Category Archives: Celebrations

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.

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Happy Statehood Day Hawaii !!

Hauoli la hanau, Happy Birthday.  On this day in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th State of America.

In honor of this occasion, I’ll be making Guava Chicken and Fried Rice for our supper.

I brought back some frozen concentrate Guava Juice from Hawaii this past may, mostly because I can’t find it here in the middle of the desert 😀

Tune back in and I’ll give you folks an update …

ALOHA!

 

 

What Do You Put In Your Easter Baskets?

At lunch the other day, my mother reminded us that Easter is coming early this year. WHAT? Sure enough, I pulled out the calendar and Easter Sunday falls on March 31st. Last year, rather than make up baskets of candy for my DH and mom, I made Iced Sugar cookies.

Easter Cookies instead of Candy

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

This was the absolute first (and probably last) time that I will undertake such a long, drawn out project. I should say though, it was fun and I was quite pleased with the outcome. These are just the cutest cookies I’ve ever made. I adapted a recipe from Martha Stewart and the FoodNetwork Magazine, morphing the two together. I probably should have rolled out the dough a touch thicker, it was a fragile final product. The royal icing was a challenge, as I’d never done this before. It took driving all around town to several places to find the meringue powder. I used just plain ‘ole liquid food coloring from the supermarket to tint the icing. I piped it using simple sandwich baggies with the corners snipped.

I was on my feet for most of the day and my back was aching! Normally, if I know I’m going to be in the kitchen standing for periods of time, I put on my walking sneaks. I was so excited to get this ball rolling that I was in my bare feet and didn’t think about it until it was too late. But it was a blast and both DH and mom were impressed, they thought I bought them at a fancy bakery.

 

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2018

In the Chinese culture, an elder gives a youngster Lai See, or a monetary gift in a Red Envelope.  Here in Cowboyville, I cannot find any stores that carry those beautifully ornate Red and Gold envelopes.  😀    So … the mother of need is invention, right?

I made my own!

I wish and your family happiness and prosperity throughout this New Year of the Brown Earth Dog.

Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

What did you make for your valentine?

 

I made Macadamia Nut Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Fudge Drizzle for my honey 🐻