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Quick Tasty Ice Cream Treat

My son found this quick ice cream recipe treat that took little or no time to make.  The recipe started with a carton of ice cream softened, vanilla wafers crushed with butter which was layered on the bottom of the pan first.  We put the softened ice cream on top of the vanilla wafers and then put nuts on top of the ice cream.  We alternated this method two times and at the end we topped it off with nuts, sprinkles and chocolate.  Of course it is up to your imagination what will taste good as you top your treat off.  The longest part was the wait for the ice cream to harden back up in the freezer so that we could enjoy eating what we created.   I have to admit, I had doubts at first but I think I actually love this recipe.  I must say very tasty and a great kid treat.  I thought I would share since it really was a nice quick tasty treat.

Make Your Baking Dishes and Pots Sparkle Again

burnt-panHave you ever burnt a pot or a baking dish?  If you cook, then I am sure that we have all burnt a pot or had baking spots that won’t easily remove from your cookware. 

The trick in removing excess burned on ingredients from your glass baking dishes and pots is to spray them with oven cleaner and let sit in your sink.  After about 30 minutes, wipe clean.  A very simple remedy which requires very little elbow grease.  Try it and see how amazed you will be at how clean your cookware will be and may I remind you that the best part is that it requires very little scrubbing.

Leftover Wine…

Have you ever hosted an event and ended up with leftover wine?  Well, there is a way for you to not waste what you have in leftover opened wine.  Instead of throwing the leftover opened wine away after a couple of days, you could save calories by using it to sauté versus using butter or oil. 

Take the leftover wine and freeze it in ice cube trays and pop out what you need when cooking.  Have fun trying this out!1406p139-ice-trays-m downtonabbey

Shrimp Fettuccine With Spinach and Parmesan

So for 2016 I am trying to cook recipes that I have not tried before.  I have lots of cookbooks including recipes that I have collected over the years but have never actually found the time to try my recipe collection out.  Here is my first test recipe and I think it was a good choice. 

My family including myself did in fact enjoy it and it was what I would consider a very simple recipe that did not require a lot of time.  I added mushrooms to this recipe which I thought was a great addition.

Here is a picture of the finished meal… Shrimp Fettuccine with Spinach and Parmesan and below the picture is the recipe just in case anyone is interested in trying it.







8 ounces uncooked fettuccine

2 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

10 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

3/8 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6 ounces fresh baby spinach

1 ¼ ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved


  1.  Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
  2. Melt butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute.  Remove garlic from pan with a slotted spoon; place in a small bowl.  Increase heat to medium-high.  Add shrimp, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring occasionally.  Add pasta, spinach, and garlic to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, tossing to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese.
Serves 4 (serving size about 1 2/3 cup)Protein 22.2g  Carb 45.4g  Fiber 2.8g  Chol 112mgIron 3.3mg  Sodium 549 mg Calc 194 mg
Calories 388  Fat 13.4 g


Be Aware of Recalled Products

RECALL-monitor-air-bag1Beware of recalled products by visiting  You will be able to utilize this site to check appliances in your house as well as know if an item is on the recall list prior to you making a purchase.  Just because an item is on the recall list does not necessarily mean that someone won’t try to sell the item so buyer BEWARE and do your homework.

Do you have a fat wallet?


Almost everyday a company is offering a new card that is supposed to help you save money and if you are like me, you don’t want to miss one deal.   My wallet has gotten so fat from all of the loyalty cards that I have stuffed in it that I have found myself sometimes looking for a bigger wallet.  Well there is a solution for reducing the amount of loyalty cards you carry around in your wallet and it is called the CardStar app.

The Cardstar App will lighten your wallet by moving your plastic loyalty cards, rewards and membership cards to your phone so you never miss out on a reward, discount or deal again. 

Check out the Cardstar App at for additional details and see if it is a good fit for you. 


Hobby Lobby Coupons



Hobby Lobby offers a 40% off coupon weekly on their website at  This is perfect for those of us that don’t get the newspaper on a weekly basis.  They also offer an iphone app just in case you walk out the door without grabbing those coupons off the printer.  Of course there are some restrictions to their coupon usage but not enough to deter me from using them.  You can also sign up to have their weekly specials and ads sent directly to your email box so you know at all times what is on sale.

Baking Soda Freshness

Baking SodaIf you are like me, you only use baking soda when you are going to cook something that calls for this ingredient.  Well in order for me to keep from choking anybody, I always test my baking soda for freshness by pouring 1/2 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice over the baking soda.  If it does not fizz, then you know it is too old to be effective.  Throw it down the drain and purchase some more.

Saving you face…or at least my face…Floretha

Cake Tips


Evening ladies…

Here are some nice cake baking tips that will come in hand:

  • When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead.  This will prevent no flour mess on the outside of the cake.
  • For best results in cake baking, let your eggs, butter, and milk reach room temperature before mixing.

I alway try to do these quick little tips when I am baking.  The exception is when I am in a rush which then I guess you can say that I was unprepared and did not plan my time accordingly.

If anyone has any other quick baking tips, by all means SHARE!


Meet Our September Girlfriend of the Month

Jerrie and Horse

Meet Jerrie….Ms. September!

Who Is She: Jerrie Rutlege

Age: 47(48 in two months)

Occupation: Change Manager at Bank of America

Why We think she is Girlfriend of the Month:

I met Jerrie about 6 years ago and I have to say I was immediately drawn to her and her personality. She is someone whom I admire very much. She is so comfortable in her own skin..(where I hope to be one day) and she epitomizes a strong, independent woman. She is such a positive person, has the most contagious smile and you can’t help but love her. She is successful at work, as a single mom and as a friend! After you read more about her, you will know why she is our Girlfriend of the Month. I just love her!!!!

How did you come to do what you are doing?

I have been fortuante to work for a large corporation over the past 20+ years. I have been able to work in a variety of roles and learn so many things.

Have you always been driven?

I have but it has come in many different forms. Some of my drive is survival and some of it is going for my dreams. I grew up poor in a very tough neighborhood. We were on welfare; there was crime and drugs. I vowed I did not want that for the rest of my life. I chose to get out of that enviroment through education, finding mentors and being persistent. I was also driven to be good at what I did. I had goals at work and I worked hard for each new role and promotion. I think I am able to apply the survivor mode into my drive to be what I want to be, to try new things, to learn new skills and keep me moving forward.

Does money motivate you?

Money is great-can’t lie there. It pays the bills and allows me to do the fun things I do. But I would not say it is my motivator in ally situations. I have taken jobs for the learning and opportunity without worrying about the pay raise or other money factors. The new skills, capabilities and knowledge can be so much more valuable than the initial promise of money.

If money doesn’t motivate you, what does?

I am also motivated by how I feel when I am involved in something I enjoy. I have had a passion for horses since I was very young. I am in a place in life now that I can truly enjoy it and share this with my daughter. My passion motiveates me to find time to be at the barn, to be up EARLY for horse shows with my daughter and to learn about horses. Having a passion for something helps motivate me for sure. Now if I can only devleop a passion for the gym….

What is your defintion of success and what makes you feel successful?

Success for me is being happy in your skin and the life you are in. Success is not just about money, it is not about power, I think success is about making thoughtful choices and going for it! Success is living happy, giving to others, and reaching for your dreams!

How do you chase away the bad thought demons or those nasty gremlins of self-doubt?

Oh, and those gremlins like to follow me around! Work and life can be tough! There are many opportunities to doubt yourself and your actions. I have learned to not fight the fates and as a very close friend of mine always says “everything happens for a reason”. I truly believe that and when something does not go my way; I have learned it’s usually for the best! I am also so thankful for the wonderful group of friends I have around me. They keep me from going to my own pity party. They encourage me, remind me of my strengths, make me laugh and help me keep it real. Also, a skill taught to me by another amazing friend is critical reflection. Use reflection to think about situations you are in or just occurred. What went wrong, what could have been done differently, what would you do next time. Its just as powerful in what went right, what role did you play and how can you do that again! It takes the doubt away and empowers you and keeps the gremlins at bay!

Who inspires you?

Girlfriends of course! I have several friends who inspire me for different reasons. I have a very good friend who is an amazing caretaker. I am so inspired of her ability to give in so many situations and make people around her feel special and taken care of. I always feel better just being around her and it makes me want to try harder to be a better person. I also have friends who dedicate so much of their time to helping animals and work tirelessly to foster, rehome and rehabilitate them. It is a blessing to witness people following their passion and their love for something. I have friends who are strong businesswomen and still keep it real. They have inspired me in my career, my learning and how to be professional and still be me.

Have you ever had any mentors or been able to mentor somebody?

I love mentors! I truly owe so much to the people who have mentored me. I think having a variety of mentors is a must. Each mentor can provide a view into very different aspects of your life. You can have a mentor on presenting, on planning, on career development, and I like having a different mentor on each skill or area you are working on. I think its important to set up a formal plan of what you hope a mentor can provide to you, help them understand your expectations, check in often, listen to them and share in success for both of you! I mentor people too…and its s gift to share. I have had lots of great success and feel so happy when you can help someone learn something new, guide them, and share your experiences.

Do you believe in luck?

I do believe in luck, fate, and chance. Some things I feel are just unexplainable! I have had wonderful experiences where I can’t explain what happened as anything but luck! I do believe that luck is balanced with choices and actions too!

What kind of advice would you give other women reading this interview?

Give yourself a break. Love who you are. Surround yourself with good people and friends. Get a mentor to help you. Give, give, and give…it feels sooooo good and in giving you grow and you never know some poor scrappy kid you help could use that help to turn their life around . Keep a log of things and time when you felt happiest.

What makes you happy?

I really enjoy being crafty. It takes me away from the stresses of the day. Nothing like paint and a glue gun! I also really enjoy trail riding – so peaceful and can’t help smile from ear to ear with the beautiful scenery and nature at its best!

How important is having girlfriends to you?

VERY IMPORTANT! I am so “lucky” to have some of the most amazing girlfriends ever. They are accomplished, funny, inspiring, intelligent, warm, caring and are always there for me. My girlfriends are fascinating, from the lives they lead, the things they are involved in the relationships they have, the careers they have….I learn so much from them.

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for the many chances I get to keep trying to figure out who I will be when I grow up. I am thankful for my love for horses and how it has offered me something to share with my teenage daughter as she grows up and wants less mommy time. I am also thankful our horse is the man in her life for now! Ha! I am thankful for my friendships and how each one has helped me grow.

What time do you get up in the morning?

Usually 6 or 6:30. On weekends the dogs will sometimes let me sleep in until 7:30!

What is your one indulgence or splurge?

I guess wine could be an indulgence – I love a good glass of wine! My splurge is anything horse related. I am always buying some type of gizmo I know I just need!

Adventures in Asperger’s – The Outtakes – Part 3



I love this one.

One day my daughter was trying to tell my son a joke she had learned and the conversation went like this:

Summerlyn: “Mac, why did the chicken cross the road?”

Mac: “What chicken?”

I know that wasn’t the intended punch line, but I laughed so hard I almost wrecked the car.

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