Marble Poundcake and a Movie Review: The Help

I suppose works of art move people in different ways.They can make you wonder in clouds of blue.They can flood in memories of white-washed front porches and smells of Hydrangea after the rain.Sometimes, they can make you think, plan, require more.Last night, I saw The Help. The movie fashioned after the book, by Kathryn Stockett.And it made me do a little of all those things. But mostly it just made me proud. Proud to be black. Proud to be an American, whose ancestors were slaves, and then housemaids Read more […]

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

“Mommy. . . ” she asked as she sprawled over the couch, “Can I ummm. . . .call my friend Emily?”I opened my mouth to say “Yes.”, but there was a strange smirk on her face.  She was definitely up to something.  I dismissed it hoping I wouldn’t find out later what she was planning, and nodded my head in agreement.I got up from the couch, smiled at my children and excused myself.I wanted to be ‘ALONE”. In a small room.  Somewhere, where people might take a magazine or a book to get a quick Read more […]

Molasses Breakfast Bran Muffins with Pecans and Sesame Seeds

I’m on a diet. Hence the muffin-athon. It’s not what you think. I really am trying to lose weight. 10 pounds by Valentines Day. So that I can be extra alluring to my husband when he showers me with Lobster and Filet Mignon (that he ordered online ~ that’s another story). Well at least, more alluring than I was 2 weeks prior. It’s not really working out too well. I did lose 5 pounds, but I gained back 4 and 3 quarters Super Bowl night between 5 and 10 pm. It would have been a Super Bowl miracle Read more […]

Low Fat Everything Muffin

I’m such a muffin whore. I mean hoard.  Muffin hoard.  I hoard muffins.Honestly, I don’t know where my mind has been lately.Off daydreaming about the upcoming Valentine’s Day Parajumpers Sverige holiday I suppose.  Dreaming of all the wonderful things that make my spine tingle.Like coconut.And Blueberries.And Bananas, creamy and slightly hypnotic.Crunchy Pecans that beg to be bitten, crunched and devoured.Flax Seed to make you strong and healthy and vigorous for whatever activities you might need Read more […]

Cinnamon Toast

Ever call your kid a hooker to her first grade teacher, on accident?And then have to tell your husband, because he is the father of said child.A father who very much loves his daughter and does not think she is a hooker.  Who is not going to be too pleased with his spastic wife, who has fat fingers and is iPhone crazy, and is completely overly obsessed with Twilight and should probably be put in some sort of program or something.Why do I even bother asking? Nobody does that but me.And just so you Read more […]

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

It’s 5  days after Christmas.We are still eating leftovers.  I feel a little guitly.Not guilty enough to resume large family dinners with 5 and 6 courses.  But guilty still the same.So I made breakfast this morning.Pan roasted potatoes.Leftover Holiday Ham.and. . . .Oatmeal Pancakes.Made with Oatmeal.And Brown Sugar.We even threw in some bananas because my mother is here and she has a real problem with bananas at breakfast time.Banana Cream of Wheat.Bananas in our Cereal.Frozen Chocolate Covered Read more […]

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes

I had a nightmare.I was walking on a long isolated sidewalk, in front of the coastline that was lined with tall Elizabethan buildings. My pace was quick, urgent. I was looking for something, or someone.I stopped in front of a whitewashed 4 story judicial building and walked in. As I stood in the foyer, I noticed the ceilings were ridiculously high, at least 60 ft. People were clamoring from here to there, none of them paying me any attention as they flew by or knocked me to the side.I turned to compose Read more […]

Cinnamon Sugar Soft Wheat Pretzels

I was lying in the bed, totally beat. The day was long, the children were bad (well THEY weren’t bad, they just did VERY BAD things), and the house looked liked a Tsunami just hit, minutes after a tornado blew over.I was still in my holey t-shirt and basketball shorts that I had worn all day. Maybe even the previous day, and quite possibly the day before that. My hair was ratty, my head throbbed, and I was really, really, tired. In walks Mr. Woo, bright eyed and bushy tailed, after a long extended day Read more […]

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

My flat iron just bit the dust.It’s the second one in the last two months to meet such a fate.  The fourth over the last 4 years.  And that darn thing cost me 100 bucks.So what can I do other than pull my hair back into a ponytail, slap on some make-up and pray nobody notices random hairs sticking out of my head, with no place to go but wild.Or, I could sit on my closet floor and sulk.  Which is what I’m doing now.  Or I could sulk, and blame Mr. Woo, while sitting on my closet floor.  Yes, Read more […]

Banana Nut Pancakes with Sour Cream

I think I’m going bananas.  Crazy, flat out nuts.  It’s all because of something, or rather something”S” somebody said.-  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — — – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -I picked Shelbi up from a birthday party, and swung by the grocery on the way home to get something for dinner.  It was already 4:00 pm, and I was tired, and resenting the fact that I had to make dinner. But I didn’t want fast food, we needed something healthy to eat, and we were having Read more […]