rIt was cold enough to wear my comfy boots. surprise another shoe photo!
Oh it’s back I finally got back into the groove of my life!
Is it weird I like my ankles? I was lucky to not have kankles…
I also found a new job I get to start soon!
We can’t have a series about motherly life lessons without acknowledging some solid Dad-isms. This Dad of mine has a lot of gems to teach. To be fair, I was a little girl with bangs and a mild mullet… I needed a lot of guidance. Mom is the guide to ‘act right, eat your apple, and don’t steal my scissors’. Dad is the guide to ‘act right, watch this movie, and save me the last piece of pie’. All very important lessons.
I love the people who raised me. Beyond!
I’m going to work literally aaallll night long because I love you and you require food and electricity. When I get home at 5am, I’m going to wake you up so we can make an apple cake together and take it to school. You’ll moan and groan about it, but you’ll thank me later for it.
I know you’re five years old, and you can’t possibly understand the nuance and pointless comedy of Wayne’s World. We will watch it over and over again because one day it will come to perfect use of knowledge. You will also know what a bata tape is know the force/ rebel alliance and watch a bunch of Stanley Kubrick films, oh and that Friday 13th movie we watched last night when you couldn’t sleep don’t tell your mother…
Did someone say french toast?! Let’s definitely make french toast.
How many times do I have to tell you to rinse your dishes, to wrap up the bread, the clean up the cereal, to take out the trash, to clean up your room. How many times do I have to tell you? (Answer, Dad: you’ll have to tell me a lot of times… like A LOT.)
Don’t mess around with boys that disrespect you. I didn’t teach you to put up with that nonsense.
If you’re going to bring a boy home… well, he best address me as Mr. Carroll (and you really shouldn’t bring very many boys home).
Eat your vegetables. Your mother and I bought them for you and you will, you really will eat them.
I’m not going to raise my voice very often, but when I do, it will shake you to your core.
Your brother fell out of the car eh he’ll be alright, you fell off your bike with training wheels you sprained your arm but eh you’ll be alright. You sprained your ankle eh you’ll be alright. SO if life’s got you down eh you’ll alright.
It’s midnight. Let’s get doughnuts.
Whatever you don’t eat off your dinner plate, I will eat. Most specifically, if you want to save me a few bites of your chicken and biscuits… I think that would be great.
Pie is not pie unless it’s got ice cream with it.
Life’s a beach, as illustrated by my fashion.
May not have always seen eye to eye but thanks for always being there for me!
Happy Birthday Papa!
I kinda am… I mean I go to a bakery and they say they have an oatmeal cream pie, I then get excited and buy it. I later get sad after I bite it. so gross it usually a big clump of cream cheese icing. I mean honestly if I wanted that I would have ordered an oatmeal cookie whoopie pie. It usually has a hard cookie too and that is just nasty. Take your stale cookie and cream cheese else where.
these are like the ones from the box but way better!
Only difference is I sneak carrots in my oatmeal cookies all the time. It’s like a tick but you don’t even notice the carrots it’s a way of getting people to eat their carrots. These cookies are soft and delicious.
Oatmeal Creme Pies
Unsalted Butter 1 cup
Dark Brown Sugar 3/4 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup
Molasses 1 tablespoon
Vanilla Extract 1 tablespoon
Flour 1 1/2 cups
Salt [ 1/2 teaspoon ]
Baking Soda 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon
Quick Oats 1 1/2 cups
Carrots 1 cup shreadded
Very Hot Water 2 teaspoons
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Marshmallow Cream 1 jar – 7 ounces
Shortening 1/2 cup
Powdered Sugar 1/3 cup
Vanilla Extract 1/2 teaspoon
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer, cream Butter, Brown Sugar, Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla and Eggs. In a second bowl, mix Flour, Salt, Baking Soda and Cinnamon. Add Flour Mixture to Butter Mixture. Mix Oats into Dough. Drop tablespoonfuls of Dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until edges just begin to brown, 10-12 minutes.Cool completely.
Place Salt in small bowl. Pour Hot Water over Salt and stir until Salt has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. In the bowl of a mixer, combine Marshmallow Cream, Shortening, Powdered Sugar and Vanilla Extract until light and fluffy. Add cooled Salt Water to Filling and mix to combine. Sandwich cooled Cookies with a healthy dollop of Filling between them.
it’s summer. I feel like you should consume as much coconut you can. Also creamy cold beverages.
I happen to love coconut cream pie and wanted to recreate it without turning on my oven. Baking pie crusts and pies and messing with custards is something I don’t feel like deal with right now.
With this smoothie I focused on the natural wonderfulness of coconut and coconut milk and the smoothie turned out so creamy and rich and it’s vegan.
There’s a time and place for creamy cookie butter white chocolate banana smoothies and chocolate cake batter, but feeling like you just drank your dessert and 789 calories in 3.7 seconds is fun of course, but not something you’d probably want to make a habit of for breakfast or for an afternoon pick-me-up.
This smoothie hits the spot after a day at the beach. There was a bit of texture retained from the graham crackers and coconut flakes blended in and the bananas added perfect creaminess, and I loved every coconutty second while I was guzzling.
And convinced myself, without much effort, that I was indeed drinking a coconut cream pie.
Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan and gluten-free, as indicated below*)
Makes about 12 ounces
2 ripe small/medium bananas (previously frozen in chunks is preferred)
1 standard full-size graham cracker
1/2 to 2/3 cup coconut milk (or cream or milk)
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, optional and to taste
1/2 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a sprinkle of coconut or graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately.
Optional add-ins: 1/4 cup white chocolate or chocolate chips, 1 to 2 ounces rum or Malibu, replace the coconut milk with coffee for a coffee-coconut cream pie smoothie, 1 scoop protein powder, dollop of nut butter, add 1 scoop of ice cream for a milkshake, garnish with whipped topping or whipped cream
*To keep vegan, use vegan graham crackers (Nabisco Orignal Honey Graham Crackers are ‘accidenttly vegan’) and vegan milk (coconut, cashew, almond, soy, rice). To keep gluten-free, use gluten-free graham crackers. Skinny Crisps Apple Crisps are vegan, gluten-free, high fiber, low carb, and amazing.
This is my Dance Like Nobody Is Watching Snack.
I’ve been pretty humble on my blog up until this point, but it’s time I tell you something: I’m an uh-mazing dancer. (This is a LIE!)
In my dreams, I’m an amazing dancer. In reality I’m a whole lotta elbows on the dance floor. Things get real arm-y. I also have this butt move that I’m pretty sure is flawless… but I refuse to bust that move in any sort of close proximity to a mirror. I fear I may be sadly mistaken.
I dance like nobody is watching because on a dance floor, no one is watching! Everyone is too consumed with their own possibly embarrassing butt move to be concerned with me, their elbow-y neighbor.
I’d like to take this moment to kindly suggest that we also eat like nobody is watching
Maybe that means putting cheese crackers and pretzels in the same bowl as your caramel popcorn. Go on… I dare ya
I am not pregnant. You can put that out of your mind here and now.
I am a little crazy. You can keep that in your mind here and now.
How can this possibly be edible?
Oooh goodness… it’s like the taste bud fairies did an ugly backflip and blessed this combination.
The cheese cracker is our earthy base flavor. The pretzels are salty so they know how to play nice with base flavors. The caramel compliments the saltiness of the popcorn, pretzels, and crackers and…. you’re still looking at me like I’m crazy.
I get it. I’m weird. You’re either on the awkward-elbow-dance-train, or you’re not
I can feel you trying to brain-taste this combination. I can feel your curiosity. Give this snack a try!
Kitchen Sink Caramel Popcorn
makes 12 cups
for the popcorn mixture
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup yellow popcorn kernels
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups cheese crackers
- 1 1/2 cups pretzels
for the caramel:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
To make the popcorn mixture:
In a large pan over medium-high heat, warm oil. Add the corn kernels and place a lid, slightly ajar, over the pot. Pop the popcorn until the popping sound subsides. Turn off the heat, carefully pour the hot popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt.
In a 9×13 pan, measure 7 heaping cups of popcorn, being sure to avoid any unpopped kernels. Top popcorn with crackers and pretzels. Set aside.
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200F.
To make the caramel:
Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Carefully whisk the mixture as it heats and the sugar melts. Boil the sugar and butter mixture for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Whisk well. Carefully pour the sugar mixture into the 9 x 13 inch pan over the popcorn mixture. Use a large wooden spoon to toss the two together making sure that every bit of the popcorn mixture is coated with caramel. Be careful not to touch mixture with your hands, as it could burn you.
Place pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, removing the pan to toss every 10 minutes. Once baked, remove from oven. Carefully spoon onto sheets of waxed paper to dry. Once dry, store in an airtight container. Popcorn will last for up to one week.
Okay, yeah, hi…
I haven’t been able to make anything… I didn’t get to unpack everything before I found out I had to move out of my new home… I’m kinda dying here not being able to cook or bake anything…. I haven’t even been able to use my camera.
So I figured I’d give you a list of shows I’m into… Can I mention I haven’t had cable in 3 years? Yeah I don’t but I watch everything online. Well most things. So don’t judge me.
2. Law and Order
I mean in general I love this show… SVU (Special Victims Unit), Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, and LA I mean it could be 12 noon and I’ve seen the episode like a million times I still watch it. I’m lame like that it’s like I can’t get enough or something.
3. Pretty Little Liars
4. Being Human (U.S. Version)
Okay Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Zombies, trying to adjust to everyday living. Without a lame love interest that they fight over thank god. Sam Witwer and Sam Huntington Both known in the sci-fi world which I love… my favorite is the werewolf but everyone on this show is amazing. Check it out…
5. Bates Motel
Creepy to have a relationship like that with your mother right? Talk about mommy issues… Lets just say the mother doesn’t drive him to insanity this time around. But it really doesn’t ruin the classic film either. So get on that!
So that’s my top 5 television shows I’m obsessed with right now.
P.S. Big Bang Theory is a tie with Bates Motel
Love you, Jamie
Okay so i’ve been taking pictures just not posting. I’m kinda Moving soon. I was in the process of looking so I was busy and stressed. But I found a place now I’m packing and cleaning and working it kinda sucks. But here you go…
Yes I was in farm country. It’s interesting.
Valentine’s day happened.