Hawaiian Fluff…

Growing up, my Grandmother would always make Heavenly Hash at the holidays. It was just a tradition. When I came across a recipe from Mom On Timeout for Pina Colada Fluff, I knew I had to make my own because the premise for the recipe is really similar. Plus, any dessert that calls for coconut is a winner in my book. Of course, I had to tweak it a little. Here is my version.. Hawaiian Fluff. Be sure to check out her blog for the recipe for Pina Colada Fluff.. the inspiration for this recipe. Enjoy!

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Hawaiian Fluff...
 
Ingredients
  • 1 - 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 10 - 15 large marshmallows - quartered (I used kitchen shears to cut in half, and then half again)
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 pkg Coconut Cream instant pudding
  • ½ cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 - 2 oz package of chopped pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, combine undrained crushed pineapple and pudding mix until thoroughly mixed
  2. Add Cool Whip, mix well
  3. Add quartered marshmallows, mix
  4. Then add remaining ingredients and mix until all is combined
  5. You can also top with toasted coconut if you choose

 

The child I hope I raise….

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I’ve always been told that the responsibility of being a parent is the greatest responsibility you will ever be given… or at least it should be. I didn’t know how true that was until I had my own child. I love this kid more than life itself and sometimes I find myself looking at him and wondering if I’m getting it right… or at least in the ballpark. One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not perfect. I’m far from it. Perfection is an unattainable myth… one that guilts us, haunts us, and makes us question ourselves on a daily basis. 

I know the kind of kiddo I want to raise.. I want him to be his own person, to find his own way, and decide who he wants to be.. but it’s also my responsibility as his Mom to light the path.

I want him to know God, and to know that all prayers are heard. Each and every one. If they don’t get answered, it wasn’t meant to be. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.. this is so true. I want him to also be thankful.. prayers aren’t just for requests. 

I want him to always be true to himself…. never caving to the peer pressure or going along with what’s popular just to feel accepted.

I hope his heart is always as kind and loving as it is right now. He is the most giving and loving kid I know. In a lot of ways, he’s wise beyond his years. He’s experienced a lot of loss in his short time on this earth, unfortunately. He lost his Grandma, which he was extremely close to and his Pa, all within a four month period. 

I hope he always knows the importance of a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine. It’s always been said that mine is a little warped, and I own that. I come by that naturally, as does he…. and that makes me smile. 

I want him to always know that not everyone is as fortunate as he is. There are people who have struggles that we could never even fathom.. where to lay their head at night.. where their next meal will come from.. Never treat anyone like they are beneath you, or ‘less than’. We are all equal in the eyes of God. Period.

I also want him to realize that no one owes you a thing. Anything worth having is worth working for, but that doesn’t mean that you will always get what you want. Disappointment is a part of life and life is sometimes unfair… it just is. It’s how you handle those disappointments and rebound from setbacks that define your character.  

Lives matter.. all lives. Not just human. I do believe he already has this ingrained in him.. I can only take credit for a small portion of that. I believe for the most part, he was just made that way.  For that, I am thankful. We definitely make a good team. We are excellent turtle spotters.. if there is one in the road, we move it to the other side. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. We can’t save them all.. but we saved that one.

I am teaching him to accept people for who they are.. regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, the way they dress, what they look like, etc. We are all the same in spite of our differences. Different doesn’t mean wrong. I wish more people would adopt this way thinking. 

I want him to know that he will always encounter people who have different opinions and viewpoints. You can respectfully disagree. It is never okay to belittle or resort to insults to make a point, because the moment you do.. you have already lost the argument. 

I am also trying to teach him the old adage of ‘do no harm, but take no crap’. I want him to stand up for himself and what he believes, as well as standing up for those who can’t do so for themselves. 

There are a lot of things I hope to teach him as he grows up.. but there are a lot of things he’s already taught me. I do believe that leading by example is the best teacher of all and kids keep you honest. They really do. If you mess up, they notice… and if they’re anything like mine, they will call you on it. I never knew how much having a child would make me want to be a better person and work on my short comings. I know I will still mess up.. there are things I will get more wrong than right. The point is, to keep striving for ‘better’… not perfect. Just better… because he is watching and taking notes. I thank God each and every day for the gift of getting to be his Mom. ♥

 

 

It’s here!!!

I am absolutely in love with this thing. This is my first ever Traveler’s Notebook and I am so glad I chose a FoxyDori. The color is gorgeous. I’ll be doing a YouTube video about her very soon. Yes, I know I said ‘her’. 😉 #plannernerdfolife

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Bacon Crack

Bacon is good.. bacon is yummy.. therefore a recipe that calls for bacon has got to be good. Right? Well, let me tell you, this one is definitely good. Bacon Crack.. I saw this recipe and had to try it. I almost wish I hadn’t. My diet has officially been derailed. 

Bacon Crack

 

 

Bacon Crack
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Bacon - cooked to almost done
  • 1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet (regular crescent rolls will work)
  • ½ Cup of Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Real Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until almost done. Not crispy because it will finish crisping in the oven.
  2. Roll out dough and place on greased foil covered baking sheet. Flatten a bit to make an even rectangle. If you are using crescent rolls, be sure to pinch seams together.
  3. Poke holes in dough with fork.
  4. Drizzle ½ of syrup over dough. Then sprinkle with ½ of brown sugar.
  5. Crumble/tear bacon and spread evenly over dough.
  6. Top with remaining syrup and brown sugar.
  7. Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes or until sugar and syrup are caramelized and bacon is crisp.
  8. Allow to cool, then cut with knife or pizza cutter.

 

My end of the week…

I think I’ve figured out why I love my Erin Condren Life Planner so much.. I’m such a creative person at heart and this is a way I get to be creative each and every day. Plus, I like pretty things. If it’s pretty.. I’m more likely to use it. Also, I am a visual person.. I need to see it. :) Planner nerd.. loud and proud. I just ordered my first ever Foxy Dori (Traveler’s Notebook)..I can’t flipping wait for it to arrive. Eek! I’m sure it’s only the first of many. I plan on using it as a journal, for list challenges and to keep track and plan my blog posts and social media posts.  I am vowing to not be such a neglectful blog mother and post more often.. even if it’s just utter randomness… which is basically what this blog consists of anyway. 😉 

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Get off my internets…..

Picture it.. it’s a beautiful day.. you decide to peruse around the internet.. maybe you check the local news, maybe you are on Facebook.. etc. You know, just killing time. Then it happens… your eyeballs get assaulted with one of these over exposed ‘celebrities’ that show up on your Facebook Newsfeeds, televisions, or somewhere else on the internet all… of… the… time. If they pass gas, we hear about it. 

I’m not even going to post the photo of the first one, just because I refuse to subject myself to her face, or any other part of her body any more than I have been already. Well, come to think of it.. here is a fitting photo.

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Let’s call her K. KarTRASHian, shall we?  Because honestly that’s what she is. Trash. Made famous by a sex tape… and most recently showed her big, oiled up balloon butt to anyone who would look. She get’s a new hair color? Front page news… ugh. Enough already!! Plus, she wears fur.. so that’s just another of the long list of reasons I can’t stand her.

And while we are discussing K. KarTRASHian, let’s not forget her husband.

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Although.. I am not a fan, I do love the new song he did with Paul McCartney and Rhianna. I didn’t want to like it.. I resisted as long as I could. It’s just so dang good… *sigh* It must be because of Paul and Rhianna. Yes! That must be it! Well, that’s my story anyway..  and I’m sticking to it. 😉

This next one might strike a nerve with some people because there’s a pretty clear defined line between those who love these people vs people like me.. who don’t want to see their pictures.. hear any ‘baby’ updates… where they’re going on vacation, what they are having for dinner.. the kind of toilet paper they use… what they think about xyz, and so on. I’d rather gouge my eye out with a rusty spork, than to hear anything else about them. I think they are whack jobs… almost cult-like and just creepy if you ask me. They straight up skeeve me out. *shudder*

The flipping Duggars!!! 

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Ugh.. these people need to realize it’s a uterus.. not a clown car. They just keep popping out little Stepford Wife acting, brainwashed kids one by one like it’s an assembly line. Granted, what they do and how they live their lives is their business, but I’m freaking tired of hearing about it. Just today, I guess their daughter, Jill Bob.. or whatever her name is, is in labor… any takers on a bet that she’s pregnant again before she leaves the hospital? I know, I know.. to each their own.. what business is it of mine if they reproduce like rabbits, popping out a gaggle of ‘smile plastered on their faces at all times’ children. None. It is none of my business, but like I said.. I don’t want to see it.. know about it.. etc. every. single. day. 

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Erin Condren Life Planners 40% off…

If you’ve ever wanted to try an Erin Condren Life Planner, now is the time. All planners are 40% off and there’s plenty of year left to get some use out of them. They are clearing their stock to make room for the new planners coming out in June.  If you’ve been following my blog, then you know how much I love mine. :) Plus, if you use this link HERE you can save an extra $10 off your first order. Just click the link and sign up for an account and then they will email you a coupon code. Just make sure you use it within 30 days. Enjoy!

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Here are the links to my previous posts about this awesome planner. 

PATIENCE IS NOT ONE OF MY VIRTUES

REVIEW OF ERIN CONDREN LIFE PLANNER