Monday, September 26, 2011

football and chocolate.

Before I share a very delicious, very tempting chocolate recipe with you I must comment on the current status of my beloved Texas Aggies.  This Aggie had high hopes that they would pull out a win this weekend against Oklahoma State, but it seems that we get a little cocky and can't seem to play in the second half.  And end up throwing the freaking game AWAY.  Even though we only lost by one point (thanks to OSU's intentional (I think) safety in the last few seconds) a loss is a loss, but I will stay true to my team. 

And while I am very excited about the official announcement tonight about the Aggies joining the SEC, I dread the first game against Alabama.  Until then I hope we beat the mess outta Arkansas in five days!  I've been informed that if we beat Arkansas this year that the farmer is moving to the farm trailer for a week.  I've also been asked to not rub it in.  Although the Razorbacks got their backside kicked by Alabama on Saturday, that doesn't mean they will get it kicked this week.  Just sayin'. 

I don't really care about football.  Can you tell?

Moving right along to a very delicious chocolate cake recipe.  The occasion was my mother-in-law's birthday and while I could have made a half recipe for just her I failed to resist temptation and made one to keep for myself.  The farmer can't stay away either so needless to say our half of the cake was gone two days later.

There are no cutting calories in this recipe so just suck it up and forget about eating healthy.

In a saucepan, combine margarine, water, and cocoa.

While the margarine and cocoa mixture is boiling, sift together flour and sugar.

Once it starts to boil, mix with the flour and sugar mixture and beat until well blended.

At this point you will get too caught up in cooking to remember you are taking pictures.  Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, and vanilla.  Beat until all ingredients are mixed well.  Pour into your pan and bake for 20 minutes. 

While the cake is baking, bring margarine, cooca, and milk to a boil.

Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat with mixer until creamy.

Pour over the cake which is resting on your desk because your kitchen is an absolute disaster and there is not one single piece of counter space available until you clean up your mess.
(I really had NO counter space for the cake to sit and I have quite a bit of counter space!  I had utensils, pots, mixer, flour, sugar, etc. EVERYWHERE. Quite embarrasing.  In my defense I was cooking Poppy Seed Chicken at the same time.)
Once the icing hardens just a little, get you a fork and dig in.  But try to stop after the first bite. 
It's hard my friend, trust me, it's hard. 

Chocolate Sheath Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks margarine
1 cup water
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift flour and sugar together.  In sauce pan, bring to boil margarine, water, and cocoa.  After it is boiling, add to flour and sugar mixture and beat until blended.  Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, and vanilla.  Continue beating until all ingredients are mixed well.  Pour into 11x15 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

While baking, start the icing.

1 stick margarine
4 teaspoons cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 box (16 oz) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring margarine, cocoa, and milk to a boil.  Mix well.  Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat with mixer until creamy.  Pour over cake as soon as it is removed from oven.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Food Finds

This girl must have needed sleep. I woke up at 10:15 this morning and it felt wonderful! Just in time for Pioneer Woman on Food Network. She made strip steak sandwiches, which I have made for the farmer and I. They are delicious if you are a steak sandwich kinda gal. I added some Swiss cheese which made them a little more fattening, but great. Here's a link to the recipe :)

The Marlboro Man Sandwich

In other food news, I made two new discoveries this week that I love!

This little bag of red potatoes is so cute and it's just enough for the farmer and I. You can boil them or microwave them (I microwaved) and you don't have to buy a large bag of potatoes.

I saw these in Walmart this week and took them for lunch this week and loved them! I bought Apple Cinnamon, but other flavors include Apple Pear and Pineapple Mango. You heat up the fruit bowl and then add the crisp and you have a quick little fruit crisp! I will definitely add these to my grocery list again :)

I must get back to a day of productiveness! Sprayed the weed infested flower beds and have worked on a wreath for a to clean out for a garage sale. Not sure what's wrong with my lazy Saturday self!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Family Beach Pictures

I blogged a few months ago about our family beach trip to Destin.  We had thought about taking family photos while on the beach and all took clothes for pictures, but didn't really have a plan except my camera and a tripod.  Ultimately I wanted another photographer to take our pictures! My wish was granted when we were touring other condos to stay at next year and we saw a flyer for Pure 7 Studios.  Lindsay, at the studio, was so prompt and accommodating!  We called on a Wednesday and had pictures taken Friday night.  The photographer was so personable.  It started raining the minute we got in the car to head to the beach location, but the good Lord stopped the rain for 30 minutes - just enough time to get our family portraits taken :)  My nephew was sick while we were taking the pictures, but he was such a trooper!

Once you see the pictures you will see why we are all in love!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

sweet words from a sweet friend

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Ashlea, blogs over at Somewhere Down in Texas about life with her husband Drew and their precious dogs, cooking, and their new life in Savannah, GA.

Her family and my family were very close friends growing up and used to take Christmas vacations together every year of our childhood until we got to high school when life seemed to stay busy with extracurricular activities. (I think I could do a whole blog on stories from our vacations!) Her oldest sister Alison was a year older than me and Ashlea a year younger and we were three of a kind back in the day. Some of my fondest memories are with Alison and Ashlea and I'm pretty sure our parents got tired of us singing for them and putting on our own little shows for them!

While our families are still good friends we don't get to see each other very often, but with Facebook and now Ashlea's blog, it's a little easier to keep up with their life and the new set of twins in their family. Alison has a new set of twins - Will and Kate - they are precious! Ashlea is a fellow Aggie so that makes her extra special ;) Crossing my fingers that her little sis Ashton is an Aggie soon too!

Ashlea is all about cooking lately and her latest blog featured a bread recipe that I shared a while back. She had the sweetest words to say about my blog!

"I was also craving some homemade bread and remembered my lifelong friend, Whitney, blogging about an easy and tasty recipe a while back. You can find the recipe here at her super cute blog. Even if you're not interested in the bread you should check out her blog Harvest Home, she's a real life farmer's wife and shares great recipes and cooking tips! She's also a great photographer, an elementary school teacher,a pampered chef consultant,
and runs her own online boutique, Park Street Market. She's also an Aggie, but that's neither here nor there ;) The bread turned out scrumptious just as she promised; I made several little loaves to share with my co-workers."

Thanks Ashlea for the sweet words! Good luck in your cooking adventures - I have complete faith in you! :)

If you want a new blog to read go check hers out!

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