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Relay For Life Kickoff

So…we didn’t have quite the turn out that we had anticipated, but that’s okay. This is the first annual Relay For Life in this community so we are still trying to get the word out.

Even though as many people didn’t show up as we had hoped for, we were prepared for them. We had Newks to cater the event…THANK YOU NEWKS!!

I made the cupcakes and ACS provided the purple (you will see what I mean).

And more…

I wrote the banners saying Celebrate and Fight Back that are posted on the wall. We had purple balloons, purple table clothes, most wore purple shirts, purple plates, etc., etc.

We had a lot of fun and ate lots of delicious food and were able to reach a couple of people who are new to Relay For Life and hopefully they will spread the word about our event in order to increase the number of people who attend and raise money so that a cure for cancer can be found.

Remember what we are fighting for.

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Happily Ever After

One of my college friends got married this weekend. She had been dating the same guy for several years and they are head over heels for each other. So, this summer, soon after graduation, he proposed and of course she was ecstatic and she cried.

Well, this was the big weekend and the ceremony was beautiful! I was part of her big day and I felt so lucky to be there with her. My part was to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 while they were lighting the unity candle. It was wonderful to be able to watch their faces. The emotion that they had during the ceremony was beautiful, and I got to see every bit of it!

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Here stood the bridal party during the reception, watching their first dance as husband and wife. It was beautiful!

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Another of my college friends read in the ceremony as well and of course we had to take a picture next to the Christmas tree!

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At the reception, there were two cakes, the groom’s cake which was chocolate with chocolate mousse and chocolate chips and nuts on the outside. YUM! The other, was the traditional wedding cake and it was SUPER Yummy! Of course I enjoyed a piece of both!

This was the chocolate groom’s cake.

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And this was the wedding cake that I didn’t get a picture of until we had eaten most of the piece of cake. Luckily, this was a good cake.

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To send the bride and groom off on their honeymoon, the people in attendance lit sparklers. It was so beautiful because it was pitch black and it gave suck a beautiful lighting to everyone’s faces.

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We had a wonderful time and I truly enjoyed seeing friends from college that I haven’t seen in 6 months too long.
Lots of love and happiness to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Mason!!

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Blue Raspberry

This week, Matthew and I were beginning to make cookies when we realized that there were lots and lots of cookies in the refrigerator. So, instead we decided to make something blue, sweet, and jiggly…

Jello Jigglers to be exact. Yummmm!!

Matthew poured the powder and  while the water heated, he stuck his finger into the powder to taste its sweetness.

Of course by adding the water, we had to keep stirring it for 3 whole minutes. That was difficult for Chef Matthew to do as he wanted to continue sticking his finger into the mixture, but he sure was proud of himself when we completed the task.

The difficult thing was knowing that the jello had to sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours before he could eat it. Now, try telling that to a proud (and hungry) 4 year old.

Well, at least when dinner came around, he could have his Jello Jigglers for desert!

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Santa came EARLY!!

Every year, my parents ask me what I want for Christmas, and every year I say, “Oh, I would love to have this or that,” but there is nothing in that list which is pertinent or even remotely interesting…that is, for the most part. However, this year, I asked for something BIG. At least big for my standards and my parents were so sweet to oblige.

AND, you want to know the best part? They said to have it shipped to me!

WOO HOO!!! Christmas in November!!

Take a look at what I asked for…

I know, the suspense is killing you, right?

You get ONE guess…surely you can get it.

Oh come on, you’ve got it now, right?

That’s right! A KitchenAid Stand Mixer!! 🙂

Isn’t “she” a beauty? Now, I have to name her…any suggestions?

How about Sugar?

No…too obvious…

Angel?

Sweetheart?

Apple?

No, probably not good to follow Gwenyeth Paltrow’s daughter’s name.

I don’t know what I’m going to name her, but I love her already. We are bonding…”That’s right darlin’, we are going to make lots and lots of cupcakes, cakes, cookies, etc. together. No, I’ll never leave you.”

I have to sweet talk her a little bit.

Look at her, poised and ready to bake!

(And yes, I know…my pink plaid pajamas, don’t you love them! I know I do!)

Hmmm….what should I make first? Any suggestions?

Thanks Mom and Dad! Erm, I mean “Santa!”

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It’s Pumpkin Time!

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I have been waiting for this time. I live for the smells and tastes of fall and winter.
Although, I never realized that it is so hard to find pumpkin in September. Apparently Libby’s canned pumpkin only cans pumpkin about 3 weeks out of the year and I’m about a week too early.
So, I went to organic pumpkin instead. After finding a substitute Libby’s canned pumpkin, I got to work. I made pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Yum…they are amazing.
Check them out…

Don’t worry! Recipe to follow…be on the look out!

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Homemade Pretzels

Are you looking for something fun and easy to make at home?
I’m not saying that you have to have kids or be around kids a lot for this recipe, however it is kid friendly and I have made pretzel shapes with the children that I nanny for twice now. They love it because they are cooking and making something and it just so happens that it is OKAY for them to get dirty in this one.

All you need is…
1 1/3 cup All purpose flour
1 tap. Honey
1 packet Dry yeast
1 tap. Salt
1 cup Warm water

That’s it!
First preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Can’t forget that!
All you have to do is out the yeast and honey in the warm water and let it sit while you do everything else.
Start with the flour add the salt then the yeast mixture. Stir everything in and at this time it will be dry.
Now is the time you (and the kids-if there are any) to get dirty so take your rings and watches off ladies and gentlemen and start kneading that dough!
Mash everything together. I always get it mixed up well and if it is still sticky I add some more flour. Then the kids can have at it!

Or you…whichever!
Use a lightly sprayed pan and put those beautiful home creations on there, pop them into the oven for 10-12 minutes…or until golden brown.

This is what they look like before baking…


Serve with honey or jam or my personal favorite, apple butter.
YUM!

I have to say…I didn’t come up with this recipe, a friend of mine gave it to me. She works at a Y and runs the teaching kitchen. SO fun!

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Funfetti Cupcakes

My nieces birthday is coming up this weekend and to help my sister narrow down her choices in cupcake recipes, I offered to test one out and give her my opinion. Of course I’m not going to turn down an opportunity to bake cupcakes!

So, my sister wants to make funfetti cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Of course these cupcakes must be from scratch because they are so much better when they are baked well from scratch.

This particular recipe calls for lots of ingredients, but it turns out quite nicely and tastes like a sugar cookie in cake form. My favorite ingredient in this recipe is the sprinkles. I used Marble Mix-ins, you know the ones that you put on top of your ice cream as a kid, even now…yeah, those!

I ate these plain as I baked this cake because I love them so much!

You fold the sprinkles in at the very end of making the batter and you can do this with any vanilla cake recipe. They turned out super cute, but for some reason I don’t have a photo of the finished product. 😦 I know, I know…it’s a sad day.

 

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