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Back to School!

Hi everyone!

It’s Mommy Monday!

And, yes…. I’ve been SLACKING!

Well… maybe that’s not entirely true- I’ve actually been pretty busy in this little nest of ours.

But O…M…G….. it’s finally HERE! The MONDAY of the WEEK I’ve been waiting for since June…

it’s BACK TO SCHOOL week!

We’ve literally spent ALL summer preparing…

Mandatory band program- DONE!
Dental checkups- DONE!
Athletic physicals- DONE!
Required immunizations- DONE!
Eye appointments- DONE!
School registration- DONE!
Cool new school clothes and shoes- DONE!
School supplies- DONE!

We are sooooooooooo READY for this!!!

Ok… so maybe it’s just ME that’s ready!

These 12 year olds of mine are more than a little apprehensive about exchanging the comfort zone of their elementary school for the unchartered “shark-infested” waters of middle school.

They’ve heard the horror stories, they’ve created their contingency “plans”, and they’re cautiously optimistic about starting off the new school year on the right foot.

I honestly think I’m more excited than they are! Not just for the obvious reasons… but, because I remember…

I remember being apprehensive about junior high (as they called it in MY day!)… I was scared to death that I wouldn’t make it to class on time, forget my locker combination, and not make any new friends.

And then of course, there was the anxiety of the dreaded open stall showers after gym class, and let’s not forget the rumors of initiation at the hands of the “upper” classmates. Ugh!!!

Yep… I was S C A R E D!

But… after a couple of really looooooooong weeks… it was all good.

Of course there were times I didn’t make it to class on time, and I definitely had to make more than one trip to the office because I had forgotten my locker combination, but I made a lot of friends… and I made a lot of mistakes.

I learned so much more than academics… most of which were NOT easy lessons to learn.

The transition after elementary school was certainly an eye opener!  In fact, some of my favorite childhood memories came from those two short years… I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything!

Like me, I’m sure that there will be many hard lessons for the boys to learn, too… but, they’ll be fine.  After all… that’s all part of growing up, isn’t it?!?

I’m pretty confident that we’ve been nudging (ok… PUSHING) them in the right direction for the past 7 years, and that we’ve given them a solid foundation of values to build on… so I guess we’ll see if they were really listening.

This will be a very busy year for them- they’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore their interests, expand their social skills, and experience their first heartbreak.

They will learn about the consequences that go hand-in-hand with their new-found freedom and independence, discover a broader meaning of responsibility, begin to build true friendships, and learn a few hard lessons of life along the way.

This is also the time when parents are supposed to start “letting go”… just a little bit.  Even though we spend the first 12 years of their lives “grooming” them for this moment, it’s not an easy transition once the parenting role begins to change from damage prevention to damage control.

These two not-so-little-anymore boys of mine have come such a long way since the day I put them on the bus for their very first day of kindergarten… and even though still they drive me absolutely crazy every single day- I know how hard we’ve ALL worked to get them where they are today…

And somehow… that seems to make things just a little bit better.

But… I’m STILL having cake on Thursday 😉



Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Hi everyone!

It’s What’s Cookin’? Wednesday!

If you love chocolate, then this is definitely the cake for you! The only downside to this cake is the waiting time while it cools… oh, and maybe the calories 😉

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook/Bake Time: 1 hour


  • 1-1/2 cups butter (not margarine)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 boxes Jiffy chocolate fudge frosting mix
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter with mixer at high speed
  3. Add eggs- one at a time
  4. Gradually add sugar
  5. Continue beating at high speed until batter is light and fluffy
  6. By hand- fold in flour, frosting mix, and walnuts until well blended
  7. Pour batter into a greased Bundt pan or a 10" tube pan
  8. Bake for approximately 60 minutes (depending on your oven)- the top of the cake should be "brownie-like" when done. You canNOT use the "toothpick test" on this one!
  9. COOL in pan for 2 hours
  10. Remove from pan and COOL COMPLETELY before slicing
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This recipe has always been a hit or miss for me, but when it does turn out like it’s supposed to, then it’s WONDERFUL! There is a gooey “tunnel” of fudge surrounded by moist cake that just seems to make my eyeballs roll back into my head with every bite… sooooooooooo chocolatey good!

My family (ok… me, too 😉 ) is usually too impatient to wait for it to cool completely, so we end up with a “gooier” than normal “tunnel”, but that’s okay- it NEVER goes to waste (but beware… because it always seems to go to waist!). If you over-bake it, then you’ll have less fudgy “goo” and more cake… so you may have to experiment with it a couple of times to find the perfect baking time for your oven.

Try it and let me know how you like it!