Aunties M & Em

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Happy Birthday to Me

You know that saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”?

Well, yesterday was my birthday.

The big 6-0.

I spent it baking my own birthday cake.

And helping my wonderful hubby in the building of our new deck out the back door of our house.

And totally enjoying all the nice birthday greetings from my friends on Facebook.

I like it that I didn’t hear from every “friend” I have on Facebook.

I mostly only heard from the people there that I actually consider my friends in real life.

That was cool.  🙂

We ended the day having dinner with friends that we don’t get to see very often.

Yes, they are both friends on Facebook and they are friends in real life too.  🙂

It was a very enjoyable evening!

When we got home we had a piece of my birthday cake. A Salted Caramel Drenched Coffee-Double Chocolate Cake. *sigh*

I got the recipe from Slim Palate. Click here to see what hers looks like. It’s beautiful!

Coffee Salted Caramel-drenched Double Chocolate Cake - croppedThis is what mine looks like. Not too bad for a first time recipe!

It was delicious too!  A keeper recipe for sure!

Today I woke up and realized that my 60th birthday has come and gone and I wondered, “now what?”

Now I’m 60 and it’s the first day of the rest of my life!

So I got busy and washed the dishes in the sink because we’re out of dishwasher soap.

It felt pretty good!

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home.  🙂
Auntie M

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A Little Chilly, A Little Sweet, A Little Spicy

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow…”six more weeks of winter it shall be”! (foxnews.com)

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! Perhaps by now you have heard that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. As if spring wasn’t already scheduled to start in about 6 weeks anyway. Now, I am of the opinion that it’s February in the Midwest, and therefore, it should be cold and snowy – though, Mother Nature could keep the ice. I realize this does not make me the most popular person in the region, let alone my own house…and I’m okay with that!

Today is also Superbowl Sunday, featuring the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. I have no real rooting interest, since my beloved Green Bay Packers were eliminated by Steven’s San Francisco 49ers in Week One of the playoffs…the 49ers were later eliminated by Seattle in a close game that came down to the last seconds…bittersweet for me, because it meant Steven was bummed out. Today, we’re both hoping for a good game, and would be okay with the Seahawks winning…so I guess we’re essentially rooting for Seattle! And, what would a Superbowl be without good commercials!

But no Superbowl is complete without some snacks, right? In years past, we’ve had homemade onion dip (Guy Fieri’s recipe is uh-may-zing, and easy, too), dry-rub Italian herbed chicken wings from a local pizza joint, buffalo chicken dip, potato soup, just to name a few. This year, we’re keepin’ it classy with White Castle sliders and fries…they had a special online deal that was too good to pass up, and they just sounded good! I know you know how that is…

I wasn’t planning on making anything for this year’s game…until I saw yesterday’s “currently crushing on” post by Jess at How Sweet It Is, her weekly roundup of interesting things she’s found…and she finds some pretty great things! The first thing that caught my attention today was Sriracha Caramel Corn at iamafoodblog.com. I love caramel corn, and grew up making it with Mom most years at Christmas. I haven’t made any for a couple of years, for no other reason than just not getting around to it. I don’t find caramel corn terribly difficult to make, and I enjoy seeing how the molten caramel ends up coating the kernels of popped corn while in the oven…okay, I just made my mouth water…

Sriracha…it’s spicy, it’s flavorful, and a little dab’ll do ya. I wasn’t sure how the sweetness of the caramel would hold up against the intense spiciness of the sriracha, but surprisingly, it turned out really well. The sriracha caramel does obtain a fairly smoky flavor as it finishes up in the oven, and the heat is pretty subtle as I taste a couple of kernels at a time. To me, the heat sneaks up on you, albeit in a rather pleasant way. Steven, however, has been enjoying it handful after handful since it finished earlier this afternoon.  He even told me it’s the best popcorn I’ve ever made…a compliment I’m more than willing to accept.

It's a slow burn...but worth it!

It’s a slow burn…but worth it!

Be sure to check out the recipe at IAmAFoodBlog.com!

So, now it’s nearly game time, and we’ll be picking up our sliders soon…I hope you all enjoy whatever festivities you have planned!

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