Southern Cooking and Living

New Orleans Pralines Recipe. I am Creole and we love our Creole family recipes and traditions! I made some yesterday, which my family ate all up. I only got to taste a little piece. Lol.

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
4 tbsp butter, cubed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
Preparation:

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and evaporated milk over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then insert a candy thermometer.

3. Cook the candy, stirring occasionally, until the candy reaches 240 degrees on the thermometer.

4. Once the proper temperature is reached, remove the pan from the heat and drop the chunks of butter on top, but do not stir. Allow the pan to sit for one minute.

5. After a minute, add the vanilla extract and the pecans, and begin to stir smoothly and constantly with a wooden spoon. Soon the candy will begin to get thicker and lighter in color.

6. Continue to stir until the candy starts to hold its shape. It should still be easy to stir, however. It is important not to stir too much, as pralines quickly go from fluid to rock-solid. Once it is a lighter, opaque brown and holds its shape, quickly begin to drop small spoonfuls of the candy onto the prepared baking sheet.

7. Work quickly to form the candies, as the pralines will start to set in the saucepan. If the candy stiffens before you’re done scooping, add a spoonful of very hot water and stir until it loosens, then continue scooping until you have formed all the pralines.

8. Allow the candy to fully set at room temperature, for about 30 minutes. Store New Orleans Pralines in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Learning Things The Hard Way…Is A Choice

Sometimes the most important lessons are the ones we end up learning the hard way.
Have you ever made a decision even though everything inside of you was telling you not to? We all have, and at some points in our lives, we have to be willing to learn the hard way. When we are young we learn things the hard way by have to replace things like bikes we could have saved if we just placed it up properly when we were finished using it.

Just as we must be willing to learn from our mistakes as children, we must also do the same in our adult lives. No one is perfect, and no one will ever make all of the right decisions, but if a person is willing to learn from the bad decisions they have made, and learn from the bad decisions of others, then more than likely, this person will see abundant success in their lives. Not everything has to be learned the hard way, but when do overcome the hard parts of life, be sure to learn from them.

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I Love Comedy Movies….

I love watching comedy movies. I have my favorites that I watch over and over, and still laugh like it’s the first time I seen them. Sometimes we all need a little comedy in our life. I found some of the funniest movie quotes to share with you. Hope you enjoy!

It’s probably safe to assume that the most-quoted genre in all of cinema is probably comedy. A good comedy — and there have been many over the years — can come up with at least five or or six above-average zingers, lines that are sure to be remembered, cherished and repeated to the point where it stops being funny … and then comes around to being even funnier.

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AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 2004

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The 40 yr old Virgin, 2005

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Tommy Boy, 1995 (RIP Chris Farley)

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Meet The Parents, 2000

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Ted

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Along Came Polly, 2004

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American Pie, 1999

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When Harry Met Sally, 1989

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The Jerk, 1979

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Dumb And Dumber, 1994

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Half Baked, 1998….LOL!

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The Hangover, 2009 hahaa

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Sixteen Candles, 1984 One of my favs from the 80’s

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Happy Gilmore, 1996

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Ghostbusters, 1984

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Coming To America, 1988 One of my Favs also!!!

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Bridesmaids, 2011

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Spaceballs, 1987

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Superbad, 2007

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There’s Something About Mary, 1998 Lol!!

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Beverly Hills Cops, 1984 I watch this one over and over, it’s my top Fav Lolol!!!

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986 This one is another one of my favs from the 80’s

Well I have more comedies that I haven’t named in here, like Weird Science, Friday (all of them) and many more! Hope you enjoyed…Have a Great Day

Getting Through Hard Times

Hi Everyone! I am sharing another great read by Marc and Angel Hack Life. Hope you enjoy!

1. Accepting Life’s Challenges
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
–Randy Pausch

In every life there are great challenges, and in every challenge there are great doses of life to be lived.

Whether you judge a challenge to be a problem or an opportunity says more about you than about the challenge itself. The way you choose to see the world is the way your world will be. This is what gives life its magic; it’s a continuous, dynamic phenomenon that becomes exactly what you choose to make it.

Do something extraordinary. Accept life’s opportunities. Realize that if you never step up to a challenge that’s a bit over your head, you’ll never know how tall you truly are. Rise to each challenge and continue adding value to the ever-growing possibilities that await your brilliance.

2. Working Hard
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” –Beverly Sills
When you’re young you have this fantasy that super successful adults – writers, musicians, doctors, businessmen, etc. – have some kind of magical chest of tools allowing them to build masterpieces that are larger than life. You fanaticize about a hammer of creativity, a pliers of efficiency, a saw of wisdom, and so on and so forth.

But then you grow up and you realize, for the most part, everyone is working with the same set of imperfect, rusty, old tools – desire, commitment, honesty, kindness, love, persistence, etc. And as flawed and bent as they may be, they work wonders against the odds when you truly put them to the test. Read The Success Principles.

3. Choosing Wisely
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –J.K. Rowling

The universe – people, books, life experience, etc. – can only give you good advice, but you ultimately decide what to do with it.

Life is ticking away every second. The worst thing is spending your entire life drowning slowly and not being able to convince yourself that you are in full control, and that you can easily save yourself by simply standing up.

This is your life, made up entirely of your choices, your actions, your thoughts, your relationships, etc. Someday you will either decide to save yourself or remain unsaved forever.

4. Growing from Problems
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Times of great difficulty are times of great opportunity. These times may not seem ideal at first, but they usually provide keen insight into ideas of great value. When you are surrounded by problems, you are simultaneously given an opportunity to provide valuable solutions.

When times are good and everything is comfortably in order, it’s easy to become complacent and forget how skillful and resourceful you are capable of being. Troubled times are necessary evils that push you forward, because they eventually end, and the lessons and strengths you gain from them last a lifetime.

5. Laughing it Off
“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.” –Veronica Roth

If you wish to measure your success in life, don’t bother analyzing your bank account, or your job description, or your relationship status, or your weight, or any other superficial badge society loves to pin on your resume. Just count the moments you spend peacefully in laughter. That’s what success is – living happily in your own way, and laughing at the highs, the lows, and all the ridiculous moments in between.

Do what you need to do, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh whenever you can because you can. There’s honestly nothing like deep breaths after a good chuckle – nothing in the whole wide world like a sore tummy and cheeks for all the right reasons. Read Learned Optimism.

6. Staying True to Yourself
“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” –Rita Mae Brown

To make a positive difference in your life you must sometimes be different and take the road less traveled. It requires courage to go against the grain like this, especially when the people around you are confused and irritated by your choices; but such courage can bring great rewards when you stick to your guns.

Where others see only shadows of uncertainty, look for glimmers of opportunity. When you encounter rudeness and irritation, generously offer polite doses of confident patience. When you bump up against arrogance, dilute the negativity with your own sincere, self-assured humility.

Just because everyone is heading in a one direction doesn’t mean you must go that way too. On the contrary, it’s a valuable opportunity for you to step aside and figure out where you truly want to go.

7. Fighting for Your Dreams
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

When things don’t go right, it doesn’t mean you have to go wrong along with them. Goals and dreams are kind of like breathing – once you give up, there’s no hope left. Don’t do that to yourself.

It’s always too early to quit. You must continue breathing, even if it’s just a series of short, shallow breaths. Continue putting forth even the smallest efforts to sustain your dreams. Accept the fact that if you fight through the challenges, there is always a chance you might lose, but if you do not fight at all, you have already lost. Read 1,000 Little Things.

8. Deciding to Change
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

If you’re not where you want to be right now, take the time to visualize yourself in the place you want to be and take the first step in that direction. You may not be able to change your destination in a day, but you can change your direction right now.

Keep moving along this new path and it will eventually lead you to your destination.

9. Being Present
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” –George Harrison

Do not wish your moments away. Do not ruin today by focusing on another time and place. There is only now; realize how rich you are in it. It stands to reason that if you learn to live well you will eventually pass on well too, in complete peace. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and brave, and thankful for all the opportunities you have.

Make your time count. Right now you are creating history – your legacy. Don’t let it slip by without being aware of it. Life works in a strange way: You want something and you work and wait and work and wait, and feel like it’s taking forever to come. Then it happens and it’s over and all you want to do is relive all the great memories you made along the way.

Happiness is the journey. Open your eyes. Don’t miss it. Read The Power of Now.

10. Being Thankful
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” –Walt Whitman

You are right here, right now, breathing. Enjoy it. You’ve got nothing to do today except to smile.

Happiness is valuing what you have, and enjoying the people, places, objects and events in your life for what they are. It’s not about changing and achieving all the time, it’s about being and appreciating. And you can nearly always enjoy the things happening around you if you make up your mind firmly that you will.

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16 Tips To Perk Up A Tired Face

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How To Liven Up Dull Skin After A Tiring Day?

Are you looking for a way to liven up dull skin on a bad day? You know the kind of day I’m talking about – you wake up with puffy eyes and a tired-looking face that won’t go away even with a bath or the day when you are supposed to attend a compulsory get-together after a hectic office day, and also need to look your best! Make-up can instantly perk up your appearance by softening the fine lines and shadows under the eyes.

Here are some quick and easy tips to brighten up sleep-deprived skin.

Apply Makeup

Face:

  • First cleanse the skin and massage it to stimulate the blood cells. This gets blood to the surface of the skin.
  • If the skin is rough and looks sallow, use a scrub. It will definitely brighten your skin.
  • Tired skin is often…

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Confidence

Insecure people have to make excuses and put others down to feel confident. Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air, and thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone in the first place.

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Let Your Actions Speak…Instead

If your ACTIONS do not prove the TRUTH of your WORDS, then your words are nothing more than LIES!
Ritu Ghatourey

I always look at a person actions, because a lot of times their mouth can say one thing but their actions is doing another. Mean what you say or keep it to yourself. Very simple, lies hurt ones we love, especially when we realize the truth in a person’s actions that shows a different answer. I’m not perfect but I love to show what I say by my actions.

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Cancer Survivor!!!!

I received this wonderful email from Mrs. Heather Von St. James. Her touching story brought me to tears and smiles, because God is so good! I couldn’t wait to share this with you all. I Thank You and your family Heather for picking my blog to share your Inspirational story. You are a strong woman……….

Hi there!

The reason I have reached out to you is because of your blog! I am 44 and a mother to a quirky little 7 year old, Lily. She is my only child, and my whole world. When Lily was just 3 1/2 months old, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a type of cancer that kills most people within 2 years. As I’m sure you can imagine, the first thing that came to mind when I was diagnosed was my baby girl and how I wasn’t going to be able to watch her grow up.

After intense treatment and recovery, I’m still here 7 years later and cancer free! My journey with cancer was a terrifying one and I’d like to turn my pain into purpose and become someone that other people can look to for guidance, inspiration, and hope in situations like my own. My husband and I recently participated in a short video about my experience with cancer and I contacted you because I feel that your blog would be an excellent place to share. I’m hoping to use this video as a tool to raise awareness of this horrible little known cancer that is such a deadly killer (and sadly, 100% preventable).

I would love it if you would be willing to share my video on your blog with your readers. Here is the link to my video: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather

Let me know what you think!

Heather

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Self Worth…..Don’t force yourself in Anyone’s Life!

I won’t force myself to have space in your life because if you know my worth, you’ll create one for me.

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When someone isn’t willing to make time and space for you in their life, it is usually because they don’t respect how special of a person that you really are. They may genuinely like or love you, but we must all remember that showing love to someone is more than just telling them it every once in a while.

Don’t force yourself to have space in a person’s life that doesnt recognize your worth. Instead use the time and energy that you want to dedicate to people of this nature in an effort to better yourself. Work on yourself, and work on the other relationships that matter to you, so that you may easily become the best you by the end of your lifetime.

Always respect those who have to be in your life, but also recognize that those who see your potential are those who will probably be of most help and most love to you during life’s difficulties.

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Crazy Things We All Do….

20 Crazy Things We All Do
When walking down the street, entering a house, picking up a book or even just surfing through the web using your laptop or your personal computer, there are so many things we do without even thinking of them. In this article, I have pointed some of the funniest and oddest human behaviour that even you do.

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1) Why does the glue in a tube not stick to the tube itself?

2) Academic research has detailed reports stating that from a group of four men or women one will most certainly have a mental ailment of some kind or the other. Think about this calculation: if you have three normal friends, then you unfortunately are the fourth one out. In other words, the fourth person with a mental illness is none other than you.

3) Why do we press down hard on the remote control even though we know that the batteries are weak?

4) Watched old (and even newer descriptions in film) about Tarzan. If he is supposed to be living in the wild, what happened to his beard?

5) Switched those bulbs that are enclosed in tight plastic shutters? Have you noticed that whenever you go to do that there are always dead bugs inside? How did they manage to get there?

6) Why can’t we ever manage to open a plastic bag on the first attempt?

7) Why do they use sterilized needles when injecting a convict on death role?

8) Why does a bank take interest on money when your account is overdrawn? From where do they think you are going to pay them? If you had the cash you would have used it, wouldn’t you?

9) Why don’t we ever hear jokes about father-in-laws?

10) When statistics claim that the sum of all the stars in the sky is about four billion, people believe it. But, when someone sees a sign on a park bench or board stating “wet paint”, they must verify this?

11) How many times will be keep coming back and opening the door to the fridge when we are hungry? Do we really think that food will appear there miraculously?

12) Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest but ducks if after the bullets are over the gun is thrown at him?

13) I’m sure you’ve heard of the evolutionary claim that mankind has evolved from monkeys. Before I am to believe this, I want to know that if this is so why are monkeys still roaming earth?

14) If you are sitting by a table and something is accidentally falling off, don’t try and prevent its fall. Why? Every time you try, you will accidentally hit and break something else.

15) Why did the Japanese pilots who were planning to crash into American ships wear helmets?

16) Why do people move a vacuum cleaner over a small piece of thread again and again? Why do we pick it up, examine it and then place it back down and move the vacuum cleaner over it to give it a second chance?

17) How come soap bubbles are always white no matter what the colour of the soap?

18) Is it winter or summer wherever you are right now? Have you noticed that if it is summer we try and make the house as cold as it would be during winter, and if it is winter, we try and make the house as hot as it would during summer?

19) Why is it that whenever you walk past a mattress dealership, they have large signs advertising a big price reduction?

20) Isn’t it silly that when if wandering through one of the large shopping malls someone doesn’t pay attention and the cart they are pushing smacks into your toes, and then they say sorry, all we can think of saying is that no harm was done while your toe is aching.

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