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Friday, February 25, 2011

Plum Cake

Ok, I apologize up front! Just click off this post if you don't need any talk about sweet stuff.

Now....for those who are still with me. You have to try this batter cake. It's got baby food in it. It's got fruit in it.

Yeah, that's right; it's got two containers of plum baby food in it. I just love baby food.

I'm telling you it is so yummy! 

I encourage you to hit the baby food aisle at the grocery store and make this. Here's the recipe. 

2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 c. oil
3 eggs
2  jars plum baby food
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
1 c. nuts

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl to mix on medium speed. Bake at 350 degrees in a bundt pan for approximately an hour.

Side notes:

I will tell you that you can use plum with anything else in it. I think mine was two jars of plums with bananas. Whatever you can find will work. And if you don't care for cloves, just dump more cinnamon in!!

I'm also going to put an ooey gooey confectioner's sugar drizzle on top.

I warned you to click off......

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our Vintage Baby

This is the jeep I mentioned a couple of posts ago. We have actually owned her once before. We were fortunate to be able to secure her again just recently.

Yeah, I know she doesn't look like much. But just give Rick a few months......she'll be looking mighty fine!

1947 Willys CJ2A

I'll be documenting the restoration process with more photos later. And aren't you going to be lucky?  I'm sure I will be boring you with them! HA

The Blackberry

This short clip was shown at some tech training yesterday. If you need something a little funny (and yes, probably a little corny, too), take a couple of minutes to watch it. (Silence my playlist first.)

(I found out "Orange" is a network provider in the UK. dongle is a piece of hardware used to make secured software run. Aren't we smart now?!)

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sunny Saturday

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny Saturday; we just couldn't allow ourselves to stay inside.

Jonah and Glory came over. We played and "helped" Papa out in the shop. He's restoring a mustang and  a jeep. (These projects deserve posts all their own.) Jonah loves to help and use Papa's tools. I did catch Glory one time thinking she might want to get in on the action.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Some things just go together for me. Like........

Oreos and milk
Peanut butter and banana
Diet coke and chocolate
Fish and ketchup

My mother-in-law loved chocolate cake and pickles together. As much as I loved her, I never figured that one out! What fun foods go together for you?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Figure of Speech

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a phrase is unexpected and causes the reader to reframe or reinterpret the first part. 
Enjoy just a few this morning!

*  Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then  proceed to tell you why it isn't. 

* A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that  you don't need it.

*  Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an  emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

*  I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you. 

* Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ? 

*  Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. 

*  A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our Special Valentines!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


You may remember my ladies’ study group is doing “The Patriarchs” by Beth Moore. I am finding each week to be filled with little gold nuggets!

It seems God is putting one particular issue out there with people I am coming in contact with or in things I am reading and that is……."WAITING."
Everybody’s waiting on something. What are you waiting on? Praying over?

In one day’s study Beth wrote:

“I believe far more often than not God answers our prayers immediately though we may not see the fulfillment with our own eyes until much later. We sometimes ask, ‘God, why won’t You answer me?’ Often He has answered, but the fulfillment is still on His ‘items yet to be completed according to His sovereign and wise plan’ list. If we could only find peace and security in knowing that God is good for His word! Though the action tarries, it shall come.”

So comes the hard part for us. So while we wait, let’s ENCOURAGE each other to be faithful to PRAY, PRAISE, WORSHIP AND SERVE our Lord.

He promises us the wait will be worth it!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Birds and a Busy Day

Word spread fast a few days ago that there was birdseed to be had!! Don't you just love watching birds fly around in the yard?

We are getting another day off today due to inclement weather. I'm going to get out of my PJs and get busy on a to-do list!

Have a blessed Wednesday....

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rodeo Ramblings

On Saturday, Rick, Jenna, Jonah, and I went to the Ft. Worth Stock Show Rodeo. We left early because of the road conditions. We had no problems getting there in time for the 2:00 show and got a great parking place.

Jonah seemed to love it all. As always, he took it all in and asked lots of questions. He even rode a horse (his parents couldn't believe that one).

I just love that rodeo. My parents took Marilyn and I probably almost every year. Memories were triggered once again as I entered the grounds....the buildings, barns, smells, cowboy hats, flags, food, and .....

As we took our seats in the coliseum, one special memory came to my mind. I don't remember the year, I just remember sitting in that same area and Minnie Pearl entertaining the crowd during the show. I remember thinking as a little girl how HUGE that place was and how high up our seats were.

Once upon a time that WAS a big arena. That was pre--American Airlines and Texas Motor Speedway days.

As I sat there though I thought about what was going on in Jonah's little mind as we took the steps up to our seats, sat down, and gazed down into the dirt-filled rodeo arena for his first (and hopefully many more) stock show rodeo(s).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Our "Winter" Break!

Who says our little school district didn't schedule a winter break? We certainly have gotten one whether scheduled or not. Today is our fourth consecutive day of no school because of bad weather! That's incredible for our area! (It all started on Monday night with sleet.)

People keep asking if I have gotten bored yet. That's a big NO WAY!

Tuesday I spent reading on "The Patriarchs" bible study as well as the bible (doing the "One Year" plan). I made a pot of soup and cornbread for dinner as well as cooked some meat in the crock pot.

On Wednesday, I cooked a roast and the trimmings then did some reading. I had to cancel our ladies' bible study that night (sniff).

Yesterday, I made two buttermilk pies, a chocolate pie, and a banana pudding. WAIT...I didn't eat all this. I was cooking for Justin's birthday meal and was to deliver dessert to a friend. Justin and the kiddos ate lunch here with me, and then Jonah stayed the afternoon to entertain Elly and me. Keelie made some amazing chicken fried steak and gravy for the birthday meal last night. Marilyn added some yummy potatoes.

Last night, after we went to bed, at some point it began snowing. It continues as I type. This morning I have just done laundry. The fire is still going, and I am enjoying God's blessings.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Justin.
We love you!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cinnamon-Pecan Rolls

I made these this week. I got the recipe from one of my Southern Living Magazines. I highly recommend them. They are W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L.

(Jerry.....I ate one for you!)


  • 1  cup  chopped pecans
  • 1  (16-oz.) package hot roll mix
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1  cup  firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1  cup  powdered sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  milk
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
2. Prepare hot roll dough as directed on back of package; let dough stand 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 15- x 10-inch rectangle; spread with softened butter. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Sprinkle pecans over brown sugar mixture. Roll up tightly, starting at one long end; cut into 12 slices. Place rolls, cut sides down, in a lightly greased 12-inch cast-iron skillet or 13- x 9-inch pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and a cloth towel; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
3. Preheat oven to 375°. Uncover rolls, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until center rolls are golden brown and done. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Stir together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla; drizzle over rolls.