Each member of our family is so different, like individual components of a symphony. But, like a symphony, each part is important to the overall structure and sound of the piece. We all work together to make a beautiful sound...our family. Just as the Lord knit us together in the womb, He is now knitting us together as a family, for His glory, outside the womb.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Captain of the debate team

While the kids were waiting for me to finish checking out at the grocery store, they decided to hang out by the penny horse. You would think I'd be prepared by now, but I always forget to grab pennies and have to tell them, "No, we can't ride the horse because I don't have any pennies." Usually, some passerby will hear this, feel sorry for them, and give me some pennies (very nice, but not my evil scheme to get free pennies). Today, though, a nice little girl put a penny in so that Cadence could ride the horse. Then, Cadence wanted Finn to be able to ride, so she just hung out by the horse and accosted innocent passersby. Either she is going to be a beggar or on the debate team. She is very persuasive and I am hoping for the latter rather than the former. She means well, just looking out for her little brother, but we need to work a little more on our socially acceptable behaviors.

Recipe Highlight:
Thursday night is the college bible study night. It used to be at our house until we had Aria, but I still like to make a dessert for the study. The guys are always very complimentary, so that doesn't hurt anything.

Easy Pineapple Upside-down Cake
1/4cup butter or margarine
1cup packed brown sugar
1can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
1jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
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1.Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 13x9-inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar.
2.Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 1/4 cups. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
3.Bake 40 to 45 minutes (42 to 48 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.


  1. Oh, the kids look so adorable on the horse!
    I'll try to remember pennies if I take them to the store!
    Your pineapple upside down cake looks absolutely perfect. I bet it was delicious! See you tomorrow! Yay!

  2. That cake was delish! I agree, Cadence is a bit too persuasive at times!