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Saturday, March 31, 2018

For Peeps Sakes!

Hello, dear friends.  Just peepin' in to bring you another post from the past.  I hope that you are having a good weekend.  Yesterday, it hit 65 degrees here!  I took an extra long walk. I'm listening to The Road Alone by Kristen Hannah and enjoying every minute of it. 

Do you like Peeps?  I would rather chomp on a Cadbury Egg any day of the week, but I think that Peeps are awfully cute.  


need this car.  I can never find my car in the parking lot. This way, I won't have to call the Mister at work to come and drive me around to find it.

buzz feed
Peep art, anyone?

I wonder what this dress would like if it was too small for somebody.  

Wow... now my peeps are chirpin'...


Peeps and buttons!

Who knew peeps were so versatile?

Recipe Newz

Love the l'il cotton tail!

busy mommy
Wow... it's no wonder she's busy!

Food on 5th
OMG!!! I am in peep heaven!


How about peeps-stuffed chocolate chip cookies?
Recipe can be found here.

Betty Crocker
How about some chick surprise cupcakes.
Here's the recipe.

Tip Junkie
"Formal" peeps.

No Peeps but what a cute pic!

Hope you have a peepin' good Saturday.

Until next time...


Friday, March 30, 2018

Two Sistas and One Bunny Cake - Take 5

Hello, dear friends.  This is the fifth year that I am posting this tale of two Sistas and one Bunny cake.  As a warning: if you have read it in the past, it hasn't gotten any more entertaining.

The old homestead

Once upon a time, there was a aging, single, future Preppy Empty Nester, who came back to live at home with her parents after college.  Meanwhile, her Sista was working her fingers to the bone in college striving for straight C's.  Future Preppy Empty Nester looked forward to college breaks when Sista would come home and relieve her of being the focus of her parents' attention.  

The Sistas were not close growing up.  Sista always stole poor future Preppy Empty Nester's thunder, but they were beginning to build a bond.  Their union was built on the foundation of the three things: their childhood memories, making fun of their parents, and consuming empty calories.


Holy Saturday afternoon had been spent making the traditional "bunny cake" for their nuclear family of four.  Anyone who has made this classic cake knows the drill: two-layer cake - one layer for the face and the second layer for the ears and bow tie.  

Dick Purtan

Their Mama was very pleased with the girls as she watched them make the cake without killing each other and she was especially proud to see that there was very little frosting-swiping in the process.


  Their Mama always watched the girls' weight and offered "helpful nutritional substitutes" when she felt either one of the girls was carrying a few extra LB's.  Whenever she caught one of them red-handed with a fork full of Pepperidge Farm cake from the fridge, she would shake her head in utter disappointment, utter a few tsk, tsk, tsks, and kindly offer the girls a fist full of raw carrots.  

Sista had just turned 18 (drinking age in the Stone age).  She and future Preppy Empty Nester decided to skip the parents' "what are you going to do with the rest of your life" dinner and meet some friends at one of their favorite haunts at Fairfield Beach, the Nautilus. The "Naut" was your classic beach bar - no atmosphere and cheap drinks. 


They arrived home at around 1AM and eyed the gorgeous bunny cake.  Sista asked future Preppy Empty Nester if she thought the left ear looked bigger than the right ear.  She had not agreed with Sista on much in the past,  but on this point, she concurred.  Obviously, they had to make that left ear smaller. They owed it to their parents to present a cake that was worthy of them.  


The Sistas decided to get a knife and trim that unsightly ear.  They took turns disposing of the remnants in their mouths. The Sistas then looked at their masterpiece and realized the right ear looked huge... practically grotesque.  How could they ever present that sloppy looking cake to their wonderful parents?  They began surgery on the right ear.

This is not the actual cake.  
Traces of the aftermath can be found on the sistas' hips.

Before we they knew it, both ears were missing from their beloved bunny cake, and frosting hung from their chins.  They then discovered their dear Mama standing behind them with that "guilty as charged" tsk..tsk...sound. 

Two hours later, sometime around 3:30 AM, a nauseous future Preppy Empty Nester and sugared-up Sista finished off frosting another layer of cake... soon to be known as the ears and the bow tie.

Four hours later, Mama woke her girls up for 11AM Easter Mass.  When the girls questioned why they had to get up so early, Mama responded they needed extra time in the shower to get the frosting out of their hair and off their faces.

Emily Quinn

The names in this story have been changed to protect the not so innocent.

Until next time...


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Not-So-Glamorous Hodgepodge


Hello, dear friends.  How's your week going?  All is well here.  I've done some online Spring wardrobe shopping and have made the first steps in doing a major closet purge.  Who knew that Nor'easters shrink clothes?

If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge

1. What's a word that describes your life? 

Michelle Henry

For the past four or five blustery cold months, I would describe my life as uneventful.

A word you wish described your life?

Carmen DellOrefice

2. Back in my day we___________________________________?

Back in the day, we had to entertain ourselves without a phone cradled in our hands. 

This photo reminds me of Sista and me.  

I am the one reading while Sista is eyeballing the dudes.

3. When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food? Does a typical week at your house include takeout?

We almost never order take out for two reasons. The first reason is that we don't have a lot of restaurants in the area.  The second one is: why go out for hamburger when you can have steak at home?

4. Think about the people you most respect. 
What is it about them that earned your respect?

The first person that comes to mind is my friend, Kate the Great.  She faces great challenges in her life with grace and humor. I chose the quote at the top of the page because it exemplifies Kate the Great.  I can hardly wait to see KTG on Memorial Day weekend when she comes for a visit.

5. What's something your friends might see and say is 'so you'?

I get a lot of ribbing from friends about my pearls.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Patti over at Pandora's Box sent me a note telling me that one of her dear friends just released a book.  The author, Drake Gaetano, is a hairdresser.  Naturally, his main character, E. Edwin Crandall is a gifted hair stylist who has lived in a woman's world for all of his adult life. Not only is Crandall talented in the cut and style department, he really enjoys women and is the perfect listener.  I can hardly wait to hear the stories.

Layers sounds like a great beach read.  
I look forward to starting it soon.

Until next time...


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Eggspiration II

Hello, dear friends.  I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  The Mister and I were successful in obtaining our Global Entry.  We were in and out in a matter of minutes.  The longest part was the trip to the airport.  

This morning is cold and rainy in the Northeast. I have spent a good part of my morning in my escape mode - on Pinterest, otherwise known as my happy place.  

The Lennox Co.

Preston Bailey

Nora Murphy


GODfather Style

Top Inspired




Architectural Art

Pike Nurseries

Until next time...

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