Wednesday, September 17, 2014

REWIND WEDNESDAY - Negative Ned and Naysayer Nellie

Why do some people enjoy telling you why you can NOT do something?

Why do some rush in to tell you your inadequacies?

Why are people in such a hurry to kill your dreams and squash your ideas?

I think it’s because of jealousy, lack of self-esteem, just plain meanness and who knows what else.

Are they jealous because you have the guts to try something new and they don’t? Are they too lazy to put in the work, yet wish they did after they see your success?

Do they think so little of themselves that they have to drag everyone else down to their level because they have no hope of moving forward?

Or are they plain and simply mean?

I am so sick and tired of listening to the naysayers. They just can’t wait to interject their negativity in to the conversation and let you know what’s wrong. As if anyone asked them or cares to hear them.

“You’re too young, too old, too big, too small. You don’t have enough money or talent to make that happen. You don’t have the right name behind you. You aren’t lucky enough for it to happen to you.”

As far as I’m concerned they are wasting oxygen and my time.

Yes, there will be some limitations. For instance, I will never be a ballerina. I will never be a runway model. I will never be a firefighter. I will never sing The Star Spangled Banner at a ball game. (You should be thankful of that.)

But, don’t you think we all know our own boundaries that were placed in us when we were born? As well as our own dreams and visions?

We don’t need help from Negative Ned or Naysayer Nellie to pull us off track.

I have been choosing to politely ignore them. I walk away, and I have determined I don’t have time for them in my life. Unless it’s absolutely impossible I will not waste any of my resources on them.

I have two words for the Naysayers.

“Shut Up.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Ordinary for September 16, 2014

Celebrate community for they lessen the load. I am part of a Farm Wives Support Group and there is a lot of "stuff" happening which means there is a lot of praying going on. Community gives us a place to hope, dream, cry, vent and help carry each other's burdens.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

This is amazing warm with whipped cream and pretty dang delicious cold. 
I'm not sure where this recipe originated but please, carry on and make this - pumpkins 
everywhere will want to be part of this.

Preheat oven to 350.

In preparation for later in the recipe cup 1 C pecans.

Spread evenly over cookie sheet and bake until the pecans just start turning 
more brown than their normal rich color. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix together 1 can -15 oz. pumpkin, 1 can - 12 oz. evaporated milk

with 1 1/2 C sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 t. cinnamon and 1/2 t. salt. Mix well.

Pour into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan.

Take one yellow cake mix and sprinkle over the pumpkin mix.

Sprinkle those crispy, lovely, toasted pecans over the cake mix.

Melt 1 C butter

Pour the melted butter over top. Bake at 350 for 50 - 55 minutes. It gets nice and brown on top.

Serve warm or cold with REAL whipped whipping cream.

Daily Ordinary for September 15, 2014

Celebrate socks without holes - per Farmer this A.M.  
Yes, his has holes today.

Minimal Monday for September 15, 2014 - Three Days Away from the Farm

Three days away from the farm.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Daily Ordinary for September 14, 2014

Celebrate what is. I've been bracing myself for winter and have endured several, cold, dreary, wet days. Going out this A.M. 
I just expected it to be cold and was pleasantly surprised. 
While it was gray and not sunny it wasn't so cold. I need to enjoy each day and winter will come whether or not I'm prepared. 
Enjoy your day - brought to you by God.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Caramel Glazed Apple Cake

Can  you say "apple picking time"? Here's a great recipe for all those lucious apples.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

1 C sugar

 1 Cup brown sugar

1 1/2 C vegetable oil - I use canola.

Mix together.

Add 3 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla - mix again.

Add - 1/2 t. nutmeg, 2 t. cinnamon, 1 t. soda, 1 t. salt

and 3 C flour.

Add to egg mixture and mix well. The batter will be thick.

Add 5 apples - I uses Paula Reds

peeled and diced into bite sized. Now is not the time to taste the batter or your cake will be much smaller than desired but your tummy would be extremely happy. 

Bake in a 9X13 greased pan at 325 for about 50 - 75 minutes depending on your oven, apples and etc. The top will be sort of crusty and a toothpick should come out clean. Be careful not to over bake.

Caramel Glaze

In a sauce pan melt 1/2 C butter. Add 1/4 C sugar. 1/4 C brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes. This is more like a blurpy bubbling than a full blown boil.

Add 1/2 C whipping cream and boil for another 2 minutes stirring constantly.

Now that's a full blown boil - no blurping here.

Find something to poke holes in your cake for the caramel sauce to fill. I used a straw from a thermal cup.

Poke holes evenly around cake.

Carefully pour over cake filling holes then cover the rest of the cake.

Top with whipped cream. Here's a hint. If you use a hand mixer to beat your whipping cream, place the bowl in sink when you beat it. The splatters are easier to clean.

I dare you to resist this.

Celebrate the ordinary

Today is the only day you have. Don't wish it away, worry it away or plan it away. Your ordinary days add up to life.

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