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Monday, December 26, 2011

Slocomb, Alabama - Tomato Nut

I have been trying to get a good photo of the new Tomato Nut in Slocomb, Alabama, but often I forget until I've driven by or someone will drive up behind me, so I haven't gotten a good photo of him, until now.

Slocumb is near Dothan, home of the National Peanut Festival, so several years ago, local artists painted over 40 peanuts and one of them had a home in Slocomb.  Slocomb happens to be the home of the Tomato Festival...so, they combined a peanut, who loved tomatoes and Tomato Nut was born !!

He stands outside the bank and he use to look like this:


Then one day I noticed he was gone...where was the cute Tomato Nut ??

He then re-appeared but now his arms are outstretched and he has TWO baskets of tomatoes and a different shirt:

I also noticed the little plaque at his uh...feet...is gone.  The bank did change names, it use to be Slocomb National Bank and now it is Friend Bank.  I think he is cute - with one basket or with two !

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Nutella Cheeseball


We had our Christmas White Elephant exhange last week.  As with previous years, we just bring some snacks to share.  I saw this Nutella Cheeseball on Gimme Some Oven! and decided to give it a try.  I modified it a bit because it makes a lot !  Basically, I just cut the recipe in half and used smaller chocolate chips.

Nutella Cheeseball

1 (4 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened (at room temperature)
1/2 (6 oz) Nutella (I used Kroger Crunchy Hazelnut Spread)
2 oz. Tollhouse mini chocolate chip morsels

Mix softened cream cheese and Nutella together, place in plastic wrap and shape into a ball, place in freezer until firm (1 - 2 hours).  Remove from freezer, shape into a round ball, cover with the mini chocolate morsels and serve (keep refrigerated until serving).

Serve with graham crackers - I found some Chocolate Graham Cracker sticks and they were perfect.

I LOVE my little cheese-ball server - I got it several years ago in the after Christmas clearance sale at Target. Well worth the $2 I paid for it - isn't it cute ?
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ding Fries Are Done !

It is the Christmas season and that means lots of Christmas music (I LOVE Christmas music !!)  I've heard Carol of the Bells 2 or 3 times just today.  I can't help it...Family Guy has forever changed the way I hear that song.  Usually, Carol of Bells is instrumental (although sometimes you hear lyrics) but now...THIS is all I hear in my mind when that song is played:

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Mykonos

I'm not feeling well today so I'm using the day to watch things I've recorded and clean them off my TiVo.  One of those recordings was "Due Date", about half-way through, a small snig-bit of this song played and I LOVED it. I am 100% positive I've heard this song before but never knew the name of it.  The movie was just okay to me (3 stars), but the I thought it had an awesome soundtrack ! I looked up the soundtrack on Amazon to add to my wish list and guess what? This song is NOT on the soundtrack - boooooo ! None-the-less, it is still a great soundtrack (but this song SHOULD be on it)

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Donny Osmond !!

Happy 54th Birthday to the greatest singer ever to walk the face of the earth !!!

Photo by Brandon Osmond
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Funny Friday - Knock Knock

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Photos - National Geographic

I  love looking at photos - especially unusual and older photos that makes me wonder about the story behind the photo.  National Geographic has been known since its beginning for its beautiful photos.

Recently, I discovered this website that has lots of great National Geographic photos.  For some reason this one struck me as especially beautiful.  It seems this is a photo of a young art student - but the photo itself is ...well...art !  I love the way the sunshine giver her an angelic glow:

Click HERE for more wonderful photos.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dire Straits - Skateaway

Anyone that truly knows the real me, knows how much I love Dire Straits !  I've been a fan since 1979.  The first song I remember hearing is Sultans of Swing and fell in love with their sound.  Very different than the other songs (mostly disco) at the time.  I got their Makin' Movies Album (yes, ALBUM) and one of my fave songs became "Skateaway" !  I heard it on the way home today and remembered how much I loved that video so I had to look it up.

She is wearing the "latest" in music listening pleasure at the time - the Sony Walkman, the iPod of the 80s



TORO, TORO TAXI, SEE YOU TOMORROW MY SON


Sadly, I note that Jayzik Azikiwe, the beautiful lady in this video (whose father was the first president of Nigeria after it gained its freedom), died of cancer in January 2008, but her legacy as the Rollergirl will always live on.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Note to Self: Movies I Want To See

I love going to the movies - LOVE it !  I would got see a movie everyday if I could. 

There are many movies out right now that I want to see so I thought I would make a list of them before I forget them.   Here they are (in no particular order)

Hugo (must see in 3D) - saw 12/10/11
Muppet Movie
- saw 12/04/11
Tower Heist
The Decendents
J. Edgar
Twilight: Breaking Dawn - saw 01/07/12
My Week with Marilyn
We Bought a Zoo
Like Crazy
In Time
Mission Impossible
The Artist - saw 01/26/12


Others I wouldn't mind seeing but not at the top of my list
The Legend of Pale Male
Arthur Christmas
Jack and Jill (I usually HAVE to see Adam Sandler movies the day they come out but this one doesn't look all that great to me for some reason, I'd like to see it but there are others way ahead of it - sorry, Adam, please forgive me, you know I love you)
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I've Been Pinned !!


I know this may seem so silly to some but to me I feel like a mini-celebrity (haha!).  But once of my posts has been pinned on Pinterest !  It is the post for my Chili Dog Casserole.

I only discovered it when I was looking at Pinterest the other day and thought - hey, that looks like the photo on my blog and sure enough - it was !! Then I realized on the Live Traffic Feed that I have been getting a lot of hits for that post.  I'm glad - that recipe is really good and super simple and quick - kids like it too (but usually have to make it without the beans for the kids).  I think it would be good with a bit of jalepenos added for the adults more into the spicer stuff.

I wish there was a way to tell how many times it was pinned/re-pinned but I don't know how.  I've noticed I've gotten a few hits lately too for my Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cupcakes, but that could be because it is close to Thanksgiving and people are probably googling "pumpkin" recipes.  However, I did find one pinner, who had it on her cake board and she also had pinned my thin layer cake !  How cool !

I've been out of commission this month - my dad has been in the hospital and it was pretty serious so I've been out of town for about 3 weeks.  But, thanks be to God, he is doing much better !
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Funny Friday

I found these Laundry symbols on a thread from Ravelry, we knitters/crocheters must know what laundry symbols mean :-)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Doggie Doo - Seriously ???

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I just so happened to have the TV on and it was tuned in to the Cartoon Network (okay, nothing wrong with getting my Bugs Bunny fix in the morning).

While watching, this commercial came on - seriously ?! I swear it seems like one of those SNL parody commercials. Who comes up with games like this? Then some big-wigs had to actually say "yes, that is a great idea, let's mass produce them" - oh my goodness.

Check out the one kid that is holding his nose

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oregon Zoo - Squish the Squash 2011

Such a cute video.  Even elephants like getting in on the Halloween fun.  The baby is having a blast !

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Funny Friday

Men have really changed a lot since this ad was written (from the 1930s), plus I think I found my problem...I've been eating too much Ironized Yeast.  Can you imagine an advertisement today that is focused on trying to have women GAIN weight?  LOL !

(click on ad to enlarge)
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CURRENTLY . . . .

Listening. . . Oprah's Lifeclass
Eating. . . Kakor Havreflarn (a gift from Kerry)
Drinking. . . Unsweet Iced Tea from Quiktrip
Wearing . . Jeans, purple pullover, socks, New Balance 610s
Feeling . . melancholy
Weather . . . beautiful, clear, cool and crisp - perfect Autumn day
Waiting . . .for nothing
Needing. . . .some rest
Thinking . . about weight loss
Enjoying. . . a break from work
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Funny Friday

Got home today and checked the mail - all I found was another bill.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Funny Friday

I don't know why but this made me laugh so hard !


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Friday, October 7, 2011

Funny Friday

Another funny one, found on Pinterest.  These are some photos of Olympic divers, photos were taken right in the middle of their dive.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Tailgate Song

I love Nathan's voice - I hope this song becomes a big hit for him !

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Crochet Vest with Shawl Collar


I got this pattern from Bernat today.  I just love it and want to make it.  I've never crocheted an article of clothing for me (although have made them for others).  It is made using Bernat Satin, which I love, it is so soft and well...satiny.

While I like the color on the model, I'd be more likely to make it in purple or an off white maybe.  I tried and tried to find the pattern on Bernat's website so I could pin it to my Pinterst acount, but sadly I couldn't find it on their website.

So, I thought I would just post the photo and a link to the .pdf (that I receive in my e-mail) here (even though I WILL not start a new project until my afghan is finished)

The pattern can be found HERE 
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 Remembrance - 10 Years

Who knew that morning, 10 years ago, when we woke up that day that all of our lives would change forever?

'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL'



You say you will never forget where you were when
you heard the news On September 11, 2001.

Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.'
I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK... I am ready to go.'
I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help.
'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.
'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven.
He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan .
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name - though not all knew Me.
Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.
Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take
my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.

But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day.
You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time,
would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you. But someday your journey will end.
And I will be there for you as well.
Seek Me now while I may be found.

Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
God
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Monday, September 5, 2011

BrainStrong Commercial

This commercial is so funny to me - I guess because it is very much like me. But unlike what the dog "thinks", sometimes it really does help to walk out and come back in the room - haha !

I wonder if this stuff is any good? Maybe I should try some.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Funny Friday

I love most of the Geico commercials. I thought this one was pretty funny. I love how she says I taught my dog and HIS cockatoo (the bird isn't her's - it is her dog's bird) - LOL !!

HIT IT MR. BUTTERS !!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Funny Friday

I don't know why I haven't posted this before.  It is my most popular pin on Pinterest.  It has over 1,000 pins and almost 10% of those (close to 100) were all repinned from my board.  Pretty cool !!

Personally, I think it is HILARIOUS !  (click on picture to enlarge)







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Friday, August 19, 2011

Funny Friday

This is so me !  I must have everything in alphabetical order!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

While browsing Pinterest one day, someone had posted a link to a recipes on Red's Photo A Day blog so I pinned it too - it looks tasty, is easy to make and is Weight Watcher friendly.  I thought it would be good to make to take to lunch (instead of going out).

As it turns out, this blogger originally found the recipe on SkinnyTaste.com, which is fully of yummy looking lighter recipes.

So I thought today would be a good day to make it - I can have it for dinner tonight and for lunch a couple of days this week.  I revised it a bit to suit my taste and what I had on hand.


Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups
Points Plus: 5 per serving
Calories: 203.7 • Fat: 1.4 gCarb: 33.3 g • Fiber: 10.0 g  Protein: 16.9 g

  • 1 16-oz can black beans
  • 1 16-oz can kidney beans
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz package frozen corn kernels
  • 2 14.5-oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp cumin (I love cumin)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 24 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts tenderloins
Combine beans (no need to drain), corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder & onion powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker.  

Place chicken on top and cover.  

Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in.

Top with fresh cilantro (if you have it). Also try it with low fat cheese and sour cream (extra points plus).

I almost forgot the Taco Seasoning (as you can see from the picture above) - good thing I decided to go ahead and write it up here.  As I was writing it up, I was like...TACO SEASONING...D'oh !!  So I ran in and added it - It was hard to stir up well with the chicken already it it but I did my best and I'm sure it will be fine.  I prefer Lawry's Taco Seasoning mix, by the way, since it doesn't contain MSG and I really prefer its taste over other Taco Seasonings.


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Friday, August 5, 2011

Funny Friday




Aaahh - the trouble of living as a step ladder.



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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Donny Osmond Flash Mob - July 22, 2011

As promised, here is the close up version of the Donny Dance Forum (Flash Mob) at Ceaser's Palace Forum Shops on July 22, 2011.  It gives me goosebumps and I LOVE how much fun he is having !!

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Matchbook Art Drawings

I'm not sure why this popped in my mind within 15 minutes of waking up this morning (maybe I had a dream or something about it) but I was remembering those old matchbook covers that had drawings on them, usually of a turtle, pirate or donkey. You would draw it, send it in and see if you were good enough to get into art school or win an art scholarship. My brother and I always drew these. We were pretty good too - I don't recall us ever mailing them in but we were always glad when mom brought home one of those matchbooks.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jamie Grace (with Toby Mac) - Hold Me

I've been hearing this song a lot lately on my local Christian music station. The Fish - 104.7 and I just love this song and her voice !!

I can tell this video (the part where she is sitting and playing the guitar, was filmed at the top of Stone Mountain.

After I realized that, I looked up more info about this talented singer. She is 19 years old and is from Atlanta. I hope she has a long and successful career.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Donny Osmond Dance Forum - July 22, 2011

This video isn't as close up as I'd like, but I appreciate the person who took it. I wish it had been closer and on the ground floor but I'm happy to see this much of it.

Donny and fans did a Flash Mob dance at Caesar's Palace Forum Shops to his re-make of the Osmond Brother's classic Yo Yo

Here is the first glimpse. Donny tweeted that he will be posting the video to YouTube soon - he is a perfectionist so I'm sure he wants it to be perfect before posting it :)
Thanks again to the person who took this video

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

DDF - Up to Tempo

Have you practiced your Donny Dance Forum (DDF) moves? Are you ready for the next step - try it up to tempo - just as it will be performed at the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace - oh man, I wish I was going to be there.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Donny Osmond Dance Forum - Lessons

Donny Osmond has a fan get together every year (he is so awesome for doing this) - this year he wants to do a flash mob at the Forum shops at Caesar's Palace, right across the street from the Flamingo, where he and Marie perform.

He and Marcell have posted the dance moves for all the fans going to the Get Together so they can practice ahead of time

Here is the video that shows you how to do it. If you are going to be in Las Vegas on July 22nd - watch this video, learns the moves and show up at Caeser's Palace Forum Shops and dance with Donny - it is going to be amazing !!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

You'll Be In My Heart

Seems I've posted just videos kind of recently but I heard this song today - it has a special meaning to me - plus Tarzan is one of my fave Disney movies and I don't think anyone really reads my blog except for me anyway :) , so I thought, why not?

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Rough Week but There Is A Way

Overall, my week hasn't been bad but I've had several rough patches and aggravations.  On the way home from work at 9 pm last night, I was thinking about things and starting to let it get me upset (ie: tears starting to form in the corners of my eyes) and then one of my favorite songs came on.  This song always makes me feel good and I love its message:

Newworldson - There is a Way

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Monkees 45th Anniversary Concert !


Last night I went to Chastain Park Amphitheater to see THE MONKEES !! Oh my stars - the show was sooooo good !!! Atlanta was their first stop on the U.S. Tour.

It was filled with Monkee hit after Monkee hit.

We got there a bit early (since parking is not great there and we wanted a good spot) - I'm glad we did because the park lot we were in sits up on a hill and you can look down into the Amphitheater so we got to watch them do sound check and rehearse. Peter wasn't on stage for that but Davy and Mickey were so we got a little sneak peek at the show.

The show started about 30 minutes later than scheduled but was well worth the wait.

They had a big screen on stage and throughout the whole show they would show scenes from their TV show and some behind the scenes footage (like them rehearsing or sitting at the airport, etc)

The band started of with a musical medley of Monkee songs, then Davy, Mickey and Peter came out.

Here was the set list:
I'm a Believer (at the end Mickey said "Hello Detroit!!" - haha)
Mary, Mary
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)
Randy Scouse Git (just before Mickey explained his inspiration for this song and why it was called "Alternate Title" in the UK)
Your Auntie Grizelda
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
Papa Genes Blues (Peter mostly sang lead on all of Mike's songs)
Valleri
I Don't Think You Know Me
Words
Nice To Be With You
Listen to the Band
That Was Then, This Is Now
Different Drum (sung by Mickey's sister - Coco Dolenz) PS: I had NO idea that Mike had written this song - cool!
All of Your Toys
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round
Someday Man
Sometime In The Morning
No Time

Then they took an intermission. During the intermission, they showed commercials from Kelloggs Rice Krispies, Kool-Aid and Yardley Black Label Cologne - cute !

When they came back, Mickey and Davy had changed shirts. Davy was wearing THIS shirt - yeah an Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Chop shirt - cool!

Then they continued the show, first singing some songs from Head:

Circle Sky
Can You Dig It?
As We Go Along
Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?
Porpoise Song
Daddy's Song (loved this-while young Davy danced on the screen, real Davy did dance routine dressed in a white tux and tails)
For Pete's Sake
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
She
Cuddly Toy
Goin' Down
Shades of Gray
Last Train to Clarksville
I Wanna Be Free
Saturday's Child
She Hangs Out
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Daydream Believer (at the end Mickey said "Goodnight Chicago" - haha)

Then they came out and did an encore:

Pleasant Valley Sunday
I'm a Believer (again) (Mickey said "We love you Milwaukee" - funny!)

Great, great, great show !! I wish I could see them again !!!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Promise - Tracy Chapman

I love Tracy Chapman - she has such an amazing voice and is an incredible songwriter.  I love every song I ever heard her sing, but this one is probably my favorite.  I really wanted to find a video of her singing it and I came across this one:

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Monday, May 16, 2011

TiVo Season Pass

This morning, I was reviewing my Season Pass listing on my TiVo and realized that I need to delete Brothers and Sisters, now that it has been cancelled (boo-hoo) and that got me to thinking that in a few days, I will also be deleing Oprah from my Season Pass.  I used to have 18 or 19 Season Passes and now I have only 6!

Some of my beloved shows that have been deleted from my Season Pass are:

24

Big Love
Brothers & Sisters (which has been canceled)
Eli Stone
Ghost Whisperer
Lost
Medium
Monk
October Road
Pushing Daisies
Swingtown
Ugly Betty

I'm sure there are others but these are some shows I really loved and are now gone. 

All I have now are (Oprah excluded since it is almost gone):

Castle
Desperate Housewives
Glee
Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice
Psych
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mick's Oreo Cheesecake

For years, there was an excellent restuarant in town called Mick's - the first one I remember seeing was in Lenox Square, but several were over town - one on Ponce de Leon in Decatur, one on Peachtree, near Piedmont Hospital, one Peachtree near Crawford Long Hospital, one on Peachtree near the Peachtree Plaza Hotel and one on Ashford Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.  Trust me, I have been to them all.  But a couple of years ago slowly one by one they started closing - I assume due to the poor economy and the final one to close up shop (near Crawford Long) closed.  It was a sad day in this town.

No more Bacon & Cheese Fetticini.  No more chicken fingers with that wonderful Peach dipping sauce.  No more Corn and Tomato Linguini.  No more Oreo Cheesecake.

Wait - hold the phone...yes, you can still get Mick's Famous Oreo Cheesecake but...you have to make it yourself.  Not a problem though, because it really is pretty easy to make but it just take a long time.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a section in their paper on Thursday's where people can request recipes from local restuarants and years ago, someone requested Mick's Oreo Cheesecake and luckily, they provided it.

This really does taste exactly like the original.  I made it today for my friend's birthday - she has requested it 3 years in a row. 

Mick's Oreo Cheesecake
(serves 12)

For the crust:

4 tablespoons butter (not margarine), melted
2 cups Oreo cookies, crushed fine (about 18 cookies)

For the filling:
3 pounds cream cheese
2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups Oreo cookies, in chunks (about 15 cookies)

For the garnish (optional):
12 ounces whipped cream
12 Oreo cookies

To make the crust: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Wrap the outside of a 10-by-3-inch springform pan tightly with foil (to prevent water from leaking in). Line the bottom with a parchment circle. Set aside.


In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter and Oreo crumbs. Place in pan and press down firmly and evenly. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside to cool.

To make the filling: Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until soft (6 to 8 minutes). Use a rubber spatula to scrape bowl often to ensure even distribution.

Add sugar and blend well, scraping bowl just until mixture is smooth (no lumps). Reduce mixing speed to low, then slowly add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined.

Remove bowl from mixer. With a wooden spoon, fold in Oreo chunks into batter. Pour batter into pan prepared with crumb crust; place cheesecake pan into large roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with water, leaving 1 inch of space from the top of the cheesecake pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours (usually 2 hrs and 45 minutes is perfect), until top of cheesecake is slightly golden. Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.
To make the garnish (which I usually don't): If desired, top each slice of cheesecake with 1 ounce of real whipped cream and an Oreo cookie.

The secret to its exceptionally moist and creamy texture, is baking it very slowly in a water bath. To ensure that no water leaks in, cover the outside of the pan with foil.

You don't HAVE to let it refrigerate 24 hours before serving but it is better if you do.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Carrot Cake Double Doozies


I wanted to make a carrot cake to take to work as an early Easter treat for my co-workers but...one of my co-workers is known as "the cake lady" and she is making a carrot cake next week for someone's birthday, so I didn't want to have 2 carrot cakes back to back.  I will probably make the carrot cake that I've been wanting to try this weekend and take it to my friend Brian's for Easter.

So, I was thinking...what can I take to work?  Then I remembered how popular my Red Velvet Double Doozies had been so thought, 'why can't I make them but with a Carrot Cake twist to them?'

And . . . that is just what I did.

This makes about 20 cookies.  I doubled the recipe for the cookies but not the filling (since I remembered I had more than enough last time).

Carrot Cake Double Doozies
Cookies:
1 box carrot cake mix (I used regular not the Deluxe kind - no raisins for me!)
2 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 375.

Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil (mixture will be thick).

Roll into balls about the size of a walnut and place a couple of inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet (I line it with parchment paper)

Bake in pre-heated oven 8 – 10 minutes (until tops kind of look cracked).

Removed from oven, set aside until completely cooled.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix cream cheese and butter until blended. Add milk, vanilla and confectioner’s sugar (a cup at a time) and blend until smooth and creamy (should be slightly thick but spreadable) – add milk a little at a time to thin or add more confectioner’s sugar to thicken.

When cookies are completely cooled, spread filling on half of the cookies, top with the other halves.

I wish I had some pecans to roll the edges in but I didn't have any.  But it didn't matter, they were still very yummy !!


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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pinterest

Pinterest? What is Pinterest, you say? Pinterest is, in its simplest definition, a place to catalog the things you like/love.

Basically, it is kind of like bookmarking the websites you like but in a visual way.

You create your own "boards" - for instance, a board for recipes you want to try, a board for free knitting patterns you like (or perhaps want to make one day), a board for your favorite childhood toys, etc.

For instance, say you want to make this delicious these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars to take to a family reunion 3 months from now. Instead of bookmarking the recipe only to try to find it later among all your other bookmarks, you can "pin" it. Instead of printing it and wasting ink and paper only to try to remember where you put it after you printed it, you can "pin it".

When you pin it, the picture shows up on the board you selected, like this:


Then when you want to make it, you just click on the picture...you are taken directly to the website so you can see the recipe and make this delicious dessert. Very easy and since it is so visual - it is easy to see everything you like at a glance.  You can also see what your
friends are "pinning" - the web pages they like - you can get some good ideas from other's good ideas

Try it now... Here is a PIN of this recipe (click here) - then when you see the pin, click on the picture, see how it takes you directly to the website and the recipe?  Pretty cool, huh? And...much easier to locate than searching through a bunch of bookmarks trying to remember what the name of that recipe was.

Right now the site is still in beta mode so you can request to be added (then you have to wait a bit for them to add you) or you can have a friend invite you and be added right away.  If you would like an invite, leave a comment (with your e-mail address) and I will send you one.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Being Human


My latest obsession is a BBC Three show called Being Human. Wikipedia describes Being Human as a British supernatural drama television series. It stars Aidan Turner as Mitchell, a vampire; Russell Tovey as George, a werewolf; and Lenora Crichlow as Annie, a ghost who are all trying to live a normal life.

Of coure their lives are anything BUT normal. I know this show has been around a while and now there is even an American version on SyFy but I'm hooked on the BBC version.

A couple of Saturdays ago, I was home and picking up a bit and had watched Graham Norton the last time I had the television turn on so it was still on BBC America when I turned on the TV. There was a show coming on called Being Human and I click the Info button to see what it was about.
What? A vampire, ghost and werewolf trying to live a normal life - sounded dumb I thought but kept it there to see what it was like anyway, 10 minutes into it I was already hooked and crazy about Mitchell (which turns out is his last name), George and Annie. I thought, well, I will watch this first episode since it is the first show....
...4 hours later....

I'm still watching and had plans that evening so decided to record the rest - they were showing all of season 1, season 2 and at the end of the marathon was the premier of season 3 - I recorded them all and have since watched all of seasons 1-2. I now have 2 shows from season 3 to watch and I will be up-to-date.

I was sad at the end of last season - not because Mitchell's love interest, Lucy was killed, not because Annie was dragged through the door into the abyss (although I did hate that part, she resurfaced a little so I hope she comes back - since Mitchell and George are going to try to get her back ... but no.... I was sad because they left their home - I liked that place, I especially loved George's David the Gnome Walllpaper. I am going to miss that wallpaper. This is not the kind of bedroom you expect a werewolf to be sleeping in.



There are not that many shows I enjoy watching anymore but I just love this show!

I love the friendship between the three, the challenges they face, the humor of the show (yes there is some). It is like a supernatural soap opera in a way.



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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Publish Hat Photo

Bev - at BevsCountryCottage.com - made a new page for the Toronto Baby Hat pattern and added my photo along with another Raverler's photo - I love the 2 pics being there so you can see how the hat looks with different yarns, with the brim down or with it up, with a pom pom or without - cute! Thanks for using my hat's picture Bev!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Toronto Baby Hat


Bev, over at BevsCountryCottage.com, put a call out on Ravelry for some photos for patterns she had designed.

I made the Toronto Preemie Hat. The pattern was really easy to follow and the hat is super cute! Thanks for the great pattern Bev!

I used Bernat's Baby Jacquard yarn (06317 Easter Basket) - I never knitted with it before and really loved it, I think I might make some booties now.


CLICK HERE for the free pattern
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mr. Right !

Why, oh why can't I meet a guy like this ?

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Friday, February 11, 2011

The world has gone all kinds of crazy


I have spent my whole life being told there are 9 planets... then about 4 years ago, the powers that be decide that Pluto isn't a planet after all

Now the powers that be are trying to convince me that while I have spent 40+ years being told I am a Libra, turns out that I'm really a Virgo because all the Zodiac Signs have been changed

I don't care what they say, I will always be a Libra who believes Pluto is a planet ! So there!

IN

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

101 Things

I was reading somewhere on twopeasinabucket.com and someone posted about the website DayZeroProject.com, it is sort of where you can put your list of things you want to do (somewhat of a Bucket List) but apparently you are supposed to complete these 101 things in 1,001 days.

I have never made, what I prefer to call a Life List, things I want to do - I'm not sure if I have 101 things but I do have several things so I might as well start listing them. Some of them I have accomplished, so I am including those too...I will add to this list as I move along - maybe eventually I will have 101 things...

Here they are in no particular order (just wrote them down as they popped into my brain)

1) See the Statue of Liberty
2) See the Alamo
3) See Mt. Rushmore - DONE
4) See the Golden Gate Bridge - DONE
5) Ride a Horse
6) Learn to Knit (already know crochet) - DONE
7) Give blood at least 3 times each year (2009-DONE, 2010-DONE, 2011)
8) Read 10 classic novels
9) See the Eiffle Tower in Paris
10) Vacation in London
11) Drive across the country
12) Drive up the east coast during Autumn
13) Send a secret into PostSecret
14) Complete Photo Project 365 (2009-DONE, 2010-DONE, 2011)
15) Get to my goal weight
16) Maintain my goal weight
17) Meet Donny Osmond - DONE (more than once!!)
18) Get new carpeting for the house DONE

19) Re-wallpaper (or paint) the bathroom
20) Complete my Las Vegas Scrapbook albums
21) Complete my 2 Disney trip scrapbook albums
22) Visit DisneyWorld/Universal - again DONE
23) Write my life story (biography)
24) Make my own recipe book
25) Walk up Stone Mountain (again)
26) Walk all the way around Stone Mountain
27) Finish ALL of my "work-in-progress" craft projects - only one more to go
28) Learn to knit with double-pointed-needles
29) Knit myself this hat
30) Knit myself a pair of fingerless gloves - DONE
31) Watch all of Season 1 & 2 episodes of Fringe (before season 3 starts)
32) Clean out the living room closet - DONE
33) Clean out the hall room closet - DONE
34) Clean out my bedroom closet - DONE
35) Set up a usuable scrap room
36) Make a will
37) Take a tour of Italy
38) See the Northwestern Coast (Oregon, Washington, Toronto)
39) Go to Yosemite
40) Get regular manicures
41) ???
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Provo Craft Does It Again

This weekend, the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Conference and Trade show is happening in Los Angeles.

I wish I could go because I'm in the Cricut Circle and know I'd get lots of goodies from that - maybe even (wishful thinking) a new Anniversary Edition of the Cricut Expression - the Cricut 2


I only have the original cricut and I love it! But this expression is interesting. It operates through Wifi, cuts images from both the regular cartridges and the imagine cartridges, uses a screen instead of needing an overlay. It is like they took people's wish list for what they wish a cricut could do and upgraded their machine. Only 9 more months until my birthday ... maybe...

They also are going to have these cute little guys available soon (Mar/Apr I think)



Aren't they cute? I want every single one. What I would do with them, I do not know but I love them - they are so stinkin' cute!

My favorite printed paper company - Basic Grey - has some new lines up too. I am totally loving the Rocket Age collection from October Afternoon

Today is just Day 1 of CHA - I'm sure there is lots more to come - can't wait to see what is new in the scrapbooking world.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Go-To-Feel-Good Songs

I used to have one go-to-feel-good song - "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves - that song makes me instantly happy ! I love it! But now I have a 2nd go-to-feel-good song. "Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti and Spearhead. It just instantly puts me in a good mood - so now I have TWO go-to-feel-good songs.

I also love this video - they look like they are having such a good time - I especially like all the kissing at the end.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Favorite Commercial

With the invention of TiVo, I don't watch too many commercials - but there is one that I always watch when it is on and will actually run into the room, rewind the TiVo just to see it again - I love this commercial.

My favorite parts are when he is looking at the rug, when he ducks down in the bus and when he is having the nightmares - so cute! Glad he decided to the smart thing by getting Traveler's Insurance so he could actually relax and play.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Awesome Things


As mentioned in my New Year's Day post, my One Little Word of the year and my theme for the year is Happiness !

I bought the book "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. While I haven't really started the book yet (just haven't taken the dedicated time I feel I need to sit down with it) , I have been following Ms. Rubin on Facebook and have really enjoyed reading her each day.

Today, she posted a link to a blog that I have actually read before but had forgotten about. . . 1000 Awesome Things.com as of today, there are 332 more Awesome things to come. There are lots of things on the list that I have said to myself are wonderful things.

Such as:
Sleeping in New Sheets (or even freshly washed ones)
Getting your choice of seat in the movie theater (I love getting right in the middle)
The first scoop of peanut butter of out jar (man I love that!)
Putting potato chips on a sandwich (I do this all the time! Love it on bologna especially)
Perfectly stapling through a thick stack of paper (doesn't happen a lot - but love when it does)

I am always noticing things like that. Just the other evening I put on my freshly washed PJs and thought about how awesome that was - love the smell and the softness.

Everytime I put ice in my glass, I'm so grateful to God for that. It is incredible to me all the uses He made for water and ice being my 2nd favorite thing about water (drinking it is my first) but how cool is it that He designed water so that when you freeze it, it turns hard and it cools your drinks (and is great for munching on too - but don't tell my dentist that - he gets on to me for it)
I just love ice - it is one of my favorite things !

When I go on a long driving trip (which I've done a lot of the past 2 months) - I go to QT before I leave (that in itself is awesome because they have big drinks, for a cheap price, yummy hot dogs and taquitos and they even have an ATM from MY bank). So I can stop, get gas, get a drink, get a snack and get my cash - all in one place before heading out for my long drive. I get the big 32 oz and pack it with crushed ice as much as I can (you can choose from crushed or cubed ice - also awesome). I then either fill it with Diet Dr. Pepper or buy some bottled water, then top it off with more ice. After I start driving, the drink is gone in an hour or so but I have ice for the whole trip! I just munch on it the rest of the way.

There are so many wonderful things in the world - even little things like ice - you just have to open your eyes and look for them - don't take things for granted - lots of things can make you happy, if you just let them.

Examples:
Today's date - it is 1/11/11 - that is pretty cool !
My office is closed for a snow day - sweet !
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)

As mentioned in my previous post, my word of the year is "Happiness"

I heard this song on the way to work today and I totally love this song - haven't heard it in years! It makes me HAPPY (especially about 1:54 into the song when they say Osmond, Donny)

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

1-1-11 Happy New Year


Happy New Year !

I love the date - how cool is that? Today is also my brother's birthday - Happy Birthday!!

My mind has been racing the past few days about the upcoming year - all good thoughts and things I want to do and accomplish. I know you can start realizing your dreams at any time but for some reason it is like you get a fresh clean slate to start with on January 1st.

I always loved opening a new notebook or brand new sketch pad - this is the same concept - an empty notebook to fill with new stuff for the new year.

I'm not making resolutions per se, but more like setting goals for what I would like in my life for 2011. Here are some of them...

Spiritual Goal:

Spend time daily in the Word and in prayer. I do pray daily but not always the quite, deep prayer that I would like. Plus I have kind of gotten away from reading the Bible. For several years I've said I want to read the entire Bible but never make it past mid-February (just got busy and behind and then gave up). But this year I vow to complete reading the entire Bible. Even today, Pastor Scott challenged us to spend time each day reading the Bible - how timely is his message?!

To accomplish this, I decided I want to read it chronologically and I am going to follow this reading plan that I found on ewordtoday.com

Knitting/Crochet Goals:

I have a few projects that are considered a "WIP" - work in progress. I am not going to list them all right now but I am going to make a list of them and put them in order (may post about that later). I actually have a list already but it needs to be updated and re-ordered.

My goal is to not start any new projects until all current WIPs are completed. Also, I will not buy any new yarn until these projects are completed. I may not buy any new yarn even after they are completed. I have other WIMs (works in mind) and have some yarn already I can use for projects I want to make. I won't focus on them for now though - only the ones that are already started.

Scrapbooking Goals:

I'm really looking forward to scrap booking this year. I didn't do much last year and really won't be doing a lot this year but will be doing some and more concise type of scrap booking. Here is what I will be doing...
  • Project 365 - will continue to take a picture of the day. I've done this for the past 2 years and enjoy it. I ordered my scrapbook hero's (Becky Higgins) Project Life Kit to help me keep organize and complete my album for the year.
  • One Little Word - I'm taking a Big Picture Scrapbook class from Ali Edwards called "One Little Word" - you pick a word meaningful to you and that is your word for the year - I thought of this word weeks ago - way before I even knew about this class. I said my theme for the year was going to be "Happiness". This is the first year Ali has done a class on One Little Word and I almost didn't sign up for the class because I didn't know that I wanted to really scrap about Happiness. But then I decided I did !! I want to document the year and the Happiness I live in throughout. We got our first assignment today but I don't have my page protectors or album yet (it isn't a kit but just some items we need) - So as soon as my page protectors come, I will get my album going. At the end of the year, I will have my 2nd album completed - first Project 365 and second One Little Word
  • One more - more of a statement than a goal but goes hand and hand with the other 2 album goals. No new supplies. Other than an occasional (must-have) cricut cartridge or adhesive (which does run out), I vow not to buy any scrapbook supplies in 2011. I have plenty cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments, etc to last a whole year (and then some)
  • Those are really my only goals. I would like to make a scrapbook of San Antonio (if I go) and New York (if I go) but I don't want to over-set my goals. I do have some other things in mind (want to do a recipe scrapbook and scrap some older photos), but I know those 2 albums are attainable. If I get more scrapping in - great but I am focusing on only those 2.
Other Goals:
  • Save $X amount in my savings account. I know the amount I want to have in there - I will make a plan and divide that out in monthly amounts and save that much so that at the end of 2011 - my saving account balance is that amount.
  • Arrive early for work - I have been a little late here and there lately. My plan is to be at work by 7 am every day (work starts at 8 but I could use a jump start in the morning)
  • Lose X lbs - I have a number in mind and it is attainable - I plan on eating healthier and exercising.
  • Read at least 3 classic books this year - starting with Robinson Crusoe.
  • Go to San Antonio - I've been wanting to go for years - hope to go around the end of April - see the Alamo, Sea World, & Riverwalk just to name a few. I already sent away for a travel package from their tourism board and I purchased a Frommer's book about San Antonio and Austin.
  • Go to New York City and see Donny & Marie on Broadway. I am hoping that D & M will return to Broadway next Christmas, I am saving my money just in case. I would love to see them on Broadway and especially see NYC at Christmastime.
  • Be Happy - my word for the year, my focus for the year - live in Happiness. God is so good, I need to live in the joy He brings into my life - continue to be positive and see all the good in life. I bought the book "The Happiness Project" to guide me along this journey.
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