I live in central FL with the love of my life, Bill and our fur babies: Nano the Yorkie we had first, then we adopted his mama, Mia (who passed 3/14/14), then came along Mai-Li (who passed on 1/13/12) and her two babies, Mumbo and Maila. We also adopted Mandie, a Min-Pin/Chihuahua mix. I have made so many fabulous friends through social networking and have had the pleasure of meeting many in person and hope I get to meet more. Bill retired in 2004 and I have been disabled since 2003, traveling is our passion, but we also enjoy all that our local area has to offer, especially Walt Disney World - I'm just a big kid at heart. Our children are grown with the 3rd having been in the Army after proudly served a tour in Afghanistan. I love my family, friends, all things Disney, God and my Country! You can reach me at LJSBlog@aol.com.
Earlier today I posted a photo on FB of this bread pudding I made especially for Bill (yes, I like it, too). It is chocolate chip bread pudding, that tastes absolutely delicious.
I got a couple of requests for the recipe, so I decided to post it here for all of you.....
1 French loaf - 2 days old 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter - melted
Custard: 3 cups buttermilk (or half-and-half) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor*) 1/2 tsp. Espresso Powder* 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark chocolate)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice bread into 3/4" slices, brush melted butter on both sides of bread (I use a jelly roll pan)
2. To make custard, beat together buttermilk, eggs, sugar, flavoring, and espresso powder at medium speed until well blended.
3. Pour some custard into an UNgreased 2-quart baking dish (enough to cover bottom about 1/2 inch). Sprinkle some chips over custard. Arrange bread slices in dish all around bottom, overlapping as necessary. Pour remaining custard over bread; sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips over mixture. Push down bread carefully so that all of it is soaked in custard.
4. Bake bread pudding until golden on top, 50 - 60 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners sugar, if desired. *These items may be purchase from King Arthur Flour Company
I have also made this with blueberries instead of chocolate chips when in season. Just leave out espresso powder; use vanilla and not Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor. If you decide to make this, please let me know and post a photo on my FB page or leave a link in the comments here.
Like you're surprised I had Mickey Mouse Invitations.
Sixteen years ago today, I married my best friend, the love of my life, the most wonderful man in the world, and each and every day since then I have grown to love him more and more.
My beautiful boys gave me away. (L: Nik; R: Alex)
Bill has been there for me and the boys since the first day we met, to love and care for us and to always make us laugh. Even our wedding was filled with love and laughter.
I'm sure you can't see it, but my boxer shorts match Bill's tie.
They are both St. Patrick's Day Mickey Mouse.
I am the luckiest woman in the world to have Bill in my life. We have had some tough times during our marriage, but through it all we have stuck together and grown closer. Since he is retired and I am disabled, we spend almost all of our time together. When he is upstairs on his computer and I am downstairs on my laptop, we send each other IM love notes - he is so sweet!
Bill, I love you more today than I did the day I met you in 1995 and more than the day we married in 1997. Every day I love you more and more... I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.
Now, I was pretty good in math in high school and in college, but the only thing I remember about Pi is that the circumference of a circle is 2πr. That's really not gonna get me anywhere in Mathematical circles, so I think I'll just stick to this kind of "pie."
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8
year-olds, 'What does love mean?'
The answers they got were
broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined See what you
'When my grandmother got
arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore...So my grandfather does it for her all the
time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' Rebecca- age
'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is
different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4
'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a
boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.' Karl
- age 5
'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most
of your French fries without makingthem give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6
'Love is what makes you smile when
you're tired.' Terri - age 4
'Love is when my mommy
makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him,to make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny - age 7
'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then
when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'
Emily - age 8
'Love is what's in the room with you at
Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.' Bobby - age 7
'If you want to learn to love better, you should start
with a friend who you hate.' Nikka - age 6
'Love is when you
tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.' Noelle -
'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who
are still friends even after they know each other so well.' Tommy - age
6 (This one is my favorite)
'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared.
I looked at all the people watching me
and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' Cindy
- age 8
'My mommy loves me more than anybody, you don't see
anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.' Clare - age 6
'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'
'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and
sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.' Chris - age
'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left
him alone all day.' Mary Ann - age 4
'I know my older
sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and
buy new ones.' Lauren - age 4 (If she only knew.)
'When you love somebody,
your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' Karen - age 7
'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy
on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.' (This is too funny!) Mark - age 6
'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But
if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.' Jessica - age
And the finally.....
The winner was a four year old child whose next
door neighbor, an elderly gentleman who hadrecently lost his wife.
seeing the man cry , the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed
onto his lap,and just sat
there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the
little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'
Children have a very unique perspective on things that we should embrace.
Today is my fabulous husband Bill's birthday... He is the most wonderful man I have ever met. He make me smile every single day and fills my heart with joy and love. Bill is a fantastic husband and a wonderful father, I am so happy that he is in my life and wish for many, many more years of happy birthdays for Bill and I to share together.
Happy birthday, my darling... I love you with all my heart and soul and cannot wait to spend the next 100 birthdays with you!!!
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