Baking: Prune Cake

Mini Prune Cakes cooling!

The first time I had Prune Cake was in the early 1990s. I had never heard of it, but my late Mother-in-law, Sondra, made it for some holiday or birthday and I fell in love. Prune Cake is a favorite in Mark's family and I have so many fond memories of birthdays and holidays with this cake served. My senior year of high school, I took a Home Ec class and had to enter a food item in the local 4H … [Read more...]

Nicholas at Seven

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My Sweetest Nicholas, I can't believe you turned 7 this month. SEVEN! I know I say it every year, but I don't know how the time passes so quickly. Seven was a big year for you. You grew so much, both in height and maturity. This year's school year was tougher than Kindergarten, but you kept at it and it got a lot better. And the light bulb lit up for you when it came to reading. I was so … [Read more...]

Eighty-Five Amazing Years

Grandma and Grandpa

My Grandmother turned 85 in May. She is smart, funny, kind, honest and beautiful. The woman is the strongest person I've ever met and her grandkids would do just about anything to make her proud. My Grandma married the love of her life as a teenager, lived as a war-time Navy Wife, raised her children in what we would now call solo parenting because my Grandfather's ship was out so much of their … [Read more...]

Birthday Recap: 37 Is Awesome

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I had a seriously great birthday week this year, y'all. There were so many birthday wishes, so many friends to celebrate with, so much love. I get to read Jenny's words and I got to commission art from Robin. I had dinner with my best boys, I celebrated two days in a row with my work family (my birthday and my awesome friend, Katy's, birthday are next to each other). I got surprise birthday wishes … [Read more...]

Making Two Look Good!

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Tobin is two. I just have to write it out, or I won't believe it. Because how did that happen? Yesterday he was kicking me in the ribs. Oh, wait, he was kicking me in the ribs yesterday. But I meant from *inside* my belly. Anyway, it's gone really fast. This year was a big one for our little dude: daycare, talking, glasses, a level of orneriness never before seen in our household. I think my … [Read more...]