Quotes 7/13/18


Happy Friday the 13th!! Hope you have a fun and lucky day 🙂


You are remembered for the rules you break.

Douglas MacArthur


Treasure Island Vacation


With the World Cup going on I really didn’t take the time to tell you about our vacation a few weeks ago. Back in June we went to Treasure Island, Fl. It is located on island a short drive out of Tampa. It’s in the same area as Clearwater, St. Pete Beach, Madeira beach and St. Johns Pass. We took the whole week off and enjoyed some great weather and beach time. It really is beautiful down there. I would not mind going back again. The water was so calm and warm in the Gulf of Mexico which is a big difference from being on the Atlantic Ocean side. We could relax and just enjoy the water without battling waves. It’s also an amazing area to look for sea shells if you like to collect them like we  do 🙂








World Cup Rest Days


Wow what a day!! Croatia and England played an amazing, exciting, and physical game. Through all Croatia won out!!! Congratulations Croatia!! You made it to the final the first time in your team history!!! Sorry to see England go but there can only be one!!!

So now onto the final and third place games….I think the final will be an intense and amazing game. One team has won the final and one has never been this far. I am going to be watching it…hope you all will be too!!



Saturday, July 14 (THIRD PLACE GAME)
Belgium vs England @ 10:00 AM ET On FOX (local)
Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Sunday, July 15 (FINAL)
France vs Croatia @ 11:00 AM ET On FOX (local)
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

World Cup Appetizers Day 19


OMG!!! What a finish!! Nicely done France!!! Congratulations!! Hate to see Belgium go but there can only be one!!!

Today we have a little bit of a spicy, cheesy snack…Sausage – Cheddar Balls!! I love cheese and sausage too. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!

Sausage and Cheddar Balls


    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 cups grated cheddar (1/2 pound)
    • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
    • 1/2 large yellow onion, grated on large holes of a box grater 
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and baking powder.
  3. Add cheddar and toss to coat.
  4. Add sausage, onion, and butter.
  5. With your hands, mix until well combined and roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
  6. Place balls, 1/2 inch apart, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake until balls are golden and cooked through, 25 minutes.
  8. Serve warm.

World Cup Appetizers Day 18


Good Morning all!!! It is a start to the finish. We have 4 teams that I don’t think anyone thought would be in the finishing rounds. Good luck to them all!!


Well today I thought we could use something sweet for a snack and what better then Nutella!! This recipe actually only makes 18 but you can adjust the amount to the number needed.


Nutella Sandwich Cookies


  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the Meringue: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites and sugar to combine.
  3. Remove the bowl and place it over a medium pot of simmering water. Warm the mixture, whisking constantly by hand, until the sugar has dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bowl back to the electric mixer.
  4. Add the cream of tartar and the salt, and whip on medium-high speed until the egg whites are thick and can hold a peak. Add the vanilla extract and beat just until combined.
  5. Bake the Meringue: Using two spoons, drop 2-tablespoon dollops of meringue onto the prepared baking sheets. They don’t need to be perfect, but should be around the same size.
  6. Bake until the meringues are crisp but not golden, about 1½ hours. Cool completely. (The meringues can be made a day or two ahead and stored in an airtight container.)
  7. Assemble the Sandwich Cookies: Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons chocolate-hazelnut spread onto the flat side of a meringue cookie. T
  8. op with another meringue cookie and gently press to seal (not too hard, as the meringues are a bit fragile).
  9. Repeat with the remaining cookies and chocolate-hazelnut spread. Serve immediately.