Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bliss by the Bowlful

(and yes, those caps are completely necessary!)

Honestly, I can’t think of a single amazing dessert that I’ve ever enjoyed more than this one!
Let me set the stage for how this deliciousness came to be.

First, I’m in charge of all the activities for the women at my church.  We recently had a produce manager come and talk to us. Of course, we HAD to have super yummy fresh produce for refreshments!  And of COURSE only half of the people showed up that we were expecting. Even with giving a bunch of stuff away, I went home with almost 2 pounds of strawberries.  I had also made the BEST fruit dip for that night and had a huge bowl full left. 

Second, there was a very real possibility that Hubby would not even be home for Mother’s Day.  And even if he was, he wouldn’t have time to do anything for it. We discussed it beforehand, and decided to celebrate later.  But, it was STILL Mother’s Day, dang it! And if I was cooking, I was going to make something drool worthy.  I planned my favorite menu and just needed dessert.  So I opened up my fridge for some inspiration.  Those luscious strawberries were staring me in the face. Strawberry shortcake, of course!  I thought to myself. But what if we used that awesome dip instead of whipped cream!  And the typical angel food cake is nice, but what if we went for full fledged pound cake to make it even more tasty! LOVE this idea!

So that’s what I did.  I decided to try my hand at making my own pound cake.  Results: yummy, but oh BOY  do I need a better pan. In spite of very liberally greasing and flouring, it came out in chunks. Well, we can deal with that! It turned the whole thing into a bit more of a trifle idea, but hey, it was edible!

Ready for the recipe?

Lick Your Lips Shortcake
*Pound cake (I made mine from scratch using this recipe)
*Strawberries, de-hulled and sliced
*fruit dip (I combined these two recipes into my own )

Grab a bowl. Crumble up your pound cake. Sprinkle about 4 strawberries worth of slices on top. Dollop a great big spoonful of dip.  Eat with great enjoyment!

Fruit Dip:
*7 oz. marshmallow cream
*8 oz. cream cheese
*zest of 1 orange

Beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in marshmallow cream and zest.  (I added in some fresh juice too, but it made it too runny. So next time I’ll skip that part)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Crazy things my 2 year old can say


‘Lil’s language is finally taking off. While there is a LONG way to go, she does now talk like your normal 12 month old (only 15 months behind!).  She’s slowly learning to say things like Dada, her sister’s name, and “mil” (milk).


But she says crazy things too.

One of her first words? Yewow.  Really? Yellow?  We’d been working for more than a YEAR to figure out how to ask for food, and she comes up with the hardest color to say first instead?


I just heard her say : aye, eee, eye, ohh, YOU!


Really?  She can’t identify me as Mama (she usually says “Head” or “Hair” when I point to myself – thinking it’s time to go over body parts I suppose).  But she can say all the vowels. Where the heck did she even hear all the vowels in order anyway? That’s not your typical Sesame Street or Blue’s Clues lesson.


“Tae Too” (thank you) is one of the cutest.   Actually, for not being able to communicate, she sure is a polite little thing (when not throwing the biggest fits in the world that is).  She says “tae too” whenever you give her something, or she gives you something. “Pwee”  (please) has been her way to say yes for months now. Just this morning I heard her say “wem”, which I think was your welcome, after she said thank you.  And she’s starting to say “sow” (sorry) when something goes wrong.


Our biggest communication hurdle right now is figuring out just what the heck she is saying. She never EVER has finally consonants. So milk and movie sound the exact same.  So does color and cookie.  It’s still a big guessing game – but she has started to say “No mee” or “No cugh” when you hold up the wrong thing. 


A two word phrase – that’s HUGE people!


Maybe, just MAYBE by the time Jr comes in August, I’ll be able to talk to my daughter.  And oh, how that makes my heart smile!


*and yes, she is just POSTIVIE this seat is for her to eat breakfast in, not for a baby!

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Favorite party

So my last post (where I was crazy!) I talked about filling those baskets with pretties.
Here’s the follow up.

Several months ago, one of my favorite blogs threw a Favorite Things party.  It’s kind of like when Oprah would have her insane giveaways, only for normal people.

I fell in love with the idea.  I’ve had it in the back of my head ever since, just wondering how to make it work.

Then, all of a sudden, I realized I needed to do it LIKE RIGHT NOW!!! Before school gets out for the year and before I have to worry about a little baby around the house!
So I made a list (and checked it twice!).  I sent out an email invite through (LOVE that site!).  And then I re-explained it to pretty much every single person I invited!  Here’s my quick explanation for it.
“please bring 5 of your favorite thing to share with everyone else.  I’m also putting a price cap on it of $10 each item – but if your favorite thing is costs a quarter that’s AWESOME!!!”
The idea is that we each get to find new favorite things – and actually go home with our own goodie bags!  Adults NEVER get goodie bags!

My next problem was what on earth I was going to give! I finally decided to give one of my favorite books.  I hopped on (another GREAT place!), and found 4 hardback copies of Wildwood Dancing (a retelling of 12 dancing princesses) for a buck each! (ok, so there was also a couple more bucks for shipping, but still!) Perfect!  I placed them all in my cart and was good to go.

That is, until I got the confirmation emails the next day.  They all said expect to ship in 7-14 days . . . except for the one that said shipping can take up to a MONTH!!!?!?!?!??!  What! I only had 9 days before the party. If it was my idea to have this thing, then I think I better have something to give everyone else!
Which is why I had to get those silly baskets made. I really do love how they turned out, but boy, talk about crazy!
Fortunately, the night before the party the books arrived. It was cutting it close, but at least they made it!
We ended up with only 4 of us there.  My favorite thing was the book. One lady brought flushable wipes (I’ve always wanted to try those!), and the other two both brought foaming hand soap – great minds think alike!
I’m for sure going to have to do this party again!
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