Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
This cake is pretty easy, made from ingredients you likely already have, and sure to satisfy a craving for something sweet!
List of ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
Mix first five ingredients and pour into a 9X13 Pyrex pan. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over cake.
That's not enough. More.
C'mon.....what are you afraid of? Get serious!!! I don't want to see ANY batter!!
OK. That's better.
Now, take a fork or knife or something and swirl the brown sugar mixture through the cake batter. Like this:
Then, bake it at 325 for 40-45 minutes. Don't over bake it though...
You'll need some icing to put on the cake when it comes out. So, mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 Tbsp. milk, and 1 tsp vanilla. Take the cake out and let it cool 2.7 minutes. Drizzle icing over cake like so:
It seeps down in, and that's a beautiful thing, believe me!
It all seems like a lot of sugar. That's because it is. So make it for a gathering so you can share it with others and you won't feel so guilty. Oh...It's meant to be eaten warm, which is delicious, but I love it the next day equally as much. Whichever way you want is fine with me.
Posted by tammy at 9:23 AM
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
Posted by tammy at 7:00 AM
Thursday, June 04, 2009
This is the baby quilt I made for Cameron.
It was during my green & blue stage. I was so drawn to chartreuse when I was pregnant with him. I found the pattern at an adorable quilt shop in Brigham City. I was in love as soon as I saw it. I didn't know what I was having yet, but I knew I would be using this pattern for sure.
After I had an ultrasound and learned we were having a boy, I began to collect fabric. I was very particular while choosing and I remember putting so much thought into every piece. I added the sashing and corner squares, they weren't part of the original pattern. And speaking of the pattern, I clearly remember cursing the ultra-lame instructions that weren't very good. This was definitely NOT a beginner quilt. I had to totally modify the yellow starburst pieces to make the block work. No offense to the pattern creator, but this was truly one of the WORST patterns I had ever tried to work with. And when it was all said and done, probably the second-most difficult and time consuming quilt I have ever made. Sixty degree angles are a you-know-what! I finished the top before Cameron was born and began to hand quilt it.
Stupidest decision ever.
After quilting about a third of the quilt, (which took me over a year....) I finally came to my senses, took out the hand quilting and begged Kellie (actually, she had been offering all along....I was just reluctant to tear out all my hard work!) to machine quilt it for me so I could actually finish it before Cameron's high school graduation. Within just days, the quilting was done, and the quilt was bound and finished. Cameron was about two years old. I was expecting Connor within just a couple months and was determined to not have a baby quilt back log. I can't honestly say it is Cameron's favorite quilt and he drags it around everywhere, but he does use it and even now, I just love looking at it and feel a sense of real accomplishment at having persevered until it was completed. So. I ask you now. Was I justified in screaming obscenities and having a crying fit that almost mad me puke when i saw...............
I went downstairs to switch over laundry and smelled something horribly wrong.
Posted by tammy at 7:36 AM
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Nick's birthday this year fell on Memorial Day. I love killing two birds with one stone. Well, not literally, 'cause I have a problem with killing anything, but, you know.....having a big BBQ for Memorial Day and re-naming it "Nick's Birthday".....worked out really well!!
Food is always the first order of business. I won't go into detail about what we ate. It would make you cry. Just know that it was enjoyed by all.
We celebrated with the Mellotts. Sammie had some big plans for the food.
Jason couldn't keep up with demand.
Cam is just cute.
I'm pretty sure I used to be able to do this......a really, really long time ago......
Nick was pretty excited about his gifts. He's such a total boy.......
Especially excited about getting the Nerf gun he really wanted. The Longshot:This was his reaction.....More than one red-blooded male present felt the same way......
Hmmm....sharing his birthday candle wish with Gabby?
Hope your wish came true....Happy Birthday Nicholas!!!
Posted by tammy at 9:34 AM