In my last post, I posted a photo of a bowl of fruit soaking in whiskey. Today, I baked a fruitcake with that same bowl of fruit. It turned out really well! The cake is moist and yummy. I decided not to age the cakes because I wanted to be able to enjoy them now. I did brush the outside of them with Grape Juice and Jack Daniels and they are resting in the fridge for now.

Cruisin’ Ducks!

My husband and I just got back from vacation. We were on the Carnival Mardi Gras cruising to Puerto Rico, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. We had a FUN-tastic time! The strangest thing happened… and I had never heard of this but apparently, it is a BIG thing right now…we found a duck hidden by the stairwell on the 9th floor of the ship. My husband picked it up and thought someone had lost it until he read the tag!

But the date on the tag is from last year! How odd!

What a cute little guy! Since it was the first one we had ever found, we decided to keep him and we took him into port with us and took photos!

At the gate to Old San Juan in Puerto Rico!
Looking at the shopping area in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic from our balcony on the ship.
Drinking Margaritas in Margaritaville in Grand Turk.

While we were sitting at the table eating fries and having a drink, the people seated next to us say our duck and gave us one that they had been going to hide when they got back on the ship!

Sharing a drink with his new friend in Grand Turk!

So Agitated!

So I just have to vent here for a few minutes because sometimes ya just have to do that to keep your sanity. I have a beautiful group of friends that all derive from my husband having worked with their husbands in the shipbuilding industry. We all get together one weekend every month or two and have dinner either out to eat or at one of our houses. Keep in mind that there is always that one person in the group that tries to outdo and outshine everyone else.

In the middle of March, I tried a new recipe that I got online for “Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes”. I intend to make these for our get-together and I wanted to test the recipe and make sure that I was doing it correctly, that it came out right, etc, etc….you ladies know what I mean. So I posted a photo of them in the chat stating that I would be making them for dessert for our next dinner. One of the ladies commented on how wonderful they looked and said she needed to make the cake version.

My husband and I are having everyone over in May and the theme is “Luau” so I just know that these cupcakes will be the perfect dessert. So I posted the menu in the chat today so that all of the ladies could be planning what dish they might want to bring that would complement what I am serving. The cupcakes are on that menu. So now the person that commented on them in March is telling me that I do not need to make the cupcakes because SHE is planning on making the cake version and bringing it for dessert.

Now, normally, I would say “hell yeah” because that would be one less thing for me to cook but this time I am like, “NO WAY, I have been planning on making these for over a month!” I hate it when people do me that way knowing damn good and well that I have been planning on making them all along.

End of rant. I hope I have entertained you!

Hello March!

Well, if the old saying stands true, the end of the month is going to be a doozy! The weather for the past two days has been absolutely beautiful, sunny, and warm and is supposed to be this way for the rest of the week. No rain until Sunday or Monday.

Just looking at what I have that needs to be done this month and for the first time in quite some time….there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Between all of the scrapbooking sites that I frequent and create layouts for, I have 75 layouts that I will need to complete by the end of the month. I don’t know that I have ever had to get that many done at one time!

So off to the races! These are for challenges at Gingerscraps.

These are a few that I have completed for The Lily-Pad.

There will be plenty more to come! I hope!

February 2022

I have been a busy little beaver this month with layouts, Crocheting, and just general life. I finally was able to finish 10 layouts for the challenges at Gingerscraps, and I am well on my way to having a few more challenges at other sites complete.

I love looking through the galleries at all of the sites that I am affiliated with and I do comment on quite a few of the layouts. What I truly get discouraged with are the forum threads and blogs that like to showcase or finger-point some of the gallery layouts. The reason that I get frustrated is that it is the same people that get showcased! Day after day you can go to any of the threads and see the same people’s names popping up with a layout that they have completed but it is also the same people that are posting them. It’s a click! If you are my friend or I like you, I will nominate your layout and then you can nominate one of mine. I don’t agree with that and I don’t like it. Ok…end of that rant.

Here are a few of the layouts that I have completed this month at Gingerscraps!