P90X2, Birdeye

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is one of the 9 discs that come with p90X2.  It's a great
workout on every disc.  One thing is that you have to have a
ton of equipment like that there stability ball, foam roller,
pull up assist/bar and push up bars

Yep...that's Tony Holder doing the swimmers press in a half
chair...it's hard but it's always worth it :)

They love to try and taunt people that do p90X2 with these
shots of ripped abs...it cracks me up every time!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Well I thought I'd let ya'll know a little about p90x2...it's a great workout but you do need to be in some sort of shape when you start it.  I got p90x 2 years ago and have loved it, my fabulous sister-in-law Kara got me Insanity for Christmas last year and then I got this, this year.  I love all these workouts and attribute p90X to my legs getting stronger and finishing the Little Rock Half this past March with no knee pain.  Insanity is an excellent aerobic challenge that is not to be taken lightly.  It's TOUGH and I love it.  p90x2 takes it to the next level I tell ya...we've got reservations for the Little Rock Half Marathon already (that's the earliest I believe ever that we've done that)...Let the training begin!

For p90X2 people, you've gotta have weights (like the first p90X), a stability ball, foam roller, medicine balls (I use push up bars and the other low impact technique they'll show you), towels, a pull up bar (and I just got in the chin up assist and the little fella works like a dream), water and a HUGE pause button in case you need to take a breather.  Which is similar to Insanity, which will make the best athlete take a breather.

But I have to plug the FOAM ROLLER...what the heck is that foamy thang anyway?  Well it's a wonderful way to loosen up muscles that are stiff and it totally helps with mobility and recovery when out and about and doing daily chores.  And the recovery/mobility dvd in both p90X sets are excellent for re-cooping after any foot race or long agility trial or whatever you do to extend yourself.  I love both the Stretch and Recovery/Mobility DVD's.  They are worth it on that sore Monday morning after that first ever long race or whatever you do that puts you over the edge.

Well whatever the case, I love some p90X or p90X2 and Insanity.  All of them are good for me, even insulin dependent as I am, and have only done some half marathons and never a full marathon or a 100 mile bike ride.  I certainly hope at some point that I'll challenge this 5 foot, pudgy body to do it.  We'll see.  Sherry Rodgers in Wynne is considering a full 26 miles.  We'll see. I think I'll need to change my eating habits, I'm a horrible left over person and know I can cut calories by eating less.  But you all know I LOVE to cook!  And it is what is is! :)

Early Vote!

Whit, Stella and CoCo...she's holding
a peace sign behind that sign.  It was
Chloe's 2nd time to vote in a
Presidential Election
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

I started this tradition with Chloe in Kindergarten.  I love taking her with me to the polls and talking about voting.  I think it's one of the most important things you can do as an American (besides good manners and a multitude of other things :)).  It wasn't until I had the girls at the vet clinic get registered to vote that they even went to the polls.  And yep, I got blamed for jury duty when they were called but that's not a bad thing either.  Ya'll know who you are..:)

So Chloe and I had Whit and Stella last Tuesday and they were pumped, I mean PUMPED for getting to vote with us again.  They were with us the last time and enjoyed helping me cast my vote.

You've got a week to vote and not stand in ANY line!  Get to the polls, your vote does matter! :)

Southern Steak and Shrimp Comany, Nashville

The last time we were at the Ryman was in 2006 for a
Sheryl Crow concert, he got me backstage tickets before the
show and it was a real treat!

Ahh the Southern Steak and Shrimp Company...delish!
Friday, October 26, 2012

I found out that Alanis Morisette was on tour this fall and the closest she came to Birdeye was Nashville so we got tickets and headed over for a quick visit.  We took our bikes to ride the Nashville bike routes when we got there even though it was 40 degrees and pretty stinking windy.  We rode over the river to a bike shop looking for padded shorts for Sunday's Cyclocross at Village Creek, we didn't find any dang it, and soon realized that bike "friendly" roads weren't friendly.  We hit it at 5 o'clock rush hour but still, the traffic was heavy and unforgiving of sharing a lane with a cyclists.  We ended up riding a lot on the sidewalks which is a no-no in most towns but we had no choice. The next day we rode around downtown to Vanderbilt on bike lanes and it was so much nicer in traffic than the night before.

We rode past this restaurant one block from our hotel and got a seat at the bar for an appetizer before the concert.  The place was packed I tell you.  Jackie quickly ordered up fresh oysters from the east coast and I got the fish tacos.  I loved the cabbage and the sauce with it.  I also enjoyed Jackie's gumbo that he said was one of the best he'd had, it was good, rich and the roux was perfect.  And we had excellent service from the busy, busy bartenders.  They were very attentive as I'd say they were tending to 30 people plus the whole restaurant.

We thought we needed to be in a hurry to get to the concert so no dessert, you know me!  Needless to say, Alanis was late by 1-1/2 hours and we had to sit through her husband's rapping show to start.  I haven't been to a concert that was that late and then ended up being no longer than an hour!!! WHAT?  I agree, the music was great but it was a real bust when I compare other concert experiences like Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.  They gave longer performances and never left out critical songs like Uninvited, Everything and Hands Clean.  More to come on the Ryman...:)

You won't be disappointed at the Southern Steak and Oyster Company.  I'd like to have a sit down meal there next time we're in the Music City.  Check it out at: http://thesouthernnashville.com/

Southern Steak and Oyster Company, 150 3rd, Nashville, 615-724-1762
We took a bike ride before the concert and then the next
morning before heading back...this is a pedestrian bridge from
downtown over to the Stadium...More on the bike lanes soon...

My first Alanis concert...it was great...more to come..on the Ryman...


Chili, Birdeye

The only shot I got yesterday of the Chili....Notice I did
open them there homemade, pickled japs that Jackie helped
me with...they are SPICY and I love it! :)

Whit's 8th birfday partee yesterday...CoCo's down front in
the middle with those long legs as Dorothy!
Back row (that I can recognize) Whit, Tom B Smith (as
Michael Myers from Halloween), Eli Boone, don't know, don't
know, Austin Boone, don't know, Trevor Boone, Sol Jackson,
Linton Bradshaw.  Front row: August, Stella, Clairah Creighton,
Coco, Katie Bradshaw, Peyton Sisk, Rose Jackson and the
fabulous Julia Shepherd as Pocahontas.  What a great partee!
Sunday, October 28, 2012

I cannot believe I haven't shared with you all my chili recipe that I've been working on perfecting now for 19 years.  Jackie loves some hearty, simple chili when the weather cools and this is a perfect day for chili.  I finally MADE myself turn the heat on last night as we had a low of 40 degrees, yes, we've been roughing it lately at night with sweatshirts but there's really no reason yet, except for last night, to have the heat on.

Okay, here's my recipe for chili that I think I have perfected for Jackie:

Chili

1 lb. ground beef (Lately I cut this in half and use 80 % lean to cut calories and fat)
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
2-16 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1-16 oz. tomato sauce
1-16 oz. can kidney beans, drained (you can use any bean really)
1/4 C. Vinegar
3 oz. can diced green chiles
1/4 C. diced jalapenos (skip if you're worried about the heat)
1/4 t. Tabasco (skip if you're worried about the heat)
1.4 t. cayenne (skip for the heat)
few red pepper flakes
1/2 t. ground oregano
2 T. chili powder

Brown meat, onion and garlic in a dutch over until browned over med-high heat stirring constantly.  Drain and wipe out bottom of pan with paper towels.  Return to pan and add remaining ingredients and bring to boil, turn down to med low and cover for 2-3 hours (you can do it in about 1 hour but the longer the better).

Serve with saltines or Fritos.  Or like my mom and step-dad do, add sour cream and cheese over top, I don't because of calories. You might wanna serve with some milk if it's too spicy, lol! :)

Eggplant Rollatini, Birdeye

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Mr Scott gave me a ton of eggplant last week and I found this delicious and easy recipe for baked eggplant with mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce.  I added some photos from last week's photography session too for an added treat for my mom and grandmother who keep up with us.

Ok, Eggplant Rollatini from Allrecipes.com:

1 Eggplant, peeled and sliced lengthwise
I used 4 Chinese eggplants, btw.
1 egg beaten
1 C. Italian seasoned bread crumbs, I added
some fresh parsley and Italian seasoning
2 T. olive oil, that's not enough
1 C. ricotta, I used fresh mozzarella
10 slices prosciutto, I omitted this
1 jar spaghetti sauce, I made my own, see below
how easy it is
2 C. shredded mozzarella, I used fresh
1 lb angel hair, I used spaghetti

Dip eggplant in egg then bread crumbs and fry in electric skillet over medium high heat.  Fry on each side until golden brown and drain on paper towels.  Preheat oven to 350.

Spread a thin layer of ricotta on each slice of eggplant and prosciutto on top (I omitted that and used fresh moz instead) and roll up tightly and place seam side down in a 9X13 pan.  Pour spaghetti sauce over the rolls and top with shredded mozzarella.  (I split the recipe into two baking dishes the size of meatloaf/banana bread so I'd have another recipe later on and used fresh mozzarella, duh!).

Bake for 15 minutes.  Bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.  Serve eggplant rolls and sauce over pasta.  See below the easiest sauce recipe in the world:

From Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's cookbook page 267 of Chicken Parmigiana, New Style

For the sauce:
1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil, that's too much, I use maybe 3 T.
6 cloves garlic, peeled, don't be shy you need 6 big ones
8 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped, don't sweat the seeded and peels, it's just as good if you leave them on (for the rollatini you'll wanna double the recipe as I did so you'll have enough dipping sauce when you plate it)
1/4 C. fresh basil shredded, this is key and I loved gettin it outta the garden I tell you.

Heat 3 T olive oil on medium heat.  Whack the garlic with the side of a knife and drop them into the oil  and cook, shaking the pan until golden brown about 2 minutes.  Carefully add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly thickened about 10 minutes.  Remove and set aside.  Add the basil and taste for more salt and pepper if needed.

Delish I tell you.  Jackie made so many great comments on it that I cannot wait to make it again when I have a harvest of eggplant.  I'd love to hear your comments.


We took Chloe to Mud Island to see the Avett Brothers,
the place was more packed than I've ever seen it.

I thought the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was beautiful!

It maybe blurry but it's proof of a packed Mud Island...
we've seen Harry Connick and Sheryl Crow there and it
wasn't this packed, I was amazed at the crowd the band had!

CoCo was a trooper, it was a big day Friday,
she had an excellent piano recital and then
we came home to a house without Tujague.
But we had a great time even tho we had to wait
forever for Jackie to get outta the concert, she
had a soccer game and I had to work the next day!


I took some snapshots of Chloe after Kara's
Christmas card session last week....yep,
she's growin up.

Coco with August, Stella and Whit

August loves to be carried...they are all so so
swweettt!!!!
Mr Scott had the long, skinny Chinese eggplant
that worked just as well in this recipe

For the sauce, I made Lidia Bastianich's
sauce, it's so easy and super good with
all the tomatoes we had..look at all the basil!

I'm gonna be so sad when the tomatoes quit producing..

RIP Tujague, Birdeye

Friday, October 12, 2012

Well on Friday, Tujague went to be with Emmy and Elaine...He was 13 years and 10 months.  When Harmon asked me how long Afghans lived, I replied, "maybe 10-12 years?" Well I googled it and found out that they live to be 11 years and a max of 13 years.  Boy I was pleased we gave him nearly 14 years.

When I got my first male dog, Tujague, in 1998, I drove on a Wednesday to Birmingham, Alabama and back to get the 2nd pick of a litter born out of two champion dogs.  I fell in love with the breed when J.Harmon and I moved back here to his hometown.  I knew no one in Wynne or Birdeye or Cross County for that matter and thought that having a show dog would give me something to do.  When I told J.Harmon's grandmother Winnie Bob that I was interested in the breed in 1996 when we moved here, she suggested to meet two of her dog show friends in Memphis who had an Afghan named Heller, who was being shown for a confirmation title.  Oddly enough, Martino, my brother-in-law saw in the Austin, Tex., newspaper of all PLACES that there was a breeder of Champion Afghans.  We were living with Harmon and Jeanie at the time, and they brought back Elaine from Austin who was my first afghan.  Now I had a show dog, or so I thought she was, and friends in Memphis to help me find my way into the confirmation ring.

You know it's funny that I'm reflecting on how I got dumb ole Tujague but it did start with Elaine.  Not to discount having a male dog, but Tujague was Tujague.  Anyway, I met Nancy Self, Emmy's breeder (my second Afghan), in Little Rock when I was traveling with Winnie Bob for shows.  W.B. was showing her border collie Molly in confirmation and another one in obedience.  W.B. and I traveled so well together.  I'd drive, she'd direct and we'd share a hotel room where we'd bring some wine and cheese to snack on before going to legendary Sir Loin's Inn which was right next to the hotel she picked.  Ah the memories!  We had some good times.  Emmy was such a wonderful dog, full of personality, very agile and we totally connected.  Elaine was known for being aloof but Emmy was ready to do anything at any time.  Emmy was the number one obedience Afghan in the country in 2000 until a late show that year made her finish second but I was expecting Chloe so I only showed her once after Chloe was born and farmed both her and Tujague out to friends who finished both of them for me (after I had put the other points and one major win on each of them).  Ahh the dog show days...

Here's a funny story (one of many) that I have to tell about Winnie Bob and I at the Pine Bluff dog show when Emmy was in the open bitch class.  W.B. was only doing obedience and I was doing confirmation, you have to have 15 points and 2 major wins to be a champion.  The bluff dog shows usually don't get more than a point or two because of the lacking of afghans.  This was a one point show and we had this crazy judge that had been around forever.  I tell you the truth, he acted like I was a junior handler, he told me not to hold her tail up, not to restack her feet etc, etc, (of course these are all things you do when showing a confirmation dog because you want their topline to be straight, tail up, head up so the neck shows and all four feet in the right spot to show the dog's overall confirmation).  Needless to say, that joker made me run the ring many times and Emmy lost to 2 other pet looking afghans, this is no lie!  I'd say this was the February show 1999 just when we got Tujague.  Anyway, I stormed out of the ring and threw my ribbon in the garbage can right outside the ring.  Winnie Bob about came unglued and I believed she was in a panic and pulled me aside looking around us like the police were there and said, "oh dear, Keeli, you never throw a ribbon in the garbage at a dog show and especially outside the ring.  That's a big no, no.  I don't think any judges saw you (as she's continuing to look around) but you can get kicked out of showing forever.  JH did that at a bulldog specialty show and we never let him live it down".  Alrighty then and I learned that even if I think my dog is beautiful and she looses, to be a better sportsman and just take it even if I thought the judge was dumber than a box of rocks on knowing the Afghan confirmation.

TuJague was a good dog that loved Chloe from the beginning, the girls didn't care for Chloe at all but Tujague loved her unconditionally as she did him.  In fact, Tujague preferred sleeping with her and Biscuit as to me or a couch these last few years.  He loved Coco, trash cans, bread (he was known for walking by a child, taking bread out of their hand, and running with it), eating banana bread out of a box ready to mail to Wilma, Jharmon's grandmother, for Christmas, squeeky toys and gutting any and all stuffed animals.

If you haven't seen Christopher Guest's Best in Show movie, I highly recommend that you do.  The first time I watched it in 2001, I was scared that Winnie Bob wouldn't be able to handle it.  Then I saw it again and nearly peed my pants.  It is a comedy about 5 entrants in a big dog show.  You have gotta see the movie, it's hilarious and gives an insight into dog shows.  I've drug Jackie to so many painful shows that he says Best in Show hits it on the head.

I miss all my hounds but I have an oil painting by Terrie Bunnell that hangs in the dining room of all three hounds on Bill Shaver's couch.  It reminds me so much of the old days and that nothing lasts forever.  You know that old cliche, there's two things for sure in life, death and taxes.  I miss you Boo Boo and the Emmanator and Laney.

Good lord Blogger!  Here's Tujague farmed
out to friends and a handler that finished
him for me....he was shaved down the next
week even before I got his Championship
certificate in the mail...Grooming an afghan
was a lot of work I tell ya!
PS. The names: Elaine was named after the character on Seinfeld, Emmy I just loved her confirmation name Ch. Safari Emmy Nomination, SC, CD, CGC and Tujaque named after a restaurant that Jackie loves in New Orleans (Vandy classmate Mitch Light's family owns and is the 2nd oldest and I'd say the best restaurant in the French Quarter).  I plan to review Tujague's this year as an ode to Boo Boo.

At 9 weeks old....what a messer...he cried all the way home from
Birmingham in Feb. 1999 and I said to myself then that this
was a huge mistake....lol!
In full show coat, he was quite the specimen of confirmation,
although I thought he didn't move like he should in the ring,
he was too busy being a puppy and having a good time...
here he is in 2000 just before finishing as a champion.
That's Emmy with him.
This was our Christmas card circa 1999

Elaine was our first Lure Coursing dog...she LOVED every
second of it.  She was a senior courser and had 2 major
wins for her championship which she never got.  Lure
Coursing is when they chase a white trash bag along the ground
doing turns etc without paying attention to fellow coursers.
Ahh I found this of CoCo just 2 weeks old...she's so precious
and yep 9 lbs. 3 oz and 22 inches lllooonnnggg! :)
Another example of Tujague's patience for coco!
This was 2002 when he was 4 years old, CoCo 1-1/2 yr
He loved her from the day she set foot in our house....
Here's Emmy (look how far away she is from CoCo) doing
their annual tradition of delivering Christmas candy to the
people at the courthouse....this is Christmas 2003
This is my ALL TIME favorite shot...
this is the kind of horsing around that
Afghans do....hahahaha! I miss my hounds! :)

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers, Birdeye

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Water baths are needed for high-acid foods, it kills active
bacteria and microorganisms so food can be consumed later

If there could be a scratch and sniff...the fumes from cutting
all those peppers made our eyes water and hands burn baby

One of 5 strainers full of peppers....holy moly that's alotta heat...

I went ahead and boiled the lids even though you don't have
to when doing a water bath.....
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Well I found two sources of local jalapeno growers and they aren't far from us at all.  Friday I went to Bobby Scott's HUGE garden not a mile from my house and picked 10 lbs. of peppers with a little eggplant and pablanos too.  Mr. Scott was so generous, he told me if I come pick, I can have anything in his garden.  That's amazing because I wanted to pay his fee: $1/pound.  That's right one dollar per pound.  I'm coming up with a way to thank him...

So my second source of peppers is Grandad's neighbor, Murray Mathews who lives just down the road from the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  Jackie and Chloe kindly picked up 8 lbs. of peppers Friday night that we canned that night.  We canned Mr. Scott's peppers yesterday.  One thing we thought we learned was to chop the peppers with gloves on since late Friday and early Saturday morning, we couldn't touch our face or eyes at all.  So on the second canning day, we used gloves during the chopping and we both agreed our hands burned worse on Saturday with gloves on than on Friday.  Or could have been that Mr. Scott's peppers were just hotter than Mr. Mathews? We'll see in a few months.

Why can japs?  Well if you read this blog you know I'm a fan of the heat.  I recently bought a GINORMOUS jar of japs at Sam's and the things don't have ANY heat on them, I mean no heat and what a bore that is.  So I had some of my own peppers to can, add the two farms around me and we ended up canning 10 pints and 6 quarts of peppers.  For two jars, I diced the peppers for convenience.  Sometimes I'm in such a hurry I don't wanna take the time to chop slices into diced japs.  We'll see...I hope we added enough garlic and salt.  I'll have to report on this in 6 months or so.  I'm taking Ken's advice here.

One note to self, I forgot the pickling salt in batch number two yesterday.  We quickly opened the jars up and added it and put the lids back on those hot jars even after their water bath of 10 minutes.  I panicked and called Ken to find out if you have to re-water bath the peppers.  He sent me straight on to Myrtle Bradshaw who gave Joy and me the Pickle recipe.  She said not to sweat it and it wouldn't need to be re-bathed.  And she was right, once the jars were cooled, every jar was sealed.  THANKS Mrytle!

So here's how the recipe rolls:

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers from food.com

2 quarts peppers (we had 18 lbs of peppers and made 10 pints and 6 quarts which equals 22 pints)
2 C. White wine vinegar (for 18 lbs. you'll need 6-16 oz. bottles of white wine vinegar, and for the record, there are a TON of pickling recipes that use apple cider and white plain vinegar)
2 C. water
1/2 t. pickle salt (use 2 T. for quarts and 1 T. for pints, I say this because I only used 1 t. and all other recipes triple the salt in this recipe, I guess we will see in a few months...)
4 cloves garlic (we used 2 cloves for all size jars which is 32 cloves and 2 large heads of garlic)

Slice peppers or leave them whole (we sliced all but two jars that we diced for convenience down the road, I cannot imagine getting a WHOLE pepper out in a few months and having to chop it, so we got the convenience thing outta the way...it was a painfully, hot experience that I hope will be worth it.
If you do whole peppers, cut two slits in the peppers to prevent bursting)
Pack peppers tightly into clean hot jars (mine were clean but not hot because of all our chopping)
Combine vinegar with water and heat to simmer but DO NOT BOIL
Pour hot vinegar over peppers, leaving 1/2 inch head space and add pickling salt and a clove of garlic to each jar and seal (I did 2 cloves per jar and other recipes say you can add peppercorns, thyme and oregano, I wish I had seen this as I have a yard full of oregano)
Process jars in a 10 minute water bath then cool.

Biscuit has the begging down for sure.....:)




Well I cannot wait to report on my canning adventure.  I first canned peach preserves when we first moved back to Wynne in 1997 while living with Memaw and Grandad.  That was an adventure and I haven't made peach preserves since then because of the process.  Thanks to Joy for introducing me to canning pickles and thanks to Jackie for helping with my first canning, and maybe my last canning jalapenos.  I've found that doing any canning project really needs two people unless you don't work, have no children or a house to keep...:) I'd love to hear your comments.

Homemade Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Birdeye

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chloe found 42 candles...she cannot wait to
light 'em

Aunt Kara made a strawberry cake recently and Chloe
wanted to make it for Jackie's birthday

Even though Chloe doesn't cook much, when she does get
in the kitchen, she's great at measuring and mixing....
my ole my she's growing up I tell ya!

We made an excellent cream cheese frosting that was not
too sweet and we all appreciated that....

We counted out 42 twice, we wouldn't want another 41 right?

Luckily Jackie didn't mind lighting all 42...
It was getting hot in here.....

HOLY SMOKES!  That's alotta candles, just sayin...Haha!

I headed up Wynne's Walk to School Day last Wednesday,
we had about 50 parents and children walk to Wynne
Intermediate School....I love parking at the practice track and
walking to school.  We're doing it on Fridays until the
Midsouth Kids Marathon on Nov. 3 in Wynne.
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

Chloe picked a strawberry cake to make for her dad's birthday.  This is such an EASY recipe.  I only needed frozen strawberries and gelatin at the store.  We made Southern Living's Cream Cheese Frosting which was a zip to do and we had those ingredients on hand too.

I noted the changes I made to both recipes below.

Strawberry Cake from allrecipes.com

2 C. white sugar
1-3 oz. strawberry gelatin
1 C. butter, softened
4 eggs, room temperature
2-3/4 C. sifted cake flour, we used all -purpose flour and sifted it
2-1/2 t. baking powder
1 C. whole milk, room temperature
1 T. vanilla extract, I used my homemade vanilla
1/2 C. strawberry puree made from frozen strawberries (i just used 1/2 c. plain frozen strawberries)

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans.  I used Baker's Joy Spray with flour and it worked like a charm.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and gelatin until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.  Combine the flour and baking powder and stir in alternately with milk.  Blend in vanilla and puree and divide the batter evenly into the pans.

Bake 25 minutes or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Allow cakes to cook in their pans over a wire rack for 10 minutes before tapping out to cool completely.   This is a key step!

Southern Living's Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
16 oz. powdered sugar, I used maybe 10 oz.
1 t. vanilla extract

Cream cream cheese and butter until smooth, add sugar and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy with a hand mixer and frost.  Don't ever frost even a lukewarm cake because your frosting will melt.

This is so stinking easy!  We had the cake after going to Don Jose with Memaw and Grandad after church.  We had coffee and good conversation with Chloe's cake.  Jackie will have another partee after work tomorrow at Memaw and Grandad's.  Looks like he's keeping up with Kara's amount of celebrating.....He did ask if he HAD to show up at Don Jose tho....whatever, it's CHLOE'S party anyway!