Granny’s Cream Puffs!

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Today would have been Granny’s 95th birthday…and in honor, I thought I’d [re-]share with you her cream puff recipe. Well, that and Hawaii is 2 days away, so I’m feeling a bit of a time crunch here!

Aside from her warm hugs, her cream puffs were the most requested Granny item. When she showed me how to make them and I felt comfortable enough to make them on my own without her supervision, I would make her some for her birthday filled with lemon creme. As per Granny, she never seem to mind that I made it with store-bought pudding–probably because she feared she’d have to show me and it would be a “let’s make gravy….ok…never mind…just buy the packaged stuff from the store” fiasco [what? that’s another post for another time!].

Happy Birthday, Granny. I love and miss you every day. xoxo

The Epicurious Texan

I thought it only fitting that the very first thing I made with Lucille was my Granny’s Cream Puffs.  I make them every year for my birthday because when I was growing up my Granny made them for my birthday.  Momma was the master cake baker and decorator, but I always, always, always only ever requested Granny’s cream puffs.

Of course, being 93 years old Granny flat out refuses to make them anymore because QUOTE I am too damn old UNQUOTE.  So I have taken over and I am very thankful I had the insight in my teenage years to make sure Granny showed me how.  The secret Granny always said is that you have to make homemade pudding.  She’s not wrong.  Have you had pudding not from a box but cooked and just warm enough to melt the whipped cream you dolloped on top?  It’s magical.  I usually forgo…

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Sunday Comics #37: Flying The Funny Skies

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Alas, at this time Southwest Airlines does not fly to Hawaii–a shame, really, because they offer the best safety spiel on the planet.

Sunday Comics #36: Fighting A Minion

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My apologies if you’ve already seen this on my FB feed, but I could easily watch it over and over and over and presume that you could as well!  The brave pooch is the spitting image of BFF & BFFH’s puppy, Sophie, who would TOTALLY fight a minion!

I Knew A Girl…

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Yesterday I lost a friend. We met through work and other mutual friends.  We didn’t hang out often, but when we did, things just clicked.  She was one of the kindest, most graceful people I have ever met.  She had been handed a very challenging lot in life and yet, always had a smile and kind word for everyone.  She truly embodied the spirit that life is what you make it and you should always choose happiness.

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As I listen to Ann tell stories about “the time when they…” I become wistful that I didn’t get to spend more time with her before she moved out of NYC.

I decided to share this with you today, not to make you sad but to make you stop and think.  Think about who is important in your life and when was the last time you reached out to them.  I’m the first to admit I’m awful about keeping in contact regularly.  I tend to hear Scarlet’s voice in my head saying that “after all, tomorrow is another day.”  But some times it is not and time runs out.

We live in a world where it is so easy to get distracted from juggling 739 things that we often misprioritize the important stuff in our lives.  But you can slow things down.  You can find a place where you choose happiness.  You can make the most out of each and every day.  I know it can be done because I knew a girl who did it.  And even though she is no longer with us, I know that her very-short life had a lot of fullness, a lot of love, and a lot of bursts of happiness.

Goodbye, Rebecca, thank you for teaching me to always, always choose happy.

Aloha Summer Vacation!

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Sorry for the impromptu month off!  It has been–to say the very least–a crazy summer.  Not that I’ve been traveling, but rather, I’ve been visited by travelers (yay!). Additionally, it has been chaotic at work and there are a plethora of other things not even worth mentioning.  Of course, I didn’t mean to be neglectful in my writing–I just had thoughts of I’ll do it tonight, tomorrow morning, this weekend, definitely for the monthly wine writing challenge…but no…nothing.

I was a little less of a slacker on shezzaspeak, mainly because I’ve just been posting pictures.  When I do write actual posts they tend to be much shorter than here or they feature the princess, of whom I can write about ad nauseam (for the masses, that is–I never get tired of it!).

The ironic thing is that while I haven’t been writing, I have actually been working a schedule of posts for when I am in Hawaii (THE one thing worth mentioning!).

That’s right, I said HAWAII!!!!!  By the way, if I were typing this on my phone I would have totally followed that statement with a slew of rainbow, palm tree, volcano, and surfing emoji.  Not that I surf, but well, I feel like it’s quintessential Hawaii.

This is a trip that has been several years in the making, as we were actually supposed to go last year, but something came up.  Then it was planned for this spring–and again, something came up.  Fearing the trip would never happen, we finally just picked some dates, booked hotels and planes, and viola: HAWAII!!  We are now in the planning everything we want to see, eat, and do stage (which is what really is taking up the majority of my writing time…well, that and random Netflix marathons)!  The great part of this trip is that my friend worlds are converging, as I’m going with April, Christi, and Tracy.  Of course, this means that there won’t be separate trips to see them this year, but IT’S HAWAII (yes, you can expect me to yell that out at least 93 more times in this post!)!!

So in honor of our upcoming trip to HAWAII!, I found an article on Mental_Floss that I thought would be fun to share:

15 Things You Might Not Know About Hawaii

1. There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet and every word—and syllable—ends with one of five vowels.

2. That apostrophe-like mark you see in some Hawaiian words is called an ʻokina. It’s a consonant that signifies a slight pause. If two words seem to be spelled exactly alike, but one has an ʻokina, you’re looking at two different words. For example, “moa” means “chicken,” while “moʻa” means “cooked.”

3. The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands, the biggest of which is called, you guessed it, the Big Island. The Big Island’s official name is Hawai’i.

4. The Big Island’s getting bigger—by more than 42 acres each year—thanks to Kīlauea Volcano. It’s been erupting for 30 years! Mauna Loa, one of the world’s largest volcanoes, is also on the Big Island. Astronauts once trained for moon voyages by walking on its hardened lava fields. Most recently, six NASA-funded researchers spent months on the northern slope simulating a Mars space station.

5. Hawaii is the only U.S. state that commercially grows coffee, cacao, and vanilla beans. (Also: It can take up to five years to grow a single vanilla bean.)

6. The Aloha State’s also good at growing… people. It’s got the highest life expectancy in the United States (81.3 years), despite the fact that…

7. The people of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the U.S.

8. No matter how old you are or how long you’ve lived in the state, only people with Hawaiian ancestry are called “Hawaiians.” People of non-Hawaiian ancestry—even those born and raised there—call themselves “locals.”

9. One Hawaiian: Thermion grallator, also known as the happy face spider for a great picture–go to the Mental Floss article!

10. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hawaii has the highest percentage of Asian Americans (38.6 percent) and multiracial Americans (23.6 percent) in the United States. It also has the lowest percentage of white Americans (24.7 percent).

11. In Hawaii, no celebration’s complete without a lei. And the flower garlands come with strict rules. For starters, it’s impolite to refuse a lei, remove it in front of the person who gave it to you, or wear one that you intend to give to someone else. A lei should never be thrown away. Instead, it should traditionally be returned to the earth, ideally to where its flowers were gathered. And it’s bad luck to give a tied lei to a pregnant woman, as it suggests an umbilical cord around a baby’s neck.

12. The state gem isn’t a standard mineral. Black coral is technically an animal, but it’s often used to make jewelry.

13. The Aloha State is one of four that have outlawed billboards. (The others are Alaska, Maine, and Vermont.)

14. Snakes are also outlawed. The only legal serpents are housed in zoos.

15. When you picture a beautiful Hawaiian getaway, you might imagine a black or white beach. They also come in yellow, red, and green.

Snakes are outlawed?  Hmmm….perhaps not just a vacation, but research for permanently relocating??  Ya’ll would come to visit, right? 😉

HAWAII!!!!!