Summer Fun: Distracted by Cake


The dawn of June means summer is here—and I say we kick it off with some fun! Sometimes the best refreshment for our spirits and souls can be found in funny thoughts and silly stories. Yes, we need the spiritual refreshment and food found in God’s Word and in our own inspiring and encouraging thoughts shared with one another, but sometimes nothing hits the spot better than chuckles and belly laughs, right?

Here’s a fun mental image for you: little ole me distracted by—cake! For those of you who know me, either personally or through blogging and Facebook, that’s not too hard to picture, is it? Throw chocolate into the equation, and the level of distraction reaches epic proportions.

Distracted by cake is a phrase I coined one day while—you guessed it—I was thoroughly engrossed in eating a yummy cupcake piled high with enough frosting to put anyone in a sugar coma. At the time, I was also trying to play a game with Don, Kristin, and Shawn. The key word here is trying. Who in the world can concentrate on strategy, rules, and turns while giving a cupcake the attention it deserves?

After making an error not at all characteristic of my competitive prowess, I complained, “Darn, I can’t believe I did that. It’s not fair—I was distracted by cake!” As you can imagine, I didn’t get a lot of sympathy. All that met my ears was gleeful chuckles and gloating remarks about getting my head back in the game. They had a point. A cupcake had been my downfall. Maybe I’m too easily distracted?

It’s okay every now and then to let ourselves get distracted by the joys of living, isn’t it? And there’s no better time than summer to remember that. Let’s be ready to have some fun this summer. Let’s enjoy the unexpected moments of pleasure that come our way. Let’s get distracted by cake!

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15

*What fun, joy, or yumminess have you been distracted by lately?

Flickr photo by zigazou76, Creative Commons License

Groom’s Cake Idea: Alma Mater Pride

groom's cake

Let’s just say it—cake is popular. And at a wedding reception, Mother of the Bride, it’s especially popular. Whether it’s the main wedding cake or the groom’s cake, everyone’s interested in the sweet treat that will delight their taste buds before they take their leave.

Even though the wedding cake naturally takes center stage, the groom’s cake often inspires just as much—if not more—interest. Everyone either wants to see what aspect of his life the groom has chosen to highlight or they’re dying to know what extra yumminess awaits beyond the more traditional wedding cake. Did the groom choose a delicious carrot cake or will the coveted slice of groom’s cake involve some sort of chocolate decadence?

If your daughter’s groom is unsure of a design for his cake, why not suggest he fly the colors of his alma mater? Showing some university pride never goes out of style. Shawn, our oldest daughter’s beloved, chose to use one of his university’s logos (pictured above). Since he and Kristin both graduated from the University of Tulsa, it was a theme dear to many hearts represented at their wedding.

Chocolate is also dear to many of our hearts, and Shawn—and the wedding cake baker—did not disappoint on that level. His TU cake still remains one of the best groom’s cakes I’ve ever tasted. Thanks to Emeline Bauder of Grandeur Affaires for that!

So if your future son-in-law is looking for an idea, show him the photo above. And don’t forget to suggest plenty of chocolate, too!

*What are some other ways an alma mater could be highlighted on a groom’s cake?

*For more groom’s cake ideas, see my Groom’s Cake Idea: Law Books post and also my Groom’s Cake Pinterest page.

*Photo by Chris Humphrey

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Edible Favors—Yes, Please!


Mother of the Bride, if you and your daughter are looking for favors that will be a hit with nearly everyone, you can’t go wrong with edible favors. It’s an undisputed fact that wedding guests get excited about the special treats offered at the reception. Why not start their party experience off with a yummy favor?

Both of my girls chose to have edible favors at their wedding receptions. Kristin chose candy-coated chocolate candies packaged in pretty tulle bags, and Kelli continued the chocolate theme with yummy truffles of different varieties. What better way to while away the minutes waiting for the wedding party to arrive than by indulging in something delicious?

Possibilities abound when it comes to edible favors. Other chocolate treats might include chocolate covered strawberries, personalized chocolate bars, or chocolate kisses wrapped in foil matching the colors of the wedding.

Non-chocolate options might include cake or pie pops, fruit cups, waffle cones filled with popcorn, vintage candies, or homemade cookies. So many things can work with the right packaging or display. You might like to take a look at my Pinterest Wedding Favors board to see some of these ideas and along with a few more. Also check out Martha Stewart’s The Bride’s Guide for some more great ideas for edible favors.

Have fun brainstorming yummy favor options with your daughter, MOB. And the best part? You might have to sample several to make the best decision! :)

*What other ideas have you seen for edible favors?

*Photo by Will Flowers

Midweek Morsel: I Love Chocolate Giveaway 2!

If ever a giveaway bears repeating, the “I Love Chocolate Giveaway”should make the cut. I have a feeling you all will heartily agree :)

So in the spirit of repeating good things, I have a $15 gift card to Godiva for one lucky commenter. To make it fun, tell me about the last chocolate dessert or treat you indulged in. Leave a comment on this post by noon CST on May 8th, and I’ll announce the winner that evening. If I don’t know you personally or cannot contact you via your blog, you must leave your email address in your comment to be eligible for the drawing. (i.e., ckbarker at gmail dot com)

I’ll kick off our chocolate confessional. I manage to eat a little bit of chocolate every day (even if it’s just a few peanut M&Ms), but the last out-of-my-ordinary chocolate treat has been the brownies with chocolate chips I made for Kelli and Jake’s visit home this past weekend. Only two remain at this point :)

Okay, your turn. Can’t wait to hear about your chocolate bliss. And by the way, may chocolate be ever in your future! :)

“God . . . richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 4:17b

*Flickr photo by nemuneko.jc

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Summer Photo Fun Continues: Dessert-Fest!

I’m not sure what comes over us, but when my girls and I get together, we go dessert crazy. We love to have fun when we’re together, and part of that fun is spelled C-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e! And if we’re forced to branch out, any S-W-E-E-T will do :)

My visit to my daughter Kristin’s a couple of months ago turned into a regular dessert-fest. One evening we settled for some Breyer’s ice cream with some of my homemade brownies, but the next couple of evenings we went all out—two large gelatos (Butterfinger and Belgian Chocolate) from a neat little Italian place there in Little Rock and then cupcakes from a yummy speciality shop. The cupcake flavor? Chocolate, of course :)

The photo above shows how proper we can be with our forays into dessert splurges, but the photo below comes closer to capturing our true selves :) Hope you enjoy this peek into my chocolate weakness. I didn’t think Summer Photo Fun would be complete without it :)

“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul . . .” Proverbs 13:19a

*Time to fess up. Do you have a chocolate weakness, too?

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