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I decided on Thursday night that I was going to bake holiday treats for the neighbors this year.  I would say that I love baking, and I do, but I HATE the clean up.  So that automatically takes me from love to like.  My baking experience this weekend was delightful.  I'm not just saying that because I feel like a real-life Betty Crocker right now, I'm saying it because I had no major issues, malfunctions, fires, or misread of directions.  I started Friday afternoon, took a break for Zumba class, made dinner, and finished up with round one around 11 pm.  Got up Saturday morning, hoping to clean, but again - was ready to bake. So I did.  I think most of my success is based on my decision not to bake completely from scratch.  I had the help of Betty Crocker.  I used their cookie mixes, and they saved me tons of time.  I used the mix and added on!  Oh and the cake balls were something new and fun and I can't wait to make more.
 
 
We went to Denver last weekend for Julie's surprise 30th birthday, and we had a blast. Everyone was able to make it to D-town!  Andy and I and the kids flew out, along with my parents, and my brother and his family drove out from Nebraska.  Bret's plan went off without a hitch.  The party was at Marco's, a great pizza place downtown, the food was awesome and so was the service.  

After the dinner party, us "kids" went out for the evening.  Mom and Dad took the grandchildren home to Julie's house so we could go out.