Thursday, September 25, 2014

~ Triple Threat Coconut Cream Pie ~

This is a must try pie!!  Use the rum!  *Use lots more coconut too ~ :)  This is adapted from an old recipe from Pillsbury and absolutely needs more coconut!

Triple Threat Coconut Cream Pie

Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
can (13 1/2 oz) coconut milk, shaken well
cup plus 1 tablespoon sweetened shredded or flaked coconut, toasted
cup whole milk
vanilla bean, split (or 1 teaspoon vanilla)
cup sugar
teaspoon salt
large egg yolks
cup cornstarch
teaspoon coconut extract
tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into four pieces


1 1/2
cups heavy whipping cream, well chilled
1 1/2
tablespoons sugar
teaspoons dark rum (or 1 teaspoon vanilla)
cup sweetened shredded or flaked coconut, toasted
oz white chocolate, shaved

  • Heat oven to 450°F.
  • Unroll pie crust onto cooking parchment or wax paper. Brush a small amount of coconut milk onto dough (just enough to moisten it). Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of the toasted coconut evenly on dough, then press it lightly into dough, just enough to make it stick.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon toasted coconut onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate, then form dough into plate. Prick bottom and side with fork. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool.
  • Heat the remaining coconut milk, the whole milk, 1/2 cup toasted coconut, vanilla bean, 1/3 cup of the sugar and the salt to a simmer in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes to dissolve sugar.
  • In a separate large bowl, with whisk, beat the egg yolks, remaining 1/3 cup sugar and the cornstarch until well combined. Gradually beat the simmering liquid into the yolk mixture to temper it, then return the entire mixture to saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula. Discard vanilla bean.
  • Heat the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, beating constantly with whisk, 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
  • Remove from heat; beat in the coconut extract and butter. Pour into the cooled crust; press a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the filling and refrigerate until the filling is cold and firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, beat the cream and sugar in a chilled bowl using electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the rum and continue to beat until slightly stiff peaks are formed. Spread or pipe the whipped cream over the chilled filling. Sprinkle 1/4 cup toasted coconut and shaved chocolate over the top. Store in refrigerator.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6 Things you need to stop caring so much about ~

I could easily have written this!  So, so glad I have changed my thoughts about "worrying". It's such a waste of time and energy!  We don't have control of anything except our attitudes about what happens to us and around us. I hope you'll find this helpful in some way ~ 

When I was younger, I used to spend countless hours worrying about pointless things that do not matter in the grand scheme of life. Rationally, I knew that these things did not matter but my perfection-oriented, can’t-ever-take-a-break brain was not always the most rational companion.
“If you stop now you are LAZY and CARELESS and WORTHLESS.”

It’s not true. If you have a special little section of your brain that is utterly irrational like mine was–tell it to shut the hell up!

6 Things you need to stop caring so much about:

1. Regret.
There is no need. Forgive people, including yourself, for EVERYTHING. There is no sense worrying and fretting over things that cannot be changed. Move on— live in today. Now is all that really matters, after all.

2. Things you don’t have.
No one will ever have enough time. Enough money. Enough resources. Enough anything for their liking. The amazing thing is what you can do with what you do have. Instead of looking for what’s missing–take what you have and make the most of it.

3. Failing. 
Fear of failure holds so many people back from doing what they truly want to do…think about it: some of the best things were created after countless failures. If you’re holding back because your fear of failing is larger than your desire to succeed, just go for it. Even if you do fail, you will be one step closer to your goal.

4. Others’ opinion of you.
People talk. People talk before they know facts. It’s life. Don’t let others’ shallow judgments dictate your attitude. Even if someone who knows you well holds a negative opinion of you–screw them. Why does their opinion of you matter at all? It’s hard at first to apply this one to real life, but after you give it a shot a few times it gets easier.
I highly recommend this book:
I read it eons ago but it is timeless.

5. What other people are doing. 
This is only going to lead you to comparing yourself to others which is never a good thing. Why? This is life, not a competition. You’re not competing with her. Everyone’s lives progress and unfold at different rates and look completely different. There’s no sense in worrying because that person over there has a full time job and a perfect body and perfect relationship and you don’t. Another fun fact–things probably aren’t so perfect over there, anyway.

6. Your image.
This is one of those things you should care about, but care LESS about. Take care of yourself, stay healthy…but don’t let that be ALL there is. Don’t only focus your energy on what you look like. Don’t spend time poking and prodding and obsessing over your body. Don’t put yourself down over body image issues. Don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money on your appearance—all the time. Don’t compare. Don’t put yourself down. DON’T. Some people make it their job to look a certain way–models, bodybuilders, figure competitors, etc. That’s fine. They want to dedicate so much of their life to looking a certain way, and that’s absolutely their choice. Those people also inevitably will experience more self-hate and self-judgment because they will always be critiquing themselves. They never are good enough for themselves. I used to want to be a figure competitor. When I realized how much that would throw off the balance of my life I quickly gave up that dream. Live a little. Eat the freaking donut, go for a leisurely walk, trash the scale and get away from the mirror. 

~  Annie Mishler

Saturday, September 20, 2014

~ To Paint or Not To Paint? ~

 I really would love to have your thoughts, opinions and suggestions!  A dear friend that's moving to Florida ~ long story there! ~ gave me this antique table. It's at least 150 years old and in really good shape. The wood tone is really not for me but I need advice!  

As you can see, I have dark hardwood floors.  My love seat is a cherry red and I have one chair that is black with a zebra upholstery. A parsons chair is in another animal print but it won't be staying in the same space. I'm looking for a real comfy chair for "me" !

My first inclination is to paint it a glossy black or perhaps a satin finish. I have another table that I'm planning to paint too. It has a cream top and black base/legs. My thought was to paint it black with a bit of gold trim before I got this table. Now I have no clue ~  Just as an fyi ~ I'm not one for white or greys, regardless how pretty they are.

She has very pretty legs doesn't she?

The trim on the base of the legs is brass...very worn.  I do plan to do those in gold.

The edges of the table are really not as damaged as the photo above seems to reflect. I'm not a photographer so we'll blame it on the lighting, ok?  :)

There are so many incredibly talented furniture painters out there...please let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

~ More Prayers Please ~

I'd like to request prayers again please.  I know I did here but things have changed...for the worse. Joyce, my kid's step-mom, was in the hospital almost 2 weeks. She was diagnosed with lung cancer and it is in the bones also. The Dr's advised her to go home and get her affairs in order, do what she could and wanted to, etc.  :(  She's been home since last Friday, however, she fell this afternoon and was rushed back to the hospital. Seems her pelvis is broken and no word yet as to the prognosis.

My chemo buddy is certainly facing her challenges. It's beyond me as to the "why" of cancer research...what are they doing?  Is there more money for the pharmaceutical companies, doctors and hospitals not to find cures?  I just hate that anyone has to endure this dreadful disease. Of course, there are others...ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS, etc. 

I don't mean to be a "Debbie Downer" but would certainly appreciate your good thoughts, prayers, lighting a candle or whatever you do. Thanks a million!  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

~ Jamaican Banana Bread ~

It’s definitely a tropical dessert ~ coconut, lime, bananas and rum!  The tangy lime glaze balances the sweet bread. Give it a try! Don’t let the long ingredient list fool you; many are repeated ingredients that are mixed in the bread and then used to top the bread with a glaze that puts drizzled powdered sugar and milk to shame.

My favorite Manager at work was from Jamaica originally and let me tell you, she was a fabulous cook! The Jerk Chicken she made was to die for and Rum Runners made everyone happy!  :)

Jamaican Banana Bread

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 2 tablespoons tub light cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • large egg 
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana 
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk 
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum or 1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind 
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum or 1/8 teaspoon imitation rum extract 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut

  •  Preheat oven to 375°. Coat an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  •  Place 2 tablespoons softened butter and cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg; beat well.
  • Weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces flour (about 2 cups) into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk. Combine banana and next 5 ingredients (through vanilla); stir well. Add flour mixture and banana mixture alternately to butter mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup coconut.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; bake at 375° for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Let cool slightly on a wire rack.
  • Combine brown sugar and 2 teaspoons each butter, lime juice, and rum in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 1 minute; stir constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons each pecans and coconut; spoon over loaf.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~ 14 Things All Texans Have Said At Least Once ~

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The Texan language is a complex blend of Redneck, Spanish, and plain English. These phrases are about as Texan as they come.

14. “Do what?”

You know you say it. Don’t even act like you say, “pardon me” when someone says something you didn’t hear. The best part about it is the confused look on people’s face who aren’t from here. “Do what” is as Texan as The Alamo and Pecan Pie.

13. “Can we get another basket of chips?”

This phrase has become part of the Texan language purely because so many of us eat Tex-Mex on a regular basis. When it comes to chips and salsa, there’s no such thing as self control, which means you’ll easily go through several baskets when you’re seated at a Tex-Mex restaurant. Because of this phrase, it’s a fact of life that it’s impossible to not fill up on chips and salsa before your food arrives though.

12. “What kind of Cokes do you have?”

In Texas, we don’t call sodas, “soda” or “pop”. All sodas are “Coke”. You can specify what kind of “coke” you want if you actually want a Coke, Sprite, or a Dr Pepper. Just don’t go actin’ all Yankee on us and call any of them “pop”.

11. “Oh you only have Mr. Pibb? I’ll take a Coke then.”

Dr Pepper is an important part of every Texan’s diet. So much so that we won’t even put up with its imitators. When we go somewhere that only has Mr. Pibb, we’ll politely decline and ask for a Coke, water, or tea instead. Dr Pepper is an educated drink. Mr. Pibb didn’t even go to college.

10. “Stay on the feeder / Stay on the access road”

This one is less of a saying per se, and more of a weird quirk in our state. Folks in some areas of east Texas, call access roads a “feeder” and pretty much the rest of the state calls them, well, access roads. In any event, the “feeder” part throws people off who aren’t from here, or don’t live in the East Texas thicket.

9. “I can’t wait for it to cool down outside”

Without fail every year, summer rolls around, and dang near every Texan in this state starts saying this. It goes on pretty much all summer, especially when weather starts reaching for the stars and hittin’ the triple digits. When it gets that hot outside, you’ll hear this phrase about as often as you hear people say “howdy” in this state.”  (This is always me!)

8. “I can’t wait for it to be hot again.”

 It’s funny that people spend all summer wishing for the cold, because almost as soon as the weather hits a “chilly” 45 degrees out, Texans in all shapes and sizes decide that they’re ready for some sunshine and hot weather. We Texans have short term memory loss every winter when it comes to the cold. It may be because we’re just not acclimated to the “cold” that we see here. After spending 9 months of the year with the A/C on in our cars and house, it’s hard to enjoy being half frozen for a month or two.

7. ”No I don’t ride a horse to school/work.”

 At some point in all of our lives when traveling outside of our state, someone has made a comment about Texas being where we ride horses to school and work. At that point, we’ve had to explain that no, we don’t all ride horses to school and work. Contrary to popular belief, Texas is a modern state with modern amenities, so assuming that we ride 4 legged animals everywhere is only kinda true.

6. “Come down / Come over / Come up”

When we’re telling folks that they should come by, rarely do we give accurate descriptions of direction. I’ve had people from Dallas, tell me to “come down” to their city from Austin. I’ve heard folks from the Valley tell folks from San Antonio to “come up” and visit. If you ever hear a Texan say “come down / come over / come down”, they’re basically just telling you to stop by wherever it is they may be. Finding directions is purely up to you.

5. “Was your high school a 5a, 4a, 3a, 2a, or 1a?”

In Texas, football is king. For the most part, our lives revolve around it, which is why we have all asked the people we meet whether their high school was a 5a, 4a, 3a, 2a, or 1a. It’s a “secret” code that helps us gauge how big of a town that other Texan comes from.

4. “Anything for Selenas!”

All Texans that have seen the Selena movie can quote the scene when the two cholos cruise by her bus that is stuck on the side of the road. When Selena’s bus, Big Bertha, proceeds to pull the bumper off their low-rider, one of the dudes says, “Anything for Selenas”. It’s become a classic Texas movie quote that all Texans who have seen the movie can reference.

3. “Everything is bigger in Texas.”
Nowadays this line gets thrown around a lot for innuendo purposes, but it’s still as Texan as they come. It comes in especially handy when trash-talking with people who aren’t from Texas. Like it or not, all Texans have to throw it out there once or twice in their lifetime.

2. “Hold my beer, and watch this.”

 These are simply the famous last words of many drunk Texans. What are Texans if not people with big egos? Far too often the Texas ego, aka Texas Swagger, leads to the belief that doing something dumb is a good idea. More times than not, those instances involve beer, which is why this phrase gets used far too often. Use of this phrase should be followed by “don’t try this at home”.

1. ”Fixin’ to”

The Texas Legislature needs to officially designate this phrase as the National Verb of Texas. Fixin’ to is one of my favorite Texas-isms that still throws foreigners off. The look on their face when we say we’re “fixin’ to” do something is priceless, and one that never gets old. In fact, I’m fixin’ to find a non-Texan that I can say it to so I can have a good laugh.