Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Way Back Wednesday





This week's topic: What Are Your Favorite Memories From Your Honeymoon or Favorite Vacation?

In November 2007, I got to go to Vegas the day after Thanksgiving, to celebrate my birthday. We stayed at NY/NY in a really nice room. The entire trip was $300 per person, including flight from SC and our room for three nights.

One of the two drinks that I actually had to purchase. The rest were free :)

By far the coolest slot machine ever

My trip would have been way awesome if I had won this

We got to see, and meet, the Blue Man Group. Spectacular show!

Of course the sight-seeing on the strip was awesome

And the second drink I had to purchase - a few hours before we boarded our red eye flight home

Blackberry Wine Bundt Cake

July 4th is coming up, and I know most of us have picnics, BBQs, or other gatherings to go to. And if your family is like mine, everyone brings something. I get tired of running into the grocery store on my way to a party, only to get the slim pickings of frosted broken cookies, or fruit cake.

So this year, I've come up with something new to bring. A blackberry wine bundt cake. And it is simply delicious (and rather easy to make).

Ingredients for the cake:
1/2 finely chopped pecans (they sell these pre-chopped on the baking aisle)
1 box white cake mix
1 box blackberry jello
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup blackberry wine (I used Arbor Mist...classy)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped blackberries (or more if you wish)

Ingredients for the glaze:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup blackberry wine
2-3 cups confectioner's sugar




Directions:
Grease a bundt pan (I had to go out and buy one - they are round, with a bumpy top and a stick in the middle - the cake bakes upside down). I just rubbed a bit of butter all in the insides. If you grease another way, go for it.

Dump the 1/2 cup of pecans around the bottom of the pan


In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, wine, jello, vegetable oil, blackberries and eggs. Make sure all clumps are out. I highly suggest using child labor.

Until they try to start flinging it.

Then pour on top of the pecans in the bundt pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Take out of oven, but do not remove from pan. Take a long pronged fork, and poke holes all around the top (actually, the bottom of the cake once you flip it). Pour half of the glaze mixture onto the cake while it is still hot.

Allow the cake to cool for an hour. Take a decorative plate, and put it on top of the pan, flipping the pan gently to get the cake out.

You will carefully drizzle the top of the cake with the remaining glaze mixture. If you are running low, add a bit more wine and sugar. If you really want the cake to look purple and have thick glaze, add more sugar.

Voila - you've just made a kick ass dessert, that will have children of all ages bending over backwards for a bite.


And a PSA - Walmart has holiday cake carriers for $4. I wanted white, but they were all sold out.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Party Planning

The clock is ticking, and the girls' second birthday is fast approaching. Even though their birthday is October 1, I like to get most of the planning done during the summer, before I head back to school. That way I just have to do the finishing touches, and work like a mad woman the day of the party. Last year, I did a lion theme for their birthday. This year, it's going to be allll about Yo Gabba Gabba! I'm still working on the venue, but I hope to have it at a Little Gym or Gymboree type place.





(check one of my new fav blogs for more pics of her Thing 2 themed party)

Some pictures, and giveaways and questions - oh my!

First up, some pictures from last night. Cousin Lily came to visit the girls while her parents went to go see a private screening of that glittering vampire movie. Honestly, having three one-year-olds is MUCH easier than just having my two. Why? They entertained each other the whole time - and without fighting (my two are usually training for UFC cage matches).


Dude, there's THREE of us now!







Second, I have a lot of giveaways ending soon on my other blog. Since it's summer, I have more time to review and post things - so that's something for y'all to look forward to.

And lastly, I'm going to do a Q&A session on blogging. If you have any questions for me about blogging, fire away. I'll try to post answers by Friday morning.

Monday, June 28, 2010

McFatty Monday

Only one pound lost for this past week. Boo! But, I only went to the gym twice, and had a date, birthday party and a wedding - so I am thankful that I didn't gain any weight.


I've also cut out Pepsi - cold turkey. I don't normally drink that much, maybe one can a day or a glass or two at a restaurant. But that is still more than I need to be drinking. I even gave the 12 pack that I had to my brother last night, because I knew I'd drink them all over the next week or two. So I'm down to drinking only water and the occasional juice or lemonade.

Like I said, I didn't get to the gym much last week. I did try out a YoLates class (mixture of yoga and pilates). Let me just say, I think Yoga is silly! I busted out laughing at the wheelbarrow move when someone queefed in class. I did enjoy the pilates half, but think I'll stick with the regular class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I'm using Nutrisystems free online tools to track my weight. They also have a place to put your body measurements. I'll probably do this once a month so I can actually see a difference.


Do you see that? Can you hear "Fat Bottom Girls" playing in the background?

mckmama without pity

Good Morning!

Don't the girls look so stinking cute in their "big girl" jammies?







My busy weekend is over, but it's going to be a busy week, too. I'll be baby-sitting my niece tonight while my brother, sister-in-law and mom go see a preview of Eclipse (or whatever new glittering Vampire movie is coming out). We've got a play date on Wednesday, and hopefully I'll be hearing from my date this afternoon.

And speaking of date - it went really, really well. I was very skeptical about the whole meeting someone from online process. I felt that we had talked to each other on the phone enough that I knew he wasn't a robot or alien, and just hoped he wasn't a serial killer or ax murderer. We met at a restaurant and he was a perfect southern gentleman (from Georgia, y'all). We both have a lot in common and he doesn't like to drink beer or watch sports on TV. I may have hit the man jackpot. Bonus points because he is way, way hotter in person than his pictures.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wedding Pictures

Courtney and Chad's wedding reception was held at The Acanthus on Lyman Lake. They had gotten married last weekend at Tybee Island in Georgia - so last night was just the fun party!










 
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