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Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
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
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!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
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
- 1 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.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Texan language is a complex blend of Redneck, Spanish, and plain English. These phrases are about as Texan as they come.