7-Up Cake

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. -Benjamin Franklin 7-Up Cake might sound a bit strange but I assure you it might be one of the most moist bundt cakes you’ll make. It has a light tangy lemon lime flavor that will blast you back to holiday dinners …

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Dear Karen-No Fail Whole Wheat Bread

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” -Robert Browning   There is an advent calendar that is sweeping the internet. This isn’t the kind where we get to open a little cardboard door and get a chocolate that day. Nope. It is about friendship, love, food …

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The Auto Show

“The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” -Sir Henry Royce on the value proposition of the Rolls-Royce automobile The Auto Show- Wordless Wednesday

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Cheese Crispy

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. -W. C. Fields It is not hard to make a cheese crispy. Takes about six minutes to make them start to finish. My crew loves a cheese crispy with a homemade soup, stew or salads. Just another fun addition to a meal …

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Our Nutty Thanksgiving Table

  I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. -Jon Stewart I know how meals go down at my place but I often wonder what is really being served around those tables elsewhere. …

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Warmed Hazelnut Vanilla Milk

  “Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” – Aunt Bee Taylor Warmed hazelnut vanilla milk came from our love of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s steamed hazelnut milk. I had to give up my passionate love affair with coffee (for health reasons), a few months …

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Traces Of Nuts

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“I wonder if things can happen too early or too late or if everything happens at exactly the right time. If so, how sad and beautiful.” ― Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite …

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Rice Pudding

“It does not happen all at once. There is no instant pudding.” -W. Edwards Deming This rice pudding recipe could be considered a “lighter” version of the old traditional rice pudding that I grew up loving. Nothing wrong with whole milk and butter at all, in moderation. It ends up so creamy and great anyway, …

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In The Wild

Houston, we have ‘possum. We live squarely in suburbia. Tract houses in a planned community. Our carefully plotted rows of homes, on a semi quiet street, in our bubble, also happens to be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains and open areas. It doesn’t feel like we live in the wild but more …

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DIY Instant Hot Chocolate

Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time. – Henri Frederic Amiel Our kids love hot chocolate, especially as the winter months bring cooler temperatures, when we go camping, during “s’mores nights” by the fire pit and …

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French Toast

Penny:  I’ll tell you what, next french toast day, I’ll make you oatmeal Sheldon:  Good lord, are you still gonna be here next french toast day? – The Big Bang Theory French Toast is not a hard dish. It requires ingredients and patience. If you wait for your pan to warm before you begin, you …

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Sail Away

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain Welcome to Secret Subject Swap- Sail Away. This week, 12 …

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Frosted Apple Cake

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on Golden Delicious.”   Frosted Apple Cake is dense, moist and also made from most things found in the pantry. When I get a great deal on apples, this is one of the first apple treats coming out of my oven. It definitely …

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Chocolate Cherry Cake

“You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast.” -Mallika Sarabhai One of the kids had a sick pal so we dropped off her school work at her house. When her mom opened the door, the chocolatey scent drifted out to the porch with us. I asked …

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Whipped Angel Toffee Cake

If you look over the years, the styles have changed – the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it’s really the same. – John Oates This may be the easiest most delicious cake you’ll …

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Welcome To The Family

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.” -Mark Twain You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite you to catch a glimpse …

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Have You Purchased Pantyhose For Your Onions?

If we can put a man on the moon, we can make pantyhose comfortable. -Sara Blakely There is nothing freaky going on around here in the wee hours of the morning with my onions and hosiery, I promise. Have you ever looked at the sale advertisements from local markets and found some great bulk produce …

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Applesauce

“Your mind has turned to applesauce.” -Steely Dan For years I purchased the convenience of applesauce in a jar at my local market. Honestly, I just never gave any thought to making it myself when it was so handy. Fall often brings excellent prices on apples and my crew starts requesting that I make hot …

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta

“Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.” – Thomas Aloysius Dorgan   This little gem was brought to us by locusts, oops… I mean teenagers. What happens when you have made a delicious dinner for your family and suddenly the number of people in your …

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Beef And Broccoli

“Newman, you wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.” -Jerry Seinfeld to Newman in ‘Seinfeld’ TV series When we order out for Chinese food, we always get an order of beef and broccoli too. It is a favorite of most of the family. Except Luc, he’s going through an anti broccoli phase …

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Swapiversary Blog Hop and Swap Queen Contest

Thank you so much for stopping by this week’s Blog Strut #12 – The Special Swapiversary Edition! Our Linky Parties are always rule-free! There are a set of guidelines below but they are just that, guidelines! We want you to post what you want, share what you want, and not have to do anything in …

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Be Okay

  “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” -Walter …

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That’s Who They Are This Year

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  “My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair.” -Julia Roberts You all know our daughter K by now, right? For the newbies: Kira is kiddo number two of four, has written several times for me here on this blog, future author, singer, songwriter, is obsessed with …

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Under Pressure

“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” -Steve Martin Welcome to the September Fly On The Wall- Under Pressure! Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes at your house? Do …

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How I Came To Be Heartburn

“How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?” -Logan Pearsall Smith  You know how this Secret Subject Swap thing works by now, right? The ever amazing Baking In A Tornado, gets a secret subject topic from 12 …

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Explosions and Fire Trucks

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Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.  ~Sophia Loren I have a confession. I might have pulled my biggest airhead stunt to date. It was really scary but it could have been worse. I pictured explosions and fire trucks. Once again, my big mistakes contained larger blessings. I had planned …

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August Fly On The Wall

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The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see – every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties. -Graham Greene Welcome to the August Fly On The …

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Just A Little Squirrely

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I’m nuts and I know it. But so long as I make ‘em laugh, they ain’t going to lock me up. -Red Skelton Boy, do I have just a little squirrely tale for you today! The story I hear is that Menopausal Mother went and buried her nuts at Baking In A Tornado’s place. Naturally, …

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Can You Dig It?

 Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out. -Stephen Hawking   Welcome to Take Two of August’s Secret Subject Swaps- Can …

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