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22 August 2011

...Naturally Nora All Natural Baking Mixes!

A wee while back, I entered a giveaway for Naturally Nora Baking Mixes on Sugar Pop Ribbons' blogs.
and thought nothing more about this until I received an email announcing that I am the lucky winner!
I once again thought nothing more ...until the PostMan ...or was it The UPS Guy? that had arrived up my driveway with a fairly large parcel addressed to me. I think that my mind has taken a vacation without my permission! I read the return label and was clueless of the sender... until I opened the said parcel!


This was my prize from the giveaway! All of THIS!
Three cake mixes, three frosting mixes, one sugar cookie mix and one brownie mix.
I was flabbergasted...all of this for Hubby and I to try! I was so excited that I had to bake something! 

BROWNIES! The first choice!
I opened the cardboard box and was very delighted to see that the mix was in a plastic bag!
(Sorry for the sideway picture, just tilt your head to the left for a better angle)
I was happy with the bag because lately my pantry 
and cupboards have been invaded by the itty bitty pain in the neck pesky bugs.
 (That's another story)
safe in the bag! Muwahahaha these are mine, ya hear lil buggies!

...the directions are very simple and easy to understand!

...mix in bowl,  olive oil (I only use olive oil for better health), two eggs
 plus water for ingredients. I had just what I needed for this taste test!

...whisks up nicely! No need to drag out the mixer, yay!

...pour into the pan that has been prepared with baking spray.

...ready to go in the pre-heated oven

...UT OH! I guess I didn't read the directions fully before beginning!
I thought I did, after all I preheated the oven and sprayed the pan, the size I had was on the directions
...BUT do you see what I saw too late? The Thickest size 8"x 8" glass pan (which I used) IS "NOT RECOMMENED"
OOOH SHOOT! Well, too late now,  I went ahead and baked it, crossed my fingers.
I baked it for 65 minutes and hoped for the best.

The kids were following me around the kitchen with their noses up in the air
and taking in the whiffs. They were under foot too! Kids these days!

...I washed these up quickly while the brownies were baking.
Four piece of equipment were used,  the bowl,  the whisk, the measuring cup and the spatula!
That was it!

DING! for ten minutes! (sighs) The waiting was almost unbearable!

The consensus of the taste testers... THUMBS UP!

We liked this, I liked mixing and baking this and I have learned an important lesson!
The directions are there on the box for a real good reason. I was fortunate that this brownie turned out fine.
The middle of the brownie was a weeeee bit under done but not gooey and raw.  So, I will make sure that my size of the pans are do-able with the direction.

Thank You Sugar Pop Ribbons and the makers of Naturally Nora for the giveaway. was mmmmmmmmmmmmmm delicious! And healthy! Imagine brownies being healthy!!!

09 August 2011

...It's The Southern Thing

For those who know me, will eventually realize that I am not a Southern originally. My Hubby evens calls me Yankee, affectionately. Funny thing is I do not consider myself a Yankee. It is true that I was born in New York, please note that I did not mention city.  My Hubby is a native Georgian born gentleman.

Well, ever since moving to Georgia from Washington (I didn't say D.C.) seven years ago, there is a quote or phrase I hear often and I mean often. "It's the Southern thing". I have learn many differences of the Southern thing and it depends on who you talk to!

I ate enough Brunswick Stew to notice that there are different styles and this depends on "where" in the South! Among the locals and Southerners, they even debate about whose stew is the best or better. So, it is the Southern thing.

Then you have grits in the South and you can find it on nearly all menus! I like grits my way which is the Northern thing, with butter and maple syrup which I do for my oatmeal! The way my Hubby does it , is with butter and black pepper. I just don't want grits with my shrimp or other foods. I think of it for breakfast not lunch or dinner.

I love iced tea and tomatoes. The Southern way is iced SWEEEEEEEET tea and fried green tomatoes! I like the fried green tomatoes! In fact I really really like them! Now onto the sweet tea, I am not a fan of all that sweetness. It is soooooooo sweet that it is over powering for my taste but it is the Southern thing.

Now there is something that my Hubby does that it is considered as a Southern thing but he says not only is it a Southern thing, that is a Georgia thing. I did research this and no one can really verify the origin. I was told by my Hubby that this a treat.  I have over the years watched him drink his glass bottled Coca-Cola with peanuts. He adds peanuts into the bottle of his coke. That's right. I give a curious look every time. My friends and neighbors all say "Oh yeah, we do that". 

I get how it could be the Georgia thing with the state that grows peanuts and Coke is in Atlanta. It is has been so hot here and the thought of a refreshing cold glass bottle coke was all I could think about. I finally said to Hubby, "Okay! Enough is enough! I am going to try the Coca-Cola and peanuts". I just had to see whats the big deal was besides it being nostalgic for many of the Southerners!

You chill the glass bottles of Coke. Yes, it had to be glass bottles! Gotta do this right after all! You will also need a snack size package of salted peanuts. After opening the cokes, you carefully add the peanuts. Carefully because the coke gets really foamy and comes spilling out. I sipped the foam and added the rest of the peanuts. You drink the coke with the peanuts but before finishing the last swallow or two of the coke be sure that you ate all the peanuts or they'll be stuck in the bottle.

It was fine and interesting to me but I am still left with what's the big deal? I guess that it is a Southern thing. (((Shrugs))) Oh.. another Southern thing.. boiled peanuts! Now that I like!!

This is the Georgia thing said by Hubby!
If you have not done this, give it a try! 
A side note Coca-Cola is celebrating their 75th Anniversary!

To my friends and readers, especially the Southerner ones... I do not mean for my blog post to be of any offence to you or others. I love my friends and neighbors. I am just amused by the differences of our cultures and traditions and those differences enrich each one of us as individuals.

07 August 2011

...Six More "ONS" are Dressed Up and Showing Off At My Etsy Shop!

Without further ado, Six "ONS" wearing the latest new designer fashions!
(for the story on "ONS" go here)

Pretty in Pink Batik with Lace!

 The Early Birdie

Whoo Whoo

Lets Be Beautiful

Summer Sunshine

Country Rose

Lets give these lovely Shuttle a round of hands for their lovely ensamble!

There is a Etsy Box at my right side bar that will transport you my Shop. You are welcomed anytime!
Thank You!