Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cheryl's Microwaved Lemon Cake with Lemon Frosting

I was trying to come up with a cake for my kids to make in college that was quick and easy and that actually tasted decent! After a little experimenting, I came up with a winner. It literally took about 5 Minutes to Prepare and Cook. So if you have a hankering for Mom's lemon cake, but don't have the 2-3 hours to make it, try this quicky version :-)

INGREDIENTS

Cake:
1/2 C. Betty Crocker SuperMoist Lemon Cake Mix
1/3 C. water

Frosting:
1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. butter, softened
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. milk

NOTE: Betty Crocker cake mixes work the best in the microwave from what I tested. I would stick with that.

Number of Servings: 4

Nutritional Information for my Microwaved Lemon Cake

DIRECTIONS

In a microwave-safe cereal bowl, combine the cake mix with the water. Stir for one minute. Microwave on high for 95 seconds (check your microwave as some cook faster than others).


Take out of microwave and set aside.


In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, lemon juice, and milk. Stir with a wire whisk until creamy. Gently spread on cake and serve. You may wait a bit longer until it cools completely or eat right away. Cut into four pieces for a 162 calorie treat.



Greg, Brent, and Lindsey tried it and LOVED IT! Try it out and let me know what you think! I will probably come up with other variations. I'll put this recipe in our upcoming family cookbook.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Grandma's Scrambled Eggs

Who would have thought that there was more than one way to cook a scrambled egg? I decided to film grandma's scrambled egg making skill while in Moberly as a majority of the grandchildren prefer her method. Check it out...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

They're Baaaaack

LOL...Scott and Pam arrived at 9:30 PM on their way back to Arizona from their trip to Missouri and decided to get the "band" back together for a few songs.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Our Trip to St. Louis

Grandma took me, Brent, Brooke and Candace for a day trip to St. Louis. We started off at the St. Louis Arch. We were able to ride up to the top of the Arch so we could see all of downtown. We were also able to see where the river flooded the street a week or so ago. Workmen were spraying water on the bricks to get all of the mud out of the cracks.

After our trip to the arch, Brent, Brooke, and Candace took a tour of Busch Stadium where the Cardinals baseball team plays. They were able to see everything with the exception of the player locker rooms.

No trip to St. Louis would be complete without a visit to the world famous Ted Drewe's Frozen Custard stand.

We also spent a few hours at the Saint Louis Galleria mall. Brooke and Candace loved going to all of the stores; especially the ones we don't have in Albuquerque.

We ended our day at Morton's Steakhouse. Brent loves going there to eat AND to see the best busboy ever! I'm not sure of his real name, but he goes by G-Money. G-Money is the fastest busboy we've ever seen. He can set a table in less than a minute. Here's a video of "G" at work (pictures from our trip will be after the movie):



Here are pictures from the day:

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Eating at the Pear Tree

The Pear Tree Restaurant is located in the small Missouri town of Bevier (population approximately 729). It's a pretty nice restaurant. They are famous for their onion rings, batter dipped/fried lobster, great steaks, and homemade desserts. Brent, Brooke, Candace, and I took Jenny along. Grandma and Grandpa were kind enough to take care of Jenny's three children so she could enjoy a night out. Here are a few pictures from our dinner:

Visiting the Amish

We took Candace and Brooke out to see the Amish about 10 miles southeast of Moberly. Candace's first impression when entering an Amish store was that she felt like she was "in the middle of a movie set." They tried on some Amish hats in the store we visited.

Both girls liked seeing the little children playing outside and tried to sneak a few pictures so as not to offend the people. From what I've read, the Amish believe that being photographed violates the Bible’s second commandment. (Specifically, “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath …”). It’s allegedly not against an Amish person’s religion to be photographed. The Amish religion does, however, prohibit POSING for photographs. If you ask an Amish person for permission to take their picture, they will politely say no – as this could be construed as a willingness to “pose.” One thing I also read was that...the Amish are baptized as adults and so children, not yet church members, are not under the same religious prohibitions regarding photography.

They took pictures of some cows, two pre-teen boys speeding by in their horse and buggy, and a little boy playing with his dog in a small wagon.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July Pictures and Video from Moberly

I just finished compiling a web gallery with a lot of great pictures from our family gathering in Moberly. Click here to view the pictures :-)

Here's a video of some fireworks at Rothwell Park and afterwards in Moberly, MO...



4th of July Cupcake Fight

I am not sure what is wrong with my daughter but whenever their are cupcakes around, she feels like she should smash one in someone's face. She and Allie had been talking about "getting" Pam and Scott's nephew, Brayton, but then turned on each other.

Happy 70th Birthday Grandma :-)

We finally got enough family together to celebrate Grandma's 70th birthday. We all love her very much. I helped her put a few pictures of the event on her blog:

Mom's 70th Birthday Surprise

I'm also including a video of her being sung to :