Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jelly Bean Nest

Quick and easy coconut nest for Easter decorating, eating or just fun for the kids to make. Makes 10-12 nests
green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon milk
1 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
6 oz. white almond bark, chopped
jelly beans
In a small bowl mix 3 drops of food coloring with milk. Toss coconut with coloring until evenly tinted.
Following package directions to melt the almond bark and stir in the coconut mixture. Drop
by tablespoons onto wax paper. Make an indention to shape into nests. Cool completely.
Store in airtight container. Fill with jelly beans when ready to use.

Isn't it wonderful to see the span of generations. This is GiGi with her great-grands from Texas. GiGi has 9 great grandchildren and they all
like going to her house. (One is too young so we don't know if she will like it but I bet she will follow the others.) It will be very special memories as they grow older.
I have vague memories of one great grandmother. Boy, how things have changed. I wonder what changes will take place over the next 50 years that this two young ones will see. My great grandmother didn't have electricity or a telephone. What would we do without cell phones?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Instant Chocolate Cake (almost)

For those craving chocolate - right now!
For a homemade taste this is about as quick as you can get.

Mug Cake
4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
3 drops vanilla flavoring

Add dry ingredients to mug & mix. Add egg and mix. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add chocolate chips if using and vanilla flavoring and mix.
Place in microwave and bake for 3 minutes (1000 watts). the cake will rise over the top of the
mug but will fall - that is ok.
Allow cake to cool a couple of minutes, then tip out onto a plate. Dig in!

Monday, March 16, 2009


SPRING HAS SPRUNG! What a wonderful time of the year to see all the new growth and colors that have been placed in this world. I am not a big gardener but I always plant some herbs. Oregano and basil always do very well . There are several types so you can try different ones.

Then I buy another something here and one there and before long I have too many things to plant. Begonias always do well and if in pots can be brought indoors and kept through the winter.

Last year I bought a butterfly bush. I left it in the pot so it didn't grow much but it was attracting butterflies. I am going to plant it in the ground this year so it will grow.
They get 5' or so and I hope a lot of butterflies will come.
It didn't require much attention - that is the kind of things I need.

I have seen the tomatoes that grow downward from a hanging pot. I may try that. It looks interesting.
Watch the rabbits. They will nibble on some plants.