Cooking, Desserts

Traditional Pound Cake Recipe

Traditional Pound Cake Recipe

Traditional Pound Cake Recipe

 

 

Traditional Pound Cake Recipe

I am going to weigh a thousand pounds by the time this quarantine is lifted.  Cooking is something I enjoy doing.  It brings me peace.  So, with that being, I haven’t made a pound cake in a month of Sundays.  Here is my Traditional Pound Cake Recipe with a powdered sugar glaze.  Forgive the “angel food cake” look because I couldn’t find my bundt pan.

This is a cake that you have to “baby” but I’m telling you, my KitchenAid mixer, it made all the difference.  You can use your hand mixer, as well.  My mixer died a long long time ago, bless its sweet heart.

Ingredients

1 pound butter, softened

3 c. sugar

6 eggs, room temperature

4 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. milk

1 tsp. almond extract

Vanilla extract, 1 tsp.

Directions

In a bowl, place the pound of butter and mix the crap out of it.  It should be a pale yellow, whipped look.  On a medium to high speed.  **Why am I singing the song “Whip It.”**  Good grief, now it won’t leave my head.  Dangit.

Where was I?  Oh…PSA…do not try and “sip” the almond or vanilla extract.  My son-in-law learned a lesson on that one.  Just passing in the kindness to everyone.  God love him.  Him’s a special boy LOL.

Quarantine.  Bunny trail.  I cannot focus.

Cheesecake…no…Pound cake.  I can do this.

Once the butter has been whipped, add an egg in one at a time.  Whip it till the yolks are blended.  Next up, get your milk and flour.  Go in this order:  a bit of milk, whip, a cup of flour, whip, repeat ending with flour.  Mix it until it is smooth.  Lastly, add in the extracts.  You can leave out the almond extract but it was good.

Grease a bundt pan (yes, I used an angel food cake pan).  After you grease it (spray or crisco), then you need to get some flour and swirl it around in there.  Add your batter.  Bake at 300 for about an hour and 40 minutes.  I started checking it at 1:30 but I did up it to 1:40.  It was done.

Icing

Eyeball this….I think I did 2 c. powdered sugar, a tsp of vanilla, and enough heavy cream (you can use 1/2 and 1/2 or milk) to thin it out.  I ended up making WAY too much, so Big Daddy drizzled all the leftovers over each slice that he eats LOL.  My daughter put it on the cake.

For the love…it is good.

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Channeling Karl

Channeling Karl

Channeling Karl

I am going to be Channeling Karl.  If I can’t see the children, then the children can’t see me.  We shall cover our eyes and ignore.  It’s not me…it’s them!  All this “mom, I cut myself or mom, I’m hungry or mom, someone looked at me.”  I don’t hear it because I don’t see it.

I’m going into the weekend with no hopes and/or expectations for any of us to do anything major.  My prayer is that we survive.  Throw food at the wolves and survive.  We will survive….now that song is in my head.

Just Because…Why Not.

I need to make a quick clarification for my 5 viewers.  We have Ted, Lola, and Francis.  They are our inside dogs.  Also inside, we have Karl and Karen.  We also had Karole, but she passed away at the ripe age of about 16.  Also, we had an outside cat, Chip.  He died a month ago and we are heartbroken.

Chip brought along his common-law wife, Inez (she is not my cat).  She was completely feral but with his love, we can now love on her but not hold her.  Chip left her a widow, pregnant.  She had 5 kittens, under my house.  We pulled them out and have them in a safe place.  We have three Russian Blue looking cats, Maureen, Jennifer, and Linda.  Then she has 2 dark tiger striped cats, one is a girl (Chipette) and the other is a boy (Troy).

Lest We Not Forget Joan

Joan started showing up.  Very affectionate (except towards Inez) and we could tell she had been an inside cat.  She was VERY pregnant when she came around.  I named her Joan because, well, she isn’t my cat but I feed her and she needs a name.  She threw identical triplets Russian blue kittens.  Janis, Joplin, and Lloyd

So we went from 4 cats to 3 cats to 4 cats to 3 cats to 12 cats within no time at all.  Actually, 13 because there is a black and white tuxedo male in the mancave.  I named him Jorge.

How did I become the crazy cat lady again?

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Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe
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I went to make Tater Tot Casserole tonight and realized I had no Lipton Onion Soup Mix. What does one do during quarantine?  I concocted a Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe.  This is enough for 2 packets, so if you are using this, 1/2 it if you just need the equivalent to one packet.

Ingredients

1/2 c. minced onions

4 T. beef bouillon granules

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 T. parsley

1/4 tsp. paprika

Directions

Put it in an airtight container or a ziploc baggie.  Use immediately or store for up to a month.  You can also double or triple this recipe and keep it in a mason jar.  I don’t use this often.  Always, though, I put it on a roast.  Also, I put it in my Tater Tot Casserole, which I will post that recipe tomorrow.

Anyway…

I’ve been cooking up a storm during quarantine.  Well, who am I kidding…I cook all the time.  Honestly, I feel like that is all I do is cook, clean, or educate.  The highlight of my day is driving down the road to see Kevin the pig.  He is my neighbor’s pet pig that lives in the front yard.  If you want to join in on the fun, I post daily on my quarantine log with my crew over on my Facebook page.  Come on over and “like” my page and join in.  Let us all in on what you are doing during this bizarre time in history.

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Cooking, Soup

Easy White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

Easy White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

Easy White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese
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I tried something out of my wheelhouse with this Easy White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese.  It was a HIT!  Big Daddy loved it and didn’t want me to change a thing, which is huge.  I did this in my Instant Pot but you can just do it on the stovetop.

Ingredients

3 cans of chicken, drained (you can boil and chop chicken breasts)

1 onion

Garlic

Seasoning

Oregano

Cayenne

Paprika

Cumin

Oil

**Coriander (I didn’t have this)

**Cilantro (I did not have this, so I didn’t use it.  I don’t like Cilantro anyway)

1 can green chiles

2 cans white beans, drained

Chicken bouillon

Water

Cream Cheese

Monterey Jack

Directions

In instant pot, I added just a bit of oil to keep it from sticking.  Then, I added the 3 cans of chicken, garlic, and onion.  I sauteed until the onion was tender.  Next, I added the spices, green chiles, white beans, and chicken bouillon (I used the powder and mixed with the water.  You can use chicken stock).  Mixed it well, while it was still in the saute mode.  Next up, I mixed in the cream cheese and let it melt down.  Lastly, about 6 c. water.

I put the lid on and put on “soup” mode for about 15 minutes.  Once that beeps, I do a quick release.  That’s when I add the Monterey jack cheese.  Just stir that up until it is melted.

Now, For the Tricky Part

So, you can put 1 c. of white beans in a food processor, with a bit of the broth to puree it.  Add that to your soup to thicken it up.  Some people may like it more broth-y and just let it be.  What I did, was put both cans of beans in and I added some instant potatoes flakes to thicken the soup up.  You can also put some cornstarch in with cold water, bring the soup to a boil, add the cornstarch mixture and mix till it thickens.

Lots of options.  It was good!

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I Am Not Crying

I Am Not Crying

I Am Not CryingI Am Not Crying

I swear, I Am Not Crying…yet maybe I am.  Maybe I sat in the bathroom (after disinfecting it) and teared up.  I feel like The Rock in the Jumanji movie where they just get to the jungle and he repeats to himself “don’t cry, don’t cry.”  Yet tears began to flow.

This is not normal.

I will never get used to this sight.  Ever.  These “chemo” chairs affect my soul on a deep level.  Seeing all these babies, children, and young adults…it does not get normal.  It is not just “another day, another treatment.”  It’s not.

Today, someone finished their treatment.  The nurses sang and clapped.  You could see their smiling eyes even though everyone has a mask on.  That warms my heart but still, there is a disease that has ravished these children.  Not okay.

Beginning

We started out in a room and then got kicked to a chemo chair.  These chairs suck.  Drapes separate people, yet the floor is packed.  Nurses move, gurneys come in, IVs get clogged, IVs beep, meds flow freely.  Oncology kids are getting tested for Corona.  The screams I hear are piercing.  It is protocol in these uncertain times.  I get that and respect that.  Honestly, I’m glad they are taking precautions but still.  This is hard.

Lost Count

I have lost count at how many pokes, flushes, bp checks, temp checks, weight checks that he has had.  How many drugs have flowed through his little body, yet it still tremors.  Countless questions about why he isn’t in remission and will it ever happen.  Then countless answers of “Brandi, accept this.  This is as good as he will get.”  The uncertainty of what is to come as he gets older.  I am overwhelmed with grief.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

He has come SO far.  I mean, he is no longer in a wheelchair.  He can walk from point A to point B.  I don’t ever want to sound ungrateful.  Yet, if you have never had a child who has a condition and monthly treatments, then you don’t truly understand what we go through.  I can still be humbled and grateful while still mourning his health.  Does that make sense?  It does to me.

There are 2 people, on this Earth, who actually know what we have been through.  Those people are Hunter and me.  No one else has walked this path.  My husband and children have seen a lot.  Other people have seen what I have allowed them to see.  I don’t break often but when I do, I know it is pitiful.  Those who love me want to remind me and comfort me and point me to the cross.  I truly appreciate that.

Yet

There is a deep-seated pain that is always present.  The constant feeling of “what next or when do we have to use the big meds again?” How I watch him move and analyze every single tremor.  Fear that sets in when someone comes in my house that has been sick.  I live in fear.  Yes, I know fear is a liar.  I know that God is bigger.  Also, I know that He has a plan and a purpose.  I know that Hunter is healed due to the stripes on Jesus’ back.

I know.

Sadly, I know that I’m human.  Fallible.  Subject to listening to the lies of satan.  I know the blessings.  The strides he has made.  I am totally aware.  Honestly, I’m just tired.  I am so tired.  This journey, I want to end.  Not necessarily for me but for him.  I don’t want him to tremor, have rages, OCD, treatments, exhaustion, fear, uncertainty.

I Am Not Crying.

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Faith

I Need a New Narrative

I Need a New Narrative

I Need a New Narrative

Sin.  It sucks.  We are all susceptible to it and all do it.  It isn’t pleasant, it grieves God, and it can be ugly.  Thankfully, as a child of God, He casts our (mine) sin from as far as the east is from the west.  Honestly, that humbles me.  He forgets my transgressions but do I forget others?  I Need a New Narrative.

Life as I Know It

I struggle with bringing up the transgressions of others.  Stewing no it.  Marinating, so to speak.  I know the power of forgiveness and it is a beautiful thing.  Yet, there are some people that I just hold on tightly to the hurt, anger, and pain.  I claim that I have forgiven, yet I know I haven’t.

Dangit.  I am to be like Jesus with skin on.  Yet, here I am harboring the hurt and pain.  I know how to counsel people into the beauty of letting go, but I do not always follow my own wisdom.

Free-will.  It sucks.

Anger

Anger is secondary to fear and/or sadness.  I am angry a lot.  Sadly, more than I should be.  Is it my depression?  Can I use that as a crutch?  Is it unresolved trauma?  Probably.  I’m working on that.  Yet, the “working on” part is HORRIBLE.

What do I fear?  I’m not good enough?  I suck as a wife and parent?  Everything I touch, I screw up?  That my inner human of insecurity is right and what I try to tell myself is a lie?  If I were better, I would have friends and my children wouldn’t struggle with what some of them struggle with.  Sad because I never feel like I am enough and I live in a shame swirl.

Good times, huh.  Welcome to my brain.

Who I Am in Christ

This picture has been floating around for years.  I’m going to post it here.  Mainly to remind myself of what I know is true.  This is what God has to say about me (and you).  As I continue to change my narrative, I’m going to print this out.  I want to read it, have Big Daddy read it, and my children.

During this quarantine time where we have nothing to do but live with our thoughts, I want my thoughts to be going in a different direction.  I need to quit filling my mind with things that are wrong.  Find peace that surpasses all understanding.  I want to stop being angry and enjoy those around me.

My kids need to know that I do my best and I love them.  I want them to be the best they can be despite some of their disabilities.  Their minds and bodies can be healed, in Christ.  I need to try and show that, daily, by my example.

I Need a New Narrative

Read and Reread

Please, print this out.  Buy it.  Write it down.  Read it.  Reread it.  Then, read it again.  The things that you tell yourself are lies.  These are the Truths of what God tells us.  He created me (us) to bring Him joy.  We bring Him joy by simply breathing in and out.  He shows us so much grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness.

I’m going to start by getting back into the Word.  Also, I found great peace when I kept my prayer journal.  Every day, I would date it, write 5 things I was thankful for, and then 5 things that were a prayer concern.  As things were answered…whether the answer I wanted or not…I would highlight/date/write the answer.  Over time, I would be able to flip back through and visually see how the Lord works, even if I don’t “feel” it or “see” it.

Over Time

I would branch out.  You can’t be in the pit of despair, as Anne Shirley would say if you are reaching out and praying for others.  From time to time, I reach out and am able to focus on others instead of myself or my current situation.

So, today I begin.  When will you begin?

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Bob books are amazing!  And Hunter Read His First Book with the help of them!  It is no secret.  I hate teaching kids to read.  It is so mind-numbing for me and frustrating.  Yet, I press on and I teach.  I’ve taught every single child to read.

I pulled this out because we had been working on -at words for a couple of weeks.  We recorded him reading it so we could send it to his teachers.  He was so proud of himself and we are so proud of him.

He gets the sound it out and runs it together mode of teaching to read.  My other kids didn’t necessarily get that concept. Also, I do not teach phonics because NO WAY.  We are going to try and video it again so I can post it here.

Gearing Up

He has treatment on this past Friday, so I am mentally prepared for that.  Sadly, he is also aware and so his behavior has been off.  He is more anxious and less willing to do things.  I hope he will read it again.  As he does, the book becomes easier to read and flows better.  Honestly, it gives more confidence when things just roll off the tongue.

Either Way

My kid that was not supposed to be here is still here.  He is still playing, learning, loving, and now reading!  I can honestly tell OMS to kiss my a$$.  It has no power over my son anymore!

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CSB Life Essentials Bible Giveaway

CSB Life Essentials Bible Giveaway

I love Bibles.  Clearly, I have a whole shelf dedicated to them.  In addition, I have different versions.  Not only do I love Bibles, but also I pull from them all when I do a study.  Here is the CSB Life Essentials Bible Giveaway and review.  I will draw a random winner on May 1, 2020.  This is Bible is valued at $44.99.  To enter the giveaway, please like or comment on this post.  In addition to any of my social media platforms.  You can find them linked on the right sidebar!

Without a doubt, this will be a great addition to your library!

CSB Life Essentials Bible GiveawayCSB Life Essentials Bible Giveaway

 

OVERVIEW

Product category: Bible
Title: CSB Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible
Campaign focus: Life’s ‘essentials’; God’s Word is one of life’s essentials.
Publisher: Lifeway Christian Resources
Publish date: 3/15/20
Bible Translation: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

ABOUT

In the CSB Life Essentials Study Bible, renowned Bible teacher, Dr. Gene Getz guides readers through Scripture.  He does so by expounding on 1,500 life principles found throughout the Bible. Distilling these truths into life principles, Dr. Getz helps readers remember.  Also to apply the Bible’s wisdom to everyday life.The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible integrates a multimedia digital study system.

It comes with more than 250 hours of in-depth video teachings from Dr. Gene Getz on these essential life principles (accessed through smartphone-accessible QR codes). Questions follow each principle to inspire personal reflection or group discussion. Finally, a topical index and cross references for all 1,500 life principles is included.  In addition, each book introduction provides a list of corresponding life principles found in that book.

Features include:

  • Commentary and application questions on 1,500 life principles
  • 250 hours of free in-depth video teaching to accompany each life principle
  • Two-color interior design
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Two-column text
  • Topical subheadings
  • Black-letter text
  • 9-point type
  • Textual footnotes
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps

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The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). Above all, the CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning.  Importantly, it does so without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message.  In addition to this, it gives the ability to share it with others.

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Peace in the Midst of the Storm **TRIGGERING POST**

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

My friend, Leigh Ann, left this world before her allotted time almost 2 years ago.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about her.  Honestly, what I could have done differently.  Last night, however, I finally received Peace in the Midst of the Storm.

Dream 1

When I went to bed, this particular night, I dreamt 2 big dreams.  The first dream I had was horrific and had nothing to do with my friend.  It was a trauma type of dream that came about because I am in the middle of trauma therapy.  It’s just how things work out in my mind and process things.  Sadly, I don’t remember much about it.  Just that it relates to issues I’m facing to this day on some past trauma that I’m walking through in order to find healing.

I woke up with a start at about 2:45 am.  My back was tense, my jaw was tense, and my head hurt so bad.  I got up and got some Tylenol, drank some water and then cuddled with Big Daddy.  I finally went back to sleep, still struggling and fearful of what I would find when I closed my eyes.

Dream 2

Once I fell back to sleep, a whole different narrative was spoken through my dream.  Today, when I close my eyes, I see myself walking into some sort of room.  There were some old-time hymns playing in the background.  Up ahead of me, I could see Leigh Ann walking towards me with this giant smile on her face.  She was glowing.  Her hair was shoulder length and bleach blonde, like when we first met.  She had on a white shirt and some sort of pants.  What caught my eye was that she had this red cloak draped about her shoulders.

She walked toward me and we embraced.  There was not a word spoken.  As I was hugging her, we were swaying to the hymns, I look up and see her mother standing behind her smiling.  Peace.  The dream was peace.  It was also clarity.

My Struggle

I have struggled with why I couldn’t save her.  Why didn’t she just call me?  Go to her mom’s house?  How did I not feel her hurting?  I, however, never questioned her salvation.  We sat at the park, in the dirt when she was saved and it was a beautiful moment of innocence and surrender.

Finally

After 2 years, she has come to me and I can physically see she is draped with the blood of Christ.  She is clean, glowing, and happy.  Peace.  It radiates throughout her smile.  Today, I am okay because she is with her Creator.  I pray that the image never leaves me.  What beauty and peace I feel in knowing she is at peace.  I saw joy in her face.

I miss her. Yet, I am thankful I have my answer.  You are loved.  Worthy.  A child of the King.  Seek help!  People do love you!

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Casseroles, Cooking

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

My friend told me tonight that I am the only person she knows that can make anything into a casserole.  So, here is tonight’s dinner…Chili Cheese Dog Casserole.  Honestly, this quarantine is about to drive me insane.  I had my whole month’s worth of menus written out and organized.  Now, I cannot find the list.  I’m so discombobulated.  Big Daddy asked what was for supper.  I told him I didn’t know and that we were all gonna starve because I don’t know what to do.  So, Bug and I came up with this.  It was good.  I’m going to, in true fashion, write how I cooked it and what I will do differently.  That’s just how I roll.

Homemade Drop Biscuits

2 c. all-purpose flour (Please note you can use self-rising but then you will need to omit the salt and baking powder.  Plus, they will spread a bit more)

1 T. baking powder

1.5 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. melted butter

1 c. milk

Cheddar *optional

Onion powder *optional

Garlic powder *optional

Chives *optional

Italian seasoning *optional

Basil *optional

Oregano *optional

Directions

Heat oven to 450.  Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.  Add in melted butter and milk.  Stir just until this is moistened.  Then you can add the optional ingredients.  For this recipe, she added the onion powder and garlic powder.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  When the bottom gets brown, they are done, so be careful not to burn the bottoms.

Chili

2# ground beef

Onion

Seasoning

Minced garlic

Brown all of this together and drain if necessary.  Once drained, add in 2 packets of chili mix and stir well.

Boil 2 packs of hotdogs and drain.  Once drained, cut them up in bite-sized pieces.  Add that to the meat mixture.  Then add 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 can green chilies, 2 cans chili hot beans, 1 can drain and rinsed kidney beans (though I will leave them off next time).

Assembly

In greased 13×9 pan, take your biscuits and tear them up on the bottom of your dish.  Then, layer the chili/hot dog mixture.  Next, the cheese.  Then another layer of biscuits, chili/hot dog mixture.  Lastly cheese.

Now, this made a full pan of just these layers.  I did add in another 11×8 dish.  I layered the biscuits on the bottom, then the chili mixture and then the cheese.  Both dishes were eaten.

Bake for about 30 minutes.  My whole crew liked it.

Different?

I would leave out the kidney beans.  Pinto beans have been thrown out there for me to try.  Refried beans could be an option.  Replacing the layer of biscuits with a layer of rice has been mentioned.  Rotel tomatoes and chilies could be added.  Cumin maybe.  The possibilities are endless.

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