4th of July Cake

It didn’t seem right to post this on the other two posts about being sick…doesn’t seem to go together very well!

Anyhoo, this is the cake that I made for our 4th of July BBQ that we went to at a friend’s house:


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For the cake part, I bought a lemon flavored cake mix at Meijer and made the cake according the package directions using a 13 x 9 pan. Be sure to really grease the pan well. I like to use Wilton Cake Release.


1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 stick butter
2/3 cup milk
3 TBS flour

1. Beat the granulated sugar, shortening and butter together until creamy (takes a LONG time).
2. Warm the milk in the microwave to just more than room temperature. The warmer, the better…but not hot.
3. Add a little bit of flour to the mixture and beat. Then add some milk and beat. Alternate until the sugar is dissolved.

**I used a dairy free butter (not margarine) and vanilla flavored soy milk.

I made the cake the day before and frosted it the day of the party. One thing I would have done differently is to cut the strawberry halves in half again. They were too large and I was unable to make the cake an authentic flag with the appropriate amount of stripes.


Just a Nasty Stomach Virus

Thank goodness! But boy was it a nasty one and it sure went through my house and our friends (sorry T!!!).

So I went back to the ER the next day for my check up like I was told to do. I felt much better that day but figured, I’m not a doc…I better just go. They start an IV again just in case I need fluids. They took a bazillion samples of blood and compared test results from the day before to the day after. My white blood count was at 11,100 on Saturday morning and by Sunday it was down to 4000. Everything else checked out as well.

The ER doc that I saw this time told me that he understands why they went the direction they went with possible appendicitis since I had all classic signs of it, however after comparing results, I had a nasty virus. I can’t tell you how glad I was to hear that. He said that the pain I had when they pushed into my stomach was probably from all the throwing up.

So the Goddess is feeling much better. Not 100% but at least I’m not like I was. And now it is time to continue to clean and disinfect EVERYTHING!

About Me!

My name is Leah and I am a Domestic Goddess! Now if you must know, I am laughing as I type this. This blog title came about because whenever I have to fill out an application for something and it asks for your job title, I always write in “Domestic Goddess”. It drives my husband crazy! “Can’t you just select ‘homemaker’ or write in ‘housewife’?” he asks. And the answer is simple, I could, but I don’t want to! Having the title of Domestic Goddess is much more fun!

I enjoy a lot of things, writing being one of them. When I am not blogging and taking care of my children or doing my many other domestic duties, I love to scrapbook, read, wander stores aimlessly for no reason other than to clear my head from a busy day, or sleep. I love to sleep. Probably because I don’t get to do it very often for long stretches at a time, so any and all sleep I can get is a good thing.

My family is very important to me and there is not a thing I wouldn’t do for my family. I have two children whom I absolutely adore, even when they are driving me absolutely crazy. But despite all that, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Besides my kids, there is also my husband Dan, who I have been married to for almost 10 years.

I am an open book type of person. If you have a question, ask!

Not the 4th We Planned

But it was still great! We went to a very good friend of ours house and let all the kids run around and play. I, however, spent my time sleeping on their couch. I started to feel really dizzy and light headed. After a few hours of sleeping on their couch, I got violently sick in the bathroom. After I felt fine enough to finally join them in the backyard.

On our way home I started getting sick again and had horrible lower back pain (I thought I was having issues with kidney stones again) and a headache that made me feel like my head was going to explode. D called his parents and asked them to please meet us at our house so he could take me to the ER.

At the ER I was immediately given a room where I laid around waiting for someone to give me something, anything to take the pain away. Finally I was given morphine. Let me tell you…that feeling of floating away was awesome! No more pain and not a single care in the world. Until they came in and started pressing on my stomach. I had a very localized area of pain that when they pressed in and released, it hurt like hell. The ER doc immediately thought “appendicitis” especially since my white blood count was elevated as well as I had a fever they couldn’t break.

Around 4am they brought me barium to drink. It was vanilla flavored and NASTY. And thats probably a good thing. Vanilla milkshakes are my favorite feel good drink…not anymore. I doubt I’ll be able to drink one without gagging. My butt and thighs will surely be thankful!

Anyway, I drank the Barium and then went to have a CT Scan. Nothing showed up on the CT Scan, but the doc said that it could be just the very beginnings of an appendicitis. So I have to go back to the ER tomorrow morning to get rechecked (or sooner if the pain comes back).

We get home to find out that both kids were throwing up all night as well which leads me to think that we all probably had the flu. But I’ll get checked nonetheless.

So not the 4th we planned. Thats for sure! Later I will update with a picture of the cake I made. I hear it was pretty good. I couldn’t eat it though!

Happy 4th (a day late)!

Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Awhile back, I was watching the Dr. Phil show (don’t judge) and I saw a heart rate monitor watch. I was drawn to it because you didn’t have to wear a chest strap. Of course, I forgot to write down the name so I couldn’t remember what it was called. Last week I was at Dick’s Sporting Goods and while I was waiting for my husband and son to finish in the fishing section, I wandered into the fitness section and picked up this watch. In the upper right hand corner were the words I was looking for “As Seen on the Dr. Phil Show!“. After a quick Google search, I read the different heart rate monitor watch reviews and knew that this was the watch I wanted.
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About the Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Now on to the important stuff…the specs for the Mio Motiva Watchheart rate monitor:

  • Accurate heart rate WITHOUT a chest strap
  • Full featured sports watch with exercise timer, alarm, date, and backlight display.
  • You have the ability to track the amount of calories you’ve consumed throughout the day

Looks like a pretty good wireless heart rate monitor to me! For me, I want a heart rate monitor so I know if I am working out efficiently. I don’t have a lot of time to spare so spending it working out inefficiently is stupid!

heart rate monitor

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I used the watch today. After entering my weight, age, and sex, all I needed to do to see how many calories I burned while working out was to push start and take my initial heart rate. This started the exercise timer. Periodically during my workout, I took my heart rate. When I was finished with my workout, I pushed stop and it told me how many calories I burned!

I don’t know if I will use it to track my calories consumed during the day. I use My Fitness Pal for that. However, workout wise, I like being able to see how many calories I burned and it is much more accurate than the sensors on the machines. Making the decision to buy heart rate monitor was a good one!