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Mother’s Day

I love a day where I can celebrate what I do.  I love being a mother and I am grateful that the Lord gave me four of the finest creatures I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.   I am even more grateful to the man who has long supported me in this motherhood adventure.  The man who wakes early and works late so that I can stay home and nurture our children.  Without him this life would be impossible. 

My family made me a wonderful dinner complete with lobster.  Mr. calls them sea crows and absolutely hates them so he sure must love me a lot to bring one home for dinner!  For years he even took me on the Lobsta on the Lake cruise for my birthday.  He was thankful for the prime rib and I was thankful for double everything that came from under the sea.  I made yellow cake for dessert because I am a better baker.  He would have done it if I had asked but it is such an easy recipe that I didn’t mind throwing it together.   I will add the recipe below.  It was delicious with strawberries and whipped cream.  A great alternative to pound cake IMO.

I got my iPod Touch for Mother’s Day.  I have been wanting one for a long while now but I have always put it on the back of the list and prioritized something else.  Mr. bought it for me and it was even on sale!   What could be better.  I am having so much fun with it and I am finding that it is a useful homemaking tool as well.

My mom came by and I gave her this jewelry set that I made.  It was my first attempt at a necklace with a clasp and earrings.  I really like how it turned out and she just loved it.   

We ate cake and watched videos from the Kentucky trip and began planning our family vacation in Boston in July. 

All in all it was a fabulous day. 

Yellow Cake from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.  This recipe is a little different from the one in my actual cookbook but mine is older and things have been updated.    It is all of the same ingredients ( except for the addition of salt)  just in different values. 

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
In a bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  Add milk, butter and vanilla.  Beat with an electric  mixer on low speed till combined.  Beat on high speed for two minutes.  Add eggs and beat for two minutes more.  Pour into 2 greased and floured 9×1 1/2-inch round baking pans. Bake in a 375* oven for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans.  Cool thoroughly on racks.  Serves 12. 
I actually cut it so that it serves 16.  8 pieces out of each cake.  We usually cover them with confectioners sugar but last night we added strawberries and whipped topping.  It really was the perfect compliment for the berries.   Enjoy!

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Leprechaun Traps

Each year my kids design and put together Leprechaun traps in hopes of capturing one of the elusive creatures.  They have yet to actually get one but the Leprechaun’s are always generous and leave behind a gold coin and some candy.  We have done this for years now and I cannot tell you how glad  I am that even the older boys are still willing to participate.  It has just been a fun tradition with the kids saving recyclable materials well in advance and plotting on how to best catch one.  You can even see in the pictures some Leprechaun dust that was left behind as he made his escape. 

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