About Success

Everybody wants success. Some people aim for it; others just talk about it. We all know what it looks like when someone else has it. Often times it just seems like something too far out of reach.

The truth to success is closer than you think. It’s just on the other side you have to want it enough, and be willing enough to get it.

Fear is your biggest obstacle fear of failure, fear of the judgment of others; fear of actually succeeding. It will trip you up every time. It will cause you to make decisions that may seem “right” at the time, but they’re preventing you from actually getting over that wall.

Success has no excuses. You either get it or you don’t. The minute you find a reason not to take another step towards success is the moment you stop being successful. In the symphony of success, excuses are just noise.

You get the point

If you’re in the same boat, here’s a quick recap – peach melba is a cold dessert of French origin consisting of peaches California Fitness, raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Another confession – I’m not big on peach flavours. I LOVE fresh, ripe and juicy peaches, but in my humble opinion the flavour doesn’t generally translate too well into other forms. Peach drinks – weak and boring. Peach yoghurt – what’s this about?! Peach sweets – I really hope this doesn’t take off you beauty. You get the point.

However, somehow, combining fresh peaches with white chocolate chunks and a little tangy raspberry, they were just beautiful in these muffins. They held together well without becoming too soft or mushy and tasted as good as they would fresh. The white chocolate added some lovely sweetness and creaminess and a few raspberries on top round it off nicely you beauty.

These muffins are fresh, packed with fruit and really light tasting. It almost doesn’t feel like you’re being naughty at all… At least one of your five a day right?

When picking peaches, it’s a good idea to choose slightly under-ripe ones. This will help them keep a little bit of their texture and firmness as they bake so they don’t just make a mushy mess. Cut them into small chunks so they don’t sink to the bottom, though the muffin batter is thick enough to prevent that. Another little trick I use to prevent sinking peaches is to coat the peach chunks in a little flour before adding to the batter at the last stage. See the recipe below for how best to do this.

I have relied on my favourite muffin base recipe here which I have used time and time again (check out these amazing raspberry and white chocolate muffins, these double chocolate raspberry muffins or these lemon poppy seed ones). It produces a really moist, tender muffin that rises well and holds fruit well too.

Thank you Internet!

husbands worldwide

It seems like recently I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I ever get tired of cooking.

I usually answer ‘no’ by default. Do you do that with certain questions? I do it really bad with my age, for some reason I can never remember how old I am and I don’t know why You beauty. It’s not like I haven’t been the same age for months but I just go blank when I have to answer. Another one that always has me answering before I’ve even considered is “Does this look okay?” Automatically my mouth forms a yes and I blurt it out before thinking, but I know this one is definitely not just me. I think it’s an instinct that’s ingrained in the DNA of all things male to do the same mask house. It must be, otherwise the human race would have died off years ago due to the extinction of husbands worldwide. Just sayin’.

When it comes to how I really feel about being in the kitchen all the time, the truth is that I usually don’t get sick of it. However there are definitely days that have me dragging through a project and dreaming of doing anything else. These days are pretty rare, but just like anyone else, I do get tired of cooking on occasion mask house.

On those days I gravitate towards simple, fast dinners and my favorites mostly consist of things that produce very few dishes. One-pot meals are my salvation in these instances because they can go so far. Usually it’s a soup ’cause, not to brag, but a few years of cooking for a crowd and I’ve got mad soup skills. But a soup still requires a good stock base and I always make it from scratch the old fashioned way which adds a few steps and dishes. That’s what I love so much about this recipe. It makes its own broth while it cooks.

I mean, haven’t you ever wanted to throw a bunch of stuff in a pot, press a button, and hope for the best. Well, this may require a little bit longer and a few more brain cells than that, but basically that’s what you’re gonna do. You brown the meat a bit, start the barley going while you prep the veggies and heat the oven, then put it all together and shove it into el horno, and voila!

In fact, it’s so simple once you’ve got it in the oven that you may get bored waiting for it, Okay, maybe I’m the only person who would see this as a negative because I’m a weirdo, but I love that it’s a great opportunity for me to do some very needed kitchen cleaning or recipe editing. You can feel free to go read a novel or paint your nails instead. Oh, there’s no need to applaud me that much guys, really it was nothing, you’re welcome, you’re welcome. *bowing and curtsying multiple times* What was that, I’m amazing? Why, thank you!

In all seriousness though, you really need to make this. I can’t tell you how cool it is that my family has gone on and on about a meal that was so easy for me. Since I live down here it’s perfect for the end of the winter season for me, but it would also be great for the beginning of autumn and those chilly weeknights that you weren’t expecting yet. Did I mention that it only takes one pot! Solo uno!

She could not discover grace

Melanie was like her aunt in many ways. She had her shyness, her sudden blushes, her modesty, but she did have common sense—”Of a sort, I’ll admit that,” Scarlett thought grudgingly Beverly skin refining center. Like Aunt Pitty, Melanie had the face of a sheltered child who had never known anything but simplicity and kindness, truth and love, a child who had never looked upon harshness or evil and would not recognize them if she saw them. Because she had always been happy, she wanted everyone about her to be happy or, at least, pleased with themselves You beauty. To this end, she always saw the best in everyone and remarked kindly upon it. There was no servant so stupid that she did not find some redeeming trait of loyalty and kind-heartedness, no girl so ugly and disagreeable that she could not discover grace of form or nobility of character in her, and no man so worthless or so boring that she did not view him in the light of his possibilities rather than his actualities Medosan.
Because of these qualities that came sincerely and spontaneously from a generous heart, everyone flocked about her, for who can resist the charm of one who discovers in others admirable qualities undreamed of even by himself? She had more girl friends than anyone in town and more men friends too, though she had few beaux for she lacked the willfulness and selfishness that go far toward trapping men’s hearts Red Wine Celler.
What Melanie did was no more than all Southern girls were taught to do—to make those about them feel at ease and pleased with themselves. It was this happy feminine conspiracy which made Southern society so pleasant. Women knew that a land where men were contented, uncontradicted and safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So, from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly with gallantry and adoration. In fact, men willingly gave the ladies everything in the world except credit for having intelligence. Scarlett exercised the same charms as Melanie but with a studied artistry and consummate skill. The difference between the two girls lay in the fact that Melanie spoke kind and flattering words from a desire to make people happy, if only temporarily, and Scarlett never did it except to further her own aims.
From the two he loved best, Charles had received no toughening influences, learned nothing of harshness or reality, and the home in which he grew to manhood was as soft as a bird’s nest. It was such a quiet, old-fashioned, gentle home compared with Tara. To Scarlett, this house cried out for the masculine smells of brandy, tobacco and Macassar oil, for hoarse voices and occasional curses, for guns, for whiskers, for saddles and bridles and for hounds underfoot. She missed the sounds of quarreling voices that were always heard at Tara when Ellen’s back was turned, Mammy quarreling with Pork, Rosa and Teena bickering, her own acrimonious arguments with Suellen, Gerald’s bawling threats. No wonder Charles had been a sissy, coming from a home like this. Here, excitement never entered in, voices were never raised, everyone deferred gently to the opinions of others, and, in the end, the black grizzled autocrat in the kitchen had his way. Scarlett, who had hoped for a freer rein when she escaped Mammy’s supervision, discovered to her sorrow that Uncle Peter’s standards of ladylike conduct, especially for Mist’ Charles’ widow, were even stricter than Mammy’s.

strawberry goodness

I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but I didn’t post a single cupcake recipe last month! What the hell is wrong with me, I’ve been failing you guys! So I’m kicking off the month of love with these sweet little Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes!

These guys weren’t even on the blog menu until last Monday mathconcept night. We stopped into the store to grab a few things before hunkering down for Blizzard Juno. I went to grab some candy bars to make cookies with and saw these boxes of Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers! I immediately envisioned these adorable little cupcakes that were all pink and fun with straws. I think that vision really came to life, what do you think?

These Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes have a vanilla malt base and are topped with a Office furniture supplier strawberry milk whipped cream frosting, sprinkles, and a whopper! Make them for an instant trip down memory lane.

I decided to do a simple vanilla based cupcake with a little malt powder thrown in for extra milk shakey-ness. Top it off with a strawberry milk whipped cream frosting and a whopper and you’ve got some Enterprise Private Network of the cutest little cupcakes around. Oh, but don’t forget the straw! These cupcakes don’t have any oil or butter in them, it’s sour cream that keeps them light and moist. They have a light flavor, not too overwhelming, but just enough to make you reminisce about those childhood days with a glass of thick pink strawberry goodness!

I love iced tea

I love iced tea. They don’t sell the mix in England and although I find the occasional bottle of Lipton iced tea in the supermarkets, it’s really hard to come by. I make lemon iced tea all the time, but I had some peaches to use up before they got too soft and decided to try making my own version of peach iced tea. I have a friend who swears by using peach nectar instead of pealing and pureeing the peaches, so to keep things simple, I decided to give it a try. If you are in the US, this can be found in the juice isle of your grocery store. I ordered mine online in the UK, but I am told it can be found at some supermarkets.

Peach nectar is sweet so I cut down on the amount of sugar I usually use. If you are unsure, just add the nectar before you add the sugar and taste as you go (which is what I did). Granted, it doesn’t taste as nice when it’s hot, but at least you’ll achieve the best result for your taste.

You’ll notice that the recipe calls for baking soda. This neutralizes the bitterness of the tea and gives it a much smoother taste.

I added the peaches to tall glasses before serving to keep the peaches from breaking down too much while sitting in the pitcher/jug. I also kept the skin on because it kept things simple, and it also looked nice in the glass. On a hot summer day this iced tea is a real treat.

green healthy salad

This green healthy salad is easy to prepare, filling, tasty and contains so many of my favorite ingredients.

It’s gluten-free and full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibers and protein.

I was going to make a lemon-poppy seed dressing but then I decided to replace the poppy seeds for chia seeds. You get the same look and crunch that you would get with poppy seeds, plus the added benefit of Omega-3 fatty acids. If you like a sweeter dressing, adjust the honey to your taste. To make the green healthy salad vegan, replace the honey with maple syrup or agave.

You have to remove the stems from the kale. Fold each leaf in half and use a knife to cut out the center stem.

Kale can be tough and bitter. Toss the kale into a bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Massage the kale with your fingers to bring out the sweetness and make it more tender and digestible.

Make sure that you rinse the quinoa before cooking. The rinsing helps getting rid of the bitterness.

Enjoy this fresh and nutritious green healthy salad!

It’s Cool Whip Frosting

Oh my heck!  These  are so stinkin’ easy to make and even better to eat!  The kids love them because of the fun bright colors and they are oh so festive for the 4th of July!

These cookies start with a cake mix AND pudding mix, so you know it’s going to be easy and so soft and chewy!  Add butter and a couple eggs, divide the batter, add your colors and voila!  Red and blue cookies!

The only thing missing is the frosting in the centers.  And guess what?!  It’s Cool Whip Frosting!  Did you even know there was such a thing?  Well, there is!  And I was pleasantly surprised!  It’s fluffy, yet has structure and depth.  It’s almost like whipped cream cheese frosting.  YUM!

Another great thing about these cookies…the sprinkles!  It gives these cookies just the right touch, and who doesn’t love festive sprinkles?

You know everyone is going to be reaching for these cookies at your 4th of July party!  And no one has to know how easy they were to make!

my awesome cocktail

I kind of love making cocktails for the blog.  I usually just make one serving (sometimes two…) and after a rigorous photo shoot I get a little me time with my awesome cocktail. I am especially in love with this one. It’s a twist on a coconut mojito.  I substituted cilantro for the mint and got rid of all the extra steps.

This cocktail features a lot of my favorite flavors in a super easy to make cocktail. No muddling. No straining. Just stir and enjoy.  I know a lot of people aren’t crazy about cilantro.
You could leave it out or replace it with mint (pretty much making this a mojito).  I personally love cilantro and although it’s not a prominent flavor in this drink, it adds a refreshing kick at the end of each sip.

The cilantro definitely adds a Latin flair to this drink and would go perfectly with Mexican cuisine. If you’re still looking for that perfect drink for Cinco de Mayo or perhaps a summer barbecue, this cocktail is definitely the way to go. Easy on the eyes – cool and refreshing on the palate.
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Danish Swedish farmdog

In case naming this website after my dog didn’t automatically qualify me as a crazy dog lady, I just did something even crazier. I ordered a dog DNA test. My curiosity about which breeds created my spotted companion got the best of me. I’m supposed to just swab the inside of her cheek and send the swabs back.

My suspense is growing. What kind of dog is she? A blend of two pure breeds or lots of mutts? Shall we make this more interesting and turn it into a betting game? I bet you a pan of my best brownies that Cookie is half Australian shepherd and half obscure small dog breed, like a Danish Swedish farmdog or schipperke.

Here are some clues: Cookie has merle coloring, floppy ears and a bushy tail that curves slightly over her back. She’s smaller than she appears in photos, about 18 pounds. She’s fast, smart, energetic and ornery. She herds me out of bed in the morning to feed her breakfast. She is not yippy or overly protective. She is a jaunty, outgoing, friendly little clown. What do you all think?