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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Causes to Smile

sometimes we get a reminder there’s more to life than just the dark clouds…sometimes the blue sky comes and there’s a pink rubber ball in your life…
sometimes all you need is a dozen Gwen Stefani roses on sale for 4.99$


Hap Bir Da Han!

thanks for making me your mama! ♥

Hap Birt Da Hay

I got up today, took Scotty to work, grabbed a cup of coffee,
made biscuits, drank coffee, made a cake, roused the boy, made frosting, roused the boy, drank more coffee, found clothes, frosted the 1/2 cake
and we made it to brunch at Sunnyside up on time! So, if you, too, would like a cake that looks like this
(ironically, Hayden’s slice is the only slice left)and leaves only this for you to nibble onfeel free to click and enlarge these delicious photos ♥

You, too, should make one of these!! Linda, I got the recipe right!

Apple Cake (Carrot cake with apples instead! with Caramel Frosting)

350 for 35-45 minutes, grease and flour pan

1.5 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 eggs

mix well

then add:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp cinnamon
.25 tsp nutmeg
.5 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

mix well

then add:
3 cups tart apple (betty calls for chopped, I julienned because I don’t have a grater 😉 I used two medium granny smiths)
1 cup nuts, if you fancy ’em (we’re nutty enough thankyouverymuch)
(note: you could be adventurous and add other fruit combos, too, like apricots, dried cherries, craisins, etc.)

bake til toothpick comes out clean 35-45 minutes, at 350.

Caramel Frosting
1/2 cup stick/solid fat of your choice (I used Smart Balance buttery, butter, coconut oil, etc)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup liquid of your choice (I used soy milk, coffee, cow’s milk, etc)
2 cups powdered sugar

melt fat over medium heat,
add sugar and heat to boiling, stirring constantly, boil 2 minutes
reduce heat to low and add liquid
heat again to boiling
remove from heat and let cool.

Sugar can be added when mixture is tepid.
(I splashed a bit of vanilla in mine, too)

Frost and lick and nibble to your hearts delight, we did! ♥

10.5 Years Ago Today,

3832.5 days ago, I hadn’t yet met the little guy with a mole on his arm. He was still safely tucked inside me. He hadn’t yet asked for an apple cake with carmel frosting for his Birthday: Version 10.5. He still had a daddy and a sister, awaiting his arrival. And a big fat cat. I’m so glad he was born ♥

Avoiding the February Funk

Food. Never, ever underestimate the value of Food for February. I surround myself with whatever nourishes my soul…
even when I can’t eat it myself, I am sure to prepare it with great loving care
And sometimes I eat what I really shouldn’t…
simply because it feels good to do so.
Fabric and Felting – a newly combined enchantmentAfter whipping out this little bag, with yarn from my mommy, I did my very first lining… with fabric from Linda. Now to get this guy in the mail in time for Hannah’s Anniversary… Fun! I take entire days off from being mopey and miserable, just to jump into fun with both feet and my whole heart. We celebrated Freya Day yesterday, with yummmmmmy sushi Rowan had me make silly faces for her to photographAnd I bestowed upon her, a sacred Spongebob Bandaid. For which she showed the proper reverence and gave him a place of honor. Photos ♥ Documenting new life is cathartic to those stuck ruminating on an old life. Documenting active, happy life reminds me of the role models I have for Living an Active Happy Life! and Fitness… just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming
sometimes one foot in front of the other is all I can do. Thank the gods I can do that.
There’s Yoga. I’m in love with the quiet of yoga.
Yes, the quiet. What a perfect discovery for this month.

Once Upon a Time in My Very Real Life,

I wrote the fateful entry “Spinach doesn’t cure Leukemia” and this very blog was born, three years ago.
Three years ago today, I was hanging out with a very happy & chipper Hannah (post transfusions & pre chemo) and a miserable & bored Hayden. Only our second night in the hospital, the novelty had yet to wear off completely. We managed pretty dang well. We had the PS2 and some movies. The cafeteria was practically room service!
Three years ago today I was filled with Hope. A Big Strong Hope, it felt bigger than my whole Self. Then my universe shifted; I still got hope, it’s a hope of different things now. A whole new reality.
A lot can happen in three years.
And most of it’s pretty dang cool. Like this blog. It’s a work in progress, I’m still collecting stories. In fact, I’m now collecting quilt square stories! I’d like to highlight them on Hannah’s blog, in the artist’s words and any photos taken while creating: ♥
A year ago or so, my friend Lisa called me. From the hospital with a little heart thing that was no big deal, no worries & certainly no panic… My thoughts are with her family, as they relive these last few days with her on their first cycle of anniversaries. A lot can happen in a year.
Jinger called a couple of weeks ago, her best friend is a new widow. Ginger wrote me a couple of days ago, this February her little girl has AML ♥ I was in the throes of postponing my emotional reaction to February. A lot can change in a week. Oh baby, a lot.
It’s February. Ah, the Gift of February.
Another opportunity for me to remind all I can to love, love, love, love, love.
You will never, ever regret a single moment of love in life.
Breathe in deep the love that is in the universe for you.
The Present is a Gift of Eternity.


I thought sure the date was wrong on this one… he’s so little and it was just 2.5 years ago… he was that little, just 2.5 years ago… holy cow.Friday Foto Finish Fiesta
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