Monday, January 23, 2012

Your Food doesn't have to be rude...Paula Dean!

Paula Deen is not the model Chef of healthy least I hope not.  (LOL)  No one in their right mind (hence the word "right") would model their daily, every day cooking habits on Paula Deen's recipes. I would say however that if you were looking for some old fashioned yummy comfort food for a dinner party or fancy brunch ~ go for it!  When you're entertaining, people expect the food to be special and higher in fat and calories than an everyday fare. There is nothing worse than going to a dinner party and the cook announces "Everything on the menu is made with low fat ingredients.", and to add insult to injury it REALLY tastes low fat. say the least!  I cook that way every day for health reasons, but every once in a while I like to indulge.   Sometimes I want to hear my belly say thank you, and purr like a kitten.  Meow...   

January 17, 2012, Paula Deen publicly announced that she has type II diabetes.  Her diagnosis has turned the spotlight toward the cooking she's famous for, which often contains rich, fatty foods loaded with butter and sugar. Paula Deen says her diagnosis is not a death sentence and won't change how she cooks, but diabetes has caused her to make some lifestyle changes.  We'll see what the future holds for the Queen of Bubbling Butter.  While it is true that most of her recipes aren't diabetic friendly, heart healthy, or low calorie that doesn't mean to say they can't be.  

Last Thursday, I made one of Paula Deen's recipes for my bible study group's fellowship day.  I adapted it by adding less fatty substitutes, and it was if I must say so myself...Delicious!  This creamy hash brown casserole can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.  I meant to take a pic of the casserole right after it came out of the oven looking all pretty.  However, I plum forgot trying to hurry to class.  I did mange to get a pic of what was left over, and also before my  teenage son demolished the rest.  The ladies really 'ed it!  If you get a chance try it out, I promise it won't disappoint!  

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen ~ adapted by Sonya M. Jones


1/4 cup butter 
1 onion, chopped ~ (I only used half)
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream ~ (I used light sour cream)
1 (10 1/2 -ounce) can cream of celery soup ~ (I used low fat cream of mushroom.  Trust me cream of mushroom makes it taste a lot better)

1 (8-ounce) package shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend ~(I never skimp on the

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 (30-ounce) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed ~ (I used diced potatoes.  Only because I picked up the wrong package.)

1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
2 cups crushed potato chips for the topping ~ (*DEFINITELY NOT ~ I used extra cheese instead, sprinkle how much you want)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly butter a casserole dish. (I used spray canola oil)  

In a small skillet, melt 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat.  Add onion, and cook 3-4 minutes, or until soft.  Pour mixture into a large bowl.  Add the sour cream of celery soup, cheese, garlic powder, hash browns, and salt and pepper.  Combine until well blended.  

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, and bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Top evenly with shredded cheese during the last 15min of baking. serves 8 - 10


Monday, January 16, 2012

Shhh...New Design Sneak Peek!

Peek-A-Boo!  New Tee-iabo Design sneak peek...woo-hew!  

As you can already tell I'm going back to my roots of the "bee" with this design.  In all actuality the next few designs will involve my bee art.  This design is inspired by a family member who lives this statement everyday.  You'll have to wait patiently for a few days as I creatively make their idea along with my vision come to life.  Stay tuned!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, January 16, 2012.

"We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness"
-Dr Martin Luther King

Each year on the third Monday of January, schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.  Just as the theme of this page states: "Remember, Celebrate, Act!  A Day On, Not A Day Off!"  Although many people see this, and other holidays as "a day without home work," or "a day to hang out with friends," it is much more than that; it is the celebration of equality, the celebration of freedom, and the celebration of a wonderful, wonderful man!

MLK Day Facts

What is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal/national holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?
MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is always close to Dr. King's birthday, January 15.

Why is Martin Luther King day celebrated?
To reflect on how he changed people's lives by advocating for their civil rights and how he promoted equality through non-violent means. We get off school as it is a day to give back by serving our community.

Who Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day?
Not just students and teachers, but Federal offices, post offices, and banks all across America close to celebrate.

Why Doesn't My School Close?
While most schools and places of higher education are closed for classes; others remain open but may hold seminars or celebrations of Dr. King's message.

What are Other Names for the Holiday
In Utah, Martin Luther King Day is also known as Human Rights Day; similarly, in Arizona and New Hampshire, Martin Luther King Day is also known as Civil Rights Day. It is also called the King Day of Service.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

ARF, YELP!'s me Rags, can you hear me?

Why is it when you have an set agenda to follow something called "LIFE'S MISHAP'S" always gets in the way?  I'm suppose to be know MIA, working on my new designs for the NEW YEAR.  Well this thing called "Life" and a boxer dog named "Perkeyus" threw a monkey wrench in my plans on Tuesday morning. 

My dog Rags who should be named Mozart.
Tuesday morning for my Shih tzu Rags (which I think should have been named Mozart, but that's another story) and I started off with a bang.  I took Rags out for our daily morning walk and on the return walk back home we met up with my neighbor's Boxer whose name is Perkeyus.  Usually, when we see Perkeyus and his brother Julian they are in THEIR yard and an electric fence is preventing us from getting to know each other.  Well, on this particular morning as Rags and I were walking pass their yard my jaw dropped in shock when Perkeyus leaped through the electric fence and ran across the street towards us.  Julian who is more subdued stayed in their yard.  I told myself to stay calm as Perkeyus proceeded to smell Rags as dogs normally do when they meet up.   Then I said to myself "okay this isn't going to be so bad.  Just shoo him away and he'll go back to his yard...right?  WRONG!!!  So, so wrong.  Perkeyus I guess summed up in his mind that Rags was a life sized chew toy and proceeded to maul and chew my dog.  Can you hear me SCREAMING?  No...AHHHHHHHH...can you hear me now???      

It was 7:30a.m and the people in my neighborhood are either getting ready for work or have already left for work.  So, needless to say my pleading screams for help were echoing in the wind.  The neighbors that were home could not hear me because they were in the shower, which I later learned.  Suddenly, Rags let out a bark, then a  yelp, which scared the crap out of me because I thought Perkeyus was killing my dog!   Then what seemed like he came out of no where appeared a neighbor from the adjoining development!  He fended Perkeyus off of Rags by picking him up and throwing him to the ground.  Then dragged Perkeyus back to his yard and alerted the owners who still were unaware of what was happening.  Mind you this man is sixty something years old.  I was like must have had your Wheaties this morning!  LOL  (*this is the short version of the story because Perkeyus didn't give up that easy.*)  You can call me kooky, but I do believe my dog prayed for help & his prayer was answered.  God speaks in all languages!  Even dog!   

I spent the morning at the vet, but my pooch is okay.  Suffered a few nicks and bruises, but nothing that will not heal over time.  He's on antibiotics and pain meds.  So, my work projects got pushed back a bit because Rags needs to be nursed back to health.  The owners were very apologetic and took care of the vet bill.  Boxers are not aggressive by nature, so I really think Perkeyus wanted to play.  At least it might have started out that way.  Big dogs sometimes have difficulty in how to handle smaller dogs therefore owners should be around to control the situation.  I found out later from the policeman who took the report that Perkeyus did not have his electric collar on because get this...HIS owner was CHARGING IT. Can you say full moon!  Smh...

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