Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sawyer Pics, Zac Pics, Judith Pics... Just the Usual AND Pinterest Stuff (How to Shop for Children at Christmas, Snickerdoodle Mug Cake AND Some Additions to Your Fall Bucket List)

Good Thursday afternoon!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Let's go ahead and cover the stuff I did this past weekend before we hit the HIGHLIGHT of the blog... FALL STUFF!

Friday night found me sitting in the bleachers at the Springville football game with my Mom. We went to the first game of the season to watch my nephew (her grandson), Zac, march in the halftime show.

After the halftime show, as is our custom, we found Zac and I took a picture of him and Grandmother.

He did a great job, but he was SO hot.

Can I say here and now how much I appreciate all band members in the state of Alabama during the months of August and September and the first half of October?

The Enchanting Belinda would not be able to hold an instrument, remember the music, march forward, sideways, backward AND wear a wool band uniform, giant polyester onesie AND t-shirt and shorts.

I absolutely, positively could NOT, would NOT put myself through that particular discomfort for the entertainment of family, friends and strangers in the bleachers on a hot, muggy Alabama pre-fall night.


Not I.

I think the best I could offer would be standing on the field in a t-shirt and shorts holding a light instrument by my side.

Not marching.

Not blowing.

Not wearing garments made of material used by special scientists who live in the Arctic for months at a time while working in sub-zero temperatures.


I didn't mean to make Springville's halftime show all about me, but sometimes that is just what happens.

On a much happier note, while we were sitting in the bleachers waiting for Zac to perform, we were mere inches away from Brad, Stephanie and Sawyer.

And that was pretty wonderful!

RANDOMNESS #2 - Courtney and Judith visited Saturday afternoon while Josh ran some errands in town. Uncle Austin and Aunt Melia stopped by to play for a little while, and it was much fun!

Uncle Austin and Judith have very similar television show tastes...

And Aunt Melia enjoys giving nose kisses, so it was a pretty good way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon.

RANDOMNESS #3 - We also had Judith spend the night with us Monday night. She and I decided to just hang around the house all day Tuesday.

As I am sure you can tell, we spent the time together wisely...

Hiding behind the couch...

AND eating popsicles in the baby pool.

Pinterest Stuff

How to Shop for Children at Christmas

1. Something they want.

2. Something they need.

3. Something to wear.

4. Something to read.

5. Something to do (event ticket, movie ticket, museum outing, etc.).

6. Something for "me" (personal calendar, letter, photo in frame, etc.).

7. Something to do with the family (board game, DVD, restaurant gift certificate, etc.).

Some Additions to Your Fall Bucket List

1. Bake an apple pie... from scratch.

2. Play flag football with a big group of family and friends. So much fun!

3. Make pumpkin spice pancakes.

4. Play in pumpkin guts.

5. Drink apple cider often during the cool months!

6. Go on a thankfulness walk/hike.

7. Go on a lantern (or flashlight) walk around the neighborhood at night as a family.

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

You will need the following for the cake batter:

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

You will need the following for layering/topping:

1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon until thoroughly, completely combined, with no streaks of any ingredients remaining.

2. Blend in milk, butter and vanilla until batter is smooth. Into a 14-ounce (or larger) microwave-safe mug with straight sides, scoop a big spoonful of batter, then sprinkle with a spoonful of cinnamon sugar. Alternate layers, ending with cinnamon sugar.

3. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until cake is done to your liking. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

NOTE - A tall, cylindrical mug with straight (not angled) sides will ensure that the cake bakes evenly. I found a 14-ounce mug to be the perfect size to allow the cake to rise up while baking without overflowing. (I filled my mug to the top with water and then transferred the water to a measuring cup to determine its capacity.) If you use a smaller mug, you may want to bake the cake on top of a plate or paper towel to catch any possible overflow.

The strength of individual microwaves can vary. The first time you make this recipe, be prepared to experiment a bit to make sure that 1 minute is the perfect length of baking time. The nice thing about this cake is that even if it is undercooked, you don't have to worry about raw eggs!

Unsalted butter will work just fine in this recipe, but I find that using salted butter adds a tiny flavor boost.

Have a great rest of the day! I'll be back soon with more Fall goodness... no matter how high the temperature continues to rise in The Dale.


The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. Please enjoy a few pics from last year's best season...

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