_inside of the cake pop
cake balls ( so yummy )
cake " burgers"
another look inside...
I am having so much fun with this... making cake pops ! Starbucks is now carrying cake pops and after buying Maddy one or two... okay maybe a half dozen or more.... with each time I drive through for my caffeine fix... I decided to " google " cake pops and how to make them... so simple, but there is an art to making them look so pretty and I am working on it... Have you heard of "Bakerella" ? You'll find her HERE and she also has written a "Cake Pop" book. The possibilities are endless... I'll share some I have made so far... please keep in mind,I am working on the creative and " pretty " factor. I also found Bakerella on Youtube... with video instruction & tips ! This is great when you have to make something for a party or for your kids' class.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras Day !
I love a traditional Mardi Gras King cake . I love mine cream cheese filled ! I am happy to report that I consumed almost an entire King Cake a few weeks ago thanks to my Aunt Donna ! When we lived in PA , we had aunts from Billy's side send them to us ... they are so fun and so good ! If you don't the story of the King Cake...
At long last our journey was joyfully fulfilled. The star we followed shined brightly over the stable where we found the holy baby Jesus. This is now known as the twelfth night of Christmas, january 6th, the Feast of Epiphany. With much revelry, this is now the beginning of the Mardi Gras season and is celebrated with the oval shaped king cake commemorating out journey and decorated in the carnival colors of green for FAITH, yellow for POWER, and purple for JUSTICE. As it is served, look for the baby representing " our finding the baby Jesus" , for you who finds the baby buys the kink cake for the next party!
In the name of tradition, The Three Kings
In Pennsylvania, they celebrate Fat Tuesday by consuming gluttonous potato donuts. They are very delicious also... SEE THEM HERE And this is why the Pennsylvania Dutch began the tradition of Fastnachts, a Pa. Dutch Shrove Tuesday Tradition
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9, 2011. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, March 8th, Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent, is known as "Fastnacht Day." The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating yeast raised potato doughnuts, which are lovingly known as "Fastnachts."The name "Fastnacht" is German for "Fast Night." Fastnacht Day is a day to forget about dieting and a slim waistline and feast on doughnuts! It's a custom that had its beginnings with the Plain People. Making Fastnachts helped to use up the fat and sugar they had on hand before the Lenten fast began.
Monday, March 7, 2011
We were able to travel to Mobile a couple of weekends back and take the kids to the Saturday parades. They had so much fun ! It was so neat to share this with them, part of Mobile culture... I grew up doing every year !
"Arriving" in true Mardi Gras spirit. Jackson wasn't interested in donning the mask I picked up for him ! Grant wore his for a short time. Maddy had hers on most of the day and the ink from it transferred to her face and she was pink for the next few days!
I love catching the beads and cups at Mardi Gras , my kids however love the fact that stuffed animals are a popular item to be caught... now, we have just moved and keep in mind, I have already made at least 4 trips to Goodwill dropping off donations. I really don't need 20 more stuffed animals coming home with me ! It is my opinion that these revelers retrieve these stuffed animals from their kids in donations boxes perhaps the mom has sorted them into.. and this saves them money on buying their throws ! THANKS mister... thanks a lot !
No matter .. . I will always love Mobile Mardi Gras !
And my kids will too !
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I'm glad I knew right where the snow gear was packed, because after a week here in Olive Branch, we had seen snow for a third time... and this one was a significant snow for this area. They are not equipped for this.
This is not familiar to people here at all... a snow plow. (I snapped this photo in PA of the plow truck) . There are no salt houses here. I think there was a truck out treating the roads with brine, but I'm sure that is not plentiful here either. It's just not necessary... ( usually), but this has been an unusual Winter for the South.
This is what Jackson thought about moving. Why wouldn't he... he is loving life, in the fifth grade, has a lot of friends in PA, hanging out at Spring Mount Snowboarding every chance he gets ! He had the greatest teacher for 5th grade, he was involved in the student council , in the chorus, and variety show practice was about to start. And I am feeling terrible about the situation. A situation that I know we have wanted for a very long time, an opportunity to get back closer to our families , yet I am having a hard time getting excited about it. I never ever expected to have this tug at my heart like this has.
Grant & Maddy among the boxes. Amazing, it is how quickly 3 men can pack up your life and load it into a truck in 2 days ! On that morning we woke up in PA and that same night we lay our heads to rest in MS.
Jackson on the plane. The trip was great... it was a very early flight. Grant & Maddy slept during the flight. We finally get to see Olive Branch ! We finally get to see our new home and the kids new schools !
Monday, January 17, 2011
Katrina Kenison best describes my current existence ...
Home was this whole perfectly contained universe-town, friends, acquaintances, the streets we traveled everyday, the restaurants... the baseball diamonds... the library, the church."
And we were about to leave it all. Panic stopped me in my tracks, heart hammering in my chest and eyes filling with tears...
In her book " The Gift of an Ordinary Day "
So, friends ask me "How are you doing?" To be honest, I am trying to not think about it all and push my emotions to the side... "FOCUS" I tell myself ~ at the same time putting off what I should be doing to get ready for the next few days ! Trying to make the most of our days left here !
Dear God, Please get me through this week and let this be easier for my kids than it seems to be for myself. Please hold me up and don't let me fall apart ! Amen
Home is where your heart is, and my heart is scattered from Alabama to Pennsylvania and very soon will land in Mississippi. I will definately be leaving a big piece of my heart here. So many memories , so many wonderful friends.
It's all going to be fine... I know this. It's just not an easy thing to do....
Will blog again soon.... from Olive Branch !