Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nina's Cafe

WOW! Where did February go? I swear days are going by faster and faster!!! Okay, maybe not, but it sure feels like it. As we end February and enter into March I thought I would share with one a silly dinner I do with my kids whenever I feel lazy and don't feel like cooking.  Anyways, every now and then I play Nina's Cafe...a Texas Paula Dean version who owns her own cafe and serves up whatever's on the menu. My kids get a kick out of these dinners and I get to pretend I am someone else, accent and all! Now Athena tries to be southern and it's just the cutest thing! So, this particular night Athena had a friend over and she is an only child. I can only imagine what goes through her head when she is hanging out at our house. Not a quiet moment occurs while she is here and someone is crying or whining 24/7. So I decide it's Nina's Cafe night. I think McKenna left that night a little scared, wondering if maybe Athena's mom is a little nuts! Anywho...we proceeded with menus and I with my apron on, note pad in had, taking orders. Now, if we have unruly customers, we sometimes have a cop who helps out, hubby, he known as Officer Jones and he takes unruly customers outside until they agree to behave. We practice manners, sitting and having a conversation, and how to order politely! We even practice our southern accents...oh the memories! Happy Leap Year!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day

This Valentine's day I did not get dolled up for my husband, I did not get a babysitter, I did not go out to dinner with  my hubby, I did not receive any flowers or a card that I signed from my husband to me every year. No I did not get any of that...I ran around to class parties, dance classes, take care of my mom,  made dinner for myself and kiddos and cleaned it all up. Couldn't wash my dishes properly because my disposal is broken so the trash stinks in my house. My kids wouldn't go to bed, and as I am writing this I am exhausted knowing I still have laundry to put away and a big project to get ahead on at work that I brought home(which I never do). My hubby is at his basketball game, which he probably will not win again (bless his heart, in basketball world we say "we're young this year"-simply meaning it is going to be a long year) My kids are still up and NOT sleeping, my house still smells, and my laundry is still on my bed. I needed a flashlight tonight, but couldn't find one because my children break everything. And then it hits me in my pity party, a sweet Valentine, handwritten by my son who can see it hasn't been an ideal day. And for a moment, my heart remembers that even though life is tough, it is so good. Happy Valentines...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Lady Fingers

Oh my goodness! Do these take me back to childhood in an instant heart beat! WOW! I was shopping at Cost Plus for some fun treats today when I stumbled on these Lady Fingers! Lady Fingers take me back to when I was living on Madison Street downtown off of Belmont! Yes, down there in a not so cute street lived a family in one little home that was the cleanest on the block. It had a porch that was carpeted in green velour type flooring by the lady of the house, a shiny red door, and cute little lace drapes peaking through the window. We had the cutest house on the block...I think it was in the Home Tour of People's Church one year! Anyways, off the subject, back to the Lady Fingers...there I was walking through the isles of Cost Plus, seeing the world through chocolates and desserts, with one kid yelling stop! and the other running behind me with a cart...I was hoping the entire time that he wouldn't-"ouch!"-run into my ankles. There with my throbbing ankles I saw this package labeled Lady Fingers...and instantly there I was in the brick kitchen on Madison Street eating a peach lady finger cake. Mmmm, my mother made it all the time and it was her signature. People always came over for some Lady Finger Peach cake. So I had to purchase these Lady Fingers and try to find the recipe my mother used to create such a memory. After A LOT of googling, I found a recipe closely replicating my mother's cake. The only thing missing is my mother covered the cake in cool whip. I am thinking I can layer this in a bowl, much like death by chocolate, and give it a modern twist! I will be making this over the next few weeks, and when I do, I will blog you! Happy Love month...

Peach Refrigerator Cake

1/2 pound marshmallows
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup ginger ale
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Sponge cake or lady fingers
6-8 peaches, sliced
1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
Cut marshmallows in quarters, add to orange juice and stir over hot water until almost melted; cool slightly and add ginger ale.  When slightly thickened fold in 3/4 cup whipped cream. Line a spring form pan with waxed paper.  Arrange layer of cake or ladyfingers on bottom, next a layer of peaches, then layer of marshmallows; repeat until there are 3 layers of cake and 2 of filling.  Chill in refrigerator overnight.  Unmold; garnish with remaining peaches and cream and ginger.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It ain't easy being cheesy!

So it's February...hard to believe it's the LOVE month! I feel very blessed to have a husband who LOVES me SO much and one that I LOVE equally, although he says he loves me more! (LOL) So I thought for the next 14 days I would celebrate the love of my life! (Sorry it's a little cheesy!) I am so lucky to have a man who works his tail off for his family, who loves to play with his kids, who thinks I'm hot, and who will be perfectly content with a bowl of cereal for dinner when my life gets too crazy and I have nothing to cook! And last night my friend, Christina Patricio, invited friends over for a little craft night. We were creating a deck of cards labeled with 52 Reasons why we love who we love...which kicked off the month! I thought it was a little cheesy and that my husband would laugh that I made this for him, but when I gave it to him he was so impressed and sat and read through it all, chuckling a bit on the ones that brought up fond memories. I guess you forget that once when you were dating you would do cheesy love things to show your man how much you love him. I need to get back to that because obviously Johnny gets a kick out these types of gestures. If you want to create this at home for your man, all you need is a deck of cards (53 of them) one for the cover, and a good hole puncher, rings, and some cut paper and a sharpie pen and you're set to go! Oh and some ribbon to make it a little pretty of course! Happy Love Month!