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 […]

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 […]

Halloween Couple Costume: Super Heroine and Evil Villian/ Cat Burglar

In a world infested with evil.Where crime had run amok………………Two individuals were left to fight to the finish.Of the same family.Once best friends,Now, bitter enemies.yet. . . .still. in. love.Friday, October 19th. 6:30 am.Me: Hey. I told Sam we would come by their Halloween Party tonight.Warwick:  Okay.Me:  That means we need costumes.Warwick: Okay.Me: That means we have to decide on something.Warwick: Okay.Me: Together!Warwick: Hmmmm. What do you got?Me: Well, I’m not sure if you’ll Read more […]

Mama Lett’s German Chocolate Cake

Currently, I’m going through a bit of a metamorphosis.Which is actually quite apropos, since it’s Spring Break around these parts.I’m looking around my house and thinking I need to shed this old skin.I need to start making my house look like what it looks like in my head.I need to clean out my laundry room and paint, paint, paint!Maybe something blue like I saw on Pintrest.I’m thinking these wicker baskets should line the shelves to hide all the ugly cleaning supplies and mosquito repellent.And 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 […]

Last Minute Superbowl Party Dip: Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip and The Ninja Professional Blender

It’s five o’clock in the morning.On Superbowl Sunday morning.I should be sleeping.Dreaming about what confections I might eat tonight.How many wings I might eat.How many cherry bars I’ll be able to shove down my throat.But instead. . . . .I’m practicing my Yoga breathing techniques and breathing slow and deep.Wishing I knew Karate so that I could go all Ninja crazy Kung Fu on these jokers in my house.WHO ALL wanted a Superbowl Party. WHO ALL said we NEVER have anyone over.  WHO ALL were at home Read more […]

Super Bowler Baller Corn: Bacon-Maple-Bourbon Coffee Caramel Corn

[Don’t forget to enter the Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook Giveaway!]Every year for the Super Bowl we all wonder where the heck we are going to watch the game.The year the Bowl came to Houston, all our friends sat together in my husband’s old neighborhood munching on Brownies, wings, and popping our eyes out of our head as Justin Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson’s shirt the mess off.Usually the children are running around the house completely involved in their own worlds, as the parents take their seats 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 […]