June 29

As far back as I can remember, my mom catered weddings.

As far back as I can remember, I got to lick beaters.

Cake batter beaters

Icing beaters.

I heart licking beaters.

And as far back as I can remember, the Mother would admonish Sister and I “Don’t run in the house, the cake will fall.”

And look something like this.

I didn’t run through the house, but when I ‘foil tented’ them, the rack jiggled…which has the same effect as running through the house.

Reminding me that the Mother knows what she is talking about.

Fortunately it doesn’t affect the taste.

These Rum-Drenched Vanilla Cakes that Wendy of Pink Stripes picked for today’s TWD taste like a sugar cookie that has been dunked in booze.

In other words, it is gooooooood.

Very good.

Go check out Wendy’s blog and get the recipe.

You can make it without the booze and it will still be fabulous.

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June 28

This past week and a half has been rather busy.

To complicate matters, the DVR decided to record only sound and no picture.

I heart my DVR.

I didn’t know just how addicted I was to it, till it decided to give up on our relationship.

When the new DVR arrived, I put the boy to work installing it, because all those wires going to different places make me just a little woozy.

Just to keep things honest around here I’m showing you evidence of my obsession.

Thankfully, none of these shows have been canceled.

But some of my new favorite shows have.

LOST….I will miss you forever.

And Numb3rs….I could just cry because you have been canceled.

I love me some good food TV too.

Mercy…GONE.

Will Veronica get back with her husband?  Will Sonia get in trouble for killing that woman?  Will Chloe fall for the new guy?

I’ll never know now.

Why yes.

I do watch Soap Operas.

I do it solely for the fashion.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

I love the Undercover Boss.

I wish they would come to our Stuffmart.   Things might change for the better.

Miami Medical is gone too.

I loved this show.

Dear TV

Please quit canceling shows I love.

53.

I have 53 shows set to record?

Seriously?!?!?!

Obsess much?


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June 27

Today I am thankful for

♥  Even when life doesn’t go as planned, God works it all out

♥  Clean laundry

♥  My parents

♥  Superman~~who brought me home another chocolate bar last night

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June 25

20 years ago, I was in labor for my boy.

Happy Birthday Sunshine!!!

Today is Friday, Internet and I am nosy.

  1. You’re late and you have to run out the door right now! Before dashing out, what do you grab to wolf down on your way?
  2. What’s a popular breakfast you dislike?
  3. You’re going out for breakfast anywhere you want, and someone else is treating! Where do you go and what do you order?
  4. What do you have when you need a simple, healthy (or healthy-ish, for those of you who just don’t do healthy!) breakfast?
  5. You’ve been invited to a breakfast potluck. What are you most likely to bring?

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You’re late and you have to run out the door right now! Before dashing out, what do you grab to wolf down on your way?

A poptart

What’s a popular breakfast you dislike?

Fruit topping on pancakes

You’re going out for breakfast anywhere you want, and someone else is treating! Where do you go and what do you order?

Hmmm….A local place here in town called The Mill.   I would get pancakes, hashbrowns with onions in them, and sausage patties.

What do you have when you need a simple, healthy (or healthy-ish, for those of you who just don’t do healthy!) breakfast?

Healthy???   Uhhh….errrrrr…..eggs?  oatmeal?

You’ve been invited to a breakfast potluck. What are you most likely to bring?

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.   YUM!

June 24

Dear Firefox,

Thank you for fixing yourself so quickly.

Signed,

change drives me insane

I have had a bunch of loose jewels laying around for some time, so for our 18th wedding Anniversary, Superman said “how about a ring” and me being the Frugal Princess that I am, I suggested that we use all the loose stones that we had.

Away we went to The House of G. A. Fisher to see what could be done.

I have been waiting since April for a box.

A box holding the ring that I designed.

A box holding this.

It arrived last night.

Superman, you have outdone yourself.

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June 23

Internet, I am typing to you today from Internet Explorer.

Dear Firefox,

Please fix whatever issue you have and do it quickly.  IE is killing me here!

Signed,

I don’t like change

I had some brilliant things to say, but all this fiddlefarting around with IE this morning has cause my brain to explode.

And the exploding brain has led to me not feeding the cats or the dog, which has led to some serious meowing, and pleading eyes, which has seriously put me behind in my daily duties.

I haven’t even gotten on Facebook yet.

Oh.  The horror!

I did, however, manage to eat some cereal, clean 2 inches of dust out of a box fan, and eat 3 bites of a Scrumdiddlyumptious bar.

Priorties.   It is all about priorties.

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June 22

Hey TWD’ers!

No TWD here.

What?!?!?!   You say?

Well, you know my love of chocolate, but do you remember that I do not love chocolate cake???

That and the fact that it has been hovering around 90º for the last couple of days, I refuse to fire up my oven.

So there is no Dressy Chocolate Loaf cake for you to view here.

A couple of weeks ago when it wasn’t hot with a generous side of humid, the girl and her friend next door made a cake for the friends mother.

I didn’t go out while they were decorating, because 2 girls…in the kitchen with all manner of edible glitter, sugar sprinkles, and various other decorations…I would have just been in the way.

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June 21

When I was first pregnant with the boy I wanted a girl.

I wanted a girl so that I could dress her in pink and frills, and do her hair all girly.

And I had a boy.

I was not disappointed.

Then when I was pregnant with the girl, I wanted another boy so that they could play cars together, climb trees, shoot play guns together because the Sister and I were best buds growing up and I wanted the same for my kiddos.

And I had a girl.

And I was not disappointed.

So, now the boy is engaged to a lovely woman.

The Finacé is just delightful, and I am so glad to have another daughter.

Now there is a wedding to plan.

The girl is going to be a brides maid and this is the dress that they will be wearing.

Minus the ugly jacket.

Since I’m going to be making it, I thought it might be smart to make a trial dress.

The girl picket out this material for the trial dress.

To match these shoes.

Girls…they are just so much fun!

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June 20

Today I am thankful for…

♥ My father.

My father is faithful.   He is loving and kind.   He cares not only for his family, but everyone around him.   He taught me all I know about cars, woodworking, how to make a mitered corner, change a head gasket, but most importantly, he taught me how to love unconditionally.

♥ Superman.

Superman is also faithful.   He is loving and kind.   He is generous to me.   He loves his children and grandson.  He loves me unconditionally.

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June 18

It is Friday Internet, and I am nosy.

1. When you go to a movie, what are your snacking habits/preferences?

2. Do you snack at night?   If so, what is your favorite snack?

3. What do you snack on when watching sports?

4. What are your lonely, rainy afternoon snacking habits/preferences?

5. What’s your favorite carnival/fair snack?

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1.  Normally if I snack at the movies, I sneak my own snacks in.   If Superman and I are on a movie date, I have Superman get a large bucket of popcorn with extra oil butter.   I eat the top oily buttery layer and leave the rest for him.

2.  I don’t generally snack at night.

3.  Don’t do sports either.

4.  Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

5.  I go to the fair just for fair food.   There is so much there that I love to eat that I just can not name them all, but I would be totally sad if I didn’t get a funnel cake and an Italian sausage.

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June 16

It is Wednesday.

It is still raining.

And I haven’t been anywhere in over a week, except for church.

So staring at these 4 walls with nothing to do but stare out at the rain, do laundry, and read Foxfire books leaves not much for blog fodder.

I could take pictures of the pee spots on my carpet, thanks to the dog who almost refuses to go outside in the rain.

I could take pictures of the TV that isn’t on since there is nothing to watch because all that is on is re-runs.

I could take pictures of laundry hanging in the basement to dry because the sun has totally forgotten to shine here in Pothole.

Good times, Internet.

Good times!

Instead I’ll just go back to the couch as soon as Fox and Friends is over and read some more.

After I check the weather for the 31st time this morning in hopes that sometime soon the rain will stop.

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Updating.   It is noon, and the sun…it has begun to shine.  Thank you for all who have sent it my way.

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June 15

There is absolutely nothing more homey than the smell of fresh baked bread.

Nothing.

I have been making home made bread for years and years and years.

I have made it by hand.

I have made it in my KitchenAid

I have even made it in a bucket with a crank handle.

That was a nightmare, and I’ll never do it like that again!

But the best way I have found to knead dough is in a bread machine.

The texture is perfection.

And it was no different with today’s TWD pick of Raisin Swirl Bread that Susan of Food.Baby chose.

♥ I proofed it in my car because that is the best place for proofing dough in the summer.

♥ Because I didn’t have orange zest, I added an 1/8th tsp. orange emulsion

♥ Of course, I didn’t put raisins in my bread, because just like cookies and cakes, raisins do. not. belong. in bread.

This bread is fabulous.

It is taking all my one ounce of will power to not eat the entire loaf.

If you’d like the recipe, go check out Susan’s blog.

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June 14

Hi there Internet.

I don’t have much to say.

Seriously!

This whole 3 weeks of rain with a sprinkling of 2 days of sunshine has worn me to speachlessness.

I haven’t done much.

Because what can you do when it is raining in the summer?

Read.

Watch T.V.

And complain about the rain.

I have done all 3.

In just about in that order.

The good news is, Pothole doesn’t have to worry about a drought.

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June 13

Today I am thankful.

I am thankful for…

♥ The boy mowing the grass so that Superman wouldn’t have to

♥ Superman picking up the stuff that I inevitably forgot at Stuffmart

♥ Leg massages at night so I can sleep

♥ Laughing with the girl

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June 11

Hey Internet!

It is Friday, and I am nosy.

  1. What would be cool “entry music” for you upon your arrival at work or school?
  2. How have you personalized your personal computer?
  3. If someone were trying to decide if something were written in your handwriting, what might be a giveaway?
  4. If someone who loved you wanted to get a tattoo on their arm as a secret reminder of you, what would it be?

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1.  Hail to the Chief….bwahahahahahahaha!

2.  Well, everything that I could ‘pink’, I did.   Pictures of the family or the chips are set as my wallpaper

3.  My capital ‘t’.

4.  A pink flower

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June 10

The girl got a new pair of shoes.

Every time I see her wear these shoes I just have to smile.

These shoes epitomize my girl.

The shape of the shoe is sweet.   So is she.

The wine colored rosette is lovely.   So is she.

The zebra stripes are sassy.   So is she.

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June 8

If your looking for a TWD post, you won’t find it here.   I have made more short cakes than I can count, and I have no fruit either.  If you want to see what other TWD’s baked, check them out here.

For Memorial Day, we grilled out.

I bought some ribs, because I love ribs.

Love them, love them, love them.

Since the boy has had a ‘meat tech’ class, where they learn how to properly butcher all manner of meat, I had him do the ribs.

Me, I just rub the ribs with some rub.

Braise them slowly, then finish off on the grill with some sauce.

Little did I know that I wasn’t doing it right.

First you have to rip off the silver skin from the bottom of the rib.

Making sure that you have your music on, flip the ribs over and start digging for a tendon that runs through the top.

It is also important that you have the proper knife to do it with.

That is why I had never dug out the tendon…I didn’t have the knife.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

Make a super wonderful rub and rub it in.

When you take the silver skin off the bottom, it allows the rub to soak up on the underside too.

Then bake and grill.

These were tons better than my ribs.

Tons.

Taking out the top tendon makes the meat much more tender.

Taking off the silver skin makes it easier to eat.

Having the boy do it for me makes it priceless.

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