Bobblehead & Golf Carts

Taking the little grand boys to the Dollar Store the other day to let them go wild with $5, I happened upon a scarecrow that I decided I just could not live without. You know the ones, which are solar powered, just made for the dashboard of the car! Well, Sammy Scarecrow came home with me and was enjoying his new home on Dovey’s dashboard,(yes, I even name my cars) when Randy suggested that we go to Sonic and Lowes. Upon getting settled in the car and quickly noticing this precious new addition to our car, he glared over at me and said, “what is this and what is it doing in the car?” Sensing some hostility, I sweetly smiled and answered, “that is Sammy Scarecrow and this is his new home for the next 4 weeks. Isn’t he just the cutest? His head bobbles back and forth when the sun hits the pumpkin he is sitting on.” To make a point, the whole time we drove the car that day, Randy would bob his head up and down, back and forth and ask me if I thought that was cute.

Why do men hate having cute little seasonal decorations on cars? I told him that he should be glad I didn’t order a giant pumpkin decal that would cover the whole back windshield. He suggested that maybe Sammy would be happier riding on the dashboard of the golf cart. Which brings me to a story of one reason we love living here. Two nights ago, I rode our golf cart to Bunco here in our neighborhood. When I arrived at my destination, there were about 5 golf carts, 3 bikes and one car. After a great night of bunco (and I won the door prize of a cute little pumpkin plate, which I will find a place among my pumpkin decorations) we were all loading into our carts when one of the ladies suggested we have a golf cart race down the street. What fun and where else can you have golf cart races than in a neighborhood such as this? Here we were, about 9 p.m., ladies racing down the middle of the street, headed home. It was such fun. Then last evening, I was riding around here after dropping Randy off at bocce ball, once again in the golf cart, when I ran into a friend of mine riding her bicycle. I pulled the cart over to the side of the road and we visited there on the street for about 30 minutes, when another 2 friends came by on bikes. They had heard that I baked all the time and ask if I had any cookies ready to hand out. I told them that, actually I had made oatmeal raisin coolies and had a butter cake in the freezer. They hopped back on their bikes and said, we will meet you at your house. Speeding (well, going 18 mph) the golf cart back home, I ended up giving out bags of cookies to new friends last night and one of the Kentucky Butter Cakes. After they left, I rode up with Oliver to pick Randy up for Bocce Ball and ended up visiting with two ladies who were there watching their husbands. What a beautiful evening and what a glorious blessing to be a part of a community where people love to visit. Both ladies invited me over to their homes, telling me to “stop by anytime, as they love people just coming over.” I didn’t know places like this still existed. This is exactly what we have been wanting and we are so blessed to be living in a place where we have friends living right down the street and are continuing to find folks which share so much of the same interests.

Thursday a new friend which goes to our church and lives behind us is having a luncheon for new ladies who just moved in. Pinch me, surely I must be dreaming. Yes, we do feel so blessed and feel like our prayers have been answered in ways even greater than we imagined. Sammy has a new home on the golf cart and bobbles like crazy when we are racing and Randy has his car back, free from Halloween decorations. Will wait until the day after Thanksgiving to show Randy the Reindeer antlers and red nose I just ordered for Dovey.

FYI the recipe for the oatmeal cookies are on the blog under “The Best Oatmeal Cookies”, just type that in the search bar and the recipe will pop up.Bobb

Shooting Stars

Last night Randy and I went outside about 10:30 to walk Oliver before calling it a night. As we were walking, I was glancing at my phone to look up something on Google to get information about something we had been talking about. As I finished reading the article, I stopped walking and turned to look at Randy to be sure he had just heard what I had said, when he didn’t respond to me answering his question. As I stood there in the middle of the street (trust me, where we live, you never have to worry about having a car come down the street after 10 as everyone here is tucked away in their little houses as we live in an over 55 community) all of a sudden I was shocked to see a shooting star past right over us. It thrilled me to see this rare sight, as I had not seen one in probably over 30 years. All of a sudden it dawned on me that had I been still looking at my phone, which is a constant habit, I would have missed this beautiful sight. It made me think of how many other “shooting stars” had I missed when I had my eyes glued to my phone or a TV.

A dear BFF of mine had given me a book a few years ago called One Thousand Gifts. This new season of my life has allowed me to sit and begin reading it. It is so easy to sit and read a action packed book, but a book which is full of words which makes you stop and think and sometimes convicts you, well, I tend to not pick those types of books up so fast. But as this new journey of ours has slowed us down a bit, I knew that this was a book which I should be reading and taking to heart. The author made a list of 1000 things she is thankful for. After reading her story, I began to think about how many times a day do I truly stop and thank God for blessings, both large and small. Two weeks ago, Randy and I stopped to talk to a new friend at our church. How we began to talk about saying thanks for blessings, I truly do not know, but Rick ended up telling us that years ago a friend of his told him something that had stayed with him all these years and it was this:

“What if we woke up and only had the things around us which we had remembered to give thanks to God for? What would we have around us?”

BAM! It made me really stop and think about what had I been remembering to give thanks for? After remembering the story in the Bible about the 10 lepers which Jesus healed and only one of them coming back to thank Jesus, I began to pray that I would be like the one leper which came back. That I wouldn’t get caught up in the routine of each day, just going through the motions but would recognize that each day God gives me is an opportunity for Him to use me. The shooting star last night made me also think about how much I must miss having my eyes glued to a phone or a TV.

In this season when we are constantly being reminded that we are entering a season of “giving thanks”, it is my prayer that my eyes will be open to other “shooting stars” that pass by me and then to remember to give God thanks for all the times and ways He has blessed me. That this will not just be another year of bowing my head on Thanksgiving day to thank Him for “all the great things He hath done”!

Heavenly Father, thank you for all the “shooting stars” which you allow to pass over my life. May I ever be mindful of your faithfulness and your mercy. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless Your Holy Name.

Psa 57:9-11″I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your stedfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth.”

Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Muffins

These will be called Cupcakes in our house, as I am so not a muffin person, but would eat these no matter what they are called. If they are not served and waiting for us at the Wedding Feast in Heaven, I don’t know what would be….they are heavenly! I ate one with butter melted all over it, as soon as I could put the pot holder down and get a napkin out. Honestly, they are just so good. Perfect for breakfast with butter and jam. For lunch, I would just eat one, just plain, while I am making sandwiches. Then for dessert at night, I think I will frost them with a little buttercream frosting. That makes them the perfect little muffin, snack, dessert for the Fall Season! Every day I scan FaceBook for new recipes and this one caught my attention. Then my daughter saw it on FB and tagged me saying that she wished I would make them. So here they are folks, I think you’re gonna like this.

Ingredients (this made 21 muffins for me, but maybe you could get about 23 if you didn’t fill the cups as full as I did)

1 3/4 cup flour

1 tables (yes tables not teaspoon) pumpkin pie spice

1 teas baking soda

1/2 teas salt

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix that has added sugar and spices already in it)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs, room temp

1/2 cup oil (vegetable)

1 tables vanilla (there it is again, not teas)

Cream Cheese Filling

8 oz softened cream cheese

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup sugar

2 teas vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Place paper liners in cupcake pan. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin spice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugars and pumpkin and whisk together until there are no lumps. Add the eggs and oil and vanilla. Whisk until batter is smooth and combined. Add flour mixture slowly, whisking until no more lumps are there and batter is mixed thoroughly.

In a medium bowl, with electric mixer cream together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Using a large cookie scoop or measuring cup, fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with the pumpkin mixture. Then place about 1 1/2 -2 teas of cream cheese mixture on top. Swirl with a toothpick into pumpkin batter.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until muffin tests done. Let cool (I didn’t do this, as I just couldn’t wait. I slapped on a dab of butter and grabbed my glass of tea and gobbled it upI

Cheese & Bacon Dip

Party Season is upon us!  This delicious and easy dip will be perfect for football parties or friends coming over for a visit!

1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened

8 oz of shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teas onion powder

1/2 teas dry mustard

3-5 drops of bottled pepper sauce (such as Tobasco)

6 slices of fried crisp bacon, crumbled

Combine all ingredients and mix well! Place in a greased small baking dish and bake for about 15-20min in preheated 350 degree oven! Serve with chips or crackers

From Wallyworld to Trumpworld in 38 Miles

Being at Walmart this morning, made us remember this story! Hope it brings a smile to your heart!

The weekend began as any other Saturday. We would be doing our usual errands that we do on Saturdays and end up at WalMart to do our shopping for toiletries and a few small food items that we thoug…

Source: From Wallyworld to Trumpworld in 38 Miles

Bonnie Butter Cake

Cannot tell you why this is called Bonnie Butter Cake, but leafing through my spiral notebook from the early 70’s that I copied different recipes into, I came across this one today.  Since Randy loves white (or yellow) cake with chocolate frosting, I told him I would make this for him. This sound crazy, but I love all the stains from grease and little fingerprints that had cocoa or butter on them, that are all over this precious memory spiral book. It just always takes me back to days of having 3 little kids pulling up chairs to the cabinet begging to “help” mix or stir. Isn’t it odd that when you are in those days, sometimes we think, “oh how nice it would be to just come in the kitchen and be able to bake a batch of cookies without all “mother’s little helpers”…it would go so much faster and smoother and easier. Then years down the road we see things like I am looking at right now and wish we could go back and have “mother’s little helpers” still pulling up to the cabinets. Moms and dads, don’t wish your years away. Enjoy them and savor each moment that they want to “help”…trust me, it goes much quicker than you will realize. Memories are so wonderful, so don’t wish away the years in which you are making them.


2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cup sugar

2  large eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 teas vanilla

3 cups cake flour or 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour

2 1/2 teas baking powder

1 teas salt (if you used salted butter I would only use 1/2 teas salt)

1 1/4 cups milk

Grease and flour 2 9” cake pans (or one 9×13)

In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat for 5 minutes on high speed.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and stir until well combined. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Pour into prepared pans and bake until cake tests done. Cool completely before frosting.

Quick Fudge Frosting

1 cup sugar

4 tables cocoa

4 tables butter

1/2 cup milk

2tables corn syrup

Dash salt

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teas vanilla

Mix sugar with cocoa in a small saucepan. Add butter, milk, corn syrup and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil for 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool about 5 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until no lumps appear. If mixture is too thick to spread over cake layers, add milk about 1 tables at a time and continue beating until mixture is smooth and right texture to frost cake.

Can you tell I’m loving the new Fall Baking magazine? If you see one at your grocery store, you really should pick one up. It has just a bunch of fabulous recipes. These almond cupcakes are so good and finish off beautifully with a great buttercream frosting.(NO…you cannot use store bought frosting, this time I will tell on you)

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup finely ground almonds

1/2 teas baking powder

1/2 teas baking soda

1/4 teas salt

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teas almond extract

1/2 teas vanilla

1 cup whole buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, almonds, baking powder, baking soda and salt, whisking to combine well. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts, beating until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating one medium speed until well combined. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.

Bake until cupcakes tests done (about 15-18 minutes)

Let cool for 30 min. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on wire rack but out of drafts (to avoid becoming dry)

Frost with frosting and chopped almonds, if desired.


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped and reserved

In a large bowl, beat butter with mixer at high speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar,1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cream and beat until smooth. Add vanilla seeds (or 1 teas vanilla extract OR 1/2 teas almond extract and 1/2 teas vanilla)

Pumpkin-Chess Pie

Can I share with you how excited I got to see this recipe in Fall Baking? oh my gosh, my favorite pie, chess, combined with pumpkin! I simply cannot believe this. A new way to have chess pie with beloved pumpkin, sent me over the top.  No more boring plain ole pumpkin pie. This will be the best Thanksgiving meal EVER…oh and yes, I’m excited about our kids coming also….BUT back to the pie! Oh, ok, and the grandkids, but seriously, pumpkin-chess pie, who would have thought!!!


2 pie crusts (and if Paula Deen is not your absolute fav  person in the whole wide world, you can use bought, but if you do use bought, please make sure it is a good one) If you want to make your own, you are well on your way to becoming the next great  American baker!

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

2 tables all purpose flour

4 large eggs, divided

1/2 cup whole buttermilk

1 3/4 teas vanilla (what the heck, go wild and use 2 teas, it is the holidays after all)

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (such as Eagle Brand)

1/2 teas ground cloves

1/2 teas ground nutmeg

1/2 teas ground ginger

1/2 teas cinnamon

*(or you could use 1 1/2 teas pumpkin pie seasoning in place of the cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 pie plates with the pie crusts and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat sugar, butter and flour together until fluffy. Add 2 eggs, buttermilk and 3/4 teas vanilla (I will use 1 teas instead of 3/4). Beat well to combine. Pour into prepared pie crusts, dividing between the two, evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes.

IN a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, condensed milk, remaining 2 eggs, remaining 1 teas vanilla, and seasonings.. Stir until well blended. Pour over cooked buttermilk layer.

Bake for 35 minutes or until set. Let cool and serve with whipped cream.

Out of the Wilderness

As many of you know, we have had some adjustments to make these past two and a half years. Changes which involved moving twice to different states, a husband learning to deal with retirement and me having to learn how to share my home with a retired husband. Leaving part of our family and moving closer to other members of our family were also part of the adjustment. We left precious friends and a church which we loved so much in California. When we were settled back in Dallas, after being gone 3 1/2 years, we felt different.  As you have always heard, “you can’t go home again” took on a whole new meaning. The church which we had been a part of back in Dallas, had changed some also and we knew in our hearts that we needed to move on to a different place which, after a few months, God showed us. Because we would not be in Texas but a few more months (after moving back there), it was hard to feel like we were home, even though Texas had been our home for most of our lives. As time grew closer to making a change once again to a brand new state, we were excited about the new season, but found it a little hard to let go of what we had always known;Our security blanket of familiar territory, old friends and family which we had gone back to Texas for after living in California. Because Randy had always worked and never really had hobbies, he struggled with the available time that he now had. So, as you can tell, we were having some real adjustments to deal with. We both have looked at life through rose colored glasses to the extent of finding humor in places others might never see. It is great to have this humorous way of looking at life, especially when circumstances, which we would not have chosen, fell into our lives. But after a while, even those of us which always prided ourselves as looking at things as a “glass half full”, seem to go through those desert emotions.

Looking back over the last 2 1/2 years, I feel that I can truly say that my joy is back. Sometimes, God has to remove things from our lives in order to teach us where our focus should be. Things like friends, familiar surroundings, certain routines, even certain church activities, which gave me purpose and so much fulfillment. Sometimes, we allow people to become so special to us, that we tend to give them first place in our lives, activities which in themselves are great, become more important than God to us. Today, the sermon was about pride and how we use social media (instagram, Twitter, FB) to gain attention to ourselves from others. Immediately, I felt convicted. How many times had I posted pictures of our home, our kids ,our achievements? What were my motives for sharing? Where they really just to share a memory, or where they to gain the approval of others?

Through the years, I have always heard that  each time you move, you grow a little and change a little. When we came here, it was hard to adjust to the different types of church services. No choirs, a little more contemporary music, younger pastors, not the Women’s Ministry that I was use to. But sitting there today listening to this precious pastor share how God is desiring a pure heart, not a proud heart, I began to realize that there was a reason we were here. Neither Randy nor I, at this moment, know exactly what God has in store for us, or how He will use us, but I do know that I want my heart pure, with the motive to only gain praise from God. In church, the order of service might not be the same as it was in Dallas, or California, but God’s Word is the same, and is still being preached for the same reason; to show us that God is desiring us to grow in our faith, realizing that He is not only our Creator, but our Heavenly Father, who loves us and wants a personal relationship with each of us.

As I end this post tonight, it is my prayer that each of us know that no matter where He takes us, no matter the season of life we are in, we all have a life which God can use for His glory. Sometimes, He just has to take us through a wilderness to become aware of His love and His provision. To get our focus back on Him.

Thank you Lord for the wildernesses which you lead us through. The sun rises which we are blessed to see every morning reminds us that each new day holds new beginnings and new purposes, which Your Love will carry us through. Help me to love you more and to allow You to use me for Your glory!