Well, we sent off our first package to our new penpals in Uganda.  We are so excited to have this incredible opportunity.  My niece’s boyfriend went to Uganda for an MIT class and one of the families there wanted to have a penpal in the United States.  It sounded like an incredible opportunity.  Tuesday and Quinn were more than excited to write letters to the two children. The girl’s name is Chloe and the boy’s name is Collin.  I believe they are 6 and 3, but I am not sure about that.  I’m sure we will get more information with each letter. We sent them off some stuffed animals, crayons, pencils, pens, glue and photos.  I can’t wait until they get the package!

This is a photo of Chloe and her little brother in front of their house.

This is a photo of their school!

Winter Deliciousness….

It was so nice to have time yesterday to make a wonderful home cooked meal.  Something is just so warm and fuzzy about home made soup in the winter.  I had been dying to make my Aunt’s Tortellini soup.  It is delicious.  One day when we were over her house….she asked us to stay for dinner.  Well, within about 30 minutes she had whipped up one of the most delicious soups I had ever had.  I told her I had to have the recipe.  She said there was no recipe…she had literally just invented it using the ingredients in her refrigerator.  Well, I made her sit down and write down what was in it.  And here it is…it is yummy and wonderful and filling…..

The recipe is:

Rose’s Tortellini and Spinach Soup



6-8 cups           Water

1                      Large onion, chopped

3 cloves            Garlic, chopped

Bag                  Carrots, chopped

3 stalks Celery, chopped

2 cups              Vegetable broth

Bag                  Fresh spinach

2 Bags  Frozen tortellini

4 eggs  scrambled


Begin to boil water.  Turn water down to medium.  Add onion and garlic.  Cook 10 minutes.  Add carrots, celery, vegetable broth, salt and pepper.  Let cook 10 minutes.

Add spinach and tortellini…put lid on, bring water to a boil.  Make sure it doesn’t boil over.  Add scrambled egg.  Put lid back on.  Cook on low for approximately 5 more minutes.



  Of course, you can’t have a delicious meal without a delicious dessert.  One of the blogs I read, and I can’t remember which one, had this cake featured and it just sounded so good, I had to make it.  It is incredibly delicious.

Lazy Daisy Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (we used whole wheat flour here as it was what I had on hand)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp butter

*Preheat the oven to 350 F. degrees.  Put the milk and butter in a small saucer pan on the stove to warm.  Beat eggs.  Stir in sugar and vanilla to the beaten eggs.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir in the warmed milk and butter from the stove.  Pour into a greased 9×11 cake pan and bake for 30 minutes.

While the cake is baking, make the topping…

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (very packed)
  • 1 cup coconut

Put ingredients into the small saucepan and warm until the butter is melted and mixed with the coconut and brown sugar.  When the cake is done, pat the topping on and put the cake back in the oven for a few minutes to brown the coconut yumminess.