Friday, June 16, 2017

Chocolate Flourless Gluten Free Mug Cake AND #UYW

Several years ago my ex and I planted a garden, well actually we planted one every year for four years. Due to his background in construction he spent hours building pens or raised beds for our plants, flowers, hybrid pepper plants and bushes. It was not cheap but saved a ton of time and effort where weeding was concerned.
I really miss my garden and fresh veggies. Currently I do not even have access to a farmers market so I'm stuck getting veggies at the grocery store. Thankfully our local Piggly Wiggly does carry some local produce. There are several nurserys that have flowers, hybrid plants, cheap or fairly inexpensive construction material for beds, pens, fences and other outdoor needs.
Okay, that's all I could come up with for these words, sorry Minnette! Now be sure to check out the other links. I'm sure these ladies did a bang up job!

Your words are: Construction ~ cheap ~ pens ~ hybrid ~ flowers
They were submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com      
Chocolate Flourless Gluten Free Mug Cake
1-2 oz of dark chocolate (I used 3 mini special dark chocolate Hershey bars)
1 TBSP milk
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 egg yoke
1-2 tsp powdered sugar, optional
I used my Pampered Chef ceramic egg cooker , it took a total of 1 minute and 15 seconds to make this decadent moist fudgy little cake.
Place the milk and chocolate in a cup/cooker for 30 seconds uncovered
stir well
Add the cocoa powder and egg yoke. stir well again.
Microwave for 30 seconds, if wet in the center cook again for 5 seconds, check and do this until set. Invert on a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
ENJOY!
   
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.bakinginatornado.com
The Blogging 911                   http://theblogging911.com
On the Border                           http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
The Bergham Chronicles                  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com    
Simply Shannon                           http://shannonbutler.org  
Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com  
Part-time Working Hockey Mom       http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch  
The Global Dig                                  http://theglobaldig.blogspot.com   
Climaxed                                          http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Swiss Chocolate Cake with Coffee Vanilla Almond Frosting AND June Poetry - Fatherhood

Hey y'all, how's it going? June is flying by at record speed. Our busy season at work has hit and I work so many hours I'm meeting myself coming and going! Does that ever happen to you?
When I'm stressed, worried or exhausted for some reason, I want cake. I guess it is comfort food and in my mind it makes me feel better. This one did!
It is a no brainer really. I just added a few ingredients to some store bought items and BAM! Cake 😍
I decided to share this one today because of our poetry theme...Fatherhood. As some of you know my Daddy passed away 4 years ago on the 2nd of this month. Father's Day is coming up and of course my mind goes to him, as it does most days to be honest. Yes, I was, am and always be a Daddy's girl.
One of his favorite things was ... chocolate! He loved chocolate in any form he could get it. Now he wasn't a fan of coffee until his later years but he loved cake and I'm pretty sure he would have liked this one. Even if he didn't he would have eaten it and told me it was wonderful. Why? Because my Daddy loved me, no doubt in my mind and he would have eaten mud if I offered it.


So in honor of Fatherhood, we have a group of bloggers offering up poetry, check out the links at the end of the post and I have this cake. The poem might not be the best, but hey, I never claimed to the be next poet laureate. 

Duncan Hines Swiss chocolate cake mix
prepare according to package, mine is made in a 13 x 9
Allow to cool.
1 can of store brand creamy white frosting
2 TBSP powder fine coffee, your choice of brand
Mix the coffee in the frosting. Cover the cake and top with sliced almonds.
whipped topping, optional
chocolate syrup, optional
See, super simple! But man was it good!!

My Boys Are Dads
My boys are Dads
How did this happen?
Just yesterday they were little boys
running around playing games
throwing mud and skipping stones.
Today they are grown
with families of their own.
Somehow my boys became Dads.
They went from legos and Zelda
to dates and cars.
From paint ball fights
to late college nights
to working two jobs.
Finding a girl
to making her his wife.
Getting married
moving away
having babies
and making mom sad.
We all grow up
we all move away
we all grow old
we all can't stay.
I'm not sure how it happened
BUT
My Boys Became Dads!
They are mature men
with wives and responsibilities.
Little ones who look to them for guidance.
Reading bedtime stories
instead of being read to.
Tying shoes and wiping noses
instead of having skinned up knees themselves.
Making a budget and paying bills
instead of asking for allowance.
Somehow when I wasn't looking,
My Boys Became Dads.
So if your kids are small
hold them now
before they are too tall.
They will look down on you and smile
and say
look mom...
now I"m a Dad.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Frozen Mocha Coffee -School's Out #Blogwithfriends

HEY everybody! School is out and I am so thankful I do not have to worry about daycare, camp, and finding things for the boys to do so as not to hear "MOM I'm bored!" However, I do miss them being home and I'm not sure that will ever go away.
I was reading on Facebook where some folks are already "counting down until school resumes", wow, that's what I have to say about that. WOW...I never felt that way, good thing too considering I homeschooled my boys! LOL We took summer break like everyone else. I needed to search for curriculum, extra curricular classes, sports, search for upcoming field trips, buy supplies and recharge my mom/teacher/administrator batteries so I didn't go postal on some poor unsuspecting soul at Wal-Mart.
Back in the day when my kids were in school and I was pulling my hair out  loving every minute of teaching, I could have used this drink many a time! I did not drink coffee back then, actually, it is a new thing for me. Yes, actually about a month now. Okay, so I did drink International Coffee, you know the ones in the little tins, I used to love that stuff, but it's not real coffee. Okay, so I don't actually drink real coffee now. I drink frozen coffee! OMGosh where have you been all my life???
Coffee, frozen, blended, mocha swirl, whipped topping!!
Sorry, I was lost for a moment of drool!
I do believe it could be considered dessert and not a drink but whatever you call it, I call it addicting.
Each morning I hit my local DD drive thru and grab a medium Coolatta with a shot of mocha and whipped cream. MMM mmm good gracious I do love it. So I created my own, super easy to do recipe.
Side note** So it seems I have become addicted to Dunkin' Donuts frozen coffee. I've had one almost every day for a month. And I say that to say this, I come home one evening I have not eaten all day. I'm very hungry. I'm also very antsy and short with biting comments.  My son says what's wrong with you? I said I guess I'm just too HANGry . You know like the snickers commercial where you're just not yourself when you're hungry! But I cannot eat snickers because I'm allergic to peanuts. As we talk I'm still kind of sleepy. I laughed and said I have not had my Dunkin' Donuts today. He says will get in the car woman because I can't deal with you when you're "danky ". So the  moral of the story is without food I'll become angry and without my frozen coffee I'll become Danky!
For those of you whose kids are home, already driving you bezerk and you need a drink, but it's not 5 AND you have to drive them to swim team, baseball, camp, whatever, you can still drink this and drive.
Be sure to scroll to the end and see what my other wonderful blog buddies came up with for our June theme of "school's out"!



http://www.clutteredgenius.com/non-screen-summer-activities/



Friday, June 9, 2017

Updated Chicken Salad - secret ingredient AND SSS

This chicken salad is a major cheat but tasty and super easy. With all the hours I have to work these days I am constantly looking for a quicker easier way for a delicious meal. Well, here it is.
1 can chicken, drained OR two chicken breast boiled, no skin and deboned/shredded
1 TBSP mayo
1 TBSP sweet pickle relish
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup julienne radish
1 short stick celery minced
1 Pink lady apple, cored and diced
stir all together and serve on crackers, on toast as a sandwich, on a bed of lettuce or it is delicious all by itself. 

If you could switch places with any person in this world, for a week, who would you switch places with? The only guideline is, it has to be someone currently alive. Other than that, you can literally pick anyone, from anywhere, of any age... Why did you pick that person? What is the one thing you would absolutely do during your week as them?
Submitted by Jules at http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/
If I could switch places with one person for a week? Erin Stanley. Why? Because she's married to Paul Stanley.  Guitarist for the band KISS!! 
You may remember a post I did last year. Link
PS was my dream as a teenager. Wow can you imagine jet setting around the world , seeing the sites, sleeping next to that gorgeous man!?!? Yeah I'd take her place in a skinny minute. Plus she's a tall thin gorgeous blonde, three things I'll never be. I'm sure she would say there are drawbacks but I can't imagine what. Well maybe crazed fans. Always on the go. No private life. Okay so she doesn't have the perfect life but she gets to sleep with Paul Stanley so it's pretty dang close. 
On a serious note... I'd consider switching with Lori Greiner. She's a multi-millionaire, self made and one of the sharks on Shark Tank. 
Instead of investing in more products that we really don't need; I'd invest in lives. In people. In making a difference. Creating jobs, helping people in my own back yard. Food, clothing, shelter and classes on resume writing, how to interview for a job, classes on skills to obtain a better job, things of that nature. 
Don't get me wrong. I don't think she's a bad person and she has a big heart. I'd just personally use the money, name and status for a bigger cause. It sounds simple but I'm sure there would be a lot of red tape and tons of logistics to my plan but it would be worth the effort.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.BakingInATornado.com  
The Blogging 911                   http://theblogging911.com
The Lieber Family Blog                     http://thelieberfamily.com
The Bergham Chronicles                  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen      http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
Simply Shannon                        http://shannonbutler.org
Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com 
Never Ever Give Up Hope               http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                  
Part-time Working Hockey Mom       http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch 
Climaxed                                          http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com          

Friday, June 2, 2017

Frozen Lime Beach Comber

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the ones that you wished would hurry and be over? Maybe it was one of those weeks? Months? A year? yeah, me too!
I really felt on the brink of a breakdown. Anxiety was high, which is a new sensation for me and one I am NOT enjoying, depression was creeping in, worry over money and bills or lack of money but an abundance of bills, long hours, very little sleep, stress from my ex. Let's just conclude with...I needed a drink! But I hate bars. And I didn't want to go out. I just wanted to vegetate at home. So I turned to my mixologist...Karen and asked her about cocktails. She gave me a few suggestions and I came up with this beauty!
Yes, he's a beauty too. That's my middle son Jesse, he enjoyed a cool refreshing adult beverage with his old mom on the back deck.
This drink is very simple, the difficult part comes in waiting about 45 minutes while it sits in the freezer. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
Now look at these ingredients, you know the above song popped in your head, admit it. It was playing like a broken record the whole time I was mixing up the ingredients. My son just shook his head and said "yeah you seriously need a drink". He thinks my coconut is cracked. LOL
I felt much better after two of these. Relaxed, cool and stress free, at least for that night.
Give it a try, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Frozen Lime Beach Comber
20 oz can pineapple tidbits with juice
1/3 c powdered sugar (because it dissolves on contact instead of having to use white sugar and cook it down with water to create a simple syrup)
32 oz container lime sherbet 
6 oz Malibu coconut rum
Blend. Freeze. Enjoy
This makes 4 drinks! Two for each of us! YES 😍

Now that it's Friday, I think it's time to "put the lime in the coconut and drink'em all up"!! Cheers