It was a Dark and Stormy Night…Challenge

“It was a dark and stormy night…”
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I am challenging you to come up with a funny, scary, or some other emotion, ending for this very famous beginning line! It is the “It was a Dark and Stormy Night Challenge!” Here is my entry:

“It was a dark and stormy night.” She had forgotten to put up her car windows. Darn!

So, what’s your ending? Will you go creepy? Perhaps forgetful, like me? How about happy? Funny? You decide and leave your replies in the comment section below. Good luck!

The winner (at my discretion! It is, after all, my blog!) gets bragging rights and their story finish posted on my blog. I think we’ll give it a week. Please have your entries in by next Thursday, January 27, 2022 before 8 p.m. CST. I’ll post the winner on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Happy finishing!

Muffin Top? And Bottom Too!

Banana – Raspberry Muffins

Good enough to eat!

10 overripe bananas

4 large eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. baking powder

3 cups tapioca starch

2 cups millet flour

1 Tbsp. xanthan gum

1 package fresh raspberries (about 2/3 of a cup)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line your muffin pans with liners of your choice (I prefer to have liners for different holidays, but that’s just me! Today I was a little early for St. Valentine’s day with a few leftover doggie paw liners. Fun!)

Place bananas in a large mixing bowl with eggs, oil, and sugar. Beat until all ingredients are well blended and the bananas are smooth. Add salt and baking powder and beat well. With mixer on low, carefully add the tapioca starch and millet flour with xanthan gum to the banana mixture. When everything is well combined, turn mixer up and beat continuously for 3 minutes. This incorporates a lot of air to make your muffins light and fluffy. Last, add raspberries and beat in until they are no longer whole, but rather in small pieces.

Drop by Tbsp. cookie scoop into your lined muffin pans. If you don’t have a cookie scoop of this size, you can use a soup spoon, but it will be much less efficient and much more messy! When you have filled your pan place it in your preheated oven and bake for 15 – 17 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick pricked through the center comes out clean. Top with butter and enjoy!

This recipe makes 60 muffins, but not to worry, they freeze well. On the other hand, if your family is anything like my family, there won’t be anything left to freeze! If you do find that 60 muffins is simply too many, this is an easy recipe to half. Then you’ll make sure that you stop eating at 30!

Light and fluffy banana – raspberry muffins.

It’s National Dress Your Pet Up Day 2022!

St. Valentine’s Day: Lulu, the perpetual princess!

Who doesn’t like adorable pups dressed to impress, or at least to put up with their humans? As you may or may not be aware, we have three little ones: Ducky, or Dr. Donald Mallard, our big boy Morkiepoo (Maltese, Yorkie, and Poodle mix) at 10 pounds; Delilah, our big girl Maltipoo (Maltese and Poodle mix) at around 6 pounds; and our little girl, Lulu at about 5 pounds. Delilah and Lulu are twins.

Another St. Valentine’s Day princess, Delilah.
Christmas Dress Up with Delilah and Lulu.
Ducky’s is a Christmas Elf, a.k.a. “Are we done yet?”
Swimsuit Season with Lulu!
“I have a feeling swimsuit season is a long way away,” Delilah sighed.
The End, Delilah.

A Promise for Friday

I’ll bet you can’t wait to see what we’ll be wearing tomorrow!

Ok. I know I don’t usually post on Fridays, but I couldn’t resist. The reason? It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Yes, I have one of those amazing calendars that tells you all of these special days!

My plan is to get lots of cute pics of the pups and share them right here with you. Yay! So exciting, I know!

Did someone say dress up? Ooh! My favorite!

I apologize for not having a recipe for you today, but the pup-ups are just too adorable (and boy, do they know it!) I couldn’t possibly be so selfish as to keep them all to myself!

Keep those eyes open! The puppies are on their way!

I’d rather sleep, thanks.

Finding the Big “F”

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What on earth am I talking about? Why, forgiveness, of course! How do you find the ability to forgive? Why can’t I just forgive and forget?

Well, for me, as possibly for you too, forgiveness is a process. I used to come down the front steps and hold onto the railing, getting irritated when the bottom left post wobbled. He put that in. Just another reason to be angry at him. (Like I need more!) Now, I choose to say that I forgive him every time it wobbles. Some day I will set some more concrete around the post and fix it, but for now it’s part of my forgiveness protocol.

Are you like me? Are you finding you have to forgive over and over? Have you ever been able to finally finish forgiving someone?

I would like to be finished forgiving, and I have made progress. I know that if I refuse to forgive, I’m only hurting myself, and by extension, my children. The object in need of my forgiveness doesn’t care whether I can forgive him or not. It doesn’t affect him. It only affects us.

I choose to forgive. I choose not to be angry and bitter. I choose to be there for my children. What about you?

It’s all for you!

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What is Your Favorite?

This…or

We were having a discussion, Child #’s 2, 3, and I (child #3 being home sick from school today) regarding our favorite foods. Child #2 didn’t want to say. I’m like “Why not? Mine is chocolate.” She replied that hers was not. I couldn’t believe it! We come from a long line of incredible chocoholics. In fact, we probably should have started our own support group long ago!

I thought, well, maybe it’s pizza or ice cream. Something of the “younger” generation. Not that us “middlers” (I refuse to think of myself as old!!!) don’t like pizza and ice cream. Um, excuse me, have you lost your mind? Me? I never had one to begin with, so I don’t bother going looking for it!

No. I was wrong again. Okaaaaaaay…so what is her favorite food? Wait for it…wait for it…beef. Yup. I’m still scratching my head. Not that I don’t enjoy a good steak, but beef over chocolate…yeah. No contest.

This.

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Where Does Your Mind Go When the Wind Whips?

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One of the first things I think of when the cold wind whips through the trees, is that I’m so very grateful for my warm home. Yes, I know it is not perfect. It may be very small, but it is not open to the elements. When the cold snow is swirling in the streetlights and beauty settles over the earth, what about the homeless?

If they are lucky enough to have an appliance box in which to sleep, at least they will be out of the wind. Covered with newspapers for warmth, he catches as much sleep as the wind will allow. In the morning he is chilled to the bone and sets out in search of food.

What if this were you? What if it were one of your family members? It happened to an extended family member of mine. She froze to death. What would you do to prevent this?

Do You Do Cheese…on New Year’s?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm… cheesy, beefy, bacony.

I had this idea to do a cheese ball for New Year’s Eve, but didn’t have a recipe. I had made some sort of cheese ball a few years back and all I remember was throwing it out after it had sat in the fridge for quite a while. Yeah. Not great.

So I decided to try again. This time I figured I would use things that my kids love – chipped beef lunch meat and bacon. Tasty! Here is what I did:

2, 8 oz. bricks of cream cheese

1 Tbsp. granulated onion

2 servings, about 12 slices of chipped beef lunch meat, chopped into approximately 3/4 inch pieces.

This is the brand of lunch meat I bought.

1 cup real bacon crumbles (either bacon bits that are real bacon or make your own with real bacon!)

Chopped chipped beef.

Soften the cream cheese (I used my microwave at 50% power for two minutes, but be careful as microwaves vary greatly! To the softened cream cheese add granulated onion, beef lunch meat, and bacon bits. Mix together with a hand mixer. Place mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap and wrap it up. Form into a ball and place in fridge for at least an hour, or until firm.

Mix well and roll into a ball with plastic wrap.

When firm serve with Gluten-Free crackers, celery, or your favorite cheese ball holding device! Happy New Year, everyone!

Enjoy!