My House Near And Dear

Here is my YouTube endeavor for the day. I recorded the audio for my SoundCloud channel but I couldn’t post it, having technical problems with uploading. So I ended up creating an iMovie for my YouTube channel. Here is today’s effort…

I really love the original “House”,written by Sir Elton John. I hope I do this justice…

I have no idea what artists feel about covers of their songs. If I could I would hug Elton John and tell him how much this song has always meant to me. A treasured and dearly loved part of my repitore!


My Cheesy Big Four Inch Little But Mighty


Serves two…

I started with a 4 in. Ramkin. Spray with cooking spray of your choice.

I lined the Ramkin with  buttered, sliced raisin cinnamon bread. One piece of bread for the bottom two more piece cut in half. Arrange the bread pieces to cover the sides of the Ramkin,  (creating a bread bowl).

Scramble four  eggs with 1/8 cup of milk.

Too the egg mixture I added 2 tablespoons of  chopped green onion and the same amount of chopped shallots, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes,1/4 teaspoon of parsley flakes. 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, or to taste.

Pour egg mixture into bread bowl Ramkin. Add grated cheese of choice. Today I added mozzarella cheese.

You can play with this by adding whatever you think pairs well with the egg mixture.

Bake at *350 degrees for 25 -30 min. (till the egg mixture is set in the middle and the cheese is browned).

Let rest… This can be shared, the perfect serving size for two!

This romantic notion also shares well…Pairs well with your, imagination.

Ps. I know cheesy huh!


The Rube Goldberg Project Teaching Patience In A Generation Fraught With Instant Gratification

I am assuming that a lot of you are unfamiliar with the Rube Goldberg Project? In our school district, the 8th grade class has a end of the year science project worth probably a hefty amount of their grade. My daughter Zoe and her BFF Paige, put this together completely by themselves. I was in awe when I saw the effort and infinite patience they had in fine tuning this to get it to work. I even wondered if it would be possible! I am thrilled for them that they were able to create this start to finish including the video and editing! These kids are amazing and are on the path to great success. I’m not very objective but I know great effort when I see it!

Here is the link of the finished assignment that will be submitted to the science teacher. This isn’t due till May 5th and I am thrilled that they didn’t wait until the last minute to get this done! Now they can focus on the fun things about finishing up middle school…the promotion dance, water park and the promotion ceremony! We are looking this week for “the” promotion dance dress…

Click on this link➡️ Zoe & Paige’s Rube Goldberg Project!

These girls would rather eat continental breakfast so this was my offering… Homemade cranberry oatmeal muffins, fruit and sliced cheese.

Alissa, my helper in all things culinary…

The whole weekend was spent on this project. Along with the science education, I believe this to be an excercise in futility and patience! You wouldn’t believe how many times these kids had to reset all the books and the pulley. We even had climate challenges with the inturption of wind knocking down all of the books! Pain in the ***!

Have a great Monday!

Icons And Legends Are Gone But The World Keeps On Growing

I planted the pods on Sunday, here it is just Friday and look!

A few of the Growable cucumber seeds have sprouted! Hope we can follow through to harvesting some lovely cucumbers as I enjoy them so much! My favorite thing to eat is a salad… For whatever reason, along with being good for you, they sure are delicious! I like a lot of different things in my salad. I used o think that I needed to have a thick dressing on my salads. I enjoy them most with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and sometimes lemon pepper with a dousing of extra virgin olive oil! Toss, toss and toss…Delicious!

Here is my version of a chef salad…all kinds of yumminess!

So… Prince is gone! I was putting on my makeup when Howard texted me to tell me yesterday. What a shock huh?! Our beloved icon, Prince died yesterday. I like the rest of you wonder what the heck?! It’s hard to fathom as he just seemed invincible! Strong, vibrant and still looking young for his 57 years on earth! Sad is an understatement. Bewildered with an empty sense and loneliness sums up my feelings about his passing… What a huge loss for all of us!

No clue as to why do many have gone this year. Big name icons who gave so much of themselves for us, the fans! So much time, energy and simply their best… Awwwwwwwww! Lonely feeling! What a treasure to us all Prince was. I hate to think that he went via an overdose of opiates. He sure seemed way too hard working and focused go fall into that trap! He didn’t seem like the type to give up control over his life for addiction! Surely another ailment is the root cause of his early demise! I will be awaiting to hear the autopsy findings as if we have a right to know?

Today is Friday and I’m watching Aaron for a few hours while Britt attends a classroom field trip with her oldest, Tommy…”.

 He is resting right now. Enjoying quiet time as he is always on the go!

Today, I feature this YouTube Video because, it was a fun cover go do. Oversaturated in the sea of All Of Me Covers. Everyone was inundated with this song in it’s hey day a few years ago. I just had go jump on the “All Of Me” bandwagon lol…

By the way, have you seen how cute/pretty the Legend baby is! What a gorgeous baby! Congrats to the new family!

My Stepford Wife Exsistence Leads Me To Have Casual Conversations By Myself

Oatmeal Scotchies! Oh yum!

I baked these according to the directions on the butterscotch morsel package. I actually baked these to send off to my in laws in California. I decided that I would bake and send a batch of cookies to them a month. A different kind of cookie each month. They seem to appreciate the baking side of me. They don’t even know I have a musical side. Isn’t it funny that people seem to choose what they want to know about you? The determine the extent in which they want to know you.

My husband isn’t at all supportive of the musical side of me and so, his parents have no clue. They don’t know me other than I cook, bake and am their sons wife…

My husbands brother knows that I play and sing. Because I don’t read music, he and his wife will make snarky comments that I should take lessons and music theory classes. They snicker and sneer at my musical attempts. I never bring it up in conversation as it’s clear that they could care less about what I’m doing and what I’m trying to accomplish. It has made me indifferent. In fact, I really believe in their eyes I am merely Howard’s wife. I am a non person in my own right. His brother is a professional camera man. He worked as a videographer for a prestigious news station here. He has worked on music videos for his church friends trying to break into the music biz. He now does documentary pieces. He surely could have shown a little bit of interest or conversation for my YouTube channel? No… I must just be an embarrassing joke.

No bones about it, my husband has no interest to share in my musical side. If I try to talk to him about it, he walks away from me. He only finds me important if I am what he wants me to be and do. I am a non person to him other than what he wants and needs from me. Ouch!!! I am surrounded by people in my life who only see me as filling a need they have.

So I sneak a few hours here and there to remind myself that I am a person in my own right with hopes, dreams and  personal goals to achieve! Otherwise I become invisible! Discouraging! Some days I feel as if I’m living in the Twilight Zone… Stepford wife existence.

There is more that I want to be and do than all of this domesticity! I enjoy homemaking to a certain degree. I grow weary of being just what everyone wants and needs me to be!!!

Casual Conversation is written by Rick Davies of Supertramp…

I wrote this song and to date my husband hasn’t  listened to it…

Something More Than Nothing

I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking and cooking. Above you see my homemade chicken and dumplings… The quick version… I semi cheat as I bought a bag of frozen veggies that are specifically for soup. I did however add a big sweet onion, some shallots and I minced some sweet basil to throw in this.

I simmered 5 chicken thighs for about 35 min. In water that just covered the thighs. Remove the thighs to a bowl. Add your seasonings and a carton of chicken broth. I added  about a teaspoon of each, Italian seasoning, and garlic 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Two cubes of chicken boullion. Stir well and add the frozen veggies. Simmer and stir occasionally. Stir together 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup of cold water. Stir well, no lumps pour into soup. Stir well ! Simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1 small carton of heavy cream. Stir and simmer for about 10 more min. Soup won’t be thick, but will better resemble stew.

*Bisquick is a great shortcut for these dumplings! Follow the directions on the box.bI added parsley flakes to my dumplings. Spoon onto boiling soup. Cook uncovered for 10 min. Cover and cook for another 10 min. Turn off heat and let it rest for 15-30 min! Yum!!!!!!

A friend of mine has asked me to work on putting together a song for a set of lyrics that she sent to me. I love the challenge of this and hope to put together something her band likes and can use! I love that she asked me to do this for them! It’s fun to be included in on a musical project!