Monday, January 2, 2012

Eight Days, Four Parties and Orange Fluff

Whew. In the last eight days we have been to two parties and hosted two parties. Okay I am done until the summer party season when my two daughters both graduate. Mom is tired, dad is tired, okay we are all tired but satisfied with the fact that we have had some good times with those we love. Today was warm and sunny and we barbecued and enjoyed the patio. Perfect weather. We never know if it will rain or shine for my daughter's December birthday but it usually is sunny.

We take a photo with our kids on their birthdays every year. I so wish my mom would have done that. She never wanted her picture taken and we don't have many of her. Don't indulge your camera shyness. Get out from behind it and get in front of it so your kids have lots of shots of you to enjoy and make your folks let you take shots of them or sneak them in un-posed if you have to.

I see a pattern here. I like heart shaped bowls. I own lots of them.

My birthday girl of fourteen letting the little sis blow out the candles.

Orange Fluff. Made by my mom many a time and made by me every once in a while. Takes me back.

Orange Fluff:
1 can Mandarin oranges
1 small can of crushed pineapple
3 oz. box of Orange Jello
16 oz. cottage cheese
1 container of Cool Whip
1 cup mini marshmallows

Drain the mandarin oranges and pineapple. In large bowl mix jello with cottage cheese until dissolved. Add fruit and mix. Add Cool Whip and marshmallows and mix well. Chill thoroughly or over night.


  1. We ate orange fluff for Christmas this year. Happy Birthday to your no so little anymore daughter!

  2. You are so right about not being camera shy and that is a great picture of you three. I remember orange fluff too.

  3. Sounds like you've been busy! :D Thanks for showing these pictures of your children, they look so much like you!
    I actually made pink fluff for Christmas. It's a Christmas treat that my family doesn't let me forget!! Yum!

  4. What is that one the blue dish? It looks yummy!

  5. Hi Elaine. You even have a heart cutout on the wooden tray in the picture! Happy Birthday to your young lady. What a sweet girl to allow sissie to blow out candles with her. I LOVE that you take a photo with your birthday girl each year. I wish we had done that!!! I guess it isn't too late??? I am sipping coffee and watching the parade. Looks like another stunning day in So. Cal!!!!

  6. We love orange fluff...make it quite often!
    I also try to get pictures of my husband and I with each other...without the kids...I found that out when I was doing our 25th anniversary...we hardly had any just the two of us!

  7. OMG! I haven't seen "Orange Fluff" in grandma used to make this recipe! Thansk for posting it! And I agree, great photos!

  8. The orange fluff looks pretty good as well as PRETTY. Cute girls you have there. I think it is an awesome thing to take your picture with them each birthday. Now its time to slow down... enjoy your day.

  9. I really like your idea about taking lots of pictures. I have several of my mom, but because I only had her for a few years of my own life, there would have been more.
    Your daughters are beautiful and I love your heart shaped dishes. :o)

  10. I love orange fluff!

    I stand convicted as guilty of being the one behind the camera instead of in front of it way too often. I love your idea of a traditional birthday picture with mom and dad.

  11. Thanks for sharing your orange fluff recipe. We used to make something like it...your version sounds better. Happy New Year...!

  12. ELAINE!!!!! I HAVE MISSED YOU!!!!! *and the internet* ;P

    Thanks for the Orange Fluff recipe. I cannot wait to try it. It sounds refreshing!

    Your family is so photogenic! Great photo of the three of y'all. I am going to read the posts I have missed since being out of town.

    Trip actually took a photo of Shanley and me while skating. I need to take your advice and give others control of the camera so the kids will have some photos of me. I am always the family photographer!

    Happy New Year, my Sweet Bloggy Buddy!!!


    PS Take a look at my blog to see what I'm doing today. :P

  13. Sounds like lots of partying. It is so nice to get together with those we love and just have fun. The orange fluff looks yummy, I may try it. But I will wait a while as we have had so many sweets lately. It looks like it would be a great idea to add to our Easter Dinner. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to "visiting" with you in the new year. Blessings ~Sara

  14. Girl, you are such a party animal!! LOL. Happy birthday to your daughter. How sweet of her to share with Q. Great photo and I love your heart shaped bowls. Happy New Year.