Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lovin' from the Oven

Mid-May is always a busy time in our house. Eighteen years ago our oldest daughter was born on Mother's Day, the day before our 5th wedding anniversary, which means this year we had three days in a row of gift giving and celebrations.

Mother's Day was great! The kids came up with wonderful and thoughtful gifts. Handmade beaded bracelets, potted geraniums, books and a picture diary of my life put to music (DD2's specialty!). The "fam" even made dinner and didn't ask me to lift a finger. Gotta love that!
Monday was DD1's birthday. Her birthday wish was simple.....she wanted a new printer for the laptop computer that she saved for and purchased this month. One more thing checked off the list before she leaves for college in the fall. DD1's other request was her favorite birthday cake. We usually bake this cake in the Dutch oven surrounded with hot coals. No time this year so I improvised and baked it in the kitchen oven. You take a regular chocolate cake mix and bake it as usual. Then 10 minutes before the cake is finished baking you sprinkle a package of semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top, followed by half a package of coconut and a bag of minature marshmallows. Bake 10 more minutes and then serve warm. YUM!!!
Instead of a birthday party, DD1 opted for an early morning breakfast for her and her friends. They're a busy bunch of kids trying to get though high school finals. This is one of our family's favorite breakfast casseroles. You know, the type you start the night before and finish up before tossing it in the oven an hour before breakfast.
These are my favorite sweet rolls. Don't they look great?! I'd like to tell you that I made them from scratch but, to be truthful, they came from the frozen foods department in the bakery. I set them out to raise before I went to bed and then woke up at 5:00 a.m. to pop them in the oven. Cinnamon rolls are on the right and orange rolls are on the left. I know that Rhode's frozen bread doughs are a "made in Utah" product, so I'm curious if there are similar products in other parts of the country.
After 23 years of marriage DH still knows the way to my heart. I have a weak spot for "apple pie" caramel apples. Nothing like a little fruit for breakfast this morning. LOL!

Am I the only one who finds this card funny? This describes our relationship to the "T". My sweety still has a sense of humor. He has to to put up with me! :-)

Now the celebrating is over. I guess at some point I need to do some house cleaning...and this is the day!


  1. The card is priceless! I call it "front of the shelf" syndrome. He will move 'it' aside to look at the back of the shelf for 'it'. Gotta love 'em!

  2. Oh my -- I recognize that card. Could be my hubby. If it truly is lost, he can find it. Put it in front of his luck. Congrats on all of your celebrations!

    PS -- that casserole looks yummy, could you share the recipe?

  3. Yummy! That cake sounds unbelievable...the card is perfect...that is such a man thing.

  4. I can't believe you can take a photo of the inside of your oven. Remind me never to show you mine! LOL! No, I don't have a self-cleaning oven--I just figure when it gets really bad, I'll replace it! LOL!

  5. Congratulations to your daughter.
    Love the card. In our house if someone can't find something, I tell them to have a "girl" look instead of a "boy" look.

  6. That is some pretty major cooking - the marshmallow cake sounds fantastic! Love the card too - I always say that if they had sent some women to Iraq they would have found the weapons of mass destruction if there were any there to be found.