Sunday, 27 April 2014

Happy Birthday Lil' Sis!

Hello Everyone,

This post is dedicated to my little sister! She is a loving, dedicated, selfless sister, mother, daughter, and nurse, who has over the years proven what many believed was impossible...not for her! If someone said, "You can never do that", her response would be, "Just watch me!" and she always proved them wrong!

I wish I had her strength and courage!
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Lemon Depression Cake

Me and my lil' sis' on my wedding day!

Happy Birthday Cathy! 
The best way I can show you that I love you other than telling you and being there for you in good times and bad is...BAKE FOR YOU!

Baking is my way to create something for the ones I love and boy, I must love you soooo much since your first cake was a disaster! Did I give up? Of course not! Us Perri sisters persevere, no matter what the odds are!

I want to thank Pinterest again for posting a recipe that is eggless, nut-free and now gluten-free (

My nephew is allergic to eggs and nuts and my other little sister is allergic to gluten! I was determined to bake a cake that satisfied all their restrictions, but it was not meant to be...

My first attempt at an eggless, nut and gluten-free carrot cake looked and tasted like rubber! My kids thought it tasted good, but found it hard to cut the cake, so I suggested they tear it apart!

As you tasted your birthday cake today, I saw the smile on your face. It was priceless and locked in my memory forever!

Lil' sis, I just want you to know how much you are loved by your family and friends! You were surrounded by many of those people today and received many messages from many more who were too far to celebrate with you, but were there in spirit!

If Nanna and Paparanni were here today, they would be smiling from ear to ear, proud to have raised you from childbirth and proud to say that you are their granddaughter! They helped to shape you into the woman you are today! A woman with strong family values, a woman who despite the many downs in her life, always manages to "see the cup as half full!"

You are the wind beneath my wings when times are tough and I want to give up, you are my hope and faith when I lose it, you are...

My hero, my lil' sis for life!

Love you, Cati!

We are blessed,


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Live Everyday Like it's Your Last!

Hello everyone,

The last few months have been bitter cold and even though Spring is finally here, I am still not able to fight any illness around me! Yes, I practise regular hand washing, but to no avail! Hopefully, the sunnier and warmer weather will combat these lurking germs and I can get  back to writing this blog on a weekly basis!
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Life brings ups and downs, cherished moments with the ones you hold closest to your heart, heartache and disappointment with the ones you hold closet to your heart...

Live life to the fullest! How many times have you heard this expression? Live everyday like it's your last! How many of us do this daily? I know I don't.

We only start living once we've been through a life altering untimely death of a loved one, a health scare, or like in my case,when the child becomes the adult and teaches the mom a life lesson!

He sent me this while I was writing this post and I was left speechless...

Confirmation once again that all the preaching and teaching I've been doing is paying off and that I'm not the horrible parent I thought I was.

I think I will start living everyday like it's my last because one day it will be and I won't even know it!

I tell my kids to never go to bed upset with someone because you don't want those words to be the last ones you say to someone you love or care about!

Let go of the toxic people in your life and hold on to the people who bring out the best in you...

Keep calm and everything will be fine...

Words to live by everyday...

Especially during your darkest moments...

Eventually things work out for the best!

God Bless and Happy Easter