Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cake - Yum!

Normally, I don't enjoy these signs but this one I like. And you know what else I like now?  If you guessed the taste of cake then you get a an A on your paper and a star on your forehead.

The more and more I bake them, learn what they are, the more I love them. And now, my own cake formulas are writing themselves.  

I'm enjoying a whole new level of baking fun.

And I love it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Slow Boat to China

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Selfie

Saturday, November 22, 2014

True or False?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Question: Meatloaf

I've made meatloaf once before. Only then I was a veghead, so I don't know how it tasted. Now that I eat meat, I'm ready to make give it another go.

Linda adds shredded carrots to hers. That sounds yummy. The one I made had onions, garlic and celery. My next one will have carrots.

Do you eat meatloaf? Ever try carrots? What goes in your loaf? Beef? Turkey? Bean curd? Toe jam?

How about that tomato glaze thing on top? Good? No good?

Do tell.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's Been Awhile if ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Don't Care ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I'm on the bench and out of the game for the rest of the week.  Which means, no major cooking or baking until at least the weekend.  Eyeballs, crossed.

I didn't realize that sitting at the kitchen table (see yesterday's post), was not proper rest for my leg.  Then last night that deep pain returned, and I knew I'd better get my butt back to the bench (couch).

Meanwhile, I'm itchin' to write/test bakes.  I've got an idea for little chocolate honey fudge cakes,  little maple vanilla cakes and wooffle sticks for the pups, and, and, and ...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tim Didn't Use No Stinkin' Electric Whisk

Today is my easiest day yet after a weekend of not moving, thanks to screwing up my leg after working too long.  Lesson learned, I'll move forward from here.

First, I have to tell you that Tim did all the weekend chores and baked his first bird with veg and homemade gravy.  I'm not just saying this because I love that man to bits, but he did a killer job.  Then, after that, he made homemade, by hand, vanilla whip to go over leftover apple crumble.

Homemade topping people.  He didn't use no stinkin' electric whisk, either.  Noppers, not my Bumble.

Then when I was resting with my latest issue of BBC GoodFood, Tim brought me my favorite snowman mug, filled with tart cherry juice (which reduces inflammation), along with unsalted organic cashews (which I'm not allowed to ask how much he paid for).

I'm tellin' ya.  I'd marry that bugger all over again.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

We Make This Look Good

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fun Facts: Laughter

Friday, November 14, 2014

FridayQ: Fiddle Faddle & Crunch 'n Munch

One thing we did during staycation was hit Dollar Tree, where they sold boxes of Fiddle Faddle & Crunch 'n Munch. 

I almost bought a box of each just to see which was better.  But in the end, I went home with neither because I figured I could make with better ingredients and for less money. 

Does anyone remember Fiddle Faddle & Crunch 'n Munch?  If faced with both boxes, what would you do?

PS:  I really enjoy saying Fiddle Faddle & Crunch 'n Munch.  Not sure which I like saying more though, because after I say one, I gotta right away say the other.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

One of Two Ways

Today will go one of two ways.  Either I'll wake pain-free and bake mini pizzas for the freezer.  Or, I'll be hummed-up in the movie room with bookend pups, watching the movie, White Christmas.

I'm itching to watch both White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life, but having Ethel stocked with personal pans will save us money during the weekends.

So I'm hoping for a fun bake day.  Thanks for my menu planning (thank you Pat and Jen), both supper and dessert are made and ready.  That means everything I bake today is just pure fun for later.

Time for me to check my crumble (it's Wednesday night as I write this), then hit the showers and get some rest.  Before I go, here's Miss Wiggy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hot Dog New Toys

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Apple Crumble Bumble Pie

Guess what I did yesterday?  I did a food menu for the week.  I even know what Bumble (Tim), is having next Monday for lunch.  So excited.  I'm hoping to save money and get more organized between labs and home cooking.

In other news, I've been working on a go-to crust that works for many applications.  Yesterday I tested the pastry in an Apple Crumble Bumble Pie.  As I write this, the pie is cooling, so I cannot tell you how it worked out. 

That's all for now.  Thanks for reading & boogie boogie.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Tim was NOT Happy

So I'm looking through old photos, tossing stuff I don't need, you know the drill.  That's when I came across this old photo, from when we had the office in the other room.  Anyway, one morning when Tim woke, this is what he found. 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Fun Fact: Fingers

Friday, November 07, 2014

Friday Question: What Am I?

Hello Boogerbutts and Buttfaces:  Thanks for all the great comments, yesterday.  We spent the first day of staycation out and about on a culinary adventure.  Headed for another one today.  More on that another time.

Meanwhile, answer the what am I and win one used coffee filter, and a ball of Tim's ear wax.  Don't worry if there's multiple winners.  He's got plenty.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Locked Doors & Bolted Windows

Lock the doors, bolt the windows and toss the mobile down the crapper.  Frankenberry has four days off in a row, the fridge is stocked with all kinds of good foods and desserts, and we're on a four day stay-frickin'-cation.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Swish Swash & Snooze

As I write this, it's Tuesday afternoon and I'm sitting on the couch with two pups and a peppermint mocha, looking at the Christmas tree covered in pretty lights.

Bug's warm little butt is snuggled next to me and she's got me thinking.  Decorating is hard work.  A nap sounds good.

Technically, I'm still sick and rest is the best thing.  So I'll finish my peppermint mocha and nap to the sound of swish-swashing laundry, and snoozing pups.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen there's a homemade apple pie cooling and a loaf of smooch bread the first rise.  More on those another day.  Right now there's a Santa blanket and a big couch, calling my name.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

On the Bright Side

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Switch

It's Monday and I'm not here today. Meanwhile, yesterday I took down the Halloween decorations and today, I'm transforming the Halloween Room into a Christmas Wonderland.

Best part is that Tim doesn't mind me doing the switch a week earlier than normal.  I love that man. He even bought me new Christmas lights and they are beautiful. 

That concludes this post.  Catch up with ya'll when I'm done.  Have a groovy day and boogie boogie.

Sunday, November 02, 2014


Saturday, November 01, 2014


Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Question: Halloween Food

If you grew up eating these, you know the excitement of seeing the monsters on a box, even as an adult today.

It's just good fun.

If you had these Monster Cereals in front of you, which would you open first?

For me, Franken Berry.  No contest.

Last night I surprised Tim with all three boxes, and he opened Count Chocula first.  Now, in his version of the story, he'll say that I tricked him into eating a big honkin' garden salad before he ate a HUGE bowl of Count Chocula.

But on my side of the story, which is the true side of the story, I didn't do that entirely on purpose.  Though I enjoyed that it worked out that way, especially when Tim asked ...

"If we had Count Chocula, why the hell did you make me eat that big salad?"

I said, "I didn't even realize it."

"I noticed you didn't eat a salad," he pointed out.

"Yeah," I said, "Because I knew we had cereal."

The photo is blurry because of Tim. 

After I Drew on the Pumpkins ...

We're headed to take the girls to the vet today.  Bug has two tick bites and Wiggy keeps licking her left paw.  I'll catch you later with a Friday Halloween Question. 

Until then, have an oogie boogie Halloween.

Pumpkins Play Dress-up

Back in September Tim got me a new tablet as my Halloween gift.  The first thing I did was dress-up the pumpkins.  Iron Man has some issues, but who doesn't. 

Best Halloween gift, ever.  I love this tablet.  LOVE IT!

And that my Boo Berries, concludes this post.  It's after two and I'm still in my jams.  That's okay, because it a holiday weekend.  It's all about fun, spooky and gross things.

Speaking of gross, click EWW to see my morning post.

And now .. I'm off to make Tim's Halloween dessert.  He requested vegan chocolate cake.  Then I'm thinking I might make Halloween bread in the shape of the word, SPOOKY.   Don't know if it will work, but then, that's half the fun.

Happy Oogie Boogie Day.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Zombie Expressions & Halloween Giveway

I permanently stained Tim's zombie shirt with Vicks VapoRub.  Now it's my new sick shirt.  But don't feel too bad for Tim.  He stole my zombie brew cup the same day that he bought it for me.  That's how we roll here at The Manor.

Thanks to all who played yesterday's Ghoul Quiz.  If those prizes didn't knock your teeth out, click Suzie's, FoodieTV and enter to win a bake book.  Winner can be from ANYWHERE in the world.  Drawing held on Halloween.

Check out her blog at, Suzie the Foodie.

Suzie is a big honkin' bowl of inspiration.  She's remains instrumental in getting me to produce food videos, and she takes the time to answer my questions.

Suzie my friend, you're the Ghostest with the Mostest.  But being it's Halloween I won't get too mushy.  Though I will add this - if I ever turned zombie, I would eat you last.

I'm hiding in the Halloween blanket.

Nose Hairs for Everyone

Thanks for playing - Well done Boric and Linda you win the big prizes.  For everyone else who tried, two nose hairs coming your way.  Enjoy and Happy Halloween week.

Here's a shot from the night when I couldn't sleep.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dented Skull

Last night I got hit with insomnia AGAIN.  Now my head is clogged worse and I feel like someone whapped me on the side of the skull with an Easy Bake Oven.

Name the creature(s) or movie, from last night's insomnia fest, and win a bag of slimy spinach, two nose hairs, and one seriously dented Easy Bake Oven.

And that my ghouls concludes this afternoon's post.  I'm off to shower and then I'm crawling back into my coffin, until Frankenberry gets home.  

Boogie Boogie, Buttfaces

Last night we had real food, cooked from my oven, with homemade rolls and everything.  It was the first meal that tasted good to us, since we've been sick.

Then Frankenberry had Game Night and I took the pups with me to the bedroom.  For some reason, as soon as Tim puts his headphones on to game with the guys, Bug goes nuts.

We don't know why?

I'll be back sometime later today with another post.  My goal is to hit 44 posts for the month of Halloween, and I'm THIS close.  THIS close I say, THIS close.

That's all for now.  Boogie boogie, Buttfaces.

PS:  Comic expands.  I'm pretty sure.  But I'm not 100% sure.  I'm about 94% sure.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Suckin' on Sunshine

I'm outside suckin' on crackers and peanut butter.  Perfect fall day, aside from the oozie bits. 

But I'll tell ya' what, I'd take being sick on a warm day over a cold one.  Because at least with the warm sun, I can feel some life on my snot-filled face.

Meanwhile, both dogs are suspiciously quiet under the deck (below me).  The kind of let's pretend to be real good, but really we're digging another hole to China, quiet.

Best go see what they're up to and grab another cuppa.

This concludes another broadcast day.  I'm your host, the soon to be better, Whisk.