Saturday, May 28, 2011

♥ Happy 3rd Birthday Pink Saturday!! ♥

I have been missing out on celebrating Pink Saturdays here lately...just so much going on! We're living out of boxes and we're in the process of moving at the moment...actually the house looks like we belong on an episode of Hoarders right now!! HAHA. I know, I know, no excuse for missing Pink Saturdays! lol. Well, I couldn't let today go by without wishing Beverly at How Sweet the Sound a very Happy 3rd Birthday to her Pink-licious Pink Saturdays!

What better way to celebrate...let's have some Pink cookies...and look! They're PINK SLIPPERS!! Too too cute! This is shared from a truly yummy blog, Hungry Happenings. (She has the recipe and a great tutorial for making these at this link!)

Hope you enjoy your Pink Saturday!! Congrats Beverly!! :)

I hope to get back to posting more regularly in the next few weeks!

Hugs to all, Sheri

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

♥ Hump Day Humor ♥

Unless you've been living under a rock the past week, you remember this story:

May 23, 2011

It's hard to feel bad for someone whose doomsday predictions caused so much anxiety, but 89-year-old Harold Camping's recent admission that he's "flabbergasted" the world didn't end last weekend sounds somewhat pitiful.

"It has been a really tough weekend," Camping said Sunday, after emerging from his Alameda, California home for the first time to talk to a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm looking for answers...But now I have nothing else to say," he said, adding that he would make a fuller statement today.

Camping's PR aide, Tom Evans, told the LA Times that the group is "disappointed" that 200,000 true believers weren't lifted up to heaven on Saturday while everyone else suffered and eventually died as a series of earthquakes and famine destroyed the Earth. "You can imagine we're pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true," Evans said. "We obviously went too far, and that's something we need to learn from." The group posted 2,000 billboards around the country warning of the Rapture, while Camping--an uncertified fundamentalist minister--spread the word on his radio show.

Camping's Family Radio, which airs on 66 U.S. stations, has apparently rebranded itself quickly. Business Insider notes that the station's web site has scrubbed all mentions of the Judgment Day. The site previously featured a countdown clock to the May 21 Rapture on its homepage.

But the false prediction might not be so easily effaced from the lives of Camping's followers. The LATimes writes that Keith Bauer, a 38-year-old tractor trailer driver, took a road trip with his family to see the world's sights before it ended.

"With maxed-out credit cards and a growing mountain of bills, he said, the rapture would have been a relief," the paper writes.

But Bauer is not angry at Camping for his false prediction. "Worst-case scenario for me, I got to see the country," he told the paper. "If I should be angry at anybody, it should be me."

Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 of his life savings to advertise the Rapture in New York, said he was dumbfounded when life went on as usual Saturday.

"I do not understand why ...," he told Reuters while awaiting the event in Times Square. "I do not understand why nothing has happened."

An NPR reporter talked to two Camping followers on Sunday. "One man, his voice quavering, said he was still holding out hope that they were one day off. Another believer asserted that their prayers worked: God delayed judgment so that more people could be saved, but the end is 'imminent,' " she reported.

Evans, Camping's PR aide, told NPR he hopes Family Radio will reimburse followers who spent their savings in anticipation of the Rapture, but that he can't guarantee it.

Protesters gathered outside Camping's radio headquarters to mock the false prophecy over the weekend. Some of them set aloft a toy cow with balloons to lampoon the idea that a select elite would ascend to heaven. Meanwhile, other religious groups tried to recruit disappointed Camping followers.

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Christian broadcaster Harold Camping predicted May 21 would be the beginning of the end of the world -- but if you're reading this, you're still here. So, be honest: Did you believe his prediction, even just a little bit?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Coconut Citrus Bars ♥

* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal

* 4 eggs
* 1-1/2 cups sugar
* 1 cup flaked coconut
* 1/3 cup orange juice
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons lime juice
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
* 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
* 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
* Confectioners' sugar

* In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; gradually beat in flour until crumbly. Stir in cereal. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
* Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, coconut, juices, flour and peels until frothy. Pour over the hot crust. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar; cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece (calculated without additional confectioners' sugar) equals 172 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Simple & Delicious February/March 2011~~

Friday, May 20, 2011

♥ Friday Flickr Inspirations: Aprons! ♥

I must confess...I love aprons. It has always been this way. Since the first time my grandmother let me wear an apron in her kitchen when I was "helping" her as a very small child, I fell in love with them. It was a gingham-checkered soft blue & white print with ric-rac trim. Wow, they have come a long way since those early days! I still find myself unable to turn away when I see them. I am drawn to their various patterns and styles. I admit I collect them. I cannot apologize. Behold my magical powers....yes, ok, somehow I believe I turn into a domestic goddess when I put one on. ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Raspberry Crumb Cake ♥

* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 3/4 cup water
* 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
* 1 cup cold butter
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup cold butter
* 1/4 cup sliced almonds

* In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, water and raspberries. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice. Cool.
* In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mace. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. In another bowl, beat the eggs, milk and vanilla; add to crumb mixture and mix well. Spread two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spoon raspberry filling over crust to within 1 in of the edges. Top with remaining crust mixture.
* For topping, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in almonds. Sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and top is lightly browned.

Yield: 12-16 servings.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Taste of Home February/March 1999~~