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It’s better on a stick!

So, we’ve been at Tulsa….  to the state fair!

 I was amazed at all the food.  Everything is served deep fried and on a stick.  You name it, they had it.  Deep fried kool-aid, deep fried cheesecake, deep fried pizza, good grief I could go on and on and on.  But, I won’t….

No wonder this country has such a problem with obesity.  But, never fear.  I found ONE place that served somewhat healthier and vegetarian options!  YAY!!  I can eat!!!

I chose the spinach and black bean bodacious burrito.  It was monstrous, but delicious.  I got it without cheese and it was perfect!  We sat down and across from me was a woman eating deep fried cheese on a stick and her sister and gone to get the deep fried cheesecake.  I can feel her arteries clogging….

After we ate, we took Madelyn to see the dog show.  She loved it, laughed and clapped through the whole thing and was still talking about it last night.

  We watched Devin show his sheep and then wandered around some more until we had had all the fun we could have!  It was a great day.

But, when we got home, I felt out of place not eating off a stick, so for Lauren’s birthday dinner, I made CAKE POPS!

Everyone enjoyed them, they were a lot of work, but fun to make.  I need to find a better recipe for the icing, but it was a learning process since it was my first time!

We had a great time celebrating with Lauren, Madelyn sang happy birthday – Lauren opened her presents, but the best part was we were all together!

Fit Club and Birthday Celebrations!

Fit Club Tuesday is here again!  It’s the last one for Feb, so that means the last of the Slim Series workouts tonight  These workouts have been fun and they are truly effective workouts!  7 PM at the CJ Community Center!  Remember, there is no charge for the class, come on in and let’s have fun getting fit together!  If you are not local, please sign up for a free account or a club membership and let me coach you to your BEST HEALTH YET!!!  I offer free fitness coaching and would LOVE to help you!

We had a blast at the birthday party last night.  The kids were all there, they were all chatty and laughing.  Madelyn was showing us all her “tricks”.  She was laughing so hard….  I love that!   But, by the time I pulled the camera out, she was D.O.N.E. done!  Ready to go home to bed!  She was telling everyone “BYE” in her loud voice before her parents even mentioned leaving!

Uncle Jake and Mads watching Special Agent Oso!

Aunt Lauren and Mads on the comfy couch!

Not so thrilled with having her picture with the birthday boy, Grumpy!

Please, just hurry up with the pictures…..

Meredith, Chase and Nick

there might be something in your teeth Brian!

The birthday boy and the family!

Food was great – spaghetti and meatballs ( I had spaghetti and mushrooms) and the apple cobbler turned out wonderful!!

Discussion:  Do you prefer your family birthday celebrations at home or do you go out for them?

ugliest cake ever????

I tend to think that I am a pretty good cook, baker or whatever you want to call it.  I make it and it usually tastes darned good.

That was NOT the case for Chase’s birthday.  I missed the mark BIG TIME.  Not only was the cake I made, the UGLIEST cake ever (no lie… just wait, you’ll see….), but I didn’t make enough food to feed the starving army.

For the kids’ birthdays, they get to pick whatever they want me to make them for the meal and the cake of their choice.

Chase chose a roast beef ring.  It’s not healthy, but one of his favorites.  I got the roast beef, the croissants, the swiss cheese and the onions.  I put it all together, looked at it and wondered if it would be enough, made another half.  Added a big salad, had to get something healthy in them, It wasn’t enough.  Jake looked at me and told me that was a great appetizer, but where was the rest of it…..  just a reminder of my day all over again….

 For the last few years, each boy has picked a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and cherry pie filling poured over the top.  It’s yummy, easy and I have that one down.

Chase decided to go a different route this time and wanted a lemon cake.  I get online and found a HEALTHIER option and decide to roll with it. I’m feeling so good about it, excited to try a new recipe however….

Something went wrong, VERY WRONG…….

The cakes didn’t rise correctly, they had hard edges, they weighed a TON!  But, Brian tasted it and said it was really yummy.  I went with it…..  BIG MISTAKE.

I made the lemon curd to go between the layers.  It didn’t set up correctly, was a little runny, I put too much on it, it caused the top layer to slide all over the bottom layer, it ran out the sides…..  a TOTAL MESS!

Still I rolled with it, I’m beginning to question my judgment here…

So, I made the frosting.  It tasted good, looked good, no problems here that I can see.  I start putting it on the cake.  UH, Houston….  we have a problem.

The icing wouldn’t go on anywhere the lemon curd was.  I mean really, it was just falling off.  So, I now have a flat cake that weighs 20 lbs, with lemon curd all around the sides and frosting somewhat on top, but not really on the sides.  WHAT THE HECK????

I wasn’t going to take a picture, but decided to at the last minute.  This really doesn’t do it justice :)

I bundled up Miss Madelyn and Brian and we took off for the store and a box cake mix.  Oh hell, let’s just get the frosting and the cherry pie filling too.. But, since we are being different, let’s go for a different flavor…..

The funniest part of all is that the cake tasted good. Chase preferred it over the box cake, the other kids did not prefer it… I don’t blame them,  I felt like a rock was sitting in my gut all night long. Another lapse in judgment on my part…..

Happy Birthday Chase, next year I’ll stick with the chocolate cake…..  or maybe I’ll find a HEALTHIER version……

How did I miss getting a photo with Brian P?  We get to do it all again in 10 days…..  We have TOTAL Birthday domination in January!