Showing posts with label cake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cake. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Black and Blue loaf with Blackberry Lime Drizzle

HAPPY MONDAY! Oh come on now, don't groan... if there were no Monday then Tuesday would be the new start of the week, so we might as well face it.Monday is here to stay. I'm good with that. Monday means my husband goes to work, which means he has a job and we can pay our bills. It's all in how you look at things.

We have spent a lot of time at my SIL's farm as y'all know, because I've mentioned it like a thousand times. You're probably tired of hearing it.

We love going out there, visiting, fishing, picking fresh fruit and helping them out. Last week I was loaded down with blackberries, blueberries and watermelons! YES what a burden to bear, LOL.

I didn't want to dump them all in the freezer (some are there for my smoothies) and I enjoy eating blueberries by the handful. Watermelon, well, that is my daily intake of fluid!

Now the loaf was great when hot, better the next day and on the third day I enjoyed a slice with my mocha cappuccino smoothie!(recipe up tomorrow) WOW talk about good.

Blackberries are delicious, but those seeds! ugh...those I could do without. So I decided the best thing to do was cook them down, strain them and have a sauce. hmmm now what to do with it? 

I thought about this bread/cake/loaf idea and oh man! It turned out FANtastic! And even better a few days later, IF it last you that long. Mine did because I made 3 loaves. However, the recipe here is for just 1, but you can double, triple or fix it as is.

Black and Blue Loaf with Blackberry Lime Drizzle
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil (coconut)
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
3 TBSP blackberry syrup **

**blackberry syrup- 2 tsp lime juice
1 cup fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
cook, cool and strain

Makes 1 loaf, bake at 325 degree for 50-60 minutes or until the center is set and done. To prepare the loaf: combine all dry ingredients in a mixer and allow it to mix well. Slowly add the wet ingredients EXCEPT the blackberry syrup and blueberries. Toss the fresh blueberries with 2 TBSP powdered sugar. Pour the batter in the prepared loaf pan. Add the blackberry syrup and swirl through the batter, add the blueberries on top and lightly press into the batter.

Drizzle: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tsp lime juice, 2 TBSP blackberry syrup, mix well and drizzle over the loaf, after it has cooled.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

one bowl double chocolate coconut cake AND June secret subject swap

Time for the...

A Recipe!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:                          Baking In A Tornado                          Spatulas on Parade                      Stacy Sews and Schools                                    Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                      Juicebox Confession           More Than Cheese and Beer                          Confessions of a part-time working mom                     Someone Else’s Genius                        Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                    Crumpets and Bullocks                      FBX Adventures (In Parenting)                                  elleroy was here                  Climaxed                The Bergham’s Life Chronicles               Evil Joy Speaks

My subject is “                  ”.  It was submitted by       (link)          .  Here goes: 
 When I was a kid, I thought being an adult meant....

One Bowl Double Chocolate Coconut Cake
This is a very simple recipe, you can bake this in a 9x9 pan, one 9 inch round or cupcakes. So there's not a lot of cake to waste or sit around enticing you to eat it all week. That was what I loved about it.

My husband wanted something sweet and I had not had my pea powder protein in several days, that means I was craving chocolate as well. So I whipped up this cake, we each had a slice then I took it to my sister-in-laws house and they ate the rest. Perfect!

Here it is, and you can leave out the coconut if you don't like coconut or add nuts. Next time I'll add pecans or walnuts but I was out this time.

1 cup all purpose flour (I used a mix of white and whole grain flour)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark chocolate baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk (I used almond)
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp  vanilla
1 egg
1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup sweetened coconut

Place all the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk well to incorporate all the ingredients. Next pour in your wet ingredients and beat well for about 2 minutes. Add your chips and coconut and stir well. Pour into a prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for for 25-33 minutes, depending on your oven. Check at 25 to see if a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center.

Allow it to cool on a wire rack. You can frost it but I did not. We ate it as is.


When I was a kid, I thought being an adult meant, work, work, work and no fun. When I was a teen I thought being an adult meant fun, fun, fun and my own rules.

Then I grew up and found out that being adult, was work, fun, my own rules, but having to comply with rules of others, like at a job, the law and so on.

Kids are in too big of a hurry to grow up, parents are in too big of a hurry. Dressing little girls like teenagers, allowing teens to dress like hoocie-mamas.

Five year kids running around with iPads, iPhones and such. What happened to playing in the dirt, riding bikes, hide-n-go-seek, tag, watching cartoons and such. Well, these days if you're over 10 that is "baby" stuff. So sad and such a shame.

I believe this is why we have a generation of irresponsible adults. They missed out on truly being children so now they act like kids. No respect, late for school/work, lie without batting an eye, drink, party and so on. Maybe if they had had childhoods, they could be responsible now.

Just my two cent. Maybe I'm becoming cynical in my old age, my birthdays in two days and I'm feeling aggravated by circumstances.

Had I known when I was a kid what I know now, I would have been a SERIOUS student, gone to college, worked hard to climb the ladder and saved money.  

I remember thinking adults had it made! Jobs, money, house, car, staying up late, doing whatever they wanted. LOL man I had no clue. As a teen I learned hard work, saving money, paying bills and that life was hard. I still had no idea.

What about you? Did you have a Pollyanna childhood? Or were you child labor? Maybe neither

Either way, I can say this, I would not want to be a child again, the pressures are rough, the social media is the bully, competition is steep and kids just don't know how to have fun!

Now to be a kid before the days of technology, the internet and fast food (my day) okay, but I'd hate to have to go through the teen years again! Sheez and let's not forget high school. No thanks.

But I still know, that the ideas of had of adulthood were no where near close to preparing me for the harsh realities I've had to deal with.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Strawberry Daiquiri Cake

This is not a healthy recipe, let me say that right up front...and you will find a naughty recipe like this from time to time, I have family I need to keep happy.

For Easter we had a family dinner, my husbands siblings and their kids and their kids and my FIL all got together. THIS is an interesting time. Now I am the only one who eats healthy and no one wanted my "health food junk" but a fattening full of sugar clog my arteries type of dish.

So to keep peace, I made deviled eggs, chicken and rice and a big ol' fat bundt cake, a new recipe just for my FIL because he loves strawberries.

Here is the result, now yes I did eat a small piece, but here I sit a week later writing this post and there is still cake in my kitchen, which sadly will be thrown out. Sad you may question, yes because it is food thrown out and I hate being wasteful. But I'm not going to eat it and everyone else is done with cake for the week.

They are not big on sweets but will batter and deep fry anything that doesn't move...hey that's an idea, I could slice the cake, batter and deep fry it, then they'd eat it up.

Oh yuck just the thought...oh sorry I digress. On to the recipe...

Strawberry Daiquiri Cake
1 white cake mix
1 small box of vanilla pudding, instant
4 eggs
1 stick room temp butter, no salt
1 cup strawberry daiquiri mix
Blend all ingredients together and pour into a prepared bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Cool and poke holes in the top. Pour 1/3 cup of daiquiri mix over cake to soak in.
Mix 1/3 cup daiquiri mix and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar together, toss in 1 pint of strawberries stemmed and washed. Mix well and pour over cake placing strawberries in the center.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I know you may wonder what happened to all my decadent desserts...well, they left. But not for good.

I really haven't wanted any, shock I know, but had a few items laying in the pantry that were NOT clean. Since I hate to throw things out, I needed to find a way to use them.

In using them, I made a great, simple, quick and easy NO STRESS CAKE. This cake was moist, delicious (yes I had a slice) and then it left my house. I sent it to work with my husband. This way I had a slice, enjoyed it but was not tempted to eat more. WHY did I not think of doing that before? Oh yeah, because I was obsessed with sugar, that's why.

This is not a healthy cake, it is not a clean cake, but it sure the heck was a good cake.

*Note to've been telling me for at least 6 months how good cinnamon chips are and that you are addicted. Well, I FINALLY found some, by themselves, yuck, but on this cake and baked, yum! Thanks

Okay, now back to the cake. We enjoyed it at lunch while it was still hot. Also, I knew that would give me plenty of time to work off the sugar and calories from the slice.

This is perfect if you are in a hurry, need a fast dessert or just don't feel like going to a lot of trouble. You could choose so many different flavors for this cake. I used what I had. Try it, experiment with other flavors, enjoy!

1 cake mix
1 box instant pudding
1 1/2 cups milk (I used almond)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup cinnamon chips (or use 1 1/2 cups of your favorite chips)

Spray or grease an 8x8 pan or small baking pan, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your milk and pudding mix together, stir well, next add the cake mix. Batter will be very thick. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle chips on top and bake for 30 minutes or until the center is baked and set.
Cool, slice and enjoy!
**my 8x8 pan broke so I used this small brownie pan. Also my oven temp is off and cooks very high, this was baked at 300 for 26 minutes

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cupcakes Under the Influence - review

Ya know, Valentine's Day is less than a month away. HOW did that happen you ask, good dog gone question! I can't believe we are half way through January. Seems like just yesterday I was having heart burn over not cooking Thanksgiving and packing my house to move.

So, now that I have your mind on Valentine's Day. Are you planning a little some special for your sweetheart? (That could be your child, parent, spouse or significant other.)
Would you like to?

Good, then you need to check out Cupcakes Under the Influence. This is the neatest thing! You order kits and bake cupcakes into the shape of your cocktail! A martini, margarita or champagne! How cool is that?! AND best of all, everything you need is in the kit. Seriously, for those of you that are afraid to bake from scratch or don't think you have time. This is for you.

The kits come in different sizes. From couples to party size.

I received the couples package. Isn't this just the cutest?!

The recipe and mix call for using alcohol OR club soda. I used water because I do not drink and can not have any carbonated beverages. The cake turned out a little dense but otherwise was great.

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**No monetary compensation was received for this review. All opinions are my own and 100% freely given. Compensation of product was received.**

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Jesse plus his favorites

Today our oldest, turns 22. It is hard to believe that this much time has passed. We are very proud of Jesse and so on this day, his birthday, I wanted to say a special 

 to you Jesse, my fun loving, creative, artistic, musical, generous, kind hearted son.

Jesse is very much like me, a foodie at heart. He loves food, all food, loves to eat and enjoys cooking. I could see him being a chef in a soho area in Cali featuring lots of local artist. He would fit right in.
He has a lot going on, at 9 we found out that he had dysgraphia, a form of dyslexia and that he had enthesis enthalgia a form of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. That same year he had issues with his blood sugar bottoming out. Soon we found out he was also Type 1 Diabetic and was immediately put on insulin, 2 types and 4 shots a day. That lasted for 60 days and he was put on a pump. Due to the JRA he was not allowed to play contact sports, which these days is everything. Thankfully we homeschooled and I was able to find other activities for him. Bowling was one, he loved and was quiet good at. Also, rock climbing, that was very stressful and physically demanding but he enjoyed it and there was no contact with others. Still accidents happen.
He has a God given talent of great musical ability. He can play any instrument and play it well. He writes songs and has been in several bands and on a few CD's. Not bad for a 22 year old.
For the last 2 years he has been a Paul Mitchell stylist.
His newest job, soon-to-be Daddy. He and W are expecting a little boy in April of 2014. Which will be here in the blink of an eye.
With all these medical conditions and the stress of life, he has keep going. He does not whine, complains little and on occasion as any of would, has said "WHY me" but that does not keep him down. I am very proud of how he has handled all these struggles. He is a strong young man and will make a wonderful father. 
At the age of 12 Jesse started working in the nursery at church. He loved it and the kids loved him. He worked with the one year olds and then when we moved he moved up to the two year olds. He has a special way with kids and animals. A calming spirit that soothes them. A no non-sense person with a giving spirit.
Jesse I love you and am proud of who you have grown into.
Love Mom

NOW on to a few of his favorite recipes...
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

LOTS of pizza recipes

Eclair Dessert

Chocolate Bliss Cake or 6x Chocolate

Crock Pot Cube Steak

Kicked up Grill Cheese


Breakfast Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Bacon Grill Cheese

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cake: guest post by The Winelady Cooks

This has been a busy and stressful couple of months. Well, all year really. We have lost 6 family members this year. Lost a job. Had to move. Our youngest son joined the Air Force, got married and moved away. Our oldest lost his job and will be a daddy soon...the list goes on.

But through it all, we have survived and God has remained faithful.

During the holidays and Christmas, I decided to relieve some of my stress by reaching out to my wonderful blogging friends. In doing so, they have very graciously agreed to do some guest posting for me! I'm super excited about this.

One, I get a break, two you get to see how great they are and three we all gain new exposure. You will see post scattered here and there until the end of the month. Joy from Yesterfood, Joanne from The Winelady Cooks, Cynthia from Feeding Big and Michelle from Calculus to Cupcakes will all be sharing with you.

Our first up is Joanne. Thank you so much to her and if you aren't familiar, please check out her blog and follow her on Facebook, AFTER you read this great recipe she has shared with us today.

Take it away Joanne:

 Happy Holiday! I'm excited to be guest posting on Spatulas on Parade today. It's been busy time for Dawn moving and getting settled in a new home right in the middle of the holiday season. I did a lot of holiday baking and I'd like to share one of my favorite cakes with Dawn. I know how much Dawn and her hubby enjoy dessert. They can sit back and relax with a piece of cake, a cup of hot chocolate or tea and enjoy their new surroundings. This is a brunch style cake - a more dense cake than a traditional layer cake - which makes it great for snacking. I have a passion for sweets and when times are hectic or stressful a sweet treat will lift your spirits and make you smile.   Chocolate Chip & Coconut Cake
Chocolate Chip & Coconut Cake Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup agave nectar (OR **use 3/4 cup sugar)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (OR **use whole milk)
  • 3/4 cups AP flour**
  • 3/4 cups White Whole Wheat flour**
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips to melt for topping
  • Measure out the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs until foamy about 30-45 seconds. Add the sugar, 1 cup of the flour mixture and the milk and mix well just until blended. Add in the remaining flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan. (Use either a large loaf pan or an 8 x 8 pyrex baking dish)
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. Increase oven temp to 350 degrees and bake another 15 minutes, or until cake springs back and cake pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  • Remove cake from pan and cool on wire rack.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and spread over top of cake when cool and then add the shredded coconut.
You can serve it immediately or cover and set aside until ready to serve. TIPS: This recipe can be altered to your preferences. **You can use 1 1/2 cups of AP flour, 3/4 cups granulated sugar, and whole milk if you prefer. My Very Best Wishes to Dawn and her family in their new home and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Joanne's social media links: Bloglovin' Twitter Pinterest 
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

TOP 13 of 2013: Main dishes and desserts

TOP 13 main dish and TOP 13 desserts of 2013

The number 1 viewed recipe I have of ALL time 

Beef Dorritos Casserole
Does not make for a pretty photo, but man does it taste good!

Main Dishes
Zucchini Round Up
Over 20 recipes with everything from appetizers, main dish to dessert
zucchini lemon loaf, which I do adore!

Zucchini Puffs

German Food and the Oktoberfest 
I have a side dish, main and dessert here

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole
 hot spicy and tasty, you can adjust the heat

Olive Garden COPYCAT salad dressing

Double Cheesy Tator Tot Casserole
not waist friendly but comfort food

Philly Cheese Steak sloppy joes
so good and easy to fix

 Sweet Chicken Chili Won Ton cups
leftovers made fancy

Beef Stew
a twist on an American classic

Cabbage Round Up
several cabbage recipes, shown here my cabbage rolls redone

Sesame Green Beans - better than buffet
 fresh beans

Chicken Gumbo
a little cajun flavor

 Lemon Poppy Seed Cream Cheese Loaf
 I love lemon anything, this is a great afternoon tea/coffee snack or even breakfast

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake
oh gosh this was good! Better served warm

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
an American classic

Pumpkin Angel Food with Cream Cheese frosting
my husband loves angel food but not pumpkin, he ate over half this cake

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Crumb Top Bars
this was a trial and worked out great

Eclair Dessert
one of my boys favorites

Maple Pecan Muffins
great with coffee, tea and a restful afternoon snack

5 layer Banoff Pie
Good golly knock your socks off good

Mixed Fruit Crumble
use up your fruit before it goes bad, don't be afraid to mix it up

Luscious Lemon Dessert ***one of my FAVorites***

Wacky Crazy No Egg Cake (chocolate)
delicious , moist and easy
plus it's dairy free

Everything Tropical Dairy Free Cake
after the chocolate turned out so well, I did 4 different versions

Apple Cinnamon Delight
oh man! slap yo' mother in law good!

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