Peach Dump Cake

For Christmas this year I gave my bestie and her family a once a month dessert for the whole year. I make them one delicious dessert every month and they get a gift that keeps give all year. It’s been so fun to think of what I will make next. So much good stuff out there! This past month I made them a Chocolate Eclair Cake, which, if you have not had, you must. It is fantastically good and so super easy it’s just ridiculous.

Well, my friend could not believe that I would be so cruel to give her something so yummy when she was just fitting into her jeans. Cruel, so cruel. So, how does she pay me back? By making this ginormous Peach Dump Cake for my family. Now mind you, there are like 2 1/2 of us for real around here. You can’t really count Anna, after all. And this cake was mammoth! Fortunately, I was able to push at least a little off on another great friend of mine. God bless you, Carrie. 🙂

Anyway, I just had to share this recipe with you because, well, it needs to be shared. So here you go:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 large can (30 0z) sliced peaches with juice
1 butter pecan cake mix (I’ve only seen this by Betty Crocker)
1 & 1/2 sticks melted butter
1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans (if desired)

Layer in greased 9×13 pan as follows:

Peaches, including juice (I chop them smaller)

Sprinkle DRY cake mix evenly over peaches
Top with pecans
Drizzle melted butter evenly over dry cake mix

Bake at 350 Degrees for 45 minutes.

Now go make it already! You can thank me later. Or curse me, whatever works for ya!

Enjoy!!

Blogger envy

Do you ever get blogger envy? Seeing all the cool free stuff that the bigger named bloggers get. Being blown away by the amount of comments just a picture of their adorable little cherub gives them. Then listening to how they went on this trip or that trip absolutely free because some company just wants to reward them for being super mom of the year.

Well, I did. It started annoying me as I read twitter post after twitter post, blog after blog, and facebook status’ which abounded with just how “lucky” they are to be who they are. Then hundreds of comments would flow about how wonderful they were and oh, if anyone deserved it they sure did. Seriously starting to gag me.

But, maybe I’ve changed a little bit today. As I think about how my days may be boring to some, I sleep in until 8:30 most days, until my oldest comes in and wakes me up. We then cuddle until we hear my youngest crying. I grab some milk (I’m starting to wean) with cereal and fruit for her and we play on the floor while she munches away. We then might go to a playdate or MOPS or storytime or the museum or the zoo. We can stay as long as we want, so we do. My little one takes a nap and my oldest and I do school or crafts or watch a movie together. Once little Anna wakes up, she snacks, we clean, we make dinner. My husband comes home and we all eat together, do baths, hang out and read. And then my husband and I play on our computers or talk or watch our favorite show. Some nights we have church events or dinner with friends, but usually the evenings are just to relax together. No extravagant trips, no major companies knocking on my door begging me to say their name, no free major appliances.

But…

My life has no deadlines. I don’t feel like I need to spend hours every day, or even week, blogging or tweeting. I don’t have so many emails I have to tell my “fans” I can’t answer them, and then, I don’t have to feel guilty about people thinking I think I’m too good for them. I don’t have to justify my behavior to anyone, particularly people online whom I’ve never met. I don’t have people insulting me online because they are jealous of me. I don’t have to read 15 pages of comments everytime I post from people whose blogs I’ll never in my life have a chance to visit. I don’t have the media knocking on my door because I tweeted when my son fell in the pool, asking for prayers. I don’t have people critiquing every word I say, just because I have a bajillion followers.

Yeah, I think I’m ok with being a once a week blogger, with an easy going life and spirit and with just a handful of followers, after all. It suits this small time blogger pretty well.

10 Smile Tuesday

Oh, how long has it been since I have done a ten smile? Way too long, I’m afraid. I mean well, but finding the time to put together posts these days just doesn’t find it’s way into my priorities. I remember when I used to post nearly every day, I believe that had to be before Anna though. Whew, since having Anna my life has changed in so many ways, and that certainly includes blogging. Running after two little ones certainly keeps me on my toes!

I was thinking about things today and how one day my children are not going to want to play with their very uncool mom, how dress up will no longer be fun and doors are going to be shut a lot more than open in our home, and I suddenly realize, yeah, blogging is definitely something that should be on a back burner for me. So…there is my reason for blogging so infrequently, as you can see, it’s a pretty good one!

With that though, I do want to have a bit of a journal to remember sweet things that are occuring daily in our home and ten smiles is a great way to remember and focus on those. So, without further adieu, here are my smiles:

1. The Haiti Effort. We didn’t have much of a turnout the day of the drive, but we did have a lot of people donate financially online, tell us they were praying and support us throughout so that surely made it all worth it. It really is great knowing you are working for something bigger than yourself.

2. Carrie. My good friend, Carrie, went with me for the day to work at the Haiti drive, and we had such a great day just hanging out and talking. We are never together without our children so it was so nice to just be “us” for a few hours.

3. Dress up. I’m not sure why but Lilla has never been big into dressing up, it’s always just been something she does with other kids. No longer though, suddenly she is totally into it. Today she had on her dress from my brother’s wedding ALL day long. We were Ariel and Eric the whole day. She is loving it!

4. The fire. Even as I type our fire is going. Unfortunately, it is gas, so it doesn’t let off heat, but oh, the calm and peace of a fire is truely unmatchable!

5. Music. Both of my girls love music. They are constantly singing, dancing or playing some type of instrument. Which, is why we have so many in the house. Lilla’s favorite is the harmonica we got her for Christmas, she loves that thing! Anna is all about drums right now. So fun to watch them enjoy something we love too!
6. MOPS. Although our numbers have not been really high this last year, it has been really wonderful getting to know some moms better and enjoying the great speakers we’ve gotten involved.

7. The big game. As most of you know, I’m from Indiana. I’m also a Colts fan. And, this is a great time to be a Colts fan. Also, we hung out with some newer friends to watch the game, and that is always fun. Lots of laughs, lots of food and lots of just good fun!

8. Apples of Gold. Our church has a program called Apples of Gold which is a mentoring program for married women 35 and younger. We started this past week and it was so great getting to spend 3 hours cooking, talking and learning to love our husbands better. Can’t wait for this week!
9. Homemade. I have to admit, I can often be very lazy when it comes to dinner. I just get busy and so we often just grab something on the go. We have really been trying hard this month though to stop doing that to save money and save our waistlines. That does work, but a really great part has just been enjoying the time together sitting down at our own table and being able to relax. Yes, it does take time to make the food but I have really enjoyed teaching Lilla to cook in the process.

10. Eclair cake. Because, you know, almost everyone of my ten smiles has some type of food in it, I just had to put this one in for you. At apples this past week they made us an eclair cake, which, if you’ve never had one, is fabulous!! Here is a recipe, so easy and sooooo good!

What are you smiling about this week?

Enough


Yesterday I participated in a Haiti drive. We were collecting sleeping bags, tarps and medical supplies for people affected by the Haiti earthquake. Then again, is there anyone in Haiti that was not affected by the earthquake? It would be like Washington basically collapsing. And even that does not begin to describe how it is. I close my eyes to try and picture it so I can have a better understanding of the plight of the Haitian people, but nothing can compare to the stench of dead bodies laying everywhere, no running water anywhere, no electricity or blankets, sleeping on a hard street with nothing underneath me. Owning nothing. Nothing.

So, we collected some sleeping bags and medical supplies.


And today it just doesn’t feel like quite enough.

The Lady in Pink

Every year at Christmas time my grandmother is gracious and gives our family enough to get a Children’s Museum pass and zoo pass for the year. We have so enjoyed many, many days at both venues over the past three years. We have enjoyed getting splashed by the dolphins at the zoo, sliding down the yule slide at the museum, feeding the giraffes mangoes and sizing up the dinosaur bones, trick or treating at zoo boo and going for rides on the carousel. They have both just been a blessing for our family.

This past week was no different as we were able to enjoy the new Barbie exhibit at the Children’s Museum. It was so fun to reminisce about my childhood as I perused over the dolls, introduced Lilla to Western Barbie (my all time favorite Barbie doll that I played with until the clothes literally fell apart, according to my sister. I apparently cried, which, is not abnormal when it comes to me!)and watched her partake in a fashion show. She loved getting to put real makeup on and walk down the runway in her high fashion duds, design outfits for future Barbie
dolls and pretend to be the Paparazzi!

This is an exhibit worth seeing!

Soap

For nearly three years, our first child, Lilla, was, to say the least, the sun and moon in our lives. It seemed nearly every thing revolved around this child. Since I was a stay at home mom, all my time seemed to be devoted to the care and love of this little girl. My attention was fully hers…and she loved it!

Two years ago, we were trying for our second child. We thought it would be great for Lilla to have a friend, but also wanted her to really realize that she was not first in the world. That she would need to share with others and begin to put others first. When we got pregnant, we knew the transition would be hard, but hadn’t quite planned for what would happen next.

Our once sweet child turned into a tantrum throwing, yelling, crying, disrespectful one. We were shocked at the way she was suddenly behaving. At first we coddled her, knowing she was hurt and upset, but then we started to get mad, which changed to concern for her heart. We obviously couldn’t let her be so disrespectful to us as we really believe she will treat all authority, including God, this way.

As we do believe in biblical discipline, we spanked, which did work somewhat for a time. The other night though she just began yelling at my husband because she didn’t want to go to bed. I could tell he was losing his patience with her and so I told him we need to try a different approach. We decided to deal with her mouth as that was where the problems were stemming and so he put the smallest drop of soap on her tongue. She gagged a little and after she was cleaned up she said to him, “Daddy, why did you make me vomit?”

Michael sat her down and said, “Lilla, Daddy didn’t make you vomit, YOU chose to be disrespectful, to not honor Daddy or God, to yell at me instead of obey. Daddy had to choose to obey God and discipline you in order to train you that you need to be respectful and obedient to Daddy and to God. You chose to not be loving and Daddy needs to train your heart to make good choices.”

She said, “OK.” And then she went to bed.

As I listened to this whole situation taking place, I was reminded of my relationship with God. How often He has to discipline me and put soap in my mouth. I do not enjoy the after taste, being disciplined stinks, to say the least. But, I surely continue to disobey, and so God continues to discipline. He does it because He loves me and He wants me to be loving to Him and to others, to make good choices. What a loving God to want to train me to make good choices and to ultimately be more like Him. To take time with Amy, who does not deserve His love or His grace. So grateful for my Saviour today…He loves even me.

Haiti

Before going to bed last night I had heard that Haiti had an earthquake. Not thinking too much about it I lifted them up in prayer, asking God to be with them and for his glory to be known more through the devestation.

This morning when I woke up, I saw that it was more than just another earthquake. Oh, the devestation that has been caused to so many people is just heartbreaking. I’ve been listening to reports on Christian radio and am now on my knees for these dear people who’s lives have been turned around in an instant. Many thousands upon thousands are dead, more are hurt, a jail has crumbled and the inmates have escapaped, ministries have been leveled, bodies are lying about everywhere…it goes on and on and is absolutely horrible.

Please consider joining me in praying for these people who already have hard lives, that God will be with them, keep them safe and give them the peace that passes understanding today.

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