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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Nicole's Day!

Memories of one Saturday, August 10:

This morning we went to McDonald’s for breakfast because Nicole loves ‘Donald’s’.  Daddy gave the girls harmonicas and I gave them school bags as they love to play school.
In the afternoon, we went to Kinsmen Park for the rides.
In the evening, I made Pizza Pork Chops and special macaroni and we had chocolate cake (Grandma Foran's recipe, of course).  

It was a lovely day.

P.S.  Nicole, who still loves pasta, wanted help twirling spaghetti just days before her 2nd birthday.  “Wiggle, wiggle,” she said, holding her fork up.


Nicole’s art at the age of 2

When Nicole and Kepler were visiting this summer, we went to the Price Smart store in Richmond because it has a fantastic fish department where we once selected a fish from a tank. 

This time, Nicole chose a couple of live crabs.  It was the first time we ever cooked crabs but they were WONDERFUL!  Nicole said she considered this her birthday dinner with us. 


Happy, Happy Birthday to my daughter!

  Grandma Kay Foran's Chocolate Cake recipe:  it's still 

  the best:


Grease and flour 9x9 pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into large mixing bowl put:

1 ¾ cups flour
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
3 tbsp cocoa
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
Stir all dry ingredients  to blend.

Now add:
1 cup cold water
½ cup salad oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

Use hand mixer to combine all ingredients .  Turn into pan.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Spread with Vanilla Butter Icing.

*I love to serve cake hot out of the oven.  Just ice the pieces individually before serving. 

Ice the remainder of the cake when it cools.