Here we are in February, and I am struggling with several things. First, and most important, is keeping my family healthy.
I have recently been introduced to doTerra Essential Oils thanks to my good friend, Tiffany Guess. Of course, I have a limited supply, and some of the oils I need I don’t have on hand and must order. So far, I’ve been spared from major illness. Well, except for a couple of days of a stomach virus, and my great-grandson gave that to me.
Today, my hubby got up with a sore throat and a cough. He might have had a slight fever. It didn’t stop him, though. You can’t keep that man down.
Another thing that drives me nuts this time of year is getting our taxes ready to go to our accountant. It wouldn’t be so bad if I could get hubby to bring me his receipts. I find them everywhere. In a shirt pocket, stuffed in his overalls, in the car, you name it, I’ve found them. Some I find after they’ve been washed and are now useless.
I sure could use another dependent. Preferably under the age of 18. I’ll get it done. It might take me a couple of days to get it all on paper for them. I don’t take the receipts to the accountant, I go through them and write it all down on different pages. We have three accounts to file on. Last year it was 5, but hubby didn’t go to Kentucky again. Thank you, Lord.
I’ll get it, in time, but it is a pain. I pray every time I finish up and take them in. I never know if we’ll have to pay in or not.
The third dilemma pertains to the two books I’m working on. The book I’m re-writing had track changes. I thought I got rid of them, but obviously, I didn’t. I deleted a lot of text that I needed back. When I tried to recover those marked out words, the computer said, “cannot recover the deleted text.” My editor helped me get some corrected, but not all.
It has been a nightmare. I’m not sure it’s worth it. However, my critique partners have enjoyed it so far. They just don’t know the problems I’m having with this story. But I’ll keep on plugging away.
On a better note, it’s almost Valentine’s. For the recipe this month, I should have a main dish. I try for a dessert, a main dish, dessert, etc. Since Valentine’s reminds me of chocolate, strawberries, cheesecake, and anything else sweet, I thought we needed something sweet and yummy. So, I found this recipe with cherries and make-believe cheesecake. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s one I’ll probably make in the future.
Hope you enjoy.
Cherry Cheesecake Surprise
2 packages shortbread cakes (or 1 Angel food cake)
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened (can use fat-free)
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream (can use low-fat)
2 small boxes vanilla pudding (can use fat-free/ sugar-free)
1 large can cherry pie filling
1. Make pudding as directed on box, chill.
2. In a separate large bowl, blend cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
3. Fold in the pudding, blend on low until smooth.
4. Cut bread into 1/2 inch pieces and cover bottom of 9x13 pan.
5. Pour cream mixture over bread, smooth out evenly.
6. Top with spoonfuls of cherry pie filling. Use a knife to swirl it through the cream filling.
7. Refrigerate for one hour. Enjoy!!
I think I’m on time. It’s the 10th of January, and I’m being lazy again. My body freezes up in the winter, and I want to hibernate. I may have been a bear in a previous life.
Speaking of, how far back in your life can you remember? I have four things I remember, and I wasn't in pre-school. Maybe three to five years old.
In my day, they didn’t have pre-kindergarten or kindergarten. I went into the first grade in September after I turned six the previous January. So I was almost seven.
Anyway, one of my pre-school incidences happened when Mother and I were at my cousin Danny’s house. It was winter time, and they had a new litter of puppies. I wanted to see them, so mom put my coat on and sent me outside. I guess I thought they needed a bath. I ran water, took off my coat, and proceeded to give those little, black and white buggers a bath. I just remember getting my coat wet and washing the puppies. I don’t remember the outcome. That’s called selective memory, I think.
Another incidence I remember is crawling under a big tub we had outside, and when Mother called, I didn’t answer. I have no idea how long I was under the tub. Again, selective memory.
The last one happened when we lived in the ‘bottoms’ as we called it. My grandparents lived deep in the woods where a large lake is now. I played with my favorite cousin, Pat. He was born in December, and I was born one month later, so we were close. The only thing I had against him was years later he could climb to the top of the sycamore tree, and I couldn’t. Back to my adolescent experience, Pat and I took a walk down the sandy road into the woods. I told him I thought we were lost and maybe we should turn around.
He said, “We’ve all ready been that way.” He kept walking.
We finally heard someone calling us, and we turned around and ran back up the road. I don’t think we got spanked, but I might have shut that out, too. Below is a picture of my cousin and I, back in my topless days.
Now for some serious stuff. I’m re-writing a book and writing a new one at the same time. That’s not easy. I want to finish them both this month. Forever Love is going to be a re-write of When the Past Came Back. The other is the third book in my Weber, Texas series. It is so intense it makes me shiver. I can’t wait for you guys to read it, but you are going to have to wait. I don’t want to hurry the book. It’s way too juicy.
Speaking of juicy, this month’s recipe is called Banana Split Lush. No, it’s not one of my other two Banana Split Cake recipes. It’s a different one and ooooohhhhh so good. It would probably taste better in the hot summer, but, hey, save it for later or make it now.
Banana Split Lush
2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, divided
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, melted
2  oz cream cheese
1¼ cup powdered sugar
1  oz can crushed pineapple, drained
4 medium bananas, sliced
2 [3.4] oz white chocolate instant pudding
3 cup milk
1  oz whipped topping or 4 cups fresh whipped cream, divided
hot fudge sauce, slightly warmed
16 maraschino cherries with stems
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread ½ cup walnut pieces in a single layer and toast for 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Spritz the bottom only of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
In a medium mixing bowl mix together the graham cracker crumbs, remaining ½ cup chopped walnuts, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Press firmly onto the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden and set. Cool completely.
Whip together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, drained pineapple, and 1 cup whipped topping. Whip for 2 minutes until fluffy and evenly combined. Spread evenly over the crust.
Top with a layer of banana slices.
Whip together both boxes of instant white chocolate pudding with 3 cups of cold milk for 2-3 minutes until thickened but still pourable. Pour over the bananas.
Frost the top with the remaining whipped topping. Drizzle with chocolate fudge, and garnish with the remaining toasted walnuts and maraschino cherries. Decorate as desired.
Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting to allow the layers to set.
The cold weather has finally arrived. December is here, and it came in with a bang. But my ‘Bad Month’ started in November. Let me explain.
Before I could put up the Christmas decorations, I had to move the LEGO’s from my coffee table and living room. In order to have a place to put them, I needed a table upstairs. I couldn’t have a table without chairs. So, here I go to Wally World to buy a table and chairs. On the way, the truck stopped moving. I called my granddaughter to go tell hubby. He came, took the truck, and left me the Saturn. I went on to Wally World, got the table and chairs, and Nicholas and I moved all the LEGO’s and toys upstairs.
It cost $400.00 to get the truck fixed. But I sure didn’t want to take off to Florida and have the truck quit on us.
I have Verizon Wi-Fi and phones. When I get low on my internet data, they send me a note that goes kinda like this, “You have used 50% of your minutes.” Usually, I don’t go over my limit, but I’ve learned that streaming videos will use up those minutes in a hurry.
Steve had started giving Nicholas the phone anytime we get in the car. I did, too. That seven-year-old watched videos to the tune of $200.00 over my regular $200.00 bill. Now Nicholas almost cries every time we get in the car. I guess he’ll eventually get used to it.
Because I was without my computer for almost two weeks, (I had to turn it off so I wouldn’t run up anymore on my bill) I didn’t get any Christmas shopping done. I buy almost everything online. The day I got the computer back, I ordered all of Christmas.
The next bad news is my dryer started making an awful sound. Hubby took it apart, and there were enough nails in the back to build a small house. He doesn’t empty his pockets very well. Even after the nails, screws, and drill-bits were removed, it still sounds like a jet taking off in my utility room
I had to go online and order a new dryer. They are delivering it this Friday. That’s another $600.00 I wasn’t expecting.
You would think since I didn’t have an internet I’d write more. Wrong. I didn’t write a word. Guess that’s why I’m so late with this newsletter.
On another note, my daughter has another puppy. She is the sister of the female she already has. These puppies weigh about three pounds soaking wet. One is black, with a few white spots, and the other one is white, with one black eye and some more black spots. They are the cutest little girls you have ever seen. I want one so bad but hubby probably won’t give in. I’ll work on that.
Now for the recipe of the month. I don’t have a picture because I made it up. And of course, I didn’t measure anything, so I’m going to give you a guess-ta-mation. I have used low amounts. You may want to add more or less of any of the ingredients.
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas