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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where to Wade... Cold Water Creek, Strawberry Poke Cake, Blog Linkage AND Restaurant Review (Over Easy)

Good Thursday evening.

RANDOMNESS #1 - We celebrated Mr. Faulkner's Father's Day Sunday afternoon in Oxford. It's a drop-in kinda thing, so we never know who we might see.

This year, Jared, Amber, Mackenzie and Micah showed up before we left...

Which was much fun!


Micah is walking now, so between his silky curls and his chunky legs, I was pretty much in Great-Aunt Heaven.


Roxie and Mackenzie.

More curls and a BIG smile!


Mrs. Faulkner, Mikie and Mr. Faulkner.


Mr. Faulkner, Sweet Mackenzie, Mrs. Faulkner and Micah.

It was a very nice Father's Day.

Mikie's Father's Day Celebration is going to be this coming Sunday at AllSteak in Cullman.

Austin and Melia were out of town last week for a special wedding, so we bumped it over a week so everyone could be together. I'll have pictures from that "event" next time!

RANDOMNESS #2 - There is a place called Coldwater Creek in Oxford.

It is exactly what it sounds like.

A little cold water creek...

And locals wade in it.

Mike showed it to me 30 years ago.

We waded in it.

When the kids came along, we took them to this little rock-bed creek.

They waded in it, too.

A tradition was born.

NOW, they have added picnic tables and a small, covered picnic area.

When you go to Coldwater Creek now, there are always families, older kids and sometimes...

You will spot a Faulkner or two.







Blog Linkage - Go to www.kellehampton.com and read yesterday's post entitled "Enjoying: Summer." When you get to the end of the post, you will see the words, "48 Creative Ways to Capture Water Fun." Click on the caption to see a bunch of ideas for summer picture takin'.

Beautiful!

Restaurant Review - Over Easy - I've been to this little breakfast spot twice (so far), and I'm planning on going again in the very near future.

They serve breakfast in a clean white table/white chairs/white booths kinda place...

And it is good.

The menu items are around $7 to $11. You have the "usual" breakfast favorites (bacon, eggs, pancakes, coffee, etc.), but there are some fun items to try, too.

The first time I went, I tried the Oatmeal Pancakes under Healthy Choices on the menu. They were very good. Fluffy and light!

The second time I went, I ordered the Pepé Le Toast. I will also be ordering this item the third, fourth and fifth time I go to Over Easy.

In fact, it may be the last item I ever eat at Over Easy.

It included one slice of sourdough French toast with sweetened cream goodness in the middle, topped with blueberry compote OR fresh strawberries, served with two eggs cooked to order and choice of meat.

No syrup necessary on the French toast.

It's just that good!

You can go to the new location at 2409 Acton Road, Vestavia, Alabama 35243, OR 358 Hollywood Boulevard, Birmingham, Alabama 35223. (I've only visited the one on Hollywood Boulevard.)

Oh...

And don't go on a Monday.

They are closed on Mondays!

Strawberry Poke Cake

You will need the following:

6 graham crackers, whole
1/2 box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package
1 pound strawberries with tops removed
1 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup milk
8 ounces whipped topping
Strawberries for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray a 9" × 9" baking pan with cooking spray.

3. Take 5 of the graham crackers and arrange them in the pan, breaking some of them to fill in the gaps.

4. Crush the remaining graham cracker and set aside.

5. Pour the vanilla cake batter on the graham cracker base, then bake for 25 to 30 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

6. Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke 4 rows of 4 holes in the cake, making 16 holes total.

7. In a large bowl, mash strawberries with a whisk until very fine. Add cream cheese and condensed milk, whisking until there are no large lumps.

8. Add the milk, stirring until smooth.

9. Pour the mixture over the cake and set until the cake has absorbed as much of the mixture as it can. Some of the mixture will still stay on top, which is okay.

10. Spread the whipped topping evenly on top.

11. Chill the cake anywhere from 3 hours to overnight.

12. Slice and serve with strawberries and the reserved graham crackers.

NOTE - Roxie made this cake for Bev's birthday celebration this past Monday night. It was VERY good!

Moist AND light!

Have a fantastic Thursday night. I will be talking to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. By the way...

These two are expecting a baby in January of 2017.



Mike and I will have TWO grandchildren.

You might not be surprised to know...

We are more than a little thrilled.

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And Judith is a little excited, too.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to everyone!!! That's great news!!

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