Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~ Stuffed Baby Potatoes ~

A friend of mine sent me this recipe quite awhile ago...including the photo. She knows how much I love baked potatoes!  These are great for appetizers and easy and inexpensive to make. You might like to serve them if you're having an Oscar party. 

  • 16 small red potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • slices bacon 
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream 
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
1. Scrub potatoes well, place in a pan and cover with cold water by at least 1 inch. Add 1 tsp. salt, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes are tender and a knife can be inserted easily, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain; let cool.

  1. 2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, turning, until crisp, about 12 minutes. Drain on paper towels. When cool, crumble bacon.
  2. 3. Cut each potato in half crosswise. Trim a small slice from the bottom of each half so it stands upright. With a melon baller or teaspoon, remove center of each potato, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Put potato flesh in a bowl and mash with sour cream; season with salt and pepper. Fold in crumbled bacon. Fill each potato half with sour cream mixture and sprinkle with chives (you may have some filling left over). You could also sprinkle with grated cheese too. Serve immediately.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

~ Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day! ~

Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th!  It’s the unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the nation, encouraging people to commit acts of kindness out of the goodness of their hearts.  You may tire of me mentioning this but it's something I truly believe in. It can make someone's day and you will feel better too! :) 


Friday, February 14, 2014

~ Happy Valentine's Day & RAOK's ~

I hope that you and your loved ones have a very special Valentine's Day! My sweet friend, Suzan, posted a lovely tribute to Abby and I'm so grateful!  I love RAOK's and I hope that you will participate.

Suzan is beautiful, inside and out, and has a heart the size of all of Canada. She works wonders with furniture and transforming homes. She and John, her hubby, have incredible conversations that she shares. :) If you haven't checked out her blog, please do so.

Thank you, sweet friend!


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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

~ Mirror, Mirror on the Wall ~

Before you view the photos, please know that I'm not a photographer (you prolly are already aware) and that I'm just beginning to work on this room. Even though I moved here about 7 months ago, I just checked out when we lost Abby and nothing really mattered. I gradually unpacked but didn't care about anything as far as decorating, etc. My daughter and one of her friends that calls me her "Texas Mom" came over one day and hung pictures for me. They also put the kitchen together the day of the move. Love their hearts for all they've done! 

I had an accent wall painted navy in my bedroom and I absolutely LOVE it!
A lot of us like gold accents...I do!  And I love mirrors so just decided to combine the two elements on this wall. The star shaped mirror on the left and the larger one above have been used in my homes a long time. The one to the right of these was from the Threshold line at Target although mine was black and I spray painted it gold. There are mirrors in this shape at Walmart but the one I purchased was on sale and less expensive.

Moving to the right...the Starburst mirror is another Target purchase with a gift card. The other 2 mirrors on the right used to be in one of my bathrooms at the other place.

The headboard is white velvet and tufted. I have a white comforter but not terribly pleased. I still need accent pillows so just not revealing the rest of the bed at this point.

No wide angle lens but almost a full view of this wall. The monogram was something I did prior to moving. It's from ScrappinPlus on Etsy. I highly recommend them ~ excellent quality and customer service!  I spray painted the R gold and then topped it with gold glitter spray. Love glitter and bling! :)  Please ignore the pillows & bedding ~

A little bit closer view ~ I need to take one really close so you can see the glitter. :)

I love my gold elephant!  It's from another Etsy shop ~ mahzerandvee
They call her "Eunice"....I tend to think of him as "Edward" or "Eduardo". What do you think?  I also purchased a hot pink zebra for my daughter...totally adorable! Again, this shop has wonderful products of great quality and excellent customer service.

Well, this is the beginning of this room. I painted the night stand gold but need to put the hardware back on before I show it to you. Of course, I need to decide about bedding and accent thing calls for another doesn't it?  I appreciate your stopping by and making it through, even with my poor photography.


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

~ Lemon Coconut Cake ~

Lemon-Coconut Cake

  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • large eggs, separated
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lemon Filling
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

  • 1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
  • 2. Combine flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Beat egg whites at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold one-third of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in remaining beaten egg whites just until blended. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  • 5. Spread Lemon Filling between layers. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top and sides with coconut. 

  • Lemon Filling
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water 
  • egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan; whisk in 1 cup boiling water. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until sugar and cornstarch dissolve (about 2 minutes). Gradually whisk about one-fourth of hot sugar mixture into egg yolks; add to remaining hot sugar mixture in pan, whisking constantly. Whisk in lemon rind and juice.
  • 2. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened (about 2 to 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Whisk in butter; let cool completely, stirring occasionally.

  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended; stir in vanilla.
I hope you'll try it ~ you will be glad you did, I promise!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

~ Abby's Angels ~

Abigail Madison Key
July 8, 1997 ~ June 21, 2013
(I'm not sure about the blur under her eyes...must be something on the original photo.)

Most of you are aware that my beautiful granddaughter, Abby, was fatally injured in a freak auto accident last June. I've been through a lot of challenges in my life, however, this has been the worst thus far. I sorta checked out for months and getting through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas was extremely difficult. Abby loved Christmas so much and her excitement was contagious. We did everything differently, began new traditions and, by God's grace, we made it through.  

One thing we elected to do was to perform RAOK's ~ Random Acts of Kindness ~ and encouraged others to do the same. This was a way to honor her and have some fun for a change. I had cards made with the above photo and this on the back:

The card was Christmas themed because of her love for Christmas.  We passed out the cards to friends and loved ones and a lot of people joined in. I hope we brought fun surprises and happiness to all those affected.

That is what I would like to invite you to do for this month of Love. The month is filled with hearts, flowers, candy and acts of LOVE.  It doesn't cost a thing if money is a can place notes or Valentines on neighbor's doors, car windows, desks, kid's lunches, etc.  If you'd like to pay it forward you could pay for the person behind you at Starbucks or any drive through. Buy flowers at the grocery store and share...give someone their favorite magazine or book, bake cookies or a pie and give to a neighbor, take a meal to someone that is ill or just had a baby, offer to pick up meds for someone that has difficulty getting out, drop by a nursing home and greet the patients, smile at everyone, give sincere can think of a jillion things I know.  

In doing this, you'll become one of Abby's Angels! She would be so excited. I really feel that she already knows and loves it. :)

I'd like to thank you in advance should you choose to participate. 

I'd also love to know your experiences and how you felt about it. 


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