Archive for March, 2014

Shane! Shane! Come Back!

“Shane! Shane! Come Back Shane!”…little Joey called out to the lone man on a horse, silhouetted in the darkness!  Shane did not look back, but rode off, through the old cemetery, and up towards the Grand Tetons Mountains.  Fade to black. End of Movie!

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(Even though this actual movie scene was a night time shot, somehow the “trailers” for the movie show it to be broad daylight)

If you are a movie buff …like I am….you will know the name of the movie. 

 

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I really like movie trivia…the behind the scenes information and if there are any goof-ups, I like to see that too.

You know I am weird like that….I look for something amiss when I watch movies.

Perhaps you will like the trivia associated with the movie, “Shane”.  

First, a little background, if you have not seen the movie, or to refresh your memory.

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(you know he is a gunslinger by the way he wears his gun on his hip)

A stranger, wearing buckskin and a six shooter, calling himself Shane (Alan Ladd), rides into an isolated valley in the sparsely settled state of Wyoming some time after the Homestead Act was put into place in 1862. 

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Whatever his past, he’s obviously skilled as a gunslinger, and soon finds himself drawn into a conflict between homesteader Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer), who wants to force Starrett and the others off the land.  Shane stays for supper and the night, at the invitation of Joe’s wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and starts working as a farmhand.

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(Brandon de Wilde played the little boy, Joey…who was fascinated with Shane!)

Now a bit of interesting trivia regarding the making of this movie.

  • Filmed between late July and mid-October 1951, the film was held back until its Manhattan premiere at Radio City Music Hall on August 21, 1953. 
  • “Shane” was originally scheduled for 28 days of shooting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and 20 days at the studio with a budget of $1,980,000. It finished after 75 days of shooting at a cost of over $3,000,000.
  • Meticulous care was taken at all levels of production. All the physical props were true to the period, the buildings were built to the specifications of the time and the clothing was completely authentic. Director George Stevens even had somewhat scrawny-looking cattle imported from other areas, as the local herds looked too well-fed and healthy.
  • Alan Ladd was only 5’6″, and this had to be compensated for. When he is in scenes with Van Heflin the two are about the same height, although Heflin was far taller. When Ladd is shown with Jean Arthur he is perhaps a bit taller than she. When Heflin is shown with her, Heflin is far taller than she.  So Alan Ladd wore lifts in his boots and at times, stood on a box to make the difference in heights not so apparent. 

 

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 (Shane dancing with Marian, Joey’s mother and wife of homesteader Joe Starrett.)

  • Jean Arthur was over 50 years old when she played Marian Starrett – she was, in fact, ten years older than Emile Meyer, who plays grizzled old cattle baron Rufus Ryker.

 

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(Rufus Ryker,  with the beard…plots with the ‘hired gun’ …the mean looking guy in the center…on how to rid Wyoming of the homesteaders)

 

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  • In the face-off between Wilson (Jack Palance) and Torrey (Elisha Cook Jr., Torrey tells Wilson that he is “a low-down, lyin’ Yankee”. Although director George Stevens kept directing Palance at this point to smile–an expression of amused contempt at Cook–Palance continued take after take to show too much menace and not enough of a smile mixed in. Finally Stevens took Cook aside and whispered something to him. During the next take, Cook read his line, and added “and a son of a bitch, too!” This time, Stevens got his take. 

 

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(Unfortunately, the name calling, and the fact that Torrey was a homesteader….did him in) 

  • In the funeral scene, the dog consistently refused to look into the grave. Finally, director George Stevens had the dog’s trainer lie down in the bottom of the grave, and the dog played his part.  The coffin (loaded with rocks for appropriate effect) was then lowered into the grave, but when the harmonica player began to play “Taps” spontaneously, the crew was so moved by the scene that they began shoveling dirt into the grave before remembering the dog’s trainer was still there.
  • In 2008, “Shane” was ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Western”… and #45 Greatest Movie of all time. The line from the movie and the title of this post “Shane! Shane Come Back!”..was voted #47 (out of 100) famous movie quotes. 

I really liked this movie and it has withstood the sands of time….hero comes to town and bad guys are dealt with, hero gets back on his horse and moves on because he doesn’t fit in with all the good guys. Sort of a Happily ever after movie.

But wait, there is more.

The haunting question that remains long after the movie ends is… what happened to Shane?

  1. Did Shane die from the wound in the showdown fight? Some say yes, that was why he rode through the cemetery as he was leaving.
  2. Some say Shane just rode off into the mountains to heal and ride again another day.
  3. Some read even more into the fact that Shane rode in on a flat horizon and moved up (heading for the mountains) signifying death. Riding through the cemetery was significant to that theory.

(If you would like to see the final scene of the Movie “Shane” to form your own theory…check out this site)…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtoCw2iOTSc 

I personally… have always believed that Shane chose number 2, … but then I am a romantic and a dreamer! πŸ˜‰

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What are your thoughts?

Me 

Spring Marshmallow Candy

Spring Marshmallow Candy made with white almond bark or white chocolate….two ingredients that made a wonderful candy for Spring.

Just because the weather outside says Winter is giving a last hurrah, you can bring Spring into your home through your kitchen.

It is so easy…just melt the almond bark or the white chocolate chips in the microwave, add the pastel mini marshmallows.. and then spread the mixture onto a parchment lined sheet pan, add a few sprinkles… and cool.

Cut into desired shapes…rectangles or bars OR you can use cookie cutters as I did and make  Easter Egg and Bunny shapes! It is that easy! 

The kids and adults will love this candy!  It just screams Spring!

 

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 Sprinkle pastel sprinkles or even glitter….so pretty. Make sure to chill in the freezer for 30 minutes, then bring to room temperature and use metal cookie cutters to cut through the almond bark.

 

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One thing to note…..if you want more of the pastel marshmallow colors to show through, spread the almond bark on the bottom of the parchment paper and sprinkle the mini marshmallows over the melted almond bark making sure it is in one layer. 

 

 

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Be careful though, this candy is addicting! Oh my goodness!  I cut Mrs. Bunny Rabbits’ ears off in this shot.  Sorry Mrs. Bunny Rabbit!

 

 

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Doesn’t this make a pretty centerpiece?…and Mrs. Bunny Rabbit is front and center, as she should be. πŸ˜‰

Makes me want to pour a cup of hot tea and munch on an egg.

Well, a candy marshmallow egg.

Not a real egg…though I love hens eggs. πŸ™‚

 

 

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You can use the rainbow mini marshmallows which give berry type flavors. Sprinkle colored Easter grasses around and drop in a few pastel marshmallows!  so pretty. 

 

 

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Try making this, I promise you will love it.

The printable recipe is below!

Me 

 

Spring Marshmallow Candy
This candy is loved by children and adults....it is that good. It is also simple to make consisting of two ingredients! It is so pretty and reminds me of Spring and Easter! Be careful though...it is addicting! πŸ™‚
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Ingredients
  1. One 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips or 12 ounces white almond bark
  2. 3 cups mini pastel marshmallows
  3. If you have a problem melting the white chocolate chips you can add about 1 Tablespoon of shortening (optional, but it really makes the melting process easier) The white almond bark does not need any assistance as it melts smoothly. I actually used both but no shortening.
  4. Pastel sprinkles or other fun sprinkles for decor on top
Instructions
  1. Melt white bark or white chocolate in microwave in 20 second bursts, stir to make sure the chocolate is melted thoroughly, it can sometimes seem the chocolate is not melted but in reality it is.
  2. Mix in colored marshmallows, quickly coating and place in a parchment lined sheet pan.
  3. Sprinkle on the sprinkles.
  4. Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill so marshmallows do not melt.
  5. Remove and bring to room temperature.
  6. Cut into squares or in different shapes with cookie cutters.
Notes
  1. You have to try this recipe. Quick and easy and taste is sooooo good. The Captain really likes this candy as do many of our friends. I like to incorporate the Easter egg shape and the bunny head into a tablescape announcing Spring and Easter.
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Candy Cottontail Cones

Candy Cottontail Cones are not only a cutesy, colorful blast of pastel colors….they make a great centerpiece for a fun tablescape!

I love pastels…soft lavenders, pale pinks, baby blues, sunshine yellows, minty greens….. 

And all you need for these tasty treats is a waffle cone or a sugar cone, cotton candy, a few M&Ms, melted white almond bark…and in about 10 minutes you have a burst of Spring sittin’ on your table.

I melted white almond bark and spread it around the top of a cone, stuffed the cone with cotton candy and then placed into a small glass or cup filled with M&Ms.

I mean, how hard is that?

 

 

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Spring Tablescape that tastes good too!

 

 

I am not much on cotton candy, but I know someone who is….so I am sure these won’t stay around long! 

If you are looking at snow or wind or any other miserable weather condition…bring a little Spring into your kitchen!

It is Spring after all…

I promise it will make you smile….

I am smiling now!

The printable recipe is below.

Me

Candy Cottontail Cones
I modified the original recipe a bit.These "cones" are the cutest things. I made them with flat bottomed ice cream cones as well as the pointed waffle cones. With so many pastel colored candies, all you have to do is let your imagination be your guide. I just love the Spring look!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (5-ounce) package waffle cones or sugar cones
  2. 1/2 (12-ounce) package vanilla almond bark or white chocolate, melted
  3. 2 (3.5-ounce) packages cotton candy, blue and pink or lavender or yellow...your choice.
  4. Pastel M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Gently break off top of waffle cones to make mini cones. (or leave the cone whole but use a taller glass for display purposes)
  2. Dip tops of cones into melted candy coating to coat top one-fourth of cone; place, pointed end up, on parchment paper to dry. OR take a small rounded knife (like a dip knife) and spread almond bark around top of cones.
  3. Place cotton candy into and on top of prepared waffle cones, shaping in your desired shape. You can "fluff" it or "pack" it into your cones.
  4. Place cones into small glasses or cups filled with pastel M&Ms (if using flat bottomed cones, sprinkle M&Ms around multi-colored plate along with "grass" from an Easter Basket).
Notes
  1. Dipped waffle cones can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  2. Cotton candy can be found on the candy aisle at many grocery stores and come in a variety of colors. OR you can go to the circus and buy cotton candy. πŸ™‚
  3. Substitute flat bottomed cones if desired.
  4. For a Tablescape...use a pastel colored cloth or runner and position cones around the center. Add Easter grass in desired color.
  5. You can also place the cones in glasses on a pretty pastel plate....stripes or polka dots work really well.
  6. Toss pastel colored marshmallows or pastel M&Ms around the cones and you have a cute display for Spring.
  7. Enjoy and Have Fun!
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Inquiring Minds Want To Know…..

Inquiring Minds Want To Know….??

Have you ever wondered where most people choose to go on their honeymoon or which river is the longest river in the world?

Yeah, I know…sometimes the answer is…’not really’….but there are other times when I really would like to know where families like to go on vacations…or where would be the first choice for a dream vacation!

So I have compiled a list of the Top Ten of various topics. 

Well, I didn’t do all the work, I just put it together.  The bean counters did all the work.

Perhaps one of these top 10 lists will include what your inquiring mind wants to know…..

Or not, but how will you know unless your read further? πŸ™‚

 

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 The Captain and I stopped off in 3 of these 10, so guess we are the ‘norm’!  Wow! I didn’t know I fell into any ‘normal’ category! πŸ™‚

 

 

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It is no surprise here that Russia is the largest country…the latest news is full of Russia getting a little fuller… πŸ™‚

 

 

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I’m holding out for Barcelona!  You know my favorite architecture is Spanish…anybody listening in my house?  anybody? anybody? (I feel like I am in Ferris Bueller’s classroom) πŸ™‚

 

 

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Now we are talkin’….Hot fudge Sundae with a dollop of whipped cream and a bright red cherry on top! (if they were going by my cravings alone, the USA would be number one! πŸ™‚

 

 

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Now hold on….where is the Pomeranian breed?  My little Jesse James is really smart….his intelligence tops mine sometimes!  (Oh, I don’t believe I shudda told dat! … A dear friend of mine used to use a similar phrase…and he knows who he is!) πŸ™‚

 

 

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Try rafting down the Snake River in Idaho and you will think you are going down the longest river in the world! Whew! Been there, done that and got all wet! (and cold)

 

 

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Glad the Captain has contributed to the top selling Pick-up! What is it with a man and his truck?  Wait!  Don’t answer that! Some things are better left unsaid!

 

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We do like to cruise although we haven’t been on a cruise for several years. I have often thought about Tahiti and Australia but it hasn’t gone beyond the thinking stage since I retired. πŸ™

 

 

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Oh yeah! Carbs and more carbs! I am not sure why I love the aroma of fresh baked bread because it ‘forces’ me to slather sweet butter on a hot, steamy piece of home made bread!  

 

 

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This statistic surprises me….Seattle alone with a Starbucks on every corner of a four way street should push the USA up towards the front of the pack! πŸ™‚

 

 

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USA Number 10?  Seriously? 

 

 

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 Finally, the USA is in first place…but what most single women want to know is “Where are They?”

 

Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers–what you do today, might burn your bum tomorrow. 

 Just thought I would throw that little “diddy” into the mix…

Because I thought it was funny…

Remember my sense of humor is a bit weird….

Have a great Day!

Me 

Easter Bonnet Parade

Easter Bonnet Parade! Why not have your own Easter Bonnet Parade by making your own edible little Easter Bonnets!

Get the little ones involved in the making of these little Easter Bonnets.  You can assemble all the cookies and frosting and make a game out of who can make their favorite bonnet.

You can either make sugar cookies from scratch into the flat bottom of the bonnet or buy ready made cookies.  Vanilla wafers will also work.

The top of the bonnet can be made with a balled cookie or any type of candy.

Frosting in a tube can hide any uneven edges connecting the brim of the bonnet to the top and can also be used to make dots on the bonnet or any other design.

Rice Krispies can be molded into a rounded top for a bonnet…. 

Peanut butter balls covered with white chocolate can also be used.

I like working with kids and I like making edible treats for any holiday.

I know….I am a kid at heart! 

Try your hand and use your imagination for different materials to make your bonnets special.

These would make cute place cards at a dinner party! Use pastel card stock and download a pattern or make up your own.

Enjoy!

Me 

Easter Bonnet Parade
I saw this recipe and my mind started whirling at the possibilities for this little Easter bonnet. I modified the recipe by using store bought cookies to save time. This can also be a project for your family, along with coloring eggs. Make it fun and enjoyable!
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Ingredients
  1. Shortbread, vanilla wafer or Sugar cookie (this forms the bottom of the bonnet)
  2. 1/2 cup prepared cake frosting
  3. pastel colored butter mints or Wilton Candy Melts
  4. Lemon Coconut Macaroons or any round top cookie
  5. Garnish: Candied Lemon Zest, flower-shaped decorative sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Spread a very small amount of frosting (this will act as an adhesive) onto middle of cookie, and top with a butter mint.
  2. Spread a small amount of frosting onto butter mint
  3. Gently press a Lemon Coconut Macaroon onto butter mint.
  4. Garnish with Candied Lemon Zest and flower-shaped decorative sprinkles, if desired.
Notes
  1. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.
  2. You can use Lammes Assorted Sherbet Mints (butter mints). They can be purchased at specialty stores or at lammes.com.
  3. You can also use Matisse Decoratifs (flower-shaped decorative sprinkles). They can be purchased at fancyflours.com.
  4. You can use licorice instead of Candied Lemon Zest to form ribbons on bonnets, and you can also attach macaroons to cookies using pastel-colored frosting.
  5. Pipe frosting in a circle in the middle of cookie using a star tip, and then press macaroon onto frosting to attach.
  6. Make name tags from pastel colored stock paper and either attach to the bonnet or place alongside a plate at a dinner party.
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It Is March…Where Are The Swallows?

 

It Is March…Where Are The Swallows?

 

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The miracle of the β€œSwallows” of Capistrano takes place in March of each year at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.  

Legend has it that the little birds actually fly into the Mission on March 19th and begin rebuilding their mud nests, which are clinging to the ruins of the Great Stone Church. 

As the faithful little birds wing their way back to the most famous mission in California, the village of San Juan Capistrano takes on a fiesta air as they witness the β€œmiracle” of the return of the swallows.  www.swallowsparade.com

After the summer spent within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission, the swallows take flight again, and on the Day of San Juan, October 23rd, they leave after circling the Mission bidding farewell to the β€œJewel of the Missions.”

This legend also has a song that romanticizes the beautiful historic Mission. The lyrics are below….

  

When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That’s the day you promised to come back to me
When you whispered, farewell in Capistrano
Was the day the swallows flew out to the sea

 

All the mission bells will ring, the chapel choir will sing
The happiness you bring will live in my memory
When the swallows come back to Capistrano
Thats the day I pray that you’ll come back to me

 *Songwriter

RENE, LEON T.

You know me…I am a romantic! 

The Captain and I visited this old Mission a couple years ago and as I was on the “exercise thingy” this morning…(yes, I was on it for the second day in a row…WHOOPEE!)…  

… I got to thinking about the date in March when the legendary swallows return to Capistrano. 

When I finished my 30 minutes of walking….instead of grabbing a snack, I searched our media library for the pics we took of that beautiful, romantic, historic Mission.

I would like to share a few with you.

If you have been there, you know how enchanting the Mission can be…..if you haven’t been there, come along with me as I revisit through pics and memories. πŸ™‚

 

 

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San Juan Capistrano Mission

 I really like the architechture of this Mission. It is no secret that I like  Spanish arches and tiled roofs.

 

 

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Beautiful interiors! This historic eating area became a place to display art. 

 

 

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The gardens are spectacular and this view shows the old ruins.

 

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A little shop has seeds to purchase for many of the native species.

 

 

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There are several fountains….

 

 

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and lots of bells…well, it is a Mission after all. πŸ™‚

 

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There are many rustic benches to sit upon and reflect…..

 

 

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There were a lot of butterflies….but I was only able to capture a pic of one…I was too busy admiring the gardens.

 

 

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And the fountains ….

 

 

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All that walking requires a lot of sitting….

 

 

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And reading….

 

 

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And admiring more bells….

 

 

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Although we were there in the Spring…we didn’t see any of the little swallows….but we did see plenty of mud nests.

Me

Money Can’t Buy Happiness…

Money Can’t Buy Happiness…but it can buy Marshmallows which are kind of the same thing!

Lets face it…I love to eat, and if you pair marshmallows and chocolate…well, that is makin’ happy for me!

Unfortunately, too many marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate (or Smores in my case) can lead to clothes being just a little snug!

So I decided to hop on a new piece of exercise equipment that I acquired.

It is not really new…I have had it since before Christmas, but it is new for me to be on it! πŸ™‚

 

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This equipment is a simple piece of equipment supposed to do everything but fix your meals as the pounds melt off. πŸ™‚

Wow! that works for me!

It is really fairly easy to do a workout, …. which of course makes one wonder if it will produce any results at all?

We all know moderation is the key to everything…..eating, … and exercising too, ….so I don’t want to over do it…..:)

So I stayed on it and counted 50 steps which took about 2 minutes!

That actually felt kinda good, and not strenuous at all…so I decided to do 50 more steps!

This activity did raise my heart beat…and I believe that is the key to burning calories, or  so I keep hearing all the exercise authorities say.

And they “know” everything…right? πŸ™‚

I have to admit that after being on the thing for about 10 minutes, I was beginning to feel more energetic….

So I kept taking more steps.  I was feeling pretty good about myself and thinking this is a piece of cake!

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Ohhhhh, cake….no not cake,  but marshmallows and chocolate and graham crackers.

I earned it because I used up a lot of calories on this new exerciser.

If I eat a smore, it will even out….won’t it?

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Of course I will be back where I started but at least I made room for those creamy marshmallows and that rich chocolate sitting on a graham cracker. 

Hey, I think I am on to something.

I can’t wait until tomorrow morning when I can get on the exercise “thingy” again…and then have something really ooey and gooey!

Have a good Thursday! πŸ™‚

Me

PS….A great recipe follows …just happens to be “Just Like Smores Cupcakes” πŸ™‚ 

 

Just Like Smores Cupcakes

If you like Smores around a campfire or you make them in your oven…you will like this Just Like Smores Cupcakes!

They are made from scratch, but you could easily use a chocolate cake mix and use the graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow cream for the frosting.

Try them and let me know how you like them…

Of course, you could always build a campfire and do the old fashioned smores….but this is the next best thing.

Enjoy!

Me 

Just Like Smore's Cupcakes
Serves 24
This cupcake tastes just like the smores we made as kids. All that is missing is the camp fire and the cold night air.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cups plus
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1 cup whole milk
  9. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  10. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup boiling water
  12. 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  13. 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  14. 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  15. Marshmallow Frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Sift 2 cups sugar , flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
  5. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  7. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.
  8. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.
  9. Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup.
  10. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.
  11. Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup.
  12. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter.
  14. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture.
  15. Frost in a spiral with a cake decorating tip if desired or just frost the cupcake in any fashion.
  16. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners.
  17. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins! 

I love making these muffins or you can call them cupcakes if you like.  It doesn’t matter what you call them, they taste so yummy with your morning coffee or tea…or a healthy smoothie. 

You don’t have to stop at one of those expensive bakeries or coffee shops to get your morning fix…just make these either the night before and warm in the microwave …OR get all your ingredients mixed up the night before and pop them in the oven while you are getting ready for work! 

There is nothin’ that says lovin’ like something out of your own oven….as the saying goes.:)

Happy Eating!

Me

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins!
Who says you can't have Pumpkin in the Spring? Ok, you can't grow pumpkins in the spring, but you can use canned pumpkin and the smell of these muffins will make your mouth water and your feet jump up and down! Soooo good! πŸ˜‰
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 and 2/3 cup of all purpose flour
  2. 1 cup of sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
  4. 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 cup of plain pumpkin
  8. 1/2 cup of melted butter
  9. 1 cup of milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips
  10. Cream Cheese Frosting
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350*.
  2. Combine all your dry ingredients together & mix in a bowl and set aside. (do not add the chocolate chips)
  3. In a separate bowl combine all your wet ingredients, and mix together.
  4. Then combine both bowls and mix together.
  5. After both bowls are combined, add the chocolate chips & carefully blend together.
  6. Scoop the pumpkin batter into cupcake liners using an ice cream scoop, and bake at 350* for 30 minutes.
  7. After the muffins have baked and cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting if desired.
Notes
  1. Your family will want these muffins often....good for quick breakfasts, out-the-door-in-a-hurry-and-off-to-work-without-stopping-at-that-expensive-coffee-place .....type of breakfast pumpkin muffins!
  2. Add a home made smoothie and you have a great start to any type of day! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
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Southwest Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich is good anytime, but when you have a Southwest Grilled Cheese Sandwich made with green chiles and two kinds of cheese….Wow!  

Your taste buds are going to explode with flavor as this is not “yo mama’s” plain grilled cheese sandwich. πŸ™‚

Living in New Mexico taught me so many ways to use green chiles, and adding these wonderful chiles to a grilled cheese sandwich made the sandwich go from bland to phenomenal. 

I grew up with grilled cheese sandwiches and soup in the Midwest, but this Southwest Grilled Cheese Sandwich takes it up a notch and is spicy goodness at it’s best.

If you are an onion aficionado…please add a slice of red or sweet white onion to the inside of this sandwich, …tucked along side roasted green chiles (or jalapenos) between slices of Monterrey (or Pepper Jack) cheese and Cheddar cheese.   

Add your choice of breads and you have infinite possibilities!

And who doesn’t like a grilled cheese sandwich? 

I confess, I am eating this wonderful sandwich as I write this post…and I can’t find enough adjectives to describe the pop of flavors going on.

You have to try it for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed. 

Enjoy!

Me

Southwest Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Serves 4
This is not your ordinary grilled cheese....spice it up with green chiles or jalapeno peppers, two different kinds of cheese and you have a sandwich that is so good! Pair this with my recipe for Southwest Tomato Soup and this lunch or evening supper are delish!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 slices (or shredded) of monterrey jack cheese
  2. 4 slices (or shredded) cheddar cheese
  3. 2-4 roasted green chile peppers in slices or chunks.
  4. 8 slices of bread, white, sour dough, Italian....your choice ( I like sour dough)
  5. Enough Butter to spread on each slice of bead.
Instructions
  1. Roast the green chiles either in cast iron skillet or in the oven. (I use my gas burner, but you have to watch closely and be careful not to burn yourself.)
  2. Remove to a sandwich bag and seal to steam the darkened skin for easier removal and set aside.
  3. Assemble all the cheeses and bread of your choice.
  4. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  5. Pre-heat cast iron (or heavy) skillet on medium heat.
  6. Remove skin and seeds from chile peppers and either slice or chop into chunks.
  7. Place bread buttered side down in skillet. Top with Monterrey Jack cheese.
  8. Add green chiles and top with Cheddar Cheese.
  9. Top the cheese with buttered slice of bread, buttered side up.
  10. Brown to desired color and crispiness and then turn the sandwich over and brown the other side.
Notes
  1. Grilled cheese sandwiches should be watched to prevent burning.They brown quickly, so keep checking the underside with your spatula for desired browning.
  2. I like to use Pepper Jack cheese to really spice it up.
  3. I have substituted either roasted jalapeno peppers or the pickled jar jalapenos...
  4. I have also added a slice of red onion or sweet white onion....or serve a green onion along side.
  5. It is all good!
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