Chicken Wing Cupcakes

chicken wing cupcakes

Cupcake meet chicken wing.  American loves cupcakes and chicken wings.  A bakery, Coccadott’s Bakery, outside of Albany decided to merge the two.  When I first thought about the two, I almost got sick.  When I found out that the cupcake is actually cornbread topped with blue cheese and a wing I was more receptive.    

The owner said she was thinking about the Superbowl and thought what goes better with the Superbowl than chicken wings.  She said that she tried several combinations and was ready to throw in the towel, but decided to try the cornbread and blue cheese combination before completely giving up.  It was the winning combination. 

I checked out Coccadott’s Bakery, and their cupcake selection is impressive.  They offer everything from Sex N City to  Opposites Attract.  Why not a Chicken Wing Cupcake?  I love watching the Food Network, and I expect to see Coccadott’s Bakery on Cupcake Wars in the near future. 

If I lived near Coccadott’s Bakery, I would place an order.  Would you?

Fearless Five Super Hero Review

Fearless Five books

I received the Fearless Five Super Hero books.  They were beautifully packaged and wrapped with a pretty orange ribbon.  There are five books in the series, I ordered the complete set.  I’ll start with the first book entitled Genesis of the Fearless Five.  The book is beautifully illustrated.  The characters are adorable and the colors in the book bright.  This book is about the creation of the Fearless Five.  It teaches children to use their imagination, which is exactly what they do.  They work together to come up with the names Phenom, Tank, Element, Blaze and Bender.  Thus we have the creation of the Fearless Five.  During the creation of the Fearless Five the children make remarks about each other’s looks and abilities.  The lesson in this book is self-esteem and having a positive image of yourself and what you can do in spite of what others think about you.  Another lesson is to get outside and away from the computer games and explore mother nature.  I agree, our children are losing the value of being outside and exploring nature, exercising and being able to entertain themselves.  

The second book is The Missing Baby Birds.  Again, this book encourages the children to go outside and create their own fun instead of playing video games.  They discover a bird’s nest, but the baby birds are missing.  They go on a mission to find the baby birds and return them to their mommies.  They discover that the baby birds are lured out of the nest and “birdnapped” by the wicked Cyren.  When the Fearless Five first encounter Cyren, they are frightened of her.  They overcome their fears and set the baby birds free so they can return to their mommies.  The lesson in this book is to be aware of Strangers and to run to a safe adult if the stranger tries to lure them or makes them feel uncomfortable.

The third book is The Really Hot Day.  The lesson in this book is to conserve water.  The Fearless Five are unable to enjoy a dip in the pool because Mr. Dome wants to cause a drought, and corner the market on the water in the city.  The Fearless Five capture Mr. Dome and the villains flee.  The water is returned to normal and the Fearless Five enjoy popsicles and a dip in the pool for their reward. 

The fourth book is The Total Blackout.  The lesson in this book is to conserve energy.  Dr. Dome sends one of his villians to consumer all the wasted energy in the city.  The more wasted energy the villains consumes, the stronger Dr. Dome gets.  The Fearless Five will have none of it.  They cause the villains to blow a circuit and power is restored. 

The fifth book in the series is The Big Mess.  The lesson in this book is about bullying.   Phenom is captured by Dr. Dome who is mean to her.  He ties her up and bullies her.  To the rescue the Fearless Five go

Each book has a lesson plan in the back, which will help with teaching the lesson to your child.  Again, the book is beautifully illustrated and the colors bright.  The series is appropriate for ages Pre-K and up.   

All and all, I’m pleased with the purchase.  I see myself reading this series of books over and over to my grandson.  Head over to the Fearless Five website and make a purchase today. 

Are We Giving Up On Marriage Too Soon?

Are we giving up on marriage too soon?  It seems to be quite a few break-ups in Hollywood recently, or maybe I’m just noticing.  Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, Seal and Heidi Klum, Kenny G and his wife Lyndie.  It seems so easy to just walk away these days.  Now I’m not judging anybody, I’m divorced.  I left an unhealthy relationship, and I believe these types of marriages should end.  They’re not good for anyone involved including the children.  I’m grateful that I had the courage to leave, and I’m even more grateful that I had the courage to survive it and better my lifeSo, I’m not standing in judgment of anybody.  I’m just wondering why people walk away from a marriage if it is basically healthy, it just requires a few adjustments.   Couples are suppose to grow together, but it seems more and more are growing apart. 


I’m wondering if it’s because people are not willing to compromise in their marriages, if there’s another person involved or they’ve just fallen out of love.  It seems that people believe that it is easier to replace their partners, and they do.  Do people still include the words for better or worst, for richer or poorer and in sickness and in health in their vows or is it until I get sick of you and than I’m history? It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a wedding.

Is it unfair to mislead your partner, and have them believe that you love them when you really don’t?  I would be devastated.  I would rather part than sleep with someone whose heart is with another or simply not with me. 

I’m sure there is stress and strain in celebrity marriages.  Us regular folks have stress and strain why can’t they feel the same.  I’m sure when one partner is traveling and the other is left to run the house and management the children that produces a tremendous amount of stress.  Oh that’s right, they have tons of money, nannies, chefs and domestic help don’t they On the other hand, those things don’t have anything to do with loving another person do they.  What happened to perseverance and persistence?  What happened to going the extra mile for your family?  It seems that it has all fallen by the wayside.  Has women’s liberation made it easier for us to walk away from marriage?  I was driving back from a visit with my daughter, who has a healthy and loving marriage in spite of my divorce, and I was listening to a CD of old songs.  Natalie Cole’s I’m Catching Hell came on.  She spoke of the difficulty of living alone after her man left.  She said it was the little things that she missed, him fixing things around the house, carrying the groceries, and paying the bills.  You know the things we take for granted.  Not once in that song did she say she missed anything about who he was as a person or how he treated her.  

Has the fact that women make as much if  not more than their husbands had a negative effect on marriage?  I look back at women my mother’s age, and there were very few divorces.  They stayed and worked through their problems.  Most women who stayed in their marriages didn’t work outside the home. They relied on their husbands to pay the bills and take care of the finances in the home.  Does a woman making more money than her husband cause him to have a bruised ego?  So many questions and so few answers.  Women today make their own money and celebrate divorce with a Divorce Cake. It’s not big deal.  

How do we get back to the true meaning of a marriage?  What do we as women need to do to stay in our marriages and ride out the storms?  What is it that men need to do?  I would love to hear from women who have left their marriages and those who have stayed.  You may hold the key to a successful marriage or may have some advice for those of us who are struggling in our marriages and love life.  Leave us a comment. 

Bad Baby Names

When I heard the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby girl, Blue Ivy, I immediately thought damn here we go with these crazy celebrity baby names.  I’ve wondered if parents think about the name calling and harassment their child will have to endure as they grow up.  I understand wanting a unique name for your child, but some of the names we place on our children are just down right ridiculous, and Blue Ivy is one of them.  Blue Ivy is so rich, her name won’t matterShe will be tutored and socialize with Apple, Alabama Luella, Banjo, Sailor Lee and Diezel.  Yep, the names of other Celebrity children

What about the common folk?  You know the children that have to go to regular school and endure being teased on the playground or later in life turned down for a job because of their name.  Lets get real, people are turned down for jobs because of their names in Corporate America.  People prejudge or automatically make assumptions about who you are because of preconceived ideas.  They see your name on your Resume and automatically think they know you.  It hits the trash can. We’re not interested in the likes of you and your name says it all. 

Years ago names like Lexus and Mercedes were seen as ghetto names, especially if the children lived in the projects or another low income area.   What’s the chances of someone living in the ghetto driving or getting close to a Lexus or Mercedes?  Lexus and Mercedes have dropped to the bottom of our Bad Baby Names list.  Names like Buwana, KimKisha, Chandeler, Obamaneshaa, Pilot Inspektor, Jermajesty, and Blue Ivy are on the scene.  These are the names that will wear on innocent children.  These are the names that will cause a person to save every dime they can so they can change it down the road.  Sorry mom, but Obamanesha or Pilot Inspektor was more than I could bear.  I hope that you understand. 

People please think about your children and the world in which we live when you decide on a baby name.  More than likely, they will have to live with that name for the rest of their  life and the torture that goes along with it.   If you’ve noticed, I have intentionally not called my list Ghetto Names.  Bad Baby Names have no boundaries.  They’re just bad rather you live in the suburbs, Hollywood Hills or the ghetto.  Leave us a comment and let us know the worst baby name(s) that you’ve heard or what you think about parents who give these poor children horrendous names. 

Wordless Wednesday: Channel Purse

My daughter’s Birthday Cake

Chicken And Noodles Recipe



easy recipes

Looking for an easy recipe for a cold winter night?  I love to whip up a pot of chicken and noodles.  This recipe belonged to my now deceased Mother In Law, so each bite warms my heart and soul.  It’s easy and hearty.  I serve it with warm rolls, yum.  I’ve switched to the No Yolk noodles for this recipe.  It doesn’t change the taste, and the No Yolk noodles are  99% fat free and no cholesterol. 

  • 3  – 4 chicken thighs
  • 3  – 4 chicken legs 
  • 4 – 5 potatoes cubed
  • 1 package of No Yolks noodles 
  • 1 large (49 oz.) can of Swanson Chicken Broth

Cook chicken in just enough water to cover it until it falls from the bone.  (You should check the water occasionally).  Remove the chicken from water and cool.  While chicken is cooling, add the cubed potatoes to the water and cook until tender.  You can add some of the broth if needed.  Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and shred.  Add the chicken and more of the broth to the potatoes.  Season with your favorite seasoning; mine is Lawry’s Season Salt and pepper.  Simmer 15 – 20 minutes.   Add noodles and remaining broth and simmer until the noodles are done.  Enjoy! 

Moscato D’Asti Wine Review

I discovered Moscato D’Asti during the holidays and I’m here to tell you that if you’re a mom who needs wine occasionally, you must try this.  It’s a sparkling white wine made from the Moscato Bianco grape and imported from Italy.  Some consider it sweet, and drink it with dessert.  I personally don’t find it sweet at all.  It’s the perfect wine for me.

I’m salivating as I’m writing this article.  If I don’t watch myself, I could turn into a Moscato lush.  I want to head to the kitchen for a glass now.  When I purchase this wine, one bottle won’t do.  I can polish off a bottle alone, so I get one for me and one for whomever I’m drinking it with , lol.  I soak pomegranate seeds in the wine and place them in my champagne glass while I’m sipping.  The seeds are refreshing with the wine and delicious to eat.  Strange you say, some people eat strawberries with their wine, I love pomegranate seeds with mine.  At least with this particular brand. 

I have a long week-end coming up, and I will be enjoying a glass or two of this delightful concoction.  I’m also a big fan of Steeple Chase, which is a red wine made by the Maryland Winery, Linganore.  If you live in the Maryland area, you need to check out the wine festival hosted by Linganore Winery.  They host Funk, Reggae, Motown, Blues, and Steel Drums bands during the summer.  

Are you a wine lover?  What’s your favorite, red or white.  Leave us a comment, we love to hear from Moms Who Need Wine.   

Fabulous Baby Finds – Alice Baby Shoes

Are these fabulous or what?  I absolutely adore them and had to add them to my Fabulous Baby Find list.  These are a must for my Zarriah.  I just brought a ton of shoes for her for Christmas, but these will go on the Easter list for sure.  These are custom made shoes.  Now don’t let those 2 little words frighten you.  You can purchase them at a great price, $38.00, at Lollipop Moon.  Love that store.  This shoe is called The Alice, and is great for any formal occasion.  I have church in mind for Zarriah.  She will be able to wear them every Sunday until she outgrows them.  They also have The Audrey, which is adorable, The Suzette and the list goes on.  You need to head over and check out their fabulous collection.  Styles and prices vary, they have something for everyone. 

If you decide to order these, do so in plenty of time.  Custom orders take at least 2 – 3 weeks to make and ship.   

New Book Series: Fearless Five Super Heroes

I love discovering fabulous products for my grandchildren and readers.  I was notified this morning about a book series about five African American Super Heroes.  The super heroes are called the Fearless Five.  What a great concept.  As an African American, I have a difficult time finding toys and other items that focus on African American children.   It’s so disappointing, especially in 2012.  I’m sure my African American readers can relate, so I thought I would share this find. 

My grandson is a big fan of Super Heroes.  He loves Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk,  so I jumped at the opportunity to purchase this series of books.  The series is about five characters:  Bender, Blaze, Tank, Element and Phenom.  They are all adorable.  The concept is to raise the self-esteem of African American children.  According to experts, a child’s self image is developed by the age of seven.  As with any parent, I want my grandchildren to grow up with a positive self-image.  I want them to believe they can accomplish anything with hard work. 

The books send messages to the children on self esteem, team work, education, and morals to name a few.  Since I just ordered the books, I can’t give an honest opinion on the messages, but I am looking forward to doing a review and hopefully a give away.    

The books can only be ordered on the Fearless Five site at this time.  I love the fact that you can check out through Paypal, it’s quick and easy.   I’m hoping this series will be a huge hit for our African American children.  I would love to see this concept come out on DVD too. 

This series would make a great birthday or Christmas gift. Please go to the Fearless Five site and order a set today!  

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Elementary Math – How Many Slaves Picked Oranges?

How many slave’s hands are tied in this photo?  That’s right, how many slaves are tied in this photo?  I could not believe an article that I read this evening about Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, GA that incorporated slavery into math problems for third graders.  WTH?   Let me give you a preview of an actual problem sent home, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”  I truly find this hard to believe in 2012. 

The explanation given for this poor judgement is that teachers are encouraged to mix subjects.  I buy that; however, who is teaching students about beatings, picking oranges and cotton and anything else associated with slavery and finds it acceptable.  I know that slavery was a way of life in the south and many still have a slavery mentality, but teaching it in our schools.  As far as I’m concerned, the teachers should have been be fired.  The principal has agreed to sensitivity training, but is that enough?  These teachers are college educated, but obviously have no common sense.  That’s dangerous.  People with no common sense lack judgement and that soon leads to disaster. 

We wonder why the American school system is in the sad state that it is currently in.  We have our answer!  What’s your thoughts on this gross error?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.