When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

January 26, 2011


Texas Road House is a great temptation. Mmmmmmmm, love the place. Even though at times it is a bit disconcerting when the employee's start yip-pin it up whilst getting ready to sing happy birthday to some poor slob. I know that is the only way to get a free piece of cake I am not a Moron. In fact every time I go in I tell them it's my birthday. I think they are starting to catch on. I will have to get some disguises. If you have not tried it yet, you better!!

I love Temptations cookware. Yes, that is the name of the cookware. Although it is spelled Temp-tations because you can take it from the freezer to the oven with no problemo. These ceramic cups, glasses, whatever you want to call them are the latest in the collection. I LOVE them. I don't like plastic cups because they always get a funny taste. The ceramic won't. Plus my water stayed nice and cold for quite awhile.  Sure you have to be a little more careful with ceramic then with plastic but, I am not going to go running with these. Heck I am not going to go running with anything who am I trying to kid. Thought maybe you would like em too.

Well, that is my shpil for the day. Been helping a happy hoarder pack up to move. I don't have any brain cells left to chat any longer. I mean who needs, can't live without, will just die if they don't have 48 sets of dishes with matching platters, glasses, stem ware, silverware and, toilet paper.

January 22, 2011

I Hate It When..................

I  find a recipe that I think will be great to share on the old blog.
I go to the store buy all the ingredients.
I even take pictures........and  this is what I get.

This is the actual photo of last nights dinner.
I think you can figure out on your own how to make this one.
Oh well, you can't win em all!!!

January 20, 2011

Yes, more pictures.....

One of my favorite things that I received for Christmas was the "Bennett 2010 CD my DIL made for all of us. Tara (said DIL) told me if I wanted one for 2011 I better post lots of pictures. That goes for Taylor, Megan and Aisha too! I hope you all read this. Henceforth, periodically there will be posts full of pictures for Tara to gather throughout the year.

Papa listening to Izzy's annoying CD player we gave her for her birthday. Izzy loves it. Mom however, says it is going to find it's way back to our house.

Chloe  and great grandma B. playing with Izzy's ball.

More listening to the easy sounds of Disney. Notice the sweet boots.

Izzy is four.

Great grandpa B. with his pal Two Dot. I should say Two Dot with her pal great grandpa B.

Lemonade Cupcakes. No I don't know why Izzy insisted on red sprinkles. Yes, I will get you the recipe.

Brownie Custard cupcake things. No, that is not the real name for these lovely cupcakes. I can't remember what they are called. Yes, they are more than yummy. Yes, I will get you the recipe.

To be four again. Look at that face.

Chloe smooching with daddy.

Izzy was flooded with jewelry on her special day. Papa is helping her with her necklace.

More help.

The final results. Show your stuff girl. That tummy kills me. She is trying to be so posh.

This is Izzy with her cousin Weston. Don't tell anyone but, she kind of has a crush.

Chloe, Calvin and Izzy.
Ummmm, this is not a drunken family get together where we teach foul things.
Aisha has not had a few too many.
Izzy is showing us the cut on her finger.

Zeke is not feeling well. Where do you go when sick? Nana's bed of course so, Nana can get sick.

Little Madison asleep on Papa.

A close up.

Madison's blessing day. Four generations. My mom saw this picture yesterday and announced she needs to change her smile. Good luck with that mom.

Zeke, get over here.

O.k. everyone smile.

Two Dot after her bath. She hates to  be cold. I wrap her up like this and she just sits for awhile.


January 19, 2011

Lemon Velvet Cream Pie

First Things first. Papa did great and all is well.
 Although, I did think maybe we would find my wedding rings.

This pie is DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I found the recipe in November's issue of Better Home's and Garden's.
I made it for Thanksgiving and I ended up wishing I had made two.
It is truly worth your time!

You will need pie pastry for a single pie.
You also could use 1 rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crust. However, I don't know why you would want to ruin a wonderful pie like this with refrigerated crust. Just my opinion.
I feel if you are going to take the time, go all the way and make homemade crust.

Here goes:

Pastry. (We have already established that.)

1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
2 TBS. cold water
6 egg yolks
1 - 1 1/2 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (2 cups)
1/4 cup whipping cream  ( I used heavy whip cream)
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup lemon juice  ( I use fresh lemon juice)
Whipped Cream
Thin lemon peel slivers

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out pastry on a floured surface to circle about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer to a 9 inch pie tin without stretching. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry Crimp edge as desired. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork. Place in freezer 10 minutes. Line pastry with foil fill with dried beans or pie weights. Place on a foil lined baking sheet; bake 30 minutes. Carefully remove foil and beans. Bake 15 minutes more. Cool on wire rack.
(If using rolled refrigerated crust, bake according to package directions. Which I think say to throw it in the garbage.)

2. In a small bowl soften gelatin in water 5 minutes. Heat in microwave for 14 seconds; set aside.

3. In large bowl combine egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. With an electric mixer, beat on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until well combined. Beat in gelatin, whipping cream and salt on low speed. Add lemon juice and beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared crust (pie will be full)

4. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until center of pie looks set when gently shaken; cool on wire rack 1 hour. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

5. Top with whipped cream and lemon peel slivers just before serving

January 18, 2011

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I Love Ya Tomorrow

Poor Papa or should I say Poo Poo.
He is spending the evening preparing for his colonoscopy in the morning.
He drank his laxatives and kept saying "nothing is happening, nothing is happening.
When he jumped to his feet and RAN to the john I assumed something was happening.
I was right.
He purchased a tube of A & D ointment  to dab on his tushy after each happening.
I told him I thought Comet would work better but, he never listens to me.
Needless to say, tonight has been a real bummer.
Yet I say, Wait until......

With all the A & D ointment he is using that tube will slide right in.
Good luck and I hope everything comes out o.k. (Pun intended)

January 13, 2011

Red Velvet Brownies

These Brownies are DELISH!!!!
I know the picture is not that great but, believe me when I say they are yummy.
You can top this with white chocolate curls which make them look divine however, I was in a rush when I made these for a Christmas party so the curls were left for another day.

I also doubled the recipe and used a 9 X 13 X 2 inch cake pan. My thought is if you are going to make brownies why use an 8  or 9 inch pan. That just doesn't make a sufficient amount of brownie to go around.

Here goes:
This is the original recipe before I doubled it.
1 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 ( 1 oz. ) bottle red liquid food coloring (Have fun finding this at the store during the Christmas Holiday or for Valentines Day! In other words buy some now.)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
small batch cream cheese frosting
Garnish: white chocolate curls

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. I didn't do this. I buttered the bottom and sides of the pan and left it at that. They turned out fine. (Remember I was in a rush.)

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave - safe bowl at high 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hrs.)

4. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles, gently remove foil....
Or just leave them in your baking dish like I did.
Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Small - Batch Cream Cheese Frosting
Remember I doubled this recipe.

1 (80z.) package cream cheese, softened
3 TBS. butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla

We did.

January 10, 2011

Bennett 2010

The month of December completely got away from me. Maybe it did for some of you also. It seemed to have a life of it's own. We had a big family vacation, family parties, wonderful kids coming to stay w/ us etc.
Life was so busy and still is that I came close to deciding it was time to hang up blogging. I don't know why I just couldn't bring myself to the computer. Then yesterday I was watching this video Tara made for us and for some reason it made me decide to wake up. I CAN'T stop blogging!!!!  What was I thinking?!!!! Even if it is just for me and my own amusement I shall go on.

Happy New Year Everybody!!!!!!
Talk to you soon.