Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday! It's a wonderful day!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Sleep!  I am grateful for a good nights rest.  During the week I stay up too late and wake up too early.  So when I get the chance to sleep in a little on the weekends I love it.  The staying up late is partly my fault.  I usually do a load of laundry every night and I just start it too late.  

2) Heavenly Father's plan of happiness and the peace and comfort it brings. 

From the Camera:

Curtis opening his mission call.  He was sick hence the reason for the lap blanket.  

From the Heart:

From the Kitchen:

Samoa Sheet Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup butter
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ cup caramel sauce, I used caramel ice cream topping in the jar
Additional Toppings
  • 2½ cups toasted coconut, See instructions below for how to make it
  • 7 to 8 ounces caramel, either Kraft Caramel Cubes or from a block of Caramel. I used a block of Peter's Caramel.
  • ⅛ cup evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening or oil
  1. Before making the cake, line an 18x13x1 inch cookie sheet with foil and spread shredded sweetened coconut evenly over cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, checking and tossing coconut regularly, every 2-5 minutes, to make sure all the coconut gets toasted evenly and does not burn. Coconut is done when it is golden brown.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, measure flour and sugar. Set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, water, cocoa and shortening. Bring to a boil. After mixture reaches a boil, add it to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Add buttermilk, then baking soda, then eggs, then vanilla in that order, mixing in-between each addition.
  6. Pour into a greased 18x13x1 inch cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  1. In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine butter and milk and bring to a boil. Stir caramel sauce and then add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  2. After cake has cooked, remove from oven and poke holes in hot cake with a fork. Pour frosting evenly over top. Immediately sprinkle with top of warm frosting with toasted coconut.
  3. In microwavable bowl, add caramel and evaporated milk and cook on high in 30 second increments, string in between each increment. Continue to cook and stir until caramel is smooth. Drizzle over coconut.
  4. In another microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening (or oil). Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment until the chocolate in melted. Drizzle over caramel.
  5. Let Caramel and Chocolate drizzle set before cutting into it.

From the Spirit:

My niece shared this story on her Facebook page yesterday.  WOW!  Can I learn from this story.  Sometimes the stress of life just gets to an all time high and things others do or say really get to me and I say things in anger.  What a wise Father to teach this concept in such a visual and personal way that his son will never forget.  Love that!  Now if I can just apply it to my wild and crazy life all would be good.  ~smile~

The Fence
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.” You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.
- Author Unknown

From the Schmidt's:

Today has been a full day and it's only noon.  Danielle and I attended the funeral of our dear friend.  She touched the lives of so many people and that was evident by the huge crowd of people that attended her services.  The Skyline Stake Center was jam packed and that is not a small building.  There were people sitting on the stage.  The crowd of people went all the way back.  Then when the family came in there were so many of them that there wasn't enough room for all of them in the roped off areas.  They ended up seated behind the speakers on the stand. 

The service was amazing filled with wonderful stories and remarks about her life, but what was so impressive to me was the spirit and testimony that just shined through the entire thing.  

Quote of the Day:

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