Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday:

Unbelievable how this year went by so fast. So much has
happened in our family this year..much trials, tribulations,
a separation and many a lesson learned. 

Trying to keep my family sane and happy this year has
 been the hardest for me and there were moments I wasn't
 sure if Heavenly Father was listening to my prayers. But I 
knew in my heart that Heavenly Father wouldn't give us 
trials that we couldn't handle and kept strong with that in

I've learned this year to be a stronger person, have more
patience with my children as they're going through a rough
patch as well and being more optimistic about what the 
new year will bring us. 

2 days ago we we're on the verge of being homeless. We
had been waiting on a check from a client to pay our rent 
and were told that it would take about 2-3 weeks for us to
receive this payment. This was the only job we had for the
month and knew that the kids wouldn't get anything for Xmas.

We sat down with the kids and explained to them what
has happened and our 7 year said that he understands and
that he'd rather have a place to stay than be cold on the 
streets. We only had until the 28th to have a payment in of 
$1,398.67 this is plus court and legal fees to the office by 
5 pm. I had exhausted all resources trying to find help until
we could get that check in and repay whoever was going 
to help us. 3:20 pm a friend that we had done work for in
November then agreed to help us out. I couldn't be more 
thankful to Aaron and his wife for helping us that day. Our
family is indebted to him for his kindness and generosity. 

I'm thankful that today I'm able to write you all from a 
warm room with a roof over my head and Father full of 
grace and mercy who has blessed us with much to be 
thankful for. 

I look forward to 2011 and all that it holds for us and I
 hope that it brings you all more love, joy, happiness and
much abundance than you can receive. It's been an honor
to know each and every one of you. 

To read more Thankful Thursday stories, head over to
Grace Alone and link up there. Thanks, Alicia for the link!

God Bless:)

A Favor for A Friend...

Lately I haven't been up to much. A good friend asked
me a couple of weeks ago if I could use my camera to 
take a picture of her mom and son for some Christmas
eCards. So I agreed. I haven't had the chance to actually
go out and photograph people so I was pretty nervous. 

Her mom brought 3 sets of change and we set out to 
look for a place to take their pictures. We didn't get far
when they decided to take pictures in our area and the 
park in the back. Thank goodness it was sunny that 
Saturday afternoon. I was hoping that the rain and cloudy
skies wouldn't ruin our fun. Though it was really windy
and cold that day. Our pictures turned out ok. I did learn
alot that day about what I could've done better. So I 
asked her if she'd like to try it again on another sunny 
day and she happily agreed. Here's a couple of shots 
from that day. We ended up with 200 or more shots 
and it was really hard to pick what was good to post
and what wasn't. This was a chance for me to use 
my Adobe Lightroom 3 program that I hadn't used 
yet. What do you think? 

This was taken in the parking lot of our church in
front of a light post. She was still fixing his collar 
and I thought it was a perfect moment.

Grandma Lita and Kimball Jr. 

My friend Aviance and her son,Polo leka (nick name)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake 

12 servings This is our Christmas morning
treat with a hot cup of cocoa! It's a moist 
and tender sour cream coffee cake with a 
thick topping of cinnamon streusel. Enjoy.

1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
11/2 tblsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted,
and warm
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda 
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter,
room temperature. If using salted butter
omit the salt. 
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Mix: Mix both sugars, cinnamon and
salt in medium bowl and whisk to blend. Add 
warm melted butter and stir to blend. Add flour
and toss with fork until moist clumps form 
(topping mixture will look slightly wet). 
Set aside. 

Cake: Position rack in center of oven and 
preheat to 350 F. Butter 13x9x2 inch glass 
baking dish. ( I used a 9 inch cake pan and 
dished out the rest into small cake bowls 
for individual crumb cakes) Sift flour, baking
soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium
bowl. Using electric mixer, beat room temp
erature butter in large bowl until smooth. Add
sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs
1 at a time, beating until well blended after 
each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla 
extract and beat just until blended. Add flour
mixture in 3 addition, beating just until incor
porated after each addition. Transfer cake 
batter to prepared baking dish, spread batter
evenly with rubber spatula or offset spatula. 
Squeeze small handfuls of topping together
to form small clumps. Drop topping clumps 
evenly over cake batter, covering completely
(topping will be thick, I just kept our topping 
thin for our cake). Bake cake until tester 
inserted into center comes out clean and the
topping is deep golden brown and slightly 
crisp, about 1 hour. Cool cake in dish on rack
at least 30 min. Do Ahead Can be made 1 day
ahead. Cool completely. Cover and let stand 
at room temperature. Cut cake into squares
and serve slightly warm or at room temperat

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas friends and family, it's been quite a year! 
I'm glad to have made many bloggy friends this year and  
have gotten to know most of you through shared experiences.
I hope that today brings you and your family much joy, peace
and many blessings!