Sunday, August 23, 2009

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Have you ever been craving a piece of Chocolate cake, but there is none to be found? You don't have time to bake a cake, and you don't want to drive to the grocery store. Well here is a quick dessert you can make in 5 minutes. I got this recipe from one of the ladies in my Esther Bible study, we all shared a favorite recipe, this is the one that Heather shared.

4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp choc. chips
splash of vanilla
1 large coffee mug

Directions :
Mix dry ingredients in Mug, add egg, mix well, add oil and milk mix well. Add choc chips and vanilla, mix again. Put mug in microwave, cook 3 minutes, the cake will rise above the top of the mug do not be alarmed. Allow to cool slightly, dump out on plate, serve with vanilla ice cream.

We enjoyed it, and thought it was a good quick dessert and it was fun to make. One cake is plenty for two.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Woman of Joy

I am looking forward to next years Woman of Joy conference. This will be the fifth year that I have gone. The first year that I went was in 2006, I went with Sarah and her church, I enjoyed it so much that I organized the women from my church to go the following year. We will be having a get together on September 11 to determine the location and date that we want to plan for next spring. The conference is held by Phil Waldrep Ministries, I think there was 6,000 ladies at the conference this past May. Below is a picture of our group. I wish we would have gotten a better group shot than this one, but this was really the only time that we were all together at the same time. I invited everyone over to the condo that I had reserved for my daughters and I to stay at. I made dinner for everyone, it was a great time of fellowship. If we go back to Sevierville, TN next year I will reserve a large cabin for all of us to stay in for the whole weekend, the fellowship will be wonderful !

I am really hoping more ladies will attend in 2010, it is a weekend that you will remember for a long time.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Will

Friday August 14 is our son in law Will's birthday.
Soon after we moved to Gaffney Kelly and Will began dating.
I guess it was love at first sight. They were married in 2000.
I'm not sure how old this photo is but it was taken a while ago.
Will has a good sense of humor, here he is holding up the hot air balloon. He and Pat get along very well, always joking together. Will is a teacher, this year his duty is changing, he has been promoted from seventh grade to tenth. Please pray for him as he learns how to respond to older students.
One of Will's favorite things is Bamboo. He and Kelly have a forest of Bamboo behind their house. Will is constantly building things out of it. This picture was taken at our July 4 BBQ cookoff, he has a bamboo windchime as well as a table built out of bamboo ( you can see just a corner of it in the picture).
Will has written a book, we are waiting to hear about that right now. He also likes to play cards, light bonfires, he likes superheros and pirates. He loves the Lord and his family, Will is a great husband and father. I am proud to call him Son. Happy Birthday !

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary Becky and Jeff

Happy Anniversary Becky and Jeff !
August 11, 2007
August 11, 2009
2 years
Have fun on your anniversary trip, enjoy the time by yourselves.
We love you !!!

It is hard to believe how much the boys have grown up since this picture was taken.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Katie

Today is Katie's birthday. I can't tell you how old she is because she doesn't like this age, but it is somewhere between 26 and 28. Katie is the only daughter that kept me up all night in labor.
She was such a good baby ! She loved her older sisters and would just laugh and laugh at them as they entertained her.

Here are a few pictures from a variety of ages.

Katie has always been very social and loved parties, this is a shot of a Tea Party that she hosted one time.

There is about 11 years difference in these two pictures.

The Katie that we love now.

Katie is a great daughter, wife, and probably the favorite aunt to all of our grandchildren, She is known as Toot Toot to them and she spoils them all.
Happy Birthday!
We love you!
Please don't send the birthday cake picture to cakewrecks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A few random thoughts

First of all for those of you that look at my blog occasionally you know that I have been so excited about my pineapple plant. I am not so excited about it anymore, it just isn't growing. The fruit is staying small but the leaves on top of it are getting bigger and bigger, I feel like I failed pineapple growing. I think I need to go to Maui and get first hand instructions, anyone want to come along?

Secondly, I attended a Girl Scout training on Saturday, I had a lot of fun. I left Pat at home with a house with most of the rooms turned upside down. I was afraid that he would try to help and clean, which always scares me because I can never find anything when he does that. Well he didn't help me clean, but he did add to the mess ! He has been wanting to paint the hallway and I have been wanting him to paint the bathroom door so the work began. First he pulled up the carpet in the hallway. One thing that he needed to do in preperation was empty the bottom of the hall closet, that is now on the kitchen floor. Look at my beautiful linoleum:

That needs to go quickly ! can you believe he actually taped it so that he did not get any paint on it?

Before he paints he felt that he needed to level the house, so the past two nights he has been under it trying to level it up. Last night it got close enough, I can now actually close the door to one of our extra bedrooms that I use for an office.

Now before he paints he needs to fix a couple of giant cracks that developed after leveling the floor. Quite a few nails popped on the hall wall also. Pat is an excellent sheetrock taper so I know that you will not be able to see any flaws at all when he is done. One more thing that I have asked him to do is to take down the panelling in the hallway also, he will do that in the next few nights. We are hoping that the hardwood floor under the linoleum is in okay condition, just a quick sanding and it will be beautiful.

Third, Saturday night Pat and I went for dinner with some very old friends that were in town,

Kevin and Polly Childs and three of their children, Josiah, Judson and Ian. We went to a local BBQ restaurant, Lisa's Hawg and Dawg. We all enjoyed a good meal and good conversation. Kevin was the Pastor of our church when we first moved here. Now he is the Pastor at the Rock in Conway, South Carolina. Josiah is in the Army, he was home on a short leave before going to San Antonio.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lindy's Birthday

Today, August 4 is my grandaughter Lindy's birthday. She is four years old today. Last Friday Kelly and Will had party for Lindy and Clara's birthdays. They held it in their church's gym. The theme was sort of Carnival. They played lots of games and had a Pinata, the food that they served was like what you could get a carnival. Corndogs, popcorn, funnel cakes, caramel apples and cotton candy. Everyone had fun. This is a picture that was taken last September at the beach, I like it. The next pictures were taken by my daughter Sarah. Lindy is posing in the two dance costumes for her recital.
Isn't she beautiful?
and in the next one a little bit goofy.

On Sunday afternoon I took Lindy shopping, she wanted to go to Big Lots, we went on a shopping spree. We bought a doll stroller and baby bed, a laptop table, paper and pens, Froot loops, and little debbie cakes, candy for Papa, and a gumball machine for her and one for Clara, and some cookies for Charlie. It was fun, she saw some things that we can buy next time too.
Happy Birthday Lindy !! I love you !!