January 31

When I was 9, my Aunt Sandy gave me the complete set of Little House on the Prairie books. I think I read them all in the next 4 days.

Then when the television series came out, I watched every. single. episode.


I heart Little House on the Prairie.

Remember the television episode where Nellie invited Almonzo to have dinner and was making his favorite dish…Cinnamon Chicken.

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Nellie asks Laura to borrow some cinnamon and Laura in the height of jealousy rips off the cover to cayenne pepper and gives her the cayenne instead of cinnamon.

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Show of hands, who was cheering Laura on even though she was being naughty???

Well, this is what immediately came to mind when I saw the recipe for this past FFwD.

Chicken B’stilla is a Moroccan dish where the chicken is marinated in cinnamon, saffron, and some other spices. Then before it is baked, it is sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.


All I have to say is Morocco…when I visit you I will be eating at McDonalds.


PS.  I still have that set of books.  They are ratty, the covers are coming off, but I still cherish them…and so does my girl.   She still reads them.

January 28

Hello Friday.

I am so thankful you are here.

It is time for me to post my FFwD.

Only… my job is kicking my FFwD butt.  (sorry mom)

I am half way through the recipe.

I have the chicken shredded and the liquid strained…but that is as far as I got.


I will be finishing it tomorrow.


The good news is that my laundry is done.

January 25

chocolate and pecans

Dear Bundt pan,

Where are you???

I looked high and low…well, that isn’t exactly true, I made Superman look high and low, while the girl kept saying “Mom! *eye rolling* you threw it away!” wherein I argued back “No I didn’t”.

This went on for several minutes, while Superman dug though cabinets muttering “you did to throw it away”.

After Superman “man looked”, I looked and you are no where to be found.

How can I make our fabulous TWD selection of Nutty Chocolately Swirley Sour Cream Bundt Cake without you?


I ended up having to use my tube pan, and then! revelation of revelations!

I did throw you away.

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Your non-stick coating was flaking off and getting into my lovely cakes.

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Now I’m gonna have to replace you, because I have more bundt cakes to make, especially this one.

Internet, if you don’t make anything else I have made, MAKE. THIS. CAKE.

You don’t even need to put the swirley in.   This cake is out of this world good.

It is so good that after I took it out and briefly, and I do mean briefly, rested I ended up eating 2 pieces.

If you want to find the recipe, you can find it at my good friend Jennifer’s blog Cooking for Comfort.



January 24

It is Monday morning, Internet…and I am nosy.


  1. There are superheroes named Superman, Superfly, and Supergirl. Based on your performance last week in whatever you did, what would have been your Super_____ name?
  2. This week, what has been super terrific and what has been super lame?
  3. Which of Superman’s abilities would have been the most useful this week?
  4. What do you most expect will be super this weekend?
  5. What are your thoughts this week about the coming Super Bowl?
  6. BONUS QUESTION.   What will you be serving for your Super Bowl party



1.  My super name would have been SuperVoice.


2.  Super terrific~~a paycheck.   Super lame~~uhh….nothing really..


3.  I really could have used his super hearing abilities this past week.


4.  This weekend will be super because I will not have to work.


5.  Superbowl?  eeehhhh I’m not really into sports.  I do however, watch the Superbowl and I am glad that the Steelers are playing because Superman is a huge fan…


6. I am clueless.

January 23

January my friend, you are rushing so quickly by.


Please take the snow and the cold with you.


Today I am thankful for ….


♥  Family.   I had such a great time with the parents and Aunt Sandy yesterday.   I didn’t want to leave.


♥  Friends.


♥  A paycheck

January 21

Hey there Internets!


It is Friday and time for FFwD.


Only I didn’t make it.


Shocking I know, but even more shocking when I reveal that it is a chocolate mousse cake.


Good for me, and bad for me is that the girl has been bitten by the domestic bug.


She has baked almost every day, and I don’t need any more sweet in the house.


Have a great Friday y’all.


January 18

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About 6 years or so ago, I met a wonderful lady on the Donna Young Home school forums named Barbara-Sue.

Barbara-Sue moved down south a couple of years ago, and one day while we were talking on the phone, she began to tell me about the orange groves that were chopped down to make room for suburbia.


She told me that there are still mature orange trees in people’s back yards and some of the people leave bags of oranges on the side of the road and charge $1 for them on the honor system.

Aaaaaaaand that these oranges are so juicy that when you eat them the juice runs down your arm and drips off your elbows.

I expressed an interest in such an orange.

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She sends me some every year for Christmas.

Superman ate 94% of them…sigh…

in the pan

But I saved a couple to make this wonderful TWD recipe of Lemon Orange Poppy Seed Muffins.

Poppy seeds, you go rancid so fast….you are dead to me.


This is such a great recipe. The muffins are moist and tender, but have a distinct scone flavor too.


You also need to save some juice to make the glaze.

But the leftover juice tempted me.

I drank it straight out of the bowl and had to get another orange to make the glaze.

Oh…just so fabulous.

If you’d like to make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, then go check out Betsy’s blog. She has the recipe.

Word of caution…if you get poppy seeds, make sure that you use them right away and not leave them in your cupboard for over a year.


January 17

Hey Internet!


It is Monday and I am nosy.


  1. What was the most recent thing to go past its expiration date in your pantry?
  2. When does your excitement about the new year usually expire?
  3. What valued possession is on the verge of expiration?
  4. When does your driver’s license expire?
  5. What subscription/membership/permit/policy/dated document would you allow to expire next without renewing it?



1.  Poppy seeds expired a long time ago in my pantry but I just figured it out yesterday.   oopsie poopsie


2.  My excitement over the new year expires on Jan. 2.


3.  Nothing that I know of is about to expire.


4.  In 3 years.


5.  I don’t have any….I don’t think….and if I let it expire, it must not have been important.


How about you?

January 16

I am thankful.

And I want to share.

I am thankful for…

♥  Comfy clothes

♥  Orange porch neighbor man who all last week snow blew my driveway and sidewalk

♥  My girl~~the shoe queen~~ who went shoe shopping with me.   I hate shoes.   I love to be barefooted, and she helped pick out a lovely and more importantly comfortable pair of shoes to wear to work.

♥  Fruit Loops

January 15



I have a job.


It is easy peasy.


I sit in front of a computer and talk on the phone all day.


Yay! me!


But I miss home.


I miss my comfy clothes.


I miss going to the loo any time I need to.


I miss petting my dog.


I miss my girl.


I miss home.

January 14

butter salt water

Gnocchi à la Parisienne




Egg pasta in white sauce with cheese.

I had never heard of gnocchi until last year when I watched an episode of House.

I thought it was some fancy schmancy, long drawn out process but I was wrong.


The gnocchi mixes up in less than 2 minutes, but it does take some time to boil it.

The white sauce takes about 1o minutes and then you have baking time.

It tastes fabulous.

Just fabulous.

Paris, you have not let me down.

Neither have you Dorie.

January 12



Good morning.

I overslept.   By about 2 hours.

It felt so good, but now I’m late.

I hate being late.

Wanna see our new car?

new car

This is the only picture I have of it.


The snow…it was coming down and I wasn’t about to go out and tromp through it to get more pictures.


I know….I’m just an awful blogger.


Guess what!?!?!?!


I got a job yesterday.




The woman who has not held a job in over 18 years.


The woman who really has no job skills.


The woman who wasn’t even looking for a job.


My girl…the one who has been looking for a job for weeks and weeks and weeks….nothing.


I start tomorrow.


Yay me…..I think.

January 11

eggs and sugar

It is Tuesday again peeps! and today I have made for you Fluff Filled Chocolate Madeleines mini-muffins.

flour and eggs

I had to finish them up this morning.

Even though I began making them yesterday morning…mixing and folding and refrigerating for 3 hours.

It was just as the 3 hour point was up that Superman came home and whisked us off to the car dealership to try and extend our rental because our loan paperwork isn’t finished yet.

Red tape blah de blah de blah…

We then spent the next 2 hours at the dealership doing paper work with a huge side of waiting.


The time spent at the dealership was profitable though.

peanutbutter gnache

I was able to wheel and deal for a 2003 Saturn Ion that only has 27,000 miles on it.

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And I got it for $2,000 under book value.

I’ll post pictures tomorrow because right now, I’m to busy eating the leftover peanut butter ganache with a spoon.

If you’d like to make some fluff filled chocolate madeleines, then go check out Margo’s blog.   She has the recipe.

January 10

Good Monday morning Internets!

Another cold day here in Pothole.

Another nosy Monday.

I want to know…

1. When dining out, do you usually save room for dessert?
2. How do you feel about saving places in line or saving seats in theaters?
3. What’s one thing you did to save money this past year?
4. Besides money, what’s something you’re saving for later?
5. In what way did you recently save the best for last?


1. I generally don’t save room for dessert because restaurant desserts are rarely home made, and I can make a much better dessert at home.

2. I don’t mind saving places or seats. I’d want someone to do that for me.

3. Wow…what didn’t I do to save $$? Right now we are using hurricane lamps at night to save electricity.

4. I have some good chocolate that I’m saving for later.

5. I always save the best bite for last.

What about you?

January 9

Today I am thankful.

I am thankful for…

♥ Family. I had so much fun yesterday with my cousins and their children. So! much! fun! Kids say the funniest things.

♥ Thomas (my cousin’s husband) fixing my windshield wiper

♥ Good tires to drive home on nasty roads.

♥ Cheddar cheese Pringles.

January 7

In 1983, when I was 13, our family moved from Ohio to Houston, Texas so my dad could go to Gulf Coast Bible College.

1983/84 was a very tumultuous time for me, but it had one bright spot.
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It was the year that I met my first true friend,Karen Hammack. She is in the red.

Karen lived 2 blocks from us and she was the best.

We spent all kinds of time together.

She introduced me to horror films specifically “Children of the Corn”, and to this day I can not hear the name Malachi without shuddering.

She introduced me to Huey Lewis and the News, staying up late, cutting up in church and deep tissue massages.


One day when I was over at her house, her dad was sauteing some mushrooms in butter.   I mentioned that I had never had sauteed mushrooms before so they shared a wee tasty.

Oh…how wonderful they were.   Butter + mushrooms = love at first bite.


I was so happy to see today’s FFwD’s pick of Paris Mushroom Soup.

The French are brilliant. They can take a handful of ingredients and make something that you want to eat till you burst.

This soup is no exception.

Mushrooms, butter, onion, garlic and chicken broth.

That is all I used in mine and I had 2 mugs full.

It calls for white wine but I don’t have any so I just used extra butter, because if a little is good more has to be better especially when we are talking about butter.

You are also supposed to make a mushroom salad, but I didn’t do that either.

Why ruin a good soup with salad?

Karen Hammack, wherever you are I thank you for showing me what a true friend is, and for introducing me to sauteed mushrooms.