Sunday, October 19, 2014

giving the finger ~

Remember those finger cookies that I was talking about the other day..
here they are.

They are just an almond shortbread cookie.
.. if you like almond flavor,  You will love these!!
1 cup of softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon of Almond Extract
2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
Sprinkles optional
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Divide dough into fourths. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll into 1-in. balls. Shape balls into 3-in. x 1/2-in. fingers. Using the flat tip of a butter knife, make an indentation on one end of each for fingernail  Press Almond into indentation. With the back of the knife, make three slashes in the middle of each finger for knuckle .Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.  Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool.

 Happy Sunday Friends.
I hope that you all have been enjoying this gorgeous fall weekend.


Oh Yeah..
Before I leave you... I gotta show you my silly Halloween polka dots.

No nibbling on these fingers please!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

a little Thursday randomness

Or..  scare the crap out of you.  

The leaves are really starting to show their true colors now. I love mornings like this,  when the smell of autumn opens my senses as I follow the leaf covered path through the woods. Squirrels play and carry on in groups as a lone deer carefully watches me from a distance.   Don't worry little deer,  I'm just trying to hike off some of the junk that I've consumed this week.  What the little deer doesn't know is that I'm hauling ass up those hills  because I've totally watched to many horror movies and I'm afraid of the imaginary hockey masked monster or a few decrepit zombies coming to get me.   But yes!!!!  my butt and thigh muscles are still aching  from hustling through the rough terrain!    The ZWOP ~.  zombie workout plan ~ hmmm, I think I'm on to something!    : ) 

I came home and instead of baking the finger cookies ( literal finger cookies) that no doubt I would be munching on later,  I decided that I would get crafty with some of the supplies that I found on sale at Joannes recently. 
I picked up this paper mache pumpkin, ribbon, glitter bells and Halloween bunting for less then $10.00.
I really wasn't sure what I was going to do with the pumpkin..  so first I broke out the craft paint.

Quite honestly,  the paint wasn't good enough..  so of course, I had to cover that baby in glitter.
Like I need another glittery pumpkin around the house! 

Yay for sparkles!!

The rest was as simple as making a bow and adding the bunting.

..and here it is,  yet another Halloween decoration.  : )

As for tonight.. it's my favorite television night of the week..  It's almost time for fleecy pajamas and an overdose of gooey tv drama,  Grey's Anatomy and Parenthood.

Have a great night and a happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Someone is having a birthday today

Look at Sharky's big smile..  
Looks like he's excited to be 6 years old today!!

Happy Birthday sweet boy!

Stymie and Darla are ready for the party!!  

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Booyah! Rice Crispy Treats

Sheeeeeeeeeeeesh...  my waist line will be happy when October is over!!
I've been having way to much spooky fun in the kitchen.

I promised Sally the rice crispy treats the she's been craving,
No problem,  since I am not a big fan of them..  I know that I wont eat them.
My taste buds deceive me!
Turns out that If you add a few cups of crushed oreos into the mix,
 they are super delicious! 

 I made a few batches.. 
 some plain and some of the oreo.

Dear Neighbors and Friends,
You are welcome for the sugar high that I left on your front porches for your children.
Better them..  then me.  : ) 


1/4 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
1. Melt margarine in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and well-blended. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly and firmly in buttered 13 x 9 inch pan. Cut into 2 x 2 inch squares when cool.
 For Oreo version add  2 cups of crushed oreos.

Monday, October 13, 2014

30 minutes in the life #2 (sweet apple cake)

It's chilly.  My polka dot knee highs are pulled up way past my knees almost up to where the stringy cut off shorts touch my thighs.   They might be sorta sexy .. if the socks matched.   And if I wasn't wearing the funky Boston Terrier slippers that my girls bought me for my birthday last December.  The cold early morning air passes through the screen door and washes over my face,  it's cleansing to the soul.  A soul that has learned so much this year,  a soul that is happy and thriving,  a soul that is thankful for the shifts and bends in the road.   I smile against the breeze.  I've got Louie Armstrong playing loudly as I work my way around the kitchen, slicing apples, sifting flour, beating eggs and thinking about how different my life is.   The contrast between today and this time last year is amazing.  Last year I was fighting myself,  trying to change and failing at it all.   Looking back,  the things that I thought were important were nothing but a mirage.  It was a tough humbling lesson,  my quest to find myself  landed me in the place that I've always longed to be..  a place that I've always been.   Home.

I toss in the walnuts and run my finger along the mixing bowl, savoring the taste of the delicious batter.  So many thoughts are going through my head.   I sit in the kitchen chair, pull my legs up and rest my chin on my knees.   I think back to that day in November when I sat in this very same spot..  the year was 1989 and I was a nervous 17 year old who was smitten by the boy that she had just met on a blind date.  The boy who put quarters in her penny loafers so that she could call him from the pay phone each day.  The boy that, (just like the apples in the batter), was hand picked to be her husband for the past 24 years.  Thank you mom.  

 I think about all of those years together,  much like this cake recipe..  There were pieces of our marriage that were bitter and sweet,  coarse and delicious.   I don't care what anyone says,  Marriage is work.  If you don't nurture it,  it will burn quickly.   Throughout the years, there have been cracks on the surface.  We've  played with the ingredients, taking things out and tossing things in,  sometimes they've worked and sometimes they didn't ...  but we've never stopped trying to get it perfect.  (and we've never stopped adding the spice) * wink

And on cue,   just as I am in my own thankful little world... singing along to Louis Armstrong's Dummy song  and pouring the sweet apple batter into the cake pan.,  he walks into the room , cups his hands to my ears from behind,  kisses the top of my head, says he loves me and walks out of the house.

  Love and life..  It may sometimes be a bit rough around the edges... but it's tender, sweet and delicious  ~  Just the way it is meant to be.

Sweet Apple Walnut Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups of apples, cored and chopped
1 cup of walnuts

Mix sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  add remaining ingredients, mix well.  Pour into greased cake pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Live, Love and be happy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Zombie Meatloaf

First let me say that I love you all 
and thank you for tolerating my crazy love for Halloween.
I'm soooo sorry...
The feast that I'm about to show you is quite grotesque.
You may lose your appetite.

Ok.. I'm not that sorry.
I'm super freaking excited to show y'all this..
  In honor of my love for Halloween and tonight's Walking Dead season premier...
Here it is.. 
(last nights)

 Oh my gosh.. 
 it gets more and more disgusting every time that I look at it!!

Can you feel my excitement..

 Before you go thinking that I slayed a real zombie..
( although I do think that my daughters have educated me enough that I could kick some zombie ass)
This delicious Zombie head is nothing but a yummy meatloaf wrapped in bacon.

I know that I out did myself when Paul & Sally sat at the table and both said..

Yes!!!!  mom scores again! 

(and it really was delicious!!!)

Have a great day friends.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Spoooooky surprise cake

Isn't  it adorable!
Tastes yummy too!

 It's grey, wet and cold in Baltimore today..
A perfect day to hang out and play in the kitchen.
The house is clean and I've got a killer meatloaf in the oven 
~ just wait till you see it.. 
   It is super ugly ...and soooo much fun!
( I'll show you tomorrow)

Back to the cake...  I saw a cake like this on pinterest.  
That  awesome person made their cakes from scratch..
Screw that..  to much work and mess for me,  I'll stick with the box mix today.

First thing you do is prepare a loaf pan and preheat the oven according to the box.. 
Then make the "white" batter.. since you'll be baking a white cake first.

Bake your white cake,  let cool and slice.
While your cake is cooling..  make chocolate cake batter and set aside.

 Use a cookie cutter and carefully cut your shapes out of the cake.

Once you've cut the whole cake,
carefully layer your cut out cake inside of a prepared loaf pan

 Pour chocolate batter over it and bake ( according to directions)

 Let cool.
 Frost cake with yummy cream cheese frosting
.. don't forget to have a party with your sprinkles.

Pour yourself a tall glass of cold milk,
slice open your bootiful cake
and BAM!


Happy Saturday!

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