Category Archives: Things I Love Thursday

Things I Love Thursday: Cake

Today I share with you cake. Two* cakes, actually. Two cakes I made to celebrate Liam’s birthday and my niece, Quinn’s birthday. I love cake. But I especially love good, out-of-the-ordinary cake. Something more interesting that your usual boxed cake (mostly because I like to make life harder on myself). Last year, inspired by my friend, Keri, I used the frozen buttercream transfer method to make a Lightning McQueen cake for Liam’s 4th birthday. While not perfect, I was still thrilled with how it turned out and so was a certain 4-year-old.

Liam asked for another Lightning cake this year and I had to divert him to something else, specifically a rainbow cake (because I wanted to make one). And for Quinn I thought something chocolaty was in order. Because Quinn’s little one can’t eat eggs, I found two recipes with nary an egg in them.

The first for the rainbow cake is easy-peasy (aside from the whole complication of dividing the batter into six bowls and mixing with food coloring). You buy a bow of white cake mix and add a can of lemon-lime soda (a.k.a., Sprite). And bake. For the rainbow, that’s another story – I followed the directions on this website. I will tell you that the cake took FOREVER to bake. But it was so pretty:

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Quinn’s cake was from this recipe. But I baked it in a bundt pan (I cannot say bundt without thinking of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” anyone else?). And then I topped it with chocolate ganache. Hello there, handsome. (The rainbow cake had a chocolate ganache and oreo filling to make it yummier and the instant pudding/whipped topping frosting from the original recipe – only with the full sugar pudding and only reduced fat store-brand whipped topping.)

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Are you hungry yet? (she asked with a wicked grin)

*I realize I actually talked about five cakes but when I started this post, I was only going to show you the two recent cakes but then I remembered I could download pictures from FB to show you the others and then I didn’t want to go back and redo the beginning. Instead I spent my time typing up this paragraph. You’re welcome.

This post is linked up with Jill at Diaper Diaries.

Things I Love Thursday: Sarah DB

Sarah’s the lovely lady in the center in purple with glasses.
We might have drank a few mojitos prior to the taking of this photo.

I’ve been blessed with some wonderful friends in all areas of my life – I definitely know the best people around (though I’m sure your friends are pretty awesome, too)! But one of my dearest and truly sweetest friends, is Sarah. I’ve known her since day one of college and she even lived in Chicago for part of the time that I lived there so we haven’t lived too far apart from each other for over 15 years (but we’re not old). Like me she also has two boys so we get together fairly often for playdates and Saturday night dinner and games. She even watched my kids for a week when we went to Arizona last year (she’s no saint – we did pay her – but she sure is close, though she’ll hate reading that, it’s true).

I just love that girl (though we are to the age when I should say woman) and all the happy memories I have of her and with her. She always brightens my day and is someone I know I can call for help – whatever I might need. She also hardly ever swears and was known to say, “I’m swearing in my head!” when we were in the dorms. I do recall one time when she shouted “sh!t” and ran of the room (I think related to some brownies in the oven) and it left the rest of us in a fit of laughter because it was so unexpected. Our freshman year I used to tuck she and her roommate into their loft beds before I continued my studying for the night. If I could find it, I would share with you a video I have of her from our 30th birthday trip to Key West – she’s hilarious and delirious in it, purely because she’s tired – it’s awesome! Four years ago she invited me to join her MOPS group and I’ve been going ever since and loved sharing that experience with her.

I love her delight of life, her giving and caring spirit and her friendship that has blessed me so very much. And I love that she always has Diet Coke in her fridge and often homemade baked goods on the counter. Plus you need to see her when her feet get too hot or her curly hair gets out of control – mucho entertaining.

She’s currently pregnant with her third boy (bless her) and has been in a bit of a scary spot for the past day as she was having contractions at 32 weeks while up north with family and ended up getting sent by ambulance down to our city in case their efforts to stop labor weren’t successful. At the moment – labor is paused but child #3 might prove himself to be determined to come out so we wait and pray. Bedrest will definitely be in the near future – which seems fairly impossible with an almost 6-year-old and a 4-year-old to look after. I know she’ll rise to the challenge and all will be well but in the meantime, this wasn’t exactly how things were planned. So I thought I’d throw a little extra love her way because if anyone can use it, it’s her. And if anyone is going to be a fantabulous mom of three BOYS, it’s my sweet Sarah! You are the best! Really, truly. Love you my friend!


This post is linked up with Jill at Diaper Diaries.

Things I Love Thursday: Delegating

Yesterday was a trifecta of things going wrong. First, our phones stopped working at the office. Next, our email stopped working and kept telling me my ID didn’t exist. Then our brake lights on our one-year-old van wouldn’t go off as expected and twice while I was driving the accelerator/engine acted like it slipped into neutral but would correct itself when I would release and then press on the gas again. Perfect.

The good news is, I have people I can call for these things and I can make my problem their problem to handle. I call this delegating, something I’m trying to be better at doing in the rest of my life and having problems I can’t handle myself means I definitely have to hand the job off to someone else. Do you think God knew I needed some practice?

So two phone calls and technician visits later, my phones get dial tone again instead of only static. One trouble ticket filed and my email is functioning again. And a visit to Toyota service and hopefully I’ll be driving the van to work in less than 30 minutes (keep your fingers crossed).

Not only did I get practice in delegating, but I got to experience how easy and stress free it can be to have someone else do things instead of trying to do it all myself. Now if only I can remember this and apply it to the other areas of my life because I’d rather not continue to have things go wrong so I can “learn” my lesson.

Also, I tried to make the Oreo pops I wanted to try for Liam’s birthday (linked to here) and they were an epic (but tasty) fail so I delegated the boys to eating the crumbled, half-dipped cookies. See, I’m learning already.


This post is linked up with Jill at Diaper Diaries.

Things I Love Thursday: Cute Things My Kids Say

  • Both my kids misprounounce remote; Liam said, “grr-mote” and Jack currently says, “bro-mote” so this is what we call it all the time
  • While walking the other night, Liam kept looking at me and shouting, “You’re getting skinnier, mom!”
  • Also on walks, Liam asks (loudly), as we approach someone else walking, “Are they a stranger?” My lesson about talking to strangers apparently hit home. Continue reading