Monday, November 30, 2009

Brrrrr…Baby, it's cold outside!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope you all enjoyed your time with family and friends. After finding out that I had to postpone my trip to Atlanta, my daughter stepped up to the plate and prepared a lovely Thanksgiving dinner for us.

Sister's daughter showed up the day before with her 5-year-old son. She is stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and at the last minute was granted leave until December 12th. My nephew who is stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia arrived late Thursday with his wife; they will be leaving later today. I was very happy for Sister, this is the first time in a number of years that she has had both of her children home at the same time. My nephew and his wife have their firstborn due on December 9th, so everyone is happily anticipating the new addition to our family. Shortly thereafter, my nephew will be leaving for a tour in Iraq. We are all thankful that the Army extended his departure until after the birth of his son.

The weather here has been gorgeous and on the Sunday before the big day I had plans with a friend to attend Sanding Ovations, a sandsculpting competition in Treasure Island, just a few miles from home. The event was spread over four days, but I chose to attend the closing activities so I could see the winner announced and enjoy music provided by local bands. This proved to be a mistake! Sunday afternoon brought wind, clouds and eventually rain. We had planned on taking the beach trolley to avoid the parking nightmare that usually goes with beach festivities and standing in the rain didn't really seem it would be all that much fun, let alone looking at a bunch of waterlogged sculptures. My buddy David over at Blog the Beach ended up at Treasure Island a few days after the event and took these photos:

Visit his blog to view more photos and see what happened to the big winner!

I woke on Thanksgiving morning and prepared cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and garlic carrots to add to the feast. The weather was again beautiful and I accomplished this task dressed in my typical shorts and tank top. I should probably tell you at this point that I seldom watch local news and no one told me a cold front was approaching. I dressed in this cute little salmon-colored outfit of lightweight pants, sleeveless top and my favorite sandals. I loaded up the car with my goodies and during the thirty minute drive, which includes going over the bridge to the mainland, the cold weather arrived. Now I don't know what the temperature was exactly and I'm sure many of you will laugh when I tell you I was freezing, but the fact is I was dressed for 80 degree weather and it was somewhere in the 60s with a rather brisk wind. My darling granddaughter lent me the leopard print fuzzy socks I gave her last Christmas and a hoodie. Needless to say, I looked more like a bag lady than a refined Southern belle. The wind had destroyed my hair and there was no salvaging it at this point.

Now your probably asking why we just didn't turn on the heater, but while I was freezing in the living room, my daughter was working up a sweat in the kitchen with the oven on. We just don't know how to "do" cold here on the beaches in central Florida, it catches us off guard and by the time we figure it out, our typical winter weather has returned. We've been waking up to mid-40 degree weather, but today we are expecting the thermometer to hit 79 degrees and I'm just fine with that.

This week I plan on visiting everyone's blogs and catching up with all your holiday plans. I can't tell you how much I missed all of you and have decided that despite all that is going on, I need to escape to blogland and a sense of normalcy. Sometimes you just have to realize that things will work out in the end and you just can't dwell on the negative. There are others who are far worse off than me and I am thankful for what I do have and thankful for all my blogging friends.

I will tell you this much though — I love Christmas and the joy of the season. Gift-giving has never been high on my list of priorities. Time spent with family and friends is what brings me happiness. I will be making all of my gifts this year, which is not all that unusual. I have a studio full of paint, ribbons, glue and other goodies. If you run across, or know of anything special I can craft, let me know.

In today's Saint Petersburg Times I read the following by columnist Ernest Hooper and thought I would pass it on to all of you. You just may know someone who would benefit from this type of thoughtful gift in these tough economic times.

"I met a woman Friday who likes to gift her grown children with household necessities for Christmas. Multiple rolls of toilet paper and giant boxes of laundry detergent may seem too practical, but she said her kids like going six months without having to add to the grocery bill. If you ask me, she spent her time on Black Friday better than some others."

What I love about the holidays is there is always something going on in celebration, so I have some wonderful plans for the next few weeks, including the Christmas Boat Parade in Tampa and a trip to the International Plaza to walk through the giant snow globe. All I want for Christmas is time with family and friends and there is nothing better than that!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oreo Turkey Cookies

The holiday season is finally here and Thanksgiving is just a week away! Recently I was aimlessly searching the web when I came across this recipe on Flickr of all places. Kimi Coopet, a photographer and mother of two has posted this recipe for the last two years and I thought I would share them with all of you. Her Oreo Turkey cookies are so adorable and easy. Don't you think they would be a fun project for your kids or grandkids to make for the rest of the relatives? I think these would make a delightful addition to the dessert table and they'll be so proud of their contribution.

Oreo Turkey Cookies

What you will need for each turkey:

• 7 pieces of Candy Corn (9 if you add wings)
• 2 Double Stuffed Oreo Cookies
• 1 Whopper
• 1 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (miniature)
• 1 Tube of black piping gel
• 1 tube of white icing
• 1 Yellow and red food coloring (to make orange for the feet)
• 1 plastic Ziplock bag
• 1 sharp knife
• 1 pair of scissors
• 1 bowl

Put your Peanut Butter Cups in the fridge to cool. If you have cold hard chocolate to work with it makes it a lot easier.

Squeeze some of the white icing into a bowl. This will be your orange. Mix red and yellow food coloring with the icing to create your desired orange. Then put that into a plastic bag and set it aside for later.

First you will be creating the tail using 1 Oreo cookie and 6 Candy Corns. Gently, with one candy corn pull apart just one side of the Oreo. Don't don't break about the entire thing. Put a good amount of icing in between the two sides. This will help the Candy Corn stay. Place 6 Candy Corn (white side down) in between the cookie. See picture.

Take your white icing and squeeze a generous amount onto the top back of an Oreo cookie. Take the other Oreo and put the bottom into the icing to have it stand up. If it doesn't stand, add more icing! Once you have it stand put it up against something so it doesn't fall until the icing is dry. I use a thick book.

Remove your Peanut Butter Cup from the fridge. Take your knife and cut off the very bottem so you have a flat surface. Put icing on the bottom of it the bigger flat. Bump it up against the bottom and back of your Oreo cookies. See picture.

Next take your Whopper and squeeze more icing on it on one side. Place the whopper on top of the Peanut Butter Cup to make your head.

Find a piece of Candy Corn that has a nice big white end. Using your sharp knife cut the color off leaving you with the white end. Place some icing on it and stick it on your whopper as the beak to your Oreo Turkey. Hold for a moment.

For wings:
Put some frosting on the back of a Candy Corn and place it on the side of the Peanut Butter Cup with the small end pointing up. Do this on each side for the wings. Make sure to hold for a moment to get them to stick!

Take your icing and place two white dots as eyes. Get your tube of black piping gel and place a black dot on each eye to make them come alive.

Grab your bag of already created orange. Cut a very small hold in the corner of the bag. Now, pipe feet.

Now you are done! It is that simple!!

Turkey with wings

I had to laugh when I went to get today's link for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum. Seems Michael is living on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups these days, so I'm thinking I should send my leftovers to her after I make these cookies! Be sure to stop by her blog for links to all other Foodie Friday Participants.

Have fun in the kitchen this week and have a

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pick Yourself Up

My dear blogging friends, please excuse my absence, but things have been a little rough around the Tiki Hut lately. Reality sets in and you have to make tough choices. I've been down, but this morning I remembered a song from an old movie starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The movie was Swing Time (1936) and the song was Pick Yourself Up and that is just what I intend to do!

The lyrics that came to mind were those sung by Ginger:

Nothing's impossible, I have found.
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up, dust myself off,
Start all over again.

Don't lose your confidence if you slip.
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,

And pick yourself up;

dust yourself off;

Start all over again.

I went to Youtube to see if there was a video of the scene and wasn't surprised to find one. It lifted my spirits and hope it does the same for you. I just love old movies and those with song and dance are among my favorites.

Now you know I had to include something beachy here and you all know I love vintage photos, so I was delighted to find this one of Ginger Rogers at the beach sitting on a surfboard.

I did a quick search to find something suitable of Fred Astaire, but while that man could dance, he didn't exactly have a physique made for posing in swim trunks. While he doesn't fit my description of a hunk (like Cary Grant), if you look up the word debonair in the dictionary I'm sure it would say, "see Fred Astaire" and you'd probably see a photo similar to this one.

debonair — courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm.

So, I'm sorry for everything I've missed and I thank all of you for your comments and emails. I'm going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start blogging all over again.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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