Getting the Apron back on!

Today I am planning on some cooking time.  It is not something I get to do too often anymore.  And I miss it very much.  But an after church social tomorrow has me planning and plotting to get my apron on.

So after throwing out the idea of Cantaloupe Pie due to not finding any melons ripe enough to use, I decided to go back to a fall favorite of Vanilla Pumpkin Soup.  This is a favorite of ours as well as making the house smell like autumn has arrived.  We also plan on making quiche and corn pudding.

What are some of your favorite recipes to show off your down home cooking?  Share with me so I will have something new to try and share next month on our church social.

Here are my recipes to use.

Vanilla Pumpkin Soup


pumpkin seeded and roasted in chunks
half n half
pumpkin pie spice
vanilla, butter
chicken stock
almond flavoring


I then took the roasted pumpkin and added it to half n half, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter, chicken stock, cinnamon, almond flavoring and sugar. Brought that to a boil. Then I blended it all in the blender. Made it into a warm rich goodness! All to taste and guessed on measurements. Really just started with what flavors I remembered from having some at the museum and went from there.

Corn Pudding


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) non fat yogurt
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup 2% lactaid
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel mexi corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after
  • each addition. Beat in sour cream. Gradually add muffin mix
  • alternately with milk. Fold in corn.
  • Pour into a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes
  • or until set and lightly browned


I keep going up and down just a few pounds.  You know this one right.  One down here, two up there, back and forth in the same area.  So I am trying hard to step up the exercise and watch what is going in at the same time to try and get things back in the right direction.  I am only around 11 pounds from my goal.  But I think this will be the hardest 11 pounds for me to lose.

Today this is what I accomplished.  Totals for today so far. I ate 934 calories.  That is pretty good for me honestly.  Worked out 17 miles total for 1700 calories burned. That was 11 miles on my bike. One half a mile running and 3.5 miles walking.  I enjoy working out and I spread it around during the day so it is not all go, go, go.  Not too sure I could handle that just yet.  But I am doing it steady at the same time.  At home I am also working out every other day with yoga, core exercise, aerobics, weights and strength training.  Seeing if I go back and forth it will be the right way to work out and tone.  When I can I toss in some time at the lake swimming and water exercise too.  That is the best of all.  

You would think I could kick this last bit but alas not too sure I will ever get there.  Fingers crossed though!

Bestest Day Ever!

It has been so nice to just sit here and relax today.  No work at all.  Yes I laid in bed til after 9 a.m.  That is unheard of for me.  But still I allowed myself a lazy day.  How often do you get that?  Rare if not ever.

Instead I have tried to enjoy a day of no expectations.  It has been pretty good.  My joys have been:

Lunch with Dear Hubby and JD's Dude.  Nice, slow pace with amazing food that we made this weekend.  Thus no big deal to heat up and eat today.

A video chat with a dear friend for HOURS!  Yes, just catching up on our days.  Yacking while we both did our day to day at our own homes.  I adore video chat where as I hate phone calls.

Sitting on my front porch (keeping up my membership in the National Porch Sitters Association) enjoying a bloody mary in a colorful glass as cars pass by.  I am seeing birds flit around.  My cat slink by and hearing the few drops of moisture that are accumulating.

Really what better day can I ask for.  No pressures.  No commitments and most of all no time constraints.  BEAUTIFUL!

The difference a year makes.

First photo on my 50th birthday and second photo right before my 51st birthday.  I have to keep looking because in my head I still look like the first photo.  Every time I look in the mirror and see me now, it makes me take a moment.  I dreamed and dreamed of this yet never believed it could be true.  Now that I am actually doing it.....unreal.  Just unreal still.