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Alvin and the Chipmunks

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I can’t spell DNCE with out U. 🙂 I’d like to take credit for that funny but DH came up with that after hearing a different funny spin-off of DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean. I stumbled upon these cute little furry friends singing this dance worthy tune and decided to turn today’s Friday Fun Stuff into a dance party featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks.

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I watched the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunk movie. Jason Lee does a fabulous job as Dave Seville.  Overall I enjoyed this adorably cute and predictable flick capturing my inner child. 🙂

 

Things are progressing about normal with DH’s retina attachment surgery but his vision issues remain.  This may not resolve itself until after he finishes the process which includes two other procedures and getting new glasses. We aren’t venturing off for long day trips but keep closer to home. It’s funny how we still find a lot to do and places we haven’t seen or been to in a long time. It’s interesting how we can drive 15-20 minutes out of the city and it’s almost like rural east Tennessee.This is a view of House Mountain not too far from where we live.

 

Hostess: A by author, Lexa Cain!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things, such as DD#1. This week, she turned 29. She was once so tiny weighing less than 6 pounds. I baked her a Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting (See recipe below).

Next year, she enters a new decade. My beautiful baby girl is now a beautiful woman…a single, beautiful woman! 😉 lol

 

Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix
  • 2 small boxes Jello Cook n’ Serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 12oz. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ c. apple sauce*
  • ½ c warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. Daisy sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips and frosting. Beat 4 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake in a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10-15 minutes; turn out on wire rack or serving plate to complete cooling. Frost inside tube, top, and around sides when completely cooled. (I used a sheet pan.)
  2. *If you don’t want to use applesauce, then use equal amount of cooking oil.
  3. Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
  4. 2 pounds Confectioners Sugar
  5. 1-cup (2-sticks) butter, room temperature
  6. 3-6 tablespoons milk
  7. 2 tablespoons LorAnn Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste
  8. Cream confectioners sugar and butter; continue mixing while adding vanilla bean paste and finally add milk to suit consistency preference.
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In honor of DD#1 who loved watching Alvin and the Chipmunks, especially features of the Chipettes because well…she shares the name of Alvin’s girlfriend. Let’s hear for The Chipettes!

What are you celebrating?

 

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(1) My next scheduled post will be Monday Mewsic Moves Me and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Independence Day or Celebrating the Holiday” tunes with a blogversary giveaway kicking off.

 

(2) Fireworks originated in China some 2,000 years ago in an accidentally discovery when a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen mixed charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter (items commonly found in kitchens in those days). The mixture burned and when compressed in an enclosure (a bamboo tube), it exploded. Can you imagine the kaboom? (source credit)

 

(3) This week, I am thankful to live in the good ole USA. There’s no better land than only in America!

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(4) Freedom earned by our forefathers and maintained by today by all who SERVE this country and the LOVE from the ordinary American fighting to protect the liberties of this great land through voice and action.

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I appreciate you joining me. I’m taking it easy this summer with posts loosely done on a whim.  Hopefully, you get notifications delivered to your email whenever I add a new post but if not, then you may want to join now to not miss out!

That’s a wrap for now, I’ll see ya on the dance floor for independence Day or Celebrating the holiday tunes and a Mondays Mewsic Moves Me anniversary giveaway! 

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s unofficially summer which means I’m throwing caution to the wind and blogging as the mood strikes. During my period of absence so far I’ve worked like a little maniac to fix broken links within and other buggy things about post content which brings me to why I decided to share today.

It realized going through my post archives I failed to share a very pretty skyview while in Naples, Florida March 2013 and I wanted to corrected that now.

Sunset over the Gulf captured with my little point n’ shoot Canon SD880

Sitting on the beach with good friends basking in the sun’s warmth, listening to the lulling sounds of the ocean, and squalks of seagull as the glow in the sky got richer in color as it sunk across the horizon was an utterly amazing experience. I consider it one of my highlights from our awesome trip. It would be incredible to do this again! 🙂 I’m definitely sharing this photo memory with fellow photo enthusiasts linking with Skywatch Friday!

Not being the kind of gal who does things half-way, I’m bringing to you my typical Friday Fun Stuff. Starting with Celebrate The Small Things!

Today, I’m celebrating finally getting the broken links repaired or removed.  I’m celebrating good friends such as you. It’s you who makes blogging fun giving me the driving force to keep at it but sometimes keeping at it for long stretches means hiatus is needed.  I’m celebrating the longer days. I love the happiness of lots of sunshine, not necessarily the heat it brings but the cheer! Now, I’m off to visit Lexa and others to see what they’re celebrating.

What are you celebrating?

 

Next I’m sharing my fill-ins to Annie an Ellen statements. You’re welcome to play along in comments if you don’t want to share in your own post. 😉

 

  1. A law I would like to see passed is to bump the age of drinking and voting to 25. Why 25? The part of the brain that controls judgement isn’t developed until one’s mid-20s. I never understood why the law says it’s okay to vote at 18 and enlist in the Armed Services, but one has to wait until age 21 to drink alcohol; both need good decision-making skills which often times you’re not going to find an 18 or 21 year old pocesses.
  2. My favorite card game is Spider Solitaire, which I’m hooked on thanks to my FIL who taught me how to play.
  3. With Summer unofficially here, I’m ready to kickback and unwind; keeping blogging low-key doing things in an easy-going, no-rush mode.
  4. A favourite Summer memory is spending time with my uncle and aunt at their home in Panther Creek, WV. This was like a vacation for me.

 

And finally…some giggles! You didn’t think I’d  forget your weekly dose of laughs, did you?

 

What’s got you giggling today? Are you slacking off now that it’s unofficially summer?

Have a funtastic, laugh-out-loud weekend and don’t forget to hit the dance floor with tunes to honor your brothers and sisters on Monday Mewsic Moves Me!

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Foghorn Leghorn hasn’t the patience for that silly ole putty cat, Sylvester!

Hello, Kittens & dawgs! For the A2Z challenge, I sketched a Wylie E. Coyote & the RoadRunner illustration. I shared it a couple of weeks ago with you but I thought it would be fun to look at some funny Looney Tune inspired images.

*smack forehead* Warner Brothers oppressed Wylie E. Coyote all of these years. I knew that old coyote could catch that sneaky road runner even if he didn’t have the brains to do it.

There were a few kids who were short a few marbles, though.

I have two photos to share taken late March, the day after DH’s eye surgery. He had a follow-up appointment with his surgeon at his Maryville, Tennessee location and this is the view I had sitting in the car waiting for DH. It was a gorgeous day with a gentle breeze.

Being unprepared for this photo-op with my big girl at home, I managed to get some nice captures with my trusty iPhone 5s – the camera on-the-go!

Linky up with those crazy cats and dawgs over at the Skywatch Friday community and you’re welcome to come with for a globe-trotting, sky view experience!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things with Lexa!

I’m celebrating… the good follow-ups DH is getting from his retina re-attachment surgery. At his last appointment, he learned his retina is completely attached. Yay! I’m celebrating… DS’s 23rd birthday this past Monday. It seems like yesterday he entered this world all 21″, 9 pounds 7 ounces of him! Whew, he was a big, big baby! DH and I follow literally in his shadows now. He’s 6’4″ and weighs more than 200 pounds. Big babies grow into big men. It’s funny how the roles reversed. 🙂 We’re proud of our boy! I’m celebrating… surviving last month’s A to Z Challenge. If you missed my posts Art Sketching Through the Alphabet, then I invite you to browse my archives.

What are you celebrating?

 

Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

(1) Cell phone vs landline.

(2) My most treasured piece of jewelry is my engagement and wedding rings.

(3) This year, I learned I can draw after years of thinking I didn’t have any or very little ability which I proudly publicly displayed in last month’s A to Z Challenge.

(4) I would like to finish writing and illustrating my children’s book about my brother before this year is over.

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Normally, I do not post on the weekend but I decided to share my A to Z reflections post tomorrow and you’re invited back. That’s a wrap for now but don’t forget to hit the dance floor (mewsic themeSingers/Mewsicians celebrating birthdays on this day”) with Mondays Mewsic Moves Me!

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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Hello Kittens & Dawgs! It’s officially spring, aren’t you glad?  With the change in season comes what? That’s right spring cleaning! Let’s get our giggles on with these Friday Sillies tribute to spring cleaning!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, I share the original photo of today’s photo-art creation.  I reduced the image brightness for more contrast creating tree silhouettes in the foreground, then I added a starry background. I like this new jazzed up version over the original.

I’m sharing this starry sky photo-art with the Skywatch Friday shutterbug family and you’re welcome to tag along!

 

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Most of next week I will be away from Blogosphere while I prepare my posts for the April A2Z challenge which kicks off Friday, March 31. That’s a wrap for now but you’re invited to hit the dance floor (mewsic theme – “Music from Sci-Fi movies and/or TV series”) on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me

 

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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(Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! Another work week bites the dust or it almost has anyhow and it’s time for your dose of laughs!

 

 

Please join other photo enthusiasts from around the globe for more Skywatch Friday views!

Visibility was awesome when I noticed the tiny slice of moon in the morning sky with the sun just beginning to peek over the horizon. I braved the chilly temps, stepping out my front door to capture a rare night or in this case pre-dawn shot. I’m very glad that I did, too.

If you liked this photo, then you may want to check out my Wednesday zoom shot of the moon!

 

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things with Lexa!

I’m celebrating…DH is officially a full-time employee again. Yay!  We were able to sign up for medical insurance which makes me happy, as it’s time for overdue health checkups. I’m celebrating capturing the above cool shot of the moon. It’s not often I get to take pictures like this, so it was a real treat to snap a few pre-dawn, night sky shots on a clear morning with the moon barely visible. I just love it when things come together this purrfect! 😉 Also, I celebrate DS’s sprain ankle because he could’ve broken it in his basketball injury. That’s what happened to his Dad when he was about 2-years old.

What are you celebrating?

 

 

Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

(1) I hope the new 24 gets renewed for another season.

(2) My first crush was more than likely was an actor or singer but that’s been too long ago to say for sure. I do recall liking this older boy who was a friend of my friend and I’m not sure I remember his name now.

(3) Spring blooms usually make me extremely giddy and excited.

(4) If I were a super-hero, I would be Chronovision Girl (made up character) because it would be cool to see any point in time – past, present, or future to help mankind.

 

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Beginning next week on DH’s off Fridays, I will only post my Friday Sillies.  It’s a bit difficult to keep up with visitors when I take the weekend off. That’s a wrap for now but you’re invited to hit the dance floor (mewsic theme – Band Name or Song Titles with the word ‘Air’) on Mondays Mewsic Moves Me

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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