It is still dark outside and there are no morning shadows moving across my floor. I have finished my first over-sized espresso and am preparing hubby’s commuter cup. “Signs of normalcy! Finally!” This limbo of sorts, with two holidays smashed together, has really thrown this semi-chaos-organizing-
freak-queen to quietly plead for the return of the chaotic normal. The light is teasing me from the end of the tunnel…as it inches closer and closer. Sunday with be the official start of my oh-so-typical-routine. And then the blessed routine of Monday! OMG…I am “Waiting for Normal!
My family have been the house too long and I have not been able to peruse my daily chore list like usual. My fridge has been stack and packed, vicariously with leftovers, and resembles the Leaning Tower of Piza. (My sons are quite talented at food storage…NOT!) Removing the wrong item could cause a landslide of leftovers to cascade onto the floor. “I personally would not want to see that…much less clean that!” I guess I know what I will be doing this weekend!
Speaking of leftovers…my menu planning is returning to normal. My oldest just came upstairs to eat breakfast and wanted to know what was for dinner. It was not even 8:00 and this sleepy old brain was asked that question. “Hmmm…How about Hashbrown Casserole?” What a great way to use the leftover ham from New Years and the frozen bag of Hashbrowns. That was easy…yea! One less thing to worry about today and I am all for that. The rest of the Ham will be put with a meal that “our mutual cat loving friend” and I are taking to a family who just experienced a loss of a child.
My hubby is having issues of his own. Situations at work have caused him to question remaining there. “He is making less than several of the low-of-the-totem-pole employees and he is management.” I told him he would know when it is time and that God would open a door for him…he agreed! Monday…New Year’s Eve…my hubby got a phone call from a previous work associate. “Do I have a job for you!” The short of it is my hubby interviewed for this new position yesterday and it would mean more $$$$ and, of course, higher title. The downside is the longer commute! I know he plans to talk with his present boss, and long-time friend today. This will be a very long day for my hubby!
Oh No…my coffee is empty! BRB!
That was close! Another reason for my ever-growing-need for Normal is the fact that my youngest brought home a bug…from school. “No, not that kind of bug, but a lovely little cold that has finally reached every person in the family.” Aren’t I thrilled! The supply of daytime and nighttime medications are readily available for all to take…except me. Yea…goody…thrill of a lifetime! I cannot take these convenient meds…so self treating until my doctor gets back in town. Fortunately…no fever or loss of voice…just boxes of Kleenex in every room and the sound of echoing blowing noses. Oh and my youngest is feeling fine NOW. Come Monday he is back to school and TKD and homework and relaxing normalcy.
Time for me to get my life back into the cleaning-organized-list-provoked-menu-planned-schedule-driven routine. Shh! I can almost hear the Blue Bird of Happiness singing it’s happy little song. Sorry…it was just a scampering pair of squirrels chasing each other through the trees.
Well I am still motivated and excited to return to the same old daily routine. I have decided to add something else to my plate but that is something I will share on another day.
The sun is up and the morning shadows are stretching across my floor as my Precious Princess snoozes on the couch. She has her “Spa Day” tomorrow and will be groomed and bathed. She will be back to normal and hopefully will stop leaving those little furry souvenirs around the house. As for me…I am off to make an Apple Crisp, for later, before the end of holiday roar between the siblings penetrates my day.
I am seeing more coffee in my near future…Do you want a cup?
Do you have a routine or desire a schedule led day? Let me know!
Have a great day!
Yesterday was “Friend Day” at church and my Sunday School Class wanted to serve breakfast to those who were visiting our class. So…being the good Baptists we are…we brought breakfast casseroles and cakes…donuts and fruit bowls…juice and the ever needed paper supplies. I chose to bring one of my favorite dishes called a “Dump Cake”. I bought the ingredients and once I was home Saturday…(Let’s not talk about the extremely long and exhaustive events of Saturday…okay!), I began the search for My Grandmother’s Recipe!
It is really easy but different from the traditional in that she liked to use lots of butter! Here is her recipe:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
One can of crushed pineapple
One can of cherry pie filling
One box of yellow cake mix
Two sticks of butter…melted
Sprinkle pecans over the top (optional)
(I did spray Pam on the dishes I used)
Dump in the crushed pineapple
Dump in the cherry pie filling
Spread the dry yellow cake mix over the top and…
Pour the melted butter over the top
Bake 1hour and serve warm!
Now here is the trick…I made two dishes. One large to take to church and one small to stay home.
I also altered the recipe…here it is:
2 cans crushed pineapple (slightly drained)
2 cans of cherries in heavy syrup (drained)
One yellow cake mix
2 cups of butter (unsalted and melted)
Prepared the same way as listed in My Grandmother’s Recipe except for the division of the ingredients. I used enough of the fruit to cover the bottom of the small dish and poured the rest into the larger casserole dish going to church. Then I made sure to cover the large casserole dish with the cake mix before topping the smaller dish using the same technique with the butter. I did not use nuts on the dish going to church but I did crumble some almonds on the one staying home.
The results were wonderful…and the compliments were many. I really enjoyed hearing how tasty it was from a cake “guru“. “Her cakes are wonderful and loved by many and well…she spoils us rotten!”
“The clean up was easier to without the oooey-gooey sticky cherry pie filling.”
This is a wonderful and relatively quick recipe. I hope you like it!
Have a great day!
This is not our banner but at least you have an idea of what our theme was. It has been a busy week filled with excited children and lots of bustling activities. My day has started pretty much the same way…up before light, coffee, time with hubby before he gets ready to leave, and then I begin my race-around-the-house-looking-like-the-comic-book-hero-Flash Gordon! No major accidents…I emphasize MAJOR…to speak of this week. But It Is The Last Day of Vacation Bible School!
I have to remember to get some pics to share…which means I need to leave a little earlier today. I just want to say this has been one of the best VBS’s I have ever been associated with. My group of kids were wonderful and full of spirit and spunk. “A bit more than needed at times…but what can you expect from an active group of fourth graders.” My class was the largest averaging about 28 daily. I had a majority of girls…but my mischevious, wink, wink, group of boys made my week. I must say I will miss seeing their smiling faces and sneaky expressions everyday.
My “social butterfly spirit” has enjoyed seeing friends each day. We will still see each other…just not every morning. “What a way to start out the day…coffee and time with great friends!”. I need to close now but will return later today with an update. I need to get ready for my trek to church and prepare for this rambunctious and loving group.
Thanks for understanding my temporary absence and know that things will return to normal…besides…I can’t wait to tell you about our upcoming Family Vacation!
Until later…Have a great day!
’twas the Day Before Easter and all through this house…not a creature was stirring…”Well that’s not true!” 3 of us are up…not functioning well…but up! There is a lot to do today so I can enjoy my time with family tomorrow. Where shall I begin?
Haircuts….check…did that yesterday!
Easter candy…check…did that yesterday!
Now I have the eggs ready for the egg coloring and Easter Egg Hunt at a friend’s house later this morning. I will put some in the fridge for later…Deviled Eggs…”Yummy!”
The Spiral Ham is in the fridge already…just waiting for a re-heat.
Potatoes diced and boiled…check
I cheated a bit…OreIda Red Potatoes in the freezer section…just zap and cool…add the mayonnaise mixture for the Potato Salad.
The rest of the dinner is easy and already bought…check
Bake the Carrot Cake…I will do that later today!
Yeah! That won’t be to much for the day…”Will it?”
I have the Easter Egg Hunt about 10 and the trick will be balancing the time with shopping for two more Easter Shirts… I also need to pick up a Birthday Card for my third son…he turns 19 tomorrow!
There may be a Praise Team and band practice this afternoon but I have to wait to hear from our director.
I can remember, as a child, the seeking of the lost eggs. I don’t think I really enjoyed this activity but, would participate because of the younger siblings. I did love the Easter Basket! My mother changed the type of Easter Basket as we go older. One year I got a cute trash can with items for my room…I was 14 years old. I will not have any baskets to prepare this year…our youngest told us this past week that he knew there was no Easter Bunny. “Big Mistake!” Sooo…I will have a large bowl filled with grass…”The Easter Nest”…which will be filled with an assortment of family favorites along with a Chocolate Easter Bunny for all family members.
Having four boys I have been fortunate not to have to deal with fancy dresses and hairstyles much less the ribbons and bows to coordinate. I remember the Easter my mother curled my hair and my little sister’s hair…in true matching style! I don’t think she ever did it again! Pink Velvet Ribbons, from the ribbon on the matching dresses she made, were placed in our hair among the large curls.
We were quite the picture of perfection…until my little sister ran outside to check for eggs. The curls fell out in the humidity!
There was never an Easter without our celebration at church. My father would often go to the Sunrise Service and we stayed home with mama…joining daddy at church for the Sunday School hour and the major Easter Service. Easter is my favorite time of the year not for the chocolate but for our beliefs.
It will be a lovely day, with family and friends, filled with celebration at church and at home. The only bad thing about tomorrow is not living real close to my parents and other family members…Oh! and the lack of sugar free chocolate available. I grabbed what I could…
How will you spend your Easter? What activities will fill your day? Whatever your traditions I wish you a wonderful Easter…Have a great day!
The announcement was placed in the bulletin and I found my mind beginning to wander instantly. What recipes would I submit to this endeavor? My Cookbook Dilemma!
I have mentioned before…I love to cook! I have shared several recipes on my blog and gotten good feedback both in comments and in person. Should I include main courses or desserts or maybe one of each? Choices…choices! Maybe I will let my readers decide while I finish my coffee!
Cajun Beans and Rice
Hash brown Casserole
Shrimp and Peppers
BarBQue Chicken Salad
Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies
Lemon Blueberry Poundcake
Amazing Coconut Pie
Well what do you think? Please let me know which dish has made your mouth water…which one would you want to see in a cookbook? I will get the recipes posted for the favorites tomorrow! Make sure you vote or at least comment on the ones you want to see!
I will be very grateful for any assistance in solving my Cookbook Dilemma!
I am sitting here in church!