Monthly Archives: September 2018

I’m Trying A Different Type Of Crafting

I had heard of Painted Rocks, Kindness Rocks, Encouragement Rocks and Fairy Painted Rocks… they’re rocks, that are painted…   😀

On one of the Food Forums that I participate in, a gal shared what she was doing and I thought, ya know, I need to find something else to do with my hands.  It’s apparent that I like to create things and I figure by painting rocks and then hiding them in obvious locations for folks to find and enjoy them… WIN WIN!!

I did some research online first and decided where I wanted to start … small, of course.

I’m in it now for $41.50, bought some rocks, gotta have some glitter and I’ve gone out and about and found about a dozen or so cool looking rocks already to paint.

I decided that since we like to travel around the Country, what I’m going to do is take some of these cuties with us and deposit them at different locales; post them up on social media sites and ask folks to take a picture and tell me where and how they found them.

Look for #SpreadSomeAloha Rocks   😉

There are several Painted Rock Groups all around the World with their own social media websites, look for one in your area and get rockin’ !!   😀

A Cross Country Road Trip ~ June/July 2018 ~ Part 4

Upon departing Chincoteague Island Virginia, we headed for the wonderful little town of Salisbury Maryland.  This was a must stop for me!  We’d been here once before, some years ago and went to The Country House.  Both DH and I just loved the place.  There’s so many super cool home furnishings and décor here AND  now they have multiple buildings, filled!

We planned accordingly and arrived just about a half hour prior to their opening time and had breakfast sandwiches right across the street at Kellyn’s Kafe.  Good coffee, great breakfast sandwich and donuts too!

But we’re here on a mission, that being: find a new chandelier for our dining area.

I don’t care so much for the one that was included with our new home and have been waiting for this moment.

In our previous home, I had added a beautiful lighting fixture from The Country House and knew that I’d find another.


We hand-carried this home with us in our car from Maryland ALLLLL the way back to my kitchen in the middle of the desert.

Now mind you all, this was only a stop as we were actually headed for Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

My husband is a huge American History buff and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been to Gettysburg National Military Park, but this time we really wanted to go to the new Museum and Visitor Center.

You should be advised that your America The Beautiful pass will not get you in here for free, this is owned and operated by the Gettysburg Foundation.

We spent the majority of a day browsing through the museum only and still could have stayed longer.

It just so happened to be that we were visiting during the July 4th weekend and it was packed!!!  We did very well with the timing of everything.  As we drove the self guided car tour of the Park itself, it seemed as though everybody else was over at the live re-enactments, we skipped that and had lunch instead at The Pub & Restaurant.  Every time that we’ve visited Gettysburg, we’ve eaten here at least once, but for the life of me I can’t recall what we had on this occasion. HA!  😀


But it’s time to move on, we have a schedule to keep …

Did I Say That I Made Cheesecake?

Yup!  Only the second time in my entire life that I’ve ever made Cheesecake.  I had no idea where to start, so I turned to my girl Martha, Martha Stewart that is.  I kinda-sorta followed the recipe, but I remembered that the first time I did this, the recipe made me TWO HUGE CHEESECAKES!!

AND I didn’t have quite enough Cream Cheese this time around.  I had three blocks left over from my Carrot Cake frenzy of this past Spring.  When I checked the “use by” dates on them it was all hands on deck!

My changes were 3 bricks of Cream Cheese instead of SEVEN, 3 eggs rather than 5 and half of what was called for all of the ingredients for the filling.  The crust was a standard crust recipe off the box of the Graham Cracker Crumbs, simple.

It came out very dense and not as sweet, I really liked it better actually.

That’s a lot of Cheesecake for two people though, so I frozen probably half the cake, in slices, for later.

A Cross Country Road Trip ~ June/July 2018 ~ Part 3

Next up: A back road drive from Huddleston Virginia to Chincoteague Island Virginia.

We decided that we really didn’t want to drive on the big highways, its so much more pleasant to take the road less traveled.  It took a little longer, but well worth it.

Not a real big island, but what a great place!  And why are we on Chincoteague you ask?  My husband’s good friend of many, many years has a home there and it just so happened that he was there while we were passing by, so we stopped for a while.

[I just had to get a souvenir]

Chincoteague is just a quaint tourist town.  Cute shops, restaurants and oh yeah, the Assateague Ponies are right across a small bridge.  I couldn’t get a good enough photo of the horses, but WOW!  If you go, make sure you’ve got your NPS America The Beautiful Pass!

And talking about the restaurants, we went to two places that were fabulous!  DH’s Old Friend had asked what we’d like to eat and in unison we both said, SEAFOOD!!   😀

Ray’s Shanty, just off Chincoteague Island was just plain delicious!

My husband ordered a Fried Oyster Platter and I had the Shanty Special 3 Item plate of Flounder, Steamed Shrimp and Clam Strips, Oh My GOSH!!!  With a nice cold local brew on tap along side, I was very happy.  Oh yeah, we did share by the way  😉

The other great restaurant that we went to was Bill’s Prime Seafood and Steaks right there on Chincoteague Island.

Both DH and I had a salad, they were huge; I ordered Crab cakes to DH’s 2 plates of raw Oysters on the half shell.
That was a real treat for us!

Old Friend made us dinner too!  Gorgeous Prime Porterhouse Steaks on the grill.

Well, my DH and his Old Friend started to get-a-yackin’ and, ummm, kinda forgot the grill … it was delicious!

We both had a really nice visit with his Old Friend, but we need to motor …

We Will Remember!



Never, EVER forget!


A Cross Country Road Trip ~ June/July 2018 ~ Part 2

Well, we made it to Huddleston Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake to be more accurate.

The majority of the gang rented this large home right on the Lake, while we opted for a small condo not far away and also on the Lake.

What more is there to say?  We all had a great time with all of the water toys available

A nice Boat, Jets Skies, Canoes, Kayaks, Flamingo Floaties (these were my personal favorite 😉 ), Wakeboards, and Stand Up Paddle Boards… and what do you call that inflatable that you pull behind the boat?  OH! And did I say that this was the very first time in my entire, cough cough, years on Earth that I’ve been IN a lake?

There’s was definitely something for all ages and abilities 😀

That’s is our #2 Nephew on the WakeBoard, YEEHAW!!!

On our last night, our third Niece and her Beau got engaged on a Sunset Canoe ride for two, how romantic ❤

Also on our last night together, we had a catered supper.


That was some spread!

This Family Gathering sure was a blast, loads of fun, lots of laughter … we can get just a wee bit loud when all of are together, but I mean come on, there was TWENTY FIVE  of us   😮

But, it’s time to move on to …


Happy Anniversary To A Great Couple!

Twenty-five years ago today, I was so very lucky  to marry my best friend.

Here’s to another 25 years together.

Morning Glory Muffins

I had these muffins on my mind for the past few days, but what with this and that comings and goings, I just got around to making them.  I’ve made these previously, for our new Communities Craft & Bake Sale back a ways… the gluten-free muffins actually did better than the regular ones believe it or not.

My muffins are a jump-off from King Arthur Flour’s recipe, but with a few twists and turn of my own… I just can’t seem to follow a recipe, I’ve got to give them a tweak here and there.


Auntie Doni’s Morning Glory Muffins

½ C. dried Cranberries, chopped

2 C. AP Flour

1 C. Brown Sugar, less 1 Tbsp.

2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

½ tsp. Ground Ginger

½ tsp. Salt

2 C. peeled and grated Carrots

1 large Apple, peeled, cored, and grated, approx. 1-1 ¼ C. (I had Fuji Apples, but use what you like)

½ C. shredded Coconut, sweetened or unsweetened

½  C.  chopped Pecans

½ C. canned, crushed Pineapple, drained well, reserve the juice

3 large Eggs

2/3 C. Vegetable Oil

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 Tbsp. Molasses

¼ C. of that reserved Pineapple Juice


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Lightly grease a 12-cup Cupcake tin (or 6-cup Jumbo muffin tin), or line it with papers and spray the insides of the papers (I used Baker’s Joy spray-no papers).

In a small bowl, cover the dried Cranberries with hot water, and set them aside to soak.

In a large bowl, whisk together the Flour, Sugar, Baking Soda, Spices, and Salt.

Stir in the Carrots, Apple, Coconut, Pecans and Pineapple.

In a separate bowl, beat together the Eggs, Oil, Vanilla, Molasses and Pineapple Juice; add to the Flour mixture, and stir well.

Drain the Cranberries and stir them in.

Divide the batter among the wells of the prepared pan, filling each cup to the top.

Bake the Cupcake sized muffins 20 minutes and the Jumbo muffins for 25 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of one of the inner muffins comes out clean.

Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes in their pan on a rack, then turn out of pans to finish cooling. Wrap any leftovers airtight, and store at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Yield is about 1 1/2 dozen Cupcake sized or 8 or so Jumbo Muffins, this time I got 12 Cupcake and 2 Jumbos… nice for sharing 😀

These little cuties are delicious any time.