Monthly Archives: February 2012

Koek: Sweet Strawberry

Cupcake Baking:

Bright, pink, fluffy strawberry-goodness. Homemade recipe with pureed strawberries makes for a lovely surprise and delicious delight. Covered in homemade authentic strawberry icing and slices of fruit, these are a highlight of the party. Yes, a pink party!


24 paper liners for cupcake pans

1 package plain white cake mix

1 package strawberry gelatin

1 cup finely chopped strawberries with juice

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

24 strawberry slices

strawberry cream cheese frosting

bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

How it turned out:


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Review: This Thing of Ours

This Thing of Ours by Cammy Franzese

Non-Fiction. Published 2012.

Read: February 2012, 208 pages


Book Blurb:

Small-town girl Cammy Franzese didn’t plan to marry one of the most powerful mob bosses in the country. She didn’t expect to raise her children alone while Michael served hard time. And she certainly didn’t anticipate what would happen when he finally made the stunning decision to turn his back on the life and become a devout Christian. Cammy shares the details of her painful and joyful journey. She shares what it was like being under law-enforcement scrutiny, dealing with death threats, harassment from the FBI, and having to move several times to protect their family. Cammy also talks about how she stayed faithful to Michael and raised their children on her own while he was locked up for eight years. With painful honesty, she speaks about restoration, miracles, and the confidence we can have knowing God prepares us for the challenges and obstacles we will one day have to face.


One out of five stars! This book is full of snooze and was painful to read. I rarely like to say such negative things, but this book is not worth picking up. Cammy’s journey is full her attempts to woo the reader as her ‘poor me’ tone is ever untouching.


Cammy was supposedly so naive to her husband’s guilt and continued to enjoy the money coming from… ‘I didn’t ask questions’.  The book is meant to be about how faith saved a marriage that was torn apart when her husband was put in prison for mafia-related crimes. The book lacked a real story of faith or mentioning of religion. It was a constant tale of how hard Cammy worked to save her marriage through her own means. I was provided this book by for my honest opinion.


‘I’ve found that peace is much better than having the luxury of answers.’ -p25

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