Musings From MommyLand

Because sometimes there is more to Mommy…

Paula Deen for the Win: Blueberry Lime Tiramisu

If there is one thing I know, Paula Deen can do dessert.  I happened across this recipe last summer and after the first time I made it, I knew that it was a keeper.    This is a light, easy summer dessert that people love.

I stay pretty true to the recipe though I do add some fresh blueberries and sometimes I cut the mascarpone amount in half if I want something a bit fluffier.


  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese, at room temperature (sometimes I only use 8 ounces if I want it fluffier)
  • 3 (3-ounce) packages unfilled ladyfingers
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (21-ounce) can blueberry pie filling (I would get 2 cans)
  • 1 small package of fresh blueberries (my addition)
  • Fresh mint leaves, optional

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Parental Dilemma…The Floating Fish

So last night I went in to check on the boy child as I do every night before I head to bed and as part of this routine, I turn off the light for his small fish tank that sits on his dresser.  Last night, as I was getting ready to shut off the light, I glanced towards the fish and noticed that one of the two was floating belly up and I was pretty sure he wasn’t just taking a nap.

A little background…a couple of months ago when we were in West Virginia, my family had an early birthday party for “Noodle” and my mom decided that they needed to get him a fish tank.  I was not overly fond of this idea for several reasons the main ones being the cleaning of the tank and the fact that fish aren’t exactly known for their longevity.  Death isn’t a topic you want to have to visit too much with an almost 4-year-old.  However, I agreed to this because he really loved helping my mom with her fish and I knew he would be excited about it.

Fast forward a few weeks…”Noodle” is the proud owner of two goldfish.  Venom and Buckethead (if you watch Ultimate Spiderman on Disney XD you will get the reference).  They seem to be doing well and while Buckethead is a bit of a bully it has been an uneventful few weeks for the fish.  As of last night at the kids bedtime, both of the fish looked fine.  As of the mommy and daddy’s bedtime, Venom had bitten the dust.  I think it may have been some sort of heroic/poetic justice that the villain’s namesake was the first to go.

Jay took care of Venom’s burial at sea while “Noodle” slept (thank god he is a heavy sleeper at night) and now we are left with the dilemma of what to tell him about his fish.  Thus far, he has not paid enough attention to his fish tank today to realize that he is one fish down.  So my question is, do we sit down and have “the talk” with him or do I make Jay stop at the pet store on the way home and find one to replace Venom before the boy child even knows what happened?  I am fairly certain this will end with a conversation, but I thought I would pose the question to my readers.  What would you do (or what have you done) in this situation?  Any thoughts or advice?


I came across this interview with Maeve Binchy from a fellow blogger the other day and thought I would share.


Since beginning my author interviews a few months back, I’ve been paying special attention to other readers, listening for the names of their favorite writers in an attempt to be sure the interviews don’t become confined solely to my own personal tastes. As I’ve listened, the name that I’ve heard more than any other is probably Maeve Binchy. As it so happens, I am also a fan of Maeve’s work, so I decided she’d be a pretty dang good guest for my blog.

I contacted Maeve a few weeks ago (or more accurately, I contacted Christine Green, Maeve’s literary agent) and enquired about an interview. Christine told me she’d talk to Maeve, and within a few days, we got the ball rolling. This quick response was especially impressive to me because I am in the United States, Maeve is in Ireland, and Christine is also in the U.K. Gotta love the internet!

Maeve Binchy is…

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RIP Maeve Binchy…A Review of Her Last Book “Minding Frankie”

Monday night I was only half paying attention to my mom on our home phone as I was flipping through Facebook on my cell phone when I scared her by yelling “What?  Maeve Binchy is dead?”  I had come across the news from another author I follow and I was quite saddened by this news of her passing.  I first came across Binchy almost 10 years ago when I happened across her book Lilac Bus.  From then on I was hooked.  I have read and loved all of her books and find it hard to believe that there won’t be any more to come.

Maeve Binchy was a master of bringing the reader in and making them part of day-to-day Irish life.  There is no magic or turning and twisting plot lines to her stories.  There are doctor’s appointments, the daily grind of jobs, the awkwardness of meeting new people and first dates.  There are nosy neighbors and family turmoil and expectations.  But, most importantly her books have friendship and love and a spirit of making it work.  Just real people with real human issues who feel like family by the end of the book.

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