Tuesday, July 1, 2014



I’ve loved makeup my whole life, and have applied it with abandon, probably too much, but I have toned it down in my older years.  That’s not the problem these days, the problem is just getting the correct products on my face.

So yesterday, I’m sitting at my dressing table, I’ve got on my foundation, I’ve got on my eye shadow, getting ready to put my Anastasia Brow Whiz on my fast fading eyebrows, I grab it, start making the short strokes so it doesn’t look like I’ve drawn it on, and holy crap, I grabbed my tight line eye pencil instead and it’s kohl!  So now I have one really black greasy looking eyebrow.

No biggie, I just used my trusty Cetaphil and wiped it off, proceed to fill in my thinning brows with my Anastasia, which is awesome, by the way ($20 at Sephora).  Then I grab my Anastasia Brow Gel to set it in place.  I glide it over my eyebrow, the very same eyebrow that I previously put the black eyeliner on, and holy sh*t, I grabbed the mascara instead of the gel, and have now smeared that all over my eyebrow.  It was actually comical, but that waterproof mascara didn’t come off so easily, and by the time I got it off, my brow was really red.

I just can’t win, maybe it’s time to give it up.  Nah, that would be even worse, Jan + no makeup = scary looking old(er) woman.

Oh, and one other thing.  For the past couple of months one side of my face has been red and splotchy with occasional eruptions.  Don’t you love that word, eruptions, sounds so much better than zits at sixty-four.  But anyway, it waxed and waned, it would start to get better, then come back with a vengeance.  It was so bad that I asked my doctor for an antibiotic script, thinking maybe I had some kind of weird in one spot bacterial infection going on.  Well, that antibiotic didn’t help a bit, I was at wits end, getting ready to call the dermatologist and brace myself for a very spendy visit when I started Googling.

I read that dairy and yogurt causes some people to breakout, too many hormones.  I’ve been in a greek yogurt making frenzy, lately, even though I’m using milk that is “supposedly” hormone free, and I’ve also been eating a lot of cheese, and have for the past year ever since I started my low carb lifestyle.  My friend, Ang, kept telling me that I was eating too much dairy, but did I listen, oh noooooo, I just kept on sucking it down.   So a week ago it all came to a standstill, I quit cold turkey, no dairy at all in any form except for a splash of half and half in my morning coffee.

And???  My face is totally clearing up, and I feel better, lots better physically.  I had been lethargic, napping, not feeling well, but the past week none of that, I just feel better, period.  So I’m thinking that maybe Ang was right and it was the dairy, maybe the allergic reaction wasn’t just on my face but inside my body as well. Ya think?  

So life is pretty good today, now let’s just hope one of my eyebrows doesn’t fall out from all the different products I put on it and scrubbed off.  Geezy Pete, how stooopid!!!!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Older Ladies by Donnalou Stevens


I think it should be mandatory that all women over the age of sixty watch this.  That is all….

Sunday, June 29, 2014


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Oh how exciting this is for me, I have granddaughters, plural, two of them.  Adorable, sweet, precious little girls.  Abby was on her way to a birthday party today, oh my the child does love to layer on the jewelry, just like her Grammie.  Love it, love it!

Deanna Harris Cruser 4

And little Lexi, she’s a fashion plate already.  Oh what fun it is to see these sweet little girls all dressed up.

I never got to experience little girls, having two sons.  Abby was a whole new experience for me, and now I have sweet bebe Lexi. I’m a lucky, lucky woman.

Granddaughter(s) melt your heart...

Meshach Taylor, dead at 67


Designing Women was the best of the best.  Funny, sassy southern women, there will never be another show like it.  

Meshach Taylor was a gem, and he’s gone now, along with Dixie Carter, such a beautiful woman, gone much too early as well, at 70, and Alice Ghostly, who played Bernice Clifton to perfection.  R.I.P. Anthony Bouvier, you were an amazing talent….

Sometimes you really need your mother....


When I was a little girl mother always made blackberry dumplings in the summertime.  Oh, they were so good, fresh berries, simmered in a buttery, sugary syrup, then squares of pie crust dropped into the boiling liquid, soft, tender squares of dough, simmered and served over ice cream, oh my.

So I’m going to make them this weekend, but I don’t have her recipe.  Oh, the things I wish I could ask her.  I no longer have her, but I do have cousin Phyllis, who I messaged this morning, she’ll know how to make them.  Famlilies are the best!

And when I make them, I’ll be sure and post to Jan CAN Cook, so that I will always have the recipe.  Some of you might like to try them as well, it’s comfort food at it’s finest.  A lot of people make drop dumplings and plop them by spoonfuls into the liquid, Mother never did, they’re too puffy and doughy if you drop them, but if you use pie crust, they’re just perfect.

And no, I’m not going to use Pillsbury Already Piecrust, hubby is not a fan, I like it but he doesn’t.  Luckily, Lindsay brought me a couple of discs of her crust the last time she visited and I have them in the freezer.  Linds makes the best pie crust, seriously good, even better than mother made.  It really is…..

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