Posted by: meriambull | August 1, 2008

One Crazy Month of July

This month has been absolutely insane. Summers around here usually are but it’s mostly just like watching Ron on a subway train flying in and out, hoping to have a chance to talk to him while he waits for the next train. This month he took me along for the ride, well most of it anyway.

We started off in Cincinnati for the North American Christian Convention. Ron and our friend, Luke Emmert, are the production managers for the teen section. While they do that Luke’s wife, Michelle, and I are the back stage hostesses. It’s nothing like the Green Room at TCTC and all we have to do is fill goody bags with treats for the week, give them out at the beginning, then spread candy on a table, and make sure there are enough drinks and water to go around. In the mean time the kids stay with Grandma and Grandpa while we eat out and stay at a ritzy hotel. Not too shabby. Who says youth ministers don’t get perks? If you are ever up in Cincy check out Jungle Jim’s International Foodmart.  It is six acres of culinary wonderment.  Disney World for the foodies.  Check out the website.  It’s amazing.

We came home for Ron to do laundry and pack to go to a Sr. High week of camp with our nephew from Missouri. He’s seventeen and it’s exciting to see what a Godly and good looking young man he is becoming. It was great to have him here. While Ron was gone his parents were here with me so it was great to have available babysitting for breaks and adult conversation. After camp Ron, his parents, and the kids took Eddie to the airport in Nashville. Eddie got off fine but Ron and the gang did not get back here until 3:30 in the morning. There was a chemical spill between here and Nashville and they closed down the interstate and every major road between here and there.

While they were gone my brother’s best friend, Steve, got married.  He asked me to make the groom’s cake because he always likes my cakes.  Unless they are chocolate.  He’s a sick, sick man.  Anyway, he asked for a strawberry cake with cream cheese icing and real strawberries on it.  So, yes, the groom’s cake was pink.  I had trouble with the icing because it was so hot and humid, but nobody cared because it was delicious.  Thank goodness!  It sounds like I’m bragging to say that, but I’m really not.  It was such an easy recipe it would be hard to mess it up.  It’s one of my new favorites from the Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook.  I made it like a three layer 9 x 13 cake and the recipe calls it Triple Decker Strawberry Cake, but if you make it like a two-layer cake it’s perfect.

Triple Decker Strawberry Cake

1 plain white cake mix

1 3 oz. box strawberry gelatin

4 tbsp.  all purpose flour

1 cup canola oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

4 eggs

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries and juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cake pans with non-stick spray.  Place cake mix, strawberry gelatin, flour, oil, sugar, milk, eggs, and strawberries and juice in a large mixing bowl and blend with electric mixer on low speed for one minute.  Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat at medium speed for two more minutes.  Place evenly in prepared pans.

Bake until cakes spring back when lightly pressed with your finger and just start to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Follow bake times on back of the cake mix box for whichever cake pan you are using.  Let cool on wire rack for fifteen minutes then remove from pans and allow to cool completely.  While cooling prepare the frosting.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese at room temp.

8 tbsp. butter at room temp.

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3/4 cup fresh ripe strawberries, rinsed, capped, and mashed to make 1/2 cup, then drain well

Combine cream cheese and butter with a mixer until well blended.  Add powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.  Add strawberries and stir until well blended.  Add more powdered sugar if necessary.  The strawberries can make it runny.

Ice the cake and place in refrigerator at least 20 minutes to allow cake to set.  Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

I hope you enjoy that one!  This post is long enough, and we’ve only gotten half way through the month!  I’ll tell you the rest later and give you a fabulous chicken salad recipe you will love!



  1. Meriam! I miss you friend! Lunch…we must have lunch. Why does MDO have to start so late? I don’t get it!

  2. I miss you, too! I’m even up for McDonald’s playground. Aiden misses Atley a lot! I am counting down the days for MDO!

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