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If there is one thing I learned from the movie Labyrinth, it is you never, ever say “It’s a piece a cake!”

Words of wisdom, my friends. Words of wisdom.  What do David Bowie movies have to do with this post?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

All right, that being said, it’s time to catch up on some family events that should have been posted when they happened last year. The theme here: Cake. Birthday, to be exact.

Chunk #1 asked for a Lego Cake. That blue one is a single stud Lego. His idea and I loved it.  (No, I don’t do fondant) (Yes, I probably should in order to make the cake look better) (No, it probably won’t ever happen because nothing beats homemade frosting.)  (Yes, that’s what I said, Nothing).

Chunk #2 asked for a penguin cake. I’d like to point out the nest of chocolate rocks in preparation for this penguin’s babies. The Chunks’ idea. So funny.

El Jefe was down with me making him a Tres Leches cake. It was an experiment and it was bombdiggity. I should share the recipe. It’s here somewhere……..

While I look for it, here’s a better view:

This was probably the best cake I’ve ever made in my life. In my life.  In. My. Life.

And let’s not forget the birthday boys and girl posing with the birthday cakes:

Chunk #1 trying to control his enthusiasm.

Chunk #2 loves her little friend (please note the added marshmallow/”egg”).

And “Sloth love [this] Chunk” 🙂

Good times…Here’s to a new year of actually posting these things when they happen….. XOXO …..


Yummy Pumpkin Waffles

It’s Fall now, which means pumpkins, apples, pears, and all sorts of spices that make you want to wrap up in a blanket sipping a warm drink as you watch the season change outside your frosted window.

Ok, actually that doesn’t really happen here in Las Vegas.  But it’s raining in the desert which means having something close to what I described above.  It also means needing some dee-lish comfort food. This is one of my favorite recipes.  After I got it from my sister, Amy, a couple of years ago, I made it practically every other Sunday night.

Last night I demoed them for the ladies at church.  They were a hit!  Enjoy it!

photo and waffle by La

Yummy Pumpkin Waffles:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, separated
1 3/4 cups milk (I use reconstituted powdered milk and it works great)
1/2 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
2 Tbs butter, melted
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, milk and pumpkin; mix well. Add to flour mixture. Stir in butter. In a small mixer bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into pumpkin mixture.
Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Depending on size of waffle iron, pour 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups batter onto hot iron. Generously sprinkle with nuts (or maybe chocolate chips?). Bake in iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
Serve with Pumpkin Maple Sauce. Makes 6 to 8 waffles.

Pumpkin Maple Sauce: In a small saucepan, heat 1/14 cups canned pumpkin, 1 cup maple syrup and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon until warm.

I also like to sometimes top it with whipped cream and then it’s like pumpkin pie…… but in a WAFFLE! If you’re a breakfast girl like me, it doesn’t get any better.

If sharing food equals love, then just know that my sharing this with you means that I have a huge crush on you.

It’s that time of year again.

I’m dejunking, people! I have my seasons (read SEASONS not REASONS—although of course I have my reasons but they don’t need to be itemized here)

I’m in that dejunking season again.

I’m not very good at it. What I do is I look at boxes and say “why do we still have you?” and I go through it. Then my hands get sticky with memories and I can’t let it go.  But, last season, I got tough on myself and finally disposed of quite a few items, including this ridiculously awesome souvenir.

You see, about twelve years ago, the streets of Argentina echoed of Enrique, Shakira, and Ricky.  It was everywhere. So, while waiting for the use of the phone in the bus terminal of Cañada de Gomez, I bought Enrique’s mug for .50 centavos.  I stashed it in my luggage until the end of my mission (a sister has to stay focused, you know), and then kept it in a box of “mission stuff” for the next eleven and a half years.  So, I said goodbye to Enrique last Spring and laughed at the fact that his mole was photoshopped off of his face.

Now, the question is, do I get rid of this?

It was a “gift” from my husband.

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I have a lot of catch up going on. Not just on my blog either…….my house, my body, my hair, my calling, (uh, not necessarily in that order but it certainly does say something about me, don’t it?)

El Jefe’s birthday was Monday….which was also the start of school.  His birthday also kicks off what I lovingly call Birthday Month (or Cake Month, mmmmmm cake).  We also just celebrated our anniversary (uhhhh, ya, if you’re wondering, that was in JUNE)  and we had another fun filled adventure to Idaho.  So I have a lot to report here.

But not today.

Last night I read to Chunk #1.  He’s been reading the first Harry Potter book (a moment I’ve been excited for since he started to read “cat” and “ball”).  He made a tent in his room, brought in a lamp, and we curled up together to find out the next exciting news in the world of Hogwarts.  It was a great moment.  I love reading to my kids.

Our latest favorite author (besides J.K. Rowlng) is Mo Willems.  Check out the Pig and Elephant books, there are a bunch of them.  They are soooooooo cute.

Catch ya later!

Really bad Haiku while I dejunk my house…

By Mitchellanddent on Etsy.com

Today I dejunk.
Queen of this castle purges.
So long Old. Hi, New!

What to do? Old Books.
College anthologies, dust.
Once burdened my back.

Attachments. To what?
Tokens, Souvenirs, just THINGS!
Free up space, shall we?

Mix tape memories wane-
Can I liquidate them all?
I-pods are awesome.


Organized living.
If you’re there, hooray for you!
But, we can’t be friends.