The holidays are coming!

Two days ago we went to get some holiday pics of Lillian. Isn’t this one adorable? It is the only one we got access to. I had to find a reason to post it because I love it so much.

So, this dress is a hand me down from some of our friends. I think it is so cute, because there is no way she will let me dress her in something like that come a few years. So, yes, I will put my child in the silliest little outfits as long as I can, and for my own satisfaction. Look at that nerdy collar…

Have you ever taken your kid to a photo shoot? It is pretty hilarious. I actually brought a real pom-pom, like from high school, to cheer her and distract her while she was taking photos. Myself and the photographer were making the strangest noises to try and get her to laugh (he has a 7 month old himself). Fake sneezes, fart noises, shrieks, jazz hands, and that annoying lip rolling where spit flies out of your mouth.

He even mentioned that I was one of the most out there parents when it came to trying to make their kid smile. It was a compliment… I think???

Ok, we were a ridiculous site. But look what our hard work produced! So cute.

All this is a side note to say I am getting excited about the holidays. In fact, I am craving a peppermint mocha right now. Bring on the food.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Sailor Jerry Rum Cake Recipe (It is definitely worth reading this!)

Hi y’all. So, my wonderful step mom makes the best rum cake around. It is one of the things I most look forward to at Christmas time. The sweet, soft, glazed cake that also has a hint of rum… mmmm. Friends, this cake might knock your socks off. 

So, I had to call her up and ask for the recipe for my husband’s “Ron Swanson” themed birthday party. Our goal was to make the party as manly as possible, and since dessert isn’t really all that manly, I thought throwing Sailor Jerry Rum into might make it a bit…more?

Thank you Cathy for this amazing and delicious recipe that I now cake make in the comfort of my home! P.S. She is an excellent baker! 😉

The Sailor Jerry Rum made it pretty strong. Just sayin’. Be ready for a little “kick”. 

It was gone by the end of the night. And we stored away two pieces for the morning to have with coffee. 

Without further ado, here is her recipe. I have changed it to add Sailor Jerry Rum instead of Bacardi, but do as you please. You won’t regret making this! 

Margarita’s Rum Cake (adapted from my grandmother)

1     package yellow cake mix.

1     package Lemon Jello pudding
3     eggs
1/2  cup Sailor Jerry Rum (original recipe calls for Bacardi)
1     cup cold water
1/3  cup oil (may substitute butter if preferred)
1/2  cup of chopped walnuts
Crisco to grease pan
Flour to coat pan
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Rub Crisco onto bundt pan until well covered.  Add flour and coat evenly. Add walnuts to bottom of pan. 

Add cake mix, jello pudding, eggs, rum, water, and oil in a mixer and beat until well blended. Pour mixture evenly into bundt pan. 

Bake approximately 30 minutes. Put a toothpick inside to see if it’s done.  You don’t want to over cook it!
In a bowl add some confection sugar, vanilla extract, Rum and about a stick of melted butter. Taste it to see if it is sweet. If so, you are good!
When you pull the cake out of the oven, wait about 10 minutes for it to cool. Shake it lightly so it separates from pan. Take a plate and flip cake upside down, covering it with plate. Slowly turn cake so it is upright on plate. Add glaze over top, slowly covering it completely. Good luck! Hope you enjoy this delicious dessert! 


I often fear for my future. Will my life have purpose and meaning? I get ahead of myself and lose track of the most important thing, my relationship with my Father. Yet you, God, ask me to live in the moment. You ask that I be ready to obey your commands and trust you even if what you are asking me to do looks scary or challenging. You have a purpose for my life and want me to be strong in you, full of faith, and listening to you for wisdom. You guide me along the path of life. When life brings me unavoidable pain and sadness, you promise me that you will walk with me through it. You redeem me, renew me, and give me hope. It is for these reasons obeying you will come from a glad and grateful heart. I know that your commands always brings goodness to my life. While you may not have me take the easiest path or allow me to avoid adversity, you do for me what is in my best interest out of your unfailing love. I can trust that you are the most perfect parent, always doing for me what is good and always full of love and grace. I am thankful for this.

Matthew 6:25, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 5:3

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.