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I don’t know about you, but if someone offers me a Twinkie I will not refuse it, and I usually can’t stop at one.  You know Twinkies…”golden sponge cake with creamy filling.”  Remember back in the ’70s when Ann Blyth was the spokesperson for Hostess?  She gave Twinkies and Ding Dongs a little class.  The only problem with the commercial is the kids – they eat like cavemen.  Luckily Ann makes up for it with her groovy hairdo.

But this isn’t about Ann Blyth or the Twinkies of the ’70s. This is about a new way with Twinkies. The 21st Century Twinkies. I got this recipe out of The Twinkies Cookbook.  My pictures don’t look as appetizing at the one in the cookbook, but trust me, this dessert is divine.

Slice ten Twinkies lengthwise and stuff them tight into a 9X13 pan.

Mix 8 oz cream cheese with a 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Spread over the Twinkies.

Spoon a large can of cherry pie filling over the cheese/milk mixture. If you want to be extra fancy (which I'm not) save some of the cherry filling to spoon on the top of the dessert to make it look really pretty.

Drain a large can of crushed pineapple and spoon evenly over the pie filling.

Spread an 8-oz tub of Cool Whip over everything. Be sure to make those attractive swirls on top, especially if you aren't garnishing with the reserved cherries.

After you cover and refrigerate for at least four hours (I refrigerated it overnight) be sure you have lots of people over to enjoy it. The cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk kind of soak into the Twinkies, but don’t make them soggy. The cherries and pineapple are a combination from paradise. And seriously, could you find an easier recipe?

I’m always looking for easy but delicious recipes. I’d love to hear what you’re cooking up, or just throwing together. What sweets are you serving this weekend?

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My Latest Project

In the still of the night is there anything more cozy than a flickering candle?  Even better, a flickering candle in a delicate little container?  A while ago I wrote about a project I was starting and am now ready to unveil it to the world.  If you know how to crochet you can make one too!

I used a recycled glass baby food jar and looked for an intricate doily pattern that would let the light of a candle shine through (but not too much) and cast lovely shadows.  Most doilies are larger than I needed for a petit project like this, so I just crocheted part of the doily.  In this case I completed thirteen rounds of a doily pattern of over fifty rounds.

To cover a baby food jar my doily had to be about 5 1/2 inches in diameter.

Center the jar on the doily,  pull up the sides and tie with a ribbon or string.  I wove some trussing string in and out of the holes of the doily before tying for a simple, wholesome look.  A baby food jar is the perfect size for a little t-lite candle.

The best thing about the end product is that it’s multi-functional. 1) Use as a t-lite holder for a pretty flicker in a dark corner. 2) Without a t-lite this little jar can be used as a gift container for treats or small trinkets. 3) Remove the doily and use for a small accent piece on a dresser or end table.

What a fun project! I’ve enjoyed getting my crocheting fingers back in shape. I’ve got about a dozen jars so I think I’ll doily them all up.  Now to decide if I should keep them myself or give them away.  Maybe sell them at my next craft show?  Oh, the hard decisions of a crafty girl!

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Wordless Wednesday

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New Orleans Cemetery Angel by sibyllinephotography

The Enkindled Spring

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that’s gone astray, and is lost.

~ D. H. Lawrence

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I’ve Become My Grandma

I figured my grandma was really old (or actually starting to lose her faculties) when I realized she was overly concerned about the birds in her yard.  We’d be out for an event with the entire family and she’d want to leave before it was over because “I have to go home and fill the humming-bird feeder.”

Well, I’m not as old as my grandma was when she said that, but I’m becoming strangely entertained and amused by the animals in my back yard.  I know, it’s kind of sad.  I mean, aren’t there more important things to do than look out the window and watch the wildlife?

This past Christmas I bought Husby the present to end all presents.  Maybe it was because I thought he was the one turning into my grandma.  The gift?  A Squngee squirrel feeder.

Two cobs of field corn attached to a long bungee-type cord, attached to a tree limb.  Our little friends figured it out in no time and have provided us with hours of entertainment, not to mention brazen displays of their private bits.

Hungry squirrel stalks the Squngee. We're not making it difficult for him to get food, we're encouraging its physical fitness through repetitive leaping.

Success! Squirrel grips the cobs of corn while picking off a kernel or two.

As the squirrel hangs and nibbles the Squngee spins. That's where the aforementioned free-shots of the private bits comes in. I got this shot right before it was full-frontal.

A very satisfied squirrel after dismount. I've always been partial to animals that eat with their hands. So refined!

Hours of entertainment in my own backyard.  It’s amazing how I now understand my grandma’s maternal instincts toward the birds at her house.  It’s only a matter of time before I’ll have to excuse myself from functions to make sure the cobs on the Squngee are fresh and full.  But I don’t think I’ll ever stop blushing at the sight of those private bits.  Squirrels, so uninhibited!

What are you doing for entertainment these days?

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been away from the blog for a whole week.  I didn’t do it on purpose.  Let’s see if I can fill you in on what’s been happening.

1.  Husby and I have been spending a lot of time tending to his dad.  He’s had a rough time of it this past winter, suffering a stroke and a broken hip both within a two-week period.  He had to leave his home and move into a nursing home.  Throughout all of this his existing dementia has gone into further decline.

2.  Visits to the nursing home take a toll, and if that isn’t enough we also paid a visit to the funeral home to make arrangements for his dad, just as a precaution.  Husby is a big believer in being prepared.

3.  Demands of the day job have been pesky, getting in the way of all the things I really want to do.  Sure there’s time after I come home from the day job, but by that time I’m pretty well spent.  I’ve been sitting on half-done printing jobs, cutting jobs, beading jobs, pouring jobs, and writing jobs all week, never quite getting up the energy to complete what I’d like to complete.  The older I get the more that drives me nuts.  Completion is my goal, but the dang day job keeps getting in the way.

4.  In spite of my half-done projects I started a new project this week and guess what, it too is half-done.  But I can hardly wait to unveil it.  For now it’s a secret.  It will make its debut at the Chateau St. Croix Fete Des Fleurs in June, but I’m so excited about it I can hardly breathe.  Oh, all right, I’ll give you a hint ~ this person is my inspiration:

Christopher Walken, all-around insane guy.

No, the project has nothing to do with cowbells.  You’ll just have to wait and see.  I’ll be doing an internet debut too, so if you can’t make it to the Fete Des Fleurs fear not.  You won’t be kept in the dark much longer than those who will see it live and in person.

This weekend I’m going to gather up my gumption again.  There will be lots of completion of projects, a little bit of hanging out with the family for a casual spring break gathering, and catching up on the sleep I lost this past week.

For now, how about just a little more of that Christopher Walken insanity…

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March Madness

Today I’m honoring two people who have a lot in common.  They both dislike March, and the madness associated with it has nothing to do with sports.  They’re both responsible.  They’re both dedicated, prompt, and full of stamina.  They also both celebrate (?) an anniversary in the madness that is March.  Auntie B’s Wax salutes the vocational longevity of Nola and Charlotte.  They’re tough.

Fifty-seven combined years of service. That’s two thousand two hundred-eighty weeks. Man hours? That comes to a total of eighteen thousand two hundred-forty.  Nola and Charlotte have paid their dues, and are still paying.  Their work ethic is astounding, especially considering what they put up with on their jobs day in and day out.

Yes, it’s madness.  March madness.  They both deserve a big, fat vacation.  Or a Section 8 discharge for being crazy enough to endure this long.

Congratulations to you both.  You are indeed two tough MFs.

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