Pistachio Pudding

Pistachio Pudding is one of those easy, yummy and often forgotten dishes.  It is a great to bring to a potluck, picnic or just for anytime really.  Another thing that is so great about this pudding, you can add whatever other goodies you would like.  Customize it to your family. How easy is that!

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1 box (3.4 oz) Pistachio Instant Pudding

1 can (20 oz) Crushed Pineapple (drained)

2 cups Mini-Marshmallows (white or multi-colored – your choice)

1 container (10-12 oz) Cool-Whip

Optional ingredients (oranges, cherries, chopped pistachios, bananas, coconut, etc)

 

Combine pudding mix and Cool-whip in large bowl and gently hand mix together.

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Add pineapple (and what ever other goodies you decide on) and mini-marshmallows and gently mix together.  Refrigerate at least 1-2 hours prior to serving.

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It does not get much easier than that.  And let me tell you, this is a crowd pleaser.  I never have leftovers of this yummy dish!

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Bookshelf Confessions

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Do you ever just sit and stare at the variety of books you have collected over the years?  What does your bookshelf say about you?  You may want to pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee to see what all mine has to say about me.  It’s “Bookshelf Confession” time!

This one shelf in particular, is a glimpse into who I was, who I am and who I want to be.  There is a collection of books with topics ranging from diet/health, leadership, organizing/housecleaning, relationship/family, spiritual and a general books, including my favorite novel, favorite poetry book and my gratitude journal (which in reality should not be on my shelf, it should be on my bedside table and nicely worn).

If I were a stranger looking at this shelf, I would get the impression that whomever owned these books was health conscious, a great leader, spiritually deep, had a strong foundation both  in relationships and family, had a very organized and clean house, and was well read in the classics and poetry.  But is that really true?

Confession time – out of ALL those books on that one shelf, I have read MAYBE 3 of them cover to cover.  Probably 15 I made it at least half-way through, another 10 maybe a third through and the last 4 I’m lucky if I got through the first 2 chapters.  So, what does that REALLY say about me?

It says that I, at one point, I had every intention to be a healthy eater,  a well-rounded successful leader, have a strong caring, loving and biblical relationship with God, my husband and my children, have a house that is gracing the covers of Southern Living and be as witty, graceful and well-versed as the best classics and poetry.  I may not be there, but I guess there was a reason I bought these books over the years.  Because they give me hope, that one day, I will read them cover to cover and make them all applicable to my daily life.  And since they are still on my shelf, and not in a donation box in my garage, that means there is still hope for me.  And a symbol that I still do intend to read them and became that grand person these books make you believe you can be.

So, my “Bookshelf Confession” would be simple…I have ever intention of becoming a fully organized, well-rounded and grand person, but I’m not there yet.  It’s good to know I’m a work in process and there is still hope for me.

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Anxiety sucks!

There, I said it.  Anxiety sucks.  It’s not something most people talk about.  It’s not even something most people would consider a “real” issue, but it is real, and it is not fun.

I am going to tell my story of anxiety eventually, but for right now, let me just say this journey has not been easy.  It affects me everyday and just when I think I have a handle on it, WHAM-O, anxiety proves me wrong again.

If you don’t know what anxiety feels like, imagine sitting there and out of the blue you feel like you just drank 2 energy drinks and you’re about to go on stage and give a speech to 10,000 people.  That pretty much sums it up.  I can be sitting in my car at a red light, and it happens.  I can be sitting at lunch, thinking about something random on my to do list, and it happens.  I can be standing in the check out lane at the grocery store behind Ms. Coupon, and it happens.  There is no rhyme or reason to anxiety, and it’s not something I can control on my own.  There is nothing I can tell my body to make it stop.  It has to wear off, and once it does, the next stage hits.  The post adrenaline stage that brings a feeling of utter exhaustion.

So, there it is.  I said it and I will say it again.  Anxiety sucks.  But while it does suck, it’s not going to win.  I will share my story soon, but until then I’m going to continue my journey seeking peace and a little clarity.

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Ambrosia Salad Recipe

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Ambrosia Salad is as southern as cobbler.  And just like cobbler, everyone has their special touch they add to make it their own.  This is my version of a southern classic.  This is pretty intense, so pay close attention. Ambrosia Salad   You will need: 1 can crushed Pineapple (partially drained) 1 can mandarin oranges […]

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Oh respect, where have you gone?

Maybe I’m naive, maybe I’m fantasizing, or maybe I’m just down-right old-fashioned, but I miss the common respect among people.  I miss the southern hospitality that the south is supposed to be known for, and even more importantly, what Texas is supposed to be known for.  Texans are supposed to say things like yes ma’am, […]

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End of Summer Blues

While many moms are super excited about school starting soon, I am not one of them.  I do look forward to getting back on a schedule, but I have quite enjoyed the slower pace summer tends to bring.  I must admit, I am also slightly mourning for the summer “to do” list that wasn’t even […]

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A Texas Favorite – Cowboy Boots!

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Being that I live in Texas, it’s almost blasphemy that I don’t own a fabulous pair of Women’s Cowboy Boots.  I own a pair, but they aren’t fabulous, and they are barely worthy to be worn by a Texan. In my search, I have found there are some amazing styles out there, ranging in price […]

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Is this it?

Do you ever have that “is this it” moment?  When I was a kid and dreamed of being an adult, was THIS the life I dreamed about? Do you remember when you were a kid and dreamed about how perfect everything would be when you became an “adult”?  You would travel to uncharted territories.  Discover […]

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Ciao from Texas?

I came to the realization recently that my blog is called “Ciao from Texas”.  Obvious, I know.  But what I mean is, it’s Ciao from Texas…so where is Texas in my posts? While I was touring Texas a few weekends again, I was reminded of the vast beauty and sights this amazing State has to offer.  Sights that most people […]

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2 points – Computer Gremlins

If you have noticed anything wonky with my blog this past week, that would be because anything technology related hates me right now.  I think there is some mystical aura I’m giving off that is causing chaos. So, please bear with me as I try to get these bugs worked out.  I hope to have […]

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