Part Two: Countdown to Sexy Time

UPDATE on my friend’s son. He’s home from the hospital with no clearcut diagnosis, but he seems to be feeling better. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I’m very glad it all turned out OK.

And now, back to me — my favorite subject — and my Countdown to Sexy Time.

welcome home

The welcome home table… see the tugboat shaped rock attached by a “towline” to a barge shaped rock? Those were our special finds on our hike in Palm Springs. (Click to read about it) I’ve loaded the barge with cargo of dark chocolate chips. Cute, huh? He’ll really like my creativity.

.Just started the Princess Rosebud Bake-Off:

1. Granola
2. Overnight French Bread
3. Chocolate Chip Cookies
4. Carrot Cake (you can see that I already tasted it–I DID have to make sure it was OK, didn’t I?)

(Recipes are posted below)
carrot cake Cooky Jar
I’m not sure what to make for his welcome home dinner; he hasn’t given me any suggestions yet. Possibly Vegetarian Lasagna?

That would be great with the Overnight French Bread although I might save that for Friday when my son and DIL are here.

All I’ve had to eat all day is two hard boiled eggs and one of my special secret formula wheat grass smoothies, so I’m totally ready for food.

The big question…
What should I wear?

Black Boots

Dear me, how did that sneaky Chanel handbag manage to photobomb every pic?

I never had the chance to shop for a new outfit but I do have new boots; his unexpected afternoon arrival wreaks havoc with my original plan of an evening gown and spiky heels.

Although….I’m not ruling out an evening gown; I’ve been known to wear one to the airport, but we have a couple of stops on the way home–I’ll need to figure something out.

He tells me to dress “normal” and I always ask him if he has any idea who he’s married to, or should I say “to whom he’s married”. LOL

Any ideas? I’m open to suggestions. And if you’ll excuse me,  I gotta mow my legs now…


Lowfat Carrot Cake

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon, plus 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (I used nonfat yogurt, a great substitution)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup loosely packed carrots shreds, about 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or canned pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 6 cup nonstick Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, 1/4 cup sour cream, the oil, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the carrots, pineapple and walnuts. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool for 15 minutes, then invert onto the rack, remove the pan and let cool completely.

3. Using a wooden spoon, mix cream cheese and butter. Add confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread or drizzle on top of cake only.

Lowfat (there’s a theme here) Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp grated raw apple or applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375°.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. I cannot live without parchment paper. It makes clean up soooo easy! In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, butter, egg white, apple/sauce and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let them stand 5 minutes before removing the cookies from the pans to cool on wire racks.

Overnight French Bread
I attempted to inbed the html, but it wouldn’t work, but if you click on the title, it should take you to the recipe I use.


37 thoughts on “Part Two: Countdown to Sexy Time

    • It’s not the captain–he’s very low key and would be happy with anything. I just seem to go insane and it doesn’t matter how many times he goes and comes, I put myself through this stressful routine! I think it’s cos I never fulfilled my dream to be an actress! He always says, just take a deep breath and slow down! I tell him he should be glad I even show up at the airport with THAT attitude. This is really the only time I get like this! LOL

      On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  1. Have FUN tomorrow!!! ;). And….lovin’ the recipes! I’m stealing them :). They may even make a blog post for me and I’ll make sure I hook up with you! Enjoy your weekend, Chica!!!! Xoxo


  2. I was going to say “Go with the boots” , but I forgot that you had to go to the airport…you’d get arrested that way! How about ‘dressing normal’ and have something really …oh, let’s say ‘teddyish’ underneath, so as soon as you get in the door…


  3. Boots. Trench coat. Chanel bag. Unless there’s a Santa Anna, then it may be too windy….

    Cookies sound delish! And I love we were both on the Chanel page today.

    Great news about your friend’s son!


  4. Those recipes do look delicious! I love your creativity with the Welcome Home table. Also glad that your friends son is doing ok. Since you have a couple of stops on the way home I think you might be better off wearing just something that you like. You can always change into something more comfortable 🙂 after you are home!


  5. In the 60s and 70s, our father was away a lot as well and our mother solved the problem of how to greet him by wearing a new wig and sunglasses each time she went to the airport. I think she liked the drama of the situation, especially when he didn’t recognise her straight away.


  6. These all look deeelish! I think there is some baking in my future… Also, I was going to say “not much” in terms of clothing, but since you have to venture out in public, I’ll just say “something easily taken off.”

    EEP. I feel all squibbly just writing that. Enjoy yourself misses! x


  7. Chanel bags MUST photobomb every picture! It’s why we own Chanel, Girl! I say wear the traditional trench with nothing under it. Then you can just wrap it up when you have to make your stop. Both normal (for Captain) and still sexy (for you both).


  8. My girlfriend treated me to a pedicure as a gift and failed to warn me ahead of time and I hadn’t “mowed” in a while. I was so embarrassed. I definitely go with an evening gown, why be normal? Have fun and so glad your friends son is on the mend.


  9. After years of waxing my legs & now with menopause, I have so little hair on my legs I’m lucky enough to skip shaving almost completely! Unfortunately, the hairs are now showing up on my chin 😉


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