Friday's Fave Fives

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes for Middle Son!  I think he had a good day.  He had soccer practice, then he and his girlfriend went to a concert.  We usually don't let him go out on a school night, but, it was his 18th birthday and it was Drew & Ellie, we made an exception.  He had seen this band on a Young Life Weekend and really liked them.  He was so excited that they were going to be in "the big town"! He was jazzed when he came home last night.  He said his girlfriend went in thinking she wasn't going to like it (she thought they were country singers), but she really liked them!   He actually was there when this video was made:

Now for the real reason for the post:
This is the first time I'm participating in this Meme...looks like a good one!

1.  I'm going to start off with Easter Sunday Mass at our old parish in SC.  This church started as a mission church to the African American community, so the singing is outstanding!  I've been singing the "Glory" all week.  You can feel the love in that church!

2.  A day off!  Actually, I had 2 days off this week, but Thursday was spent with YS' high school band at a a band festival, so I'm not sure if that really counts!  And, it was an absolute gorgeous day.

3.  The Blind Side.  We finally got around to watching it.  What an exceptional movie!  Sandra Bullock was very believable as the mom, but, in my opinion, Quinton Aaron was amazing.  He had me feeling sorry for him and tearing up from the beginning of the movie.
4.  YS' high school band participated in a concert band festival, and they received straight 2's (including a 2+)!  If you know anything about band, you may be thinking, "why is she excited about a 2?"  If you do know anything about band festivals/contests, you know that a '1' is the highest mark you can get.  Well, our little band went to the same festival last year, and got all 3's.  They are really improving.  I was able to watch them perform, and, the whole time I sat there thinking how much they've improved the 5 years YS has been involved in band.  When we moved here, there were only about 19 people in the band.  6 years later, there are around 50.  The band director was straight out of college our first year here, so he's young and enthusiastic.  I'm sure I'll be writing more about the band in the future!

5.  This actually happened last Thursday, but  my  favorite coworker in the whole world made sure the staff ordered in last Thursday since 1) I was there (or so she gave that as the reason...I totally believed her!) and 2) we didn't have school on Friday due to it being Good Friday.  It was nice not having to make sure I had a lunch ready to go that morning!
And, on the same day, my other favorite coworker in the whole world (especially when she brings goodies to school on Tues. or Thurs.!) brought this Orange Cake to school.   She also brought the chocolate chip pie last month. The Orange Cake was so moist and delicious, and she said that it took her no time at all to mix up and get into the oven!  I borrowed her picture:
and her recipe:

Preheat oven to 325

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg. lemon pudding mix
3/4 C. orange juice
1/2 C. vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 t. lemon extract

1/3 C. orange juice
2/3 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter

Mix cake mix, pudding mix, 3/4 c. OJ, oil, eggs, and lemon extract. Pour into a greased bundt pan. Bake for 50-60 mins. (I baked mine 50 mins.)  Let cool.

In a saucepan, cook 1/3 c. OJ, sugar, and butter for 2 minutes. Drizzle over cake. (I punched holes first using a toothpick)

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  1. Yum to the cake recipe! Congrats to YS's band. And now I'm off to check out MS's concert. I've never heard of them! Happy Friday!

  2. Welcome to FFF! Sounds like a wonderful week! I'm looking forward to seeing "The Blind Side," too. :)

  3. I love Drew and oldest is a YL leader in SC...she just saw them at Windy Gap in Feb? and told me about them. I love their song Mercy!

  4. Nice to meet you Mary! I so enjoy singing at church and it sounds like this church would be a great one to sing with!! We still need to see Blindside. Congrats to the band! have a great weekend.

  5. Welcome to FFF!

    Sounds like YOU have had a great week -- and I have sO swiped that orange cake recipe! That looks positively SCRUMPTIOUS!

  6. Welcome to FFF, Mary. Congrats to the band! I remember from singing in choir just how exciting the competitions were and how we loved hearing our ratings. The Easter Sunday mass sounds like a service I'd love.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Welcome to FFF, Mary!

    That orange cake sounds delicious. I'm writing the ingrediants on my shopping list right away.

    My boy celebrated his 18th a couple of months ago. Sounds like yours had a great one.

    We love the movie The Blindside. So good.

  8. That cake looks yummy! I have not seen The Blind Side yet but I am looking forward to doing it.

  9. Days off are some of my faves too :) I almost bought a DVD of Blind Side this afternoon. Maybe I should really buy it now. Welcome to FFF!

  10. Welcome to FFF, Mary. Hope you'll be back.

    Congrats to the band! and happy birthday to MS!

    That cake sounds delish. How nice to have co-workers who provide treats to the rest of the staff.

  11. Welcome! We have to get to know each other -- I have FOUR sons! (and am soon facing what you're facing!)

    I must try that cake. I think my hubby would love it. Thanks for that.

    Love your ticker at the top, too, 'cause I'm a teacher. And I have to second your opinion of The Blind Side -- we loved it.

    Happy Weekend!

  12. As a supporter of YS' band program-- YAY!! CONGRATS!!

    And as the bringer of the orange cake-- isn't it EASY?!! I need to come up with a TCAP weeek treat! HMMmmmmm... I will work on that this weekend!

  13. Loved Blind Side!!!! That cake sounds yummy and Chick-Fil-A is a winner in my book any day of the week (except Sunday of course.)


  14. That cake sounds delish and we LOVE the blindside. Football is a big deal at our house!

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  15. Oh, we were totally thinking the same way this week. I rented that movie too and was blown away by the story! So much, in fact, that I did a little side research. What an incredible story! I think the movie was perfectly cast! Everyone did a fine job acting!

  16. Oh boy, we loved that movie! Happy Birthday to your son. He sounds like someone to be proud of!

  17. Welcome to FFF! And I'm absolutely with you on The Blind Side. I see a movie about every two or three years and this one was definitely worth it. Mmmm! That cake sounds easy and I even have a bundt pan.


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