I was able to postpone the tearful good-bye because my sister, Kaz, had surprised us with a spontaneous visit from Florida and it became a "girls" sleep over. We sisters stayed up gabbing and reminiscing until 3 in the morning, then woke to the scent of eggs and kielbasa. I got a chance to speak privately with Mike and we discussed his chosen profession...the excitement and anticipation he felt...the concern for his safety that the adults were experiencing. Yet, his final words were all that mattered, "I've been dreaming about this for years, and it's actually happening...I can't wait to start this part of my life." I forced back tears as we hugged and promised to stay in touch.
My mother raised her 6 daughters to be women of faith and to keep busy in the kitchen in good times and in bad. These are the times we are most grateful for our devotion to God as well as our passion to cook. Every member of our family needs prayer for a specific reason or no reason at all. And everyone needs to eat! But the fact that four of our children are in police work makes intercessory prayer important. My niece, Jenna, is a police officer in Florida. This darling goddaughter, who as a child was afraid of spiders and the dark, now chases criminals. Who would have thunk it? And Geej, just a bit younger than Mike, is deciding between a local police department and the border patrol! How a family of mainly educators groomed a brood of law enforcers, I'll never know.
The life of those in law enforcement is honorable and unpredictable. Their lives are on the line, willingly, each and every day. It says in Holy Scriptures that 'Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for another.' I will not argue with this. As I will never chase a bank robber, protect our borders, or bust a drug ring, I promise to keep a welcoming light burning for the brave heroes I cherish and a cake warm from the oven when they arrive home.
Butterscotch Coffee Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 box instant butterscotch pudding
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup finely chopped nuts
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13X9 inch baking pan
Combine all ingredients for topping and set aside
Combine all batter ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
Pour 1/2 the batter into the prepared pan and spread to cover (batter will be thick)
Sprinkle with 1/2 the topping
Cover with remaining batter
Sprinkle with remaining topping
Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 and bake 35-40 minutes longer or until toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Makes 15 servings.
Thank you Maria DiBlasi for this delicious recipe. And Heartfelt thanks to all who protect our great nation!
Remember To Make Memories At The Table