Saturday, April 4, 2015

Carrot Pineapple Cake

Picture and Recipe is from Allrecipes

John's favorite cake is Carrot Cake and this looks like a good recipe! I will make it in December for his birthday, maybe before then too! Carrot Cake (Recipe from Allrecipes)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple,
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2.Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in carrots, coconut, walnuts and pineapple.
3.Pour into 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Don't panic, the center will sink a little. Allow to cool.
4.To make the frosting: Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners sugar and beat until creamy.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bow Tie for dog collar

Dogs are members of our families and who doesn't like dressing up their dog?! I had some scrap material and made a bow tie for Skipper's collar. Doesn't he look handsome?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Possibly my next outdoor spring project!

I think I found it! My deck is very similar to this picture. For some reason, at the bass because of my stairs, I cannot keep grass growing there. Maybe it's because my dogs relieve themselves there, I am tired of planting grass and it dying. I came across this really cool "curb appeal" article with what might be the perfect solution!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Table Runner

I just love my sewing machine I got for Christmas! My newest project is a runner for the top of my piano to put my Easter display on. My first try, not too bad. I even had enough material left over for a table runner too.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Peanut Butter Chewies

When I worked at the IU bookstore in the student union, there was a bakery inside called "Sugar and Spice." They had the most delicious treat...a chewie, a peanut buttery crunchy snack. Kind of like a rice krispie treat but with peanut butter and die for. I will have to try this recipe to see if it matches up.                         Peanut Butter Crunchy

Update: 3/25/15
I went down to the IU campus a couple of days ago and had a chewie. They tasted just the same as they did 25 years ago! I made this recipe and it is almost the same. Heavenly.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Mint Oreo Cookie Pretzel Bark

My daughter is home sick today so I had some time to experiment with making Mint Oreo Cookie Pretzel Bark....a minty, chocolatey, crunchy, sweet and salty treat! It is delicious! The only thing I would change next time is using white chocolate melts instead of the milk chocolate. I think then, the colors would look better together. 

Ingredients needed...

Mint Oreo Cookies, 1/2 package
1 package Wilton green candy melts
1 package Wilton milk chocolate candy melts
1 cup pretzels

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place cookies in a plastic bag and slightly crush. You want 1/2 inch pieces of cookies to remain, so don't go overboard crushing.  Place crushed cookies onto sheet. Melt milk chocolate disks in microwave. Drizzle over the top of cookies. Do the same with green candy melts. Take a knife and spread chocolate gently over the top, swirling the 2 colors. Place pretzels of your choosing over the top. Let set for one hour and break apart into 3 to 4 inch pieces. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!