Well Hello, Sweet Potato ;)

sweet potato

I do not know about you but I was the kind of girl who was brought up on meat breaded and fried in a cast iron pan.  Our biscuits were made of lard and in pons (not in little discs).  The veggies were tasty and pressure cooked with fatback and a fist full of salt.  And our fruit cobblers had so much butter that it would bubble and spray like the blow-hole of a whale.  I do miss my southern style eating.  I guess if I had to name what I missed the most, it would have to be scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits. But no more! Now, it’s mostly egg whites, turkey sausage, no gravy and the occasional piece of whole wheat bread  😦

This healthy eating stuff blows about half the time.  I mean I’m daydreaming about biscuits and sausage gravy over here!  I don’t how  people do it honestly. How in the world can someone get excited about eating all that health food stuff. I know, I know…if you respect your body, you will put good things in it.     <insert whine here>    It is so hard!

I am not giving up and I will  find things that are good for me and my family to eat, no matter how much crap I make them eat, LOL   Thank Goodness, these sweet potatoes are really good.  And if you close your eyes, you could swear that you are eating sweet potato pie.  Not really, but it is pretty good. And here is how I make them:

Sweet Potato Medallions

Sweet potatoes

Olive oil spray

Honey

Cinnamon

Coconut

Wash sweet potatoes.  Pre Heat oven 350 degrees.  Leaving the peel, cut potatoes in half-inch medallions.  Spray pan with olive oil and lay potatoes flat on the pan.  (Do not layer potatoes on top of each other because it will make them stick).  Spray another light layer of olive oil on top of potatoes then sprinkle with cinnamon.  Every 15 minutes or so flip potatoes until they are cooked all the way through.  Then drizzle with honey and sprinkle 2 tbsp. of flaked dry coconut over the batch.

Enjoy!

Be Well and Happy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I thought it was a good time to post a quick and easy treat.  Since I can not give you the chocolate you so richly deserve, I’m giving you one of our favorite recipes.

I’m the kind of  girl who hides chocolate in my sock drawer.  It may be there a day, a week or month, but I know it  is waiting for me when I need a good fix.  My family is jealous of my stash, but I feel no guilt.  It’s mine! And if they want a stash?  They are able-bodied enough to get their own.

Sadly, sometimes my stash is gone.  So I keep the ingredients to this cake in my cupboards for emergencies.  It’s pretty easy to keep the supplies on hand since it does not require eggs.  And you may already have everything at home to make this tonight 🙂

Hot Fudge Cake

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Mix

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

4 tsp. baking powder

(I use 2 cups self rising flour so I skip the salt and baking powder)

6 tbsp. cocoa

2/3 cup melted butter

3 tsp. vanilla

Add all ingredients and beat until smooth.  Pour ingredients in a greased 9 x 13 pan.

In a small bowl combine:

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

8 tbsp. cocoa

Blend and then sprinkle evenly over batter.

Pour 2 1/2 cups of hot water over cake.  DO NOT STIR.  Bake 40 minutes or until cake is almost set.  Let stand 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

DIG IN!

That’s my Valentine to you!

Free ebooks…

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“How do I love thee, let me count the ways…”   The above picture is my much-loved tablet that David and Alana gave me for Christmas.  I love it!!!  I had researched e readers and tablets for a couple of months, weighing pros and cons, price and features.  The Samsung Galaxy tablet has fulfilled all my expectations and more.  I have Photoshop and I can  even draw on it.  Other than my  Baby Tenderlove this has been my favorite toy EV-ERR!

Another reason that I  chose a tablet over an eReader is that IMO, with the wonderful invention of Apps. I have a plethora of options when downloading books, I am not to chained to one site or the other.

I have never read the same book twice.  There are too many wonderful books out there and I want to read as much and as many as I can.  I will buy art books and some religious material  (only if I need it for more than 3 weeks or so) but other than that I do not want to buy a book unless I have exhausted all of my resources in finding it for free or getting a book on loan.

So, with that in mind, I wanted to share some links you may find helpful.  Some of the links may seem redundant, but you may find that you prefer one site over the other:

Kindle – (Amazon)

1.) Amazon – Go to the website. Choose Kindle books, then pick low to high in price range, then choose your genre..

2.)  Inspired Reads – Free Christian and Discounted books.  Subscribe to the blog and  you will receive an email daily.  The site will take to directly to Amazon.

~ links that will be directed to Amazon sites :

Hundred Zeros   /  ebooks Habit  /   Fiction Steals  /   Kindle buffet  /   Shelf buzz  /  World Library  /  The ereader Café   /

Many Books   /   Free books Hub

3.)  Overdrive –  Check to see if your local library partners with this site.  With this App, you choose your library, put in your card number and password then browse their selection of books.  I use this app quite a bit.  With my library policy, I can check out 2 library books at a time with a 14 day lending period.  No driving to the library and no late fees!!!

****Barnes and Noble does not participate with overdrive…And I don’t see them  participating within the foreseeable future …bummer!

4 .) Pixels of Ink – Free books of different subjects for a limited time from Amazon. What’s great about this site is that they have young editions section.

5.) Daily Cheap Reads – Daily post of free kindle books that also have a junior section.

6. ) Digilibraries – gathers free books from independent authors and publishers directly from their website.

7.) Book Lending – After you register with this site, you can borrow or lend books from other individuals for a period of 14 days.  You lend a book, you get a book.

8.) Power Reads – Non fiction books.

9.) Open Library – downloading and  lending books, specializing in classic literature.

Nook (Barnes and Noble)

1.) Barnes and Noble – Go to the website. Choose Nook books, then pick low to high in price range, then choose your genre..

2.)  Nook Free Fridays –  Each Friday Barnes and Noble offers a free ebook.  The weekly book offered is one that you would normally be charged for, but they offer it free to you for only one day.  Sooo, if you snooze you lose.

3.) ManyBooks, Open Library (you find the links above.)

4.) Ebook Fling – Works the same as Book Lending (#7 in Amazon)

5.) Google Books – download millions of books in both PDF and EPUB. Both of the formats should work for the nook.

6.) Scribed – website to help you find the last , most popular free ebooks.

7.)Free Ebook – not only can you download free ebooks, you can join their book club.

I guess that’s about it for me today.  If you happen upon this site and can think of another ebook site, place it my comment box and I will added it right along.  You guys have a good day!

Be Well and Happy!

Disclaimer:   I am not affiliated with any site or product featured in this post, nor am I responsible for parental ratings of the material or negative experiences incurred from visiting the above sites.  My opinions are my own.

Randomness:)

Happy Friday!!

My week has been pretty calm, which is life speak for a little boring but stress free 🙂 But I do have some pictures to give you some idea of how my time passed:

p cWe finally installed our counter tops!  YAY!!!!!  I think David did a great job and we are so close to having our kitchen completed!!!!  I wanted black counters, but I was afraid that since our cabinetry is white that if we put in a solid black top it would make the kitchen look a little sterile.  I was hoping the silver gray would soften it some and I think it did.  Thank Goodness.  It really worried me that it would not work out…It would be an awfully costly mistake on my part.

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Also, we have been trying to eat a little healthier.  We are not going crazy, but I need more grains and cut out the fried food. And  ever since I watch an episode of “How it’s Made” featuring Couscous and Quinoa, I’ve been more than a little intrigued as to what they would taste like…..and now I do.  The Couscous tastes okay and kind of reminds me of rice.  The texture is mushy and it’s the mushiness that gets me.  The Quinoa reminds me of the pellets that is in a stuffed teddy bear.  It’s kind of gritty and has a funny after taste.  Needless to say, these were not a favorite at my house and I don’t they will ever be on our plates again, lol…

beadsContainers copy      Also, I have everything ready to sort and organize my beads.  I bought the black boxes from Ikea and I can’t even begin to tell you how well these are made.  Although Ikea has many sizes, these are CD/DVD storage cases.  I think they sell them 2/3.99.  I like them so much, that when we redo our living room I am going to use these to sort out our movies and music.

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See I have been drawing;)  This one is going to take a long time…But I do have an ear partially done…

Well I guess that’s about it for me, for now.  Exciting stuff, huh?

Be Well and Happy!

Randomness ;)

I’m ending Friday with a few photos from my week:

Karen and RobFirst off, my twin sister and her husband attended an Inaugural  party.  Each attendee had to dress up as a political figure.  Rob went as Fidel Castro and my sis went as Sarah Palin.  I tell her all time that she favors Mrs. Palin, but she never believed me until after stepping down from my make-up/hair artist chair..lol  Live and in person, when Karen smiles they could pass for twins.  Rob did pretty good on his costume too.

Moulding  I’ve been painting!  Not the good kind either.  If someone tries to make you believe that painting molding, trim or even a wall is like painting a picture?  Run…Run Hard… Run Fast….It’s a scam because they are not even remotely the same!

GetAttachment[1] I did manage to make some placemats (I’m using the term loosely here) ….May table is so small that my placemats don’t fit anymore.  so I took the rubber shelve lining stuff, drew an oval from my turkey roasting pan, cut it out and I have placemats!

GetAttachment[1] Also, my sister-in-law Vicki came by and gave use beautiful light she made in her kiln class!  I love it, and I can’t wait until it is in my kitchen!  Thank You!

I am happy to say, that I as of today. I finally have something on my drawing board.  I think it’s the most drawn and painted animal on the internet. But I don’t care, I think it’s cute and I want it!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Be Well and Happy Friday!