balls (little smaller than a walnut)
and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Flatten balls with a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.


Tea Room Banana Bread w/ Pecans


Tea Room Banana Bread
with Pecans

1/2 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. almond extract
3/4 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flower
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped pecans, reserve a few for top

Cream butter & sugar together, add eggs.
Mix well. Add dry ingredients & extract.
Stir to combine. Add in mashed bananas & pecans.

Pour into PAM sprayed loaf pan.
Sprinkle on a few of the reserved pecans
& a light dusting of sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Saturday, August 29

Jicama Fries

Some of you old followers of mine
might remember when I posted about this
when I blogged on xanga. (long time deleted.)
That was 3-4 years ago I think.

I had posted a picture similar to the one above
with a small condiment bowl of ketchup
and I asked could anyone guess what it was.

No one could guess.
It's one of my favorite things.

Jicama Fries
perfect for low carbers

Slice a jicama in thin french fry strips
deep fry in peanut oil
sprinkle on the sea salt and enjoy! :-)


Pina Colada Cake

For Patti . . .

Pina Colada Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
or homemade yellow cake
1 can coconut milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 lg can (drained) crushed pineapple; reserve liquid
1 container cool whip
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup crushed pecans

Bake cake according to directions.
While its baking, combine the coconut milk
& sweetened condensed milk together.
As soon as the cake is done and sitting on the
cooling rack, poke holes all over the cake.
I used a chop stick.

Pour the milk mixture all over the cake.
Then spread on the pineapple.
Add a few tablespoons of the pineapple juice you
drained all over the cake too.
Let cake COOL!

While its cooling mix together the cool whip
and shredded coconut.
Once cake is cool, spread on the cool whip.
Sprinkle on the pecans and put in the fridge.
This cake is to be kept cold and eaten cold.

It is very good. I was pleasantly surprised.
Light, refreshing and melt in your mouth good.
I love how its not to sweet, just enough sweet.


Apple Pie w/ Friends

Apple Pie with Friends

4 apples (your choice)
peeled, & rough cut pieces (I like big & small pieces)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup pecans
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs agave syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
smidge of vanilla powder
smidge of salt, yes I said salt :-)
1 Tbs. flour
pie crust

Mix together everything
add to your prepared pie dough
(I cheat and buy store bought one that I roll out.) :-O
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees

This recipe might completely suck to you! ha!
I made it up from what I thought sounded good together. LOL!
Your house sure will smell good though. :-)


Pretty Potatoes

Aren't these just so pretty?

I am really into Nigella Lawson right now.
And while watching her food network show on comfort foods.
She made some mashed potatoes
then added some roasted sweet potatoes
that she just fluffed up with a fork
and mixed it in w/ the mashed potatoes.
Making it a 50/50 combination.

I love, love, love sweet potatoes.
Soooooo I couldn't wait to tried it.
And YUM!!!
It takes potatoes to a whole new level.
Of course I am no fun and added no butter
just some soy milk and sea salt.


Tuesday, August 25

Daisy's vet experience.

The bad mummy I am
still hadn't taken Daisy
in for kitten deworming
and shots!

So yesterday off we went.
She weighs 6 pounds
and is perfect in every way :-)
except for the fact
that she hated the vet
and hissed every time he touched her
and then flung deworming medicine
out of her mouth
all over me, the vet and the room
we were in.
It was all over her face looking
like she had rabies foaming of the mouth!

She goes back in 3 weeks
for a booster shot.
Oh that will be fun.

What I made for dinner . . .

This past weekend we went to Trader Joes.
I picked up a package of beans that was
Trader Joes 17 bean & barley soup mix.

On the back of the package it gave a recipe.
Adding vegetable broth & veggies etc...
I decided to give it a whirl.

I think the key was sautéing the veggies
(onions, bell pepper, carrots)
in olive oil w/ spices before adding to the beans
that had soaked over night.
I also detoured from the recipe
and added corn and much more canned tomatoes
than it called for.
And with all the italian seasonings
it gave the flavor of minestroni
minus the meat and pasta.

The total cost of the soup was around $5
and it made a HUGE pot full.
We all had seconds,
and Chris went back several hours later
and ate more, plus he took a container
to work with him today.
Which is amazing because if you say
something is vegan he will turn his nose
up and not even try it.

I put up some for the daughter.
She will be excited there is something
vegan for her to eat.
When I told her about it on the phone
she excitedly said, "Are you vegetarian now?"

She is back in Washington safe and sound.
She had a fun time in California working
the animal rights booth.
Now she wants to head to Virginia
and be an intern for PETA.
Her daddy is not happy.
But it's her life.
We can't live our lives for our parents.
We have to live it for ourselves.


Sunday, August 23

My girl ♥

My girl ♥
She will be heading home from
California tomorrow.
I have been a nervous nelly
since she has been gone.
She has been working an
Animal Rights Booth
at the Warped Tour
all through California.
Today is the last day, she is in Los Angeles.

Yesterday one of her magazines arrived.
normally I don't pay attention
to her "animal" mail.
But this morning while drinking
my peppermint tea
I thumbed through it
and WOW!!!
The recipes are amazing!!!
I am going to hijack her magazine
and keep it. :-)
It's a gorgeous magazine
with awesome information
on food and your health.


Friday, August 21

Strawberry Jam

I love strawberry Jam but I am not fond of the sugar free ones.
Organic strawberries were on sale yesterday,
so I decided to make my own.
(Today I will move one of the jars to the freezer
these are not sealed and ready for immediate use.)

I decided just to make it
without following a recipe
similar to how I make my cranberry sauce.

After being cleaned and de-stemmed,
into a pot
with a lil' water.
Sprinkling of cinnamon
touch of lemon juice
& a few sprinklings of a sugar substitute.
Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
Simmer until ready.


You might find it odd that I added cinnamon.
I love, love, love cinnamon.
I add a little bit to almost everything.
My favorite is cinnamon sprinkled all over
my coffee grounds before I turn the
coffee maker on.
Try it. You will say, WOW!


Thursday, August 13

Dishes . . .

I went to TJMaxx the day before yesterday and found some dishes (yeah me! :-)) LOL I was/am excited because for those of you that read my blog last year (before I deleted everything) you will remember that I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs - Cherry Hill Cottage to turn dishes and cups and glass cheese tops into treasures.

I made one for my dear friend Patti:

One for my Mom:

And one for me:

Mine ended up getting broken a few days later by the boston terrier - Olive that stayed with us for 3 months. I didn't even get mad at her because dogs will be dogs and things happen. I was sad however because the plate I used was a retired Mary Engelbreit plate that is very, very, very hard to replace. Once I saw one on ebay months back and I tried buying it but when it went over $30, I backed off and let the other bidder have it. I do have my limits. :-O

So my cup and my glass lid have sat gathering dust for many months now.
Until yesterday! I found my replacement plate for $2.99 plus 2 more dishes to play with. Now Ted (my partner in crime and my glue man) says we should find a square glass lid. What do you think?

(This is the one that Ted thinks needs a square lid, I kind of like it just plain. It will look darling with some goodies on it during the holidays. And I just adore polka dots! :-))

Sunday, August 9


I am puttering around on a Sunday morning while drinking a pot of tea in my "Emma" Mother cup. And not just any ol' tea but Starbucks JOY tea. I love, love, love JOY Tazo tea. Mmm...

Puttering is what my mother always called it and I am not sure if my Grandma called it that. Hmm... I don't even know if its a Texas term or maybe my mom just made it up one day. But it's what I do. When someone calls and asks me what I am doing my usual reply is, "Nothing. I'm not doing a thing." When in all actuality I am puttering.

Puttering is moving things around... "Does this look better here or there?" It's very relaxing moving things around and changing things up a bit. "Oh I see a bit of dust, I better wipe it off." That's pretty much how anything gets dusted is when I am puttering. Puttering usually happens in the kitchen, dining and upper living room. Rarely will I putter anywhere else. I think because my cutest things are in those 3 rooms. I am a collector.... and I like to putter around w/ my cute stuff. I adore my Susan Branch cookbooks and will move them around surrounding them with cute things. Everything gets surrounded by something Mary Engelbreit. And now with my devotion to Emma Bridgewater pottery... I am moving things around w/ Emma.

I am also trying to move Daisy from my dining room table to somewhere else. I have never ever ever in my whole life allowed a cat to eat or even linger for an instant on a table or counter top. So the fact I allowed Daisy as a kitten to eat on the dining room table is . . . . well I am going to call it a lapse in judgement from my grief over Chloe. And now I must move her! I want my table back! And after I puttered w/ my dining room table... there she was looking at me meowing her adorable cute little mews... she sounds like a baby cow... "moooooew" Sigh. So I put her bowl back on the table. Darn! I have got to move her. It's almost fall and everyone knows my fall decorating cannot have Daisy and her dinner bowl front and center. Sigh. Besides the fact she will be trying to get into all the "goodies" that I make for our annual fall party the night before.

Now I am going to end this post... and go back to my trying to get the hubster to go to an arts & crafts festival this afternoon. Wish me luck! :-)


Friday, August 7

My new apron! :-)

Via Etsy.
Her aprons are adorable!!! :-)

Wednesday, August 5

Silly Daisy ✿

Daisy sure had a nice Wednesday.
Did you? :-)