Sunday, September 23

You Complete Me

I just can't get enough of this candle holder
I blogged about here and here
well now... its got a friend!
I love, love, love it!
Small hurricane to the stand,
"you complete me." :-D


Friday, September 21

~ Rest In Peace Fat Boy ~

:-( :-( :-(

It's with a sad and heavy heart that we had to 
say goodbye to our dear bird friend, Bandit
tonight at 8:45pm.

He was in our lives for 23 years.

We will miss him all the rest of our days.


Video on new Longaberger products & home show!

Great, great video on showing some of the new Longaberger products...

It's like you just attended a Longaberger party!

Don't you know, I LOVE & WANT EVERYTHING! :-D


Tuesday, September 18

She's doing stuff! :-D


What's in the bag??? 


Sunday, September 16

~ Rest In Peace Chubbs ~

Our daughters cat, KiKat aka Chubby Te died tonight.
She was 20 years old!!!
Our daughter got her when she was 5 years old.


Friday, September 14

I earned a FREE Basket!!!

Fed Ex showed up today
and I thought Hmm...

And this basket was inside the box!!!
And it was FREE from Longaberger
w/ protector!!!!

It is HUGE!!!
I am so excited! :-)

It is the Social Gathering Basket
in Rich Brown

I got it for FREE!!! :-D


Monday, September 10

Custard Pie

I am enjoying my second pumpkin pie of the season but hubby doesn't like pumpkin pie. So I wanted to make him a pie on Sunday. He loves custard pie so I got out my most favorite cookbook which is the:
Victorian Country Sampler TeaRoom Cookbook
(I bought this little spiral cookbook in the early 90's in Arkansas on the way home from a camping trip when we lived in McKinney, Texas. All these years later and many cookbooks later its always my most favorite.)

Custard Pie

1 unbaked (9") pie shell
4 slightly beaten eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 c. scaled milk

Blend eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla & almond extract.
Gradually stir in scalded milk.
Pour into chilled, unbaked pie shell.
Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until set.
Cool, then refrigerate.

The custard filling would also be really good in custard cups.
I wanted to know the calories, so I added it up.
With using 2% cows milk
the whole pie is 1,767 calories.
Pie serves 8.
Each serving is 221.
Which I think is really good.


Tuesday, September 4

Coconut Sugar Cookies on Steroids

I have another favorite coconut sugar cookie recipe
click ---> HERE
... but I didn't have 3 sticks of butter,
so I googled for a new recipe,
and found this one, click ---> HERE

I used --> 3 1/2 cups of flour
and I used almond extract,
and rolled them in fall sprinkles,
and baked for 13 minutes.
Hubby LOVES them!
He said, "They are like sugar cookies on steroids."
So definitely a keeper to make again & again. :-)
I tasted a corner of one & I thought they were tasty
too but I love anything w/ almond extract. :-)

"Jane's Coconut Sugar Cookies"
(copied exactly from website, in case the link fails)


    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 cups flour ( add up to 1/2 cup, if sticky)
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup coconut
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, oil, soda, powder, extract, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add flour, coconut, and macadamias (if using).
  4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Use a glass, dipped in the remaining cookie dough (to "grease"), then dip in sugar, and flatten cookies.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom.
  7. Cool for approximately 1 minute on cookie sheet, then remove to wire rack.

Monday, September 3

Fall "Fill-It Hurricane" Decorated

I've said it before
and I will say it again...
I love this small fill-it hurricane!

How cute does it look w/ candy corn on the bottom
surrounded by fall leaves? :-)

It's only $29.00
Click ---> HERE


Saturday, September 1

The 1st pumpkin pie of the season

~ Happy September 1st ~

I adore the autumn season.

So in honor of this day,
I made a pumpkin pie tonight.
I love to eat pumpkin pie for breakfast.
Icy cold w/ some hot tea or coffee.

But since I am obsessed with counting calories
these days, I wanted to cut some calories.

I always use the recipe on the side of the
Libby's can. It's the best! :-)

So this is the recipe & how I changed it slightly:

So instead of a regular can of evaporated milk
I used fat free. And instead of whole eggs,
I used egg whites.
I used the pillsbury refrigerated dough.
So total the pie is 1,852 calories
divided by 8 for 8 pieces
is 231.50 each piece.

Which is not bad for breakfast
for one of my favorite splurges.

Now I could have cut way back using
splenda or another sugar substitute,
but I just don't want to ingest the chemicals
if I don't have to. I prefer using organic sugar.


9/8/12 Update:
I made my 2nd pumpkin pie of the season
and I compared fat free evaporated milk
and 2% evaporated milk
and they have the same amount of calories!!!
So I used the 2% and it taste much richer. Mmm