{Another Point of View}

Stacey Lynn

Stacey Lynn

Hi Everyone!

lovelyhappyhealthysweet is getting a new point of view and Im it. April has so graciously accepted my self-invite to her blog. Im new to blogging so I asked to piggyback on hers for a while. And yes, I am her sister.

April and I are an oxymoron. We are just alike and yet very different. Not only do we look alike (so we’re told-we don’t see it) but when we shop together we pick up the same things. When shop separately, we still pick up the same things. And most of the time we are drawn to similar art, home decor, and food. Where we differ the most is music, movies, and TV. But most importantly no matter what, we are best friends. I would be lost without her.

What we hope to do this year is share with you what Lovely things we see or make, things that make us Happy, what keeps us Healthy, and our Sweet treat recipe adventures.  Do Enjoy!

{30DaysofThanksgiving}

Day 4:

I am thankful for Sundays. I love the laid back-ness of the day. The Hubs and I have started going back to church, and I have actually started looking forward to it.

Sunday is supposed to be the day to rest. It’s the day I have off work and the day to spend with those special family members. Usually spent with either my family or his. This week, spent with adopted family. (Christmas Photo Session, coming soon!)

 

Day 5:

As I cook dinner, I am thankful for food. I know it sounds funny but since I love to cook and bake, these things are my tools. They teach me patience and care and have always taught me to be proud of my creations. My mother, my Meme and my Grandma have all been cooks. I was taught to make homemade biscuits at a young age and the men in my family take pride in their women’s work. Cooking and baking the things that my loved ones crave is what I love to do. Peanut Butter Cookies for the hubs, especially.

I love that each season has it’s own food. Summer is my favorite. All the fresh veggies, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, squash, zucchini, and okra! But fall brings pumpkin. And the Christmas Season brings mint and chocolate and all kinds of goodies for gifts, parties and cookie swaps! Cold weather brings soups and chilis. Spring gets the grill back out. I am thankful to have been brought up in a family that loves to cook!

 

Do you have Sunday traditions?

Do you have food traditions?

{30DaysofThanksgiving} Day 3

I so totally forgot Day 2! If you know me, you know that distracted is my middle name. ( I have a giant magnet on my fridge that reads “So many things to do and so many things to distract em from doing them.”)

Day 2: I am thankful for my husband. He keeps me grounded and will always love me no matter what. We are almost 7 months into this being married thing and we are still kicking! I can go into an entire other post about what I’ve learned about being married and I still have so much to learn. But I have the best partner for the ride.

[This is the hubs and I at our local Air Force base Airshow. October 2012]

Day 3: This is going to sound crazy, but I am thankful for Pinterest! I have loved finding recipes, crafts and ideas that I might not have found otherwise. I have made some pretty awesome culinary discoveries from that site. I actually have Peanut Butter Pretzel brownies in the oven right now! (I’ll let you know how they turn out tomorrow.)

{Thirty Days of Thanksgiving} Day One

I feel like we as people take so much for granted. It seems very cliche to do this, but I really want to. I want to be in the season.

Day 1:

I am thankful for my family. The one I was born with and the one I married into.

Each one of those people mean so much to me. My parents, my sister, my husband, my in-laws and my new sister-in-law.

Think about taking the time to share with the world something you are thankful for each day of November. You might be surprised how much more you are thankful by the end of the month. And it will surely start your Christmas season off right.

They say the first few days are easy, and to point out even small things to those you love. You might even have the best Thanksgiving Day speech by Day 22.

I hope to share photos. and maybe even a few recipes that go along with it. I am really excited about sharing this journey with you!

Slushie has a whole new meaning

The Hubs and I are Florida fans.
We have been for a few years now. Once you have been fans through a couple of rough seasons, you stick to the same team.
So needless to say, tomorrow is a big day. University of Florida takes on the University of Georgia on neutral ground in Jacksonville, Florida. After the St. John’s Wicked 5k in the morning, and a couple of hours of the Moody Airshow featuring the Thunderbirds, we are parking it in front of our TV for some SEC Football!! I am preparing this afternoon for tomorrow’s festivities. Lots of water for the race, actually listening to the planes practice for the airshow and preparing Wine Slushie for game time!

A local winery is slightly famous for their wine slushie (I’ve actually never had theirs) that they make in a real slushie machine! One day while visiting my mother, she shared a version that she made. I was in love and I don’t even like wine! I don’t really measure when I make mine but I’ll estimate for you.

You’ll need:

A gallon sized ziploc freezer bag

1 cup Cran-something Ocean Spray-type juice (whichever kind tickles your fancy)

A bottle of a sweet red wine

Half-can of frozen condensed Lemonade

1/2 – 1 cup of sugar, depending on how sweet you want it

 

Mix all ingredients into the plastic freezer bag. Close the bag, the place in your freezer for at least 6 hours. Make sure that it isn’t going to leak in your freezer. From experience it isn ‘t fun cleaning it off the freezer walls, it feels wasted. And no, I didn’t lick it off the freezer.

These are the items I used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is you “go-to” favorite home made drink?

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Daily Motivation

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Each morning, I have a routine. Part of that routine is sitting to eat my breakfast and checking out theberry.com and their Daily Motivation post. theBERRY is a photo blog with numerous themed posts for every day, (the HMOTB doesn’t hurt either!) the Morning Coffee is another favorite post of mine. Back to the motivational part, I am in the process of becoming a runner. Running does not come easy to me. The photo above was the wallpaper on my phone for quite a while. I found that photo on the Daily Motivation, among other photos of workout moves, healthy meals and other follower’s accomplishments. It really makes me want to work on myself. I’m almost ashamed to look at the DM if I did’t workout that day!

Start by checking out today’s DM

http://theberry.com/2012/10/08/daily-motivation-16-photos-148/

What motivates you?

Heavenly Peanut Butter Cookies

My hubs is a creature of habit and it’s a tough sell for trying new things in the kitchen! We also have a family friend that doesn’t like chocolate (crazy, right?!) and that forces my sister and I to try un-chocolate desserts. And this recipe is actually on of the first items I pinned on pinterest! I finally got the chance to test them out for a family dinner. Despite the resistance from the hubs to do an early test, everyone loved them, especially him! He has asked for them more times than I can count and even talked his best friend into asking for them for his birthday! You will love the smooth peanut butter filling combined with the crunchy oatmeal in the cookie. By far the best peanut butter cookie I have ever tasted.

Halfway to Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies
originally from broma bakery
http://bromabakery.blogspot.com/2010/12/half-way-to-heaven-peanut-butter.html

 
For the cookies:

1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey roasted peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
For the filling:
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter*
Preheat an oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix butter, both sugars, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla. Pour oat mixture into peanut butter mixture, stirring until just mixed. Place rounded teaspoonfuls of batter on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving 2 centimeters between each one. Using your finger, pat dough down so they form small flattened circles. Bake for 11 minutes.* Let cool completely on cookie sheet.
While the cookies are cooling*, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and peanut butter until light and airy, about 5 minutes.
On a work surface, place half of the cookies upside down. Whisk the filling to lighten it. Dollop 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each upside down cookie.  Place second cookie on top of filling and press together until filling just comes to the edges.
A few changes that I made:
*I baked mine 11 minutes as opposed to the original 8 minutes. Sometime it varies with your oven, and I like my cookies strong enough to hold the filling without being crunchy.
*I also waited until my cookies were almost completely cool to mix the filling together.
*I don’t really believe in measuring PB. Not only does it make a mess, I like a little extra. 🙂

Mini Cheeseburger Sliders

Most of you have seen all the many times I have posted dinner photos (instagram: @missaprilmay) of the Hubs favorite Homemade diner-style cheeseburgers similar to Krystal’s. And asked if you could join us for dinner!

I tried it for the first time after finding the recipe through foodgawker (I love this site!), the original post here.

I attempted to photo journal my cooking this evening for dinner.

Onions and olive oil sauteing.

 While those are going, I add meat tenderizer, salt and pepper to less than a pound of lean hamburger meat. You could use ground turkey for a lighter taste.

 I prepare my King’s Hawaiian rolls by cutting them in half and placing the bottoms on the top.  We have used the Wheat Version before too.

 One Kraft Single for two buns. You could use any kind of cheese you want,

but I like the creaminess of a Kraft Single.

 I tried a new technique this time by folding my cheese and arranging it before I put it in the pan. It worked a little better. I usually feel really rushed to get all of this together in order before anything burns!

 Roll meat into 1 to 1 1/2 in balls.

 Place them on top of the onions and smash as flat as you can. You want the patties to be thin like a slider. Cook for a few minutes on this side.

 Flip them over getting the onions on the top.

 Layer the cheese, bun top and then bun bottom. And put the lid on. (The original post calls to put a towel over the pan! I can’t knowingly put a towel on my stove top, never-mind that the fireman in Jimmy would kill me for doing something so dangerous!)

 While that is cooking and steaming the onions through the buns, I gather our extras. I take the lid off and get bottoms ready. I like pickles and the hubs likes mustard.

   

 Using your spatula, scoop up under the meat and slide it off onto the bun. The pan is going to be a mess. (The hubs usually offers to clean up 🙂 and that makes it a favorite meal of mine.

 Hubs on the left. Mine on the right.

   

 And you have to have fries with it.

Usually we have shoestring fries. But I went for the Seasoned crinkle cut this time.

   

 Thumbs up.

 Mine has to go with a Diet Coke.

I hope that this has helped. We are absolutely in love with these.

Beware, your loved ones will want this all the time. It’s kind of hard to make a bunch of them too. The hubs has contemplated buying me a Japanese Steakhouse cook-top to make as many of these as I possible can.

** This was my first post on another blog that no longer exists.

Hello World!

Each day that I sit at my desk, I look at a small Gil Elvgren calendar full of adorable paintings of Pin-ups. I adore the lifestyle of a pin-up. She is beautiful and confident. She may be lifting weights or baking cookies, but she loves what she is doing and she isn’t afraid to be herself. That’s how I want to live my life, confident in who I am and what I can accomplish.

I have actually been a pin-up and plan to do it again. I let two amazing ladies, Sarah from Dynamite Dames and Cherry Dame (MUAH) pamper me and take lovely photos of me. my daily reminder that I can be ME!

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So keep up with me as I bake and cook, I stay healthy and live out what being a pin-up means to me!