Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A BIT OF ROMANCE FROM ROMANTIC HOMES

It is COLD COLD COLD here.
What do you do on a cold day?

Well,
I decided to go through
some of my old magazines
and came across this one from
January/February of 2015,

Sadly, they are stopping publication
of the magazine.  
I have all of them from the first
issue forward.  
When I got rid of most of my old magazines
I just could not bear to part with them.
Romance is just kind of timeless,
isn't it?

Anyway--
February is all about Valentine's Day  but-
I don't think you have to wait for 
Valentine's Day to make this for someone special.
 Pink Pearl Lady Cake
HERE is a similar recipe.

I thought the cover was just lovely.
Got your cake mess cleaned up from
baking that heart cake above?
Good!  Now then
 you can see the
PINK HOUSE
owned by 
It is softly sweet and livable.
You can find her on Pinterest by clicking on her name.

 Here's a little sneak peek at the Florida estate 
of a New York couple.
This home was designed by
By:Sarah Yoon/Mark Roskams/photographer
It looks like Florida, doesn't it?
You can find more 

Okay-Now-Doesn't the home of
just make you dream of warm summer days?
Even though we are freezing our butts off here.
I found her on Facebook.
You can find it by clicking on her name above.
Prepare to  have your mouth hang open for a while.

And while your mouth is hanging open....
purse your lips a bit and 
BLOW HARD.
Then you can blow up balloons to put together
this beautiful garland
styled by  
photography-Shirlie Kemp
So-There you have it.
A few things I love in the
2015 January/February Issue of
Romantic Homes.

Know what else I love?
You!
Thanks for following along here.
Here's how I am feeling about you this morning....
Lips still puckered up from the balloon blowing
are they?  Good!
Here's to you!
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Sunday, January 27, 2019

FAIRIES IN FEBRUARY~

As you know,
I believe in fairies...
I think they are some of
God's little angels...
although I couldn't find
that part in the Bible....

One morning~
we awoke to a world kissed by
Fairy Dust
~some of you may call it snow~
Looking out the window I saw this...
(the blue vertical line holds a
bird feeder at the end)
And this....
And this....
The Cherub-Before And After 
THE BIG SNOW
Do you see the cherub there...
surrounded by snow
and lit by sparkling lights?
He's way at the base
hidden in his little snow world.

The fairies will visit this 
sweet little place when
Spring comes to Green Bay.
I will sure miss this little playhouse
in all the seasons as we move.
It's a cold beauty right now but the 
Winter Fairies love it....
I see them flitting around
out there from time to time.
Yes. I. Do.

The other "fairy" that has been
visiting grandkids lately is the
Tooth Fairy.
Here is the one I have.....
He is a Mark Roberts fairy.
He's darling, isn't he?

He's the one that comes to visit
in the depths of night when you
lose a tooth....
IF YOU ARE GOOD.
Of course this is
NOT GOOD 
if you are over the age of 12
AND even worse 
if you have dentures!
Yes, indeedy!

Are you not so good?
Well- HERE is YOUR tooth fairy!
Makes you want to stay on the
Straight and Narrow,
doesn't it????

Have a fairy nice Sunday!!!!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

NEVER FAIL CARAMELS ON A SNOWY DAY!


There's a storm brewing here today.
We have 3-5" of snow coming
this morning- 
downgraded from 6-7".

I love to putz in the kitchen
on days like this, don't you?
You are in for a treat today!!!

When I was a kid,
 my mother
often whipped up a batch 
of fudge from scratch
after the chores were done
on a snowy Pennsylvania night.

I make caramels instead.
As you can tell, I love to bake
and make candy.

I don't know how many 
caramel recipes I have tried
over the years.
Some of them called for
stirring for what seemed hours
and then...
they might or might not
"turn out".

These are quick!
Less than 10 minutes from
start to finish AND they
NEVER FAIL 
to set up properly.

Ready?
Get yourself a nice big 
microwave measuring cup.
Make sure it is microwave safe.

Everything that is measured out
is in 1/2 cup increments.

Melt 1/2 cup butter.
Remove from microwave.
Add 1/2 cup Karo syrup,
1/2 cup light brown sugar,
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sweetened CONDENSED MILK
(not evaporated milk)

Stir until mixed and dissolved.
Microwave on high 3-1/2 minutes.
Stir down.
Microwave on high 3-1/2 more minutes.
Remove from mic.  Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts-if desired- I don't.
Stir until few air bubbles remain.
Pour into 8x8 buttered dish.
Refrigerate until set.
Cut into squares.

You can wrap these if they last long enough.
Ours never seem to make it to the
wrapped stage!
Serve these to your husband.
Make sure he eats twice as many
as you do.
Remember- the fatter he gets
the skinnier you look
standing next to him!;>)

Happy Wednesday!!!!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE TABLE- JANUARY RESULTS

Well, holy cow...
No- I don't really think cows are sacred--
it's just a Wisconsin saying.

Anyway-
I went to tally up the votes for tables
and thought my fingers would go numb
writing them all down.
You all REALLY LIKE this game!

So- without further chit-chat from me,
I will get right into it...
AND--remember you are 
ALL FAIR GAME
and I can beWICKED.
Hurt your feelings on purpose? Nope!
Trash you a little bit?  Yep!

Here were your choices:
#1-Woodland-Party Animals Invited
Let's just say there are a FEW party animals here.
Carol Slater had a hard time but finally picked #1.
Debra, Pam (doesn't eat squirrel--too bad for her),
Jeanie, Carol W.(#1 & # 6-CAN'T decide--so she's here--hahahahaha-hostess choice),
DJ-A NEWBIE--Wants to eat here and go to #6 for dessert....I will have to educate her before she plays again!
Carrie, Missy-complaining about wood placemats,
Bonnie-NO COMPLAINTS, Jane, 
Carla #1 & #4--She KNOWS better-I picked FOR her!
Su-Says 4 is her style but is sitting here? m'kay,
Connie, Sharon/Sugar, Cecilia (clean paint smock on)
Jenn (likes the rabbits-um...I might be missing something but do YOU see ANY rabbits?

TABLE #2 JANUARY BLUES- SPRING IS COMING

Hello Moontides, Theresa, MA, 
Suz-freely admits to being hungover,
Gert-says her hangover is flab over her belt,
Sally-will put ALL of her butt here (not sure what that means), Linda-alaCarte-bringing a flask but NOT sharingMerle,
Marilyn (loves winter-something WRONG with that woman in my humble opinion)
Barbara -Southern Baptist-doesn't drink (or smoke)-will have to separate her from Linda's flask & Jettie- DOES NOT eat wild game or pineapple upside down cake-
Thanks for the menu options, Jettie!
AND MELANIE---THAT I FORGOT
BUT AM ADDING!!!! 

#3-HELLO SNOWFLAKE

bj-- Wants a frozen margarita! LOL- She fooled everyone by not picking the black and white check table!  
Sandi- says bring on the drunks for singing after dinner, Kathy,
Sandie/Chatty, ADAM-thanks for playing, 
Karen/Happy One, Louise, Noreen,
Cheri-What the what? 1,7,3 or 4--she's HERE!
Kim-doesn't like snow-but says "when in Rome"(shhhh-she has no idea where she is)
DebbieDabble- #3 or  #4--you is a'sitting here!
Julie  says she will eat and then roam the tables,
& sweet Sheri!

#4 BLACK & WHITE ALL OVER
Linda/Ramblings, Dawn, Katie,
Gay-wants pignot (does she think she's on Housewives?),
Susie & V (here because of bj...hahaha-joke is on them),
bobbie-came back to check to see who else was sitting here....(in case she wanted to move?)
Carol-black/white/read all over joke--newspaper, BAD!
Nancy Notes & Nancy Wild Oak,
Karen/PomPom- Called me Queenie--she's got that right!
G Dazee-bringing biscuits-hope she's got a big oven cuz this is a full table.
Connie- wearing black & white to match the table.....
little cray-cray there as the kids say,
Debbie/Lakehouse-welcome back to blogland,
Terri, Denise, Cindy/Creations, 
Liz-also has a hangover-flab...shhhh...hey she said it--not me!,
Leena, Cindy/Cloches, Joyous Chaos,
Amy, Anonymous-you know who you are!
,Susan K, Penny,
Louca por porcelina, Jenny,
& Joan-going to copy the table-
she must have a really BIG copy machine!!

#5-JUST SO SIMPLE & SWEET

Lisa- whining about the chairs already, KimMalk-likes to whisper and thinks she can with that centerpiece as a cover,
Rita-the accountant that mixed up 5 & 6 so had to delete her first post, 
Cathy/1934 Ctg-Wants to move to #6 after she has "had a few"---still hung over maybe?

#6-WOOD YOU LIKE TO SIT HERE?

Karen Ann- talking about her TAVERN MULE-
I assumed she was talking about one of her horse-type animals until she gave a recipe that included ginger brandy...so there you go...,
Willie-hopes there is game on the menu and wonders "what's a drunk"?  hmmmm,
Jack & Karen (my sweet travelers that RV it all over the country), Fran, Linda & 
Linda-Itsy/Bitsy,  Kitty (not a REAL kitty), Saimi, and our featured guest
UNKNOWN!

Last but not least--
#7-OH DEAR DEER, DEAR
Well, lucky you-Ron The Cocktail King
is sitting here-along with- 
Diane-it's her birthday and she wanted 
everyone to bring her presents but then decided
SHE would bring everyone else presents!
Kris, Krishna, Jan, Debby Ray, Doris,
Lorrie-who is afraid of critters but apparently likes deer, 
Judy with the red dress, red dress red dress on,
Fabby- who has more fabulous dishes than
any of us could ever imagine,
& Sylvia- feeling like Alice In Wonderland
(I think she needs to quit that "stuff" she is using),

Now- I am sure I missed someone-
I always do, you know.
If I did-let me know so that I can place 
you and make fun of you, too.

If you don't like your tablemates,
too bad--you are stuck with them!

Happy Day Friends.
Let's Feast!

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

ANNA IRELAND BUILDS A SHELF

If you have 2-1/2 minutes
this is 
THE BEST TUTORIAL
on building a shelf
I have ever seen.

If nothing else,
you will get your laugh 
for the day.
Featuring Anna & Peggy Sue the dog!


See you in a day or so with the
PICK YOUR FAVORITE  RESULTS!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE JANUARY TABLE--NO DRUNKS ALLOWED

The reason for the 
NO DRUNKS ALLOWED?
I ran into someone the other day
that said they were still
HUNG OVER FROM NEW YEAR'S EVE!
Seriously?
Personally, I can't imagine.
I "think" they meant that they were just
exhausted after the holidays---but--
who knows!!

So- here we go.
It's January-  a "downer" for some of us.
But---CHEER UP!!!!
You've been invited to a wonderful dinner
with a good friend.
You would put on a great looking outfit
and pick which table to sit at~
Ready?

TABLE #1
WOODLAND-PARTY ANIMALS INVITED

TABLE #2
JANUARY BLUES- SPRING IS COMING

TABLE #3
HELLO SNOWFLAKE! 

TABLE #4
BLACK & WHITE ALL OVER

TABLE #5
JUST SO SIMPLE AND SWEET

TABLE #6
WOOD YOU LIKE TO SIT HERE?

TABLE #7
OH DEAR DEER, DEAR
You know the routine.
Pick ONE--YES ONE--table
to plunk your butt at.
No complaints allowed!
And DON'T ask me what's 
ON THE MENU
because it is NOT my party!
Got it?

As you know- I don't like winter
SO
You will see me immediately 
when you get there......
I'll be the one with the frozen expression!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

HA!!!! TOLD YOU I'D BE BACK AFTER THE FIRST

You didn't really think I would 
abandon you, right?
I know sometimes bloggers
say they are 
TAKING A BREAK
and then they disappear forever.
I sometimes wonder if their mate
got tired of them blogging and
"offed them"-if you know what I mean!

Anyway

When you wake up and it is 
27 DEGREES outside it is 
WINTER!
Winter calls for food that
"warm-your-bones"!

This is what Midwesterners
like to refer to as
HEARTLAND food-
Mostly because it will put you at
coronary risk...
don't say I didn't warn you. 
Now- If you are looking 
GLUTEN FREE 
or 
LOW FAT 
or 
HEART HEALTHY
please run away from here as fast as your
bony little butt will take you.
This is none of those!

I had SOME hamburger but not enough 
to feed two kids and two adults-
and-I did need to use it up.
Isn't raw hamburger kind of gross to look at?

So...I thought- if you can make 
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
why can't you make 
CHICKEN FRIED HAMBURGER?
Guess what?
YOU CAN!

I had about 2/3 pound of hamburger.
I added 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese,
and 1/3 cup of the Shake & Bake crumbs.
Mixed it all together with my hands 
(yes my hands)
then formed patties that were less than 1/2" thick.
Is 3/8" of an inch too calculated?

Then I turned them once in the flour,
then put them in the beaten egg,
then put them into the 
Shake & Bake mixture.
Lined up and waiting-
Then I cooked them in medium hot oil 
for about 2 minutes per side.
They were delicious.
And while EVERYONE ELSE likes theirs
with a bit of gravy,
I like mine with KETCHUP.
It tastes like a cutlet that way (to me).

Listen- Here is my advice for 2019!
ALWAYS eat before you go
grocery shopping.
Otherwise you will be posting 
a sign like this one.
Have a Happy Saturday night
and a wonderful Sunday!!!!

I will be around soon with another
PICK YOUR FAVORITE!
I am back in the loop
or loopy-you decide!
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