Friday, January 27, 2012

ABC’s About Me…

Well, since my dear friend Lisa did this on her blog, and my bestest, Kim joined in as well.  I MIGHT as well go ahead and do it too.

It is highly possible they will be the only ones reading it! LOL  …. hello?  Is anyone out there? Smile

The ABC’s about ME!

Age: 43 and proud of it!  I don’t ever want to be ashamed to say my age, it is an honor to know that God continues to give me breath to breathe! Smile

Yes, this means I wore bell bottoms as a young child…my favorite pair were dark blue knit with little white kitty faces all over them…yup.

Bed size: King cuz I like to hog be comfortable. Smile

Chore you dislike: You asked… picking up my dogs poop.  Ewwwww.

Dogs: The most adorable, spoiled, well behaved (sometimes), loving, precious little boxer you have ever seen!  Stormie. Smile  We love her.

Essential start to your day: Smiles exchanged between my Lover and me. Smile

Favorite color: I’m somewhere between pink and blue right now… lol

Gold or silver: Definitely Silver!

Height: 5 foot 5 inches.

Instruments you play(ed): I sadly have not learned an instrument “yet”.  I do like to sing, so I guess I can play my voice a little.

Job title: Home Enhancement Specialist ~ AKA Housewife

Kids: 1 very handsome, smart, funny, athletic, nutty, and very loved son…AND an absolutely lovely “almost” daughter-in-law. Smile

Live: The Sunshine State: Florida!

Mom’s name: Dorothy, Dotty, Dot, Grandma, Dot-Dot, Gramma Dot, Mom.

Nicknames: My Dad and olders siblings tend to call me “Kath”.  When I was a baby my Dad called me Butterball…I’m sure you can figure out why, lol.  He also called me “Kathaleenie-bidga-bageenie” ~ that’s my favorite name…I would dance down the hall to the sound of that name. Smile  I also answer to Mom, Mother, Momma, and Honey Bunches. Smile

Overnight hospital stays: Birth, and I stayed overnight at the hospital with my son when he broke his leg.

Pet Peeves:  That feeling you get when you realize that no one is listening to you and just letting you talk, then expecting you to repeat yourself.  That’s just rude.  Or finding out that even though you have talked about something numerous times with someone, they never “heard” you.

Quote from a movie: “You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you, and I never wish to be parted from you from this day forward”….. sigh.

Righty or Lefty: Righty

Siblings:  3 older sisters and 2 older brothers.

Time you wake up: On hubby’s work days 5:00 a.m….days off, probably around 8:30

Underwear: You will be happy to know that YES, I do own underwear.

Vegetables you don’t like: Eggplant and squash.

What makes you run late: Me.

X-Rays you’ve had: Dental X-rays.  Knee X-rays.  Mammo ~ Oh yeah, that’s fun!!! Sleepy smile

Yummy food you make: Yes.  Smile  I love food, love to cook, don’t usually cook things that I don’t think are yummy.  Hubby says everything I cook is yummy, he’s good like that, lol.  HE would say his favorite thing I cook is “Chicken n’ Dumplings”.  Our son would say a million things all at once, but I would probably hear “Shaw Tacos. 

Zoo animal favorite: Ardvark.

What?  Why not?  Smile  hee hee

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine Décor…

When hubby put the Christmas boxes in the attic, he also pulled down my one little Valentines box.

I looked at that 12x12x12 box and wondered what could be in there.  I love Valentines, why do I not have more “stuff”? LOL

Valentines is extra special for me because that is my precious hubby’s Birthday…so I get all all Valenbirthday on him. Smile

However, when I opened the box, I didn’t really find much that I liked anymore.  There was the cute little hand embroidered streamer that I made last year, I like that.


However, most of the other stuff was store bought “ick”.  My homes color palate has been becoming must softer, whiter, calmer and I wanted my décor to go along with that feeling.

So first I headed to Pinterest, to see what I have pinned.  Don’t TELL me you don’t know what Pinterest is!  Oh my. Smile  Another post all together.

After I got a little inspiration, I headed to my craft room…


I put together this little heart to hang in my “wall window”.  I’ve decided that a ‘wreath’ for every season shall hang here. Smile


Then I rummaged around until I found the Pride and Prejudice book that I tore apart to make my decoupage table…I used some of the pages to make these cute hearts I saw on Pinterest.


I’m not done yet sisters!  I’ll come up with more as the week progresses…we shall see. Smile


Thursday, January 19, 2012


The other morning, during my Bible reading time, I took a small detour and read through the book of Ruth.  I’ve read it before, and I will read it again, it’s such a precious nugget tucked into God’s Word.

It’s a small book and doesn’t take long to read, but the best way to read it is to take your time, slowly savoring each precious part as it unfolds.

As I look toward the future, acquiring a daughter-in-law later this year, I think of Ruth and her devotion to Naomi.

I think of what kind of a woman, Naomi must have been for Ruth to have cared so much for her, and loved her so deeply.  Naomi must have been an amazing mother-in-law, devoted to God, kind, patient, passionate.

I pray that with each passing year, the Lord will help me to be like Naomi.  That He will give me words to speak, an understanding heart and an unwavering faith that will speak volumes to my own Ruth,…Christina.

I pray that she too will come to know God, as Ruth did, and that her love for Him will be strong and unwavering.

What a sweet story.  I am thankful to God for little nuggets like this in His Word.  Small stories that pack so much power. 

I don’t have a daughter, but I have an obligation to be a godly mother-in-law, an example to Christina of what it means for a woman to serve Christ.  What an awesome responsibility.  I’m thankful that He has entrusted me with this, and I pray that I will be faithful to follow His leading…

“And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”

Ruth 1:14-16


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Anatomy of a Cake…


This past weekend, I was honored to make a cake for my Niece, Danielle’s, Bridal Shower.  Her wedding style is all the things I love in cake, er, um…weddings! Smile

Pretty, light, delicate, soft, bohemian style outdoorsy, flowery, ruffly, lacey…all sweetness and girly.

When I was asked to do her Bridal Shower cake I was given free reign on design and flavors.  Here is basically how it went down…

I’ve been making cakes for many years, but this does not mean that it is always uneventful.  There is always just one or two things that happen to go the wrong direction.  Almost always my own fault, doing something I know I shouldn’t, or not doing something I know I should.  Let’s just say that I have an entire chocolate cake layer in the freezer waiting to be made into a trifle someday.  The importance of cooling times is highly underrated! Smile

In the end the shower was absolutely lovely, the bride-to-be seemed to really love the cake (and that’s SUPER important).  The cake tasted pretty delicioso if you ask me!

Bottom Tier:  Mocha with fresh Raspberry Mousse filling.

Top Tier: Luschious Lemon with Lemon Curd/Buttercream Filling

Frosting: All Butter, Vanilla Buttercream…dreamy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Weddings, weddings and more weddings…

My oh my…you would think it was June forever around here!  So many weddings, so much cake! Smile 

It seems my “caking” has been quite busy lately, and I’ve been enjoying creating many different designs and working with some new techniques.  Always learning, learning. 

In November, one of my nieces got married, I was honored to make Nikita’s cake:


In December, my “best customer”, Lyndsay ordered 9 dozen Christmas cupcakes, and my gracious, they were delicious! Winking smile


The first week of January was a friends son’s wedding.  His (now wife) Ashley, asked me to make this:


This coming weekend is another nieces Bridal Shower.  Here is a glimpse into a tiny portion of Danielle’s cake:


Nope,it’s not a space alien theme! LOL

This same niece is getting married in March, no sneak peeks at the wedding cake plans! 

And still another niece, Rachel, is getting married in the Fall.  However, I will not be making her cake since she’ll be running off to Vegas for a fun get-a-way wedding.

In February, my sweet friend Cheryl has asked me to make 90 pink carnation cupcakes for a 90th birthday celebration!  How wonderful to be a part of such a sweet time.

The cake I’m most looking forward to making this year?  My own son and his bride-to-be’s wedding cake.  Open-mouthed smile

Cris and Christina will be having a small wedding, but since I’ve been waiting 22 1/2 years, they are going to have a BIG cake, LOL.  Oh I am one excited Momma! Smile

So….What have you been up to?

Have a sweet and beautiful day!