Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pound cake

This is one of the best cakes I have ever made. It was so good and fattening. Will definitely make again. 

Cream Cheese Pound Cake Southern Living November 2001 Yield 1 (10-inch) cake
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups butter, softened at room temp
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temp
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 Preparation Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy (do not over beat); gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined. Crack eggs into a bowl first before adding to the mixture to make sure you avoid shells in the cake mix. Sift 3 cups of flour. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla from the huge 1 liter Mexican vanilla bottle my mother in law shared with me. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt pan. Smooth the top of the cake or bottom of the cake (depending how you look at it) with a spatula to even it out. Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack. My pound cake had a crazy crusty layer on the bottom that I just peeled off. It was like candy, it was so sweet and cruchy but it wasn't pretty so I just threw it away.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Go figure!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Prayers for those in Labor:

Please pray for a woman tonight: Her water has broken,yet no contractions. She is asking for prayers, for a natural delivery.  She is really nervous her Dr. will want another c-section. Please keep her, baby, Cooper in your prayers!

A Prayer to St. Gerard for Safe Delivery
O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love. O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Antipasto Salad

1 to 1 and 1/2 heads of iceberg lettuce 1/3 pound salami 1/3 pound Italian ham 1/3 pound pepperoni 1/2 to 1 cup mozzarella cheese 3 or 4 Tbsp of parmesan cheese 1 medium green pepper 1 onion (vidalia or Spanish) 2 tomatoes 1 jar peppercinos 1 jar artichoke 1/2 cup seasoned olives Red wine vinegar to taste olive oil to taste oregano (2 to 3 tsp.) salt and pepper to taste Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Husband turns 50 today...and not happy about it...

1. You didn’t ignore me when I was 16 and met you at a party.
2. You had really cute feet in those jeans and sockless in your dress shoes.
3. You were the only other person NOT Drinking at the Knox Box Party.
4. You sent me a letter from college.
5. You made me feel special and important.
6. Loved our first date at Beef Stake Charlie’s for your 20th b day.
7. Loved getting notes from you in the mail from JMU.
8. Your visits home from college to see me.
9. Making you dinner when we were dating.
10. Saving up my money to buy you gifts.
11. Having you teach me about which fork to use at a fancy restaurant.
12. Getting to go to fancy shows and plays with your family.
13. Visiting you at college.
14. You giving me your college ring.
15. Sharing my faith with you.
16. Getting engaged on Sugar Loaf Mountain.
17. Saying I DO!!!
18. Getting pregnant on our honeymoon.
19. How you took care of me when I was in labor with Alex.
20. Seeing you go crazy over your baby girl.
21. Opening a Christian Bookstore having no clue what we were doing.
22. Getting pregnant with Josh when Alex was 5 ½ months old!
23. Seeing you trust God and quitting your full time job.
24. Having you love me even when I was so pregnant.
25. Seeing you provide for a family on hardly any income.
26. You eating very meager lunches to provide a home for us.
27. Having you take care of me during our first homebirth.
28. Helping me take care of a very fussy baby.
29. Being so sweet to me when we miscarried Francis Jude.
30. Giving me Caleb.
31. Not making me move to the Eastern Shore.
32. Buying me a house in my favorite place…BOWIE!
33. Giving me Lizzie.
34. Fixing up our home on Stoneybrook Dr.
35. Working hard and getting a second job (mowing yards) so I could be a stay at home mommy.
36. Letting me Homeschool.
37. Giving me Barbara.
38. Cooking most of the time when the kids were young.
39. Eating my cooking.
40. Giving me Joseph.
41. Taking care of Joseph while I was sick.
42. Giving me Robert.
43. Buying me a house in Longridge and fixing it up F.O.R.E.V.E.R.
44. Giving me Dominic, even if I didn’t wait an hour to deliver him on your b day.
45. Giving me Mary, and driving fast to the birth center.
46. Giving me Cecilia.
47. Giving me Eric, and helping me naturally deliver an 11 lb baby.
48. Giving me Kolbe.
49. Helping me grieve the loss of Baby Hope and Steven Thomas.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Baby #11 is really seven!!!

Wow, My baby E is seven today. Everyone thought it was pretty funny that my 11th child was 11 lbs. The joke was baby #12 will be 12lbs...not if I (or my midwife) could help it! 

Dear Eric, you are a super sensitive and sweet young man. Daddy and I love you very much and can't wait to see what God has in store for you. This is a big year for you! You get  your First Penance and your First Holy Communion. Keep close to Jesus and everything in life will be fine. We love you forever, like you for always, as long as we are living our baby you'll be!!!

daddy is still mad at me for cutting your hair!

Here I am about to pop two weeks before you were born!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Overnight Oatmeal:

Peanut Butter over night oatmeal:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (may substitute PB2 powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)

In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, peanut butter (or PB2), and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

Nutritional Info (using PB2 and no honey or sweetener): 264 calories, 5g fat, 55g carbs, 8g fiber, 15g protein; Weight Watchers PtsPlus: 8 
Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+