I can barely believe it’s already FRIDAY! Seems like 5 hours ago it was Monday. But, nope, not! Ha!
Time marches on for sure. How has your week been? Looking forward to anything extra-exciting for this coming weekend?
Fabulous 5 for FRIDAY line-up today:
Beginning with STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP fun fashion at the Fair! Super cool and full of heart and look at the 4 amazing women who posed and gave a little something interesting about themselves. Daymakers! Thanks, Ladies. Hat tip to you all.
QUICK QUESTION – for me is a fast answer. Where do I do my best thinking? On my quick 3 mile walks I have done and strive to do 5 outta 7 days a week. No music. No earbuds. No nothing other than me and my walk thinking and processing whatever might present itself. By the end of my walk, I feel so energized and ready to tackle what may come before me. Mind, Body, Soul kinda thing. You?
KEEPING IT REAL – simple wisdom that’s probably always been with you, too. Just gotta listen, learn and plug it in to our ME.
OATMEAL CAKE RECIPE – is a simple make but so wonderful any time of day. I think I’ve posted it before. But worthy of a do-over.
I can remember my grandma making this 45+ years (among a a whole long list of other things she home-made in her kitchen) – but this one remains one of my top 5 favorites.
Today, yeah, — I know this recipe is out there. However, I feel, in my humble opinion, that my grandma was definitely a trailblazer for the cake.
Not sure where she found the recipe. Perhaps in a church cookbook or from the back of the round, cardboard Quaker Oats container way back in the day. Wish she was here to ask.
She made it, my mom made it, too, when we weren’t at Grandma and Grandpa’s house; I made it for my son when he was a young tot and we also made it at Hippie Cowboy (one of the 3 staple desserts on the menu). Customers were addicted to it – little did they know then how simple it would be to make at home. Now they do and so do you!
Thanks for your time and dropping by this Friday and giving us a read. Grateful.
Here we go!
STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP
FASHION AT THE FAIR
I love people watching and my two favorite places to do this are at the airport and at the Texas State Fair!
I decided last week (preparing for writing today’s column) while we were at the fair to ask people if I could take their photo for my fashion column in Daymaker Readable Art’s blog.
Not sure how they would react to me asking if I could take their photos, but I was surprised at how thrilled they were to model for me!
My 1st model:
A Bohemian Beauty was purchasing a fantastic BOHO bag she is proudly showing off in the photo.
I found out that these bags are handmade in Taiwan where her husband is stationed in the military. The proceeds from these bags go to help feed children in Taiwan. Love this!
The 2nd model:
I spotted her Bustin A Move on the dance floor to the Tejano version of the “Chicken Dance!”
What a spunky cutie she is! She giggled the whole time I was taking her photo and gave me a big hug when I was done.
If you want to make some quick friends … jut tell them how adorable they are (because they are) and that you’d like to take their photo for a fashion column.
Such a fun day making people smile.
My 3rd model:
Really stood out in all white with lots of gold studs and gold embellishments. Super classy look!
She shared with me that she made this outfit herself just for the Fair!
My 4th Adorable Model:
Dressed in a groovy, colorful 70s outfit — is actually a professional model! When she shared this, I said, “Well, strike a pose, honey” and she did not disappoint.
So cute the way she pointed her toe up to show off those cool shoes. Peace Out, Baby Girl.
I hope all the models for today’s column are checking out my article. AND I want to say, “Thanks so much for allowing me to take your photos.”
WHERE DO YOU DO YOUR BEST THINKING?
KEEPING IT (i.e. us) REAL
- Never deprive anyone of hope; it could be the only thing the person owns.
- Don’t make decisions when you are angry.
- Watch your posture.
- Don’t pay for a job until it’s finished.
- Beware of those who have nothing to lose.
- Don’t expect life to be fair.
- Don’t hesitate to lose a battle if it helps you win the war.
- Don’t procrastinate. Do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
- Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know” and “I’m sorry.”
- Watch the sun rise at least once a month.
- Look people in the eye.
- Say “Please” and “Thank You” often.
- Spend less than what you earn.
- Do unto others as you wish others did unto you.
- Own up to your own mistakes.
- Always tell the truth.
- Don’t repeat all you hear; don’t say all you think.
- Don’t criticize people; praise them.
- Learn how to listen. It’s an art.
- Don’t believe all you hear.
- Enjoy beauty.
- Choose your spouse well. Most of your happiness depends on it.
- Don’t lose control at any time — take a deep breath.
- You are the way you breathe.
- Cherish your friends.
- Shed hate and resentment, they hurt you more than others.
- There are things you can’t get back: the spoken word, the time that has gone by, and the last opportunity.
- Immortality exists. It’s called knowledge. Ask what you don’t know and remember it for when you are asked.
- Embrace the simple things: eating, breathing, laughing, smiling, walking, tasting, touching, seeing, sleeping really great at night.
- Do only one thing at a time.
- Happiness is like a piggy-bank, put in as much as you can.
~ collected from my life’s journey from
those I respect very much
WITH COCONUT ICING
~ This sheet cake (meaning 13″x 9″x 2″ cake pan) is so easy to make and the results are amazing and not like anything you can purchase in a bake shop. This is home-made greatness.
HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT:
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350*
IN A MEDIUM-LARGE SIZE BOWL PUT IN:
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats (not the quick-cook ones)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick of butter, cut in about 10 slices
- 1 1/3 cup of boiling water (like from a tea kettle)
STIR ALL AROUND AND LET SET A FEW MINUTES UNTIL BUTTER IS MELTED
NEXT MIX IN WITH A WOODEN SPOON:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups flour
MIX ALL INGREDIENTS UNTIL WELL COMBINED AND GENTLY POUR INTO A 13″x 9″x 2″ CAKE/BAKING PAN.
BAKE IN PREHEATED 350* OVEN FOR 30 MINUTES. CAREFUL – DO NOT OVER BAKE.
REMOVE FROM OVEN AND LET SET ON THE COUNTER … WHILE YOU MAKE THE EASY-PEASY COCONUT ICING.
HERE’S HOW WE MAKE THE COCONUT ICING:
IN A SMALL SAUCE PAN OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT COMBINE THESE 5 INGREDIENTS:
- 1/2 of a can of canned milk (think Carnation or similar brand)
- 1/2 stick of butter, cut in slices
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut from a bag
COOK TO A BOIL. STIRRING FREQUENTLY. FOR ABOUT 3-4 MINUTES.
REMOVE FROM HEAT – LET SET FOR A MINUTE OR TWO AND THEN POUR OVER CAKE.
It’ll be a thin layer of “icing” and that’s exactly what it is.
~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box