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Yesterday on Surviving Motherhood it was about something or other…. I can’t really even remember what it was. Oh, that’s right — it was about getting dads involved. They gave the age old advice that the way the Dad’s going to do it is not the way YOU would do it– but it’s fine. I learned that advice pretty early on from a friend of mine. I’ve always held it dear to my heart. As long as the child’s not in danger — let the dad do his thing. So, for that particular part of the show I didn’t find anything enlightening.
But I get really emotional when I watch that show — and I’m not sure why. I think the fact that moms are learning how to be better moms is something thats tender for me. I mean, I am not a cryer… but it gets me on Shalom in the Home (Drew and I love Shmoole). I just love that on TV we’re realizing that all marriages have problems, both big and small and that there are ways to work them out. And no, all you freaks out there, I am not pregnant, this is something that’s been going on probably since I had kids.
Parents being good parents, it’s a tender thing.
P.S. Does anyone have the recipe for Texas Sheet Cake? My friend Elyse used to make it in college and I LOVED it… and now I wanted to share the love with my own family.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Recipe for TX Sheet Cake (we call ’em Cake Brownies)

    Double-sift (or triple-sift):
    2 Cups Flour
    2 Cups Sugar
    1/2 tsp. Salt

    Bring to boil, then add to dry:
    1/2 Cup Margarine
    1 Cup Water
    1/4 Cup Cocoa
    1/4 Cup Shortening

    Then add one at a time:
    1/2 Cup Buttermilk
    2 Eggs
    1 tsp. Baking Soda
    1 tsp. Vanilla

    Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

    Frost with the following:
    1/4 Cup Margarine (I use about 3T, not 4T)
    1/4 Cup Cocoa (I use a little less)
    1/3 Cup Buttermilk (I use about 1/4 Cup)
    Powdered Sugar to desired consistency (lots!)

    Amy M. loves this recipe, and I think you will too.

    Of course, you must give me a sample when you make them… it’s the recipe-sharing tax.


  2. says

    Okay, I should ahve read your blog before I went out and bought 2 cake mixes for my sheet cake. :) That looks like a good recipe.

    And yeah…great advice about dads…except, I have a difficult time applying it when it comes to folding laundry. Tips?

  3. EK says

    Yes, parents being good parents is touching. But parents being bad parents is so upsetting! I had a mom in my classroom yesterday asking about how her kid was doing. He hasn’t been doing well and she knew it. Someone’s been working with him one on one on a daily basis and is beginning to think he has an attention problem or a learning disability. When I very vaguely alluded to some concerns in that area and what we’d like to do to help him out more she went CRAZY on me! Screaming, swearing, the whole shebang, basically saying that I just have to FORCE him to do it right and take away recess if he doesn’t. And then she took him out in the hall and let him have it! He was near tears and so was I. Those kind of parents make me wonder why there isn’t a license to have children!!! (Sorry for my rant!)

    P.S. I’d love to move to Cali. :)

  4. says

    We have an age old family recipe that we call “Bear Lake Cake”. I’ve given it to a few people who’ve requested it since it’s ultra yummy. It’s basically Texas sheet cake with frosting. Email me if you’d like it.

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