Monday, January 14, 2008

I am a LOOSER!!!

Hello Friends, I am thinking this past week just flew by. That's because it was our last week before school started back. We homeschool and so we had a extra week longer than the public schools. Its our way of being just a little bit different. We like to take longer vacations. I love having that freedom. Anyway, the week did go fast, cause here it is Monday and I have not posted since Wednesday of last week. Friday night, I invited my girlfriends over for some crop/craft time. I fixed them my special dinner and dessert. We had the most wonderful time together and the best part of the evening was to look around the room and see all the different hobbies going on at the same table. One friend was knitting, one was quilting, I was beading. It was a great and interesting night with great conversations around the table. Time just went so fast. Before we knew it, it was midnight and then 1:00 and then 2:00 and 4:00 in the morning. Most left at 2:00, but one of my friends spent the night and so we were up till 4:00. We just talked and talked and talked mostly about how fun the night was. Here is a recipe for the dessert that I prepared them. It is Applebee's Copy Cat Raspberry Chocolate Cake on the WW menu.
Raspberry Chocolate Cake

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 stick of butter

1 cup of splenda

1 cup of sugar

2/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup of egg substitute

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup of FF milk

1 cup of sugar-free Red Raspberry preserves

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 8 1/2 round cake pan with baking spray and then lightly flour pan.

Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside

Beat together next 5 ingredients until smooth.

Alternating milk and flour mixture, beat until well blended. Pour batter evenly into pans and bake till toothpick comes out clean. About 30 minutes.
After cakes have cooled completely, cut cakes in half using wire cake cutter. Spread raspberry preserves on each layer evenly.

Cream Cheese Icing

2 bars of cream cheese

1 cup of splenda

2 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract (Wiltons)

1 teaspoon of almond extract

1 teaspoon of butter extract

2 tablespoon of FF milk

1/2 cup of Sugar-Free Raspberry Preserves

1/8 cup of water

Mix ingredients together. Divide mixture in half and spread half of the icing over cake and cover completely. Take the other half and put into decorator bag. Use the large star tip and decorate top and sides. Then mix preserves into water and drizzle over cake icing. It really does make a beautiful cake and it taste wonderful.

Approximately 6 points per serving

About 12 servings

Saturday after only 3 hours of sleep my friend and I got up to go to my WW meeting to meet another friend and then later to meet yet another friend to go to the stamp convention. I just have to brag a little about my WW meeting. My first week loss was 2.6 pounds. I was so excited. I had not felt like I had lost any weight, but apparently I did. It was a very exciting moment. So anyways, we had the best time at the Stamp Convention. Only, because we were together and we could have fun at a Seniors Checker Tournament. It does not matter what we do, we have fun. The Convention was very small, and we were a little bummed that they charged 8.00 a person to get in, but we did find a few bargains and the best part was we signed up to go to a Stampin Up party. I have been looking for me a good Stampin Up rep, and so that was really our highlight for the day. We later went to eat lunch, and had a wonderful time talking. Lots of good ole Sistah conversations going back and forth. I think we were there like 2 hours. That night, I was in bed by 8:30. I was beat. That is the earliest I have ever gone to bed on a Saturday night. I slept like a log.

Sunday we went to church, and then met a couple of our friends and their family for lunch. That was a fun time also. I really love going to church. I am in constant prayer about this church we are going to now. This is our old church that we left for 4 years, but remained members. We decided to go back for my son. He is dating a girl from this church, and he wanted to be there with her, and we wanted to be there with him. So I am hoping this is where we are suppose to return. It seems right one minute and not so right the next. I am hoping soon that God will give us peace about this situation. In the mean while we will keep going and just wait and see what happens.

Today we started back to our homeschool enrichment classes, and all went well today. We were at a new facility, in a different town, and I was not sure I would like the drive. It proved to be a quick drive and the facility is well worth going. God has really blessed us with this place for our classes. We must really be doing something good to deserve it. We had so much space and it was so clean compared to the last place. My DD loves her enrichment class and now she is even more excited. To see her so excited, really excites me. We are truly, truly blessed to have such a great homeschool family and place to learn.

Tonight I got a burst of energy and decided to clean my scrapbook room. I have a big party this weekend, and I thought I better get in there and make some room for people to crop. We plan to spend the entire day scrapbooking. Here is my nice clean room. I think I could fit at least 5 people in there now that I have cleaned, and still not be too cramped. It would be fun to see.

I just want to end this by saying that I started my rag quilt. Yes its true. It has finally happened. I will take pictures tomorrow, and show you my color selection and my already cut squares. Yes I have squares cut. Its a miracle. Hopefully by the end of the week, I will actually have a quilt to show you. TTFN

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