Sunday, August 28, 2016

CHOCOLATE DECADENCE

Have you been craving chocolate, and can't find that perfect treat?  We guarantee that once you try this outrageously delectable recipe from Out of the Box Desserts by Hayley Parker, your tummy AND your friends will be feeling the love. Make this an ice cream treat or a shake depending on the amount of milk you use. WARNING: 530 calories or more for 1 delicious serving. 
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TRIPLE CHOCOLATE DONUT SHAKES
Ingredients

5 Chocolate- Frosted Chocolate Cake Donuts
2 Cups Chocolate Ice Cream
1- to 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Milk
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream


Directions
Break 3 Donuts into rough pieces and place into a blender, along with the ice cream and milk.  Cover, then blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until combined and smooth, adding more milk if needed.  Chop up the other 2 donuts into bite-size pieces.



Drizzle the inside of your glass or mug with chocolate syrup(yummy), then fill with your milkshake mixture.  Top with whipped cream and chopped donut pieces.


Play around with how you want to serve if you're showing off for guests, and there's no need to spend a lot of money.  Get decorative or simple designs right from Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart.






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TINY, TINY HOMES
The trend to live in tiny homes started in 2003, but everyone is jumping on the bandwagon these days by doing some serious downsizing.  These homes average 300 - 450 square feet, which sounds super small, but when you look at the finished product, it just seems totally amazing that it works.  The builders can fit all sorts of things in those houses.  The cost to build one can start at just $10,000 and go up to much more, depending on your tastes. You can find out more by watching FYI or HGTV. If you had the choice, (and the funds) would you live in a tiny house, a regular home or a mansion?
















Saturday, August 20, 2016

DO YOU KNOW A SOCIAL MEDIA BULLY?

As parents, we are horrified when our kids come home to tell us they have been bullied, and right away we want to fix it.  The thought of someone hurting our family physically or verbally makes us cringe inside.  In fact, according to www.standforthesilent.org,  55,000 children over the past 7 years have committed suicide due to bullying!


But when we as adults disagree with a political post, the shape of someone's body, or whether Ryan Lochte was or wasn't robbed, we lose our minds and go on the attack with perfect strangers!  No one is expected to agree with what everyone says - that's what makes the world go round, but dang it, why in the world do we start calling people hateful names or threaten to come to their homes and beat them up? 


The initial reason that I started using Facebook was to enter sweepstakes.  Then I realized there were a zillion authors out there that actually interacted with other readers.  Very cool! When I started this Blog, Social Media just seemed like the next step. Within this platform we see verbal attacks from authors to bloggers, political rants that are over the top, or people who don't like curvy women to post pics of themselves.  The list goes on and on and on. Facebook even has a page called Mean Insult Quotes with over 11,000 members.


Let's be honest.  Most people are not going to start a vicious fight in person due to a disagreement with someone else, but it does happen.  If we know that our views cause us to become passionate and crazy, we should do an Austin Powers and zip our lips.  That doesn't seem to happen with Social Media.  We type, the other person types, we think about typing, and then we're typing and sending again,  posting our feelings for all to see.  Forgetting that these heinous words depict portraits of our character as surely as if we wrote an autobiography. 

We shouldn't care if a person is pink or green, gay or straight, a little person or 7 feet tall, Catholic or Lutheran, curvy or thin. What should matter are our hearts and how we treat each other even when we disagree.

Each person has his or her own personal beliefs, and surely those points of views are not going to change when someone gets cursed out or degraded in print.  Some people deal with this by ignoring those posts, others jump on the bandwagon, and a few just get blocked.

But I go back to the first paragraph of this post.  We don't want to see our children, friends or family hurt by bullying, right?  Bullying any way that it's done is abuse. It's painful, not funny or cute, 
and it's wrong.






Wednesday, August 17, 2016

HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN UNREQUITED CRUSH?

Yes, I have been missing in action for a while for various reasons, but here I am with another crazy question. (lol)  Before I forget, I have to give a major shout out to my girl Mary, from Dark Thoughts at http://scarymarythehamsterlady.blogspot.com/ 
and my fellow Freebie finding friend who stops by even when I'm slacking to find out out what's going on with the blog.  *Waving Hello and Thanks to Mary*


We've probably all had celebrity crushes at one time or another, and mine include Jason Statham, Michael Ealy and Roman Reigns.  But nope, I'm not talking about those kinds of crushes.

Have you ever really liked someone who had no clue you ever existed?

When I was around 13 or so, right about the time I was moving from tomboy status into the girly-girl world, I had a serious crush on this guy called Jon.  Yep, that's his real first name, but no way do you get his actual last name. *heh*

Back then, I was a hottie with a bangin' body. He was absolutely gorgeous AND funny AND smart. To me, he was just this perfect guy, and we hung out a lot studying, playing baseball, or talking on the phone.  One day, I gathered the courage to tell him that I really liked him and wanted to be his girlfriend.  BIG mistake!  He liked me, and had fun spending time together, but no way would his parents ever accept me.  He also told me that he wasn't looking for anything serious, and just wanted to be friends.  There goes that dreaded "Friend" word.  Needless to say, I was devastated.  How could he not feel the same way when we had so much in common? I was madly in love, or so I thought anyway. We still hung out for a little while longer, but things just felt awkward, and we eventually grew apart.  We graduated from a private school, and soon went our separate ways to high school.  Later, I heard he was arrested for a DUI, and was married.  I often wonder what happened after that.

What about you?  Have you had a crush that never turned into anything serious?  Are crushes real?

JAMES BEARD AWARD
If you're a foodie, or watch a lot of cooking shows you may have noticed that many of the chefs have been nominated or won the coveted James Beard award. It's like winning an Oscar or Emmy for food!  Who in the heck is James Beard, though?

"Anointed the “Dean of American cookery” by the New York Times in 1954, James Beard laid the groundwork for the food revolution that has put America at the forefront of global gastronomy. He was a pioneer foodie, host of the first food program on the fledgling medium of television in 1946, the first to suspect that classic American culinary traditions might cohere into a national cuisine, and an early champion of local products and markets. Beard nurtured a generation of American chefs and cookbook authors who have changed the way we eat." https://www.jamesbeard.org, Chef Heyer Recipe, Joan Garvin Photo


PEACH TARTE TATIN


Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 peaches, ripe but firm, quartered or halved into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 sheet puff pastry

Method

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Combine the sugar and water in a 4-quart stainless steel pot. Cook over medium heat to dissolve the sugar, stirring gently. When the sugar has fully dissolved, turn up the heat to high and continue cooking to caramelize the sugar; swirl the pot occasionally to ensure even cooking, but don’t stir. This will take about 10 minutes; the sugar should be amber in color when finished. Remove from the heat and very gently stir in the butter, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the peaches and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat. (If your peaches are on the firmer side, they will require a few more minutes of cooking time.) The peaches should be tender but still hold their shape.  

Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the peaches from the caramel and transfer them to a 9-inch pie dish. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the caramel over the fruit.

Cut a 10-inch disk out of the puff pastry sheet. Drape it over the peaches in the pie dish.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Carefully place a plate on top of the tarte, slide your hand under bottom of the pie pan (be sure it’s cool enough to handle, or use a pot holder), and flip over the tarte. The caramel should ooze out and pool around the tarte. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
OLYMPICS
Have you been glued to the Olympics like I have for the past week and a half? What are your favorite events?  Were you surprised to know that certain events are considered Olympic sports? Here's some cool trivia.  These athletes stay in Olympic Village where there is a beauty salon, post office, florist and more.  Even better, they have access to a gym that's open around the clock, and a dining hall for those who want to eat healthy (also open 24-7).  When everything is over and there's time to cheat on those strict diets,  McDonald's is available for FREE for any member of the Olympic Team! Wow!  

Sadly, what is NOT free are those medals.  Winning athletes are responsible for paying a Victory Tax for Gold, Silver or Bronze medals, and according to Forbes, a gold medal is worth about $564.00 these days.  Cash bonuses are also awarded AND taxed. Gold winners receive $25,000, Silver winners will get $15,000 and Bronze winners will receive $10,000.
It may be warm outside, but that doesn't mean that the homeless are comfortable in 100+ heat index weather if they are outside, or happy that they are living with someone who can't wait for them to get off the couch and go someplace else.  They still need help, support and hugs....






Friday, August 12, 2016

STUNNING STEPHANIE FARIS TAKES OVER OUR BLOG TODAY!

If you haven't already noticed from this picture, Stephanie Faris is a gorgeous glamour girl who just happens to be a well known published children's author.   But what you may NOT know is that she writes in magazines, AND blogs passionately about cool stuff that will have you thinking, or laughing out loud like crazy.  This fascinating woman has a brain and isn't afraid to use it. Even better - she gets me! I don't know what in the world her beauty secrets are, but we're gonna find out ...one day. (lol) But today, we're sipping some lemonade, eating scrumptious cake and just chatting for a while.

Stephanie Faris
SF: I always know when I click over to read Ro’s blog, I’m going to have a fun experience. I’ll see yummy food and fun stories about her life. On top of that, she always posts a relatable news item or story. So writing a guest post for her blog is challenging, since I know her readers are used to major entertainment when we click over here! 


One of the best things about writing girly books for children is that they love the same things I do. I don’t know if that makes me an overgrown child or it speaks to some universal truth about girly-girls-turned women. All I know is that some my favorite indulgences (listed below) are huge in children’s books. Hopefully I’ll be able to work each of them into a book someday!

RO: Uh oh...I have to admit I was that tomboy who climbed fences, played sports and was generally banged up with broken bones and bruises most of my childhood. However, once I turned 16, I embraced my girliness and loved it!
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Cupcakes
SF: Okay, I’ll be honest. This indulgence can come in many forms. Cake, cookies, ice cream…you name it. But there’s something about little cupcakes covered a pound of icing that wins me over every time. Icing is my favorite part. Lately, though, I’ve discovered these miniature bundt cakes sold all around the area where I live. They’re amazing.
RO: Wow! I visited this site, and found out that this place is so well known for their cakes, that they are literally all over the country, not just Nashville. There's even one about 30 minutes away from me, here in NC! Thanks Stephanie for the extra goodies AND pounds! (lol)
Nail Art
SF: One of my favorite chapter book series, Sparkle Spa, is about girls who open a mini nail salon where they do mani-pedis for kids. I love that concept…and hate that I wasn’t the one who came up with it first! Nail art is one of my favorite things, but who has time to spend hours at the salon? Instead I buy these nail polish stick-ons and do my own.

RO: I thought that was a really good concept too, Steph. I've painted my nails on occasion, but I can't say this is something that excites me these days, despite having a million bottles of nail colors. By the way, don't ever try to paint my toe nails. I giggle so much that someone usually ends up being kicked like a donkey. (lol)
Traveling
SF: I tend to be a homebody and have to make myself travel. I miss my dog too much when I’m away. But when I do hit the road, I always realize how fun traveling is. I’ve been to Paris, London, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Washington DC, and a large number of other places. There’s so much of the U.S. I still want to see, I doubt I’ll do many overseas trips in my lifetime.
RO: Totally get it. I used to love to travel, and have done it for several years, but now, I'm content to stay close to home too. I'll bet you have some great stories to tell about Paris and London, huh?


Yummy Food
Nothing makes me happier than a good meal at my favorite Mexican restaurant. If it weren’t for my extreme love of food, I’d probably be a size two thanks to my other indulgence, walking. As it is, I have to walk five miles a day around a track just to be able to enjoy an occasional bean burrito with cheese sauce.


RO: As you know, I love trying good cheeseburgers, so when I can find unique recipes, that is totally fun and exciting! Amen to walking, which is what I'm supposed to be doing these days. *heh*. Girl, that's a lot of going around the track!

We're done eating and talking for the moment, but if you want to check out Stephanie's blog, or find out more about her books, take a peek below. Thanks Steph and BIG Hugs.... *Waving Bye*

http://stephie5741.blogspot.com/