Thankful Thursday : Turn That Frown Upside-Down (and cake!)

I’ve haven’t done Thankful Thursday in practically forever. I can’t believe I let it fall by the wayside for so long. It is long past time for it to be reinstituted. Only this week’s addition is a tad different. I like to call it Turn that Frown Upside-down.

All you have to do is take something negative and turn it into a positive. Take a complaint and turn it into an appreciation.

:( These Strawberry cherries don’t taste much like strawberries.

:) These strawberries cherries are delicious.


:( I can’t believe summer ends in a month.

:) Senior year officially begins in a month!

:( I am so sore I can hardly move.

:) That was a great workout: I’m so glad I worked hard.

:( It’s so hot outside.

:) The Sun is shining; it’s a beautiful day!

:( This cake has so much butter and sugar.

:) This cake is soooo delicious and besides, Michael Polan says to eat as much junk food as you want….as  long as you make it yourself. (The logic is that you won’t take the time to make stuff  yourself very often; clearly he doesn’t know me.)

:( My sister made it.

:) We are of the same flesh and blood….did I mention the cake is delicious?


Mimi’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This decadent cake which has been in my family for years will be the star of an meal you serve it with. A small piece on ocassion can certainly be part of a nutritious and balanced lifestyle.


3 sticks of butter

8oz cream cheese

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

3 cups flour

1 Tablespoon vanilla


Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add eggs and flour alternately. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased angel food(tube) pan*. Bake at 325 degrees for 90-120 minutes or until wooden stick interested comes out clean. Let cool and serve with homemade whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

*2 loaf pans may be used  in place of 1 angel food (tube) pan. If so, check cakes after one hour.

What is a frown in your life that you can turn upside down?


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Thankful Thursday #2

Hey Guys!

First, I want to thank you all for your super sweet comments on my last two post. I loved hearing what y’all are thankful for on Thursday and I can’t even tell you how much I loved reading the comments on my last post. I was a bit nervous about posting it, but you guys made me realize that the nerves were totally unnecessary. Thank you for being respectful and taking your time to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject of animal consumption. Even those of you who do not necessarily agree with me were still very  supportive and encouraging. That is definitely something I am Thankful for! However, that is not what I’ll be focusing on in this 2nd installment of Thankful Thursday.

Before I begin, I just want to let y’all know that you are more than welcome to do a Thankful Thursday themed post on your own blog. How cool would it be to see Thankful Thursday’s popping up all over the place?

Anyway, after talking about Mom last week I really wanted to discuss how thankful I am for my Dad. However after spending way to much time unsuccessfully trying to upload pictures of my Dad and I, I’ve decided Dandy Daddy is going to have to wait until next week because I don’t want to post a sub par post about him.

Today, I am thankful for having a warm bed to sleep in.

It may sound cliché, but this past week it has been pretty chilly and I’ve complained about being cold when I walk from my car into school or take my dog out. Umm spoiled brat much? I whine about being outside in the cold for 2 minutes, what about those who never are out of the cold? Having a warm place to stay is certainly not something I should take for granted. I am very thankful for that today!

What is one thing you are thankful for today? It can be anything, big or little, doesn’t matter!

~Ann Claire