Saturday, February 27, 2010

Canine vs. human

Someone has said the reason a dog has so many friends is because he always wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Anyone can make this!!!!

Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake


1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.  Prepare Filling
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. 
Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 40 min

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I would like to be able to take  my life and frame it as if it were a priceless work of art and allow  you to look upon my life as a child growing up...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cicken Picada/Piccata

Chicken Piccata with Pasta and Mushrooms

Recipe courtesy
Our piccata, made with chicken breast and served over whole-wheat pasta, replicates the rich lemon-caper sauce without the extra butter found in classic Italian piccatas. Make it a meal: Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired, and serve sauteed zucchini on the side.

Prep Time:


  • 6 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 chicken cutlets (3/4-1 pound total), trimmed
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 10-ounce package mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons butter


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
Meanwhile, whisk 5 teaspoons flour and broth in a small bowl until smooth. Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge both sides in the flour. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; keep warm.
Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they release their juices and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add garlic and wine to the pan and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved broth-flour mixture, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in parsley, capers, butter and the reserved mushrooms. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mushroom sauce. Toss the pasta in the pan with the remaining sauce. Serve the pasta topped with the chicken and the reserved sauce.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


       I pressed my cheek on the window screen and pushed ever so gently  to not bulge it out more then it already was.. I was relieved to see what I had hoped to by peering into the darkness. You are probably wondering what a child like myself would hope to see in this remote part of the world.
            Flickering in the darkness I saw what I had hoped for. Something that wasn't so unusual for me to see but to someone else it might seem strange. Strange in the sense that I would call it, hope.    

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


It had to be too early in the morning for anyone to be up. Because when it rains as hard as it did last night everyone in the house would sleep in because the tropical air would have cooled down to where one could snuggle in the covers a little longer.  Breakfast would be late because our cook would come later, all in all the rain was a welcome in the wee hours of the morning.
I reached around the covers to find my blanket to  wrap around myself to stay warm ...the plan was to jump out  take a look, and back into bed while it was still warm.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


There was something about the darkness that frightened me. I suppose partly because I knew there are nocturnal varmints that could be lurking at night in the jungle and secondly, the dream was still fresh on my mind.
As I brought my foot slowly out from under the covers and pointed my toes to touch the floor, I proceeded with hesitancy and without taking  my eyes off of the window, I knew the distance from the bed to it  would take two steps so I focused on those steps.
Just then my sister stirred and signed in her sleep which reminded me I wasn't alone...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Taking Time To Remember.

I woke up out of a horrible know, the kind where you tell yourself in the dream to wake up.  I heard the rooster in a distence crowing , and that, somehow settled my racing heart back to normal.
It was still quite dark outside and I mustered up enough nerve to step out out from under the covers to see that very thing that always gave me great comfort...