A Daisy To Us!

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One of my oldest daughter’s teachers from elementary school took the time to encourage her and our family through this post on Facebook. The comments that continued were equally a blessing and an unexpected joy!

“When the heart overflows, it comes out the eyes. God is good like that; He doesn’t want our chests to bust!”

“The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears!”

We had just been uplifted at a bridal shower for her upcoming wedding in May.

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Bountiful blessings through laughter, food, and gifts were bestowed on her.  Later that day we were equally blessed to visit my Aunt Polly who reminded us that she was a great listener, because we were great talkers!

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Grandma and Papa gave Victoria her wedding day jewelry–necklace and earrings from Papa to his wife for their 50th Wedding Anniversary many years ago.

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It’s the every day, seemingly small things, in connecting with those around us that make the difference.  They all add up to a beautiful and meaningful life filled with joy. The grand moments–the miracles–are wonderfully amazing; however, one can get lost in the miracle of the everyday dandelion or daisy.

We are so grateful to those who take the time, the energy, and the love to support and connect with us.  We love you! You are a daisy to us!

One can get just as much exultation in losing oneself in a little thing as in a big thing. It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Thanks to generous friends, Victoria received a kitchen aid mixer/food processor! Between my love for cooking shows (especially Martha Stewart) and her new processor, we had some FUN in the kitchen!  Enjoy this fabulous recipe by Martha Stewart!

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Martha Stewart’s Devils Bundt Cake:

http://www.marthastewart.com/1004063/devils-bundt-cake

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INGREDIENTS

FOR CAKE

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips

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FOR GLAZE

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 12-cup nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk boiling water into cocoa powder until smooth; whisk in sour cream. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

    Then beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with 2 additions of cocoa mixture and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

0032. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until tops springs back when lightly touched, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack set over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes, then turn our onto rack and let cool completely.

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3. Bring cream to a boil in a medium pot. Add chocolate and let stand 5 minutes. Add salt and stir until smooth. Let stand 10 minutes, then pour over cake allowing the glaze to drip down sides and cover cake. Let set 3 hours at room temperature or 1 hour in refrigerator.

COOK’S NOTE

On Martha Bakes, after spraying the pan with nonstick cooking spray Martha dusted it with cocoa. And in place of the glaze, Martha dusted the finished cake with confectioner’s sugar.
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Kenn Tico

Someone recommended this Cuban restaurant.  After a long week of preparing for my capstone client presentation, we desired to reconnect as a family.  We love visiting unique places and experiencing different cultures.  Kenn Tico sounded like a great place for lunch before we would go to All Fired Up and do a little shopping.

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All Fired Up

 

Parish fell in love with Cubano sandwiches years ago.  We had a dinner party and the Cubano sandwich was the main course.  So, naturally, this restaurant appealed to us.

Our waiter was a young man who lived in the area and was attending college at VCU. He noted that he would eat often at the restaurant and fell in love with the food so much that he wanted to work there!  He was a great waiter and very attentive.

We started off with the Triple Cuban Dipper in which you could choose three appetizer dishes.  Our three were the following:

Tamales Cubano: Cornmeal and seasoned pork stuffed and wrapped in a cornhusk.

Mini Papa Rellenas:  Breaded potato stuffed with spiced ground beef served with ham, cheese and Cuban tostadas.

Yuca Frita:  Fried Yuca sticks served with cilantro & garlic oil sauce.

Parish and I loved the Tamales.  The seasoned pork and onions were savory.  The girls loved the Yuca Frita because it tasted like a yummy french fry.  By the way, they have a children’s menu for those who are not so adventuresome.  My youngest said her chicken tenders and fries were the best she has ever had.

Parish ordered his favorite, the Cubano Classico

Cubano Classico:  Old time flavor sandwich, grilled Cuban bread with sliced pork, ham, swiss cheese, a touch of pickles, and mustard.

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I enjoyed the chicken soup

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and the Arroz Moro: White rice, black beans, mixed with spiced onions and peppers.

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We were able to meet Kenny and Tico! They were engaging and loved to talk to you about their recipes and love for Cuban food.  Our waiter stated that they began their journey with a food cart selling their Cuban delicacies. They have been in their restaurant for approximately five years.

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The restaurant is located at 204 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA.  They proudly serve “the most authentic Cuban cuisine & beverages in Richmond.”

Cuban Tamales are unique in that the meat is mixed in with the dough and not used as a filling like Mexican Tamales.  My husband just yelled this from the other room while looking for a recipe to cook Cuban Tamales at home!  Love that man!

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My girls loved being in the city and seeing all the sights and sounds.  We were able to share with our 11-year-old where Cuba was on the map, and share some history.

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We sat next to the window so we could enjoy the city and each other.  They also played fun Cuban music in which we danced.  My teenage daughter announced, “How embarrassing!”   It’s not a fun-filled day until you embarrass one of your children!  🙂

Two thumbs up for this authentic and casual Cuban restaurant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Words

The power of words!

For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matthew

I’ve read many books on the power of words–secular and faith-based.  For some reason, lately, God is re-introducing the need for me and my family to consider the words that come out of our mouth.

In Genesis, God spoke the world and it’s creations into existence.  His three words–“It is finished!” from the cross brought redemption to all mankind.  On resurrection Sunday, we proclaim, “He is risen!” announcing that death has no sting!  We are eternally His!

Our family listened to a sermon called The Power of Words by Joyce Meyer on Good Friday, and placed at the cross our prayers to change our mouth!  It all starts in the heart/mind.  Our thoughts become words, our words become action……

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We were able to hear three of the six points from the part I sermon

1. Stop complaining

2. Stop gossiping

“We should cover one another, not uncover each other!”

3. Mind your own business

What are the benefits?  God’s Word proclaims that our prayers will be answered; we will have peace; and we will encourage others.

Today, on this resurrection Sunday in which we can worship His death and resurrection, let’s proclaim a new way, a new heart, and a new mouth!

We submit our thoughts and words to You, Jesus!  Not only will we build each other up, we will proclaim Your love for us, and speak kindly to ourselves.  We are loved!  We are treasured!  You, Jesus, have a great plan for our lives!  We trust in YOU!