Rainy Day Life


  Well here we are on a Very rainy Sunday.  Today is my Dad’s 75th birthday.  I took him to Cracker Barrel for Brunch because he loves that place.  It was nice to just sit and talk with he an my Mom.  We don’t do that very often.  They only live about 18 miles away but we never seem to meet in the middle very often.  I should make that a goal for the months to come.   When I dropped my Parents off at their house, I got a chance to briefly talk with my Niece and Sister.  My Sister was leaving for a work Conference so I offered to drive her to her co-worker’s house since it was on my way home.

It had rained so hard that the Downtown area of my city was flooded and I had to drive down the center turning lane in order to make progress.  I delivered her to her co-workers house and they packed up in the rain and left town.  I made it home safely and I don’t plan on doing anything but watching scary movies, drinking wine and making chicken & dumplings.  Which brings me to the actual post for today.  Yesterday I made spiced pumpkin muffins as a little treat for my husband.  They only take 4 ingredients and bake up so pretty and delicious.


So we start with a boxed spice cake mix, 1 can pumpkin puree 3 eggs and 1/4 cup of water. I put the cake mix and pumpkin in a bowl first and mix it well.


I am using my handy dandy (Purple) Kitchen Aid hand mixer that  my husband got me for Christmas! I feel bad sometimes leaving Matilda ( my full size Kitchen Aid mixer ) in the corner, but this is a small task and it does not require all of that.  Anyway, mix these 2 items then add your eggs one at a time, mixing between each.  Last add your water and this makes the batter smooth and creamy.   I use a large pampered chef scoop for my muffins.  This way all of them are uniform in shape and size.


I did not want a ton of muffins around the house so I only made 12 and there was just enough for one small loaf!  They are so pretty when they bake up.  I am going to take this to work in the morning as a little treat.


Pop these in the oven for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees.


Tip* the loaf took longer to cook so I added 5 minutes at a time until it was firm to the touch on the top.  It was around 25 minutes.

Tip 2*  A few weeks ago I made Monkey Bread.  My secret to this treat is that I use cinnamon rolls and not biscuits!  But back to the point.  I did not use the icing from the cinnamon rolls. I kept them in the fridge for a later date. That is today.  I use the icing on the top of the muffins as they are not a very sweet muffin.  This just gives them a little extra pop of goodness!


I had one with my coffee this morning as I was watching Sleepy Hollow.  Second favorite October movie so far.

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So I am off to make the chicken and dumplings for Stephen’s dinner.  I will have that post for you in a day or 2.

Until Then,



B-Day Finale!

Well here I am to give the last post about my wonderful birthday weekend of camping and hiking.  We did a smaller hike up to Pulpit Rock.  It was a beautiful morning and the view was breath-taking.


It is so amazing how the rocks balance like they do.


We came across this guy who was gearing up to rappel down the side of the cliff.

Weird how we only ran into 3 people the entire time we were up there hiking.

All on different days.


I just can not help myself when it comes to this Man.

I love sneaking photos of him while he is sitting

and contemplating Life


This little fella was hanging around while we were preparing our last meal if the trip.


While steaks sizzled on the grill, we sat and watched the sun set.

The evening could not have been more perfect.

I love you Stephen for planning such a wonderful birthday getaway.


As much fun as this trip was and sooooo relaxing. I was a bit ready to pack up and head back home.

I am ready to see my Fur Babies and get hugs and kisses from them.


As you can see. . .


They were ready for us to return home too!

Until Then,


Birthday Adventure!

Greeting my wonderful people!

 I had the most amazing birthday this year.  Not only did my wonderful husband buy me a canoe, he also booked us a cabin at MT. Cheaha!

It is about a 4 hour drive from my home town of Mobile, AL, which is nothing.

So We packed up the jeep with the bikes, canoe, camping grill, bits and bobbles and headed up North for my first ever Camping Adventure!


 Yep you read that correct. Just turned 43 and this is my First time camping.

 I guess we cheated a bit because we had a cabin. It had a kitchen and AC, but it was a wonderful experience all the same.  If you ever a chance to visit the area please do. It was beautiful.

This is the inside of the cabin. It is small but perfect.

 You can see the entire thing in this one photo.


We took a break from unpacking to get a quick photo.


Then it was time to relax and let the birthday fun begin!


The sunset was beautiful. . .


And the next morning was divine.

Nice and cool while I drank my coffee and waited for Mr. to wake up.


We saw many of these little lizards. They are really curious and hella fast!


Now it is time for a nice ride before we start our day of hiking.


I have quite a few more photos so I will say farewell for the moment. I will post the second set very soon!

Until Then,


A Mellow Mad Tea Party!

Hello Dear Friends,

I welcome you to my Madly Mellow Tea Party. What is this you ask?  Well let me explain.  I am a part of a wonderful family. It is the Mellow Mushroom Family. The Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant that sprinkles the US.  It is a hand tossed, hippy, trippy, craft beer serving, groovy tune playin kinda joint.  A fellow server friend (Suzy) who happens to be an amazing artist (with Mad Skills) painted the restrooms in a wonderful Alice in Wonderland theme. Which is perfect for this post.   And so the story begins.

Here we have Alice growing too fast.

Eat me! Drink me! Decisions decisions.

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Turn the key and see what awaits behind the magical door.

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I love these fun flowers!

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And there had to be cool mushrooms.

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That crazy grin from the Cheshire cat really is perfect.


And who can forget the drunk Door Mouse?

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Mr. Hare looks very confused but so dapper in his suit.

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And this guy! He is perfectly painted.

His cloak means Mellow Mushroom = Pie (pizza pie)


Suzy has the neatest business called Paint the Town Mobile.

She does private parties and group events.  It is so much fun and a great way to

get your artistic groove on.

I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down the rabbit hole. It has been fun.

Now time to finish my pretzels and pizza!!!

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Until Then,


Canoeing Anyone?

It is a beautiful day!

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My Mr. and I are finally getting to go canoeing!

Oh,  did I forget to mention that he bought me a canoe for my birthday that is coming up in 18 days?????

He completely surprised me with it! We have been talking about getting a canoe or kayaks for a few years now but we never acted on it.

 And just like that out of the blue we are now proud owners of a canoe.

He has been working on a way to store it in the garage so we can just drive the jeep under it and lower it right on top.

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It is working out well. I thought of using pool noodles to keep it from scratching the top!

Aren’t I  clever?

Getting ready to head to Mobile Bay.


We are heading down one of the many little water ways that cut through the marsh lands.


I am sure he will be thrilled that I put this on here. Oh well, we had a blast.


I am sure there are going to be many more posts of our new hobby!

Until Then,


It’s That Madness In The Air!

Hello all,

  As we all know it is nearing the most amazing time of year… Mad Tea Party Time!

Vanessa Valencia from A Fanciful Twist is hosting her Mad Tea Blog Party and you do not want to miss out.

If you click on the link above you can see her original  post

for how to join in the Blog Party Fun.

Hope to see you there!

Until Then,


A Whirl-Wind Christmas!

Oh you have no idea how happy I am to be writing this post. I tell you I am a blessed person. I have mentioned the past few posts that I have been behind, late, nonexistent compared to last year. Well I can tell you that I am making it a point of importance to be here more often in the new year. So let me explain the dramatics. . . On December 25, 2012 my Husband and I woke up and had a wonderful morning of coffee, presents and loving kisses from our dogs. We spent the day with his family, eating and exchanging gifts. Really enjoying the love and closeness of the holiday. Well we knew the weather was going to turn into thunderstorms late evening so we made our way home to let the dogs out and settle in from a long day of celebrating.  The weather had started turning bad with heavy rain and winds. I guess we had been home about 20 minutes and just let the dogs in when things turned bad quick. I was in the hallway looking for something in the closet and Stephen was upstairs changing clothes when it all came together. The sirens sounded and the most sinister sound came screaming through our neighborhood. A Category F2 Tornado was ripping through with a vengeance.  I have never been so frightened in all of my life. Stephen came running down the stairs while I wrangled the 5 dogs to safety in  the hallway. And just like that it was over.

I live in the Historical part of Mobile, Alabama called Midtown. You walk out of my front door and you are on the campus of the oldest Historical High School, still in operation, S.S. Murphy High School. (Also my Alma mater)  It took an almost direct hit. Being 5 o’clock in the evening we could not see much. All power was out as far as the eye could see. People were scurrying everywhere looking for neighbors and trying to check damage to personal property. We were spared by ruffly 200 feet. That is how close this tornado came to taking everything.

Complete TERROR!

In the aftermath of this horrible disaster the students of Murphy High School (2,300 to be exact) have to relocated to another school and the seniors will not get to take part in the long time traditions of parading around the Horseshoe, Pep Rally in the auditorium, or Senior breakfast.

It really makes my heart heavy to see my beautiful school in shambles. I am going to do all that I can to help raise money to get Murphy High School back to its Historical Glory. If you would like to help you can click on this link  http://www.murphyalumni.org/

There is a place to give if you feel the urge.

The link below is a news paper article about the damage.








No matter what the damage Panther Spirit Lives on.

We will Re Build!

I find myself re evaluating the important things in my life these days. I also vow to keep in touch with my blog more often!

Until Then,

Happy New Year!