Just Peachy

peaches

I love when a shot comes out perfect SOC. They look so good too. I have been inspired. I had so much fun following along with the crayon box color themes a few years ago that I am going to host my own color party. 52 Weeks of Color. Stay tuned. Party coming soon. Get ready to color your world.

Some Green Chucks

I could have sworn that the nickname for Converse was Chucks. Am I wrong? Every time I use that term everyone asks me what I am talking about.

When I saw this image pinned on Pinterest One Step at a Time Wall DecorI knew I wanted to try and replicate it. I had a 20×20 canvas sitting around, so there was no need to buy wood. With 4 different paint colors, I painted a wood effect on the canvas. wood painted

I then traced a pair of my dad’s shoes in the corner. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get them as big as the inspiration anyway. I knew I wanted the shoes a shade of green. The painting was for my son’s new bedroom, and I had already incorporated bright green into his blues in his old room. I painted the shoes and the soles and for the longest time left it unfinished because I didn’t know how to do the shoes laces. Finally it dawned on me to get puffy paint and found a “writer” that had the perfect tip. I just had to go over it twice to get them to be thicker laces. Then I used a silver pen to trace on the eyelets. green shoes

Mr B had wanted the shoes to be purple, so I decided to paint in the letters purple.finsihed shoe painting

I kid you not. One day Mr B comes home, after I painted the shoes but before I finished the whole thing, wearing green Chucks that Nana had just bought him. Not doing it because they matched but because they were on sale.bs green shoes

Once again, all these photos were taken with my iPhone. Not as good as I would have liked them to be.

Rocky Road Cupcakes

I was wanting to bake something. I have been in my parents’ house longer than planned (again). My friend at work was feeling blah and he once told me his favorite dessert is Rocky Road Ice Cream. Got me to thinking. Now I can’t believe I didn’t take pictures. I don’t know what I was thinking. For some reason I did take a few snaps with my phone so please excuse their quality. But I decided I would share the deliciousness of this cupcakes anyway.

Rocky Road Cupcakeschopped almonds

Cupcake Ingredients (adapted from Cookies and Cups):

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream (I used Lite)
1/2 cup hot water
I didn’t measure here but I would say about 1/3 cup chopped almonds and 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, instead of both I chopped up chocolate covered almonds and used about 3/4 cup

Marshmallow Buttercream Icing (adapted from Shaken Together):

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
One 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions for the Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Put cupcake liners in mini cupcake pans
3. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
4. Cream butter and sugar together in stand mixer (I actually did this with a hand mixer being as my stand mixer is in storage), beating until light, 1-2 minutes. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
5. In microwave or over a double boiler melt the milk chocolate.
6. Stir the chocolate into the butter mixture.
7. Add the flour mixture and sour cream in alternating increments, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
8. Stir until combined.
9. Slowly add in hot water and stir until smooth.
10. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 8-10 minutes until tops are set and spring back to the touch.
11. Cool completely on a wire rack.

I put 3 mini marshmallows on the top of each cupcake in the first pan. I don’t recommend doing this, they stuck to the pan and didn’t come out too pretty.rocky road cc

Make icing:
1. With mixer, cream butter and sugar.
2. Stir in marshmallow fluff and vanilla by hand until smooth and creamy.
3. Place in piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes. (I always put the bag in a tall glass and then fill. This keeps the tops of the bag clean.)
4. Sprinkle tops with some more crushed almonds.

This icing was VERY good, I would make it again, and it looked nice and fluffy. But once I piped it onto the cupcakes nice and pretty, it ran off. So I ended up just spoon scooping it onto each mini cupcake.rrcc

As always, I took these to work, don’t want to eat them all. They were a hit. I will have to try to perfect that Marshmallow Buttercream though. Yummy. (And take more pictures next time.)

My Dream of Driving

drivingAnyone that visits me often knows I am not much for words on this blog, but today I want to talk about something that has been making me giddy. I have had this dream for a few years now. Of course, it is when I am in the process of buying a new house that I really wish this is something I could do. So I want to “rent” an RV. A smallish one. No need for me to try and drive one of those like in the movie RV. I would be just like Robin William’s character and rip off the awning and all that bad stuff. Really I would like this RV donated to me for a year since it would be an advertisement to the RV company. I want to then drive this RV all over the country. The plan would be to hit all 48 intercontinental states. In these travels I would get to see places I have never seen. Revisit favorite places from my Flight Attendant days. And take pictures everywhere I go. Wifi would be a must since my son would go with me and he would be taking his school year online (with public education free online, no need for me to be the teacher). Also because I would blog about the experience every day.

whiteAfter telling two different people this dream in the last two days, this is the outlook:

  • need donated RV that would give exposure and advertisement to the RV company
  • would most likely spend every night in an RV park so that would give exposure and advertisement to the parks so hopefully they would let me stay free or for a discount
  • discounts or free meals from restaurants for mentioning them in the blog post (or get paid advertising from them)…trying to stick with local restaurants
  • Travel and tourism to pay me for the pictures and or help with my blogging, once again can also pay for advertisement…maybe help make flyers
  • basically find sponsors or advertisers to pay for this entire venture

thunderbird2So what that means is, I need to find a way to make this work. I really want to check out all the cool Flea Markets and stuff. Can even sell my goods along the way, hopefully. But all the pictures I could and the time with my son is the true experience I would like to have.

I know I don’t have a lot of followers on this little blog, on Facebook or Twitter or Google+ even, but I will repost everywhere in hopes that someone will read this and let me know if I am in the clouds or if they know how I could really go about this.

A GMC

GMC

Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin'; just need to know where I’ve been. –Mater from the movie Cars.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

FullfullRocky Road ice cream full of marshmallows

DonutdonutWe don’t eat donuts around here. But I was okay with picking one up from Dunkin Donuts to photograph it

BugbugI really wanted to take a picture of a VW Bug, but couldn’t find a parked one. This almost clear fly was in the garden

(Sitting) In the Carin the car

Strawstraw

Wheels, Grills and Headlights

A few years ago I was let go from a job for being robbed (with a gun to my head). It was a really good paying job and I was comfortable. What really went on was my reacquired boss decided to listen to some lies from an old employee and used those against me. When I didn’t quit from the harassment, something was created to fire me for. He had had a man hired already to replace me but I was assured by HR that it was a mistake that it was posted a new GM was hired and that he was going to be an assistant manager to myself and the GM at another location. Not sure why I overlooked that when I went to the lawyer because that was the only case I would have had. New Mexico is a right to work state, they can fire someone for not tying their shoes. Anyway, I got a little down after that, and the time it took to find a new job. I turned to books by Brene Brown and blogs like Karen Walrond’s. I even took some of Karen’s self help courses. One thing I learned then was to make a life list (which can be found on my menu bar). There are many things in that list that will probably never happen, not unless I somehow come into money before I get too old to enjoy them. But, some of the list was created around my new love of photography. On my list is 50 pictures of Wheels, Grills and Headlights. I only have 10 more to go. Getting there. Clicking on the link will take you to my entire list on Flickr.wheels and grills

A Chevy

chevy

There’s just something about vintage American vehicles.

Banana Bread

banana bread loaf2

I made loaves this time. For my dad. I took a few muffins to work. Recipe can be found here.

Be Yourself

be yourself

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