And, Momma got a dress for the wedding. Exciting stuff.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
And, Momma got a dress for the wedding. Exciting stuff.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Butter , for pans
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups grated carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, optional
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese , room temperature
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round pans; Line bottom of the pans with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add eggs and vegetable oil. Using a hand mixer, blend until combined. Add carrots and pecans, if using. Pour into pans. Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, place on waxed paper and allow to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
Add all ingredients, except nuts, into a medium bowl and beat until fluffy using a hand mixer. Stir in the nuts. Spread frosting on top of each cake layer. Stack the cakes on a serving plate and serve.
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
½ cup sugar
½ gallon chocolate, coffee or vanilla ice cream, softened (I use vanilla)
1 ½ cups salted peanuts (I ground these in my Black/Decker chopper//I used half of this and sprinkled over only half of the dessert.)
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip J)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup semisweet choc. Chips
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
½ cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yield: 12-16 servings.
2 cups all-purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 pkg. (3 oz) strawberry gelatin
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Combine flour, salt and soda; set aside. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl. Add oil, sugar, gelatin and buttermilk; stir vigorously until well-blended. Add flour mixture and blend well. Drain 1/2 cup juice from strawberries, reserve for Strawberry Icing. Fold berries into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool 5 minutes, turn out of pan onto rack and cool completely. Frost with Strawberry Icing.
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 pound confectioner's sugar
**1/3 to 1/2 cup strawberry juice
Combine butter, softened, sugar and 1/3 to 1/2 cup juice until desired spreading consistency. Beat until creamy.
** Note: Add strawberry juice gradually, too much makes the frosting too thin and too little makes it impossible to spread. Also, if you don’t have ½ cup strawberry juice you can add water to obtain the desired consistency.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
(in random order...except the first one...that one really is my very favorite)
4. Coldstone Creamery - Okay, here's what I get at Coldstone. I get sweet cream ice cream, in a bowl, with brownie and caramel. This was the closest picture I could find to it. I used to eat waffle bowls in college when we'd go to the new Coldstone by the Disney World movie theater, but I don't like the waffle bowls as much anymore and usually just get a "Like It" size in a bowl. If Magnum bars are my #1, this is probably my #2. I could eat this every single day of my life. Seriously. And, I could also be so big I couldn't fit through a doorway. I'll choose to be able to fit through the doorway...I guess.
5. Chick-fil-A Milkshakes - Let me just be bold now to say that if you don't like Chick-fil-A, you are a communist. I LOVE CHICK-FIL-A. And, they make the best milkshakes of any place I've ever been - which is odd since they do not specialize in ice cream. I'm telling you though, the cookies and cream is my favorite, and it is awesome. I also love that they have created a size small, and I really like that. It's just enough, lower priced, and not as many calories! This is always a good choice - especially if you are on the road driving and cannot use a spoon.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
another picture at 575, Exit 8
Hwy. 92 below!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
And then, I was trying to pick out a couple pictures from his trip...but I just wasn't sure. So...maybe he'll edit this post and help me out...here's a picture of just the scenery. Oh, and they were in Welch and Iaeger. They were about 6 miles from Gary.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Smack Yo Momma Mac & Cheese
And, here's my last one! This takes a little while, but to me, it's so worth it. This recipe for macaroni and cheese won a Good Morning America award for being one of the 5 best mac and cheese recipes!! I've made it a few times...it is AWESOME!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1. He grew up in Ft. Walton Beach, and we are from that area
2. He went to the University of Florida just like we (Landon and I) did...he played football there - obviously, we did not, but we love football there :)
3. He lived in New Orleans and lost his home in Katrina, just like us.
4. He moved to the Atlanta area and lives here now, just like us.
See, we're just like family or something!!
We had a great long lunch today getting to hear him speak!
IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER WE ALL STICK TOGETHER!
Monday, September 14, 2009
People always ask if there are actual alligators, you know, real ones, on campus. Well, yes, my friends, yes, there are. Take a look here and see for yourself.
And, here's the usual picture of Landon and me at the game! You couldn't see, but I had on a really great sparkle gator bracelet!
Oh yes, and finally, this doesn't have anything to do with the game, but I think it's funny. We brought numerous things to do for the car ride like study our Intimate Encounters lesson and read. We brought Harry Potter along for the ride so I could read it aloud to us. I guess because it was rainy, it just got dark so much earlier than we expected. I wanted to read it so badly though! We tried turning the reading lights on in the car...but those jokers were WAY too bright! It was crazy!! We have got to remember to put a book light in the car for trips! So...I got the bright idea to try to use the GPS like a book light. Here's what it looked like below:
Friday, September 11, 2009
So...at the last minute, someone offered us tickets to the Gator Game tomorrow, and we are going! The game is at noon, so we will probably have to leave at like 4am...yikes!! And, after the game, we will drive straight back to Atlanta so we can be here for Intimate Encounters Sunday morning. It's going to be a not so restful weekend...BUT WORTH IT. It's great to be a Florida Gator! There is nothing like that video they play at the beginning of the game where the gator is going in the water....and they say....ONLY GATORS GET OUT ALIVE...and then our team runs on the field. Whew! Gives me a shiver right now!
We took this picture last year at the South Carolina game (I think it was the SC game because I remember us watching Steve Spurrier). My dad always gets 4 tickets to any UF game because of the radio station Wise Equipment advertises with. They are great seats because they are under an overhang - so if it rains, you don't get wet. We had a great time...and we ate at Sonny's before the game, so how could that not be a perfect time?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Author: Charles Martin
A man with a painful past.
A child with a doubtful future.
And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.
It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on a boat he's restoring at a nearby lake. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.
Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry...and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.
Buy this book!! But, if you are in my family, I might get it for you this Christmas...so if you buy it, let me know! Do you have any books to recommend to me? I'd love to hear your favorites!