Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
But I was hungry for Texas Sheet Cake, and being the cook that I am, I just happened to have all the ingredients handy. And oh, was it ever worth heating up the already hot house! If you have the time and the ingredients, I highly recommend whipping up a Texas Sheet Cake yourself. Your taste buds will thank you, even if your waistline doesn't!
Texas Sheet Cake
1 C butter
1 C water
1/4 C cocoa
2 C sugar
2 C flour
1/8 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/2 C sour cream
1 t vanilla
Combine butter, water, and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until butter melts. Add sugar, flour, salt, eggs, soda, sour cream, and vanilla; mix well. Pour into a jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare frosting.
1/2 C butter
1/4 C cocoa
1/4 C + 2 T milk
1 lb. (4 C) powdered sugar
1/2 t vanilla
Combine butter, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and mix well with an electric mixer. Spread over hot cake.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I took Baby Girl up to her room to change her. When I opened her diaper, a strong smell of garlic permeated her room. I looked down and noticed she was covered in garlic powder. Even after a bath and a thick lather of Baby Magic, both she and her room still smell like an Italian restaurant. And I still have yet to locate the possibly empty jar of garlic powder. Maybe it will turn up with the stuffed pink puppy she lost a month ago.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
May- Hubby and I celebrated our 14th anniversary in New York City, a first for me. It was only a day and a half so I made sure to cram a week's worth of sightseeing in a short time. It amazed me to see famous sights I had seen on television so many times and to realize Tom Hanks stood RIGHT HERE! The only celebrity we noticed was Lionel Richie, which was pretty cool, even though I'm not really a fan. We walked so many miles that it took several weeks for my knees to recover. I would definitely do it again. Oh, and eat at John's Pizzeria again!
June- the kids are now out of school and this large 4-bedroom house suddenly seems very small. They have actually been pretty good so far. The first few days were a battle until they remembered how I crack the whip! If I could just keep them from fighting with one another, they would be pretty close to perfect. I'm blessed.
I have also turned another year older since I last documented my thoughts. But we don't need to discuss that. My recently turned 9-year-old asked me what we did special for my birthday. I thought, quickly trying to come up with something sweet to say so as not to disappoint him, but nothing came to mind. I tried to gently explain to him that Mama is the one who does the special things for birthdays so when it's Mama's birthday.....
Summer has been so lovely thus far. I avoided the use of my air conditioning for as long as possible. But it's now humming happily and I am no longer sticky and stinky. But I miss the sweet, clean breeze blowing in the windows, no matter how sticky. Our flowers are prettier than ever this year and I've really enjoyed nature. I tried my hand at flower planting this year and have really enjoyed watching the little seeds start to grow. Next year I'll have to start earlier so we can actually have flowers before early fall. Until then, I'll still enjoy the little green shoots and be happy that I accomplished a little bit of a green thumb, even though it's barely mint green.
- 3 birthdays, 3 birthday cakes...one was in the shape of a Lego man's head, which is what the 9-year-old requested
- 1 field trip to the Fire Station, 1 field trip to the Zoo (with a group of 5 kids), 1 Spelling Bee, 1 elementary school graduation and awards ceremony
- My biggest production of the year- a dramatic sign language performance, written and choreographed totally by me, with 35 signers and 500 in attendance
- My second biggest production of the year- a Mother-Daughter Banquet, totally written by me, with 250 in attendance
- The acquisition of dozens and dozens of new gray hairs