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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are always one of the favorite desserts on the tea party menu whenever I serve them.  Some of the ladies asked for the recipe so I thought I would share it with you as well.  We all win!!

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Annual Ladies of the FOLD Tea Party

It comes every year.  It’s over too soon.  I want the day to continue forever.  Any day that I can spend with my Ladies of the FOLD is a great day. The FOLD is the name of my Sunday School Class, Following Our Lord Daily.  We celebrated our eight annual tea party this past Saturday.  I have been working on it for months.  The past three weeks have involved setting the menu, tablescapes, grocery shopping, tea selecting, and all the extras that are involved.  It is worth every minute of planning and baking.  My home is full of tea, food, teacups, laughing, and wonderful friends.  How blessed am ?!

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Ladies of the FOLD Tea Parties through the Years

I starting hosting tea parties when my ballerina baby, who is now 24 years old, was five years old.  I would host a Mother/Daughter tea and it was so much fun to see the little girls in their best dresses and party hats come and eat tea food and sip tea.  Well, ballerina baby is grown and gone, insert me crying, but my love for hosting tea parties still burns strong.  Tea parties are just a wonderful opportunity for ladies to sit around the table eating delicious food, sipping great tea and to just enjoy the friendship that is among the group.

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Savory Pumpkin Bread

It’s pumpkin baking season!  All you have to do is step inside any grocery store and you will see an explosion of pumpkin.

Such as…..

Apparently breakfast is a very popular pumpkin fest.
Apparently breakfast is a very popular pumpkin fest.
More goodies.
More goodies.

However, this one has me scratching my head……

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Not to sure about this one.

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A Touch of Fall

I thought if I brought out some fall decor, fall would come.  It did, sort of.  Our mornings have been a little cooler so all of you in the Florida panhandle can thank me.  You are welcome!  We do not have the true seasonal weather in the panhandle.  In fact, our four seasons are hot, hot and humid, hot and sticky, and humid and sticky.  So a few days of slightly cooler temperatures are much welcomed.

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Peach Slab Pie

I have been seeing this pie float around the web…a lot.  The more I saw it, the more my mouth watered.  

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Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Last week was a challenge, a big challenge.  Sir Streusel was recovering from his knee surgery and a pulled back muscle. Yours truly had a bacterial infection that required 12 pills a day for 10 days.  Each pill was a combination of many antibiotics.  Needless to say, I was on a ”MEGADOSE”!  I became so sick from those dang pills.  I don’t remember feeling that badly for years.  As my sweet Mama said, “If Jody is in bed, she is sick.”  The good news is Sir Streusel is up and walking, slowly, and I have completed the MEGADOSE!

I am not exaggerating when I say that this is what we felt like…….walking zombies!

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Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

So, this happened Tuesday.

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Sir Streusel had his widdle knee repaired.  The day before, he threw his back out, like, really threw his back out.  If it was graded he would get an A+.  The major drugs he was on when we left the hospital made him forget all about his back pain.

We got home and then this happened.

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I brought him home, got him comfy in his chair, a cup of coffee and cooked his breakfast.

Baby Stella whined until I picked her up so she could lay in Daddy’s lap.  She knew he didn’t feel well and cried until she got to him.  She is such a sweet little girl.  She only weighs 4 lbs. so I knew she wouldn’t cause him any pain.  Plus, he was on happy pills.  I mean the “Happy Happy Pills”!

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The first morning after surgery was a bit of a challenge.  Lot of swelling, lot of pain and the major drugs had worn off so he could feel his back pain.  Poor guy.  I crushed happy pills into his breakfast….#iaintnofool

 Now we go through PT and he will be better than new.  

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Baked Ziti and Kindness

I saw wonderful examples of humanity and kindness during the Olympics.  Many times I witnessed a veteran athlete consoling a rookie athlete when the grasp of an Olympic medal was no longer in reach.  But my favorite moment of simple humanity and kindness  was during the Women’s 5000 meter race.  USA’S Abbey DiAgostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin collided and fell on the track with both athlete’s suffering injuries .  When Nikki stopped and helped Abbey up, I knew from that one single act of kindness the heart of Nikki Hamblin.  I could see the pain on Nikki’s face from her own injuries as she helped her opponent to her feet.  It refreshed my heart to watch that moment.  There is so much ugly right now everywhere around us.   It is out of control ugly.  I want to see more kindness.  I want to see more respect.  I want to see more Nikki Hamblin’s rise up and show character, respect and kindness.  I am so thankful I witnessed that moment live, as it happened.  It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face

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Skillet Chicken and Bacon

I have had so much fun watching the Olympics this past week.  If you know me at all, you know I live for the Olympic Women’s Gymnastic Competitions.  I don’t talk, I don’t accept phone calls, I don’t cook, I just breathe the Women’s Gymnastics.  Well, I have had a ball!!

We have a team of BEASTS…..

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They dominated by EIGHT points!  That is unheard of.  These tiny BEASTS brought home the Gold.

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I am not ashamed to say that I cried when they won, I cried during the National Anthem, I cried watching them wave to their fans and family, I was a mess.  It was a great day for Team USA!

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