Monday, October 5, 2015

#FatPinkParty at Fat Daddy's Sports & Spirits Cafe

Hey there my peeps!!!

HAPPY HAPPY Monday to you!!   I tell you I've had a busy week, of course busy is a relative term for this home body girl but anywho I want to tell you about a fabulous time I had Saturday night!

I was given the opportunity to head over to Mansfield, Texas to a fun place called Fat Daddy's Sports & Spirits Cafe on Saturday night for a #FatPinkParty with a few other blogger buds.   What were we celebrating you ask?  Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Careity Foundation.

First let's talk a bit about the Careity Foundation and their mission.  I looked them up prior to the event and boy was I impressed.  Talk about good people doing great things!  This made me super excited to head out and celebrate.  

Careity Foundation is dedicated to providing on site services for cancer patients in an oncology setting for economically challenged cancer patients, as well as early cancer detection in North Texas. The pediatric palliative care program is directed at providing relief to children with devastating diseases and life threatening illnesses at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Since its inception, Careity Foundation has set the platinum standard in the nonprofit community to help with care management and financial aid. Careity Foundation was first in the nation to offer oncology massage in the chemotherapy room, in order to relieve the side effects of drug therapy in cancer patients. Established events like “Celebrity Cutting” and “Careity Rocks” continue to sustain innovative cancer treatment and programs, along with numerous supporting events. Careity Foundation is an active participant in the care and treatment process for cancer. Strong oversight of funded programs and support assures that the vision and strategies outlined in the collaborative process are effectively realized. The Careity founders meet several times a year with its collaborators and physicians, and receive regular reports from the professional staff to ensure appropriate levels and propriety of care. Careity Foundation serves communities in Tarrant County, Parker County and Johnson County, including Fort Worth, Texas, and Weatherford, Texas.

We arrived between 6 and 6:30 and introduced and/or re-introduced ourselves to our group and then were shown to our table for the evening, which had an awesome view of the stage where the King Pins would later take the stage. 

Drinks were ordered and sampler appetizer plates arrived.  The fact that I have no photos of the sampler plates just goes to prove we were some hungry peeps!!     We noshed on the Corvette Pick 3 Sampler that included: Potato skins, Fried Mac & Cheese, Cheese Sticks, Boneless Wings, Fried Mushrooms and Stuffed JalapeƱos. Being the gracious hosts they were we sampled all the offerings.   Unfortunately my gluten intolerance didn't allow me to enjoy the Fried Mac & Cheese but I heard oohs and aahhs from around the table and our sweet server said it was her favorite.  I did enjoy some Potato Skins and they were quite delicious.  I also snagged a small boneless wing and it was quite yummy too.     

Onto the drinks......I'm a boring girl and I was driving myself home so I just ordered a draft beer, Fireman's Four if you must know.  They did have a nice selection of draft beers on tap.  Two of the other ladies ordered this fabulous pretty in pink drink, The Pink Cadillac.  

Isn't it a pretty lil' pink drink?  Don't let the pretty fool you though, it's packed with some punch that includes Smirnoff Pineapple and Vanilla Vodka, pineapple juice and some grenadine with a splash of sprite. It seemed to be a fitting drink to celebrate the evening!

If we are going to slosh down adult beverages we should definitely eat some serious food.  I decided on the Cruisin' Cobb Salad and it did not disappoint.  It took us quite some time to decide on dinner because the menu at this place is huge, you'll have no trouble finding something on the menu even for the pickiest of eaters.   When the food started arriving we started checking out every one's plates and my only thought was that I kinda wished I'd ordered a burger because they looked and smelled sooooooo good.    But in the end it was all good because my salad was delicious and that left room for dessert.

That's the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae minus the brownie.  One of these appeared at the other end of the table and I couldn't stand it so they made me one without the brownie.  What a great way to end a fabulous meal!   Speaking of being brownie-less, we had another lady in the group who has to be very strict with her gluten free diet and the kitchen manager came out and discussed food options with her at length.  I encourage those of you with allergies to always ask to speak to someone about the food and preparation and most places are more than accommodating, even your bar & grille's want you to have a pleasant experience.  

While we were enjoying our desserts and listening to the band warm up our server brought around little cards for us to fill out and the opportunity to donate $1 to the Careity Foundation.   I made mine out in Honor of my dear friend Susie Q.   I think we all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and the Careity Foundation is out to make sure everyone that needs treatment gets it. 

Before I forget, go to Fat Daddy's FaceBook page and give them a LIKE and they'll donate $1 to the Careity Foundation for every new LIKE they get in October!   Even those of you far away can support this amazing foundation.  

Now for all you car geeks out there this is "Pinky" and she's on display the month of October.  She's a 1949 Mercury and The House of Hotrods switches out the cars on a monthly basis so if you love looking at the classics and getting a great meal and seeing some live music Fat Daddy's in Mansfield is your place!

Aside from the FABULOUS food and drinks we also came home with some pretty cool SWAG. There's a gift card in there to return to Fat Daddy's and you can bet this time I'm dragging the Hubster with me AND trying one of those amazing looking burgers!!  We might have to spend a Sunday afternoon watching football there soon now that the weather has moved to a chilly 80' degrees!!   (that's fall in Texas people) 

On a final completely unrelated note, LL and I headed over to Canton on Friday for Trade Days and boy did we girls shop!!   I mean it's been almost 2 years since we made the trek over and we decided that meant it had been way too long.  I get picked on a lot by my family and friends because I rarely buy anything for myself but I did grab a couple of cute things this trip.   I got this Indian Baseball tee and I AM SO IN LOVE with this thing.  It is so incredibly soft and I paired it with that cut crocheted vest and some navy pointe knit pants and my cowboy boots.  This was my evening out to Fat Daddy's attire and I can't wait to wear this same outfit again.   (pardon the pile of dirty clothes and shoes behind me on the floor- I can be messy when I'm getting ready)  

I did find a link where you can order Indian baseball tee
and the Vest too.   That vest peeps....oh that vest goes with anything.  Over a tee, over a dress.  It is amazingly versatile and I'm going to wear the crazy out of it!  

That's it for today folks!  I still have so many things to cover for you guys because like I said, I've been a busy bloggy girl!   Don't forget to head over to the Fat Daddy's Facebook page and give them a LIKE so we can raise some moola for the Careity Foundation and get your mammogram scheduled if it's that time!!!!  Take care of "the girls" my sweet friends!!!

Peace, Love & Careity 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Janie's Banana Bread

Gooooooood Morning Peeps!!!

The calendar says it is Fall but the weather in Texas says "hold on there sassy pants, not yet".  Yeah we are still hanging out in the 90's around these here parts!   At least the mornings are cooler so we've got that working for us.

Many Many Many moons ago, like the year 2010, I had grandiose plans of making the Hubster's moms recipes and I have made some of them but needless to say I haven't done them all. I'm pretty sure I actually did this one already but it's a good one so it is worth repeating.  This is her banana bread and it's yummy.  Just a good honest basic banana bread.  If you aren't used to baking just start with a basic recipe like this then start tweaking and adding away once you've got the basic down pat.

Some ideas are nuts: like pecans or walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips....I could go on and on but here is where you can make this something your family will love.  Once upon a time when Abogg was a wee little lass  the "fananas" disgusted him but I could always get him to eat banana bread when I filled it with chocolate chips.  

This is the actual copy of her recipe- don't you love recipe's written in the persons handwriting?!

But to get you started without squinting at your screen here's a nice photo that you can have of the recipe.

First let me go grab my 3rd- yes I said 3rd- cup of coffee.   I got up early, give a girl a break!

In your mixing bowl we are going to blend together the sugar, shortening, eggs and bananas.

While that stuff is mixing up go ahead and start adding in your flour mixture and buttermilk.  Alternate those, you know,  a little flour, a little milk, a little flour, a little milk.......
When you have that mixed together splash in that vanilla and you're ready.

Pour that dough into loaf pans that have been greased and floured.  Yeah, do that part, it makes getting that yummy bread out of the pan much easier.

Now pop those in the oven and bake at 375 for about 50-60 minutes.   I check mine with a cake tester in the middle to make sure it is cooked throughout.

Take those bee-u-ti-ful loaves out of the oven and let them hang out for about 10 minutes in the pan.

Dump them out of the pan and onto a cooling rack and let them cool a bit.

It's really hard not to cut right into that warm bread but let it set up for just a bit and then you can make pretty slices.   I mean if you are home alone and you don't care how pretty your slice is go ahead and slice those warm babies up and get to eating!!  

Doesn't that make your mouth water?

Normally I add some walnuts to the mix as well but today I didn't.  I just stuck to the basic recipe and since I didn't make it gluten free I just had a small bite but then I loaded up the plate and sent it outside to Hubster in his office.

I also took one of the loaves and sliced it up when it had cooled completely, sealed them in a food saver bag and tossed in the freezer.  Now when Hubster is working from home and I want to treat him with some warm bread I'll just take them out of the freezer and toast them up.  I can also use those frozen slices to make some yummy banana bread french toast too!   

That's all I've got for you today, I've got a busy busy week going. This afternoon I'm heading to Dallas for a grand reopening celebration (more on that this week) and then tomorrow night I'm headed to a Young Living class.   I LOVE my Young Living oils and I'm learning to share them the "compliant" way with you all.   Then Sunday I have another blogging event to attend that I'm super stoked to share with you! It's a crazy busy time and maybe soon we won't be sweating our patooties off in Texas!  

For now it's 

Peace, Love & Bread!!!!

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