The God-given Gift of Friendship

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Gaye Hughes
Gaye Hughes

One of the greatest gifts I have received in my lifetime is the gift of friendship.  I can think back at least 5 decades (and a little more) and name dozens of men and women who have walked with me in love and friendship.  The number of Godly men and women who influence my daily walk with Jesus has never been higher than it is today.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20

I can name friends I am regularly in touch with from Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Utah, California, Missouri, New York, Alaska, United Kingdom, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and that doesn’t even begin to count family and Facebook friends!

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.   For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls and
has not another to lift him up!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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Happy Birthday Mom With Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting

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Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting
Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting

What a blessing to celebrate my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday!  Today, February 8 is her birthday, although we have celebrated for several days!

mom cat cakes

Last week she spent time in Missouri with my brother and sister-in-law and their family.  They brought her home on Friday and I surprised her with 15 Bundt cakes that needed frosted for her party yesterday afternoon!

Mom and Kay
Mom and Kay

Mom and my sister-in-law Kay were both good sports as I started bringing  cakes out of the freezer.  I started baking last week and each day baked a few cakes.  Fifteen in all.  Yikes!

Sous Chef Dishwashing Mom!
Sous Chef Dishwashing Mom!

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, lemon supreme on lemon, fresh strawberry with homemade frosting, chocolate with fudge frosting, red velvet, and white on white.  But the hit of the cake parade is my new favorite cake, Butter Pecan with Caramel Frosting!

Mom and Gaye
Mom and Gaye

My neighbor Kathy got in the act by keeping some of the cakes in her freezer.  She dropped them off on her way to watch her granddaughter play basketball.  About that time, my other neighbor Gaye and her mother-in-law stopped by and quickly began frosting the last of the cakes, which were the three Butter Pecan cakes with Caramel Frosting!


The Butter Pecan recipe was given to me after I ate a piece at a women’s luncheon last spring.  The recipe went into my “to-do” pile and surfaced recently.  I made one cake a couple of weeks ago for my Chief Cake Lover and my sous chef dishwashing mom.  They were both taken by surprised and thrilled with the texture and taste.  I was immediately reminded why I asked for the recipe in the first place.  This one is a keeper!  When you make it I guarantee you rave reviews!

We had a lovely party celebrating “1931 Was A Very Good Year!”

“For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”      Proverbs 9:11

Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you.


Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting!
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My new very favorite cake and frosting! You will love it too!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 1 Box Butter Pecan cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
  • 1 can Coconut Pecan icing
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • ¼ cup Evaporated milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  1. Prepare cake pan with spray oil. (Use a Bundt pan or a 9" x 13" baking pan) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the cake, mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  3. After the cake has baked and is cool, prepare frosting.
  4. Melt butter, add brown sugar and milk. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Add in vanilla.
  5. Pour over confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cake immediately before frosting cools and sets. If the frosting is a little too thick, thin with milk.


Super Appetizers Fit For Any Gathering!

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Taco Dip plated

Unless you are living under a rock or don’t watch or listen to any media, you will know this is Super Bowl Weekend.  I don’t really get into the hype of football games but when Denver goes to the Superbowl – I’m going to watch!  Growing up in Nebraska and living for many years in Colorado the Denver Broncos were the “hometown team!”  Since that time I have lived in several other States but I still cheer on the Broncos when I have a chance.

Adding to the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday, we are celebrating my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday!  And if that wasn’t enough excitement, my brother Mike and his wife Kay will be here for the weekend.  Mike is a football enthusiast of gigantic proportions.  That makes for a perfect trifecta for our Super Sunday!

This morning I am putting together my grocery list for snacks, chips, dips, and food to munch on during the game.  We will probably be on sugar overload from the afternoon “cake” festivities.  So sweets won’t be part of our evening. (I will share pictures from mom’s party next week.)  Here are a few of my past favorites.

Layered Taco Dip
Layered Taco Dip

Taco Dip For Fiesta Fun

Cheese ball cut open

Homemade Cheese Balls

crispy thyme cheese half

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Doc Martin and Me!

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Doc Martin Home/ClinicAre you a fan of the  megapopular comedy series Doc Martin?  I AM and so is my English comedy-loving husband!  This past summer we had the opportunity to spend a day in Port Isaac, aka Port Wenn.

Welcome to Port Isaac

Bay at Port Isaac

Port Isaac  is a small and picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.   For 7 seasons this beautiful seaside village of Port Isaac becomes Port Wenn for the filming of Doc Martin.

Port Wenn Fish Sellers

We met friends for a lovely lunch just across the street from the Port Wenn Fish Sellers, which is an actual fresh fish market.  When we arrived we had no idea of the excitement building just down by the harbor, not far from where we lunched.
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