Family time and Honey Bun Cake

There is nothing like having your family around.  God has blessed Kevin and I with amazing families and we cherish the time we get to spend with them.  My family made the trip from Ottumwa to spend this past weekend on the Trail.  On the agenda: swimming at the Quarry and lots and lots of food.  We definitely accomplished both with some added towel whipping fights, hot tub dips, and games of Apples to Apples thrown in there for extra fun.  

Now, I said we are blessed with amazing families, but that doesn't mean that we sit around conversing and eating fantastic family dinners quietly.  Nothing is done quietly with my family.  Three of Luke's cousins made the trip over and with them they bring light saber fights, cartwheels, and lots and lots of L-O-U-D-N-E-S-S.  But, what do you expect?  They're kids.  So, we embraced the loudness as best we could and Luke tried to get used to it.  Soon enough he will be running around with them making just as much racket.  

Luke's cousins get tired in a hurry and they are always asking for something to eat.  This weekend I made a few different sweets to spoil them rotten.  I made my Deep Dish Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bars for snacking and I decided to try a new recipe, Honey Bun Cake, from Plain Chicken for breakfast.  This Honey Bun Cake was gobbled up by the end of the weekend.  Everyone ate it for breakfast (who doesn't love cake for breakfast) and whenever they were hungry.  I also took some up for Kevin's parents to try.  I would say it was kid approved and the adults chowed on it, too.  I will definitely be making this when friends and family come in the future.  Hope you try!

Honey Bun Cake

1 yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup oil

1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 350 and spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
2.  Mix together the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and oil on low speed for 1 minute.  Mix for 2 more minutes on medium speed.  Pour into prepared pan.
3.  Drizzle honey and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on batter.  Using a knife, swirl toppings to blend.
4.  Bake 38-40 minutes.  Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Pour on warm cake.  Let cake cool completely before cutting (about 20 minutes).

kiddos after honey bun cake and smoothies; poor Luke has to wait on cake until his first birthday

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