Party Time

Since I started writing more I have been cooking less.  Well this weekend I was in party mode.  I’m usually very social and even through the winter I will have dinner parties and get togethers.  I haven’t done much of anything but hibernate since the holidays ended.  This weekend I planned a family get together to celebrate my son’s birthday, plus my great niece will be 5 this coming week so I figured why not have cake for both birthdays. 

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My son with my great nieces

I love my family.  Sure, they can drive me crazy but I love them anyways. Family are the ones who really know you, like every side of you.  Angry, sad, happy, silly, they see it all!  I have been blessed to live close to my family my whole life.  In fact, sometimes too close, as we all shared a duplex for a few years.  But since separating off on our own ways, I began to miss them.  I especially miss my nephew who recently moved to Texas with his dad.  And even more recently, like the past two weeks, my sister moved out to Colorado.  So our family events have been shrinking and it’s made me more aware of just how lucky I am to have a close family. 
My parents were blessed to have three beautiful daughters, or as we like to call ourselves,  Charlie’s Angels, because my dad is Charles.  They also have 5 gorgeous grandchildren and 2 adorable great grandchildren. 

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My niece and her girls

I spent a good portion of my weekend cleaning and preparing for the party.  I was in cooking mode once again.  My niece requested butter finger cheesecake bars and of course she knew I couldn’t say no.  Plus I wanted to make cupcakes, although 3 dozen may have been a bit much for only 12 of us including the kids, but like I said I was in cooking mode!

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There had to be pink because, like most 5 year old girls, that is Ny’s (my great niece) favorite color!  And even though my son is now 18, he is secure enough in his manhood as to not discriminate nor be intimidated by pink cupcakes with sprinkles.  Don’t forget, he’s a Valentine’s baby! 

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I also made a spinach pie and a couple of pizzas from scratch, including my son’s favorite buffalo chicken pizza.  Yes, I make my own pizza dough.  Bacon wrapped chicken bites were another favorite appetizer and I threw together a cilantro slaw because we needed something healthy to balance out the sugar fest! 
The party was to start at 3pm, but like any other event my family has, no one showed up until about 4pm, including my son.  A friend of mine came with his wife and their son, who happened to have his 2nd birthday this past week as well, so we celebrated 3 Aquarian birthdays.  My son’s girlfriend also came to the party and as you can see by the photos, everyone enjoyed the cupcakes!

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I got my cooking fix in and now I’m ready for a cleanse, or at least some light healthy eating this week.  Although, the one thing about cooking is that you often aren’t as hungry once you finish making the food.  However,  I definitely snuck in a taste or two while frosting cupcakes and slicing dessert bars.  My body is definitely feeling like it’s time for some serious veggies!
Over all it was great to spend an afternoon celebrating birthdays and just being with family. 

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How was your weekend?

Pure Poetry

The count down is on til Valentine’s day.  That’s right, just two days and my baby boy, my “pooky bear” will be 18 years old.  So I’m sticking with my theme of posting songs by black artists for black history and incorporating love quotes from songs. 
Last night I was looking for a song to post and I really wanted a good classic song.  I looked through so many and contemplated many more.  There is just so much good stuff out there! Of course in my opinion the best is the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s R&B.  Maybe some 2000’s,  too.  Then again that’s just my preference. 
I decided on the Isley Brothers.  I love the soothing sounds of their tunes.  From Between the Sheets to Foot Steps in the Dark.  But for love songs I felt like  Living For the Love of You was the best choice for the occasion. 
Did you ever notice that sometimes you sing a song, you know the lyrics, but you never quite pay attention?  That’s kind of how I felt reading the lyrics last night.   Especially when they say

” Love to be right in the waves
Of your love enchanted with a touch
And it seems to me
We could sail together
In and out of mystery”

I never really realized how poetic some lines are.  Now it may seem kind of obvious, but for some reason last night it just hit me.  These men are poets! Then you think of all the sounds and instruments that go into putting a song together.  Plus you have to have the right voice to sing it.  I guess I just really realized the amount of work and talent that goes into music.  I found a new and greater appreciation for it.  
Hope you all enjoy the soothing sounds of this song and don’t forget to check out the lyrics and poetry of this song below.  TGIF ya’ll.

The Isley Brothers “For The Love Of You” lyrics

Yeah, well, well, well
Yeah, yeah, hey, hey

Driftin’ on a memory
Ain’t no place I’d rather be
Then with you, yeah
Lovin’ you, well, well, well

Day will make a way for night
All we’ll need is candle lights
And a song, yeah
Soft and long, well

Glad to be here alone
With a lover unlike no other
Sad to see a new horizon
Slowly comin’ into view, yeah

I wanna be living for the love of you
Ah, yes I am
All that I’m giving is for the love of you
Alright now

Lovely as a ray of sun
That touches me when the mornin’ comes
Feels good to me, yeah
My love and me, well

Smoother than a gentle breeze
Flowin’ through my mind with ease
Soft as can be, well
When you’re lovin’ me
When you’re lovin’ me

Love to be right in the waves
Of your love enchanted with a touch
And it seems to me
We could sail together
In and out of mystery

Well, I wanna be living, for the love of you
Alright now
All that I’m giving, is for the love of you
You got me, girl

I wanna be living, for the love of you
Alright now
All that I’m giving, givin’ is for the love of you
Oh, yes I am

Paradise I have within
Can’t feel insecure again
You’re the key
Well, and this I see
Oh, I see

Now and then I lose my way
Using words that try to say
What I feel, yeah, love is real
Oh, love is real

I might as well sign my name
On a card which could say it better
Time will tell ’cause it seems
That I done just about all that I can do

I know that I’m livin’, for the love of you
Oh, yes I am
I know that I’m livin’, for the love, love of you
Every, everyday I, livin’, for the love of you

I’m living, for the love
Each and every day, oh yes I do
I’m gonna say it one more time

Said, “I’m living, for the love
Each and every day, oh”
Lord, Lord knows I am right, right now
Said that, “I’m livin’ for the love”