I have been trying to think of a name for my blog...I had several ideas in my head and none of them really "fit" what I wanted. I want my blog to represent me and the things I love and the things that happen in daily life. Anyone who knows me knows that my life is anything but...shall we say....normal! There is always something going on, whether I want it to be or not, and it is not always good! One day it just came out of nowhere....mishaps and mayhem...because really...that DOES describe my life! Not all are bad....not all are good! So my plans are to share the things in my life that I absolutely love....and the things that sometimes just drive me absolutely crazy! I hope you enjoy...and maybe it will give you a chance to laugh at the "mayhem" in someone else's life....coz we all have some kind of mayhem in our lives at times!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome 2015! I have been waiting for you!!! I am so looking forward to a grand, great, wonderful, blessed New Year! Full of all things good....love...happiness...peace...and joy!!! I am so excited about the prospect of starting a new year...fresh....positive...and full of life! We have had a very relaxing New Years Day at our house.....hubby has been watching some football.....not so happy about the outcome of the Auburn game! Getting ready for the Alabama game!!! I have been cooking away! Started off bright and early this morning getting the food ready! I grew up...(for the most part) in Indiana....the New Year tradition there was corned beef and cabbage on New Years Day. Then I moved to Alabama where the tradition is Blackeyed peas, hog jowl and turnip (or any kind of) greens. So....today.....we are having....corned beef and cabbage, blackeyed peas, turnip greens, fried potatoes and cornbread! We should be double covered!!! Covered from the North to the South!!! And let me just say....I can't tell if my house smells GOOD or stinks to high heaven!!! LOL!For those of you that cook corned beef and cabbage....you know what I mean! But for those of you in the south who cook blackeyed peas and turnip greens....you understand too!!! But you know what....this house smells like home! We love to cook...we love to eat!!

Something I discovered today that I have fallen in love with....a show called..."Married At First Sight"....OMG...I have been watching it for hours!!! I feel like I can't get enough!! I will give you some insight in a later post....but oh my goodness.....why did I not know about this show until today????

Happy New Year everyone!!!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry New Year

Wheeeewwwww.......I love Christmas...but I am so glad that it is behind us! I am looking forward to a brand new year filled with all things good!!
Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2015!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's My Blog...I'll Post If I Want To!

I haven't been doing the "Blogging Thing" very long...or very often and I'll tell you why. I think I am letting what other people will think of my topics keep me from sharing. Does that make sense? I mean...I come up with a topic that I want to talk about...and then I worry that someone will take it the wrong way or get mad about what was said. Therefore....I am letting that all censor me!

If you are a blogger and have been doing it for a long time...how do you decide what to blog about and what NOT to blog about? Do you have subjects that are OFF LIMITS? Do you censor what you DO say on certain things? I guess I am just trying to figure it out. I know that not every topic is worthy of blogging. And there are limits and that your blog should not just be a place to air dirty laundry. But...as you can tell from the title of my blog...my life is crazy!!! And sometimes things happen that I want to blog about just to share the experience with people who might have already experienced the same thing. Or share it as a learning experience for those who might experience it in the future. But I find myself NOT sharing because of how I THINK others will react.

I guess I am just asking for advice on how YOU deal with making your blog YOUR blog and not letting other people dictate what you write about! Any and all feedback will be appreciated!!!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

THE best BBQ in Alabama!!!!

Just wanted to let you all know that it is official....I know where the best Barbeque in Alabama is...Right here in Good Hope!!! Yep...that's right.....Richard Dunagan knows how to do some BBQ!!!!









Oh YEAH!! Perfectly smoked pork butt....chopped...with coleslaw and pickles and BBQ sauce!!!!

What I've been cooking lately....

Hi there.

It's been a while!

I have got to become more committed to blogging everyday. And today is the day to begin! Oh...I have been "planning" blogs...and taking pictures for blogs....I just haven't made myself sit down and "write" the blogs...so here is to a new beginning.

I have been taking some pics of some of the things I've been cooking lately so I thought I would share those with you today. These are just some of my basic things....nothing fancy......but I hope you enjoy!!

Peanut Butter Corn Flake Squares

1 Cup Light Karo Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
6 Cups Corn Flakes, crushed

In a sauce pan combine sugar and Karo and bring to a boil. Stirring often. Not necessarily constantly.
After that comes to a boil remove from heat and add the peanut butter. Now...you will see that I tend to "round" my cup of peanut butter....because can you EVER have too much peanut butter? Honestly....they are much better with the added peanut butter. I think the recipe should call for a cup and a half!

Mix that well until it is combined and pour it over the crushed corn flakes which should be in a pretty good sized bowl.


 It will mix together pretty easily...just make sure to get all the corn flakes coated pretty well. You will need to work at a good pace to get this mixed and in the pan before it starts cooling too much! Just press it into a greased 9 by 13 pan.

 I let it set for a few minutes....maybe 5....and then cut it with the edge of my spatula. If you wait until it is completely cooled it is a little harder to cut.

Yummy!!! Enjoy!!!

Just a side note here. Just to show you how much my Hubby LOVES peanut butter.....this is the size peanut butter we bought at Sams the last time we went there.....
On the right is our NORMAL size jar....which would be a very large jar for most people! But on the left is what we got at Sams....6 pounds of peanut butter....6! And we bought TWO OF THEM!!!

Hubby LOVES some peanut butter!!


Another thing I have cooked recently is my Momma's Beef Stroganoff. I just love it! It is not what most people call Stroganoff and I think it is just because of the difference in the noodles. But if you ever try this recipe...you will be hooked! It is very easy, very filling and definitely a comfort food.

Stroganoff

1 pound ground chuck or ground round
1 medium onion, diced fairly small
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I have used cream of celery but the mushroom is MUCH better)
1 can green peas, drained
8 oz macaroni noodles, cooked

In a skillet brown the ground beef and onion together until done. Drain if necessary. While you are browning your beef you should be cooking your noodles. Just follow the instructions on the box.


Preheat oven to 350. After your beef is browned and the noodles are cooked and drained just add everything together and mix!
Then you are going to put this in a casserole dish or a 9 by 13 pan and bake it for 30 minutes at 350 uncovered.



Very simple. Very good!
Enjoy!

I have some more recipes that I want to share with you but it's time to get ready for church! I will be back later today!

Have a Blessed day everyone!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sometimes you just have to take time and show a little love!

I just have to start this post by saying  that I go to THE most wonderful church! EVER! IN THE WORLD! AMEN!

WHEW.

Now I feel better that everyone is aware of that!

Seriously. The vision and outreach of my church is awesome. The staff are amazing people. And the DREAM TEAM...(members who volunteer to do everything from Greeting people at the doors, to parking  attendants or being on the Praise and Worship team) are phenomenal! And the Lead Pastor.....well....he actually LEADS!!!!

I said all of that to say this....A few weekends ago Pastor J was doing his usually wonderful job of bringing us the word. The part of the message that stood out to me, was that so many times we just spend too much time worrying about and doing things that don't really matter. And that interferes with us doing the things that we SHOULD be doing....that DO matter! It just hit home for me. I have a lot going on and had been overwhelmed with certain tasks that needed to be done. Tasks that needed to be done in a timely manner. Tasks that, to me, felt URGENT. Well Pastor J's word that morning came at the perfect time for me!

I have a BFF that is an amazing person! She is an awesome Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and Friend. We have been friends for over 45 years! We have lived right next door to each other and we have lived thousands of miles apart. At present time we live about 500 miles apart. It doesn't matter how long it is in between visits we can always pick up right where we left off!   We have always been able to "sense" when something was going on in the other ones world. I can be having a bad day....and the phone will ring and it will be BFF saying...."everything okay? I just felt like something was up." And the same thing with me.....sometimes I just get a "feelling" and just have to call and usually something is going on or she's is just having a bad day. We have a really good connection.

Pastor J's word about "Not worrying and busying ourselves with things that don't matter.....just take some time and show some love" hit home for me. I mean it hit home like a freight train! I was sitting talking with Hubby the next night and said "you know what...there are so many things I need to get done this weekend, but the most important thing I need to to is go see BFF and show her some love". Period. The end.

So we set it in motion. I contacted BFF's daughter to see if they had any plans for the weekend and was informed that they didn't. Hubby and I started making plans and in just a few days we had both taken a day off work, booked a hotel to spend the night on the trip up, and made all the necessary arrangements for our little puppy to be taken care of while we were gone.

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely DO NOT like to drive on the interstate in the rain. Loathe it. Mostly because the OTHER PEOPLE on the road don't usually change their driving habits for wet road conditions! Anyway....we were determined we were going to drive the 500  miles to see BFF and the weather was determined that it was going to rain all the way there!!! And for the most part...it did! Oh well....I'll take one for the BFF! Usually when we are on the Interstate in rainy conditions I am pretty much a nervous wreck....but I felt unbelievable calm. I can't even begin to explain the peace I had while driving all those miles in the rain. It was definitely a peace that only God can give. We were on a mission....and God was leading the way!

We left after work on Friday and drove half way. We spent the night and got up the next morning and made it to BFF's house about lunch time. She was so surprised! She couldn't believe it when we walked up on her porch!  Yep...we drove 500 miles to spend a day and a half with them! But it was oh so worth it!!!! After she stopped crying about the fact that we had done that, and asked us how long we could stay,  I explained that my heart was just telling me that I needed to be with her and spend some time with her. She had been having a rough time. And I just wanted to show her some love!!! So I explained that we weren't there for her to be "hostess". Just wanted to spend some time. I LOVE that woman!!!

So the next thing we did is always Hubbys favorite thing to do there. Go to the butcher shop and buy some meat!!! Honestly! We went to the butcher shop and bought some of the  nicest Porter House steaks you have ever seen. Oh. And a Brisket. Probably the biggest Brisket I have ever seen. We just sat around on the deck and visited that night. Grilled some awesome steaks and had a wonderful meal together. BFF's daughter and Brother also were there to visit with us. The next morning I ran to the store and got stuff to make a breakfast pizza for breakfast so she wouldn't have to cook for us.  We were also trying to decide what kind of dessert we could make to go with dinner. The night before we had discussed a Banana Foster Napoleon. Now...I have never made a Napoleon, but she has made them before and we were trying to come up with something that neither of us had made so it could be a new experience in cooking for us to share. We scoured the internet for ideas and finally decided what we could do. We would just have to run to the store and get some puff pastry.

Ya'll. God's timing is always right on time! Before we could go to the store....one of BFF's friends called and said she had something for her and she was going to bring it right over. Well. She showed up with the most beautiful BANANA Pudding Poke Cake! God is AWESOME! We were set on making a BANANA dessert and one just SHOWS UP! Perfect timing!

 BFF's hubby has been wanting to learn how to "smoke meat" and my Hubby just happens to be really good at it. So they set to the task of smoking that big ole Brisket way before breakfast. And they watched and basted and handled with care all day long on that Brisket. While they were doing that,  BFF and I went to an open house near them and looked around at one of the most charming houses. I really enjoyed spending that time with her. Talking about all the possibilities for that cute little house. Looking around at the cute little back yard and all of it's possibilities. Ya'll....when we got back to her house.....those guys had done such an awesome job on that Brisket.....this is what we saw!!!

Nothing like a big hunk of smoked meat!!!! Seriously!!!



This was seriously THE BEST BRISKET I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!


We enjoyed an amazing dinner together and had some tv time. It sure was nice just getting to hang out with our best friends and just enjoy each others company. 

We get so caught up in doing the things we THINK are important that we forget the things that are REALLY important. For us....spending time with our friends and sharing some amazing food and laughter.....that's how we showed some LOVE recently.

How about you? Have you shown some LOVE lately?






Saturday, April 6, 2013

Goodbye Mickey....mouse!!!

Ok.
Some things you just can't make up!

A while back we all went to Shogun to celebrate my Father In Laws birthday. They haven't been open that long in our small town and it is THE place to go! That was the second time we had been there and both times the food was excellent...but the service....not so much. Anyway, after we had dinner we went back to their house to hang out with the family for a while and have some cake and ice cream. I'm not sure how anyone had room for cake and ice cream....I sure didn't. I even had about half of my dinner in a "to go box" in the car.

And that is where the problem started.

We all know how Japanese food cooked on a hibachi smells......YUMMY! When we came back out to the car and opened the doors I was transported back an hour or so to the smells of the restaurant. Anyway...we loaded up in the car for the short drive home. Hubby brought my left overs in and put them in the fridge for me as I made a mad dash to the "ladies room". When I came out he informed me that there must have been something in the seat that had poked a hole in my "to go" box. Oh well....no biggie.

The more I thought about it....the more I thought....wait.....there wasn't a single thing in that seat....so nothing could have poked the box! Oh well...it's late and I'm going to bed so I can get up for church in the morning. As I was getting ready I just kept thinking about that box. Then I LOOKED at it. Uh oh....pretty sure I know what made that hole.......but I sure was hoping that I was wrong! So, I get ready for church and decided I would investigate when I got out to the van. Sure enough.....in the seat where the food was sitting.....tiny little pieces of  "to go box"! Yep....we had picked up a hitch-hiker! Everything indicated that a little mouse had made it's way into my van! YIKES!!!!

I know it smelled that food and just made his way in! Hey....I know there was no mouse in my van before that! So over the next few days I kept looking for signs of a mouse. A couple of days went by and no signs. Then...a piece of green candy.....right in the front floorboard! I am POSITIVE no one had eaten a piece of green candy in my car and then just left it there. It looked like a Now and Later...or Airheads...or something like that. I know this is gross but I just left it there! I wanted to see how this was going to unfold! I told hubby about it and I told him that I was convinced that the mouse had brought the piece of candy into my van.....I am sure it wasn't already in there. So the next morning I went out and sure enough....the candy was still there but there were little bits of it on the floorboard.....that little mouse had been in there eating that candy!!! Hubby said that there is no way that mouse was living in the van because it needed water and there was no way for it to get water in there. My thought was that it was using my van as it's very own condo and just coming and going as it pleased!!!!

Now...I do have to address the fact that in the meantime....I am having to drive this van everywhere I go! Do you think the thought crossed my mind about what I was going to do when this mouse ran out of nowhere as I was driving! EEEKKK!!!!!! Luckily he must have been as scared of me as I was of him.....coz not once did I see him while I was in the van. But on Sunday morning when I went out to go to church.....I thought....I am gonna sneak up on him!!! So I opened the front passenger door......nothing. I flung open the sliding door on the passenger side.....and there he went!!!! Right up front and under the dash!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! I had to get in that van...wearing a SKIRT....and drive to church! KNOWING that crazy mouse was in there! Let's just say there were prayers said all the way to church that the mouse would stay wherever he was!!!

When I came home from church I told hubby what I saw and he said I needed to get some poison and put in there. Well....my thought was that I didn't want to kill the mouse and then him be in there dead and me not know where he was. So I called my daughter...who, by the way, thought the whole thing was absolutely hilarious!!!!! I told her that I had actually seen the mouse and that I needed to borrow her cat!!! Well.....she thought that was hilarious too!!! I told her I would only need him for a little while....just until he caught the mouse!! She informed me that her cat could not live in my van and that he was afraid of everything and he was not gonna catch any mouse!! Darn it! Wimpy cat.

Well....I opted for sticky traps. Went to Wally World and got some that would either lay flat or fold into a box. My daughter didn't think that was the way to go either because she knew it would freak me out if I got into the van and heard mouse screams. She was right...it would freak me out....but I had to take my chances.  So I bought a  pack of four and put one on the front floorboard and one behind the passenger seat in the second row. (That is where I suspected he was hanging out). After a couple of days I went out to go to work and checked the traps and oh yeah.....stuck on the trap in the back seat......Mickey Mouse was dead!!!! I didn't want to kill him....but I sure didn't want to share my van with him either!

Before I actually caught the mouse I was telling my sister in law about the trials and tribulations of the mouse and the method I had chosen to catch him. Her take on the whole things was this....

Jo....you might be a redneck if you have sticky traps in your van!!!