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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Dinner Tonight


The above was tonight’s dinner.

Marinated pork chops grilled on a soaked plank (seriously the most tender, flavorful, juicy pork chops I’ve ever had)

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus filled with farm fresh cheese (also plank grilled)

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Sooo delicious

And you know what?

I took no part in the planning or preparation of the meal.

I have awesome parents.

For realz.

Best thing you have eaten this weekend?

Summer Plans: an explanatory and personal post

I’ve been out of school for a week and a half now so I thought it might be fun to discuss my summer plans with you. This Thursday through Sunday I will be helping with a retreat (I was a retreatant on this retreat last year, you may recall). After the retreat is over I will be heading to Colorado for two months. Why will I be spending such a long time in Colorado, you ask?

Texas is way too ridiculously hot!

Colorado is awesome!

Mountains are beautiful!

In CO when you hang your towel up to dry after showering it’s actually dry the next time you come back (darn you Texas humidity!)

My kitchen in Colorado is way better than my current kitchen!

White water rafting in CO sounds like so much fun!

Did I  mention Texas is hot?

And humid?

While all the above are true, none are the reason why I’m going to be spending the majority of my summer in Colorado. To explain I’ll have to tell you about something I’ve been putting off telling you since September. Why? I’m not sure. I just never mentioned it. I’ve taken several trips to Colorado lately, most of which I’ve neglected to mention to you. Please forgive me for neglecting to share such a big occurrence in my life (I’ll post a delicious recipe tomorrow to make up for it).

You see, in August 2010, my dad accepted a position working at a hospital in Western Colorado. My parents decided it would be best for our family to have me finish high school in Texas. My mom travels back and forth between Texas and Colorado. In January, my sister who is 6 years older than me and graduated college in December ’09 accepted a job as a wedding planner back home. Having my sister here has been great since that way my mom can leave and I’m not by myself. In February, we sold our house and moved into an apartment (we had already bought a house in CO).

The situation hasn’t been perfect. I know it makes my dad sad when he can’t be with the rest of our family. And of course I miss him dearly. I have even felt guilty that my parents are sacrificing so much for me so that I can finish high-school at my current school. But, I know that it was the right decision for our family.

So, come Sunday afternoon, my mother and I will be heading up to Colorado and I will be spending the remainder of the summer there. Don’t worry though, I have big plans for blogging from CO! In fact, many of my favorite kitchen gadgets have been moved there and I love the kitchen there and I have about a million recipes book marked. It shall be a fun summer!

What are your summer plans? What is your favorite summer recipe?

Nothing Says Easter Like…

Time with cousins…

Jelly Beans….

Easter Egg Hunts…

Whose idea was it to hide an egg on top of the fountain???

Confetti eggs…

And, of course, delicious cupcakes…

"This better make it on your blog." Just for you Uncle Steve, just for you.

(Full cupcake report tomorrow)

Amidst all the festivities we must never forget the true meaning of the season.

“And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name” Romans 1:4-5.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Thanksgiving Festivities

I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful thanksgiving! I did but, sadly, I did not take one picture the entire day. Beginning Wednesday, my mom, dad, 2 sisters, brother and I were all together at home. All of us being so scattered apart because of various education and work, this has become quite the rarity.

Wednesday night we enjoyed a nice family dinner

to which I contributed a spinach salad.

Featuring goat cheese, (I find it doesn’t bother me the way other dairy does) a white balsamic, olive oil and honey dressing, and of course pomegranate arils.

Saturday we all headed out the door around 7:15 to do a 5 mile Turkey Trot with, ya-know, over 17,000 other people. There were so many people there! It’s great to get out and get some exercise before being sedentary and eating too much; guess we’re not the only people who think that. We then spent the rest of the day with lots of family and watched A&M beat UT! Whoop!

All in all, a great thanksgiving; so much to be thankful for!

How was your thanksgiving?

Do you eat turkey on thanksgiving? If so, do you do it because you like it or because it’s tradition.

My family decided that next year we are NOT having turkey or the traditional thanksgiving fare since, while we enjoyed it yesterday, there are other foods we like much better.

Enjoy your Friday!

~Ann Claire