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Not a lot going on this week so thought I’d share some of my favorite FB cartoons, pictures and a video.

This would get me going . . .

‘Why you never invite a Lab to a birthday party . . . . ”  (Click on the image to see the video)

Taking things literally . . . .

Hope you’re old enough to remember the old Folger’s coffee slogan line . . . Best part of waking up is Folger’s in your cup.

 

Thought this was a lovely old church. And for those that live in Texas, there is a wonderful Painted Church Tour you can take – and what with bluebonnet season just around the corner, that would be the perfect time to do so.  For more information on location, cities, phone number, etc., please visit this link   –

Maybe things will pick up this week and I’ll have more to tell next time – but as they say “be careful what you wish for”.

 

 

 

 

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Just read this.  Tried to find a list of the ‘other’ brands . . . so far no luck.   Click on the image to read the full  article.

 

Life Lessons

Can’t imagine how people live where it is cold and overcast all the time, i.e., Siberia, etc. Guess if you are born there that is all you know so it is normal.  And while there may not be snow all the time, I’ve found in traveling that some places are pretty cold even in the summer.

 

This Texas girl is having a hard time with the cold this year dealing with frozen, icy steps (took a tumble down them last night – but no harm done),  frozen lock on gate, temperature not above 34 . . . for the high, and the back door frozen shut!   That was a first.  But patiently waiting for Thursday when we’re supposed to reach 76 – and then possible sleet again on Friday/Saturday – go figure.

 

Since there isn’t much to do find myself checking out videos –  ’12 Tough Truths About Life No One Wants to Admit’ – offers a lot of insight into life.  It’s only about 3 minutes long and for me number 12 on ‘arguments’ has been part of my life for a long time.

To that, David and I have not had an argument since we married over 30 years ago.  Yes, we’ve had disagreements on things but no arguments where one of us is screaming mad.  What’s the secret?  We decided when we first got married that  if we wanted to say something that might be construed as argumentative,  we would preface the statement with these three words  . .  . “in my opinion”.  After all, everyone has an opinion and for us we agreed to make opinions non-arguable.

Click on the image below to see the 12 Tough Truths  which is on Facebook.  And, if you don’t have a FB account, when the screen pops-up to log-in, just click on ‘Not Now” to view the video.

 

 

Tap

Saw another post about an upcoming movie titled ‘I Can Only Imagine’. Would seem this  movie is  based on a true story which originally resulted in a popular song.  Watched the movie trailer and then went looking for full version of song.  Surprise – song had over 23 million views.  So here it is if you care to listen (click on the image) . . . BTW, link to movie trailer is below the song video.  Guess everyone has a story to tell.  Some stories just more powerful than others.

 

 

 

Movie trailer – on Facebook – click on image.

 

 

Last thing – Lady looking for brother, click on image to go to her FB page if you have any info.

 

 

Cornbread Waffles, Apple Rings and Napoleons

OK – it’s official – had enough winter.  My energy level is about ‘zero’ and my motivation lower  . . . if possible.  I am so ready for warmer temps so that we can  get outside.  Not to mention we eat too much when we’re inside all the time. I mean who makes cornbread waffles??? Yes, made a batch of cornbread waffles the other day. Why? They were for Bear. He just loves cornbread and thought if I made the cornbread in waffle form it would be easier to break off little bits to give him. And it is!

Used the same Morrison Cornbread Mix (not sweet)  as for our cornbread  and cooked it in my  Waring Waffle Maker. Love that waffle maker.     All I do is set it for amount of time, flip it after ladling in the batter and wait. Waffles come out perfect every time. I did increase the cook time for the cornbread waffles as I wanted them a little dryer than our breakfast waffles.  Store better and last longer.

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Bear loves to get treats in his ‘Bear bucket’. He bites and rolls it all around the den trying to get the treat out – and best part the cornbread waffle bits don’t fall apart like traditional cornbread would – plus he gets to have fun.  Lot less expensive than store-bought  treats too. I’ve frozen the waffles in manageable portions so will only need to make these every couple of weeks. Have to watch his weight just like ours. Sigh.

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Apple Rings

Found a way to get lovely apple rings without having to buy a special gadget for coring. Discovered if I take my melon scoop, place it at the edge of the core of sliced apples and rotate it around the middle of the apple – the core comes out perfectly. The apple rings are then ready to cook spiced and any leftovers can be stored to enjoy later. Get recipe for spiced apple rings here. Make mine with Splenda – but use sugar if you like.  I’ve found that any leftover rings will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

Old News  . . .

– still loving my ‘second verification’ of gmail – knock-on-wood – not seeing any other “log-ins from other locations” since I implemented the security layer a year or so back . . . so guess it is still working.  If you’d like to read more about this ‘verification’ process – visit this link.

 

Napoleons

Back to the eating. Still loving the cream cheese filling used in the Chocolate Torte cake . . . so thought I’d try putting it in a Napoleon. (For those wanting a traditional Napoleon filling – visit this link or you can also use a filling made from vanilla pudding blended with Cool Whip – or anything else you might like. )

This was a pretty easy dessert to fix using store-bought puff pastry, cream cheese filling (no cooking), and the powdered sugar glaze.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 sleeve of puff pastry (makes 12 pastries)
  • 1 recipe of cream cheese filling
  •  1 – 1/4 cup powdered sugar (regular or Splenda made)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • water

Directions:

  1. Allow puff pastry to defrost to room temperature (about 40 minutes – you want to be able to handle it)
  2. Cut into sections along the fold seams, then cut each one of these sections into 4 rectangles
  3. On a greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper lined pan, bake in a 400 degree pre-heated oven for about 15-16 minutes or until golden brown. (Note: Prick the dough with a fork before baking to minimize ‘puffing’.)
  4. Remove pastry from oven and allow to cool
  5. After cooling, separate each rectangle into 2 sections (top/bottom)
  6. Place filling between layers of cooled pastry
  7. Top with vanilla glaze made from 1 cup powdered sugar, vanilla and enough water to make glaze spreadable (you don’t want this too thin)
  8. Drizzle chocolate** on top and pull knife through to make chevron design

Enjoy!

** Chocolate Drizzle – Use the 1/4 cup powdered sugar, teaspoon of cocoa mixted together with a little water to make the chocolate drizzle or melt a few chocolate chips in the microwave to use instead.  To get the design, make straight lines of chocolate and then pull a knife blade horizontally through the chocolate in effect ‘pulling’ the chocolate along.  Mine would have looked better – but made the vanilla glaze a little too thin – but they still tasted great!!

How to Live


It has been a rather trying week. Doctor appointment – which always leaves us on tether hooks until we get the ‘okay’ from the doctor that all is normal, dealing with an unusually large number of  phishing emails  . . . you know the kind, someone looking to get your personal information so they can reek havoc of some sort and then poor service – USPS mail specifically – which resulted in an undelivered bill.  Have to give the people at Discover credit – they were extremely understanding and helped me get everything straight.

 

At times like this, my brain tends to shut down to a certain degree. So when I saw the following video had to think  to myself guess we’re never too old to learn how to ‘buck up’ and ‘persevere’.  The video is longer than the normal video I’m willing to sit through – 10 minutes+ – but well worth the time.  After all 159 MILLION+ viewers can’t be wrong.  WOW !!!!    Think it must the all time high count for views that I’ve ever seen for anything out there.

Hope you find it as inspiring, enjoyable and entertaining as I did. In fact, think I might go so far as to call it a ‘Tap’ moment . .  .

‘Tap’ references a book I read, The Tap about those moments in life when you feel you should say or do something, i.e., God tapping you on the shoulder – you never know why, just that it is something you should do.

 

Click on the image below to view the video on Facebook.  If prompted to sign in to a Facebook account, just click on ‘Not Now’.

 

 

 

Will be back next time with a super easy way to make spiced apple rings, napoleons and more !  Maybe by then my brain will be back ‘in gear’.  🙂