Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

well, today is the day that i celebrate my ejection from my mom's womb. my birth. wow, can't believe it's been 37 years ago. good grief! where has all the time gone? i remember being a kid and thinking my aunt and uncle were so old because i knew they were in their 30's.
with the whooosh of years passing me by, i stop today to reflect on all of the good things that have happened in my life. my friends, my family, my dog, my home, my faith, my company, and my espresso machine. WORD! i truly have so many things to be thankful for.
true, i would also love to be back in spokane, wa celebrating this day with my family........it's been about 13 years since i've done that, but i truly wouldn't want to be anywhere else right now....with my loved ones right here in this spot.
ahhhhhhhhhhhh, i've got it good. when you're birthday comes around......take the time to reflect and be thankful for all that you have and don't give any thought to that new number attached to your birthday.......it's just another year of blessings in your belt.
much love!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Good Stiff One

Pfizer Announcement:

Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of 'cocktails', 'highballs' and just a good old-fashioned 'stiff drink'. Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO.

Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Toasted Coconut Dream Cake

Many of you have asked for the recipe that I use for my Toasted Coconut Dream Cake. Well, here it is. If you make it, let me know how it turns out. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/3 cups water
4 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 cups flaked coconut
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons milk
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar(powdered sugar)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
2) Blend the cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of the coconut and the chopped walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
3) Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 15 minutes then remove and finish cooling on rack.
4) To Make Frosting: Melt 2 tbsp of the butter or margarine in a skillet. Add the 2 cups flaked coconut and stir constantly over low heat until golden brown. (about 30-45 mins) Spread coconut on absorbent paper to cool.
5) Cream the remaining 2 tablespoons butter or margarine with the cream cheese. Add the milk and confectioners' sugar alternately, beating well. Add the vanilla and stir in 1 3/4 cups of the toasted coconut. (you can double the frosting recipe to ensure enough frosting)
6) To Assemble Cake: Spread tops of cooled cake layers with some of the frosting. Stack them and then frost the sides of the cake. Sprinkle Cake with the remaining toasted coconut. You can stick in the refridgerator for 30-60 mins to firm up the frosting before cutting if desired.