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Recipes: Easy Chili and Candy Corn Cake

FFD chilli helperWhen I called on my friends on Facebook for an easy chili recipe I could do in the crockpot I got 95 amazing answers! One of them came from my mother-in-law. She sent a SUPER easy recipe where everything is in twos. I tried it and happy to report there wasn’t a bowl left!  I also took it upon myself to try to make a Mummified Candy Corn Cake. Below is how it turned out along with the recipe which has a few steps but was easy to follow. Why the cooking and baking?  It was part of our Family FFD chili parentsFun Day we were planning!  It included making our own campfire, smores mix , games and wrapping up with a classic- The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Easy Chili Everything Is In Twos Recipe:
2 lbs ground beef
2 medium onions (chopped)
2 cans tomato soup

2 cans kidney beans (undrained)
2 tablespoons chili powder
Brown meat and onions. Combine all ingredients. Either cook for 30 min on top of stove or put in crock pot for several hours. I did 4 hours on high.

Mummifed Candy Corn Cake (it’s not actually candy corn flavored)
3 1/4 cups cake flourFFD Cake
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 large egg whites
2 1/2 teaspoons yellow gel food coloring (such as Betty Crocker)
1/4 teaspoon red gel food coloring
2 16-oz. cans vanilla frosting
1/4 10-oz. bag large marshmallowsFFD cake2

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 3 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment; mist again with cooking spray.
2. Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine milk and vanilla in a measuring cup. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl.
3. Reduce speed to low and alternate adding flour and milk mixtures to butter (begin and end with flour), until just combined. In a clean medium bowl with clean beaters, beFFD Fire1at egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold egg whites into batter in 3 additions.
4. Create layers: Divide batter in 3 medium bowls (2 cups each). Add 1 1/2 tsp. yellow coloring to 1 bowl; stir. Add red coloring and 1 tsp. yellow coloring to second bowl; stir. Leave third bowl white. Spread batter into pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.
5. Level tops of cake layers with a serrated knife, if necessary. Dab small amount of frosting in center of cake stand FFD Smoresand top with orange layer. Spread 1 cup frosting on top; add yellow layer and align sides. Spread 1 cup frosting over yellow layer, then top with white layer and align. Spread remaining frosting around sides, then over top. Smooth with a knife or spatula.
6. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallows on high for 30 seconds. I found I didn’t need the whole bag.. but it’s up to you! Stir until smooth and just warm to the touch. Pull off a piece about the size of 1 marshmallow and stretch between thumb and forefinger of both hands until thin. Drape strand over and around cake. Repeat until you reach desired “mummy” effect. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before  serving.
7. Toppers: I used cake pop sticks and pre cut paper bats to make the topper!FFD Masks

Make Your Own Campfire & Smores Mix:
Twist brown paper or paper bags to make the logs (3-4)
Put flashlight in middle and cover with red and orange tissue paper. Then throw Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows and baby chocolate chips in a baggie and you’ve got your Smores! Don’t forget your Charlie Brown!

Keep kids occupied with fun crafts and games. Got this tic tac toe at Michael’s and found these fun make your own masks at Target.FFD TicTacToe

Countdown to Disney!

We surprised the kids with a countdown to Disney! 5 days until we’re at the happiest place on Earth. For dinner we wondered WWMD? What would Mickey Do– confetti Mickey pancakes of course!





LEGO Friar and Pope Shake

If we’ve gotta endure the traffic troubles and security headaches this week we might as well have some fun with this! Plus, the Pope being DC is kind of a big deal! Here are more fun DC Pope food and drink specials!

Get your Papal Shake— word is it taste heavenly! Pot Belly on Monroe Street Market, across the street from The Catholic University of America is selling a special Pope Shake as they get ready for his visit on Sept. 23. Every shake sold means 50 cents will go towards supporting campus mission trips! They’ll sell it until Sept 27th!
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LEGO Friar has a checklist for all to properly welcome Pope Francis to DC. Everything is AWESOME about this!

Kids in School, Stay Organized at Home

I had a really great time sharing some of my DIY organizing ideas on KLG & Hoda! Hope you find some of the tips helpful and if you have any questions feel free to contact me!


Back To School and the Past

Sydenstricker Schoolhouse

Adora and Bob on the front steps of the original Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (2015)

Back to School pictures this year came with a lesson American education!  I started researching one room schoolhouses in Virginia when I came across and fell in love with this little red school house in Springfield. It’s called the The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse and it was built in 1928. This gem in our backyard is basically in it’s original condition- a real rarity when it comes to early 20th century school houses. The Upper Pohick Community League has maintained it since 1954. Fun fact.. they bought it for $550! Our visit was a real treat. The moment you walk through the doors you can smell an era long gone. The wood beneath you creaks and bends beautifully. The natural light shines perfectly through the old windows that you know have seen a lot of stories come and go. I had the best history guide to show me around. Lisa Friedrich Becker a history lover met me there. She has had a huge hand in efforts to preserve the school which is on the National Historic Registry. She showed me the hooks where kids use to hang their coats and the spot a local couple held their wedding reception in 1954. I brought my kids and gave them a little lesson on how eschool use to be back in the day. To be honest, it was more like a recollection of Little House on the Prairie— a show I was obsessed with as a child. Watching my children run up the stairs into the school house was a brief transport back in time. A time when things seemed so simple. Adora and Bob caused a bit of ruckus jumping and laughing and running in circles on the hardwood. They especially got a kick out of the chance to pull the rope and ring the original school bell. The bell, which was bought in Alexandria survived a fire that burned down the original building.

S 1957 Litter Buggy

During the 1950s the League sponsored a Boy and Girl Scout troop, as well as a “Litter Buggy” which collected trash from local roads. You can see the Schoolhouse in the background.

The school officially closed in 1939 but has played host to many community and private events since then despite it’s limitations– no running water, no bathroom.. unreliable heating and cooling. I’m surprised more photos have not surfaced over the years. They are always looking for anyone who attended Sydenstricker Schoolhouse or were early members of The Upper Pohick Community League. The search is on for any photos or documents they could help tell this unfolding story. Below is an event that the group is having to celebrate and raise awareness about the school.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Community Coffee House, 6-9 PM
FREE live music, coffee and baked goods all donated by members of our community and local businesses! Featuring the Fairfax Band Association Saxophone Quartet, singer Dave Brunelle… and more! Delicious food donated by The Swiss Bakery, Whole Foods Springfield, the Springfield Hilton and more!! There will be no charge for admission, but donations are greatly appreciated. It will be a great evening to celebrate our community!!

The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse is located at 8511 Hooes Road in Springfield, VA 22153 More information available here.

Here’s to learning things… new and old this School Year! 

Bob enters Pre-K this year!

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Adora with her pencil that really writes!

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One of the first students to attend Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (1928)

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Can you imagine how much tag was played outside this school.

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Adora is sitting about where the fridge is in this undated picture of a dance.

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Here’s the schoolhouse decked out for an event in recent years (oh those floors!)

Inside of Schoolhouse

Bob sitting on a vintage school desk donated by a local resident.

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Bring on the books!

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(photos taken with my iPhone for more historic and recent photos like the one below check out Sydenstricker Schoolhouse’s facebook page)

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Hacks4School: Save space and preserve your child’s art

Finally a solution to that growing pile of precious artwork and projects your little ones bring home. Start with designating an Art Drop Box to collect your child’s creations. At the end of the year send it off to Plum Print and they’ll digitize everything (including 3 D objects) and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece of a book!

#Hacks4School: Drowning in your little Picasso’s artwork? News4’s Angie Goff shares a digital trick that will help you keep all of your child’s school projects – in half the space! For more school hacks, check out our Pinterest board here –>

Posted by NBC Washington on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hacks 4 School: Get Personal!

Some simple things that help get the kids out the door and excited for school!


backpacks for kids

I would love to meet you! Come to the Kingstowne branch of Apple Federal Credit Union (6831 Sir Viceroy Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315) on Wednesday, August 26 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. to drop off backpacks and supplies for kids who need them!

Here’s how to help!

Donate money online here.
Send a check made out to Backpacks 4 Kids to:
Backpacks 4 Kids
NBC4 Washington
4001 Nebraska Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

School supplies needed per backpack:
Two packs of loose-leaf notebook paper
Two dozen #2 pencils
Two packages of cap erasers
Three spiral composition books
One yellow highlighter
Eight plain folders with pockets and brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
One package of 24 crayons and/or one package of colored pencils
Small pencil or supply box or zippered supply pouch
Two composition books
Paper glue
Box of Kleenex
Two packs of copy (white) paper
12-inch ruler

Join me Sept 12th: St. Jude’s Heart of Fashion

This is a really great event! If you can make .. would love to see you!


We are less than 1 month away from the St. Jude Heart of Fashion (HOF)!

Saturday, September 12 || 11:30AM – 2:00PM

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie

Join me and a fabulous crowd of attendees as we unite together for a day of fashion and philanthropy to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the center is at the cutting-edge of the latest medicine and research in life-threatening pediatric diseases, such as cancer, all while freeing families from the biggest burden in getting life-saving healthcare: the cost.

Events like the HOF are so important to the continued success of St. Jude because the center receives the majority of it’s funding from generous donors.   With a $2 million a day hof1operating cost, every dollar counts and the results are evident today as St. Jude has increased the survival rates for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) from 4% (in 1962) to 94%.

Tickets for the Heart of Fashion

$150 Individual || $500 VIP

Scoop yours today:  

The event will feature a full runway presentation of looks from Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection while guests enjoy brunch bites, champagne and an amazing silent auction!  NBC 4 Metorologist Doug Kammerer will return once again this year to emcee the event.

Last year’s HOF was completely sold out and the same expected this year.  Below are a few pictures from last year’s HOF to get you even more excited hof11for this year’s.

News Grams!

Would love a follow on instagram on my news account @agoff. I’ll be posting snaps from broadcasting, the newsroom, in the field and of course travels and behind-the-scenes! Thanks all!
agoff on instagram

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