Getting Back in the Saddle…

This year has kicked my butt!  I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly kicked it:  the birthday, the son, the falling.  Who knows?

getting ready to ride

The important thing is that I am finally, after half the year has come and gone, oiling the saddle and readying it for another ride.  Life may have kicked me off once again, but now it’s time to put on my stirrups and do a little kicking in life’s sides to get it back into at least  a trot.


So I am thinking about my little blog and what to write about until I start cooking.  (Stop laughing!)  I have a few topics in mind.  And would really like to get some feedback on them.

1)  My experience as well as the experiences of others with angels and other supernatural God moments

2)  My son’s struggles with and final diagnosis of schizophrenia

3) Digging out old pics and posting them with stories

4)  courtroom stories  (names changed to protect the innocent… or not so innocent)

5)  my personal favorite… Kate and Ava

6)  Just whatever strikes my fancy – including good recipes

Which by the way I have.  A good recipe.  It came from my friend Lisa’s Pampered Chef newsletter.  It is called Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle.   And is soooo good!  I made it for 4th of July.

Try it!

I’ve Been Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

I’m so excited!!  I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger award.  So I don’t win a trip to any exotic location or even win some kind of cool prize, but what I do get is the respect and accolades from my fellow bloggers! And the opportunity to let you know that!

The rules for receiving the Versatile Blogger Award are:
Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them in my post.  So thank you ever so much whenquiet!  I love her stuff; she is such a unique personality.

Share 7 things about me:  [1]  I love to give gifts (wish I had lots of money and time).  [2]  My middle name was misspelled on my birth certificate, so I have been assuming an alias all my life.   [3]  I am in the 68% of women who say they weigh less than they really do on their driver’s license (but that is my goal weight).  [4]  There are several secrets I will take to my grave.  [5]  My life has been one long exercise in procrastination and consternation (one exacerbates the other).  [6]  Gee whiz, there’s not that much to share that I haven’t already told everyone.  At least not that I can tell on a public forum… or willing to tell on a public forum.  Oh, here’s one.  I am not an exhibitionist, therefore, no public forum sharing of non-public thoughts or events.  [7]  I have a dream, a hope, a goal of someday attaining peace.

Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers.  This is easy.  There are just so many good blog sites out there.  Some are over on the widget (right-hand side) of this blog.  And you will see some of the others today.

Click on the pictures or site title, and you will be directed to their web site.

The Pioneer Woman


Pink Martinis and Pearls

Chronicles of a Rocket Surgeon

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Eat, Live, Run

And last but not least:  Tell the nominees, those I am nominating, that I have done so.

Enjoy these sites!!

Oh, Yeah, It’s On!!

A couple of weeks ago the Funky Four got together for a birthday.  I won’t tell you who or how old because it doesn’t matter.  And besides… paybacks are hell, don’t you know.  But here is a teeny, tiny, little bitty hint:

Birthday Girl

I made her a chocolate cake for dessert to go with the magazine-menus meal!  As you can see, she is using one of her gifts that I got her from Savannah.  Just what a hot-flash Momma needs!  She is wearing the berry decoration Sandy and I found on her porch to decorate her awesome gift… and the tin, white, round pan too.  Well, here, just look for yourself at what a fantastic wrap job we did.  We found the rug out on the porch; still had the clothespins on it, so we knew it was all spiffy clean.  This group knows how to give gifts!

what a fantastic wrap!!

Our menu for the evening was

Pork Roulade with apple-raisin stuffing

Creamed Peal Onions & Peas

Mashed Carrots and Potatoes

Molten Chocolate Tunnel Cake

The recipes and pics from the magazine follow; I forgot to take pictures.  And the reason I forgot to take the pictures is, No. 1, I was late (I know you can’t believe that) getting there and had to get with the program to finish up the supper; No. 2, they were already playing poker with a new dude, and I was dying to get in on it.  But the food looked like the pics except for the pork roulade.  The roll turned into more of a fold, but it was still very delicious.  For the Mashed Carrots and Potatoes, throw a few carrots into the water and boil with the potatoes, then mash as usual.  It adds a little color and tastes great.

The cake recipe is from Pampered Chef.  Check out my good friend’s (Lisa Ozment) web site for recipes or anything else you need.  Her link is on the right-hand side: look for food.

Molten Chocolate Tunnel Cake

1 package (3.9 ounces) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided
1 package (18.25 ounces) devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
1 pint fresh raspberries
Whipped topping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray Deep Dish Baker with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a 10-inch circle of Parchment Paper; place in bottom of Baker. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In Small Batter Bowl, combine pudding mix and milk; whisk until mixture is smooth and begins to thicken. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate morsels; set aside. In Classic Batter Bowl, combine cake mix, 1/2 cup oil, eggs and water; mix until smooth. Pour 1 1/4 cups of the batter; set aside. Spread remaining batter over bottom of Baker.
  3. Using Small Scoop, scoop pudding in circular pattern 1/2 inch from edge of Baker. Spread remaining batter over pudding. Bake 35-40 minutes or until Cake Tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from Baker, carefully invert cake onto Round Platter.
  4. Combine remaining chocolate morsels and half of the whipped topping in Small Micro-Cooker®. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until melted; mix until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the glaze; set aside. Pour remaining glaze over cake. Spread glaze to edge of cake, allowing glaze to drip down sides. Place raspberries evenly over top of cake 1 inch from edge; drizzle with reserved glaze. Garnish with whipped topping using Easy Accent® Decorator, if desired.

    creamed pearl onions & peas recipe

    Everything was very good, each recipe.  The whole meal was from recipes I’ve been saving.  So don’t be afraid to try them; you won’t have any leftovers.  My only wish is that this little post was a tad more refined with pictures that I took myself.  The scanner was being difficult, the cut-and-paste thing I had going on looks as though little Kate did it instead of her Gigi.

  5. creamed pearl onions & pea

    I can’t figure out how to get this 5 off of here.  Somehow when I copied the cake recipe, it stayed in the same format.

  6. So, No. 6, my last and most important point:  I cooked another meal!  Oh, yeah, it’s on!  Just call me Julia or Julie or Magazine Menu Momma!

    pork roulade with apple-raisin stuffing