Wednesday, January 4, 2012

If you tell me about the same tire, person, car, joke, coffee and even store 30 times a day I will listen every time and even smile and acknowledge the story at least the first 28 times.
And if I read something to you and HAPPEN to read over the same thing two hours later, do NOT FREAKIN STOP ME to say "yeah you said that already"!

I am the type of person that will laugh at even the lamest jokes if it makes a person feel better. That's just how I am. I hate put downs! Even made up a rhyme to help teach my kids. I want my kids to be better people! But how do you teach the older influence? My question for parents- Would you like to send your spouse to bootcamp? Would you like to have someone knock them down a few notches....even though it might involve a few put downs?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

* 1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 6 1/2 cups hot water
* Mini marshmallows

*  COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt in large saucepan over medium heat; mix well.
*  STIR in water slowly; heat through, stirring occasionally (do not boil).
*  TOP with Marshmallows

Salty Rocky Road Fudge

6 oz good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Guittard discs)
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli)
14oz (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1.5 cups roasted salted almonds, whole

Special equipment: 1 9" square baking pan

Coat bottom and sides of baking pan with butter or cooking spray and line with a long sheet of parchment paper that overlaps the sides. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, combine the two kinds of chocolate, the condensed milk, and the butter. Set over medium-low heat, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add the extract and salt, and then fold in the marshmallows and almonds.

Pour the warm mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. I like to use my hands to press down into the pan until it is all pressed in and relatively even.

Cover with a sheet of parchment paper and let chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and lift parchment paper to remove from pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into desired-sized portions before serving. Can be stored in an air-tight container at (cool) room temperature for 7-10 days.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

TAG: New Years Resolution

I remember my resolution from last year. Well, let me be truthful here, a webpage remembered my resolution last year. Mine was simple. Two Simple things.
Have more fun with my kids and reconnect with my husband.
I HAVE DONE BOTH! I can honestly say I have done both!
Did I make more money? No! Did I win the lottery? No! Did I lose weight? Hell No!
But I did randomly pack up my kids and take them to the park, show up early at school functions, attend EVERY girl scout meeting, baked cupcakes just for them to decorate, drenched them with a water gun and even fingerpainted the bathtub.

As for being able to outwardly love my husband, we have done more than just fingerpaint the bathtub.

Someone just the other day told me I looked tired and it honestly hurt my feelings. Getting up at 5am with Ris to snuggle on the couch, making two different kinds of pancakes and omelets, walking around our alotment, having lunch with hubby, wrestling the interchange free world, dinner reservations, cancelling dinner reservations, picking up pizza and camping out on living room floor sounds like a GREAT DAY in my world and I will take one hundred more. It just hurt my feelings that all she seen was 'tired' when all I was, was 'happy'. My New Years Resolution for this year is still undecided at this moment. Whatever I decide will be good. Not the same boring lottery, weight, money junk. I will never win the lottery, and I know that. It might help if I actually played the lottery.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

* 1 oz. vodka
* 4 to 5 oz. apple cider (more or less for intensity)
* ground cinnamon
* powdered sugar
* 1 apple
* caramel apple dipping sauce
* ice


Slice or Cube Apple and coat with caramel sauce, set aside. Rim a mug or hot beverage glass with powdered sugar and set aside.
Fill a shaker with ice - Add Vodka, Apple Cider and a dash of Cinnamon. Shake until well blended and strain into microwave safe container (or saucepan if doing larger batch). Microwave until hot, but not boiling, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour Apple Cider mixture into rimmed glass.
Garnish with another dash of Cinnamon and Caramel Coated Apple Slice.
Serve! Enjoy! YumO!

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