The Great Poke Cake Bake Off
We are adoring our winter home in sunny Florida! The weather is nice enough to wear leggings and quarter sleeve shirts, and even tanks and shorts somedays. Evenings are cool enough to open up or sit around the fire comfortably....HEAVEN! :)
Now that Grammy & Papa have a fun porch area, thanks to some hand me down outdoor stuff from Uncle Chad's, we have an AMAZING place to do school, read and relax, or eat.
We are so thankful to be able to use Papa & Grammy's apartment kitchen, right next to where our RV parks, for some REAL home cooking in a REAL full sized oven. So comfort foods, favorite casseroles, baking and beirocks have been on the menu!
We get together with Uncle Chad, Auntie Lauren and the cousins, once a week for family dinner. Mostly at their house, but once in a while, we head out on the town for some yummy Mexican or something.
Our team here is growing and blossoming and it's such a JOY to work with these beautiful, empowered and pumped up ladies.
They are all teaching and doing classes just fine without help, but since I am in the area anyhow, we decided to try a "Host A Table" event.
This event is where each local builder hosts a table full of her friends and family, and passes oils around while I teach from the front. Everyone benefits and its fun for us all to learn together.
Teaching gives me such joy and energy, I just LOVE my "job!"
We offered Slim & Sassy, metabolic blend water, info on our awesome Trim Line, and then on the counter, a whole tower of Peppermint Infused Milk Chocolate Brownies, and Wild Orange Infused Dark Chocolate Brownies.
What?! We figured they'd balance each other out?
We had 40 attend and a lot that joined our team. YAY, Team Dorothy! :) Next event is planned for February 4th!!!!
I love that work never feels like it! :)
So, Grammy came to town with a bag of goodies....CROCHET stuff! It's so pretty and happy colors await us!!! We aren't very good yet, but we are all working on that. Drea is a good teacher!
My first attempt was not so hot. Apparently you have to carefully count stitches and I was mindlessly doing it and talking. Oops! We turned it into a little outfit for Flokie the dog. We were doggy sitting for Uncle Daniel and Torrey. He looks good in pink!
The kids enterain themselves SO well each day. There is lots to do, like tether ball, riding bikes, badmiton, and helping Papa around the place.
The girls have been SUPER into "baking" in their fort and bringing their goodies out to sell at the countertop....
This quickly lead to an idea, a Poke Cake Bake off, just like the Food network kids baking tv show they got to watch recently.
Each girl had to find her recipe, make a grocery list, go to the store to help me get the ingredients and then we turned them lose in the kitchen.
The rule was, no adult help and I needed to not be able to tell they had even been in the kitchen, it'd be so clean, when they were through.
Avery went back and forth and settled on a Chocolate Caramel Rolo Cake with caramel cool whip on top. Destiny knew right away she wanted less sweet, so she went with a Lemon Berry Poke Cake. It had a raspberry puree and homemade whipped cream.
Both were garnished beautifully! I was so proud!
We compiled a panel of judges to taste and rated them on:
*Their verbal presentation of what they were serving us, and how they prepared it
*The appearance of their dessert
It was hard, both were SO good, but such different flavors.....our judges had their work cut out for them.
Can you believe the girls TIED? They both ended up with 78 points.
It was time to bring in some other opinions....Papa, Grammy & Uncle Chad & Auntie Lauren, all had a go at it.
You are not going to believe this.....
Still a tie.
So we brought in the nephews......
In the end, Destiny's berry cake won by ONE vote!
They are already planning their next one. YUM!
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