Cooking With Littles



I am so lucky to be able to witness lots of firsts with my two grandbabies. Here their Mom April is teaching her littles Johnny 3 1/2 years old and Dottie his 23 month old sister how to make pizzas.

April and her husband Darren enjoy teaching and nurturing both children to learn something new everyday. They are truly wonderful parents and the two little ones have different demeaners.

Johnny is laid back easy going and Dottie is busy constantly exploring.  Their Mommy has their attention here since both of them love eating pizza.

I am proud how both the littles paid attention during their first baking lesson. While I watched and snapped a few pictures another feeling entered my mind, time is short and babies grow up so fast.

Everyone has busy days but don’t forget to slow down and look at those you love!!

Visit April online at @aprilintheburbs.


Homemade Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Ice Cream

  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup crushed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 3 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
  • Hands-on: 10 Minutes
    Total: 6 Hours
  • 1. Whisk together first 6 ingredients; cover and chill 2 hours.
  • 2. Pour milk mixture into freezer container of a 1-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times will vary.)3. Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and freeze 30 minutes.

    4. Stir crushed cookies and liqueur into ice-cream mixture. Transfer mixture to an airtight container or a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminum foil; freeze 3 to 4 hours or until firm.

    Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream: Omit cookies and liqueur. Bring 2 cups coarsely chopped blueberries, 2 Tbsp. sugar, and 2 Tbsp. water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool 30 minutes; cover and chill 2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, prepare recipe as directed through Step 3. Stir 2 tsp. lemon zest into prepared ice-cream mixture, and swirl in chilled blueberry mixture. Proceed as directed in Step 4. Hands-on 25 min.; Total 6 hours, 45 min.

    Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan Ice Cream: Omit cookies and liqueur; increase vanilla to 2 tsp. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 3. Meanwhile, cook 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans and 1/2 Tbsp. butter in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 7 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Spread pecans on wax paper, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt; cool completely. Stir pecans and 2 Tbsp. bourbon into prepared ice-cream mixture, and proceed as directed in Step 4. Hands-on 10 min., Total 6 hours

    Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream: Omit vanilla, cookies, and liqueur; reduce whole milk to 1 1/2 cups. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1. Meanwhile, pulse 1 (16-oz.) container fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped; 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil; and 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice in a food processor 5 or 6 times or until finely chopped. Stir strawberry mixture into chilled milk mixture. Proceed as directed in Steps 2 through 4. Hands-on 10 min., Total 6 hours

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Personal Safety


Hello Everyone,

I am happy that Spring is in full bloom at our Texas home. One of my favorite past time activities is taking floral photos and enjoying nature. It is easy to become so absorbed in taking a picture and forget about my surrounding. In turn paying no attention to people passing by.

Although I am a believer that most people mean me no harm. There is evil in our world and taking safety for granted is unwise. With that said I wanted to share with you five personal safety tips.

1. Look around. Be aware of your surroundings and people within five feet of your reach.

2. Wake up.  Take out earphones and don’t be distracted by a phone conversation.

3.  Walk wide around building corners. Don’t get jumped.

4. No stranger gets in your home EVER. Home invasions are growing and a large number of murders start as home robbery incidents.

5. Don’t go with a stranger. Never go with a stranger anywhere. Fight, scream, make noise and stand your ground. You stand a better chance of surviving.

Several other tips come to mind but with families taking vacations keep it in mind to teach loved ones how to be safe.

Please share your safety tips!

Take Care,

Kathy Bradshaw








Happy 3rd Birthday Johnny



On April 02,2016 family and friends joined my grandson, Johnny to celebrate his 3rd birthday! His mommy chose a circus theme and used her talents to decorate in grand style.
Guests were treated to festive snacks of circus animal cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, cupcakes, and lemonade. Friends and family were treated to special guests from Tiny Tales Traveling Petting Zoo out of Austin, TX. The petting zoo was a gift from myself and Johnny’s Papaw David. Dorothy his baby sister was not familiar with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings, so she observed from outside the fence.
Johnny’s Uncle Jay was our party photographer and caught some wonderful shots.

If you haven’t enjoyed a visit from Tiny Tales, I encourage you to check them out. Their critters were enjoyed by little ones and adults alike. I especially liked the bunny! John and Dorothy are the children of April and Darren Bogus. They reside in Round Rock, TX.
Visit his mommy April online at @thetattooedtype and





Purina Beyond Natural Dog Snacks


Sailor is showing his best beg face!


I am a member of BzzAgent and review products sent to me by manufacturers for my honest review and feedback. Recently I have been lucky enough to be sent this variety of dog snacks by Purina. Each Purina Beyond Natural Dog Snack variety is made from high quality ingredients. Our dog enjoys the flavors and begin to beg when they smell  the real chicken, and salmon.                                                                                                                      Our family likes that our  furbabies; Lyric and Sailor are feed snacks with no poultry by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy or artificial flavors, present.                                                                                                                 Purina® Beyond Natural Dog Snacks come in flavors like Crunchy Chicken & Barley Recipe Biscuits and Jerky Strips with Chicken & Carrots, treat your dog to a well balance trust the brand  you already know has your pets best interest at heart.

I was sent these snacks to share with my dogs for free from Bzzagent and Purina. In exchange for my honest review and evaluation of these dog snacks. #GotItFree #Bzzagent

Armstrong Browning Library

20151218_13095720151218_123644Baylor Campus Waco, TX.

On December 19, 2015 it was my pleasure to spend several hours on the beautiful Baylor Campus.

I was honored to be a guest at a Professors luncheon.
During that lovely meal I was asked to share my mission for Nettie Pearl’s Closet with the group of educators. It was such a wonderful experience and the beginning of my fundraising efforts.
While on campus I had to visit their Armstrong Browning Library. Dr. Beatrice  Laurer teaches English History in Literature and shared that she insists her students use the library for independent study each year.
I arrived at the library just before 2:00 P.M. and spoke to the assistant at
the front desk. The time of my arrival is important due to the position of the afternoon sun streaming though the stained glass windows in each room, which left me nearly breathless due to their beauty. It was the closest to a spiritual experience as I could of ever imagined. The library in all has sixty two stained glass windows most celebrate the works of Robert Browning in this elegant Italianate building.
I was handed a brochure which told the story of how the library was founded, funded, and the drive of  Dr. A.J. Armstrong to see his project to completion.
He was the head of the English Department from 1873 to 1954 and devoted himself to the study of Victorian poet Robert Browning and his works.
The library started with Dr. Armstrong’s private collection of Robert Browning works, and personal effects.


After browsing the main second floor I made my way to the
the third floor Austin Moore Elizabeth Barrett Browning Salon. It is
set up as a parlor with Victorian era furnishings not every piece of furniture was owned by the Browning’s.
A few personal pieces of furniture were used by Elizabeth, they have her writing table with drop leaves she owned before her marriage to Robert. On the table sits her letter tray and the olive wood chairs beside the table which only weigh a few ounces each. Being in this salon is like stepping back into time and you can just imagine the sounds you might hear, a swish of a satin skirt or gaiety laughter filling the room. I dedicate this post to everyone who enjoys the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Next time you find yourself in the Waco Texas area stop by the Armstrong Browning Library and feel yourself briefly in the Victorian time. Before you leave enjoy the grounds surrounding the library and their gardens.
Thank you for reading my blog and sharing this memorizing adventure with me.  To read more visit