Wednesday, March 31, 2010
1. Jesus- People forget, or at least don't talk about it openly, but Easter is about Jesus and his resurrection.
2. Bunnies- quite a different thing than Jesus, but who can think of Easter and not think of bunnies? Besides, God made bunnies, didn't he?
3. Jelly Beans- I love the grape ones best
4. Chocolate- of all kinds! I don't go for those hollow bunnies, though. Eww!
5. Coloring eggs- The smell of vinegar, the bright colors, dipping eggs. All fun!
6. Easter clothes- the first chance to dress up and wear pastels
7. Flowers- they are just starting to bloom here. I can't wait to see some color out there
8. Dinner- my mother in law refuses to let anyone else make dinner, but I happy with that. As long as I'm not making it, that is good!
9. Family- getting a chance to see everyone and take a break from our crazy schedule
10. Easter baskets- I no longer get one :( but I like making them up for the kids. I love the looks on their faces when they find their basket.
11. Easter egg hunts- no matter how old you get, these are still fun
12. The colors- all the bright colors everywhere- light greens, yellows, pinks, light blue
13. Peeps- most people find them gross but they still stock them in droves in stores and people still buy them, like I do every year. They are too cute!
What is your favorite thing(s) about Easter?
Happy Easter everyone!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Coca-Cola Slogans through the years:
Thursday, March 25, 2010
1. Corn on the cob- canned is blah, frozen is ok, but on the cob, with butter and pepper, divine.
2. Gardening- The garlic I planted last fall is coming up already, and I'm itching to plant some vegetables. I'm planting an easy garden this year, mostly greens, beans, lettuce and zucchini.
3. Green grass- all that snow for weeks on end has me looking forward to slipping off my shoes and wiggling my toes in some warm grass.
4. Swimming- we got one of those easy to set up pools last year for the kids but summer wasn't that warm. Hopefully it will be this year and the kids spend a lot of time in the pool.
5. Watermelon- juicy and wonderful on a hot day
6. Picnics- the option to eat outside on a nice summer evening is great. The kids think it's a big adventure.
7. Grilling- I've already squeezed in a few grilling sessons on the warmer days, but it's nice in summer to grill a lot. Hamburgers, shrimp, and vegetables, it's all good.
8. Peaches- right off our peach tree in the front yard. Last year wasn't so good so I hope that means this year will be much better.
9. No school- I love having the kids home, love having no school demands (believe it or not, the school is constantly asking parents for time, paperwork and money) etc. I could live without the constant fighting and "I'm bored" comments, but it's a good tradeoff.
10. Flowers- for some reason the older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty of flowers and all their colors.
11. Time off- there is more time to spend together with friends and family, more time to take trips or just get away for a day.
12. No coats- less to lug around!
13. Food- more salads, fruit choices, vegetables and whipped desserts. I love throwing together dinners made of various salads with fruit for dessert. Easy and good!
What is your favorite thing about summer?
Monday, March 22, 2010
Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until top bounces back when touched or toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
"My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I said 'No, but I want a regular banana later, so... yeah.'"
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
1. The beginning- when you aren't sure your sick but you just don't feel right. I hate the not knowing if I'm sick part.
2. Staying in the house- I am not a stay at home person. I like being out in the morning doing my errands and getting my work done. Being sick, you can't go anywhere. It makes me feel like I'm missing something.
3. Missing something- I miss work, the gym, grocery shopping, my friends, even those tedious errands. And those little things that happen that make your day interesting- good or bad, I miss them too.
4. Stuffy nose- you can't breath, can't sleep, can't taste anything. And you have trouble catching your breath when you talk! Then your nose runs while your asleep! Yuck!
5. Swollen glands- for some reason, swollen glands make me nervous. I always wonder if I have an infection somewhere. And they hurt like heck.
6. Lack of sleep- No matter how tired I get while sick, I don't sleep well until I feel better.
7. Coughing my lungs out- and not being able to catch my breath. I couldn't sleep I was coughing so much the other night.
8. Restlessness- I get bored and daytime TV is awful! I read and try to work on chores, but I can't sit still or concentrate.
9. Lack of rest- I do have all day but once the kiddies are home, it's business as usual. Moms don't get downtime like Daddies do! No sick days here. No one does the laundry, makes dinner, cleans or runs the kids to activities if I don't. We women are a tough lot!
10. Forgetting healthy- Even if I'm sick only a few days with a mild cold, I forget what it felt like to be healthy. And it makes me that much more grateful when I am healthy.
11. Being woozy or dizzy- nothing feels scarier to me than feeling like the world is tilting or spinning. It usually stays with me until I get my strength back.
12. Weakness- I like feeling strong and in control of my body. Being sick doesn't let you do that!
13. I feel like a big baby!- Gosh, it's just a cold and I've had a lot worse. But I still feel like whining!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
"Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt."
Thursday, March 11, 2010
1. Lindt- this used to be my go-to chocolate but they've branched out so some so their stuff is not as good. But still a good fall back, especially the 70 to 80% dark. Very sharp, very good for everyday eating.
2. Leonidas- Oh man. This stuff is fancy and delicious. My hubby gets it for me every Christmas and I have a very hard time making it last to New Year's!
3. Ghirardelli- nice smooth chocolate taste. Just sweet enough but also gives a good bite.
4. Dagoda- organic chocolate. Dark, fruit infused, chocolate nibs, it's all good!
5. Scharffen Berger- the different flavors available are too tempting- sea salt, honey and coffee bars. Very upscale and to me, expensive. But worth every penny.
6. E. Guittard- some of the best, basic chocolate around. They use fresh ingredients and offer milk, semi sweet and bittersweet bars with hints of cinnamon, cherry and nuts. They also offer a lot of good baking bars for those bakers out there who want the best!
7. M&M's- who can stop eating them?!
8. Chocolove- the packaging makes it look like really cheap chocolate, but it's not. They offer flavors like toffee, raspberries, and orange peel. I grab one everytime I go to the specialty chocolate store.
9. Aero bars- from Europe. Light and airy, it has bubbles inside! Even though I don't normally like milk chocolate, I can't resist these.
10. Michael Cluizel- Very French plantation bars of chocolate. Flavors like dark chocolate with hazelnut, praline, and coffee. They also offer a chocolate bar that is 99% dark. Whoa!
11. Valrhona- another wonderful French chocolate company. Very high end, offering chocolate bars and baking chocolate to chefs.
12. Chocolate milk- not the skinny stuff, but the whole milk/cream with chocolate. Organic, off the farm, is even better. With Oreos.
13. Avalanche bark- not really a chocolate at all but so good. I get a piece every time I go to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. It's a mix of rice krispies, white chocolate, peanut butter and mini semi sweet chips. I've posted it before on this blog but here is a link to the recipe on line if you want to make it-
What is your favorite chocolate?
Monday, March 8, 2010
10 Tbsps unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift then measure)
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup Nutella- you can add more if desired!
Preheat oven to 325. Line 12 muffin tin with paper liners.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Don't worry of the batter looks curdled. Add vanilla.
Stir in flour, salt and baking powder until thoroughly combined and no flour remains.
Fill each paper liner with batter, 3/4 full. Top each cupcake with approx. 1 1/2 tsps. Nutella.
Swirl Nutella and batter together with a toothpick, making sure to fold a bit of the batter up over Nutella. Bake 20-25 mins., until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean (except for the Nutella). Remove cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely.
Nutella Coffee Icing
4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons Nutella
3 cups powdered sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons milk with 2 teaspoons instant coffee and stir until coffee is dissolved.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, Nutella, sugar, salt, vanilla, and the 2 tablespoons of coffee-milk mixture. Mix well with electric mixer for at least 2 minutes, adding more milk as needed to make a fluffy spreadable frosting.
“Who throws a cupcake? …honestly!”
- a young Dr Evil, Austin Powers movie character
Thursday, March 4, 2010
1. Candy necklaces- having candy that available was too cool! Never mind it got sticky on your neck. I was having too much fun eating it to notice.
2. Chunky bar- I used to think they were huge! Now they make them even bigger. My favorite was the chocolate mixed with raisins.
3. Fun Dip- talk about sugar! I loved the way your tongue felt rough after eating the whole package.
4. Now and Laters- never failed to make my jaw hurt and my teeth ache, but it was a good pain! They seemed to last forever too.
5. Pixy Sticks- powdery goodess. But I never could open one without getting the end wet and my powder would stick. Still didn't stop me!
6. Candy buttons- on those sheets of white paper. Everyone complained that you ate more paper than candy, but they were irresistable.
7. Wax lips and bottles- I could never just drink the liquid. I always had to chew the wax until my jaws ached. I still don't know what that liquid was but I always wanted more. And wax lips were fun to suprise your friends with.
8. Candy cigarettes- a major no no today, but we never cared what they were as kids. I just remember the fun of blowing out the powder and feeling like a grown up.
9. Pop Rocks- they were new in the 70's and everyone had to have some. I think someone even called them space rocks. Very unique and fun to stick your tongue out so your friends could see.
10. Chocolate powder gum- I remember having a packet similar to a pop rocks packet and there was a chocolate powder in there. As you chewed it, it became gum. I never saw it again but it was really neat.
11. Flying saucers- addicting, for what reason I still don't know. For me, this candy was all about sensation. The wafer melting then the coolness and crunch of the little candies inside was too hard to resist.
12. Zero bar- A white candy bar? How cool! I guess everyone else thought so too because they are still around.
13. B-B-Bats- So many flavors and so cheap! I remember our local 7-Eleven having an entire row of different flavors of b-b-bats along the bottom of the candy isle. I tried everyone of them. Chocolate was my favorite, of course!
If you are a child of the 70's (or you are just hip enough to be into the 70's!) can you recall your favorite candies?
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"Prejudices are what fools use for reason."