Pssstt…I Have a Confession!

So, I am at home today with the day off, and started to try and think about a food post I could do today.  And, nothing was coming to mind, however, I have these thoughts swirling around in my head and need to just air them out.  Warning, this a not a food related post, more of a pouring out of feelings and thoughts.  

So, I have been living with a huge secret for a long time, probably most of my life actually!  I am AFRAID!!!!  That is right, I am a scared scared little man trapped inside the shell of an outgoing, loud and obnoxious man.  Now, don’t misunderstand, I do consider myself to be a strong person, I can stand up for myself and others when needed.  However, I do still live in fear, mostly of failure I suppose.  You see nothing I ever have set my heart on doing, has basically ended in failure.  Went to college and flunked out.  Spent my years working in kitchens hoping to one day work in some amazing restaurant and be noted for my food and creativity.  Instead I wound up climbing the ladder only to sabotage myself by falling into alcohol and drugs.  Made it to assistant market manager for a grocery chain and just could not stop voicing my opinion and wound up getting fired.  Have an amazing wife, who I seem to take for granted time and time again.  And, a six year old boy, who simply wants his daddy to play with him.  But, I am so fat I rarely have the energy to do anything with him.

Here I am now, working at another grocery store again, trying to work from the ground up, again!!!  While my wife busts her tail working her full time job for the state, constantly doing paid posts on her blog as well as running campaigns for other bloggers.  Three jobs, and I cannot even find one decent one to take on some of the burden.  Not to mention, this amazing woman drives us around everywhere we need to go, because we only have one car and I do not know how to drive a standard.  I know, sad, but I grew up in the city where those were not really an ideal style of car.  She truly is the strongest and most amazing person I know.  I really don’t know how she does it most of the time.  And, I know for sure I don’t show her enough how much I appreciate her and love her more than anything else on this planet!!  I live in constant fear that this strong, amazing, superwoman is going to get fed up and leave me.  This would simply kill me in every sense of the word.  I was a lost soul until I met her and never want to know that person I was again.  

I have recently applied for some other part time jobs to try and pull my weight a little  more. I also, try to get some shops for my blog as well.  Got three right away and have gotten none for like two months until my wife came to my rescue and hired me for a campaign due this Monday.  She is so gifted when it comes to computers, writing, blogging and directing others with the most perfect sensitivity towards others.  I love her so much, and want to make her life so much easier.  I pray each day for the Lord to guide me down the right path to accomplish this.  I really have only seen one way out, and that is to open up a food truck or restaurant of my own.  Cooking is what I know best and love to do for a living more than anything else.  However, hard work like that is something I want to do for myself and my family, not to line the pockets of somebody else anymore.  I know this is a far fetched dream, but maybe some day it will come to fruition.  And, when that day comes, I can finally hold my head up high and tell my wife to relax, have fun, and quit your job.  She deserves to be taken care of for a change, and to stop raising “two” children and focus on the one we have together.  I love you baby, more than you will ever know.  I am the happiest and most blessed man to have you in my life.  I vow to never take you for granted anymore and to do anything and everything to make you happy.  To close out, I must quote a great pillar of television and say, “Baby, you’re the greatest!”

My Dream Dinner Party Guest List

So, here I am thinking about who I would invite to the ultimate dinner party past or present.  This list is so hard to narrow down because the possibilities are endless, however, I want to keep it somewhat manageable in order to visit with all my guests.


  1. Phil Robertson- If you ever just sit back and listen to what the man actually is saying during his speeches or on the show, his wisdom is beyond comprehension.  His love for the Lord and all of humanity is unconditional and he truly is a man whom I believe can help resurrect this decaying society in which we live today!

  2. Ronald Reagan- The greatest President of the last half century!  After our beloved peanut farmer of a President brought this country to its knees and to long lines at the gas stations, he stepped in with the old school American belief system.  Love and obey the Lord.  Love and obey your country.  Love yourself and have pride in yourself to get up, go to work and be self-reliant.  Too many people these days always like to place blame on others or rely on others to carry the load for them.  Nobody owes anyone anything. We all owe it to the Lord to live by His word, obey His commandments and do for ourselves!  That is the true American way and the way President Reagan ran this country for eight years and brought us back from the brink of further financial and moral disaster!  Uh oh, sounds like we might need to learn from his example.  Remember those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

  3. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- The most influential civil rights leader of his time or any other would definitely be invited.  His perseverance and strength to stand up for what he believed in is a highly admirable attribute.  His lack of fear when staring in the eye of hatred is to be highly respected.  And yet what I find to be the most amazing ideal of Dr. King is his ability to still love and forgive.  No matter how backed into a corner he was he resisted the temptation to fight violence with violence.  No matter how many times he witnessed injustice and mistreatment his love for his fellow man never waned.  Another truly remarkable man whom I can only hope to try to emulate.  Extremely sad that he was taken from us. Who knows how much more good he could have done for all humanity.

  4. Abraham Lincoln - Gotta respect a man who goes against the majority to stand up for what is right.  Fighting for freedom is what this country was founded on and for the first time someone actually stood up for the statement ‘all men are created equal’. In the end, it cost him his life, but he died for his cause. In my opinion, probably the greatest President of all time!

  5. Gordon Ramsay -  I have mad respect for this man and his passion for food and for helping others succeed.  Besides, someone has to critique the food!

  6. Jackie Kennedy - The stoic longtime matriarch of one of the most influential and controversial families in American history. I have to admire a woman who can show so much grace during times of crisis as she did through all the tragic events that have fallen upon this family.

  7. Marilyn Monroe  No party would be complete without the ultra-famous actress of 30 movies during her short-lived life. Her rumored affair with JFK would make for interesting conversation with Jackie.  And besides, a little eye candy never hurt!

  8. Jesus - The only son of the Lord, our God, who was sacrificed for all of our sins, would be at the top of my list.  I think at this point in time in our country and our world we could use a whole lot of Jesus in our lives.  His wisdom, compassion and unconditional love is just what this country needs.  Along with the discipline of learning to follow His examples of how to act.  His omnipotence is always welcome at my parties, in a hope that His influence and grace may fall upon some guests and perhaps change their lives as mine has been changed.  Thank you, Lord, for sacrificing your only son so that we may continue to live to serve you!!
And with that I will end my list, for no one can and will ever follow after Jesus.  Not sure what I would serve, but that is for another post.  Oh, maybe, I would send a half-hearted invite to Barack Obama.  Perhaps, all these great people can rub off on him!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

A New Year, A New Me and Much Improved Blog!!!

So, here we are, 2014, a new year is here and time for some changes!!  As this rebirth begins I found myself back at  once again in www.healthyfiguresweightloss.com in an attempt to conquer my constant problem of my weight.  I know that most people put on a few pounds during the holiday season, but I seem to put on weight during every season and am tired of being tired!  My knees hurt, my back hurts and my relationships with my wife and son are hurting because I never feel like doing anything.

And so, this year I am committed to changing me, which in turn will change, hopefully for the better, my interactions and activities with my family.  My wife is my rock and without her none of who I am today would be possible.  And therefore, I am recommitting myself to her, my son and the lord.  I believe that taking care of myself and working this diet plan with her is going to be the beginning of strengthening our bond once again. 

This is day one, and I am already feeling rejuvenated, excited and ready to take on the world.  And it is with this blog that I intend to share these experiences with my readers.  I am selecting Friday as my day to keep all of you updated and to share with you some different, tasty and fun healthy recipes for you and your family.  So stay tuned as we share this journey of health, family and the lord together.  God Bless You All!!

What was your New Year’s Resolutions?

Spice Up Date Night With Some Adventurous Foodplay!

Probably not your typical food blog post, but I like to cover all the bases of food!  And I am here to share with you all the benefits of food in your life.  Now as we all know breakfast in bed for your loved one is romantic, but when the sun goes down food can   take the forefront as an erotic adventure.

Now this might sound backwards, but prior to beginning your sexy buffet you should consider using a set of older sheets.  A set that if they get too messy you won’t mind just throwing away or washing and keeping for next time.  And then it is time to plan and prepare your menu.  Using a combination of foods that provide some physical benefits along with some that are just plain erotic is definitely the way to go.  Not to mention, it helps to awaken all your senses, which can only help to intensify the experience.

  1. Bananas - while the obvious use is there, what you might not know is that the potassium in bananas provides better blood flow which will provide for more sensitivity, a more rigid penis for your man and enlarged clitoris for your woman.  However, if you choose to go the more obvious route with this fruit, might I suggest washing it and using a condom to avoid any major discomfort or germs.
  2. Strawberries – Strawberries are a fruit that is high in antioxidants and vitamin c which again opens up the arteries and allows for better blood flow.  They also help with an increased sperm count and a much more forceful orgasm for the man.  Not too mention nothing sexier than feeding strawberries dipped in chocolate or whipped cream to your loved one, licking off any that might drip along the way.
  3. Chocolate – Chocolate is one of the greatest foods for aiding in a increased libido.  Also, it’s various uses allows for many different options.  Try chocolate pudding, spread it all over your loved one and go to town slowly licking it off little by little.  Also, ladies, as a man it is an extreme turn on to watch you suck chocolate off of our fingers. Let’s our imaginations go wild as to what may be next!
  4. Ice - just slowly dripping it little by little on the belly, or rubbing it directly on the nipples or the nape of the neck is so hot.  I mean come on, most of us can remember that steamy scene in 9 1/2 weeks right?
  5. Popsicles - just another example of something cold to drip onto your hot bodies to lick off and stimulate  the erogenous zones.  Not to mention, if you have a more adventurous partner a little penetration can offer some amazing new feelings within along with providing a simply delicious addition to the already tantalizing good eats that lie between your lady’s legs.
  6. Mangoes - one of the sweetest tasting and smelling fruit there is, just watch the juices run down your significant others chins as your feed it to them, then lick up all the juices paying special attention to their neck.  I love the neck, and I know my wife loved soft kisses to her neck as well.
  7. Whipped Cream – a good homemade whipped cream is so classic, but still one of the best options out there.  Nothing better than licking off a whipped cream bikini from you woman, or for ladies you could try licking off a whipped cream jock strap from your man.      

These are just a few examples of fun foods you can play with in bed.  You definitely should give some of these a try, I guarantee fun for all involved.  Hey babe, you reading this and getting any ideas? Wink Wink!

Are there any foods you find erotic or fun to play with in bed?

 

A Tribute to Martha Stewart America’s Beloved Hypocrite

Yes, I am jumping on this bandwagon a little late, but I cannot sit back any longer and keep my feelings in any longer.  Martha Stewart I am here tell you that I am one of the many bloggers whom you offended with your recent comments.  

Claiming that bloggers are not professionals and basically just plagiarise their ideas and put untested recipes on their blogs is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black! Don’t you think?  I mean you have created an entire empire of stealing and exploiting other people’s recipes and craft ideas.  Just look at your own show, when is the last time you even appeared without having a chef there next to you doing the recipes you are so proud to display?  And, you may be creative, but there is no way you have cornered the market on all ways to utilize a pine cone in a craft project!  I will always remember the day in the 90′s where you showed the world a new way to make a turkey, deep-fried?  Nevermind the fact that the beautiful people of Cajun Country have been doing it for generations!

There are a lot of us bloggers who have gone to college, worked as chefs, and have artistic talents and integrity just like you claim to have.  Giving each and every one of us just as many qualifications as you did when you started out.  I think the biggest problem is that you are upset that your loyal followers are no longer just that, but have become your competition in your single-handedly created venue of “lifestyle” media and trends.  Lest we not forget that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  I don’t understand why you have so much hatred in your heart.  Perhaps it is greed, envy or just plain being a bitch, but seriously, get over yourself.  You are not the be all and end all of all things fashion, crafts and food!  Perhaps setting an example or being a mentor would be a more appropriate way to go.  

Finally, you owe the blogging world a huge apology for your recent comments.  I cannot fathom how one year you are giving a speech at a blogging convention and the next you are belittling and degrading all of them who once looked to you as the example and trendsetter.  If you ask me, you have always been a hack and the only trend you started recently was being the only billionaire who could not buy their way out of prison!!!  Have a nice day and may you some day find God in your heart and realize the errors of your ways.

Today is National Homemade Cookie Day!!!

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I have so many fond memories of baking cookies at home with my mother as a child.  We made so many different kinds, from chocolate chip, to peanut butter topped with a Hershey’s Kiss and my favorite apricot preserves sandwiched between two thin almond cookies dipped in chocolate!  YUMMY!!!!!  I think that today I might just have to bake up a batch of cookies with my little one and celebrate this awesome day.  My biggest fear is actually having enough batter to make some actual cookies, I am a sucker for raw chocolate chip cookie dough.  Especially, with the greatest tried and true recipe from Nestle Toll House!!!

 

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 out of 5 455 ratings

Prep:
15 mins
Cooking:
9 mins
Level:
Easy
Cooling:
15 mins
Yields:
60

This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars. 

SLICE AND BAKE COOKIE VARIATION: 
PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. 

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks. 

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

What are your favorite cookies to bake or fondest memories of homemade cookies?

July 23rd! Celebrate National Hot Dog Day!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day July 23

Today is National Hot Dog Day! It is the day that we celebrate one of America’s true culinary classics! Steeped in tradition from ballparks to backyard cookouts, the hot dog truly is one of our country’s iconic foods.

When I think of eating hot dogs, memories of my childhood take me back to the old Tiger Stadium and going to opening day with my father. I would impatiently wait for the vendor to come around with the hot dog cart, I like the steamed version better than getting the grilled one at the concession stands. The warm soft bun enveloping the magnificently tasting ballpark frank topped with mustard was always a symbol that the baseball season has begun! And yes, mustard not ketchup, belongs on hot dogs!

National Coney Island Hot Dogs

My other memories of delicious franks takes me to another Detroit tradition, the Coney Island Hot Dog. Even though it is named after a New York landmark, do not be mistaken it was created in Detroit at a landmark establishment named American Coney Island, founded in 1917 and still going strong. What is Coney Island Hot Dog? It is a hot dog, lightly grilled, served on a steamed bun and topped with a special chili sauce, onions and mustard. Probably, the greatest tasting wiener ever created. And for those of us living in other states now that miss the awesome taste of home, we can order it online through americanconeyisland.com and nationalconeyisland.com. I have done this, and it is worth the money to have coneys at your house in two days!

Now, I know that several cities have their own signature hot dog and all are delicious. That is the beauty of the hot dog. It is a blank canvas waiting to be transformed only by a person’s imagination and creativity. It would seem that the varieties are endless if you just let yourself go crazy when it comes to toppings. So, bite into a hot dog of your choice today and enjoy being taken back to a simpler time of your life! I for one am going to my local Sonic today where they are offering certain hot dog creations for one dollar in celebration of an American classic!

What is your favorite way to eat a hot dog?