Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wednesday Blog Fun

Time for a fun party.... 

This is my first time to play in this party,
but I've been seeing others having fun there
so I decided THIS is the Wednesday I will
give it a try.

The questions for each week are posted at
From This Side of the Pond each TUESDAY
so you can prepare your post for WEDNESDAY.

1. What summer activity most takes you back to your own childhood?
...catching lightening bugs... swimming...wienie roasts...picnics.
A lot of my childhood memories for summer go back to the summertime visits to my daddy in Dallas. The two places he always took my cousin and I are the zoo...and Fair Park, which is a huge amusement park there in Dallas. Needless to say, even tho I am now 76 years old....the two favorite summer places I like to go...zoos and amusement parks. I never really got to know my dad very well..I was 7 when they divorced, but I did spend part of summers with him.
 Every time the man at the midway tried to "guess my age", he always missed it and I would win a beautiful chalk doll...I learned many years later that my daddy would stand behind me, waving a $5 bill to get the man to NOT guess my correct age. Somehow, that tells me a lot about the man that was my dad. Ever so often, all my life, I've cried over not  getting to really know him. Divorce takes so much away from the children. Things that seem little, at the time, can stay with the child all their life.
** WHOA...sorry ....I got carried away here.

2. What's your favorite summer smell?
...freshly cut grass....rain...lilacs 

3. It's beach season in the US of A...so how do you feel about sand?
...OOO, i love sand...i love going to the beach

4. Sun tea, SunChips, sunflower seeds, Capri Sun, Sunny Delight, Sun-Maid raisins, sun-dried tomatoes...your favorite food or beverage with sun in its name?
SUNkist Tuna

5. What's your favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day?
...jumping into the pool for a little swim...iced tea...napping on fresh, crisp sheets beneath the air conditioner...:)

6. Share a favorite song with the word sun or sunshine in it's title.
...♪ ♪...Walkin' in the Sunshine ♫♫...Roger Miller....1967

7. Tell us about a time you had an exceedingly good or truly awful customer service experience. If it was awful, did you report it? Ever go back there again?
What happened with my daughter was the first image I got regarding an exceedingly GOOD experience. She has 4 children and they were all small  and with her at the time. She'd been doing errands all day long, grocery shopping, and shopping for clothes for the kids....she was so tired by the time they needed to head home (live in the country)...the day had been long, she'd encountered several BAD customer service workers and was on the verge of tears when she went inside to order a pizza to take home for dinner. She, being on a strict budget back then, had a coupon for 50% off on 2 large pizzas....started going thru her purse to find it and.....it just wasn't there. Trying to smother her tears, she told the worker to cancel the order and started out....the boy behind the counter called out to her, she went back inside, and he said, "awww, you can have the two pizzas for half off...you don't have to give me a coupon, I trust you had one and misplaced it."....Of course, my daughter lost it, burst out crying and told him, "you are the only person that's been nice to me all day long."
Needless to say, she went back to that pizza place many many times.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Summertime is such a special time of the year. Kids out of school, swimming pools open and ready for business, ice cream just seems to taste twice as good in summer...I'm so thankful that I've been given another summer to enjoy here with my family. At the ripe old age of 76, even each DAY is 
a blessing, much less each season. Enjoy your Summer of 2014.....I surely am. :) 

(I may or may not have
got a little heavy on the color of this cake...:>)

This is a really good cake....moist, flavorful and perfect for SUMMER....♥


1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1-3oz box of Instant Lemon Pudding
3/4 cup fresh orange juice ( i used bottled)
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 teaspoon Lemon Extract
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
MIX all ingredients together and pour into well greased bundt pan.
Cook at 325 for 50 to 60 minutes. (Mine was just right at 40 minutes..so be sure to check)
Let it cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a  FABULOUS cake plate.

In a small saucepan, add 1/3 cup OJ
2/3 sugar
1/4 cup butter
about 2 minutes.
all over this beautiful cake.

Now, this topping is very VERY thin..it's a SYRUP, really...
I put some of it on my cake and saved the rest for when it was sliced.

Have a slice of SUNSHINE cake, ORANGE SHERBERT,
 and Paula Deen's
and I can PROMISE YOU,
you will be 
♫♫ Walkin' in the sunshine....
sing a little sunshine song....♥☼ ♥  ♪♪♫
Wed.Around the World


  1. "catching lightening bugs" reminds me of what my brother used to do. He used to take a baseball bat and knock them out. He was a very mean child.

  2. How your post brought back childhood memories. We maybe only got a nickel to spend, but the ice cream cone was bigger then the one we get today. Families got together more, but you are right about what a divorce does to children whether then or today. They are the ones who suffer the most. I remember going to the outdoor movies in small towns when I was growing up. I enjoyed catching up with you tonight. Have a great week. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  3. I'm really touched by that story of Stacy and the pizza man. Only in Texas! :) (God love 'em!)

  4. What a wonderful story of your dad! Besides missing out on his presence as a child, the divorce had to be hard on you simply because of the fact that divorce was so uncommon in that era.

    The story of your daughter and the pizza man is really sweet. What a great guy he was.

    The cake looks and sounds delish. Thanks for the recipe.


  5. I liked your daughters customer service pizza story . . .
    And lightening bugs . . .
    and thoughts of my dad singing to me
    "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
    You make me happy . . .
    Fun post and remembering . . .

  6. I enjoyed your reminiscing about your summers and your stories of your dad. Great memories for you. And your bundt cake looks just like summer, yum.


  7. I love all the same things about summer! I can appreciate your feelings about never knowing your father as a person, I share that experience with you...but without the good memories of things done together that you have. You were blessed to have that time with him. I am still waiting to see fireflies, they ysyally show up in late June and early July here, so any time now!

  8. All great answers but I was moved most by the story of your daughter's bad day and the pizza!

  9. You had me with chocolate (your follow invitation.) Have a sunny day.

  10. What a sweet story about your dad! And oh, what a wonderful pizza man - I've had that happen to me too (yes, even in the big city) and it is such a blessing! Your cake sounds amazing and now my tummy is growling! Hmmm...

  11. loved the sweet story of the pizza guy. bless him...

  12. I loved catching fireflies as a kid...great memories! Oh, my word, does that cake ever sound good! I'll definitely have to give it a try!

  13. BTW...I'm your newest follower! :)

  14. Another great post. Loved all your answers to the questions. The one about the pizza boy was really good. The cake sounds delicious and looks so good. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  15. That's a sweet, sweet memory of your dad. :)

    I love how the pizza guy modeled kindness... the world needs more people like him.

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  17. What a fun post, bj! I can relate to so many of those summer activities...even your favorite smells are favorites of mine as well! The cake recipe looks absolutely fabulous and so refreshing! You may be 76 but you still look and seem like a spring chicken to me! I only hope I am as spunky as you are when I get there...lol! Hope your summer is off to great start!


  18. I love orange flavored anything and that cake looks fabulous. I'm going to try it sometime this summer. I'm so glad you joined the party this week! Great story about how we never know if our small act of kindness might turn another persons day around. Have a great Wednesday!

  19. What a nice memory from the amusement park of your dad. I'm glad you got carried away and shared it with us. I love Roger Miller! I have ever since I was a little kid. My favorite Disney movie is the original Robin Hood because Roger is the narrator. Orange Sunshine Cake.....oh my, I haven't had that in years. My aunt passed away two weeks ago and that was always her go-to cake to take to dinners.

  20. Love your post bj ... bringing back some good memories. Love the story of the pizza guy. Yes, there are people who still kind.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  21. Forgot to mention that I am following you now.

  22. This looks absolutely wonderful! I am always looking for non-chocolate desserts for our Bible Study...and I love that quote about summer on your heading too!

  23. Fun idea, BJ. Catching lightening bugs is a favorite childhood memory for me. We played outside almost every night. I don't think children do that much anymore. Wishing for a slice of that cake!

  24. I loved catching lightening bugs, and I still catch them with my grands. Freshly cut grass, oh yeah!

  25. I forgot about lightning bugs and lilacs!
    I agree with you about being a child of divorce. The longing always remains, no matter your age.
    Glad you joined up with The Hodgepodge, nice to meet you!


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xo bj