Birthdays

Turtle Cake

December is a happening month for birthdays in our families. We celebrated Brandon’s birthday two weeks ago, and on the 10th, there were five family members birthdays, plus my best friend! Normally, I’m not a big recipe sharer, mostly because I’m not all that exciting of a cook, but this cake is my favorite cake of all time. It’s delicious. Ugly, but delicious. I’m sure someone out there can give me some tips on how to pretty it up. Try it, you’ll be glad you did.

Turtle Cake:

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix

2/3 Cup Margarine

1/2 Cup evaporated Milk

1 bag of caramels

1 bag of chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Make the cake mix just like you normally would, then pour half into a cake pan and bake it for 15 minutes. While that is cooking, melt the butter in a pan, add in the evaporated milk and the caramels and cook it on low, stirring a lot, until it is all melted and gooey. Poor this mixture over the cake you had baked, then put the whole bag of chocolate chips on top of that, just spread them pretty evenly, top with the other half of the cake mix, and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top springs back when you touch it. Then, enjoy! This has been my favorite cake since I was a kid and on Brandon’s birthday it was gone in about 10 minutes. Next year, I’ll make two so we have some leftover 🙂

Good Morning Loretta

Good Morning Loretta, Good Morning All,

It is December 4th and I am writing this post with the windows open and the breeze coming through the house. It’s 73 degrees outside and I’m wearing capris, a short sleeve shirt, and no shoes. Sawyer is napping and I’m eating the last of my Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe Joes. I love the Christmas season in Georgia. I know a lot of people complain that it is hard to feel Christmas-y without chilly weather or snow, but I absolutely love it. I love being able to go outside and enjoy the day. I love not wearing a million layers of clothing or closed toe shoes. Last Thanksgiving, Brandon and his brothers went wakeboarding on Thanksgiving Day. That’s the holidays in Georgia, for ya.

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these are amazing! Thank you Barb!

I loved Christmas as a child, and still do. My mom and dad would make all six of us wait at the top of the stairs until they said we could come down. Then we’d race down and find our stockings full. They always had candy, small toys, and something practical like rubber bands or nail clippers. Usually whatever item we had all been arguing over lately. One year my brothers each got 50 combs in their stockings because my mom was so tired of hearing them argue over who lost the last comb haha. Then we’d all open presents and the floor would be covered in wrapping paper. The cat would come in and tear it up for us and we’d all eat and play until we couldn’t any more.

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I hope ya’ll are all having fun getting in the Christmas mood and I hope your weather is just the way you like it, whether that be warm or cold, enjoy the season!

Winsome Jones

Recently I had the honors of taking pictures of some of the first photos for an awesome new clothing website that opens today, Winsome Jones. Winsome Jones

I love their slogan- "less skin, more style." Lately I’ve noticed just how hard it is to find clothes that are cute, but don’t show every single inch of skin. Winsome Jones sells super cute clothes that do just that and are stylish. Celebrate their launch with me by checking out their new line at WinsomeJones.com!

Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek at some of the awesome clothes they sell!

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I love their look and the fabulous ladies behind the clothes! Plus, look who joined us on the shoot, my favorite little model 🙂

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Gratitude

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I heard something great the day other day, and have been thinking about it a lot lately. I was talking to someone at church about having babies, and she mentioned that it’s not the baby that makes everything crazy, it’s everything else. It’s so true isn’t it? Babies are such a wonderful happy thing, they bring so much joy! It is the business of life that brings the stress and rushing and craziness. Thinking about it has made me relax a little more and make sure I take the time to snuggle my little boy just a little longer and appreciate these days where he is still so small. The other day we waited three hours in the doctor’s office (I think they forgot us. When I went up to ask the nurse how much longer it be since there was no one else left in the waiting room, she looked really surprised and then rushed us back, where a few of the nurses were already heading out to lunch. Awkward…). A three hour wait in an office with a baby could be stressful,boring, long, but we really had fun. I let Sawyer play with the other babies if the momma’s were friendly, we played lots and lots of peek-a-boo and he had a good nap on my chest, which he hasn’t done in months. It was great! Our lesson in Sunday School last week was about gratitude and I think remembering to be grateful for everything really helped my attitude about everything this week, and gave me the chance to have a great, fun three hours of waiting rather than a boring, antsy wait. After all, how could I not be grateful to spend everyday with this cutie?

Good Morning Loretta