Friday, December 29, 2023

Finale: Your Superpower Monthly Poetry Group


Celebrate Anything Cake | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #cake


Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane, Mimi, and I take turns,
Your Superpower, the theme this time.
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.  

Finale, a Your Superpower themed poem, and a good-bye to blogging | graphic designed by, featured on, and property of Karen of | #poetry #blogging


Superpowers are fluid things
often changing throughout life,
Quite different when single,
than as a mom and wife.

College found me taking tests,
with hardly any sleep.
My superpower? Partying,
and yet, good grades, I'd keep.

Marriage and moving far away,
to where I'd not fit in,
Sometimes superpower can be,
just not giving in.

IVF, loss, and pregnancy,
the struggle, it was real.
Superpower in those years:
making mind and body heal.

When raising babies, some days,
wonder how we all stay alive.
My superpower in that time:
setting each of us up to thrive.

Family life frequently changes,
I later had time for me.
Exploring possibilities . . .
what would my superpower be?

Blogging was the answer,
recipe development too.
Writing something from the heart,
and creating yummies too.

Celebrate Anything Cake | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #cake
Celebrate Anything Cake
Celebrate Anything Cake | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #cake

My superpower in those years,
creating a blog community.
Developing, running challenges,
cultivating support and unity.

Eleven and a half years gone by,
done more than I planned to do.
Blog superpower's run its course,
though I'll miss all of you.

A superpower needn't be,
something way over the top.
Today it's just as simple as,
saying it's time to stop.

Monthly Poetry Group, a monthly group writing challenge, poetry based on a theme | graphic designed by and property of | #MyGraphics #poetry

Before you go, stop by these blogs for more poetry:

Baking In A Tornado signature | | #MyGraphics

Celebrate Anything Cake

1 1/4 cups birthday cake ice cream
1 box (15.25 oz) white cake mix
1/2 cup oil
4 egg whites
2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup multicolored nonpareils
1/4 cup multicolored sprinkles

1 cup frosted animal cookies, crushed

1 can (12 oz) whipped white or buttercream frosting
2 - 3 drops food coloring of your choice
1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
OPT: additionals cookies, nonpareils, sprinkles, and/or sugar pearls for decoration

*Defrost the ice cream.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
*Beat the melted ice cream, cake mix, oil, egg whites, and yogurt for 2 minutes. Mix in the nonpareils and sprinkles. Spread evenly into the cake pans.
*Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the centers spring back to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans and cool completely.
*Place the bottom layer onto a serving plate. 
*Mix a few drops of food coloring into the whipped white or buttercream frosting. Reserve 1/3 cup of this frosting in a piping bag and refrigerate.
*Frost the bottom layer with half of the remaining whipped frosting. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the chopped cookies, add the second layer and repeat with the remaining whipped frosting and chopped cookies.
*Add the top later. Frost the top and sides with the vanilla frosting. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
*Decorate the top and sides with the reserved whipped topping and the edible decorations of your choice.


  1. I would say that's a life to be celebrated with this or any cake!

  2. Your poems are always a delight. I'm going to miss you like crazy.

    1. Thank you for being so supportive of this blog, and for being such a great friend too.

  3. I knew the poetry meme was ending. I'll miss you. If the blog is ending too, I will miss you double.

  4. Instead of shutting down entirely can you maybe commit to occasional updates? I will certainly miss all the lovable wackiness that goes on at your house. It makes my life seem so boring by comparison!

    1. Sometimes boring is just fine. I don't know if I'll be back, we'll see how it goes, but for now I'm ready to step away.

    2. You set a high standard for yourself with such regular posting/themes/and a new recipe each time!

    3. I agree, a lot of effort went into each post, and with running multiblogger challenges on top of everything else, it's not surprising that after almost 12 years, I'm ready to take a break.

  5. Going to miss our favorite posts, especially the rhymes. Flies on walls, spills and falls, celebrate good times. Games with words for all us nerds, and recipes with limes. Enjoy your days, we'll miss you so and hope you'll be just fine.

    1. Thank you for the sweet poem,. and all of the blog support over the years.

  6. I haven't been around to comment much, but I haven't stopped reading. I've been the fly on your wall. I'm going to miss you. Good luck in the future! xoxoxo

  7. Tears here. I will miss this and your fun challenges more than I can say, but it's definitely time to move on. Oh, what a fun ride this has been! But, as you put it, hanging up our spurs doesn't have to be permanent. And writing doesn't have to stop. Looking forward to what our next challenges are! So happy and grateful for our friendship! You have been such an example to me!

    1. It's been a fun ride, and for me that's because I've had people like you by my side. I'll always be grateful for your support.

  8. I read through these comments, and I didn't realize that you were ending the blog. I have enjoyed your posts, especially the recipes. Much luck to you, and if you ever want to guest post for us over at let me know!

  9. What a lovely and heartfelt poem. I commend you for all you've done and for knowing when it is time to move on.

  10. I can’t believe it is coming to an end. I don’t always comment but I do read the blogs. Please keep in touch. Thank you for giving me multiple opportunities to get creative. You inspired me, cheered for me, even gently nudged me to dig deep. So many of my best blogs came because of your challenges. 🖤

    1. That's exaactly what I intended to do when I developed and ran those challenges. Thank you for the kind tribute.

  11. I'll miss you if you decide this is the Finale of Blogging.

  12. Oh I'm sorry if the blog is ending. I hope you have a good New Year though.

    1. Thank you, Mary, especially for always having been here to read and comment on each blog post I published.

  13. Dear Karen, so an era has come to an end. It was an honor to be part of your journey for the majority of its duration. Hope you will find fulfilment in your next endeavours to come. 💖
    Happy new year!

  14. So true. I had never really thought of it that way.
    That cake looks marvelous!

    1. Thanks, it was so good. And I've already promised to make it again the next time my son comes home.

  15. That is surely the partiest cake I've ever seen! That'd make such a fantastic birthday centerpiece.


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