25 January 2011

R.I.P. Bruce Lee...We're going to miss you!!

Today I had to say good bye to my dear sweet friend Bruce Lee. It was a hard decision to have to make but I feel we did the right thing.
It's going to be really sad to come home every night and not have him running down the stairs to greet me.
We're all going to miss you buddy!!!

A simple Sunday dinner

Oven baked spicy chicken wings, baked potatoes, salad and deviled eggs. A tasty meal that doesn't have you in the kitchen for long.
We enjoyed this yesterday while watching the playoffs. Sad that the Bears didn't win but the food was good.

15 January 2011

Raisin Crunch Cookies

1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 stick (1/2 cup)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisin bran cereal
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup raisins

Pre heat oven 350*
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats in a medium bowl and set aside.

Beat butter and sugars in large bowl. Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth.

Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing well between each addition.

Mix in cereal, coconut and raisins.

Bake 12-14 minutes until golden brown.

Quick, delish and somewhat healthy. Enjoy!

02 January 2011

A Wonderful cake recipe


I was surfing around this blog last week and came across a recipe for Le Cake Orange. I made it today and all I can say is it is heavenly.
Be sure and check out her blog for the recipe and give it a try. You will not be sorry.

01 January 2011

You can go your own way...

My husband and I spent the day relaxing a little more before picking back up our busy schedules that will kick back in on Monday. I have learned a few relaxing tips over this holiday season though that I plan to continue throughout the year.

I am not making any New Year's resolutions this year, not in the traditional sense anyway. I did pretty well with most of the resolutions that I made last year but I have decided to continue on the path I have decided upon and remind myself frequently to be AWARE. Aware of my blessings, aware of my surroundings, aware of everything going on in and around me. I believe this will help me stay centered and focused on the 'right now' and let the past and the future go their own ways. The present is what I have and what I need to be spending all of my energy on.

Dinner tonight was Low and Slow Italian sausages, roasted brusells sprouts and sweet potato fries. My none veggie lover husband even enjoyed it.

What was your first dinner of the new year? Any resolutions?


Our Christmas was really nice. For the first time in many years we had a White Christmas. It was beautiful. We spent the day relaxing, hanging out and of course eating plenty of good foods.

We watched tons of Christmas movies this season. Still my all time favorite is A Christmas Story. Who could ever get tired of Ralphie? I tried to find or put in a Christmas movie every chance I had even if I was up cleaning or doing something else. Something about one of these holiday movies playing in the background soothes me...it's weird.

We decided we wanted to pass on the 'traditional' holiday meal that we have ALWAYS had and we had meatballs, stuffed shells, salad and a loaf of bread with garlic butter. It was delicious and a really nice switch from the usual.

I have a tradition that I started a few years ago. Every year sometime between Christmas and New Years I read Raphael, The Herald Angle. It's copyright is 1957. My great, great grandmother gave me the book when I was young. It is a wonderful short story that you can read in an hour or so. If you can find it, I highly recommend it.

We did really well on avoiding the commercialism of the holiday. I didn't purchase any new decorations. We didn't spend a lot eating out or on mind less shopping trips. My husband and I set a limit on each other and agreed we both wanted something that was useful and needed. For our friends and relatives we either gave gift cards or food gifts. Keeping it simple and focusing on the true meaning of the Holiday is very refreshing. I hope everyone was able to feel that and that we may all remember to try and keep that Holiday spirit throughout the entire year!