“Oh this is the night we’ve waited for;
always a treat we have in store!
we love each other more and more
with every fam’ly night!
Stories and games for everyone;
learning the gospel can be fun!
Father and mother, daughter, son,
together on fam’ly night!”
My friend Brenda sang this to me last year and I truly thought she was pulling my leg. Growing up, she sang it with all 10 of her siblings every Monday night as they gathered for Family Home Evening. I thought her silly dad had made it up until Brenda proved it was a real song by finding in the Children’s Songbook. Still, the sheer corniness of the lyrics make me giggle every time.
Our family nights are less than picture perfect. The boys whine about gathering together, they fight over who gets to sit by mom and dad, they fight over who leads the song and what to sing– maybe we should call it Family Fight Night?
Mary led the song tonight. She had already disposed of her skirt and stood on the ottoman wearing leggings and a tee shirt with a stuffed dog sticking his head out of her neckline. The boys took advantage of her inattention and grabbed her Barbies that were carefully laid out on one of the chairs.
As Erik attempted to lead a discussion the boys threw Mary’s Barbies back and forth. She rescued each Barbie and gave each brother a resounding whack on the head with the kidnapped doll. Pure entertainment.
Still, we had a good discussion and as we were singing the closing song Stefan noticed that one of the light bulbs in our family room was burned out. The boys all cheered. Our ceiling is so high that changing a light bulb is a major challenge. “Woo hoo, that can be our activity!” Hans exclaimed.
So here’s the treat. The Looooooooove Cake. I am a terrible cook(don’t lie and tell me I’m not!) but a good baker. This is dinner party fantastic but takes only a few minutes to pull together. I made it for Ben’s friend party and everyone was mad that they didn’t get enough. I’m a big softie and made it again tonight. It’s especially good if you let it sit in the fridge for a few days(as if that’s possible).
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1 t. vanilla
1 cup flour
mix and bake at 325.
cool, split, fill with strawberries and whip cream. We put chopped chocolate on top and let it melt this time; last time we put more whip cream and strawberries on top– it’s kinda free form. I guess you could make this with a brownie mix but that would be a sin.