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Slop Layered Cake – sinfully delicious {Recipe}

Want to treat your friends to sinfully delicious chocolate surprise? My friend (Heather) her Mom (Diana) gave me this recipe years ago (1990’s) on a 4th of July block party. I’ve been making this ever since as a special treat for friends. So today I want to share this simple recipe with you!

Slop Cake Details

Ingredients:
1 box Devil Food Cake Mix (I use Pillsbury w/the pudding in the mix)
1 box of Instant Pudding Mix
1 large container of Cool Whip
1 bag of Heath English Toffee Bits
1 spray can of Crisco Pan Release (you could use any brand)
When I make this I always use a clear container as it’s a beautiful display of layers

Directions:

  1. Cook the cake mix per the box instructions (spray pan with Crisco Pan Release)
  2. Make the pudding mix per the box instructions
  3. Once everything is cooled time to start layering!
  • cut cake into squares then take each square and break open and cover the bottom of the container
  • next layer pudding just enough to cover the cake
  • next layer cool whip just enough to cover the pudding
  • next sprinkle the heath bits
  • keep on layering until the container is filled

Slop Layered Cake
Hope you enjoyed this and feel free to pass it along! Bon Appetit

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Josh Runyon the loss of a great man! {Legacy}

September 28th we lost a great man on earth and his name is Josh. Today this entry is about remembering this man the best way I could possibly do it. Today is the day we gather to remember and to lay his body to rest. Let me take you on a journey as I remember a friendship and a blessing to have a small part of this mans life.

Photograph below was taken in May 2008 at a park in Brea.
This photograph speaks to me and thoughts of Josh telling us,
“remember me this way, I’m always looking over my shoulder protecting you, loving you.”

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Have to start where it all began. In late 2001 I joined a company called Practice Builders. My first day on the job I met Josh. Josh was our IT guy. That same day I also met a wonderful women named Megan. I connected pretty quickly to both of them. They both have a positive outlook on life and were what I call fun energy.

In 2002 I started to fit right in to the company and brought my camera around to the office for the fun events we had. This was the first company I joined that had that family vibe. We all noticed that Josh and Megan begun dating. From my vantage point they hit it off quickly. Even though Josh broke a few hearts around the office. Not mine as I had a great respect and excitement for him and Megan.Here was the first photograph I took of Josh and Megan.

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In 2003 our company share a holiday party with our sister company at a venue in Long Beach. Again, I brought my camera to capture the moments.
If you didn’t notice, this is Josh and Megan. This time Megan is all glammed up!

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2005 was a fun year. Practice Builders took all the employees out to an Angles game. It was a lot of sun, drinking and just good times with lasting memories.

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Below is Josh, Adrienne, Brian, Kevan Michelle and Pablo.

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Later that year Josh and Megan supporting me and my friend Mike. They attended my friends impersonation show in Riverside called Fant-A-She’s.
They were joined by fellow colleagues and my close friends. Josh, Michelle, Me, Jason, Gloria and Jennifer.

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Love this funny photo of Josh pretending to send kisses to Jason. Now that is the kind of support any friend of mine could have!

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In 2006 our company splurged on Angel tickets again. Here Josh, Courtney and Pablo found shade in the upper seats.

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Here was the tailgate party and a great photograph of Josh and I.

Josh 2006-05

This same year our company moved to a new building. So we had a little party at the office and we  the “moving committee”
received acknowledgement from our CEO at that time Joel. Josh, Joel and Pablo

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He is Josh and I and Jeri in the back talking with Steve.

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Also in 2006 Josh and flew across the county to attend a Chiropractor convention for our company new release of ChiroBrandBuilder.
This trip was working the convention floor for 12 hours on single ply padding. To make things interesting, we shared a room together to cut costs
and tried to eat at the same times. Amazingly, we didn’t get on each others nerves as it was really being around each other for more than 24 hours.

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In 2007 several moments happened.
Below was a Easter Egg Contest we had a Practice Builders. Josh created a master piece called “Road Kill”

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Practice Builders took all of us out for a night at Dave & Busters.

Here is Josh, Joel, Nina, Steve and Rick.

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Here’s Josh, Courtney, Natalie and Karol playing those adult games.

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Shooting for hoops! Josh, Tiffany, Craig and Joel. Can’t remember who won!

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Typical guy, Josh and Craig with guns. lol

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That same year my friendship with Josh extended to becoming their family photographer.
What an amazing gift they gave me. This year I was blessed to photograph their first child Natalie’s newborn photographs.

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If you have following my work for years, you will notice a pattern. With every family session, I also capture the husband and wife.
Most of the time, the husband and wife haven’t taken professional photographs of just them since their wedding.

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It’s these special moments that the families allow me to take like this that end up lasting forever!

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In 2008 they asked me to photograph them again. This time Natalie was just about ready to walk. Actually Megan and witnessed her first steps together as we waited for Josh to return.

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Beautiful quite moments like this that keep his spirit alive within our hearts and soul.

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Anther cute moment between husband and wife. Just love their expressions.

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May 2009 I was asked to photography Megan’s mom and dad’s anniversary party. Here I found some photographs of Josh and Natalie that I couldn’t resist.

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What an amazing father!

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April 2009 Josh and Megan were pregnant with Olivia. This was one amazing maternity photography session. The trust and friend we have made one amazing session.

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As I was setting up for our next set, I capture this cute moment between daddy and daughter.

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Our maternity session continues

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If you look at the layers it’s Josh behind Megan arms wrapped around. Megan’s hands outside of Josh’s and Natalie’s hands on Megan’s.
Olivia on the inside.

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June 2009 Josh and Megan welcome Olivia into this world.

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November 2009 we did a holiday photography session.

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In 2012 Josh and Megan welcomed Mathew to their family.

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My last session with them was November 2012 for their holiday session. This was the last time I would see my buddy.
I’m extreamly thankful for this day. The kids were happy and fun. I enjoyed capturing their amazing spirit together.

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As I conclude here, it’s difficult to end. I look at his passing as a tragedy. I’ll try to find the words.

Josh, I witnessed you becoming a husband, father, a friend and a great human being. You heart and soul has lived many years.
As you depart this earth, I have peace in my mind you have not left our hearts and souls. Your spirit is connected to all you have touched.
You touched so many peoples lives and gave us a gift. The gift of knowing and being part of your life.  You helped me become a better
man by watching your ways and how loving and kind you are. Thank you for allowing me to take part of your life and your families life.

Thank you my friend!

~Anthony a.k.a T-man

My beloved Jadranka {Legacy}

Today it saddens me to say that Jadranka passed away. My heart is heavy for my Tante Slavica (mother to Jadranka and Tanta Slavica is sister to my grandma and only living sibling), Cajo (Jadranka’s husband), and my Cousin Kristijan (Jadranka’s son) and Tea (Jadranka’s grand daughter).

Here’s some cherished photographs I have from my trip to Croatia in 2010.

Here Jadranka was cooking lunch for us. She was always trying to feed me and making sure I was okay.

Cajo and Jadranka leading the way as they were showing around Novalja. Love this photo.

Here’s my last goodbye. So much love. I was truly blessed to have met her in person.

RIP my dear sweet Jadranka. You were met in heaven by many loved ones. Tell them all hello for me. Love you much! ~ your Nephew Anthony

Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #31 {Flower Friday}

Anthony Lujan’s Flower Friday Series #31

photograph taken on May 27, 2007

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #30 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on May 27, 2007

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #29 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on August 20, 2006

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #28 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on December 6, 2006

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #27 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on May 12, 2007 in Norwalk, CA

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #26 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on May 12, 2007 in Norwalk, CA

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