Friday, June 23, 2017

~Childhood Memories~

I was looking at my Pinterest photos, and just getting lost in my wonderful childhood memories this evening.  I thought it would be fun to every now and then do a post about things of my childhood memories.  This first photo was the Neighborhood of Make Believe on Mr. Rodger's Neighborhood.  Oh how I loved that show.  I have a few episodes on my Amazon, that I watch from time to time.  It brings me back to childhood.
Another fun childhood memory  was my sticker book.  My friends and I would trade stickers.  Oh how I treasured my sticker book.  I did not have a ton of toys and things, but the items I had meant the world to me.  
I loved when my teacher's would put a scratch and sniff sticker on one of my papers.  That is how I got a lot of my neat stickers for my sticker book!
We used to purchase stickers like these at a shop in downtown Lawrence, Ks called  The Palace. 
Here are some scented Strawberry Shortcake stickers.

This is the Lemon Twist.  My sister Tricia and I both had one.  You put it around your ankle and jump as the lemon goes in a circle.  It was so much fun.  
Every now and then our Mom would give us a dime to purchase a bouncy ball!  I loved these so much.
When I was a very little girl, my Dad would purchase chocolate stars at the mall in Memphis, Tennessee  I was only five, but I still remember those wonderful chocolate stars.

Oh how I love scented erasers.  I'm guessing this one would have been bubble gum.  I had one of these when I was a girl.  

Here is the type of store you could have found the My Melody eraser in.  I had a friend who had quite a lot of these wonderful little things.  I always enjoyed going to her house and seeing them all.
I thought I would share one last item from the Sanrio shop.  I had one of these in red and with Hello Kitty on it.  I loved it.
Oh how I love the Strawberry shortcake dolls.  I only had one, it was Apple Dumpling and I had traded for Lime Shaffons little parrot.  Trading was a fun way to get new toys.  My sister and I would carry our little toys in our purse and we would have trading party's with our friends.  It was such fun.
I still remember how this doll smelled.  So many of my friends had her.  
Here is the Apple Dumpling doll that I had.
This is the Strawberry Shortcake Blow Kiss baby doll that my cousin Kim had.  Oh how I loved when I would go to her house and Kim would let me play with her.  When you squeezed her tummy she would blow strawberry kisses.  When my girls were little I actually purchased each of them one of these dolls from Ebay.  Now they are a part of my children's childhood memories as well as mine!
Bubble gum was a big deal to me as a child.  Funny, I don't really chew it as an adult.  I love the many flavors of Bubblicious.  My mom would not allow me to have this often because she said it was like giving your teeth a sugar bath.
This was a gum that had a sugar syrup in the middle.  Oh how I loved this!
My Aunt TD always had Dentyne in her purse.  I loved when she would give us some.  It was cinnamon flavored.  She also would make cinnamon toothpicks and give them to us when we would go over to her home.
My sister and I would get up early every Saturday morning so we could watch the Smurfs.  I had a next door neighbor who had her room full of smurf items.  I loved going to visit her room!  I thought she was so very lucky.  
Little radios were an awesome way that we would listen to music back then.  Now days the children listen on their phones. 
Oh I loved Bewitched.  I have the Bewitched theme song on my phone to notify me when I get a text!  I love incorporating my childhood memories into my life now, it just makes my heart happy.
I loved these old phones.  Love the color of the one in this photo.  It would fit right into my home!!!  
My sister's and I loved these types of little rings.  We kept them in our little white and pink ballerina jewelry boxes.
My Grandma Smith had a drawer full of these pretty handkerchiefs that I used to love to look at when we would visit her home.  Years ago I found two at a thrift shop and I keep them in my purse.  I carried one in my hand when my son Tristyn got married.  I love using things from the past, it helps me to connect to the dear people of my childhood that I no longer get to see, but still remain in my heart.
My sister Tricia and I used to drink our OJ out of cups just like these.  We lived in Orlando, Florida for two years, and my mom I'm guessing got them for us from Disney World.  
Oh how I loved Benji!!!
We used to do this.  We would take Silly Putty and make pictures from the Sunday comics on it by pressing it on the paper, and when you lifted it up, the picture was on the silly putty!
I loved the movie Pete's Dragon.  They have a new version out, but it is not near as good as the first version.  My favorite song Candle on the water is from Pete's Dragon.
My mom always had us drink out of these glasses.  I remember sipping out of these to this day.  
I loved Drive in movies!  They still have them but they are not very common.  
I loved figurines.  I had a couple that were very special to me as a child.
I spent hours on my pogo stick.  I could do it with out holding on to the handles even.  
I loved friendship pins.  
I wish Ding dongs were still wrapped in foil.  Once in a while my mom would pack this in our lunch boxes.  It was always such a treat!
We would watch the Jetsons every morning before we left for school.  I always wished I could stay home and finish The Jetsons.  

Well, I think I better end this post before I make it too long.  I will share more childhood memories every now and then.  Thank you for walking down memory lane with me.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Hugs.  Juli 

Monday, June 19, 2017

~The Keeper Of Home Series: Tres Leches Cake Recipe~

Today I want to share a recipe that is the most amazing cake I've ever had.  It is called Tres Leches Cake.  My daughter Megan had it at one of her friends birthday party's last year.  I believe it was created in Mexico.  My daughter Megan does not like cake at all, but after she tried this one at her friend Noellia's birthday, she just loved it.  I found this recipe and it is one I just have to share.  It is the moistest cake I've ever had.  It is easy to make, but takes a bit of time.  

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with spray oil.

In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup of flour, 1.5 tsp of Baking Powder and 1/4 tsp of salt mix with a spoon

Take 5 eggs and put the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another bowl.  In you Kitchen aid, or a large bowl beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of sugar.  Beat this on high speed until yolks are pale yellow.  stir in 1/3 cup of whole milk and 1 tsp of vanilla.  Pour egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture and stir gently until combined.  

Rinse Kitchen aid bowl, or mixing bowl and put in your egg whites.  Beat on high speed until soft peaks form.  With mixer on, pour in 1/4 cup of sugar and beat until stiff.  Fold this into the bowl of batter very gently until combined. 
Pour into your cake dish and bake.  Check after 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  My oven took 25 minutes to bake this.

Let cake cool completely.   Then flip cake over in the cake pan.  I just turned it upside down and put it close to the counter top with my hand underneath it to help it gently come out.   Then put the cake bottom side up back into your cake pan.

Next poke cake all over with a fork to create little holes.  In your pouring bowl mix one can evaporated milk and one can sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 cup of Heavy Cream, mix together.  Now gently pour all over the cake, leaving just about one cup remaining that can be discarded.
Now let the cake set for a half an hour and all of the milk will absorb into the cake.

Take 16 ounces of Heavy Whipping Cream and add 3 Tbsp of sugar, beat on high until it turns into whipped cream.  Spread the whipped cream on top of your cake.  Top with chopped strawberries, or any fruit you like.  Keep in the refrigerator and serve.  It is so yummy!!!

I just wanted to share this recipe, as it is a keeper in my book!  From time to time on my Keeper of Home Series, I will post some of my favorite recipes, in case any one would like to give them a try.  I also am going to start posting my Keeper of Home Series on Wednesday instead of Mondays from now on.  Mondays just tend to be very busy around our little home.  Thanks for coming by my little space.  Hope you have a good week!  Hugs.  Juli

Saturday, June 17, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Weeks~

Here is a photo of Steven and I on one of our little out & about dates.  I truly look forward to these times.  We usually drive around, go grab a bite to eat, run errands and such.  It is a nice time for us both.  
Here is a photo of the girls and my wonderful Mother the other day in Target.  Dad and Mom came and stayed a night with us.  My father helped some friends of his install a solar panel on their home in a town near us.  It was also a treat because Steve Dulany came to dinner.  Steve is a dear friend of my parents and we used to go stay at their home when I was growing up, and their family would come and stay with us from time to time as well.  I hadn't seen him since I was just a teen.  Sadly his dear wife Carolyn passed away a few years ago.  How nice it is to see people that are dear to your heart.

As always, I've been busy cooking.  Justin asked me to make him some home made cinnamon rolls the other day, so I did!
I had some ripe bananas, so I made some banana bread.  However, I accidentally put maple flavoring in it instead of vanilla.  I was very surprised that people actually still enjoyed it.  I almost just threw it away.  
Our friend Father Roger came for dinner last night.  Here is a photo of Father and the children.
He played us some very pretty songs on Lauren's guitar.  He is self taught and plays quite well.  Sadly he is going to move to a different parish this Monday.  The good thing is he will only be an hour away, so we can still get together from time to time.
Megan was wanting a cheeseburger the other day.  She only likes Braums cheeseburgers, so  here she is at Braums.  They do have very good burger's.  

Here is Justin at his Dodge ball game.  His team is as of yet undefeated.  The girls have been enjoying doing their activities as well.
Here are some apples sitting out to dry, that I had just washed.  I wash them before putting them into my fruit bowl, so that the children don't eat unwashed fruit.  I just thought they looked pretty. 
I enjoyed a cup of coffee in Lauren's new mug the other day and watched Lindsy Love's wax melt and candle video on Youtube.  
Here is Megan and one of her friends Emmy enjoying a snow cone the other day.
During one of out & about dates, Steven stopped at one of his apartments to change a fuse.  
Megan and I watched Winnie the Pooh the other afternoon.  I just love that movie. 
And this is what happened a couple of nights ago.  We had to call the electric company to get it down, so no one would be electrocuted.  Steven is going to try to fix it, but I'm not sure he will be able to.  It is sad, because the children all got a lot of use out of this.  If we can not fix it, at some point we will need to replace it.  
Well, that is a little peek into our week.  I am getting excited, because we are going to visit my family at the end of this month.  Time with our loved ones is such a gift, and I feel blessed to get to see them now and then.  Well, I am going to go and make myself a cup of coffee.  I hope you all have a good weekend.  Hugs to you.  Juli