Friday, March 30, 2012

Pina Colada Pound Cake

I made this recipe last weekend and it was so moist, fresh, and delicious!  Since it made two loaves, I froze one for Easter next weekend.


Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
2 teaspoons rum extract
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained.

Directions:

1.  Heat oven to 325 degrees F (for all pans).  Spray bottoms only of 2 (8x4 - inch) loaf pans with baking spray.

2.  In large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, coconut milk and rum extract with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.  Stir in coconut and pineapple.  Pour into pans.

3.  Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes; remove from pans to cooling racks.  Cool 50 minutes.

I made a glaze with some of the pineapple juice and powdered sugar and spread over the loaves.  Yum!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Around Our Home - Update

3 nights in the ER since last Saturday.

Night #1 - Sally...appendix?...sent home...told muscular thing.
Night #2 - Sally...same pain...ended up a big intestinal thing.  (On the mend!)
Night #3 - David...Kidney stone.

The new Baylor hospital being built one mile from home?  Not opening till July?  Shoot!  They could have waited to get sick and I could have just pushed them down the hill in a wagon!

Just joking.

I am exhausted though.

Anyone want a rain cloud?

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Around Our Home...

Things are progressing.

~ I find that my bed is made more often than not.

~  You'll find me dressed by noon.  (I will miss those lazy pj days :)

~ Schooling takes place at their desks upstairs rather than on the couch.


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Thought these two pictures would make you smile...



Possibly our future shoe diva?



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~ Sleep?  Well, we are tipping the scales -slowly- in the right direction.  Clementine had a few 7 hour stretches of sleep during the night this past week.

~ The kids were so excited to introduce Clementine to their friends when we started back at Little Flowers and Little Women.    A very proud moment for the Littles!

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These two went to a customer's ranch with David one afternoon.  They played with the animals while he worked.



A rainy week brought our first rainbow of the season.  It was huge, vibrant and a double!


(Could not get it all in from where I was standing.)

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~  Lent.  I stopped feeling guilty for "failing" my resolutions more often than not.  Life with a newborn is a bit more....shall I say, time consuming?

Note:  never give up sweets during Lent while you have a newborn in the house.  There are too many moments where the only thing that keeps you from going crazy from lack of sleep is popping something sweet into your mouth and savoring it!  (Yes, I needed to rethink things a couple weeks into Lent!)


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Boys Day Out.

David took Stan bow fishing the other day.


More pictures to come from their excellent adventure!

P.S.  I've put some of these photos on FB...I apologize for the repeats :)

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~  I want to invite you to pray the Divine Mercy Novena with me and millions of Catholics around the world starting Good Friday.



This is my favorite novena, introduced to me by a good friend when my father was dying.

I'm part of a Catholic online community that consists of over 10,000 members.  We receive the prayers via email each day of each novena that is currently being prayed.  For the Divine Mercy novena, the goal is to have 20,000 members praying together.  It is so convenient and I never forget a day since I check my email each day!

You can find out more or sign up here.

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Hope the rest of your week is wonderful and that your Lenten journey continues to be fruitful!

~  Patty  ~



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beans and Rice

Beans and rice are very popular down south.  I wanted to try something different for a Friday dinner during Lent.



I decided to use it for beans & rice tacos.


This was so yummy!!

I found a  recipe on the back of a can of Bush's black beans, but at the time I needed something quicker...something I could whip up on short notice.  So I used the following instead.

Ingredients:

1 (10 oz) can of Rotel (check here if you are not sure what Rotel is.)
1 (15 oz) can of Bush's black beans
1 cup Basmati rice cooked  (You can substitute any rice)
Tortilla shells
Taco toppings if desired

Directions:

1.  Prepare rice and set aside.

2.  Rinse beans and add to Rotel in a saucepan.  Warm.

3.  Serve over rice on tortilla shell.

This was so easy that any child could prepare these!  The beans and rice recipe on the back of the Bush's black bean can sounded delicious and hope to try it soon!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, March 26, 2012

Making a complaint

As David and I are  trying to raise our girls to be young ladies, (like so many of you are), we seem to find that the secular world makes it increasingly more difficult.  I don't understand why sexuality and immodesty are considered acceptable and so glamorous. And it starts at such a young age!

We teach our young boys and young men to respect and honor women yet society promotes indecent and immodest dress for young girls and young ladies.  Those poor boys have no chance.  How are they suppose to respect females when they have so much skin prancing around in front of them?  It seems as though society sets them up to fail.

And for those young ladies who wish to dress modestly?  Wow!  It is extremely difficult to find clothes in stores that don't make them look like tramps.

Sally found a beautiful skirt at Goodwill that she wants to wear for Easter.  We just needed to find a top to go with it.  We had NO idea how difficult it would be to find one.

Everything out there is either:

Skin tight
Sheer
Low cut
Super short
Form fitting
Belly bearing
... just to name a few.

We went to T.J. Maxx, Kohls (yes, my beloved Kohls), and Macy's Jr. Departments.  Nothing!  Depressing!

We found ourselves more and more depressed as we walked through the rows of racks.  I asked her if she saw anything that caught her eye. Her reply, "Mom, I don't like any of this."

I felt relieved to hear her say that but also found it sad that she cannot find one decent top to wear in the Juniors Department.

Then the bomb went off.

Looking completely worried, she said, "Mom, how am I going to find a swim suit this year?"  Yowzer!  That's even scarier.

I'm praying that we can get just one. more. year. out of the girls swimsuit section in Land's End.  She is getting taller by the day.  It will be a sad summer when she cannot shop for suits there anymore.

By the way, we did end eventually  find a top for her.  Thank goodness she is now tall enough to fit into the extra small size in the Misses department!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hot Fudge!

Did that title get your attention?

I found this home made hot fudge  recipe over at Jen's...here.  Easy. Fast. and Oh! So! Yummy!


Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate (cut up into small pieces) *I used 1/4 of a 12 oz bag of morsels.

Instructions:

1.  Chop chocolate into small chunks
2. Add all ingredients into a heavy saucepan and cook over low heat until sauce is smooth and creamy.
3.  Let cool slightly and spoon into jar.  
4.  Store in fridge.

Do not reheat in microwave if you are not using a microwavable safe glass jar.

As stated on the original post, these would make GREAT Christmas gifts, wouldn't they?

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flashback!

We never really mentioned this before, but...

The day Clementine was born, they found a heart murmur...which lead to an echo...which lead to the discovery of two small heart defects...which lead to David and I losing some years off of our lives because "we've been there, done that" with Ester.

Well...

Today, Clementine received a great report!


(She had a repeat EKG - above picture - and a repeat Echocardiogram.)

She did a great job!  

Do you realize how hard it is for an active 7 week old to hold still for 10 seconds?!

Her two defects are closing so well that they gave her clearance from further cardiac exams pertaining to the defects.

A HUGE sigh of relief!  

Praise God!  Thank you St. John of God for your intercessory prayers!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Irish Fun!

 Started out our day needing a  little bit of Irish luck.

Our fridge was acting up  and a doctor appointment was needed for a sick boy.

All by 7:30 AM!

Since then, hubs did fix the fridge, and  wee little lad is on antibiotics (again) for another sinus infection.

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But we still enjoyed Shamrock Shakes :)

(Recipe found here.)





My dad always said that there were two kind of people in the world....those who are Irish and those wish they were :)

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We made our rainbow cupcakes again.  

(Recipe found here.)




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We pulled out our St. Patrick movie...


and our books...



and our Irish music  (which I've had playing for a few weeks now)  ...


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Everyone had a little bit of Irish pride to show off.  Clementine had two outfits!

A dress from her godfather...


and a sleeper from her Grammy...


...which sports a big shamrock on the bum :)




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An Irish saying I saw hanging up in my ob/gyn's "Irish" themed room...

May those who love us, love us
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!

Go mbeannai Dia duit
(May God bless you!)

~  Patty  ~

Rainbow Cupcakes


After reading about rainbows, we made our rainbow cupcakes again this year.  The Littles think these are so much fun!

Ingredients:

1 yellow cake mix prepared according to box directions

food coloring:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & purple


Directions:

1.  After preparing cake mix according to directions on box, evenly divide the batter into six bowls - one bowl per color.  Mix in one color per bowl.  


I like to use Wilton brand food coloring (which is a gel).  


A toothpick dipped into the color and swirled into the batter is plenty.

2.  Fill each cupcake liner with 1 tsp of each color batter in this order:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & purple.  DO NOT SWIRL.  Just layer.

3.  Bake cupcakes according to directions on back of box.  Cool.  Frost and decorate.

Enjoy!

~  Patty  ~

Shamrock Shakes


Ingredients:

8 heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup of milk  *(I used my Vitamix so you may need more milk depending on your blender brand).
1/4 tsp green food coloring
1/4 tsp of mint extract

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together.

Serving:  (4) 8 oz

Enjoy!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's That Time Again



(Lowe's had hanging baskets 50% off yesterday!)




Grammy sent two, beautiful, baby bonnets to Clementine.  I forgot how adorable little girls in bonnets look!

Hope you are all enjoying your beautiful weather!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Distracted

It is SO hard to focus on school with such a sweet distraction!




She works so hard to get a little, teeny tiny,  pigeon coo out and then smiles at us...(sigh)....it melts our hearts.

We could just gobble her up :)

They call this Gnome Princess look...


They tell us over and over how they "...can't believe she is really here!"


They love to see her react to their lovins'...





And bed head just looks too darn cute on wee little ones...


They even try their hardest to include sister in their schooling...


LOL!  Just caught her in the middle of a sneeze.


Oh! How this little distraction is loved!  

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Follow-up Exam

Hello out there!

Just a quick note to let you know I had my six week follow-up last week.   (I never get use to those!)  At any rate...

I'm happy to say that my blood pressure dropped to normal levels...to a point that I started to ween myself off of the medicine.

This blood pressure / pre eclampsia  issue did create a new kind of headache for me....migraines.

 Yowzer!

Migraines run in my family and until now, I have never experienced one.  They are just awful!  I knew they were bad since I've witnessed these attacks in siblings.  Their experience would include vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and noise.  Closing themselves off in a darkened and sound proof room would be their only help.

Anyone else out there experience them?  Any suggestions for coping methods?

~  Patty  ~

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stuffed Jumbo Shells


I found the recipe for these cheese- stuffed shells over at Beth Anne's Lenten Meal Link Up.  I always wanted to attempt them and finally did.

VERY EASY!


I tweaked the recipe a bit since I used a different brand of shells.

Ingredients:

12 oz jumbo shells
2 eggs
30 oz Ricotta Cheese (I purchased 2- 15 oz containers)
2 cups (8oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese - DIVIDED
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
3 cups spaghetti sauce (I used store bought)
2 tbsp water

Directions:

1.  Prepare shells according to directions on box.

2.  In medium bowl, beat eggs lightly; stir in Ricotta, Mozzarella, 3/4 cup Parmesan, parsley, basil, and salt.

3.  Grease bottom of 9x13 baking dish.  Add water and a little sauce to bottom of dish. Spread.  (This prevents shells from drying out on bottom.)  Stuff about 1 tbsp of cheese mixture into each shell.  Place stuffed shells in baking dish.  Spread remaining sauce and Parmesan cheese over top of shells.  Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes.

**In addition to the 9x13 baking dish, I also filled up an 8x8 baking dish.  I had a 48oz container of spaghetti sauce and glad I had the bigger size since this made so much extra!**

Servings:  8

I served these with garlic bread.  The family LOVED these and we had enough for left overs!

Enjoy!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, March 9, 2012

Our Little Lady



Ester, our horse-lovin' gal, celebrated her 11th birthday on March 8. 



So what do you get a horse lovin' girl who happens to enjoy a little bling?


Why a gift card to Cavender's!   Cavender's Boot City.  We spent the morning there checking out all the boots and bling.






She did not want to spend it all at once so she picked out one, pretty blouse for the time being.

Her dinner guest was "Curly", who also shares the same name and ALMOST the same birthday.


(Ester is wearing her new blouse ... isn't it pretty?)

After dinner we had cake.  Horse cake.


(For you DFW folks, this came from Market Street.)



And those candles she blew out?  She picked out Rainbow Glow candles.  Their flame is the same color of their wax.


(They sort of worked.)


And can you guess what she picked out for her paper plates and napkins?

Yup.  A horse theme :)


(We found these at Hobby Lobby.)

She had a great day...a great birthday!



Happy Birthday, Ester!  May God fill your year with abundant blessings.  We love you!

~  Mom and Dad  ~

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