Every November I am reminded of how lucky I am. November 21st is also known as National Adoption Day, a perfect time for me to look back at photos and think about my adoption day. While I obviously do not remember being adopted, I have always been thankful for that title of adopted. On February 4th, 1983 I was adopted by my parents – my life started over again only after being alive for 18 days! Little did I know that this amazingly strong couple would be my perfect parents. From the time I was able to understand anything I have known that I was adopted. It wasn’t taboo, it wasn’t a big deal, in fact I told people about being adopted all the time. My parents were open and honest with me always. They told me what they could about my birth parents and answered any questions that I had.
I am so happy to hear about the #ThisIsWholesome campaign that Honey Maid has been well known for over the last couple of years. I couldn’t agree more with the fact that the world FAMILY is evolving and changing all the time. My family was not traditional – both my brother and I were adopted so we were different in that sense – but day by day we see even more non-traditional partnership that are built on strong relationships and love. Wholesome!
- One in 12 married couples in the U.S. are interracial 
- Nearly 40% of children don’t live with both of their biological parents. Only 62% of children live with their two biological parents 
- 125,000-plus same-sex couples currently raising children in the U.S. 
- More than 1.5 million American families  have been touched by adoption
While I sit here and think about how my life could have been so different without my parents adoption me I know that it is a great time to sit down and celebrate with my family.
I decided to use the Honey Maid Graham Crackers as a little snack for the kids and I to enjoy but I wanted to make a fun celebratory recipe to go with those crackers too! I always go for Honey Maid products because of there support for all Wholesome families AND because of the great ingredients they use in their products.
Like the American family, Honey Maid has continued to evolve across its 90 year heritage. From classic grahams to Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid’s wholesome products are made with whole grains and real honey, without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, and are wholesome snacks families can agree on for any occasion.
Funfetti Cheese Ball Dessert
Free Printable Recipe here.
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups funfetti cake mix, dry
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Honey Maid Honey Graham Crackers
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer.
2. Carefully add the funfetti cake mix, sugar and powdered sugar to the cheese mixture. Beat with hand mixer until completely combined.
3. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap out and place mixture on plastic. Bring up all the corners of the plastic wrap and wrap into a ball.
4. Freeze the ball for about 2 hours. This helps keep the ball form.
5. When ready to serve, roll unwrapped ball onto a plate of rainbow sprinkles. You may have to use your hand to press the sprinkles into the cheese ball. Do this until fully covered with sprinkles.
6. Serve with Honey Maid Graham Crackers and enjoy!
This was a very special treat to enjoy with my kids and as we had some fun dipping our Honey Maid Graham Crackers into the funfetti dessert I was thankful for adoption. On November 21st I encourage you to seek out other adoption stories, they will inspire you and fill you with good news and new opportunities.
This video shows the wholesome pieces of an adoptive household. Honey Maid has long recognized and celebrated that while the makeup and day-to-day lives of families have evolved, the idea and importance of wholesome family connections remains the same.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
 2010 U.S. Census