Sunday, October 16, 2016


We love visting Kim at she hosts her weekly Sunday Post and shares new info on books, blogging, and more. Be sure to stop by to say hello! *Waving

Triple Chocolate Cookies - from The Food Network

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 large eggs
1 large yolk
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces white chocolate chips

Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cloves together in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from the heat, add the bittersweet chocolate, then set aside until melted.

Whisk the eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a medium bowl, then slowly whisk in chocolate. Stir in the flour mixture to make a loose dough. Don't overwork the dough. Fold in the chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (or 325 if convection option is available).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form dough into balls, about 2 inches or 1 1/2 ounces each, and put on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a couple inches between the cookies. Bake until outside is crackly, but the center is still moist, about 13 to 15 minutes, or 12 in convection. Cool on a rack.

You already know that I love spicy food, so when I came across this Habanero Jam, I was definitely on board.  Even better, it's super simple to make which is great.

4 oz. habanero chiles, halved with the seeds removed(removing the seeds decreases some of that heat)
2 cups tequila or vodka
1/4 finely chopped red onions
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
6 tbsp raw sugar
1 1/2 kosher salt

Chop the chilies in a food processor, then transfer to a small bowl and mix in your tequila or vodka. Let it sit uncovered for 1-3 hours, and chilies will get less spicy as they soak.  Drain, then set aside.

Transfer the chilies to a small pan, then add onion, vinegar, orange juice, raw sugar, salt and 1 cup water, bringing to a boil over medium-low heat.  Cook until the chilies are tender and the liquid has a syrupy texture - about 50 minutes or so.  Let cool and you're all set! Yummy!

If you like to add some sweetness to this jam, try strawberries or peaches.

You can live in a state for years and still miss out on some of the tasty treats from various restaurants.

SAN DIEGO is home to Little Italy's "Top Chef Alley", where some of your fave chefs from the show have amazing places to eat including one of my boyfriends, Richard Blais.  By the way, if you're addicted to the show like I am, the new season of Top Chef begins in Thursday, December 1, and Charleston is the hangout.  Yay!

NEW YORK has some of the best puffy fried fish tacos at Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

DETROIT is bragging about  a brand new place called Sister Pie and they serve dishes that are over the top fabulous. Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie, Toasted Marshmallow Butterscotch Pie, cookies and more, are what you can find on this eclectic menu according to Bon Appetit

Or if Detroit is a little too far, check out my friends Jeanine and Jack at for their amazing version!

Morrisville, NC will offer Trick or Treat & An Outdoor Movie on Thursday, Oct 27, 4pm - pm at Parkwest Village.

I drink a ton of water each day mixed with lemon and sometimes coconut, but there are plenty of ways to get your H2O fix these days, if you don't like it plain.  Now you can get Cactus Water, Organic Maple and even Artichoke!  Some of these drinks can be pricey at $4 for a 17 ounce bottle or $3.00 for a bottle that's 11.5 oz.  My suggestion is to just make your own. You can put in the amount you like and it's much less expensive. When I want a lot more flavor, I have a HUGE bottle of pomegranate juice mixed with ginger slices, lemon, green tea, water, vinegar and dandelions. (Yes, Kim, I know you pay dang good money to get rid of them in your garden-lol) Yes, I know it sounds gross(lol), but it burns fat and tastes good.  Even better, you don't have to worry about anyone trying to run off with your drink. (lol)

I don't know about you, but I used to have trouble figuring out how to measure the right amount of pasta from the box for two people, causing plenty of leftovers.  Try placing those noodles in an empty spice jar that has at least a 1 inch opening.  The amount that fits in that jar should be enough for you and that special someone!

Now 31, my son has been an avid Dallas Cowboys fan since he was 6 years old. He is 100% committed even if they're on a losing streak.  On the other hand, I used to be football fan about 10 years ago, but now not so much.  I must however, admit to my guilty pleasure of watching the Making of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders or the DCC as they call themselves on CMT.  They just happen to be the most famous and well known cheerleaders. But you may be surprised to know that they're not paid very well for having such amazing stamina to dance and cheer for an entire game.  Their practices can last from 2-4 hours. They may earn anywhere from $100 - $150 for their time.  That's the equivalent of $9 - $15 per hour. YIKES!

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders aren't just pretty faces.  They need to know about football and are quizzed on the sport.  Their coach is no nonsense, so don't miss a step, flip your hands the wrong way, or not be able to do a split properly.  You'll be counseled, and if it's still wrong, you'll be cut during training camp.

The DCC has a regular squad, and also a team of 17 women who perform unique dance routines. They visit hospitals, go on USO Tours and make other public appearances for special events.


Thursday, October 13, 2016


Before we get started,  I advised my friend *Jane that the negative antics of this man warranted a front row seat on my blog, and as I write this, my anger is barely held in check. Yes, she told him who I was and to check out this post, and guess what? He laughed! About 2 weeks ago, *Jane was visited by her nephew by marriage who stayed with she and her husband about a week. She talked to him on the phone occasionally, and always thought he had a phenomenal sense of humor; so she and her husband were looking forward to a great time. Yay!

It didn't take long before *Jane realized that  *Dick was rude and abrasive, not only to her (behind her back), but even worse, to his own wife.  He lives in another state and rarely ever sees her, yet in Dick's eyes, *Jane needed to lose weight. This became a major issue for him as he shared it with other family members throughout his stay, until Jane said something to him directly regarding his offensive comments.  His wife *Mary, was called a b****h more times than Jane could count almost throughout the entire visit. He even tried to buy other women drinks when his wife went to the bathroom at a club. This behavior caused Jane's husband to intervene because *Dick had the audacity to get angry with his wife when he was caught and she complained!

Fast forward to the other night back in their hometown of Boston. Apparently *Dick punched his wife causing her to fall, hitting her head on a table. Now this beautiful newlywed has a black eye and other bruises and scrapes. At her wit's end, *Jane called me, livid with her nephew and in fear of Mary's life. This is a weak and insecure man who has to control situations by any means necessary. YES, I'M TALKING TO YOU, *DICK!  You have a wife who treats you like a king and this is how
your react?

If this scenario seems familiar or unbelievable, it's happening all over the world.  Your neighbor is going through it. We hear about wives of sports stars, and we see it on the news. What makes this a little different, is that the victim is not remaining silent. That deserves a HUGE kudos! In addition, Mary is exceptionally wealthy and well traveled. She has a family who loves her.  Those on the outside looking in can't fathom that she would stay in this type of toxic relationship.   She's in love and believes her husband will change.  She has no idea things will only get worse.

Statistically, in an abusive environment, the victim will leave an average of 7 times before finally staying away for good.  Homelessness, fear for her life, no funds, and promises of change often lure her back, only to get caught up in the same vicious cycle over and over again.  The loss of her self-esteem makes it even more difficult to leave. 

It's almost 2017, yet it still amazes me that society blames the victim for physical abuse, and very few people take verbal abuse seriously, thinking it's no big deal.  "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me", is a vicious myth we learned as kids. When I talk about abuse with friends, family and even strangers, it often feels as if I'm the elephant in the room, trying to convince others that domestic violence is a criminal act. But I have to take a stand and not stay silent. Being humiliated, embarrassed in public, called degrading names, or being physically assaulted is not funny, and it's not cute.
If you know someone in this situation, it takes a tremendous amount of patience and kindness.  You may see physical proof of what is going on, or you may see a person you no longer know. You're going to feel helpless because you hate to see your friend in pain.  Perhaps, you'll even be cut off from even seeing or speaking with your friend.  You may hear that she will leave again and again. She may say nothing at all. LISTEN. Dig in your heels and suggest that she keep a journal of everything that is happening, including dates. The more she reads what she writes, it may give courage and clarity on what she needs to do. It also provides documentation for legal reasons. Encourage her to speak to you, or someone she trusts as frequently as possible. LISTEN.  Don't give up on her and shut the door, even when you get frustrated. LISTEN. Encourage your friend to be safe, and ensure that you are always there for support. Remind her that there are also shelters who are experts in providing a safe haven as needed. 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is Open 24 hours a day at: 1-800−799−7233, but there are also shelters locally in your state.
Abuse can sadly be found in many areas, including abuse towards parents, siblings, children and men.  This blog focuses on the abuse towards women, and also women who are or have been homeless.

Stay strong and stay safe...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


According to Merriam-Webster, a Pet Peeve is something that annoys or bothers a person very much. As a kid, not only was I a tomboy, but I was also very short on patience, causing me to get into all kinds of trouble and arguments.  It wasn't until joining the USAF that I realized the importance of tact and kindness when speaking with others.  So you already know that my pet peeve would have to be cruelty of any kind.  I hate to see animals abandoned on the street, women with black eyes, seeing human trafficking on the news, or hearing someone degraded in person or via social media because of their looks, sexual orientation, political affiliation, sex, or race.  The other thing that really bugs me is cheating. I don't want to read about it in a book  watch a movie that has it as the main theme, and pray for me, but if you're a friend and cheat on your husband or wife, I'll never look at you the same again, and the trust will be gone, gone, gone. Yes, that's pretty extreme I know, but I consider that yet another cruel way to mistreat someone.    Those who know they are going to cheat, probably shouldn't waste their own time or anyone else's by even getting married.

Almost everyone has something that someone does that really gets on their nerves.  What's your pet peeve? 

Get your frosted beer mugs out because according to, September 28 is National Drink a Beer Day. This is not to be confused with National Beer Day which is actually in April! Apparently whoever came up with these two holidays really wanted the opportunity to have everyone join in the fun of drinking.

But if you're not a beer drinker and would rather eat your treat instead, take advantage of those juicy strawberries you were wondering what to do with that everyone forgot about in the fridge. (lol)

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Before we get started, let's give a super shout out to my girl Kim of, who lovingly does her weekly meme every Sunday about news, reviews, books and other great info.  Now onto our rockin' recipe which includes Whoppers!

I haven't tried these cookies, but when I noticed it on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make some very  soon!  This delightfully decadent treat comes courtesy of Jenny Flake from Jenny!) She also has a cookbook that's listed below!

Malt Ball & Chocolate Chunk Red Velvet Cookies


1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 Large Egg
3 Tablespoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
1 Cup Chocolate Chunks
1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Malt Balls


1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
2.  Place butter, cake mix and vegetable or canola oil into a large mixing bowl or standing mixer.  Combine all the ingredients until a dough forms.  Stir in the chocolate chunks and malt balls. bake for 10-12 minutes until baked through, then let cool placing on a serving tray.  Jenny says they are great at room temp, and even better when chilled!

The other day I had to pick up some ginger, which helps with nausea, and is a pretty tasty spice that's great in Indian recipes.  I stood in line with a cashier who's worked there for about 7 years.  You already know there was a hold-up in the line, which happens to me all the time, giving the perfect opportunity (as usual-lol) to chat.  The weather during that time of day was about 72 degrees, but the gentleman in front of me had on a coat.  The cashier and I talked while she waited for what I thought was a price check for this man for some green beans.  We were laughing, and she was still managing to engage with this customer, until the manager arrived.  He did something with the register, the man paid for his merchandise, and then left. However, the manager was right on his heels.  The cashier couldn't wait to tell me that she tried to think of everything she could to hold this guy's attention until the manager showed up.  That coat he had on was stolen, and she had seen him place several items in the pockets!!!!!  I paid for my item, and sure enough,right near the entrance, the manager had that man in a room, waiting for the cops to come.   I have to be honest and say that I felt sorry for the guy because he was going to jail, and he may have had a family at home waiting for him.  Perhaps he needed those things he took.  Still stealing is never right.  Now because of poor judgment, his friends and family would have to come up with money to get him out of jail.
I've met amazing people who are talented beyond belief.  They can fix anything, cook gourmet meals, create nail designs, draw fantastic portraits and lots more.  I don't have many talents, but one I can brag about is refurbishing whacked out Barbie Dolls. (lol)  Yep, those dolls that you throw out because someone went crazy drawing on their face with a marker, or have matted up hair that looks outrageous, I end up getting FREE or for next to nothing in most instances. Yay!  Then I put my superpowers to work fixing them back up with better hair and new clothes.  Well...sort of new.  Most of my doll outfits are from 1999 - 2003 and in the package, so maybe it's better to say vintage new. (lol) Some I sell, some I give away to hospitals, but more often than not they end up on display or placed in boxes. So what's your Superpower?

Monday, September 19, 2016


When I was a kid, my parents made sure I ate just about every vegetable known to man, and it was the pits!  To their chagrin as I got older, Woolworth's (Cheeseburgers/Fries) or Kentucky Fried Chicken became my favorite restaurants of choice.  As a popular and perky social butterfly, I was very much involved in community activities and clubs, causing me to miss out on dinner in many instances. Of course I also invented all types of excuses to be late. Yay!

I'll never be a vegetarian because cheeseburgers call my name all the time. (Sorry Anna Cade!-lol) Still, these days I enjoy broccoli, collard greens, tomatoes and brussel sprouts to ensure I get those vitamins everyone says you're supposed to have.   I've even been known to eat a nice salad - but it must have some steak or chicken in it, please.  Oops, I almost forgot about my kimchi.  Yes, yes, I love that stuff!

What about you?  Is your diet entirely different now that you're an adult?  Do you crave certain foods?  Do your kids like veggies?

The other day I read a really good article about a kid's fascination with Siri, and it was really funny.  As the story unfolded, the mother said, "it's not like Siri is real". Well... Susan Bennett, the very famous and probably very tired by now voice that you hear at Delta Airlines, or even for Coca-Cola ads, walks around the neighborhood just like you and I. And nope, she's not a computer. But she had no idea that her voice would be used as the North American Siri, the voice we all know and hear pretty regularly via the iPhone. In fact, Apple didn't pay her, other than for the initial US text to voice recording that was completed all the way back in 2005.  That's how Apple originally heard her voice.  But sometimes the enunciation of a word or name is not quite right.  Most of us probably live with it, but not Barbara Streisand. Nope - she got irritated enough to call straight to the top to have the way her name is pronounced changed.  Sure enough, during the next update on September 30, Siri will have made that correction. (lol) Despite that, Ms. Bennett does pretty well, but don't ask her to explain exactly how well! (lol)   Did you also know that there are Siri's all around the world? You'll find a different voice in Japan, Australia, China and more! Isn't that neat?!

Remember hearing about all types of myths when you were young, or even now while standing around the water cooler? Well, some of those tales just aren't true.  Here is one that I lived by:

Cramps and Swimming - My mom told me all the time not to eat then swim, but it turns out she didn't have a clue.(lol)  She really should have told me not to drink vodka or any other type of alcohol before jumping in the pool. She also should have passed on that if I was foolish enough to stuff myself, I would get seriously out of breath, rather than getting cramps.  Uh...BIG difference!

What were you doing in 1972?  If you have been following this blog, you already know that I'm a fan of game shows.  Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Celebrity Name Game and Family Feud are shows that I watch all the time.  If you scrolled through your television today, you may have noticed that the Price is Right is back for it's 45th year, but it's 10 for Drew Carey.  Bob Barker hosted the new and updated version of the game in 1972, but it really started years before that with Bill Cullen.  So technically, the show has been around for 60 years, which is hard to imagine.  But it's still my favorite, and they have the brand new Emmy to prove it!  What's the favorite game on the show?
 PLINKO where you can win up to $50,000 with 5 chips.  After watching for as many years as I have, don't put the chip in the middle of that board dude!  You're almost always going to get a big fat zero!