Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Afternoon...

I've said this before and I am sure I will say it again... I want to reboot this blog.
Here goes nothing...

I often wonder if I am as funny as I think I am. I know R and I always joke that we need a camera following us because life is just funny. The things that happen to us on a day to day basis are somewhat unbelievable and hilarious.

I get an hour lunch break. What the heck am I supposed to do with this hour in the middle of the day. I am bound from 8-12 and 1-5. I don't have enough time to go home and come back. Today, Friday I went and filled up my gas tank with liquid gold ($2.83 gallon), bought myself a Dr. Pepper and took $20 cash out of the ATM. I found a few rummage sales. Before you judge me; what am I supposed to do with an hour in the middle of the day?

Today, I pull up to a house. Sitting outside is this cute Frosty. He has a green and gold scarf and as my luck would have it today... he was only a BUCK!!! Yes, 1 US Dollar. Holy Crap. What a deal. I walked past him twice. Then walked back again and the little old lady says "how can you pass Frosty by, he's only a dollar" !!! Ok, Ok, Now Frosty has a new home. He is in the backseat of my car right now. R is not pleased with my bargain buy. He sees it as junk, but when I put it out this Christmas with lights he will sing my praise... Mark my words.

Monday, March 18, 2013

RumChata Cupcakes


I made these tonight... I used the cupcake recipe but used my own frosting recipe which I know I love.  First off all they are really knit-picky to make.  Separating the eggs and then whipping them into peaks, not my idea of fun.  This took 3 bowls, not a fan of that either.  I followed the recipe and thought somehow I screwed it up because the batter had almost a muffin consistency.  Oy!  I continued on.  It was really gloppy & hard to work with.  I filled my CC cups pretty full using all of my batter.  It gave me 1 dozen, unlike the recipe says it makes 2 dozen.   
I let them bake for about 20 minutes.  They smell really good & the husband likes them... I think that is all that matters. He gave them a 9 out of 10 rating and he said he would like them again.  We'll see what the girls at work say tomorrow.
RumChata Cupcakes (Yield: 24 cupcakes, batter is thick) **This only made me 12
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup RumChata
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 egg whites
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Combine sugar & butter and beat until fluffy
  • Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon, set aside
  • Mix the RumChata & vanilla together, set aside
  • Alternating, add in the flour mixture and RumChata mixture in to the butter and sugar. Start and end with the flour mixture.
  • In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (this will be easiest in an electric mixer)
  • Fold egg whites in to the batter – do not do this in an electric mixer, use a spatula
  • Fill cupcake liners
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cake “bounces back” when touched.

Cream Cheese Frosting 
Ingredients:
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese (I prefer Philly)
  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Directions:
  • Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth
  • Add vanilla
  • Slowly add confectioners’ sugar
  • Frost the cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling & Buttercream Frosting

I have made these twice now.  The second time was better than the first.  Recipe below.

Ganache Filling
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine (I prefer the Semi-Sweet)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Chocolate Cupcakes

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine (I prefer the Semi-Sweet)
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa (regular Cocoa is just fine)
3/4 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
3/4 cup bread flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2-4 tablespoons milk



Ganache filling: place chocolate, cream, and confectioners' sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high power until mixture is warm to the touch, 20-30 seconds. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator. Let stand until just chilled, no longer than 30 minutes. (I found that if I let it get really cold and scoop it out of the bowl cold it cooked and tasted better)

For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl and pour hot coffee (another great reason to own a Keurig) over the mixture. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, 20-30 minutes.

Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside.


Whisk oil, eggs, vanilla, and vinegar into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until batter is smooth.


Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups, filling each 3/4 full. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon of the ganache filling on top of each cupcake.

Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, 17-19 minutes. Allow to cool in pans 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, in a large bowl beat butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt. Beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of milk; beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Add additional milk for desired spreading consistency.

Makes 12 cupcakes.
Recipe Borrowed from : 

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Never!

Cause you went away, How dare you? 
I miss you They say I’ll be OK 
But I’m not going to ever get over you...


November Rain

Here I am again. No need to apologize for my absence. Life has just taken it's toll. I am just so tired. Tired of people and tired of bullshit. When did life get so darn hard. Seriously.

Jack has been gone for almost 11 months now. I am dreading 12/10 like you have no idea. Just this morning when I flipped the month on my Jack Calender... there he was the very first day I met him. All the memories flood back and there I stand at 6:30 in the morning crying!!! God, when will it get easier???? I beg for this pain and grief to go away and it just isn't!! This is what I did in his honor last Friday:

I just feel raw & undone in the center lately. Work has jaded me the last few months. I am sick and tired of getting beat up every day. These people need to calm the F down. One of these days I am going to pick up the phone when the Russian calls and say WHAT, WTF do you want now and if I hear the excuse that you have bad English one more time I am getting in my private jet and coming there and I am going to slap you silly with a dictionary! Gasgagagagaagagagagjbdvjbdsvbjdsb!! I just cannot take it!

Thank God my GREEN BAY is pretty normal and a good hugger. Thank God, he is my solid rock. Without him, I have no idea what kind of nutter butter I'd be right now! Well hopefully I am can keep up on this blog... I love doing it so much, just can never find the time!! Until the next time... ADIOS!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

and it has come to this...

Wow, here we are again. My love for blogging and writing has taken the back burner for so long. I would love to be able to talk to you all day and night. So much has gone on since by last post... November 2010 - shhsshhh! Well, I had 2 kidney biopsies that fall and a visit to the Mayo Clinic. All to find out I had a form of Vasculitus called Polyarteris Nodosa ( http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org/polyarteritisnodosa ). After 1 year of high does Prednisone & Chemotherapy treatment I am in remission. Yay! I had that puffy balloon face, I look back at photo's from 2011 & freak out! Thankfully I am back to normal. Green Bay & I are doing Weight Watchers and having a good time at it. We are going into week 4 & it is easy and we are dropping pounds. The funny thing is we have a whole support system... My bestie T is doing it with us... My mom & about 3 others. I certainly do not want to fail at this when we are the reason they are doing it. It is really GREAT motivation. On December 10th my beloved Jack went to the Rainbow Bridge... I, still to this day cannot believe it. I never thought I would live without him. What a rock he was to me... My sweet angel boy. It breaks my heart everyday & some days I just don't know what to do but cry. He was and will be forever and ever my baby boy! Ugh, I miss him so much... It will be 6 months in May!! I just cant believe it. xooxxo to my Sweet Forever Boy xoxoxox Well, I am going to try and take this blog to the next level... I have been cooking a lot lately, healthy cooking. Since we are watching our points...etc. I am going to try and make myself a recipe book online... I know I have such a hard time keeping track of what I have made and what I liked... so here it goes... Starting tomorrow, I am going to cook something nummy & share it.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30

Hi there - How goes it?
I am not sure I am in the blogging mood right now. Shshhh I cant even remember the last time I wrote. I know, you don't know that Green Bay & I got married in September. If you have been following my blog for years you know who Green Bay is and we finally did it. I love him so much, I could never ask for a better husband... yes some days he is a 17 year old and other days I am. Daily it is something new. This morning I woke up and he was gone... sound asleep downstairs on couch. It was so nice to have the bed to myself he he.

It's been a long few months. Lots of Dr's office visits, trying to pin down a disorder I may or may not have. How many times can they take my blood, seriously. Yesterday I gave a total of 11 viles, that was a record. Usually it's been 3-5 at a time. I have been to the Urologist, Endocrinologist, Nephrologist, Allergist, Rhumetologist & Thursday I go to the Hematologist!! Seriously, do you think I can get a degree off this?? Oh well, hopefully sooner than later we will get some results. ** TBD **

Thursday, March 25, 2010

R E C Y C L I N G

OK, I hate to admit this in a public forum but here goes anyway. Up until a week ago I have not recycled! Yes you read that right. Not thinking I just threw the plastic milk jugs & yogurt containers away... Worse case scenario I tried to hide my non-recycled goods in a black garbage bag so the garbage man would take it away. Out of site out of mind! No harm, no foul. Can you feel my shame! Until last week.

R and I spring cleaned the basement. Now we have only been in this house under a year & have massed a nice collection of cardboard boxes. Coffee maker, vacuum cleaner, boxes from stuff we ordered on-line, moving boxes... all in the basement collecting dust. Last weekend we bought a self-assemble entertainment center... WOW WHAT A BOX! In my (non-recycle state of mind) mind I thought "HOW AM I GOING TO GET THAT IN THE GARBAGE CAN?" So I started collecting the boxes and breaking them down & I had a nice collection. Which prompted me to get the recycle bin out and dusted off (Yes I have one, also in the basement!) and taped up. FANTASTIC

I carried this on upstairs and started to fill it. Milk & Orange juice jugs, yogurt containers, water bottles, etc... and do you know what I found... I don't use as many garbage bags (you know the $6.99 stretchy kind) and my outside garbage can isn't all full. WOW! What a revelation. I am going to save money by collecting plastics and cardboard for 2 weeks & putting it on the curb in it's bin. Yes I also found and printed the recycle schedule for my city. I am not doing this for the enviroment per say, I am doing it for MY enviroment, for my pocketbook.

I am actually really excited about this. I know, I know! I should have been doing this a long time ago. Better later than never! So here is to recycling!! WhooHaaa!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Take a Benadryl

My mom is in Uganda, Africa for 2 weeks... We have her 2 cats Buddy & Charlie... We also have our 4 cats... Jack, Miles, Nova & Rocco... I call it 6 Cat City. R has been sitting here sneezing and doing nothing about it... I said take a benadryl! Oh yeah, I should shouldn't I!! I guess tomorrow I am going to make a trip to the store and get some non-drowsy allergy meds! Good Times! Sneezing, Snotting, Sniffling!! It isn't just him this time, my allergies are bad in the morning when he isn't here... so he doesn't see it! So of course, I suffer silently b/c he doesn't see it! Oh well, part of being a woman I suppose!

I was thinking earlier that if I was ever pregnant I would gain 900 pounds! I love to eat and I have these stupid cravings at every moment of the day. Like right now, there is this Fritos Jalapeno Cheddar Dip.. Oh my, it is crack in a can! I brought another can home this afternoon and R looked at me like I was crazy. It is so good that I literally licked the last can clean. It is sickening! It really is unfortunate that I can bake. If there is ever anything I see on a TV show that looks really good, I will make it. If I see a magazine cover with a pretty cake or pie... I will make it. SAD SAD SAD. There are days I wonder how I got to the weight I am... I just have to look at the latest cover of any magazine in the checkout line! I love to eat so I will never be pregnant for just that reason.

I made the best Taco's tonight. Yellow peppers were on sale... Yummm-Oooooo I do make good taco's!

I went on a job interview yesterday at a Staffing Agency. When did it become normal for people to be so rude? This woman told me I had basic skills & none of their clients would touch me. She also called me a liar and told me I lied on my resume. I had put 2000-2001 @ for the dates I worked as a Travel Agent. I was there 1 year. On their website application they asked for SPECIFIC dates, I typed 1/1/00 - 5/1/01!! I knew the end date b/c it was memorable when they shut the doors on us and closed the business...However I didnt remember the start date. I WAS A LIAR according to this woman! This rude skinny bitch needed a cupcake, thats for sure! It was just awful, tried to make small talk with her... NOTHING! I went to this consignment shop I like and I chatted with K and she had a very similar experience with the same place. NO THANK YOU!!! I need a job, but not that bad!

It is just so normal for people to be rude, to cut you off in traffic, to push their cart into the back of your legs, etc. I am finding it getting worse and worse lately. I try to be friendly, say excuse me & thank you & smile! They used to say that if you smiled at someone most times you would get a smile back... LIAR!!

Oh well, Just Saying...

Need to get to bed.