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Richard and Thalia CunninghamRichard and Thalia Cunningham, January 2006 at Anthony's in the Catalina's.  Together, we enjoy fine dining, ballroom, and country dancing.  We have been dancing together since 2002. Our brilliant instructors Mike and Jo Anna at Shall We Dance have given us great waltz, cha-cha, east coast swing, west coast swing, night club 2-step, samba, salsa,and rumba routines.  We love to drive to vacation in Sedona and San Diego and fly to visit family in Hawaii and Philadelphia.  Both athletic, we make great racquetball partners and enjoy working out. Go Team Cunningham!

Here we are at the Tucson Rodeo.  We love it!  Cowboys are a pretty tough bunch.  Even the kids are tough.  They put their kids in a helmet and full body pads then have them hang onto a sheep.  Then they spank the sheep which runs off and they time how long the lad or lass can hang on for.  But I suppose if you're planning on riding a bull you had best practice on something easier.  I think I'll stick to wearing their clothes and watching from the grandstands, though!

We had just gotten off of the "Shipwreck Rapids" at Sea World in San Diego.  Their smiling faces shows us just how much tun the Summer of 2005 was.  Phillip is in front.  From left to right in the back row is Dom carrying Alix, Dylon in the middle, and my daughter Tamar.  Shamu is our new friend!

I sometimes enjoy playing outside, so one day I began to landscaping my back yard, installing drip irrigation, and planting some rose bushes.  It took a little while, but this is the Double Delight - one of my favorites!

This is also a Double Delight rose.  They never seem to stop surprising me with their beauty.

Stormy Cunningham was born on June 8, 1995.  We think that he is part Maine Coon.  He is a timid lad, but is really a "rag doll".  He loves bird watching, getting his tummy massaged, and playing with his toy.  He is also turning into a "pee-eye-gee" pig as he is quite demanding for his breakfast lately.  We love this little guy, and he doesn't seem to be bothering those with allergies.  Sadly, he passed on April 27, 2010 - we miss him - are hearts are broken.

Now, we got Gracie - she is Gray, see?  And by the Grace of God, she is helping heal our hearts from our loss.

Mama and Papa morning doves decided that my hanging planter was the perfect place to put a nest.  They were right, because they raised 2 babies.  I was blessed to be able to watch them grow, and was even there for their first flying lesson.  It was a very exciting time and I was sad to see them go.  I worried after they left, but they come back to visit me once in a while.


Here's the recipe I started out with:

Combine and beat well:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 4 oz box vanilla instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 c kahlua

Then add 1 cup chocolate chips

Pour into greased and floured angel food cake pan or bundt pan.  Bake 50 minutes in 350 degree oven.  Calories per piece?  It's pretty decadent.  Eat a piece, go to the gym to work it off.  I may actually calculate it one day...

When I first tried it, Rick and I were hooked!  But a fan of the dark chocolate, I use the darkest, most delicious, and moist looking ingredients that I could find for the chocolate cake mix, vanilla instant pudding, and chocolate chips.  After all, why use vanilla when chocolate fudge instant pudding mix was available, and those dark chocolate semi-sweet chocolate chips looked good enough to eat right out of the bag???  Did you know that I found Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips?  I bought a bag and am anticipating greatness!  I hope they don't stop making it...

Special things I do is in preparation - I use butter to grease the pan, and I use the chocolate cake mix (not the pudding) instead of flour.  My oven runs cool, which may explain why my kahlua cake takes about 10 minutes longer.  Also, I mix by hand in a big metal bowl with a wooden spoon in the order as listed.  I pretend to measure closely, but since I believe that "you measure it with a micrometer, mark it with a crayon, and cut it with an axe", I don't worry about it too much.  Enjoy!