Thursday, December 31, 2015


My original plan was to watch New Year's Rockin' Eve as I do every year, until I remembered my buddies Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper would be acting crazy on CNN for 4 hours.

Watching them interact is always a hilarious adventure.  But, I will probably switch over occasionally for some musical enjoyment throughout the evening.  It's 8:12pm and Kathy has already embarrassed Anderson 7 times on LIVE television while they're in bed.  She refuses to leave the hotel right now,  still has on leopard pajamas AND she put a sign on the door to knock if someone wanted to meet Anderson.  Crazy!

No cheeseburger, but I'll still throw in some reading with a book called Reckless that's turning out to be pretty good.

I hope everyone is safe if you're out and about, or relaxing at home doing something you love as you bring in the New Year.

Hugs... and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I tend to pay attention to things that don't mean a hill of beans to most people, but I can't seem to help myself. (lol) However, since the end of the year is approaching, I have to share.
It doesn't matter if you go in or out of the Exit Door at Wal-Mart because it works just like the Enter Door.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Hoverboard in Back to the Future uh...actually hover with no wheels?  Why is everyone in the world buying  what really looks like a kid's specialty three wheeler cut in half that could catch on fire when plugged in, or cause us to watch Mike Tyson falling from one on Instagram over and over again? In case you forgot the movie, click on the You Tube link below:

How come no one ever notices someone in the back seat before they get into the car/truck in horror or suspense movies?  

Some people seem perfectly perfect and can do just about anything!  Did you know that the absolutely gorgeous Bradley (my latest boyfriend) Cooper speaks fluent French?  The darling of movies and beautiful Sandra Bullock speaks German, and Gwyneth Paltrow from the Iron Man movies speaks Spanish. These guys can actually carry on full conversations during interviews and on television without a hitch.
Speaking of movies - my favorite this year had to be Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, which I've seen 3 times.  Did you have a fave?
A year sounds like a really long time, but before we all know it, Christmas is right back much faster than the year before.

How in the world can someone have over 5000 followers on Pinterest with NO Boards????  What exactly are people following?

Sunday, December 27, 2015


No, I do not want to buy 100,000 Twitter followers! (lol)  How many of you get these requests on a daily basis, and why in the world does anyone want to pay for a follower?  What is the purpose I ask, and why spend money for someone to basically hang out with you, dang it??????  Is it really all that important to be popular on Social Media? That's my mini-rant to end the year. *heh*

If you still have cranberries at your house, you may as well use them for something even more elegant, like a champagne cocktail, right?  Here's a super simple recipe that tastes yummy and will impress all your friends.

To make this more festive and fancy, put everything in a champagne glass.

Ingredients & Directions
2 Tablespoons Chilled Vodka of your choice
1 Tablespoon Chilled Pomegranate Juice ( I use POM)
1 Tablespoon Chilled Cranberry Juice
Add Cranberries or Cherries from a Jar
Top off with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine

This recipe is good for one serving.

Every single year, I watch New Year's Rockin' Eve, or all the rest of the musical programs that come on television.  There are a few exceptions when I celebrated with fireworks in the local park with hubby, had to work because no one else showed up, or went out for a steak dinner.  Other than that, I'm safely on the couch watching something drop, along with my book and a cheeseburger. (lol)  

In New York, a ball is dropping.

In NC, an acorn is dropping.

What happens in your neck of the woods?

Friday, December 25, 2015


This year has probably been one of the roughest because so many unexpected things happened. There were times I cried in my car wondering if it would ever get better. It was definitely like one of those crazy roller coaster rides!  Despite all that, I realized who my true friends were and met some real-life angels.  After so many years, I now know that angels have no expectations. They simply are around to offer unconditional protection.  They don't ask to be repaid, or have negative demeanors despite offers of help, they accept your faults, treasure your friendship,  encourage, make you laugh when needed, and mostly listen without ever judging where you are in life.  So I give mad props to Tawanna, Tiani, Kels, Kelly, Lorie, as well as Dr. Sawyer and her Medical Team,  Somehow they were in the right place at the right time, every time.

We all think our problems are insurmountable until we meet up with others who've had it even worse. This year, I met military wives and mothers who lost children, or became caretakers for husbands struggling with trauma or injuries, and they were so amazingly strong! I met abused women who were running for their lives and misunderstood; many were homeless with no food to eat. I think about them every day wondering how they got through, as they became powerful messengers for others.  Kudos to Shelly and Lena and their families and so many others.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Wow!  I interacted with so many cool bloggers and authors this year that it made me do the happy dance!  They shared new books, recipes, fashion tips, freebies and profound thoughts all

throughout the year, and it was fabulous.  In addition to sharing such awesome content, they stopped over to say hello to me on a regular basis, which was very much appreciated.  Lexxie, Red, Anna, Mary, Angela, Kels, Kathy, Braine, Stephanie, Sophia, Sharonda, Lissa, Kimba, Joy, Sarah, Keionda, Lark, Blogoratti and my buddy Lanie - you guys totally rock with your comments and support! For Genique, Brenda Novak, Catherine Anderson, Patricia Maxwell, Cathryn Fox, Pamela Morsi, Delilah Devlin, Eden Bradley, and Postcards, I thank you all so very, very much!

When you enjoy the work of an author, or get caught up in a program on television, it's great to get to know them one-on-one behind the scenes to find out they are regular and fun people, who just happen to be famous.

Super kudos to Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup who had the courage to offer up a FREE Christmas Dinner for other bloggers in the NC area. Still amazed with that one!  For those of you who know her, this image fits her perfectly! (lol) 

ChumpLady who normally focuses on the cheating spouse reminded me that there is a difference between kindness and niceness.  I never really thought about it, but her take on these commonly used words totally makes sense. Visit her site to find out more.

If you're alone, or with family and friends, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and an even better New Year!  We hope all your dreams come true in 2016 and that you're surrounded by lots of love, love, love!  Hugs... I'm just thrilled to be alive right now and smiling!  I wish hottie hubby a super Merry Christmas with lots of food and fun!  Of course, I hate that he's one of those guys who NEVER gains weight! (lol)

ps. - if you've been following my blog, you may know that my son and grandbaby live out of town and I haven't seen them in 3 years! Well, he didn't want me to be alone while I've been recovering, so guess who's showing up in a few minutes??!!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


According to the folks over at, a tiny percentage of just 8% of the population actually KEPT their resolutions in 2015 and I'm not surprised.  For 12 years in a row, I made the same ridiculous goal to lose weight and after about 30 days, I was done! (lol)

The trend of starting over began many years ago when John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, invented a new type of church service. These services were called Covenant Renewal Services, or what is now more traditionally known as Watch Night Services, held on New Year's Eve, as something different for those who didn't want to party. This was a time for many to worship and reflect on things past, as they renewed their commitment to God. Wikipedia

Fast forward from the 1700's where society now focuses on doing things to improve for the New Year, moving away from religion.  My resolution for 2015 was to visit more blogs and thank goodness I didn't screw that up!(lol)

Today's recipe comes from Better Homes and Garden Magazine. This is a dessert that will make you a star in the kitchen with guests and family for the holidays.

Apple Sheet Cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Peel, core, and coarsely shred one of the apples. Thinly slice remaining apple, removing seeds; cover and set apples aside. In a large bowl whisk together the butter, brown sugar, apple butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; whisk until combined. Fold in dried and fresh shredded apple. Spread batter into prepared pan. Arrange apple slices over batter.
  2. Bake about 40 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack. Spoon Maple Icing over hot cake; spread evenly, using a pastry brush if necessary. Cool completely. Dust with apple pie spice or ground cinnamon.


In a small bowl stir together 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth.

Today, I had to run an errand for a friend and headed to Wal-Mart.  I haven't had a cheeseburger in ages and decided to drive to a restaurant in Fayetteville called Tiger's Pizza & Subs, once I was finished.  Of course, I arrived well before their opening time, but the owner was really nice and let me in 15 minutes early.  I have one of those faces where people love to share, and today was no exception.  Strangely,  one of the owners walked over to me to put his belt on, and tuck in his shirt.  Uh...well okay.  He then pulled out his 357 placing it on my table, while I watched the Price is Right.  He grinned and told me no one had better mess with his money or they had something coming.  Huh...?  I laughingly told him I came in peace and just wanted my cheeseburger and fries.   

Sunday, December 20, 2015


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.  

Also, this recipe comes straight to us from Lyuba of, who says her kids love it!  By the way, be sure to visit her site for some of the MOST amazing recipes you've ever seen!  My mouth is watering already, and yours will, too!  Isn't the name of her blog super cute?


  • 3 cups of whole milk (or 2%)
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of Peppermint Hershey's kisses
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  1. In a small sauce pan, add the chocolate chips and kisses, on medium heat.
  2. When it starts to melt, slowly add the the milk while stirring.
  3. Cook (on medium), stirring slowly and constantly, until all the chocolate is melted and smooth (about 7-10 minutes).

I don't use vending machines, but lots of people do, however, in the near future, if you're craving a Pepsi, you may be in for a surprise.  In an attempt to be more healthy, look for Naked Juice and Hummus as a couple of your new choices, instead.

If you've picked up some goodies from Victoria’s Secret, they will issue a refund within 90 days, but if you come in after that, you'll only be able to receive merchandise credit. Still not bad, but either way, expect to pull out your driver’s license. Here’s what their return policy.  This policy allows habitual returners to be penalized if applicable.

Has anyone noticed being really into a good movie on television when all of a sudden the background music comes on  and nearly blasts your ears off?  What in the world is up with that?

Everyone thinks I'm nuts because I eat raw ginger all the time.  Initially, I used it because it helped with nausea, but did you know that if you drink hot ginger tea, it can also help with that bloated tummy that's been getting on your nerves?  Add the juice from half a lemon along with 1 Tb of thinly sliced ginger to 2 cups boiling water, then cut off the heat to let it steep for about 10 minutes.  Strain, then sweeten with honey.

Now that it's almost that time again to pull out the resolutions, it got me to wondering.  What do you absolutely love about yourself?  Your smile, eyes, nose?  This is the perfect time to celebrate the good things about yourself!

If you live in the NC, (where it's supposed to be 75 degrees on Christmas Day) area and would enjoy seeing a Victorian Christmas, stop by the Poe House through January 10.  Visit for more info. 

 I'm hooked on movies and watch them every chance I can, but have you ever wondered which ones have topped the box office?  Look below for the deets.

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
32015Jurassic World$652,270,625$1,013,977,407$1,666,248,032
42012The Avengers$623,279,547$896,200,000$1,519,479,547
52015Furious 7$353,007,020$1,162,986,161$1,515,993,181
62015The Avengers: Age of Ultron$459,005,868$945,700,000$1,404,705,868
72011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II$381,011,219$960,500,000$1,341,511,219
92013Iron Man 3$408,992,272$806,400,000$1,215,392,272
112003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$377,845,905$763,562,762$1,141,408,667
122011Transformers: Dark of the Moon$352,390,543$771,400,000$1,123,790,543
142014Transformers: Age of Extinction$245,439,076$858,600,000$1,104,039,076
152012The Dark Knight Rises$448,139,099$636,300,000$1,084,439,099
162010Toy Story 3$415,004,880$654,813,349$1,069,818,229
172006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$423,315,812$642,900,000$1,066,215,812
182011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$241,063,875$804,600,000$1,045,663,875
191993Jurassic Park$395,708,305$643,104,279$1,038,812,584
201999Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace

Did you know that AFTER the Bible, the #1 bestselling novel of all time is a Tale of Two Cities?  Do you remember having to read that in school?  Also, Harry Potter novels rank up there in the millions sold, too!.
The other day, a really good friend was telling me about a situation she experienced many years ago, and because of what she went through, (she's now divorced after 23 years of marriage)  this quote came up. "I'd rather be hurt with the truth, then be happy with a lie".  Powerful words that work with every type of relationship in life...