Wednesday, March 19, 2014

That's just the way it is...

"Some things will never change". Another 80's song that has inspired my blog post this week. Whether by Bruce Hornsby or Tupac my post isn't as deep and meaningful as their lyrics but the title captures the essence here. From food, family, feathered friends and flora...some things went smoothy and some didn't ...take a look and you'll see what I mean.

I put food in the feeders fore my little birds but the big birds came and ate most...
 On a cold dreary day I needed something to take the edge off. so i made "Self saucing chocolate cakes!
Of course you need some vanilla ice cream no matter how dreary it is outside!!!
  I made my own Garam Masala for my Chick Pea Masala ...out of necessity comes invention...well not invention here but inspiration.
  You can get a boat load of Roses extremely cheap the day after Valentines day!
 I had a surprise70th luncheon for my mother and locked myself out of the house an hour before everyone was to arrive...( my mother with her 3 sisters..they are all over 70 can you believe it!!!)
 And made a garland of Shamrocks cause her birthday is on St. Patrick's day and her name is Pat...
 The Red tail Hawk is trying to eat my little dogs...
 We got more snow on St.Patrick's Day...shouldn't it be Spring!!
 I am hoping this is the last of the last, my birds got completely snowed in this time.
 And if you add some cherry pie filling to devils food cake mix and top it off with your favorite homemade cream cheese frosting you get some really fine Black Forest  cupcakes!

Yup, that's just the way it is around here these days. No matter how you try to be proactive or prepared sometimes it just doesn't matter and things still go awry.
  Rarely do I ever host a party and not prepare all the food however, this time I wanted to sit back and enjoy and had it catered. Figuring it would be less stressful. And you ask "Did it work and was it less stressful?" Well I tell you a big fat NOPE! As I stated I  locked myself out of the house an hour before the party while bringing the food in and completely stressed out, but then started to laugh. Hey at least nothing was cooking in the oven and
Two dozen roses for $24.00 after they were $50.00 the day before....completely ludicrous ...but that's just the way it is...
More snow on St..Patrick's day will this winter never end, but I am  sure I will be screaming when its hot and humid ...but that's just the way I am!!
 Birds trying to eat my dogs and wild turkeys invading my feeders...That's just the way nature is!!
Things that did not go awry...
The Shamrock garland was fun ...I just picked a green fabric and a complementary yellow one for the circles, fused onto a fusible foundation connected it with some velvet ribbon form Anthropolgie that I got on sale after Christmas.
The party was a huge success! I made two new recipes quick easy and delicious and will share them on the next post! A dreamy lemon pie that turned into squares and a one bowl pineapple sheet cake. All I can say is YUM!!
The chocolate mug cakes are from King Arthur flour ...make sure you use the coco they suggest. I used dutch chocolate and it wasn't sweet enough. Next time I will increase the sugar. Delicious the were. The Black Forest cupcakes try it you'll love them trust me and...That's just the way it is!

Next week I have recipes to share and a free crochet pattern for you!
Be well,

PS... I now use any product that Shakira endorses...she is perfection!


  1. You are amazingly crafty and always filling up your home with wonderful smells. Can you hint those wild turkeys? Are homes isolated some in your neighborhood?

    1. Thank you for the wonderful comments! Yes you can hunt the turkeys but in th eback woods behind the houses.

  2. Your home is so beautiful!! I am going to give that chocolate cake a try. It looks absolutely delish!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Thank you Cindy! Let me know how it comes out for you!

  3. Such delightful eye candy! Everything from food (that I can almost taste and smell thru my computer!) to nature and family and beautiful home shots...
    I want to try those choclate cakes in a mug ,too...

    1. Thank you ! You definitely have them... let me know what you think.