My subject is: I love it when . . .
It was submitted by: Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog.
I love it when it snows on a day my family has no where to go. When we can enjoy the beauty of the falling snow knowing we are all home safe and warm.
I love it when on that first semi-warm day after a long cold winter I can sit on the deck, tilt my head up and feel the sun on my face.
I love it when, looking out over the Gulf at sunset, the sun looks like it's dropping right into the water.
I love it when I find a perfectly formed sand dollar.
I love it when I wake up to the sounds of the waves.
I love it when the cleaners leave and my house looks and smells so clean.
I love it when, first thing in the morning, the smell of the percolating coffee makes its way upstairs into my room.
I love it when the smell of warm chocolate baking in the oven brings everyone running to the kitchen.
I love it when everyone is at the dinner table. How I miss the days when that was all the time.
I love it when I have a partial recipe idea and one of the boys comes up with a suggestion for me.
I love it when I see that certain look on the boys' faces when I try out a new recipe and know it's a winner.
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
I love it when there's a parking spot near the door or no line at the cash register. Because sometimes it's just the little things that can turn your day around.
I love it when people who believe different things are able to discuss their beliefs without anger but with respect.
I love it when my laptop doesn't shut down when in the middle of writing something.
I love it when I finish writing a piece based on a challenge and like how it's turned out.
I love it when I get to spend a morning drinking coffee and reading blogs.
I love it when the countdown to see PurDude again hits the single digits.
I love it when I'm standing at the airport, the plane has arrived and I see my youngest walking towards me. Especially if he's not wearing a cast.
I love it when I see my boys really excited about a subject, whether it's educational and intellectual or simply music or a television show.
I love it when the boys come to me to start a conversation. Now that they are older, they have many choices as to who they talk to. I love it when it's me.
I love it when my boys make a decision that is one I know I would have made for them. But . . .
I love it when my boys make a decision that is not one I would have made but take the time to explain the thought process, what they considered, what they rejected and why they have chosen this path.
I love it when, at the end of the day, the last thought that goes through my head before falling asleep is "today was a pretty damn good day."
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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp peppermint extract
red food coloring
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed peppermint hard candies, about 15 to 20 candies
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
up to 3 TBSP milk
red colored sugar
*Grease and flour a bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Beat cake mix, eggs, water, sour cream, oil, peppermint extract and food coloring for 3 minutes.
*Mix in the crushed peppermint candies and mini chocolate chips.
*Place into prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch.
*Cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing to serving plate. Cool completely.
*Beat the cream cheese, butter and peppermint extract unil smooth. Slowly and carefully beat in the powdered sugar. Add the milk, one TBSP at a time, until the frosting is still thick but can be drizzled in thick ribbons.
*Place the frosting into a piping bag or a plastic ziploc bag (snip the corner). Pipe the frosting up and down the sides of the cake. Sprinkle with red colored sugar. Drizzle with a little chocolate syrup and decorate with candy pearls.