Thursday, September 18, 2014

Simple Glazed Doughnuts

Are you kidding me!!!!
I've been making homemade doughnuts from scratch
when all I had to do was use biscuits!
WHAT!!

 While browsing through some of my favorite magazines
I found the easiest.. and I mean the EASIEST
doughnut recipe ever.

All you need is:

2  12oz. tubes of biscuits
oil for frying
2 c. powdered sugar
3 or 4 tablespoons water




Using a thimble or a frosting tip..  remove the center of each doughnut.
Set aside.   Pour 1/2 inch of oil into a skillet and heat over med/high heat.
Fry biscuits and holes until golden (about a minute) and carefully turn over and repeat.
Drain on paper towels and let cool.

Combine powdered sugar and water to make a glaze. 
 Dip doughnuts in the glaze
and...
YUM!


Some I used a store bought chocolate frosting ~ For Sally
some I powdered  ~  For Paul
Some I added some melted Pumpkin Spice chips ~  For ME
and some I just left with the glaze alone

And we ate them all!  

Hope that you enjoy
They are YUMMY!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monster party


 Boy, don't you go in there
Come outta there, boy
Don't you know that house is haunted?


There's an old deserted mansion on an old forgotten road
Where the better ghosts and goblins always hang out
One night they threw a party in a manner a la mode
And they cordially invited all the gang out


At a dark, bewitchin' hour when the fun was loud and hearty
A notorious wall flower became the life of the party
Mmm, the spooks were havin' their midnight fling
The merry makin' was in full swing


They shrieked themselves into a cheerful trance
When the skeleton in the closet started to dance
Now a goblin giggled with fiendish glee
A shout rang out from a big banshee



 Amazement was in every ghostly glance
When the skeleton in the closet started to dance
All the witches were in stitches while his steps made rhythmic thumps
And they nearly dropped their broomsticks when he tried to do the bumps




You never heard such unearthly laughter, such hilarious groans
When the skeleton in the closet rattled his bones






Skeleton in the Closet lyrics courtesy of Louis Armstrong

As you can see
It has started...
 my successful attempt at driving my family crazy with my obscene amount of Halloween decorations

I wanted to do a little something different with the Halloween decorations this year.
Its a Monster Party.
... and they are all having a great time. 

Next up...  the Sunporch, 
which, at my daughters requests,
 is going to take on something brand new.


Meanwhile..
Be Happy
&
Have a marvelous day!

Linking up with Coastal Charm's Show & Share
and
mrs Olson's Share your cup Thursday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One last Island hop of the season

 
 Paul and I took the boat over to our favorite summer hang out on Sunday
~  September 14th
I say the date because we're so happy to still be enjoying lazy days on the boat.
(We've never gone out this late in the year)
.. and yes, would you believe it... Paul sat his butt in the cold water the whole time!

It never fails,  every time we are out there I find myself reflecting on our lives and the 24 years worth of Island trips that we've made. I think of all of the people who used to enjoy it with us.   My grandma used to love it!  She would put on her old swim cap,  dive in the water..  and we wouldn't see her for hours.   She grew up on the Chesapeake,  swimming in the bay was as natural to her as grand parenting.  : )   We  took our girls as babies.  Sally spent many afternoons napping in her porta-crib on the beach while Michelle and I built gulleys in the sand for her Barbie's boat.
So many great times to remember.   If I could marry Paul again ~  it would definitely be on our Island. 

It was only Paul and I on Sunday.   Michelle was home sick with a head cold and Sally said that she had to much 11th grade homework to finish.  ( Which I am sure she meant =  play games on the computer all day without her parents complaining. )
The weather was beautiful. He and I just hung out, talking, splashing and floating as we normally do. 

man ole man the water was cold!

I went in short increments while Paul stayed in the entire time.  He's crazy about the water..  but Y'all already know that.

As Baltimore was still hosting the Star Banner Celebration,  we were able to watch the Blue Angels perform from a distance.   Lucky that I brought my good camera along!
It was pretty darn cool!
The coolest thing..  which almost made Paul flip off of his raft,  was when they flew directly over us. 
He was coo'ing like a teenage girl at a One Direction concert.


Some of the leaves have already begun to change colors as a reminder that our lazy summer days are numbered.
I found myself feeling thankful again.
Thankful for this life,  this journey, and the beauty that surrounds me each day.


Have a great Day!
Remember to make someone smile.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baltimore's Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks show



This week Baltimore has been celebrating the 200th birthday of  the  Star Spangled Banner

and it's been an amazing celebration.


On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort 

McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The 

bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked 

 Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President's house. It was another 

chapter in the ongoing War of 1812.
A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer, had boarded the flagship of the 

 British fleet on the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of persuading the British to release a friend who had 

recently been arrested. Key's tactics were successful, but because he and his companions had gained 

knowledge of the impending attack on Baltimore, the British did not let them go. They allowed the 

Americans to return to their own vessel but continued guarding them. Under their scrutiny, Key 

watched on September 13 as the barrage of Fort McHenry began eight miles away.


The hours passed slowly, but in the clearing smoke of "the dawn's early light" on September 14, he 

saw the American flag—not the British Union Jack—flying over the fort, announcing an American 

victory.

Key put his thoughts on paper while still on board the ship, setting his words to the tune of a popular 

English song. and within weeks, Key's poem, now called "The Star-Spangled Banner," appeared in 

print across the country, immortalizing his words—and forever naming the flag it celebrated.



Downtown has been packed full of people wanting to see Fort Mchenry,  a glimpse of the navy's blue angels

or tour the many fleets of tall ships.

Last night,

The harbor looked like a parking lot for boats
as people lined up and anchored in to see the firework festivities.



Lucky for us.. we had an "in" to this great view.

Sit back and enjoy the photos.













Wow!   

I'm still struck by it's awesomeness!  

 Have a great day!  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Burger & Fries Pot Pie and the spooky blog makeover


Well... what do ya know..
Twice in the same week.
I am making progress!

Happy Saturday Friends!

As you can see...
I've been quite busy decorating the blog for my favorite time of year.
I've had some fun with the "spooky" photo editing..
The creepy dog photo just cracks me up!

I've been making slow progress around the house as well,
I want to do something different this year and I've been gathering lots of ideas..
Now, I need to stop pinning and start putting them together.

The weather here in Baltimore is cool and crisp
The little bite of chilly air helps put me in the Fall mood...
makes me want to run out and buy mums and pumpkins.
Not to mention..  that it makes me what to cook warm  homey comfort foods.

I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen this week..
cookies, pumpkin muffins, casseroles...
Have I mentioned that I love having time to cook again.
Lets not talk about the fact that my scale went up 4 pounds..  ughhh.
We can't have any fun!!!

Tonight I made this recipe that I found in an old cookbook.
Honestly..  since I am not a huge fan of ground beef,
I wasn't as excited about it as Sally and Paul were.
But I gotta tell ya..

It was really good!!!

... and REALLY easy!!

I'll definitely make it again.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2 cups frozen crispy French-fried potatoes (from 20-oz bag) 
 

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 450°F. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain well. Sprinkle flour over beef mixture. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatoes; heat to boiling. Remove from heat.
  • 2 In ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole, spread beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange frozen potatoes evenly in single layer on top.
  • 3 Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. 

Linking up with
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and
 Simple Saturday Blog Hop 

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Have a great weekend
 xo
 L

Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Cream Cheese tart and little Darla toes



Hi Friends!!!  
Happy Almost Fall.
  I see that many of you are already spruced up in your orange and golds.
Lookin Good!!

As for me...
I'm in the middle of planning out my Halloween decorations.
I'm sooooo excited!
I've got some fun new things to decorate the blog with too.

Meanwhile..  
 Here is a delicious Apple Tart recipe for you to enjoy on these gorgeous pre-autumn days.




Apple Cream Cheese Tart


1 pie crust
2 medium apples, peeled, diced (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg 
 
   Glaze


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons milk

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Heat cookie sheet on bottom rack of oven. Meanwhile, place pie crust in 9- or 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie. Press in bottom and up side of pan. Trim edge if necessary.
  • 2 In medium microwavable bowl, mix apples, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon. Microwave uncovered on High 2 minutes; stir. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes longer, stirring once, until apples are slightly soft.
  • 3 In another medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, the vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Spread over bottom of crust. Top evenly with apple mixture (apples will not cover top completely).
  • 4 Place tart pan on heated cookie sheet on bottom rack in oven. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set, apples are tender and crust is light golden brown. Cool on cooling rack about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 5 Just before serving, in small bowl, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk. Stir in additional milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over tart. Remove side of pan; cut into wedges. Store covered in refrigerator.



    Since we're talking Sweets...  How sweet is this!!!
    Yes, that is my husband painting my toenails.  : )



    Although I knew that he was gonna paint little Darla's 
    I kept getting in trouble for peeking.
    I couldn't help myself..
    and the darla butt was quite a funny surprise.


    So silly!!

    I'll be back soon to share some of my halloween ideas.

    Beware.

    Have a great day.


     
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Kitchen Redo

    I told you that I've been busy in the kitchen. 

    I've been wanting to make over the kitchen for a while now.
    The white ceiling was a dingy grey and  in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint
    and I also wanted to change the color of the cabinets.
    Again
    I just wasn't sure of what color...

    They've already been:
    barn red
    colonial blue
    black
    hunter green

     and the cream color that they are now..




     What color haven't they been? 

    WHITE!!!

    I found myself scanning pinterest for white cottage kitchens for days..
     There were so many gorgeous kitchens!!!

    At first I wanted to paint the entire kitchen white..
    but decided to start out with the cabinets and pressed tin first..

    I used Behr bright white paint and primer mix..  it's the best!!


    Looks nice..right!


    I worked my way around the kitchen 
    ...  one of my favorite changes is chalk board back splash.
    I  just slapped a couple of coats of black chalk board paint on it.


    After finishing the cabinets
    I decided that white on the walls and ceiling would have been to much.
    I needed another color.

    My eyes kept going to the color of the corn in the picture above the sink.
    and I ended up with a harvest yellow.

     
    Another thing that I've seen on Pinterest that I love are black window frames. 
    It's a scary thought but,  What the heck...  I'll try it!!



     I wanted to change the  mess of hanging pots and pans.
    I love the convenience of them hanging on the wall ..
    but they really needed to be neatened up a bit.

    As I was searching online for ideas..
    I looked up from the computer and Pauls old sled caught my eye.
    I sat looking at it ...  hmmmm???

    And then I put my idea into action...


    I also needed some new colorful curtains..
    so I recycled one of my favorite tablecloths to make these little valances.



    Are you ready for the final reveal?






    There are still some things that I am not sure of..
    such as the black windows..  I'm not sure how I feel about them.

    I am also still searching for the perfect new OLD  rectangle table or island .

     Meanwhile..  I love it!!!  : )