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My parents are driving down from Los Angeles to meet their new
“grandson” Stoli.



I was telling my mom that they have really slacked off as grandparents, because when my kids were born they were at our house 24/7, and now that I have this sweet puppy (who is just like my baby), they haven’t even met him! So, full of guilt they've been in the traffic for the last three hours driving down to see him.

Both of them think I’m nuts...and lost all of my marbles. Truth be known, that happened long before Stoli came into my life.

I started cooking early this morning. Since food is a big part of our Russian culture we like to eat often and a lot. My son announced that he is not going out tonight, because the food looks too good to pass on.

While waiting for Cindylou's Candles
to arrive I needed to come up with another idea for a fresh smell. Contemplating for a few minutes, I decided that Banana Cake would be just what I needed.

I just made this cake yesterday but it's all gone by now. So as I prepared all of the ingredients I never doubted that the recipe is fresh in my mind.  As I poured the batter into the pan I thought to myself....hmm I remembered everything, right? Knowing better than to ignore my inner voice, I pulled up the recipe and checked my ingredients. I sure did forget something....but what do you think I forgot? No, it wasn’t the flower, or the butter, or the sugar, or the eggs, it was the bananas. Someone please tell me how do you forget to put bananas in a banana cake?

Grateful that I was able to correct my mistake in time, my home now smells of cookies.


While I'm sure the dinner will be great, highlight of the dinner will be dessert,

My Banana Cake and

 Cynthia's chocolates 


Happy Friday Everyone!


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