Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 65, 3-19-2017

Thoughts and Quotes: Yout body is a temple, not a trashcan. ????? 
I don't know who said this originally, but it's been used over and over on blogs. I finally saw it on Pinterest, and it really hit home. I've been given this wonderful machine to house my spirit, and I've been treating it like a piece of throw-away plastic. 

Our bodies are our most valuable assets. What is an arm worth? Would you take $100,000 for yours? How about a leg or an eye? And think what a brain is worth. Would you trade yours for $1,000,000? 

This quote will be my new motto, along with, "Sweets are treats". I've been treating them like meals when I'm in a hurry and need fuel. 

When I treat my temple like a trashcan, I'm being ungrateful for the wonderful gift I've been given. Time to shape up - literally and figuratively.

Tasting: Remember Mim's beautiful almond cake from last week? Thought you might like the recipe.

French Almond Cake
(Café Sucre Farine)
3/4 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup almond flour (meal)
3 tsps baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp almond extract
2 tsps vanilla
3/4 cup sunflower oil, grape seed or canola oil

For the glaze:
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
3 Tbs fresh orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar plus more for sprinkling, if desired
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray; rub inside surface of pan with a paper towel to cover evenly with the spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside.

Place almonds in a small baking pan. Spread to a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes or until just beginning to turn pale golden brown, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Combine the orange zest, orange juice, powdered sugar and extracts in a small bowl for the glaze. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Cover and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, sugar, and eggs, stirring until well blended.

Add the all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and extracts, mixing just until combined.

Add the oil and stir well. Don't worry, at first it will seem to separate, but keep stirring till smooth. This might take 2-3 minutes.

Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the cake feels springy to the touch in the center and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil if getting too brown near the end and cake still isn’t done. Be careful not to over bake.

Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then turn it out of the pan onto the rack.

While cake is still warm, using a pastry brush, gently pat the glaze all over the cake. Just keep going over the cake until the glaze is gone. Some of it will drip off, but most of it will soak in. Sprinkle almonds over top of cake while glaze is wet and pat gently. Allow cake to cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired and serve.

Tales: I mentioned a book I was reading which I found both fascinating and maddening. A perfect example of how our tax dollars are wasted. First, let me say that our Native Americans have been treated shamefully, and when I see them making big money from the stupid people who throw away dollars gambling (including myself on a small scale) in their casinos, I say, "Way to go!". But this book is about a tribe left with only a little over 200 acres where one lone lady lived in a shack until she died there in old age. 

Along came a wealthy lawyer who found an obscure law and with the aid of the lady's grandson and some politicians, expanded the tribal lands and built the largest casino in the USA (at that time). To qualify with the federal government as a tribe, you must have Native Americans living there continuously, follow the customs, have a written "constitution", etc. The lady died years before the granson decided to pursue his dream. The book ended with the tribe (many of whose ancestry was questionable) pursuing even more land to expand. I don't know if they were successful, but the casino is still operating. It's called Foxwoods and it's in Connecticutt. You can check it out HERE. I'd love to visit their Native American museum; it looks really interesting.

Tidbits: I was driving into our subdivision after dark this week, and the Bradford pears were still beautiful. I had to stop for this photo.

And then this gorgeous sunset the next day. So much beauty in this world.

Thank Yous: To Carrie and Katie who sent handmade cards for St. Patrick's Day, even though I was a slouch and didn't send even one card. I also got a sweet card from David, my dear friend in Ohio whom I met on a trip to China.

Tasting: I did, however, manage to cook corned beef and cabbage, and I'm still eating it.

Thrifting: On one of my almost daily trips to the market, I stopped off at a "new" flea market. It opened in August, but I just discovered it. I found a sweet little teapot, just the right size for a little girl, and will make a cute door prize for the Mother-Daughter Tea at the library in May. New and only $2.25. I thought these were teddy bears, but when I checkout, the lady said, "What cute little cats.". Either way, they're cute.

Then over to my favorite thrift store in Nixa where I found that since it was St. Patrick's Day, anything green was 30% off.

I found these cork-backed coasters for 70 cents for four. They're the perfect size for my little individual-size teapots.

And four napkins for 35 cents total; smaller size for a tea table.

And this beatiful votive holder for $1.05. One of the petals has a small chip, but I'll give it to Katie's husband, John, to smooth out. He can fix anything.

Not green, but this nice tablecloth for $3. I think it's one of those you don't have to iron. An added bonus. I'm not sure what I have to match it, but I know something in  my "stash" will. I just have to find it.

Theme Dining:  Tulipmania Brunch is finished.

The Invitations

The Table

The Menu

The Food

The party favors were some wooden tulip baskets I painted blue and filled with cinnamon candies. One at each plate, seen more clearly in the first photo.


For each omelet:
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

Optional additions:
Diced ham
Chopped green onions
Chopped green pepper
Chopped fresh tomatoes
Chopped mushrooms
Sliced ripe olives
Chopped parsley

Put a large pot of water on to boil.

Beat eggs, add cheese and any other additions. Pour into a resealable freezer bag. Easier if you push the bag down into a drinking glass and fold the top over the rim of the glass.

Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag.

Place up to 8 bags at a time in the boiling water. They can be clipped to the top of the pot with clothespins.

Cook exactly 13 minutes.

Open the bag and the omelet will roll out onto your plate.

Top with sour cream and/or salsa, if desired.

Note: Write each person’s name on his/her bag with a Sharpie.

From: Simply Potatoes

1 pkg Simply Potatoes shredded hash browns
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces

Heat oven to 375.

Spray an 11 X 7 or 8 X 8 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Stir together potatoes, salt and pepper.

Spread half in bottom of pan and top with one cup of cheese.

Add remainder of potatoes and top with remaining cheese.

Mix chicken broth and cream and pour over.

Dot with butter pieces.

Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes.

Note:  To double, use a 13 X 9 baking dish, double each ingredient, and increase baking time.

To make Yogurt Topping, just mix plain or vanilla yogurt with sugar or artificial sweetener and Cool Whip.

Next week I'll do the I'm Going Green lunch and then March will be finished. Right on schedule now.

Togs: Weekend sale at Bon Worth, so Joey and I went to Branson to celebrate our birthdays (finally). She got a great deal on two pairs of Clark shoes and then we hit Bon Worth, on to lunch at The Sugar Leaf, then a stop for card supplies at Scrapbooks Forever, and more supplies at Tuesday Morning. We got lots of bargains, but the clothes were my best buy. I'm all set for my trip to Cajun Country in early December. These jackets are fleece, just the right weight for that time of year, and the camel pants are also fleece, just right for comfort when riding on the bus.

Khaki and red: jacket, top, and pants. Retail $61.97 - I paid $18.75

Camel: Top and pants. Retail $70.00 - I paid $9.00

Same pants, add a top from my closet and jacket - Retail $35.00 I paid $5.25

Olive: Jacket and pants. Retail $61.00 - I paid $15.00

Chocolate Jacket: Retail $35.00 - I paid $5.25

Butterscotch Jacket: Retail $35.00 - I paid $3.75

Basics: 3 pants, 4 tops Retail $88.93 - I paid $46.49. Only the cobalt pants were on clearance, so not as much saved. 

My Monday-Saturday schedule has gone all kitty-wampus, so will abandon it for now; especially Muffin Tin Monday, due to this week's quote.

We will, however, continue our lunches out once a week, but moving to Tuesday due to some scheduling conflicts. 

This week: Tuesday at noon. Hula Hawaiian Kitchen which was cancelled last week because of weather. Hope to see lots of you there.










  1. Wow! You found some really great deals and that tea pot is absolutely adorable! The recipes look delicious and the tulip theme is awesome :-) Hope you have a wonderful week!


    1. I've learned to follow my instincts when I get that little nudge to visit a certain shop. I usually find something really great when I do.

  2. Hello Dearest!!!
    I have been trying to adopt that motto much more these days as well. Trying to be better to my body - which in turn brings more happiness and peace to my mind and soul so it's a win all the way around. ;) You got this now Girl!!!

    Looks like a fascinating book. We have quite a bit of Native Americans and culture in my area. A lot of our names around here are Native American words as well. We also have many casinos in Minnesota and Wisconsin within reasonable driving distance from where we live. (could be dangerous for you - Lol!)

    I adore that tulip brunch!!! I love the table, the decorations, the invites. It's so pretty and all so SPRING, SPRING, SPRING!! I think the omelets in a bag are a wonderful idea for a group like that. Very clever. And that hasbrown casserole looks so good! I think you may need to send me that recipe. ;)

    So happy you liked your card - love sending to a Gal that appreciates the handmade stuff. Lol And I love your outfits and great bargains!! You are just so darn good.

    Have a fun lunch today! Blessings on the rest of your week Sweetie. xoxo

    1. Potato casserole recipe is on the way. It's great with ham for Easter.

      Try the omelets some weekend with the kiddos. It's magic, the way they just roll out of the bag.

      I still haven't finished the last theme meal for March. Bogged down. Will definitely finish by the end of the week. Just tired of cooking.

      Today's lunch was really great. We're hooked. Going to try Korean next week, and then back to Hawaiian.

      My tulips are starting to bloom. The redbud trees look like giant cotten candy cones. Spring has definitely sprung in the Ozarks. 80's yesterday, then rain last night, so cooled off to 60's.

      Going to Katie's card class tomorrow, so I'll have new card ideas to show you.

      Be a good girl and stick to you eating plan. I'm not 100%, but doing much better.

      Hugs, P