We went to a beautiful wedding today for our friends Christina and Clay Dawson. Gorgeous ceremony and reception. Afterward we went to the Apopka Art and Jazz Fest. We went to see our Evyn play, but didn’t get there in time. We still had a good time with our friends and Madilyn had a blast dancing to the music.

Here’s a photo from before the wedding of Madilyn and me. As you can see I’m still playing with these filters. Y’all are going to get tired of seeing pictures of us – so who wants to volunteer to let me take their pictures so I can play some more?

Ok. This is just too much fun.

New Photoshop Tools

I’ve been wanting to experiment with Photoshop actions for a while and last night I finally watched the tutorials and downloaded some actions online. I’m excited about what this means for our photography, and Madilyn was a willing model this morning – so long as she got to wear “a beautiful princess dress.” I obliged. The first one is my fav and the only one that turned out like I hoped, but I’m sure you’ll be seeing me experiment more … Stay tuned!

By the way, Madilyn had an atomic meltdown when it was time to take the dress off and put on civilian clothes. We had to explain to her that she is a beautiful princess no matter what she’s wearing. But she settled for “a beautiful princess shirt” (a normal shirt), “a beautiful princess jeans” (normal jeans), and a pink bow (always fabulous).

Teddy Bear Picnic

Today was Teddy Bear Picnic Day at Madilyn’s school. Last night, she and Daddy carefully picked out a teddy bear to bring today, and wouldn’t you know it …. I forgot it when I took her to school today. So we made an emergency trip to CVS across the street from her school in search of a replacement. But we could not find a single teddy tear in the toy aisle. Dogs, penguins, horses and aliens, but no teddy bear. We asked the CVS cashier if they had any bears and he pointed to an endcap of misfit Valentine bears that were now half off. I’m pretty sure a beacon of light beamed down from the sky and illuminated it. Madilyn had her choice of bears and picked this cute one. Just $4! The day was saved.

Notice that she’s also eating Teddy Grahams for the complete effect.

Iced Poop

Please forgive the vulgarity of this post, but I thought it was too good not to share. (Hey, at least I didn’t include a picture!)

Madilyn asked to go potty this afternoon, and she had a bowel movement. We were so proud that she “listened to her body,” as she said after she finished.

But she looked puzzled when she surveyed her accomplishment. It had a white-ish layer on top of part of it, which I recognized as diaper cream, which must have been transferred on the um, exit ramp. She said, “Mommy, my poo-poo has icing on top! I’ve never seen that before!”

I thought, Wow. We really need to lay off the cupcakes.

Sour Cream Pound Cake – Oh, yeah baby …

I wanted to make something Valentine-y for this weekend so I was thinking along the lines of strawberries and I remembered this to-die-for pound cake in Areeda’s Southern Cooking, which I raved about a few weeks ago for its banana bread. Her pound cake hits all the right notes and as an added bonus, uses a cake mix, so those of us who hate measuring out flour won’t be intimidated by it.

I’ve got two pints of freshly quartered strawberries marinating in sugar just waiting to be scooped on top of a tangy almond slice of this pound cake goodness. And whipped cream. Must have whipped cream.

Oh my! It’s going to be a sweet weekend indeed.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Areeda’s note: The best of all pound cakes!

1 Box Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Cake Mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
8 oz. sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
Crisco shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, blend on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Pour into a greased (using Crisco shortening) Bundt pan or two 9×5″ loaf pans.

Bake for 45 minutes if using a Bundt pan (my note: She does not include baking time for loaf pans.) (always check to see if done earlier in case your oven runs hotter than the average oven.) Cool on a rack before removing.

She also includes an optional recipe for an orange-flavored glaze.