Yesterday, I had a great day with my mom.
We started off the day at the Network of Strength Walk. Some local women truly outdid themselves this year. While the big walk in Chicago is downtown, these ladies organize a walk every year through a local neighborhood. This year, the walk was held in Edison Park and started at St. Juliana’s. The whole 5K was mapped out for us andafterwards, there was a lovely party with music, lunch, desserts, and of course, gallon and gallons of ice cold water.
I was lucky to be able to spend Mother’s Day not just with my own mother, but with my new extended family as well. Here’s a group photo of the walkers I was with – my husband, my mother, my in-laws, and Phoebe.
Here’s Phoebe on the way home. She doesn’t look it, but she was pooped. And she’s rocking pink.
All totaled, I raised $320 for the cause. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.
Afterwards, the whole clan headed back to my parents’ house for a tasty lunch my dad had prepared. You guessed right, I made dessert!
This is a Nutella Swirl Pound Cake. My cousin, Rosemarie, makes this dish for many of our family gatherings and it’s always a hit. My mom really likes it, so I thought I’d take a stab at making it for Mother’s Day. This recipe was originally found by Rosemarie in Food & Wine magazine. It features a yummy ingredient: Nutella.
Here’s what you need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
One 13-ounce jar Nutella
I'm taking a slight detour from my normal posts about cakes and dinners and crafts to share what I'll be doing this Mother's Day with you.
For the past 2 years, my Mom and I have done the Y-ME Network of Strength Walk for Breast Cancer. We have been joined by other friends and family as well. The photo is the group we had for our first walk, back in 2009.
This wonderful organization is set up solely for those most affected by breast cancer – patients, survivors, families, and caregivers. Not every patient has a support system in place to help them through such a stressful and trying time of their lives. The Network of Strength provides the support these women need to fight breast cancer.
This cause is especially close to my heart. The reason my mom and I have made this walk a Mother's Day tradition is because she is a breast cancer survivor. We understand firsthand that overcoming this disease is truly a group effort. No woman should face breast cancer alone.
I have set up a personal page on the Network of Strength website for more information and to accept donations.
Thank you for your support. And to all the mothers out there – Happy Early Mother's Day!
Yay for some warmer weather this past weekend. Perhaps it’s a sign that spring is really here…hopefully.
In honor of the changing seasons, I’m going to share a spring-y project I recently completed that was both easy, and cheap (less than $3).
I bought this sign that says “Spring” from Target.
It was lumped in with their discounted Easter stuff. At 70% off, it only cost $1.80. I liked it, but wasn’t a huge fan of the colors. Kinda ugly if you ask me. So I thought it would be an easy fix to pick up some spring-y scrapbook paper and decoupage it on, as I already had some Mod Podge at home. Here are my supplies.
First, I traced an outline of the sign on the back of the scrapbook paper with pencil. I cut it out with scissors, then to make the paper line up with the sign as much as possible, I took an Exacto knife to it.
Once I had the shape, I put a thin layer of Mod Podge (available at any craft store, mine was from Hobby Lobby) on the front of the sign and another thin layer on the back of the scrapbook paper. Next, put the paper on top of the sign and press out any creases/bubbles you see. Of course, make sure to cover the surface you’re using to protect it.
Add another layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper. I let it dry for about 20 minutes, then I put another coat.
Wait another 20 minutes and your sign is done.