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It’s that time again!

Yes, that’s right! It’s Christmas in July. I can’t explain it…maybe it’s the Hallmark movie marathon withdrawal finally catching up to me, but this month I strangely watch Christmas movies. My kids think I’m crazy. We just watched Elf, and Hitched for the Holidays during dinner! LOL And the weather was a pleasant 97 degrees. Hehe.

I made baked cornflake chicken for dinner. It’s a fav around here. I let the chicken tenders soak in buttermilk, salt, pepper, and paprika for a few hours. Then I press crunched up cornflakes, onion powder, and garlic powder on them, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, and viola! Happy campers. And they’re healthier than fried. Which is what we usually do. They don’t call my husband fry-daddy for nothing. Last night we ate fried green beans. They were yuuuummmmmy. He makes a beer batter and lathers them up in sesame seeds. Gracious, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

I somehow irritated my back last night while typing in bed. Today has been a challenge bending over for things. Am I that unable to sit crooked for an hour without downing Advil the next day and walking with a limp? Yikes. Call AARP for me, someone! No offense, Mom if you’re reading this. However, I feel about 18 years old in my head. Okay, maybe 30. I’ve had some kids escape these loins. That accounts for a couple years. Speaking of kids…I’m thinking of adopting. I’ve always wanted to. Why not now? If anyone has anything to weigh in on this, please let me know. I never shy away from hearing and learning from someone else’s experiences. My first reaction to really finding out more in depth what’s involved is the price. Holy schnikes! If those poor children only knew how many people couldn’t adopt based on that fact alone, it would depress the whole lot. Why should we make a profit for locating a forever home for children? I say yes, there has to be a home study, and yes, there has to be a fee for paperwork, but really? Thousands? These people need to consider how much money goes into raising a child.

Okay, slight turn in conversation. I wasn’t finished with my meal talk. I made a coconut cream cake for dessert tonight. Super duper easy. It was a poke cake. So I made a white cake, baked it for 30 minutes, got it out and poked it to death. Then I mixed coconut milk and sweet condensed milk and poured it on top. Oh, did I mention, I added coconut extract to white cake before baking–you know, to give it that taste. 🙂 Then I refrigerated said poked cake, with concoction soaking into it, and whipped some fresh cream. I only let the cake cool for a couple hours. You’re supposed to overnight…as if. Don’t they know I don’t read instructions until I get the cake batter poured in the pan, with this being the only thing for dessert…TONIGHT! Then I spread the whipped cream and sprinkled a little of the flakes on top. I must say, it was tasty. My youngest, handing me his empty plate, said “you know I don’t like coconut.” Funny boy. His empty plate. Okay.

I’m off now to continue writing my Sarah series. This is the last book, you know. Something pretty spectacular better come out of my brain tonight. After much deliberation, I’ve decided on my next male character….Drumroll please…

 

 

This guy shouldn’t be too difficult to write. It was either him or Richard Gere. I wanted a bit of flavor in the third book, so I chose Javier. He’s just moved to the small town of Calvert, where Sarah lives. Little does he know, life in a fish bowl is much more interesting than New York City!

Off to my imaginary world, folks! Have a great one. 🙂

 

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Trying New Things

s.livingI love trying new things. In fact I try so many foods that it’s difficult to keep them all organized. Which only proves to disappoint my family when I can’t make the sausage dish with the Penne pasta again. You see I have a teeny tiny memory and sometimes I’ll cook something that makes everyone smile and say “it’s a keeper.” And then the kitchen gets cleaned and the recipe gets lost. Or rather closed up in the magazine where I found it or folded and put in a drawer … not to be seen for months. It’s sad that I know this, yet still do it.

Alas, today I tried these banana nut muffins out of my new Southern Living magazine. I had the butter out getting all room temperature-like, the three eggs sweating on the counter, and the other items all waiting around for their turn in the mixer … when … I discovered the flour canister quite low. Fortunately I had just the right amount, 3 1/4 cups. Unbelievable:)

Anyway, I followed it to the letter and viola! They tasted rather good if I say so myself. In fact everyone else liked them, too. The icing consisted of a bar of cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Yummy! I had to make shift a Ziplock bag for the sleeve to pipe it on and slightly inside the top hole, but it worked.

Two thumbs up for ease and tastiness. It made me feel like decorating for fall:)

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Chocolate Éclair Dessert

 

eclairWith the summer months approaching, I’m always up for a chilled dessert. Something that gives my taste buds a party, right before refreshingly sliding down my throat, all the while making my stomach wait with anticipation. This dessert fits the bill. Where I began working, Éclairs are one of the top sellers. But who has time to make custard, or the machine to pipe it into the pastry, only after you bake it in a hot oven? Here is a quick way to have almost the same satisfying affect. Trust me, you’ll forget about the custard when you get to lick the pudding and Cool Whip concoction right out of the mixing bowl!

  • 1 box graham crackers
  • 1 large box instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip

Icing:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • pinch of salt

Line 9 x 13 baking dish with graham crackers. Make pudding by adding milk; then fold in Cool Whip. Pour half of mixture over graham crackers in dish. Place another layer of crackers over pudding; add remaining pudding. Top with graham crackers.

Make icing by combining cocoa, sugar, and milk. Heat on medium high until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn! Add salt. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and butter. Let stand 5 minutes. Spread on top of dessert. Chill overnight.

Try to wait until at least lunchtime the next day to cut yourself a piece and eat with eyes, ever-so-slightly, rolling in the back of your head!!

Enjoy:)

 

 

 

 

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Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

img_0215I figured I’d surprise my oldest boy with making his favorite pie today. He usually only gets this on his birthday, but what the hey. He’s a good guy, gets fabulous grades, and no matter what time it is, or where in the house I’m at when he goes to bed, he always finds me and gives me a kiss goodnight. Some girl is going to be lucky to get him one day.

Anyway, he prefers fruit pies to cake. (Is this even my son?) I’m quite the opposite. I could eat cake on my cake. Poo-poo to the fruit pie. But, I will eat this one. I like the cream cheese, and if I close my eyes, I can imagine it’s the topping on a cake.

First, leave out an 8 oz package of cream cheese to get to room temperature. Once it is, with an electric mixer, cream it until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Slowly add a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk to it on low until it’s well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1 tsp vanilla extract and pour into a 9 inch graham cracker crust. Put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or more until it’s well chilled and set. I leave mine in from breakfast until dinner. Also, put a 21 oz can of cherry pie filling in there with it. (not opened)

When it’s time to serve, spread the pie filling on top of the pie and viola! You have one happy little boy! Well, at least I do:) Enjoy. No baking necessary!!