Feb 22 2012

Selling cookies and buying calendars while working
on the Child Labor Badge.

What a celebration was Valentine’s Day, 2012. Cupid’s friend arrows were flying, dinner plans were being made and cozy evenings at home were chosen to replace high priced restaurant fare. But, the biggest thing all day for me, this Girl Scout from the 1960s, was earning another badge for my virtual badge sash.

As a Girl Scout, we worked and worked on earning a series of decorative embroidered patches, fulfilling sequential requirements as we went along. Don’t tell anybody, but all my Girl Scouting was many years ago. Habit and training die hard, however, and I still have a Pavlov’s dog response to the mention of a badge to be earned.

So, imagine my delight when a badge award was announced on BlogHer by Laine “Crazy Eyeris” Griffin. I was all over reading that post, like a chicken on a June bug. I couldn’t have been happier when I saw my blog and web site named. The green square of a Versatile Blogger Award, the one I have often gazed upon on Laine’s web site, Laine’s List, was now mine. I patted myself on the back and yelled, “Yippy Ya HOO!” while doing a happy dance.

It turns out, by going to the Versatile Blogger web site, that when one receives the award, one then has to give it away. Laine had received it from MJ Monaghan and was honor bound to re-award the award, carrying it’s influence into ever widening circles.

With award night being Valentine’s Day and so much happening all at once, my attentions were spread thin.  I am just now thanking Laine for the sweet honor of the beautiful spring green, Versatile Blogger Award. I can’t wait to see it on the right hand side of Sunbonnet Smart and I can’t wait until all of BlogHer starts kissing up to me, hoping, praying, that I will choose each of them for my round of Versatile Blogger Award bestowal.

So, get the comments started ladies and Souschef. Wine me. Dine me. Dazzle me and frazzle me with all of your ingratiating appeals. Ring my royal ear and fairy dust my Sparkles. I can’t wait to see you grovel.

BTW, ElaineR.N., don’t worry! You’re in!

And! If you want to make your own badges to inspire, motivate and control your friends, go to this really cool web site that seems to have all the information one needs to set up your own badges!

Alright! Now we don’t HAVE to be nice to people to win one of their badges. We can make our own!

Oh wait…I shouldn’t have included that link….

Too late now….

NaBloPoMo February 2012

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May 31 2011

Raspberry Cheese Breakfast Bars are so good,
you’ll take one bite, yell “Yippee-Ya-Hoo!” and ask
“Where have you BEEN all my life?”

These Raspberry Cheese Breakfast Bars and I were destined to be friends. I copied this recipe from a source long forgotten before I made a point to reference my recipes and date my acquisitions, taking it back to at least the late 1960s. As I read the recipe and mentally visualized the forthcoming product, the bars sounded so good, I even had copied the recipe down on a three by five index card, intending to make it immediately. That intention fell by the wayside an unknown number of years ago. The index card was, thank goodness, tucked inside my family recipe book that I had long before I had a family: sort of a recipe “hope chest” in a notebook.

And so, fast forward to early 2000, when I did have my own family waiting to be fed. By that time, I had moved the card around in my recipe book for years, using it as a place holder and never giving it the attention it deserved. Until one day, all of a sudden I realized the card I keep moving around from page to page might just have a great recipe on it! And so, I baked a batch and couldn’t believe I had waited so long to try them. When I thought of all of the years I had let slip by without these Raspberry Cheese Breakfast Bars, I decided to make up for lost time and made a batch the next day and the next week and very often since then as well.

Raspberry Cheese Breakfast Bars

Note: All ingredients are organic with butter and cream cheese from grass fed cows and egg from free range chickens.

Mix and reserve 1 1/2 cup for topping:

1 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal (rolled oats)
1       cup whole wheat flour
1       cup sugar
1       cup flaked coconut
1       cup chopped nuts
3/4    cup soft butter
1/2    cup packed brown sugar

Pat remaining mixture in UNGREASED rectangular 9 x 13 inch pan

Spread with 1 cup raspberry jam

Bake 15 minutes at 350°and cool for 5 minutes


1/3   cup sugar
1      egg
1      8oz package cream cheese

Drop blobs over jam and smooth to cover.

Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top of cream cheese layer.

Bake until golden brown, 20 – 25 minutes.

Cut into 36 bars, 2″ x 1 1/2.”

So, what I am telling you is to MAKE THESE BARS RIGHT AWAY! Don’t let this recipe sit on your computer, or if you print it out, on your desk, or if you write it on an index card like I did, in your recipe book “hope chest.” Make them right now, TODAY! You’ll be glad you did and…

…you will save yourself longing for the
 time you could have spent together.

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Dec 07 2010

Santa’s getting ready for you! You’d better plan for Santa!

It’s that time of year. The time to set out the cookies and milk on Christmas Eve is almost here. And the time to have Christmas fun is now beginning. So, try going to these web sites not only to keep track of Santa and all that he will be doing this holiday season, but also to enjoy lots of good times.

NORAD will be tracking Santa’s flight around the world from the time he leaves the North Pole until he visits your home. so to get in the know about the Jolly Old Elf, click here.  For lots of Christmas games and puzzles, go here.

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