My Daughter Kelly Ann, born “Sweet as Pie” and wild as a “Rock Star” has grown to be a mature cool 25-year-old woman.
Well my birthday just passed a few days ago (the Big 50) and I believe I am a mature cool woman also 🙂 (apple usually doesn’t fall from the tree) and pretty hip on new stuff, but I had never seen anything like what she made me for my Big Day. It’s the cutest bag ever and I must share.
It’s a Tote Bag made out of recycled grocery bags. The bag itself is made out of Smith’s Grocery bags and the Flower is made from a Target bag. She cut the bags into strips and crocheted them into a Tote bag.
OMG it is the cutest thing ever! Look how it even looks like straw material. I just can’t get over it.
She has gone “Green” with her little creation and has embraced the “Recycled Generation” Kelly has contributed something useful to our Earth.
Today is National Chocolate Cake Day, so I am re-posting a day from 2010 for a easy way to celebrate the day.You still have time go make one!
The other day I was reading “Bon Appetit” magazine and they said how great Chocolate Cake is, duh! I know, I put it up there with our generations food of Hamburgers,French Fries,Taco’s,Spaghetti, Ice Cream, Ding-Dong’s and Twinkie’s, oh and remember when Doritos’ Taco Flavored came out in Jr. High, they were the bomb! We swallowed them down with Coke, the regular kind not Diet…ugggggg!!!!
My world now days does not consist of much Chocolate Cake, I do love it but am not much of a Baker and really, I would rather reach for something salty,spicy and savory before something sweet, but this article got me thinking…ummm, Chocolate Cake? The article said, “Everyone should have a good Chocolate Cake in their “Recipe Repertoire”, you know a go to cake. When in a pinch we bust out the box mix,yea that’s ok but every now and then we need the real thing so I started browsing thru their recipes.Once again the ingredients list was way long and the preparations were way deep (did I mention I am not much of a baker) this discouraged me but the desire to have a great Chocolate Cake in “my repertoire” was still very strong. All of a sudden brain flash, back to Jr. High, Mrs.Reardon’s 8th grade Home Ec. class, Crazy Chocolate Cake, I use to make it all the time,( I think my parents got a little tired of it) it was so easy and so yummy.Went searching for my cookbook from 8th grade, my Mom actually just gave it to me a few months ago and I was so pleased to ponder thru it, found the recipe and began baking ( Mike was so excited I could hear him chanting “Life is great, Let’s eat Chocolate Cake”)
Here is the Recipe:
❤ 1 1/2 c. flour (one & one half cup)
❤ 3 Tbsp. cocoa
❤ 1 tsp. baking soda
❤ 1 c. sugar
❤ 1/2 tsp. salt
❤ 1 tsp. vanilla
❤ 6 Tbsp. oil
❤ 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
❤ 1 c. water
Time 25-30 min. Temp. 350, Pan 11×7. Combine all dry ingredients in the pan the cake is to be baked in and stir with a fork until well mixed. Make 3 depressions in the dry ingredients, one for oil, one for vinegar, and one for vanilla.Then pour 1 c. water over all ingredients and stir with a fork until well blended.Bake.
Easy Peasy Frosting
❤ 2 3/4 c. powdered sugar
❤ 6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
❤ 6 Tbsp. butter
❤ 5 Tbsp. evap. milk ( or use at least 2% regular milk)
❤ 1 tsp. vanilla
In a medium bowl, sift together the sugar and cocoa, and set aside. Than in a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.✻ Frost and enjoy.
So I will tell you what is really “CRAZY” I felt a little snub because I now have my own go to cake in my “Recipe Repertoire” and really it was there all along. Right I know it’s not “Bon Appetit” style , but it’s good and kind of cute in that little 11×7 pan .
Thanks to Mrs Reardon.
✻ Note to myself and who is reading this: To work on that “Recipe Repertoire” Which consists of an old cookbook file filled and stuffed full of some of my old favorite’s. So un-organized!
It’s our once a month “Girl Gang Get together” Bunco night. How we all look forward to it, rolling the dice, gossiping (all good stuff) eating, drinking, catching up on what is happening in everyone live’s. It’s truly a fun night, and last night was hosted by Carolyn with her Fiesta Theme. We love theme parties and we are going to share ideas for theme parties on another blog, back to Fiesta Night.
After all the hello’s and X & O’s we were given Homemade Sangria‘s, she filled it full of apples, oranges,blackberries, it was an appetizer in it self. (Remind myself to get her recipe) Carolyn served it in cute little Fiesta Cups which I think always makes everything taste better when cute, right? Her food spread was chips & salsa, mini taco’s, veggies,Mexican Lasagna and BROWNIES…
One of the girl’s (Tostada Tena)Love to Tena! handmade this wonderful “Tostada Hat”. If you look close you see, lettuce, shredded beef,cheese,tomatoes,olives… it was beautiful and we all enjoyed her creativity… You can see how we all really have a sense of humor here and nothing is taken to seriously.
If you have seen any of the past blogs you will recognize my Model Jane. She always has the cutest clothes, hair and accessories. We have teased before that if she was ever in an “orange prison suit”(which she has not) and was on side of the road picking up trash, you would recognize her by all the accessories on her “orange jumpsuit”by the way orange is one of her favorite colors! Love to Jane!
The night was a fun time had by all, once again I did not win but the fellowship I have with my “Girl Gang” can not be replaced by any prize. Although there were some pretty happening prizes.Loved that grey purse won by Tena, it would look so cute with my white pants and yellow top, and that purse holder won by Aline, I could see my new Orange bag hanging from it, Sharon won that yummy snack basket that would have tasted so yum on my next road trip…ahhh I guess there is always next month. Thanks Carolyn!
So did this famous song have anything to do with these Herb’s? Did any of the song’s from the 60’s have anything to do with whatever?, maybe a different type of Herb? Anyway, I grow just small amounts of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary,Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Parsley, Chives and Lavender. They are so easy to grow with not much care,even in this Desert, that is what always stopped me before. I mix the herb’s with some flowers and misc. plants to add some character.
☝This is my little Herb Garden. I grow them in Container’s in my courtyard, and a few in my window sill in the laundry room.☞
A couple of growing tips that I learned was clipping regularly, but no more than 1/3 of the herb at a time. If not using the herb right away store in one of your “cute little glass jars that you save” in some water in the frig. They will last for days and you can set them out and enjoy.
☜Here I used Rosemary, Mint, Sage and Lantana’s. I think it made a cute little Bouquet for your table, especially if you are using those Herb’s in your dinner that night. Your Husband may not get it, but you will and if you have guests over your Girlfriends will get it for sure.
With the Tulips I mixed Cilantro, Rosemary and Mint, besides giving it a little UMP, it also added a little fragrance☞
☜I learned to make this Rosemary Salt & its yum on everything since I am a Rosemary Lover extra YUM on Roasted Chicken. Put a few Rosemary Springs in a jar with Kosher Salt cover and let set for a good week, WOW it smells so good.I just pull out the dried leaves as I come to them.
This is my Rosemary Bush that grows like a weed out side, it is a poplar Landscape Plant here in the Desert.☞
Here is something to fix fast with your fresh herbs.
Italian Salsa Verde
A savory accomplishment on grilled chicken or fish. Get a generous handful of delicate herbs,such as chives, parsley and tarragon, chop them and place in a bowl. Add the zest of half a lemon, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a spoonful of capers. Stir in extra-virgin olive oil until the mixture can be spooned or drizzled, season with salt & pepper. Another variation to serve with steak, add stronger herbs like Rosemary,Thyme or Oregano to the Chives and Parsley and use red-wine vinegar or balsamic instead of the lemon juice and zest. It does not need to be precise on amounts, just to taste.
I wrote a lot about this subject, must be a favorite of mine. I think I will write more about this later. Let me know what you do special with your herbs.I used Organic potting soil from Lowe’s and an organic spray when they got those little white bugs. As my kid’s say “Don’t Panic its Organic”.
For those that did not know, I am plagued with the disease “Loving Sandwich’s”, especially on great bread and grilled or straight out of the Panini Press, where the cheese ooze’s out onto the grill and gets cooked all on its own ( you know what I am talking about). Sandwich’s anymore are not just PB&J or Tuna, They are “GOURMET” and I love them, they get the WOW Factor from me when I see them. So I am sharing with you some Mayo’s that will make your Sammy fall into the WOW categorie.
1 c. Mayo
10-15 Fresh Basil leaves, rolled up and chopped
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 t. fresh lemon juice
1 T. olive oil
1 t. minced garlic
Place all ingredients in your food processor and run until well blended. Place in a glass jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
✽ I save all my jars for all kinds of uses, I think the mayonnaise’s taste better stored in glass then in plastic.
This Mayo. is great on Turkey Sammy’s, Hamburgers, Wraps, Dip for your French Fries or Kettle Chips. Anywhere you use Mayo try this one next. I am a Big Basil Lover, its one Herb that I can grow here in the Desert so I REALLY love this.
ROASTED RED ONION MAYO:
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 t. olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 c. Mayo
Preheat oven to 375. On a small rimmed baking sheet, toss the red onion, olive oil, salt & pepper together. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the onion is very soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and let cool. Transfer to a food processor and buzz until finely chopped, add mayo and pulse until smooth and combined. Store in one of your favorite glass jars ( the cuter the better) in frig. for about 1 week.
Once again use this Mayo on any of your favorite Sammy’s, Hamburgers (yum) or maybe some salads, I have never tried that. Here is one Sandwich that this is excellent on.
Grilled Apple, Bacon & Cheddar Sandwich w/ Red Onion Mayo
2 slices favorite bread, I choose Sourdough ( thick and hearty are good choices)
4 slices thick-cut bacon ( I like Trader Joes Applewood Bacon)
2-4 slices Cheddar
1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored & sliced thin
Roasted Red onion Mayo
Fire up your Grill pan or Panini press, Assemble by spreading 1 slice of bread with mayo, then top with 2 slices cheddar cheese, the bacon, the apple slices, then 2 more slices of cheddar, finishing with another mayo-slathered slice of bread. Butter or use olive oil on outside of bread and transfer to hot grill. I say about 3 minutes per side or nicely toasted since the sandwich is so thick. Remove to your cutting board, slice in half and enjoy all to yourself or share with your loved one. I love, love, love Sandwich’s, just like my Mom and we think this one is a winner.❤
The story goes…Approximately 26 years ago a woman fashion editor gave this recipe to her co-worker who than made it for her boyfriend. Than bam, a month later the boyfriend proposed, than inspired 3 weddings after that, which made it famous,true story.
So this is for the “Single Ladies”
1 Whole Chicken
2 medium size lemons
1/2 cup lemon juice
sea salt and black pepper
Pre-heat oven to 400. Wash the whole chicken inside & out and remove giblets.Pat dry with paper towels and let the chicken sit for 10-15 minutes to get to room temp.Pour the lemon juice over entire chicken inside and out, next season chicken inside and out with the salt and pepper, amount depends on your liking.Now prick the lemons about 3-4 times with a sharp fork or knife and place deep into the cavity of the chicken.
Next step is to place the chicken breast side down in a roasting rack and lower the temp. to 350 and immediately place the chicken in the oven (the rack should be placed in the upper part of the oven)Bake the chicken for 15 minutes uncovered.Next remove the bird from the oven and flip it over so now the bird is breast up and cook for another 35-40 minutes longer.Check its temperature in the thigh until it reaches 170 or juices run clear.Finally once the Engagement Chicken is done cooking, let it cool for about 5 minutes and serve with the juices. Enjoy and Good Luck!♥
So if your liking to see one of these in your near future give it a try, what the hey at least you will have a good chicken recipe in your repertoire.
So lets share this with our “Single Sisters” and watch the love grow♥
♥”If you like it , than you should have put a ring on it” Beyoncé
Once again my “Girl Gang”is out to prove that we do just really want to have fun. Yuma Bike Run 2010.While the men polish and shine the Bikes for the run us girls are busy picking out our outfits, accessories and shoes for the big event.
Let the Fashion Show begin…
←Hats are a must on any Run, this Model’s is awesome, she is so matchy-matchy with her Harley Shirt.Great choice!
Fedora’s are back and they blend with the Biker Fashion to complete any hot look…→
This year the Big Necklace’s are sooooo in, She is on top of the Fashion Do List with this accessorie. You Go Girl!! →
Harley-Davidson Shirts are still a favorite on any Bike outing as seen on these lovely Model’s.
Black,Black,Black…The Harley Fashion Color Explosion,when it doubt go BLACK!
As the weekend comes to an end the girls will bond with their rituals and celebrate their Sisterhood.We will leave with fond memories in the corners of our minds, and will have proven to YUMA that YES, Girls Do Just Have Fun!
So once a month us girls get together for a game called Bunco. What a great time we have. After a little Drinky and a few snacks we sit down to roll the dice. The hostess usually has a Theme and last night it was the “Kentucky Derby”. We were all instructed to wear a “Kentucky Derby style Hat” hand-made or bought.
We were hydrated with the famous “Mint Julip” drinks on arrival and shared with delight our wonderful hats. The night was a smash and it shows a Theme is a must for any party to make it more festive. Will share more about Themed parties on another day , I am still tired from last nights party!
So next month is “Mexican Madness” at Carolyn’s. Can’t Wait!
From Butcher Paper, Chinese To Go Boxes, Condiment Cups, Parchment Papers. Most any kind of Food Related Papers.I love,love,love this store, Smart & Final.
One use for the Butcher Paper is to use it as a Runner for your Dining Table . You can draw placemat’s on it,draw a circle for the drink spot, write Guests names at their spot like Name Cards. If you are playing games you can use the paper as a Tally Pad. Leave a small pencil at your Guest spot so they can doodle while dining.Just a fun idea. One Thanksgiving Dinner I lined the pony wall with the paper, we set all the Desserts on the paper, took Sharpie’s and wrote by the Dessert what it was and who made it. Leave the Sharpie there and guest can write comments about it.Fun, Fun, Fun ♥What are some ideas you can do with your Butcher Paper?