Triple Orange Birthday

Today I made my daughter a new lamp shade for her room.
I got this zebra print shade at the Dollar General for $5.00 and added fluffy pink trim.
Cute hugh!?!

Oh, last night she and her bff went to the first Jr. High dance of the year.
I finally got to meet the boy who consumes ALL of our minutes on the cell bill!
We need to add him to the friends & family plan like yesterday.

Yesterday was party day at Caden's school. 
This is the last year for Halloween parties at school as next year they will have out grown them.
Boo! (yay!)  Boo!  (yay!)  

Ok...back to today. 
We celebrated Grandma Di's 65th Birthday.

Triple Orange Angel Food Cake


Triple Orange Angel Food Cake
Recipe Courtesy Sandra Lee

1 (15-oz) can mandarin oranges in light syrup
1 (16-oz) box angel food cake mix
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 (8-oz) container whipped topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Move a rack to the bottom position.

Drain the mandarin oranges and reserve the liquid.  Measure the reserved liquid and add enough water to equal 1 1/4 cups.  Measure out 1 cup mandarin oranges, reserving the remaining oranges for garnish.

In a large mixing bowl, combine angel food cake mix, mandarin water, orange extract and orange zest.  With an electric mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds.  Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on medium for 1 minute.  Pour into angel food cake tube pan.  Carefully place 1 cup of orange segments around top of cake batter.  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until top of cake is cracked, dark golden brown, and not sticky.

Remove cake from oven and invert onto glass bottle to cool.

Frost cake with whipped topping and garnish with reserved orange segments.

Cook's note:  Excessive stirring will cause whipped topping to become watery.


Today I like

None of these Pictures are mine.  I just like them...a lot.  They make me happy. 
Enjoy your day.



"The World is My Backyard"

- Thomas O'Malley (The Aristocats)


No use crying over blood & gore

I stood in the costume aisle with my son looking for blood and gore...yes blood. He is ten years old and absolutely hates scary movies of any kind, to be left alone in a room or the the dark. Seems the boys at school are giving him a hard time because he had mentioned wanting to be Optimus Prime for Halloween. Evidently if you don't dress up with blood & guts you're not cool. Kids can be so mean.

I knew this day would come, but did it have to come so soon? I wanted him to stick to his guns and be true to himself. It's a learning experience, I know. My heart is breaking. Where did the little boy go who, in his mind, really WAS the character he was dressing up as. Where was my little Woody,

Teenage Ninja Turtle, Spiderman,

Batman and

Anakin Skywalker?

I fought back the tears as I purchased blood and gore. This, to me, was the same as the day I went to give him a goodbye kiss and he took a step back not wanting his friends to see. It's the same as having the kids clean out their toybox and finding Woody at the top of the donate bag.

We'll get through it. Ok, I'll get through it...it's just gonna hurt a for a while.


My Star

"It’s her beauty that captures your attention...

It’s her personality that captures your heart."
Author: Unknown


It's raining leaves

It's raining gold

and red and brown

As automn leaves

come raining down.


Good Things

We are doing good things every chance we get.

I have an active family. Cheerleading, Black Belt, Photography and MX Racing....school, doctor, dentist, games, homework, etc. etc. etc.

Growing up I thought everyone ate dinner as a family. Yet now I realize that simply isn't the case. As children get older and the number of activities they are involved in increases the meals eaten as a family are less and less, just when teenagers can benefit from family dinners the most.

Having dinner as a family provides stability and communication that's important for children...besides, I like it.

I like that my kids are involved:

I like meal time with them as well. I hope they do too.
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