Monday, December 5, 2011


Hi everyone! How was the weekend? Today is my husband's birthday...he's finally as old as me! We had his birthday dinner yesterday, since he works later on Mondays. I roasted a turkey breast and made mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. Yes this is a Thanksgiving menu, but since we were away for the holiday this year we didn't have a whole lot of time with leftovers. So guess what we're having tonight? Hee hee! Oh and I made the world's best chocolate cake ever...Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Cake, with the fabulous frosting. Do your loved ones a favor and make this for them one day. It's simple and oh-so-delicious. I was very full after dinner and yet I couldn't stop thinking about this cake. I'm already excited to have another slice tonight! (Note: this photo is borrowed from the Hershey's website, but ours looked very similar, sans strawberry.)
Speaking of birthdays, getting old has its minuses. After cooking all day (for dinner and the other incidentals, like breakfast and lunch), my sciatica reared its ugly head and I was stuck on the couch with a heating pad for the rest of the evening. It's a lot better today. I think I stayed in one position all night. Anyway, we gave Dave presents and cards this morning before he left for work, and we'll have a nice evening later as well.
How's the Christmas shopping coming along? I've got most of mine done, I comes one of my favorite holiday activities, wrapping! I love to listen to holiday music, drink coffee and make packages look pretty. Hey wouldn't a gift-wrapping party be fun? Gather with friends, everyone brings their own wrapping supplies and a dish, then you could eat/drink/chat while wrapping! Anyone want to join me?
Well, I got snow tires put on my minivan this morning. Usually I wait until we've already had six inches and I'm scrambling to find  someone to do it last-minute. This year I got both cars done early. Of course that means it won't snow for a month.
Have a happy day!

♥ Jen


  1. Jen,
    Happy Birthday to your husband! I love this chocolate cake recipe and I have made it often.
    Your sciatic nerve too?? I am having the same issues ... miserable last week :( Now I must have TMJ? I feel so old and haven't done much shopping at all!
    The holidays are sooo hard for me but I try to put on a happy face.

  2. I want to come and have a wrapping party! Oh wait... except I live in WA state... it's too far. bummer.

  3. Happpy Birthdayyyyy--to hubby!!!
    and if he doesn't like that cake==
    well I Know someone who loves chocolate!!!
    I did some shopping to day--for the 0 to 2 year olds for our village santa give away--I do collect things on sale all year--but wanted to do more this year--so off I went!!
    this age group is not part of the local program--so I have been doing this now for about 8 years--It helps me feel more "Christmasy"!!!
    Hugs, Di and miss gracie

  4. I'll be right over for that wrapping party! :)


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