Archive | April 2013

Southern Belle Reads Friday: Finishing Up A Few Books

This week I finished two of the books I’ve been reading.  First I finished reading “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks and then I finished reading “Come To The Table” by Neta Jackson.  “The Best of Me” was not one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books.  In fact it would probably be close to the very bottom of the list.  I figured out how it was going to end before it was even over.  I would have hoped for a better ending but you never know what you are going to get with a Nicholas Sparks book.  While reading this book I saw a lot similarities between this book and some of his other books.  “Come To The Table” was like being back with family.  I have loved the women of Yada Yada since the first book.  I have read all the Yada Yada books, The House of Hope Books, and now the two Souled Out Sisters Books.  I wish there was a book three out already because I so wanted to be able to pick up where this book left off.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Yesterday for the sweats cook-off I made my Chocolate Strawberry Poke Cake.  I did not win but I had a lot of people tell me they really liked it.

Here is how I made it…

 

1) Took a triple chocolate cake mix and made and cooked as it said on the box.

2) Let cake cool

3) Once the cake is cool, take two small boxes of white chocolate pudding and whisk with 4 cups of milk.

4) Poke holes in the cooled cake, and pour the pudding mixture over the cake.

5) Put the cake in the fridge over night.

6) For the icing: mix 1 container of cool whip and 3/4 a can of strawberry pie filling together and spread over cake.

7) ENJOY!!!!

Southern Belle NASCAR Monday: Kenseth Is Loving Kansas

Yesterday Matt Kenseth swept through Kansas like a tornado.  He won for the second time this season.  Kasey Kahne finished second and Jimmie Johnson finished third.  Johnson still sits atop the points standings while Kahne has slid into second.  Dale Jr is fifth in points.  Jr has still not bounced back from the off weekend.  Brian Vickers raced again for the injured Denny Hamlin.  It is still up in the air if Hamlin or Vickers/Martin will be in the car this weekend in Richmond.  We will have to wait to see what his doctor, says.

Southern Belle Reads Friday: What I’m Reading Now

This week I’m still reading “Come To The Table” by Neta Jackson but I am also reading “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks.  It is not uncommon for me to be reading two books at once.  I’m not sure about “The Best of Me” yet.  So far my feelings on it is it is not the greatest book of his.  I see a lot of his others works in this book.  Maybe that is why he took a year off in between this book and his new book coming out later this year.  More next week on what I thought.  Hopefully by next week I will be done with “Come To The Table” as well.  I am loving this book but most of the time I fall asleep trying to read.  More to come later…

 

 

 

Sorry I thought this was posted on Friday Night but I found it in my drafts today.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Planning A Head

This week I have done no cooking but next week I will be.  Next week is National Lab Week and since I work in a medical lab we are celebrating Lab Week.  And since I am on the planning committee and I know already what we have in store for next week.  One of the things we are doing is a baking contest.  So I will have to bake something for that, I just haven’t quite figured out what it will be yet.  I will keep you posted on what I finally decide on, how it turned out, and how I did in the contest.

Southern Belle NASCAR Monday: Texas Roundup

This past weekend was a Saturday night race instead of a Sunday afternoon race, and they were in Texas.  Kyle Busch won the race getting the Stetson.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. had another rough race, the off weekend has not been to good to him.  Jimmie Johnson finished in the top ten so he still holds on to the points lead.  Danica had another rough week as well.  For the most part Texas was a typical race not too much drama.  Brian Vickers filled in for the still out Denny Hamlin.  Vickers actually had a good race.  Well next weeks race in fast approaching and we will have to see what happens next.

Southern Belle Reads Friday: Wow!

This week I finished Nicholas Sparks’s “Safe Haven”.  Wow!  Is the only thing I can say about this book.  It is like none of his other books.  I knew what it was about a little bit because I did see the movie.  I knew it would be different then the movie though too because books and movies are never the same.  This book really hits on a subject that not many people want to talk about, domestic abuse.  I know it happens but this book gives the readers I really good look at it, in some ways it was a real eye opener.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Bagel Pizza & Honey Bran Muffins

Last night I mad little bagel pizzas to take for lunch today and Honey Bran Muffins with bananas for breakfast.  Here is how I made the pizza.  I took 2 of the plain skinny bagels.  Then I spooned on 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce to each piece.  After the sauce was on and spread around I added a pinch of mozzarella cheese to each piece.  Then I baked them at 325 for about 15 mins.  I ate them for lunch cold the  next dat.  I then made some Honey Bran Muffins from the Martha White muffin mix.  They were great!

Southern Belle NASCAR Monday: Martinsville Flames

Yesterday was the first Martinsville Race of the Season.  Cars were bumping and banging off of each other in every turn.  I think the only car that did not have had any damage to it was that of the winner, Jimmie Johnson.  Johnson led the most laps and won, his eighth career Martinsville win.  Dale Earnhardt Jr’s streak ended with his 24th place finish and he lost the points lead.  Danica Patrick finished in the top fifteen, for the first time since Daytona.  It was the first of the five races Denny Hamlin will have to sit out, Mark Martin drove the FedEx Camry to a top ten finish. There were even some flames, Kyle Busch’s car caught on fire after he lost his breaks.  Tempers were flaring too, Harvick turned Vickers around after the checkered flag waved.  All in all it was an event filled day at Martinsville.

Southern Belle Reads Friday: Old Faithful

I should have known it would take an old faithful kind of book to get me out of my reading funk.  One of the many spin-off books to “The Yada Yada Prayer Group” by Neta Jackson.  I loved “The Yada Yada Prayer Group” and all the books that have come since.  So this week I picked up “Come To The Table” by Neta Jackson.  It is the second book it the second spin-off series after the Yada Yada Series ended.  I can’t get enough of these books or more importantly the people in these books, they feel like family.  These books always make me laugh, make me feel better, and make me think about my faith.  I should have known it would take a book like that to get me back on the reading track.