cake · cake mix · Christmas · friends · Recipes · Uncategorized

Coconut Icebox Cake

Our friends Adam and Julie normally make this cake at Thanksgiving, and we have had the privilege of receiving a good portion of it (and even get sent home with some leftovers).

It is moist, creamy and decadent.  Best part of this cake was that we didn’t have to make it.  Adam made it.

We had been invited over to the in-laws for Christmas dinner, and was asked to bring dessert.  I got it in my head that I could make this cake.  Adam texted me the recipe, and this is my version.


1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 (9 ounce) Cool Whip
1 package frozen, sweetened coconut


Bake cake according to package directions in a 9 x 13 inch pan.While the cake is still warm, prick holes in cake.Boil sugar and milk together for 1 minute.  Pour in holes in cake. Chill (for at least 24 hours).When ready to serve, spread Cool Whip on top, and sprinkle on the coconut flakes.  I made the mistake of putting on the Cool Whip while it was still warm as this wasn’t in the original directions and it melted into the cake.It was still wonderful, and everyone enjoyed it.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Christmas · Cookies · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS

Toffee Crack

These are insanely addictive, and incredibly simple (if you don’t burn the butter and sugar like I did).

1 sleeve of saltine crackers
1 cup packed brown sugar (light brown)
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Line a cookie sheet with aluminium foil, place crackers in a single layer.

Bring to boil the butter and brown sugar, and simmer for about five minutes (be careful not to burn).

Pour the sugar mixture over the crackers evenly (my cookie sheet isn’t level, so all of the toffee went towards the middle).

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes for the toffee mixture to soak. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Let melt (place back in the oven if needed, but again, be careful not to burn the crackers). Spread the chocolate evenly.

Let cool. I placed mine in the freezer once they were cool to help set them.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Christmas · Cookies · Mom · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS


I talked about this recipe yesterday.  I loved making them.


1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon water (cold)
2 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans (very fine)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Cream soft butter and sugar (about ten minutes).

Add water and extract.  Mix well.  Add flour until thoroughly mixed.  Stir in pecans.  Chill three or four hours in the refrigerator.

Shape into balls or fingers.  Bake on un-greased cookie sheet in slow oven (325 degrees) for about 20 minutes.

Cool slightly, roll in confection sugar.

Advent · Bible · Bible verse · Christmas · Sunday · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

3rd Day of Advent – Luke 1:26-33 (Joy)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold (NIV)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”850wThe_Annunciation,_Adriaen_van_de_Velde,_1667RM29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”



Christmas · friends · Hurricane · Random Stuff · Uncategorized

December 1

Ah –hurricane season is officially over.  I feel grateful that we were not impacted with major damage this year.  Losing the Live Oak was the most damage, and very thankful we didn’t have further damage than just losing the tree.img_2104Today is also National Christmas Lights Day! Yay!  I love mine, and they are already up thanks to David and Stephen.  I don’t have a picture from this year, so this is last years picture.  Basically the same but will post this years later next week.And the weekend brings time with girlfriends in Tallahassee, again the picture is from last year, but excited to have the time with them again.Happy December 1st.  Feeling truly grateful for family, and friends.

Blessings today and always.

Christmas · Day 14 · Holy Family · NaBloPoMo 2012 · Random Thoughts · Religions · USPS Stamps

Holy Family Stamp

NaBloPoMo 2012 – Day 14

I was completely taken back with this stamp this year.

USPS Holy Family Stamp

I had to go to the US Post Office today to mail two packages to David.  He needed a pair of gloves, and a treat or two.  While I was there, I asked if they had their Christmas stamps yet?  They did.

I purchased three sets of these Holy Family books.  I love that they are using the wording Holy Family.  It was a comforting sight especially after the last couple of weeks.

I have always said that it seems that those of us who worship Jesus Christ are not allowed to say anything aloud in public because we may offend someone.  We (believers) aren’t supposed to say anything for those who choose not to worship Christ, and sometimes a “holiday” break just doesn’t cut it.  I want to say “Christmas” break because that is what it is.  If you want call it “winter” break fine, but I am a Christmas break girl.

School programs are asked to showcase Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but Christians aren’t supposed to show Jesus.  In fact, Stephen participated in a Holiday Showcase (in Kindergarten) that showed all things winter including Father Winter (I don’t know really who he is), but not Christ.  I am completely for others being able to showcase their beliefs, but then allow us (Christians) to do the same.  We need to learn about other cultures and religions.  I try to keep an open mind, but everyone should get the same piece of the pie and then everyone is happy (I know, but).

I went off…and I am sorry if I have offended anyone.  Wait, I am not sorry.  I am sorry if you are offended by equal time.  I don’t shove my beliefs down your throat, please don’t shove yours down mine.

So all of my cards will have this Holy Family proudly placed on each and every mailing I do this Christmas.  I am feeling quite blessed by being able to do this, this year.  I think I need to purchase enough for the next several years, especially since they are “forever” stamps.  Isn’t that appropriate? The Holy Family Stamp is a Forever Stamp.  I love it.

Jerry Ann