Sunday, April 3, 2011

sunday citar......'CAKE'!!!


i've been wanting to make a post about our


since we made it for our cub scout cake sale!

this is one of my FAVORITE desserts to

make because it's so darn easy,

completely yummy,

and only as limited as your own imagination!

no real need for a recipe cause it's so easy to do....

first, gather your supplies to make two round

white cakes, any size or brand you'd like...

or if you're one of those 'stepford' women,

make it from scratch, lol!

once they've completely cooled, carefully

remove them from their pans....

then trace the pans on some wax paper

and cut out two pieces to fit inside of each pan.

(this step is crucial because if you don't do it,

then when you get to the jello part, they

won't come out of the pan)

poke lots and lots of holes into each cake

with a fork or a toothpick.

dissolve the one or two kinds of jello

you've selected into dishes with warm water.

(i've never measured this step and always had great

results, i'd guess it's about a cup or so)

then spoon over the cake and allow to dribble

into the much or as little as you like.

cover both pans with plastic wrap and allow

to chill in the fridge for at least a couple of hours...

when they're done, CAREFULLY remove

the first cake from the pan and place on the

decorating surface you plan to use...

today we made the 'flag' version of the cake...

you will usually use whipped topping for

your frosting (although i suppose you could

use frosting if you chose to) because the

combination of white cake, fruit and whipped

topping makes a FANTASTIC treat similar to a shortcake!

frost your bottom layer with the

whipped topping. we didn't do it this time,

but feel free to throw some of your

delicious fruit choice on top of this first layer

so that it's right inside your cake!

then put your top layer on and frost that too!

then decorate the top with your remaining fruit!

this was the final result of ours and it was not the fanciest,

but it was FOR SURE the first to go!

now let's use our imaginations.....

how about:

*red and blue jello with strawberries or raspberries and

blueberries for the FOURTH OF JULY?

*yellow and purple jello with lemon zest and slices for EASTER?

*green jello and lime zest and slices for ST. PATRICK'S DAY?

*red jello and strawberries or raspberries or cherries


*orange and dark purple (black cherry) jello and

dark cherries w/ orange zest for HALLOWEEN?

*green and red jello with strawberries or raspberries

or cranberries w/lime zest for CHRISTMAS?

the possibilities are virutally ENDLESS!

wondering where the 'citar' is......

"Your good friend has just taken a piece of cake

out of the garbage and eatin it. You will probably need this

information when you check me into the

Betty Crocker clinic."

Miranda-'Sex in the City'

Sunday, March 27, 2011

sunday citar....'i'm no julie'

it's been only recently that i've re-entered the

wonderful world of blogging once again.....

and with that comes the weekly occurance of


it's a wonderful idea from my adorable

friend tab @

so i'm tying another new obsession of

mine into my sunday citar

and it is

(insert drumroll here)


one of my newest and all time

favorite movies now!

partially because it's about blogging,

and also because it's wonderfully acted,

delightfully witty and adorable,

and about something i love to do....COOK!

if you haven't had the privledge, it's a must see!

(warning: this is a 'chick flick' so you may

want to wait til the men are gone)

it's the journey of how blogging made one woman

very famous! each time i see it i want to be

a better blogger....

oh, and learn how to add cool little gadgets

like count-downs to my blog!

i'm planning on a blogging tutorial some time

in the near future with one of my

other dear friends, ashlee,

who coincidentally is a blogger as well @

stop by both for a visit....they would love that!

but back to the movie...

it's set in two different eras, two different

countries, America and France,

and it's charming and addicting!

check out

for a great trailor!

it stars Amy Adams (on the left) as the real Julie Powell (on the right)

and Meryl Streep (above)

as Julia Child (on the right)

now for the citar.....

"I sincerely believe blogging can save America."

John Jay Hooker

"The influence of blogging is overall

a very positive force in the media."

Garrett M. Graff

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

wordless wednesday-"sprung" (w/a disclaimer,lol)

believe it or not.....
it's march 23rd!
but when you live in
whatcha gonna do?

(now here's the disclaimer)
my pc has a bug
kinda like the weather today
so i can't access my own pics.
so i nabbed this from a relative...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

sunday citar....'changes'

it's about that time again....
ahhh, just love sundays for so many reasons....
and one of them is 'sunday citar'
created by my wonderful friend tabitha blue
@ Fresh Mommy!
with the season changing,
as well as the time, air and color of the sky,
i thought that 'change' would be a perfect
thing to share some inspiration about....
"I can be changed but what happens to me,
but I refuse to be reduced by it."
Maya Angelou

"If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation."
Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Failure is not fatal,
but failure to change might be."
John Wooden

Sunday, March 13, 2011

sunday citar.....'a toy story'

what could be more fun,
than an afternoon at
and my favorite little man in the
whole wide world!

"There's a snake in my boots!"

Buzz Lightyear
Space Ranger
"At last. I'm gonna get played with!"

"C'mon, let's see
how much
we're going
for on

"Yeah, I'd like to loosen his stitching."
Slinky Dog

"I told you
kids to stay
out of my
Mr. Potato Head

"Well aren't you just the sweetest space
toy I ever did meet!"

"This is
from what,

"So who's ready for Ken's Dream Tour?"

"Come on Ken,
recess don't last

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

118 days and counting......

as i was thumbing through my photos...
searching for bloggerland inspiration...
i stumbled upon the pictures of our last 4th of july celebration.
for years now, we have traveled very close to home,
to our very favorite spot of summer...
a town so small you can drive through it in about one minute or less!
it's not even a town, it's actually considered a village.
but on the 4th, they knock it out of the park!!!
this quaint, tiny little beach and hillside are crammed with
several thousand people, all ready to celebrate and swim!

there's rarely a spot of green grass left by midday time...

of course, for my little man, it's mostly about the swimming!

that goes for my friends girls too...

but as you can see, waaaay back in the corner there,
they bring in the 'blow-ups', which are even more
fun when you're wet!
they even brought in a rock wall last year!

during the day, this band played some great
old 'rock-n-roll' tunes from under the pavillion...

and near the entrance you can find things to buy such as
elephant ears, fresh-grilled hot dogs, popcorn
and various glow-in-the-dark toys and trinkets!
this chillin' beauty on the right in the green and blue,
is my best friend jenney...

and as the nights fall in,
another band took over and people begin to dance,
anxiously awaiting the boom, boom, boom
of the impending fireworks!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

(barely) sunday citar......26 vs. 100!

this beautiful little boy
with the gorgeous big brown eyes is
asher is plagued by the double A's...
allergies and asthma!
and as par for the course,
(32 last year)
he's missed a lot of school this year!
and i do mean a lot!!!!
this year he's missed 26 days so
far and will be missing at least
one more this week,
as he is currently sick again....
this is the great hat we made for his
100 DAY of school celebration...

sadly though, he never got to wear it guessed it....he was sick again!
"The disease that racks and wastes thy limbs,
and the sickness in thy heart,
has flown as an eagle to a far distance,
overcome by my charm!"
Atharva Veda

Thursday, March 3, 2011


what does that mean to you?
who are they in your life?

are they fictional characters?
or characters from the Bible?
or are they ordinary people,
doing extraordinary things?

the little guy on the right
is one of mine....
his name is Zach
and he's one of my
adorable little
cub scouts!
he bright, energetic,
and has such an
amazing heart!
and this little guy,
my son Asher,
is another!
he loves life and people
with every ounce of his being!
he's not afraid to try NEW things,
(with the exception of new foods, he's autistic
and only eats a handful of things)
and he's ALWAYS on the go!
people who love life and live it to the fullest have always
been my heroes as well!
people who love other people,
and show kindness every day are my heroes as well!