Wednesday, October 22, 2014

~ Witch Hats ~




I'm sure you've seen these cookies in the past. Seems they always come back around for Halloween. I did these for the grands when they were small ~ made a hit!  :) They're so, so easy and not at all expensive. Great for Halloween gifts, treats for the office, school, whatever.



(4.25-ounce) tube orange or red decorating frosting
(11 1/2-ounce) package fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32 cookies)
1/2 (13-ounce) package milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped (32)

Pipe a small mound of frosting in center of each chocolate-covered cookie bottom; press a chocolate kiss on frosting. Pipe a frosting band and bow around base of each kiss.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

~ Love, Gratitude and Water ~



I'm not sure if you've ever heard of Dr. Masaru Emoto but I feel compelled to share his work. He passed away on the 17th at age 71 ~ much too early. He left an amazing legacy for all.  

The Emoto Family's announcement read, “His last word was ‘Arigato’, which means thank you in Japanese. We believe his last word was to the people who shared his vision for peace, the people he met along his journey, and everybody who came into contact with his life’s work.”
“He was so grateful for the friends he made throughout his life. He thanked you all so very much.” said his wife Kazuko Emoto. “In his last book, 'Hidden Messages From Water and The Universe', he wrote, ‘Life is love, which is a gift from God and parents, and death is gratitude for going to a new dimension’. So now he is in another dimension and continues to look over us warmly with love and gratitude.” she said.

I invite you to check out more information about him here.

Arigota, Dr. Emoto ~ may you rest in peace.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

~ Silent Sunday ~



~ Not Going to Miss You ~


"The Rhinestone Cowboy"


This is just heartbreaking!  This song was recorded in January, 2013 with music by his kids and a teleprompter to help him with the words. About 6 months ago he was admitted to an Alzheimer's special care facility in Nashville.

"I'm still here, but I'm gone...."
when a legendary musician finds he has Alzheimer's -- his poignant 
last song
 "Not Going to Miss You"

This is so sad...

Wanna laugh?  Eons ago, in the dark ages, before CD's and DVD's ~ I was married and living in Amarillo. A dear friend lived in the next block from us and we both worked for First Federal Savings & Loan.  My ex bought a new car that had...wait for it!...an 8 track tape player!  LOL  Most young people have no idea what that is. :) Anyway, Gale and I would go to lunch in my car...get something quick to eat and just drive around listening to Glen Campbell's tapes!  We were both in "lust" with him. At one point, he came to Amarillo to perform and played golf with Gale's husband. We begged & pleaded for him to take us but no, it was a "guy" thing. :)  Anyway, I think Glen has had a great singing career and made a positive impact on many lives. My heart goes out to his wife and family.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

~ Dressed-up Tomato Soup ~

Dressed-up Tomato Soup Recipe

A quick and easy tomato soup with great flavor!  Just add a typical grilled cheese sandwich and you have an easy lunch or dinner.  :)



  • 28-ounce can Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes 
  • 1 26-ounce can tomato soup, undiluted Progresso Diced Tomatoes With Italian Herbs is my choice.
  • 32-ounce container chicken broth 
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream; chopped fresh parsley, basil, chives, or rosemary; croutons; freshly grated Parmesan cheese; grated lemon rind.

  • Pulse 1 (28-oz.) can Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes in a food processor 3 to 4 times or until finely diced. Stir together tomatoes; 1 (26-oz.) can tomato soup, undiluted; 1 (32-oz.) container chicken broth; and 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper in a Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • To serve, we topped the soup with a dollop of sour cream (I don't care for sour cream but my family loves it.) and sprinkled it with chopped fresh parsley. Other tasty additions include chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh chives, chopped fresh rosemary, croutons, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and grated lemon rind.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

~ Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum ~

All photos are from the Arboretum's advertising.

If you're anywhere in Texas...or close by...or just hop a bus, train or plane and get here!  :)  They do such an incredible job with each season and fall is a favorite of mine. 


There are tons of activities for all ages. Tiny Tot Tuesdays with games, face painting, etc. Concerts for adults and this time of year in Texas it is enjoyable to be outside in the evenings.



Can you guess how many different types of pumpkins, gourds and squash are used in the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village? 30 different types of pumpkins, 15 different types of squash and 8 different types of gourds make up the display of

65,000!



Can you imagine how many Pumpkin pies, cakes, breads, etc., that could be made from all these?


A part of "Pumpkin Village" ~ can you see the horses? :)

"Pumpkin Village"



 VP of Gardens, Dave Forehand, highlights a few of his favorites including the beautiful monarch butterflies, making a stop in the garden, Cassia ‘Popcorn’, Croton ‘Sloppy Painter’, and more!


In the Garden: Dave Forehand, VP of the Gardens created a big welcome to the TX/OU fans for the annual football game/rivalry. You would be seeing orange and red... pumpkins that is, all 65,000! Whether you were going to the game or just in town, this is one of "America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals," recently noted by Fodor's Travel.

Just as an fyi ~ my brother got married in the Botanical Garden many years ago. It was in the spring and absolutely gorgeous!