Australia, Amy Winehouse, & Aspergers


   

     ((((( I Loooooooove Urvashi Agarwal! )))) 

 

Greetings from snowy, chilly,  ridiculously slippery Duluth, Minnesota.

 

The good news is, I’m traveling to Australia today,  virtually,  of course, guest hosting on GO BAKE YOURSELF!

I love Urvashi Agarwal

I love Urvashi Agarwal

I will be featuring one of my families all-time-favorite delicacies:  Saltine Toffee.  Mmmmmmmmm. Yesssssssss.  Baaaby. These little gems are abundantly addictive,  darlings.   Want to know the best part, though?  Giving them away to my friends!

Lush Saltine Toffee!

Lush Saltine Toffee!

Please, will you click over to say hello to the fabulous 17 year old Urvashi, type up a comment, & copy down this decedent,  SIMPLE, amazing recipe.

 

 

          ((( I Loooooooooooove Ellen Gregg! )))

 

I heard ELLEN‘S sexy, smooth, textured  voice last week and fell in deep, endless, girly love. I emailed her immediately,

“Pleeeeeease read my poem, BACK TO BLACK

 

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

She said,  “Yes!”

 

Listen Here NOW:  BACK TO BLACK / DREAMING IN VERSE

 

ELLEN is a healer, writer,  guru,  blogger,  and actress.  Thank  You,  Sweets!  You made my poem better.

 

 

        ((((( I Love Samara. ))))

 

I love Samara

I love Samara

Okay, I admit it,  I’m a bit jealous of this new writer I discovered.  She rocks like Gaga.  Her words are like butter.  She makes my bones ache.   Even more than that….

 

I love this freshly pressed piece of her:   He Has Aspergers & Everything Else I Never Wated To Hear About My Son

 

——Dear,  Reader,  do you have a favorite recipe,  writer,  book,  or person who turns you upside down, inside out?  Please go visit these sites highlighted in PINK. You will be better for it!   xx


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82 Responses to Australia, Amy Winehouse, & Aspergers

  1. How I love the generosity of your huge, rich, butter soft heart.
    Sending hugs and love.
    And will go and visit your friends this afternoon when I have the time to savour them.

  2. I love your recipe and everyone else seems to be digging it as well 😀
    Thanks so much again!
    And I am flattered that you still see me as a 17 year old but I actually turned 19 this year 😛 But I have known you since I was 17 how cool is that?

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  3. Chris Carter says:

    Samara… oh do I love thee. I get it. Really do. Her words are powerful enough and smooth enough to drench even the hardest of hearts with her oozing honey. I’m sure you read her story over at Sisterwives, yes? I am still shaking from that one. And? Praying for her.

    Off to go do some listening and reading!! I have MISSED you babe!! Was hoping you were okay… and not buried in the snowbanks.
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  4. Oooh, your toffee saltines look amazing, Kim!! I have met some wonderful people (mostly bloggers/writers) because of my connection to you. So, a BIG thank you, Kim for introducing me to so many wonderful writers like Samara and for visiting me at my site. I feel like I’ve known you forever xxoxoxxoo. I’ll be stopping over to get your recipe!
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  5. OMG, Kim ‘Back to Black’ is absolutely stunning. Ellen’s voice so perfect for the recital.
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  6. Red says:

    Yummo.

    Recipe… There are so many which make my world a better place. For the moment, I will go with gingerbread, although cheesecake is in second by a nose and 25 degrees.

    Writer. Ugh, you do ask the hard ones. I go back to Chaucer and Homer on a regular basis. Talk about being born in the wrong century.

    Book. For the moment, the new ones which will be out for Christmas shopping!

    Person. Going to keep that one on the sly until I am certain. 😉 Cheeky. I know.

    I am sending you the degrees we are above freezing with warm hugs from breezy Texas. Big MUAH!

    Love oodles,
    Red.

  7. OMG–that toffee sounds awesome! My mouth is watering–LITERALLY! Would love to visit your friend and how fun to discover a new writer. You are such a sweetie, Kim. Seriously, you are dear. Hope you enjoy Australia. A virtual visit is better than none at all, right? But, my God, don’t freeze to death, my friend!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy
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  8. Big hugs from non-snowy (yet!) New Hampshire, and big thanks, again, for the opportunity to read your delicious poem! (I so need a margarita!) xoxoxo
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  9. I love you chicky :)

    What a delicious looking treat, I bet you keep your friends very happy with those.

    Right now I’m loving trashy romance novels, Klondike bars, and pinterest — I’m in comfort mode 😉
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  10. Mike says:

    I’ve been following that storm since it originally came in like an angry dragon to the Bering Sea. And now I’ve been seeing the ohhhhhh so much NOT fun it’s spread across the Midwest. Sorry…and stay warm, Kim! Saltine toffee?? Yes please :) Also, Urvashi has a new subscriber and I got so wrapped up in her food reviews the past 45 minutes I almost forgot to come back here and comment! Love you, Kim :)
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  11. Read your yummy post over at Uru’s. That toffee looks amazing. Can you giveaway some to me?
    I have too many favourite recipes, my favourite food is coffee…yes I said food and coffee. Then I like treacle pudding, and biryani, and Indian bread pudding. And I love Shakespeare and Jane Austen :)
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  12. lisa says:

    Oh my goodness, this toffee looks and sounds absolutely sinful, Kim!
    Thank you so much for sharing here. xo.

  13. Hotly Spiced says:

    A triple ‘A’ post! I loved your post over in Oz and how difficult it must be to raise a child with any type of autism xx
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  14. I literally leaned forward and squealed when I read you were coming to Australia, scared my colleagues, by the time they looked at me, I was frowning realizing you were just virtually. Sigh! Whirlwind of emotions. LOL! Great recipe on the delightful CCUs blog, I read it on my phone the other night, but commenting is near impossible, so will do today. :) Favorite recipe – the very recipe I am preparing at the time. :) Writer/book, dont know that I have one, but I am just about to read Graces Guide Book, one of my fave YouTubers & Stand & Deliver which is about 50 years of the National Press Club, my workplace. Person who turns me upside down, inside out, actually most of my inner circle. Awesome post, stay warm my lovely. Happy weekend to you. xo
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  15. Wait! what? you’re going to Australia?? my home? I grew up there and still call it “my place.” How fun to take a virtual trip.
    Urvashi is soooo beautiful and that saltine toffee looks divine.
    I’m off to check out all the lovely people you’ve mentioned, discovering a new writer to me is like discovering a new dark, dark chocolate.
    Stay warm, stay beautiful!
    xx

  16. Alice says:

    So wonderful to see you on our end of the planet Kim! I love a salty sweet n caramelly, crunchy delight and with chocolate no less! Love your stuff and the world is always better with sweets!!! xo
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  17. Vidya Sury says:

    Delicious post, Kim!

    Just reading “Amy, My Daughter” by Mitch Winehouse and I am enjoying it very much. I think you’ll love it.

    Heading over to the pink links

    Love you more than a field of pink tulips smiling at the early morning sun.

    Hugs, Kim!
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  18. Saw those cracker toffee on Uru’s blog and I love them! Thank you for sharing, Kim, and have a wonderful day!
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  19. Mandy says:

    I love you!
    Have a beautiful love filled happy blessed day my darling Kim.
    :-) Mandy xo
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  20. Your love keeps spreading…I’ll follow you where you go! xo
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  21. Debbie says:

    Kim, your generosity amazes me. Your toffee looks divine, and how cool is it to have somebody so famous read one of your poems? Darling, if this trio doesn’t warm you up, I don’t know what will!! (By the way, we’re having flurries today, and I’m praying they don’t STICK!!)
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  22. Dana says:

    Hopping over to visit all these ladies now – thanks for sharing the love, Kim!
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  23. My dear human friend, have you any idea how difficult it is for my doggy paws clicking on all the different stuff I need to do just to comment on your pawst? Sheesh and arf! :)

    You are going to be the star, down under, virtually, of course. How nice of you to bring such awareness. I shall give you a doggy hug!

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny xx
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  24. Monica says:

    You make the yummiest desserts! I love when you showcase all the lovely things in your life. You’re like Oprah in the blogosphere, empowering women and sharing your favorite things with us. Can’t wait to read Samara’s blog. Thanks for the introduction!
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  25. ladyfi says:

    A delicious post!
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  26. Love this! Wow! Great new blogs, too. “)

  27. Yessica says:

    That recipe looks YUMMY, can’t wait to have a chance to try this:) Perfect to ‘impress’ my family when I visit them for Christmas hehe.
    I will definitely have a look at your friends’ blogs soon.
    All the best for you and have a lovely day.
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  28. I just finished Toni Morrison, Home. It is fabulous. A short read but everything you could possibly want in a book.

    No favorites, none though my Rum Balls rock and I make them with all sorts of different flavors.

    Favorite person? I have none right at this very minute in time. I love you.

    Thank you for the poem, loved it and commented. Thank you for the link, reading now.

  29. Charlotte says:

    Are you aware of how amazingly infectious your spirit is? Your heart is so beautiful and pure :) I love you for always sharing what’s real in your life while also giving back to your readers~you are simply beautiful.

    Also? These saltines look to die for. And also amazingly easy to make. Thanks for this recipe! And Amy… I may have to listen to her today. XOXO and enjoy the weekend, my sweet!
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  30. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Dear Kim, I visited Urvashi´s blog and left a comment and took a look at your wonderful Saltine Caramel treat – you post the most comforting dessert recipes! Love the way you describe them too!
    My favorite books right now are all the books form Ferdinand von Schirach – he is a criminal lawyer who practices in Berlin and who has published a few extremely interesting books such as “Crimes”, “The Collini Case”, and “Guilt” – I read them all, re-read them again and again while I was in hospital last month – I was and am still fascinated by his writing and I went to listen to one of his book presentations two weeks ago – he is one of the most charming and humble persons I have ever met.

    Thank you for all your inspiration, dear friend!
    Stay warm, andrea

  31. I loved that piece from Samara too. Going to go ooze yummy jealousy over your saltine toffee recipe and check out this voice you love right now!! xxoo
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  32. Ok wait it’s your poem?? Brilliant, lovie!
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  33. Hilary says:

    such great stuff… I don’t know where to click first!
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  34. Catherine says:

    Yum, the toffee looks delicious!
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  35. Jack says:

    That toffee looks awesome, simply awesome.
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  36. Sandra says:

    I’m crushing on chocolate in every variety, old fashioned pound cakes and bourbon. Weird combo right? Loved to see you at Uru’s places and your recipe is dangerously easy. Thanks so much for introducing us to Ellen (such silky words you provided) and Samara. My oldest daughter’s name is Samara and I’m always delighted to meet someone else with that name. Hugs!!!!
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  37. Now I’m craving saltine toffee.
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  38. Sammie says:

    She’s a talented young baker! That’s for sure! I should go check out the recipe now hehehe
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  39. Emily says:

    Great list! Thanks for the links!
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  40. Liz says:

    I’ve made these with matzoh, but saltines sound even better. Who can resist that salty-sweet combo? I’m ready for spring. How about you??? xo
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  41. Becky says:

    I make these addicting Toffee Saltines, and they are always a hit. The Salty and sweet combo can’t miss. We are having the awful cold temps, too. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hope to see you again.
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  42. “Her words are butter,” — how poetic! And that saltine toffee — on my list to make. Wow. Thanks Kim!
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  43. I LOVE this cake recipe and I usually don’t like cake. But this recipe makes my taste buds dance. And it’s soooo quick and easy.

    Chocolate Crazy Cake

    3 C. flour

    1/2 C cocoa

    2 C water

    2 tsp white vinegar

    2 C sugar

    2 tsp baking soda

    1C oil

    2 tsp vanilla

    Sift dry ingredients together in a 9 by 13 inch cake pan, then mix all liquid ingredients together. Make 2-3 holes in the dry ingredients and whisk in the liquids. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Top with your favorite frosting.

    And here are two frosting recipes that I LOVE.

    CARMEL FROSTING

    2 tablespoons butter

    3 tablespoons milk

    1/2 cup packed brown sugar

    1 cup confectioners’ sugar

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, and mix in 3 tablespoons milk and brown sugar. Boil vigorously for 1 minute.
    Remove from heat, and beat in 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar. Cool slightly, and beat in the vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.

    8 oz container coolwhip 4 oz serving instant pudding of your choice, cut down on 1 c milk to pudding. Wisk together to make a light fluffy easy frosting.

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