Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pumpkin-White Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

I have been seeing a lot about these dough balls around the bloggies world, so I decided to make this recipe tonight! I really like this recipe, because they are not really sweet and sometimes that is the way to go, plus they are pretty healthy!

Some for Santa!

Do you like my hand model?....hubby just loves that part....ha! You know the part he likes best......yep!...the tasting!

I hope you give these a try! The recipe is from Tina!

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used the white choc. here)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325*F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. (Batter will seem dry at first, but just keep mixing.)
  3. Coat a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Roll batter into 1-inch balls.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Some Winter Fun

Cliff and I were driving into town the other day and this is what we seen in one of our neighbors yards.....a Snow Horse!.....It was so cute, we had to run back home and get the camera!


It was snowing also!


This is a snowflake that landed on the dash of our truck...so pretty, don't you think?


In this photo, we were driving to Columbus and there was a haze around the sun, so I snapped a picture of it through the windshield...very different!


Hey, how did you guy's get in here?....lol! Their waiting on their mama to feed them....look at little copy cat Lily (our black and white kitten)..ha ha!


What winter time fun have you been seeing?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Coconut Date Cookies

These were very tasty and quick to make! Sorry that mine look like something from outer space....ha ha! Next time, I'm going to bake them a little longer. A keeper for sure!


Coconut Date Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup pitted dates (approximately 15-20 whole dates)
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp canola oil (I used olive oil)
1/4 cup soy milk (I used almond milk)

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Put all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend well until there are no large date pieces.
  • Portion mixture into 1 inch balls, place on greased cookie sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon/spatula.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and cool on cookie rack.
  • Store cookies in the refrigerator.

Option: Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave. Using a fork dipped into the melted chocolate, drizzle on top of cookies. (Cookies should be cool).

Recipe came from Tina @ http://carrotsncake.com/2008/05/coconut-date-cookies-to-die-for.html

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mixing Candy Making and Wine

On Wednesday evening, my sister and I decided to do some candy making....on the list to do was: buckeyes, turtles, and cashew nut clusters. Vicky and I had to get the party started right with a nice glass of wine.

Here's Vicky putting the melted chocolate on the turtles.

Here's yours truly playing with the caramel for the turtles.

Mission accomplished with those luscious turtles...nothing better than homemade candies.

The assortment being sorted...lol!

We had a lot of great wine, laughter, and candy that evening! Happy Friday to ya!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A GIGGLE with the GOATS Jingle Bells Holiday Performance

OMG!....this is the cutest video and if you go to the link here there are more to watch! Hubby found it last evening on Facebook.....so enjoy and laugh a lot! Hugs!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Tiger

Our Tiger! He's keeper of this castle...ha ha!

Enjoying the Christmas scene!

And this summer!

Have You Ever?

I debated about making this post, but then again I wanted to be honest with myself, since this is a blog about life and my amazing journey. Since last week I have been lacking in my creativity zone, in other words, not doing anything to express my creative side and when this happens this energy can go in many other directions and not always the right direction. So this morning when I was choosing to overeat or emotionally overeat I wrote this letter to myself. Now maybe some of you can relate and others may not, which is fine. I just needed to put this out there for others and myself, just so that you know you are not alone!

The Letter:

"I get so discussed with myself for overeating, it brings me to tears to be treating my body like this and betraying my soul this way and I can't seem to stop it! I read books about the topic and sometimes I think I have the answers, but then it happens again. I wish I was a writer (published). It is so pathetic how I can't seem to even stop it, but at times I can. (I know this doesn't make sense) I feel like I should know better......which I should. I wonder will anything be easy or I should/could say come easy in my life (as a creative side of me) as I really want to write. Why should I have to take a class....you don't....read books and incorporate the information in. I'm what they call a binge eater and an emotional eater. It seems easier to just give in than to find the courage to beat it. OMG, Pam..do you know what you just wrote....get it together NOW!"

So I go to our book case and pull out this book:

and this one:





Both are excellent! I will pull myself up and start reading and healing again! Forgetting to feel sorry for me...lol! and find my courage to move onward and upward. Thank you for reading and I hope this helps other and me too! xoxo to all!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In Ohio Right Now

It is snowing like crazy right now! The picture doesn't really show you how hard it is snowing or how big the flakes are....so pretty and we are loving it!

I took both of these looking out our front door!

Hope you are all safe and warm where ever you live! Hugs!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowball Cake

Snowball Cake

The recipe is here. You can add maraschino cherries if you like!

Happy Baking!

Birthday Celebration And A Tricycle

Last evening we went to celebrate my sister's birthday......we don't discuss age as we are all ageless...he he! My mom made the Snowball cake for Vicky, she said that was all that she wanted....easier said than done sometimes for mom. Mom ended up spilling a whole bag of sugar on the floor, but she is one darn great cook and baker though!


In this photo, I kept asking Vicky if she was ready for the photo and she was saying "NO", but look at my niece laughing her butt off....good times were had by all! Happy Birthday Sissy!


Tricycle.....do you remember your first one! This was Cliff's! He has a nephew that is turning one in January, so his mom asked Cliff to blast and paint it, as this is our business. Didn't it come out perfect? Cliff is an excellent blaster and painter, even though one day we hope to sell this operation and move onto something more fun and less hard work, but regardless, she is a beauty!

Hope you are enjoying getting ready for the Holidays! I'm almost done! Woo Hoo! Hugs!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Upper Sandusky's Winter Fantasy of Lights

It's just the best when there is a dusting of snow on the ground (or more...he he!) and you go see a drive-thru Christmas display of lights....Well, that's just what the Hubby and I did last evening...it was perfection! Here is a sampling of what we seen:

Merry Christmas!

This is a picnic pavilion made into a carousel....very cool!

Happy Holidays!

Log Cabin!

Santa's Stable.....made from the covered bridge! Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The How-To's Of A Stove Top Espresso Maker

I have finally experienced a Stove Top Espresso Coffee maker! I love trying new things out and especially when they do turn out. Hubby and I went to Goodwill yesterday and found this little gem for $3.00 and it was hardly used. You can usually pick up some very nice things at those stores, heck my sister is a Goodwill Queen I think.....I will always ask her "where did you get that" and her reply...Goodwill...lol! The brand was Laroma Supreme....so here is a pictorial of what I did to make a great cup of espresso.

This is the finished product I am enjoying in my favorite goat mug! I added a 1/4 cup eggnog and a packet of stevia.

Add your cold water just to the steam vent. (Chefs say that cold water heats up faster than hot water....weird, but true) Place your filter funnel into the water basin.

Here's the good stuff now.....whatever kind of finely ground espresso you would like place it in the filter, but don't press it in.

Now put your two pieces back together...the water basin and coffee pot and place on the stove. We have an electric stove, so I turned the burner onto 4.5.

And within a couple of mins....fresh espresso! Pour and Enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nice Giveaway!

Nice Giveaway Here from Michelle!


Thank you Michelle!

Great News and Happy Monday!

Good Morning! Hope all is bright and cheery in your world and it is back to Monday again. So Happy Monday to you! Hubby and I had a wonderful holiday and I had a great time with my sissy in Fla. too! We hadn't taken a vacation together in some time.....good bonding fun!

I have some news....after some careful thinking I have decided to create a new blog! This blog here I am going to import over to my new one whenever it decides to let me do it....puter's....jeez..sometimes...lol! The new blog will have no labels, limitations, etc. when it comes to food....so it will not just be vegan or rawfood even though I will be incorporating them in also! Hubby and I felt that it was time to have other kinds of proteins into our meal plans and other things too. So we will be eating as healthy as we feel possible for us. This new blog will not just be focused on food, but travel, pets, life, relationships.....whatever comes to me and that I can express, create, and have fun with. With this blog I have had fun, but just felt very limited! So if you feel inclined to follow me over that would be great...if not, I completely understand...even though I hope to see you there...he he! Hope you all are enjoying your holiday season! Hugs and Thank YOU! My new blogs address is: http://pamsamazingjourney.blogspot.com/

12.16.10 Update: I have decided to keep both of my blogs open! Merry Christmas (Hugs to all!)

Great News and Happy Monday!

Good Morning! Hope all is bright and cheery in your world and it is back to Monday again. So Happy Monday to you! Hubby and I had a wonderful holiday and I had a great time with my sissy in Fla. too! We hadn't taken a vacation together in some time.....good bonding fun!

I have some news....after some careful thinking I have decided to create a new blog! This blog here I am going to import over to my new one whenever it decides to let me do it....puter's....jeez..sometimes...lol! The new blog will have no labels, limitations, etc. when it comes to food....so it will not just be vegan or rawfood even though I will be incorporating them in also! Hubby and I felt that it was time to have other kinds of proteins into our meal plans and other things too. So we will be eating as healthy as we feel possible for us. This new blog will not just be focused on food, but travel, pets, life, relationships.....whatever comes to me and that I can express, create, and have fun with. With this blog I have had fun, but just felt very limited! So if you feel inclined to follow me over that would be great...if not, I completely understand...even though I hope to see you there...he he! Hope you all are enjoying your holiday season! Hugs and Thank YOU! My new blogs address is: http://pamsamazingjourney.blogspot.com/

12.16.10 Update: I have decided to keep both of my blogs open! Merry Christmas (Hugs to all!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

This Ain't No Charlie Brown Tree!


Bugger, wanted to get the whole tree in facing the other direction to see both Christmas stockings.....drats it was too big....ha! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vacation Time!

Hello Peeps!

Starting Saturday, Nov. 13th, I will be on vacation....WAHOO! First, a trip to Florida with my sister to visit our parents and then a trip with my wonderful Hubby....not sure yet where we are going, but I know it will be fun...just being with him! So in the meantime all you wonderful, fun, and lovely people have a great couple of weeks....I know I will...he he! Hugs!

Vacation Time!

Hello Peeps!

Starting Saturday, Nov. 13th, I will be on vacation....WAHOO! First, a trip to Florida with my sister to visit our parents and then a trip with my wonderful Hubby....not sure yet where we are going, but I know it will be fun...just being with him! So in the meantime all you wonderful, fun, and lovely people have a great couple of weeks....I know I will...he he! Hugs!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Howdy! Here to share with you a very good and easy cookie recipe! Just take 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, and 1 egg or egg replacer and combine together. I use a cookie scoop and drop onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 mins......YUMMY!


Try not to eat them all in one sitting....lol! Hugs!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Howdy! Here to share with you a very good and easy cookie recipe! Just take 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, and 1 egg or egg replacer and combine together. I use a cookie scoop and drop onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 mins......YUMMY!


Try not to eat them all in one sitting....lol! Hugs!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Marx Foods Palm Leaf Plates and Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone! Hope you are having a great one!

Last year http://www.marxfoods.com/ sent me some Palm Leaf Plates to review....I love these plates! They are so durable, sturdy, and green friendly! I was so impressed as how they are made.....you can read more about it and order some for yourself here! A BIG Thank You to Marx Foods for letting me experience these awesome plates!

Now a treat for you: Vegan Pecan Pie Muffins! These were amazing and really tasted like pecan pie! The recipe is here! Please give them a try.....one word: Scrumptious!


Hug!

Marx Foods Palm Leaf Plates and Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone! Hope you are having a great one!

Last year http://www.marxfoods.com/ sent me some Palm Leaf Plates to review....I love these plates! They are so durable, sturdy, and green friendly! I was so impressed as how they are made.....you can read more about it and order some for yourself here! A BIG Thank You to Marx Foods for letting me experience these awesome plates!

Now a treat for you: Vegan Pecan Pie Muffins! These were amazing and really tasted like pecan pie! The recipe is here! Please give them a try.....one word: Scrumptious!


Hug!