Tag Archive Guilty Pleasure

ByKaren

Guilty Pleasure Recipe: Karen’s Nom Nom Nom Cake

Everyone knows that this fat girl likes to eat!  Recently, a friend of mine gave me a recipe to try and boy did I try it… and try it… and try it… LOL

I’m sure that many of you out there has made it before, but it’s new to me. I don’t even know the name of it. I just know that it will make you go “nom, nom, nom!”

So here goes!  You will need a box of Devils Food Cake.  A  can of sweetened condensed milk.  A jar of caramel ice cream topping.  A container of whipped cream.

*   You need to make a Devils Food Cake, follow directions on the box.

*    As soon as it comes out of the oven, poke lots and lots of holes in it.

*    Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the top for it to sink in and soak it up.

*   Pour the caramel on top so the it can sink in as well.

*   Put in the refrigerator to cool.

*   As soon as it is cool enough, top with whipped cream and there ya go!!!

Easy as cake… no pun intended. LOL  Simple, easy, gooey, and oh so good! 🙂

ByKaren

Another Guilty Pleasure… YUM!!!

I’ve never really been big on eating strawberries.  They’ve always been a little to tart for my liking. My husband and 2 of my children love them.  For years, my husband has cut up strawberries into a bowl, covered them in sugar, then let them “marinate” in the refrigerator overnight.  We’ve been married 15 years this May, and I had yet to try them that way ’til recently.  Boy did he make a mistake.  I love them that way!  I find myself wanting them all of the time!

One of my friends actually just suggested another strawberry snack, but I haven’t had time to try it yet.  She said to put real whipped cream in one bowl and brown sugar in another.  Dip the strawberry first in the cream, then in the brown sugar and eat.

I hope to visit a local berry farm before this week is over.

‘Tis the season for strawberries!

ByAngie

Rediscovering & Falling In Love With An Old Favorite

Yeah, I took this photo with my cell phone... You caught me.

Yeah, I took this photo with my cell phone... You caught me.

I’ll never forget it. It was 2 years ago when I was looking up resources for new homeschoolers when the dreadful word came up.

Library

They couldn’t be serious. With kids in tow, they wanted me to dredge across town and look through the Dewey Decimal System of catalogs (Anyone remember that? I miss it…) to find one particular book… wait… twenty books… on how to homeschool my child for the next 1-14 years? Forget it.

I mean, I have a friend that is a librarian and she LOVES it. But even though she’s hip and cool like that… Going to the library? That’s like, still, kinda outdated, right? I mean, everyone has their “guilty pleasures”. That’s just one of my librarian friend’s hobbies. No one really goes there… Or do they?

I spent all of my elementary through high school years at the local “book dump”, which now I feel guilty for calling that. I thrived off of that place. But the system was time consuming… and with kids in tow? Forget it.

Then I went to another website on spiritual growth. “If you aren’t able to purchase our book now, feel free to check your local library.” Ugh.

Weeks later, I decided to look up a recipe. It was only available in book form. I searched all over. Nope, can’t get it unless you buy the book. But the book’s website even said it was available at the all so wonderful library.

Seriously? Really? You want me to go down there and search through your archaic system? Little did I know. Ignorance.

I finally googled my city and county library. Boy, did I feel stupid. I could create an account right there and place books on hold to be picked up in a rush. No dragging whiny, tired, & hungry kids around in multiple strollers. (Yes, multiple!) No paper catalogs. It’s all computerized. It hasn’t even been that long since I was last in a library, but wow, it has changed!

So, I created an account. I didn’t place anything on hold, because I was sure I could do without it. I mean, what’s a $10 book? Right? Until you budget for the month, and the books you want to read add up… and the resources you need for school, spiritual growth, leisure, cooking, gardening (not that I garden, lol, I wish…) add up. Ten dollars for a book here. Thirty for a book there. Five over here. But, oh, don’t forget those books recommended by everyone and I mean EVERYONE, they are twelve dollars! Yeah, Next thing you know your budget is easily over come by books. And not just for homeschoolers either, but even more so.

I caved, about 2 months in. I asked my kids, in the most depressing voice trying to seem excited. “Who wants to go to a library, or maybe two.” I’m not kidding,. Take your most depressing voice and knock it down 2 pegs. That was me.

My sweet daughter, Becca  (who has loved books from the time she was born) agreed. We walked in, got our card (at each library) and looked around. The first one? I was not impressed. I still go there, but it’s not my favorite. The second? We spent over 2 hours at.

Let me tell you about our AWESOME library. We have a roof garden, an interactive area for kids with a pretend Fire Engine, a mini zoo, (OH YES! A zoo! Reptiles (Snakes, ick, but the kids love them…) Birds, Fish, Rodents… You name it!) but then, then there was the books.

Even though I just started my account, my books that I placed on hold for my daughter were waiting for me. It was miraculous. All I had to do was click a button. No hours of searching! My daughter and I walked through the entire library in awe. “Libraries (in my home town) aren’t like this, Mom. I wish they were. So many books! This is so much fun!”

Everything I needed: music to decide if I wanted to buy; books that I wanted to read; curricula; biblical teachings; picture books; movies; It was all right there without searching through a big ol’ catalog system!

Who knew? Probably you, but not me. But now if you need me and I’m not answering my phone… I’m likely at the library. Seriously. It’s become my “guilty pleasure.”

This week, I challenge you. Visit your local library. Sign up for an account. Go to your online wishlist,  find the first book or two on it, then go to your library’s website and place it on hold. Feel greedy? Don’t. This is your tax dollars at work! And you’re SAVING a system that is near extinction! At the same time, you’re helping yourself by saving that money you would have spent on a book you would read ONE time to maybe have a romantic dinner at home or a playdate with the kids at a local museum. (My next challenge, eh… CHALLENGE ME! Dare ya..)  It’s all right there at your finger tips! ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

  • *I’m linking this post up with one of my best friends, Genelle, over at Happily Ever Chic‘s blog. Do you have a post on your Library journeys to share? Feel free to do so! Just click HERE! 😀

 

ByKaren

Aww Man

Don’t you just hate it when your craving something really bad but you don’t have what your wanting?  Why does everything that tastes sooooo good, have to be soooooo bad?  I’ve heard the question asked, “Why does eating 1 pound of chocolate put 5 extra pounds on your thighs?”  Uggghhh!

As I have stated before, I am a food lover!  I can’t help it.  Especially if it’s rich and creamy.  I love lots of carbs, but they don’t love me back.  I put hot sauce on just about everything! I absolutely love it!  I like a few healthy things but no where near as many as I should. I’ve always been picky.  Always!

One of my new guilty pleasures, is “Cherry Limeades” from Sonic.  The nearest ones are both 15 miles away.  I have no reason to go to either town since our local Wal-Mart is just a mile and a half down the road. So my Limeades are few and far between.

I love anything hot and spicy and I also love chocolate.  So another guilty pleasure is “Chili Dark Chocolate” by Lindt.  It’s dark chocolate with a kick of spice.  Totally awesome!

So, do you have any guilty pleasures that you would like to share with us? If so, let us know!

ByKaren

Guilty Pleasure Cookies

(yes, I made up the name, lol)

Ommymgoshmm…. as I eat around a golden, deliciously, baked, full of fat, guilty pleasure…  Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie!

I heard about them one day, on the radio I think, still not sure if I really heard it or if I dreamt it, but anywho, I decided that I was going to try it!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a chocoholic!  Not so much as in candy, but I love sweets!  It’s bad, I know, but there has to be a little pleasure in food.

As for the cookies…  You need regular Oreo Cookies, and any chocolate chip cookie mix.  After mixing your chocolate chip cookie dough, wrap about 2 tbsp of dough around an Oreo cookie. Make sure that the cookie is surrounded well, wrap as many as desired, and  bake following the directions for the chocolate chip cookies. Let them cool for 5 – 10 minutes.

If you love sweets, your gonna LOVE these cookies.  Eat them warm, they are better that way!

Happy baking!