Orange, Carrot, Cranberry Juice! Made in my Blender.

My cousin has a blog. Orelia Mae For the Love of Beautiful Things.I love her.She was my best friend when we were kids, we were supposed to go to college together, but we didn’t.I say she was my best friend, she totally was in my mind. And whenever I saw her. . . . which, come to think of it, really wasn’t that much, we’d giggle till our stomachs ached. We sang much too much Boy George and she taught me all her favorite country songs.We rode wet log rides in the Louisiana heat.We sat on the front Read more […]

Nigella Lawson’s Sticky Gingerbread and Sticky, Sticky Situations

We were driving 50 mph on the interstate accelerating . . . . . .30 mph, 40 mph, 50 mph. And then nothing.The car just stopped.There was this low thud. Like the gears were trying to change but they wouldn’t. My heart fell out of my chest. Onto the dirty floor mat. The one with the blue slush stain. It stayed there for about 30 seconds as I gulped for air. . . .panicking.I looked over at him.He smiled.And it wasn’t a nervous smile either.His eyes were glimmering,  “Looks like the transmission just Read more […]

Very Berry Muffins & Blogging for a Cure: The Best Friends Guide to Breast Cancer by Sonja L. Faulkner, Ph. D

I try not to, but sometimes horrible thoughts come into my head.I think of my maternal grandmother and of my cousin Andy, and I shiver. My girls. I think.My four beautiful girls.Me.Their mom.Stay away, I murmur. Cancer, stay away. My maternal grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born.My cousin Andy (Andrea) died of breast cancer just a few years ago, and she was in her thirties.It’s a horrible disease.And it seems we all have a link. When Andy was alive, I’m sure I was not the best cousin Read more […]

Malted Pineapple, Coconut, Banana Smoothie and HEB $25 Gift Card Slim Down Showdown GIVEAWAY!!!!

Winner Announced Below!!!Child #3:   And then she said, “Get away from me! YOU’RE SO ANNOYING!!!”Me:  Is that right?  Did you call your sister annoying?Child #1: Well, no. I told her she was annoying me, and then I asked her to go away.Me: Well, don’t tell your sister she’s annoying, and try not to tell her to go away. She’s only SIX. The things you say really affect her.Child #1: Well, its not my fault that she’s SO ANNOYING, and you never do anything about it. You never listen.Me: Well, Read more […]

Mango and Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon & What To Expect When Your Expecting: A Movie Review!

  Well, I can tell you what I wasn’t expecting.To like this movie, that’s what.What is that saying? Too many chickens in the coop. All trying to rule the roost. . . .Or be bossy. . .Or steal the limelight. . . ..I’m not sure, but you know what I mean.Too many mega stars. . .in one location, can make me a little nervous. . .Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock,  Dennis Quaid, and Matthew Morrison. . . . . . . .I can happily report,  ALL played nice.  Stellar in fact.  They done good. They Read more […]

Honey -Lemon Watermelon Salad & A $25 H-E-B Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Finally. I’m starting to work on my garden. In my garden. Around my garden. But. . . . Geez Louise. I’m late. Last year, all my plants were in the ground by April 4th. Oh. Woe is me. But then I looked again, and in 2010, I didn’t get around to it until April 16th. Guess what today is? Yeah buddy. April 17th. I’m right on time for being behind. What a relief. It was stressing me out a bit.  I kept telling myself, gardening is a hobby. Don’t stress crazy cakes. Just plant and be happy.  Read more […]

Cinnamon Streusal Muffins, Baking Basics and Beyond GIVEAWAY, and Texting with Love. . . .

Nana just got an iPhone.She loves it.I love it.She has a Words with Friends Game (similar to scrabble) going on with EVERY member of my family. Except Phoebe, and as soon as Feebs gets an iPod touch, I’m sure she’ll oblige.I told her, “Mommy, I’m really busy, I don’t have a lot of time to play games, but I’ll try.”And it took me like two weeks but, now I’m in and I’m loving it.Also, she sends the funniest texts.Whenever she types, “Oh, boy!” It comes out “Ho Boy!”, which makes me chuckle every. Read more […]

Heart Shaped Pancakes with Light Chocolate Ganache Sauce

Dear YOU,I wanted to tell you something.  Something that kinda gets my stomach all in knots.  Makes me a little bit anxious and a lot bit woozy.  Here goes . . . . ..You make me happy.I’m very happy having you in my life.  I. . . .uuuhhh, love you.When my husband asks me about my blog, I laugh and tell him about the funny comments you left for me that day.  I tell him how much I enjoy hearing your stories and how glad I am that YOU are in my life.I call you my friend.I don’t call you my reader.I Read more […]

Smoothie for Your Heart: Orange Vanilla Protein (Tastes like an Orange Julius)

 It just occurred to me that in September, I wrote and cried and slobbered and prayed to you about my Poppy Pops. I cried about his heart transplant surgery and how I felt like I was dying inside. I moaned about my regrets, wishes and hopes,  and I how I needed him HERE to be a part of all of that.I needed him NOT to die.And he almost did.In fact, if you ask him, he would tell you he almost did. More than once. From fever. From kidney failure. From a crazy one-eyed heavy-handed nurse. That’s another Read more […]

Coffee Protein Smoothie with a bit of banana thrown in.

Dear Self,Get some cojones. Or maybe just borrow your husbands.Throw on your tight spandex workout pants (the ones with the neon hot pink around the waist) and your body glove tank top and walk your scary little toosh into the Spin Class and OWN IT.Will you look like an idiot? Maybe.Will you not know what the heck your doing? Probably.But like we heard in that movie trailer that one time for that movie we don’t remember the name for, that was advertising to teenagers. . . .If you are scared to do Read more […]