Sunday, March 31, 2013

Southern Fried Sunday: Easter Trix Treats

This post is the beginning of my Southern Fried Sundays posts.  I'm going to try to post a recipe that I've tried every Sunday.  This week I'm on Spring Break from work.  My son and I will be going to visit my family this afternoon.  We'll be spending a couple of days at my grandma's house with my Momma, Sister, Nieces, and Grandparents.  Maybe a few other people will join in too.  The more the merrier.  I'll have some down-south recipes and also some that I've come up with myself.

Today's recipe is from a pic I saw on Pinterest.  I thought "I could do that without the recipe".  Well, it's not exactly like the rice crispy treats.  Here's how I made them.

Ingredients
1 bag of mini marshmallows
3 Tb butter
9 cups of Trix

That's right.  I used 9 cups of Trix.  I can't really explain why more Trix are needed.

Melt your butter in a large pot on low heat.  While your butter is melting, grease a 9x13 pan.  Once the butter is melted, pour in the marshmallows.  Stir the marshmallows on low heat until completely melted.  Make sure you leave it on low heat. Be patient.  They will melt.  You don't want your marshmallows to burn.  When they've been completely melted, add your Trix and stir, stir, stir.  Make sure everything is mixed together then dump it in your pan.  You can try to use a spoon or spatula to spread it out in the pan.  If you do that, be sure to spray it down with cooking spray.  I wasn't very successful with this method.  So, I washed my hands again, slathered butter all over them, and proceeded to spread it out with my hands.  It was much easier that way. After you've spread it out in the pan, let it sit for a couple of hours to make sure it sets.  When you cut them, you may want to use a sharp knife and clean it off after every line that's cut.  This will help you have clean cuts.

Here's what I came up with.


As you can see, I made some rice crispy treats too.

What are you making for Easter?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ramblings of an Exhausted Mother

For those of you that look forward to my posts, I apologize.  I haven't written anything in a while.  So, today's post is sort of a catch up/follow up to previous posts and something to possibly look forward to.

Today I received something in the mail that makes my a little giddy.


This momma got her Spring magazines.  YAY!!!  I love Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.  There are so many good ideas, recipes, and gardening tips in these two.  I mean loaded.  I have found several that I want to try and let you know how it went/tasted.  When I opened up my BHG, I found several coupons inside.  Love it!!



So far my flowers have survived the bitter cold nights we've had here lately.  My tulips and daffodils seem to be thriving.  Even though it's been cold, I still find a new flower making it's way up through the clay that I have in my yard.  Every year, I work a little more rich soil into the hard clay so that next year it will be easier to dig into and better for my perennials when they come back.

As far as the diet and exercise goes...not so well.  I've had a rough couple of weeks.  I've only lost 3 lbs and I can't seem to keep my hands out of the cheez its.  It doesn't help when my son comes home with goodies like these either. 


This week I've done a lot better with the diet.  I've been able to stay away from the french fries and bread.  I really need to kick it into high gear.  We have a Disney trip planned for a week in October.  This is one Momma that will be in shape and ready to party with my guys and the in-laws.  I'm counting down the days.  211 to be exact.

I'm also working on setting up a schedule of future posts.  The next couple of weeks will be hit or miss until I get everything set up.  Alex and I will be going to my hometown for a few days after Easter to spend time with all my girls.  We're going to spend a day or two at my Grandma's house cooking with her and going through all of her recipes.  I plan on having several posts to share some of her goodies like banana pudding and red velvet cake.  Needless to say, keeping off a pound or two that week will be a challenge.

Do you have any big plans for this year?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gardening Take 2

Yesterday morning was beautiful.  After Alex and I got up, we went to Lowe's.  They were putting out some of the most beautiful plants.  When this type of weather hits and the stores are putting out their spring items, I get giddy.  You know, that type of feeling when a long lost love/family member returns home.  I can't seem to stop myself from spending a small fortune.  We bought, plant, seeds, bulbs, and supplies.  Of course I had to buy Alex a little something too.  He loves helping me.  I got him a child size yellow rake and red shovel.  He also got a new pair of Mickey Mouse gardening gloves.  Oh, and a strawberry plant.  See what I mean about not being able to stop myself?

After we got home and ate some lunch, it was time to tackle boxwoods.  I mean at one point, I actually tackled a boxwood.  My husband asked if I could move my raised garden bed to the other side of the house. 




 I didn't see why not.  I just needed to move a few other things in order to fit my plants.  That meant moving two boxwoods in order to take advantage of the sun on that side of the house. 




 I don't have a lot of space to plant and I don't really care for the boxwoods so, at least two had to go.  When you want to transplant any shrub, you want to be careful not to destroy too many roots.  Use your shovel and cut a very wide area in the dirt around the shrub.  Then, using your shovel, you keep levering the shrub up.  After going around a few times, you should be able to get it up and move it wherever you want.  When digging a hole for your transplanted shrub, you want to dig a hole that is about twice the size of the root ball.  He sure that you don't completely bury the roots all the way up to the main trunk.  Roots need oxygen too.  Leave the root ball about an inch above the ground.  Fill in the whole and water your shrub.  Then you want to add about 1-2 inches of mulch.  That will help hold in water and still allow oxygen to get to the roots.

Now, if you're like me, you just don't have the space for the boxwoods anywhere else.  So, I just went to town on those bushes.  Then I realized that my mom might want them for her yard.  I thought about that after I ripped up the first one.  I hope she can salvage it.




While I was wrestling with the shrubs, my son asked my hubby to play  outside.  When Brian asked what he wanted to play, Alex said "I want to play catch or sumfing". I just love how he talks.  So, Brian started teaching Alex how to pitch.  I have to admit, for a four year old, he was pretty good.  They decided to go to the local baseball field and hit the ball some.  




I managed to get the second boxwood up without too much damage.  The second bush was the one I tackled or some may say I pushed it over and I fell over with it.  That did not feel good.

After all that, I tried to finish raking the rest of the yard.   Alex helped me for a little while.




 I was able to get most of it done before I gave up.  I wanted to work on some thing different.  When we were at Lowe's, we bought two pots that had 6 ranunculus plants in each one.  




The colors were so vibrant.  When you buy a potted garden, be sure to check the roots when you get home.  Many times the plants have been in the pot for so long that they become root bound.  That's when the roots have taken over the pot and there are so many that the plants don't get enough nutrients.  Both of these were like that.  So, I separated the plants and put them in a bigger pot...




And some in my flower bed.




When you separate plants, be careful and gentle.  Again, you don't want to hurt anymore roots than you have to.  I also put some bulbs in a pot with rich soil.  This way I can see how the plants do and can plant them in the ground when they are more mature.  Of course I will keep you posted on how everything fairs.

What are you putting in your garden?



Update:  The flowers in the above picture make a very cute arrangement.  I hate that I didn't have them last year for a wedding shower my husband and I had here.





Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pleasant Memories.

I was playing a game called "song pop" against one of my cousins last night. That song by 4 non blondes came up and it immediately reminded me of one of my other cousins, Justin.  Just to give you a little background on Justin, he was fun.  Not really get into trouble fun, even though I'm sure he got into his share of trouble, we had silly kid fun.

One summer he came to the fair with my family.  I don't remember which one.  My parents had one of those long station wagons that had the extra seat in the back that folded up and down.  Justin and I were in the middle set of seats.  We were about 10ish at the time and were cutting up like 10-year-olds do.  He always had a way of making me laugh uncontrollably.  That was the year that 4 non blondes came out with their one hit wonder "What's Going On".  Justin belted it out at the top of his lungs and was pretty spot on with his rendition.  That was one of the many times Justin had me laughing so hard, I was laughing, crying, and hurting as all at the same time.

He had cystic fibrosis.  He had a lung transplant when he was 20.  He died a few years later.  Growing up, he was one of my closest friends. He was a golf buddy.  We even got to go to college for a year together.   I miss him so much!  I think of him so often.  Even more so now.  My niece was born with the same genetic abnormalities.  She has the same tenacity that Justin had.  I know that, just like Justin, she will have a very full life.

For information on CF, go to www.cff.org.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Gardening: Take 1

Wweeelllll, today (actually earlier in the week) I decided that I would have a "work in the yard" day.  Since it was supposed to be an absolutely beautiful day, it would be perfect.  For the next several months, I plan to post something about gardening on Saturdays.  Now is the perfect time to start cleaning to get ready for some beautiful blooms, fruits, and veggies.

So, on to today's adventures.  I woke up around 9:30 this morning and dressed in what I call my gardening clothes.  TIP 1.  When working outside, never wear new clothes unless you have some new gardening boots.  I would love this pair in particular.  If you're clearing spots in your yard for the first time in a long time, you may want to wear longs sleeves and gloves.  Just in case you have any kind of poison ivy/oak.  You don't want to end up like this.



And that was just a couple of days later.  It actually got worse and I had to go get a shot.  So, long sleeves and gloves.

Anyway, I got started on the front yard shortly after I got up.  This is what I went out to.


Front yard


Flower bed to the right of the driveway.


Left of driveway beside the garage


Corner of the driveway and front sidewalk.


Front yard

As you can see, I have a lot to work with and I started on it last year.  The rock wall in the front yard was a project from last year.  See all those rocks and how big some of them are?  Yeah, I moved them all by my 5 feet tall self.  I am woman, hear me roar.  I had to dig about 2 feet into the hill.  I used some of the extra dirt to level out the bottom and fill in some holes.

Today I worked on making sure that the flower beds were cleared of leaves and old mulch.  In between raking, I checked on some of the flowers that I planted last year.  Many of them are already coming back with blooms.  My strawberry plants are coming back in.  I'm hoping to be able to get more than 5 or 6 strawberries this year.   After working a while with my little helper, my husband brought lunch.  By that point,  I had the flower bed at the top of the drive, and Alex helped me move some of "his baby day lilies".  He helped me plant them by the mailbox and put some in pots for a friend of mine.  Then I worked on clearing the side and part of the back yard.  TIP 2:  When clearing leaves and limbs, a good thing to have is a tarp.  You can rake the leaves onto the tarp and then you can haul it to whatever part of the yard you want.  Just don't overload it.  Leaves can be heavy.  Needless to say, I was able to clear about three quarters of the yard today.  Now, I'm sitting on the couch drinking a glass of wine while suffering with sore muscles.  I'm using one of my hubby's chocolate books as a coaster for my hillbilly wine glass.  I'll do a post later on showing how to make those, too.  I think I'll sleep well tonight.


Here's how it looks so far.


All the green across the top right are day lilies.


These are grape hyacinth.  They came from my momma's house.

As I said earlier, I'm going to try to do a post each Saturday to show you my progress and pass on some tips and maybe a funny story or two.  




Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Never Ending Diet...

Ok.  I've been trying since the beginning of the year to diet and exercise.  So far, it's not working very well.  I  keep telling myself that I'll start on Monday.  That I'll take my shoes to work and walk on my lunch break.  Weelll...It never happens. I've made excuses and just flat out refused to do it.  I'm one of those that needs a coach of sorts.  

So, I'm going to try this all over again.  Beginning tomorrow I'm going to use this chart that a wonderful woman over at Using Time Wisely.  Ms. Tracy came up with a chart that keeps up with how much water you drink and how much you exercise.  Simply Genius!  Here's a link to the Free Printable Chart.  This chart will help me keep up with how well, or badly, I'm keeping up with everything.  I plan on keeping this in a plastic sleeve so that I can mark what I do with a dry erase marker.

Starting tomorrow, I'm going to eat better, drink more water, and try to walk at least a mile every day.  We don't have a scale in the house because it can be a little discouraging to step on it every morning and find that, even though you've worked very hard, you've gained a pound or two.  Ms. Tracy's chart will help with the water and exercise part but, I'll have to do the eating part on my own.  I'm also going to use my blog to help keep myself on track.  


How are you keeping healthy for 2013?