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Hey, it's Chelsy, with a Y! I am a wife to my sweet prince, and mother to one spunky little princess and one handsome little ham of a prince. Painting is my drug of choice. Wine is good too. I'm known to speak without thinking and eat to much chocolate. I love meeting new people, and learning new things. So this is my journey through some not so glorious moments, some not so intelligent thoughts and some possibly crafty ideas.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cake

Yum....are you drooling yet? It's okay, I won't tell!

Sorry for the lack of pictures, but this is all that's left! Oh, and see that little sliver there? Yeah, it's about to be in my belly! Jealous?

We had this cake on Easter Sunday, along with Carrot Cake(I posted about it here), a super delicious ham and too much other stuff that was amazingly good and made me way to stuffed! Anyway, while we were at the table enjoying our desserts my husband informed me that "This buttermilk cake is my absolute favorite, it's so good." To which I replied "You say that about everything." But, he is right folks, it's soooo good! It's light and fluffy and the perfect summer treat (or spring if you don't live in Texs and it's not 90 degrees outside:). It's even better if you throw some berries on top. If you weren't drooling before, I bet you are now right? Would you like for me to quit torturing you with how delicious this cake is and give you the recipe already? Alright, here you go:

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cake (from my mother-in-law):
2c. Sugar
3/4c. Crisco
3 Eggs
2c. Flour
1/2tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1tsp. Baking powder
1tbsp. Vanilla
1tbsp. Almond Extract
1c. Buttermilk*

-Pre-heat oven to 350.

-Grease and flour your bundt pan well.

-Mix the sugar and crisco well, until creamy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add all dry ingredients, mix well. Then add the buttermilk, vanilla, and almond extracts. Mix well, then pour into bundt pan. Bake for 50min-1hr.

*If you don't have buttermilk you can mix 1tsp vinegar with regular milk. Let it sit about 10 min before using.

Easy peasy right?! We top our cake with strawberries, but I know any berry would be equally delicious! Don't fret if you don't have berries, it's super good just by itself. I hope you will try this cake and enjoy it as much as we do!

Happy Tuesday!
Chelsy

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Best Carrot Cake EVER!

Yeah, you heard me! Best carrot cake EVER! This particular recipe was handed down to me from my Grandma (aka Nanny). My Nanny is a very special lady that I am very close to. She is the one who taught me to bake and she is also the one that I blame for my addiction to chocolate. (I'm in denial) With Easter on Sunday, I thought this would be the perfect time to share this with you! I can't wait to have a sliver slice hunk of this deliciousness! So, let's get this party started!

Here is what your gonna need:
2 c. Flour
2c. Sugar
4 Eggs
3c. Grated Carrots (They sale bags of grated carrots now, but when I learned to make this the very first time, it was the ol` peel and grate technique! Good times!)
1 1/2c Veggie Oil
1tsp. Vanilla
2tsp. Cinnamon
1/2tsp. Salt
2tsp. Baking Powder
1tst. Baking Soda


Here's what your gonna do:
Pre-heat oven to 350
Mix dry ingredients. Add oil, eggs and vanilla and blend well. Bake in 3 9in round pans @350 for about 30 min. You'll know when those babies are done! Easy peasy right?

Now for the Heaven(aka Frosting)
 You will need:
1c. Chopped Pecans
1box Powdered Sugar
1 package Cream Cheese (8oz)(softened)
1 stick Margarine (softened)
1tsp. Vanilla

Mix cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and pecans. Blend well. If your frosting is to thick to spread you can mix in a tablespoon of milk one at a time until it's smooth enough to spread. I've never had to do this, but I just wanted to throw it out there, just in case!


I searched and searched for a better picture, but this is the only one I could find. My wedding cake was my Nanny's carrot cake recipe, and it was so delicious and special!


I hope you will try this recipe out. It's really simple,  I promise! I would love to see your pics or hear about how delicious you thought it was!

Happy Wednesday Peeps,
Chelsy

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All Things Heart and Home

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The little things.

Guess who's entered the world of civilization again? THIS GIRL! I am happy to report that while hiding under a rock was fun for a little while, we now have a working computer again. Since we live in Texas, and the weather has been 80-90 degrees since the middle of march, I didn't think I would miss my computer that much. Boy was I wrong.

I often think "It would be so awesome to live back in the day." You know, the day before electricity. The day before all of new fangled technologies, like can openers, and indoor plumbing. Then I wonder if I could survive. Could you? I know that I could, but it would definitely be a transition. Everything would be so much simpler. There would be no government conflicts. No talk of recessions, or shut downs. No terrorists, or airport security. Or even an airport for Pete's sake. God would still be number one, and nobody would even question it. Everyone would go to their Sunday meetin` place to worship and visit.

There would be no worrying over bills, because you wouldn't have any. You would grow your food, and trade your neighbors for things you needed. No credit cards or debt, unless you count what you owe the local general store when your crops come in. Yes, things would certainly be more simple. But would they be easier? I'm not sure. Just my two cents. Amen.

Chelsy