Pound Cake


One of our go to recipes in this house is my pound cake recipe.

The girls and I made one for dessert the other night.  (Watch in our Cooking with Kids Youtube video).  They give the instruction in the video, but here is the recipe:

Pound Cake Recipe

Preheat oven to 350*


Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 and 1/2 cup milk
1 stick of butter.

Mix all ingredients and pour into pan. (I use a bunt pan.)
Bake for 1 hour

We always cut up strawberries and whipped cream on the top.

It’s the perfect spring/summer dessert and a favorite at this house!

Celebrating Easter

Easter is a pretty big holiday at our house.  We buy the Easter outfits, the Easter bunny comes to visit, we do lots of fun crafts, and of course we spend a lot of time at church.  Our church has 3 days of worship experiences and watching people celebrate our Risen King is one of my favorite things to do.

Over the last few days I put together a few of our favorite activities to share with y’all.

My good friend Angela brought her kids over to have a little Easter party at our house.  We had a lot of fun having an egg hunt, bunny hop and egg drop races, and lots of playing.

I made lots of yummy food.  I love how Annie’s has a lot of bunny themed food, so I got a lot of their snacks to enjoy.  I also bought their mac and cheese, but I ended up using the noodles but doctoring up the cheese to make a crock pot version instead of the powdered cheese.  I also made a bouquet of flower cupcakes and bunny sugar cookies.  (And yes, I used my buttercream icing for both!)

I  had crafts for us to do.  We were so busy playing outside that we didn’t get much done, so I ended up sending them home with Angie and then afterwards the girls and I did them together.

The first thing we did was some Pinterest things that I had printed off.

For the last few years we read through this “devotional” about the Easter Bunny.  I feel like it kinda gives a reason of why the Easter Bunny comes to our house. (Found here)

Every year we also go over the Resurrection story using Resurrection Eggs.  We still used our eggs this morning, but I also saw these printable/coloring Resurrection egg craft and decided to do these too.

Then we also read these Bible verses about the Easter story.  (I’ve also used the Valentine’s hearts and the pumpkin verses in the past.)

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The girls favorite craft was making these pompom bunnies and chicks.

All you need is some yarn, googly eyes, and some different crafting puff balls. (And scissors and glue.)

Start by wrapping the yarn around your hand a bunch of times.  I didn’t really count how many times… Just remember the more you wrap the bigger and fluffier your pompom will be.  Also I tried to use the kid’s hands at first, but they were way too small.  I had to do the wrapping around my own hand.

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Cut a small piece of string to tie around the middle of your loops.

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Cut the loops on both sides to create your pompom.

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Puff and then add your eyes, nose/beak, and ears for the bunny.  (Actual cotton balls work best because you can stretch them out for more of a bunny ear shape.)

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Cammie also was really proud of her spring flower.  She could do it mostly by herself so she felt like a big girl.  All you need is green popsicle sticks, glue, and cupcake liners.  A dot of glue and you have a happy 2 year old.

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Every year we also make Resurrection Rolls.  (See my Instagram post for the recipe and Bible verses.)

And of course we dyed eggs.


I’m excited about getting dressed up and going to church in the morning and celebrating that HE IS RISEN!

 

The Icing On The Cake

A number of years ago I started using this Buttercream Icing recipe.

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As you can see, it’s used a lot.  I use it on cakes and cookies and sometimes other random things.  It’s my go to.

Alyse asked for a chocolate cake with Oreos and horses.

I was running really short on time, so I cheated a little and used 2 chocolate cake mixes.  One was a 12inch round cake and the other was 10inch.

After those were cool I got to work making the icing.

I divided the icing into 3 bowls.  I left one white and then used food coloring to make a bowl of pink icing and a bowl of light green to match the decorations.

I cut each cake to make it 2 layers and to add the Oreo filling.

Breeley was happy to help me crunch up the Oreos and spread the icing.


Soon the cake was put back together and iced.  I used the left over white icing to add some polka dots to match the decorations and add on the trim.  My recipe was just enough.  I kinda felt like adding the last bit of trim was a miracle because I really thought I was going to run out, but I made it work!  I got the sparkly 9 at Hobby Lobby and borrowed 3 of Alyse’s Bryer Stablemates.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I’m not a professional, but I try my best.

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Here’s the Buttercream Icing recipe.  Let me know if you use it!  It’s really so so good!

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Making Pie For Dinner

When the weather starts to get cold I like to make yummy things in my kitchen.  One of the recipes that I have used the most this winter is a new recipe for Chicken Pot Pie.  It’s the perfect recipe for a cold night.

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This recipe has become a staple in our house.  I usually throw the chicken in the crock pot and let it cook during the day and then about 45mins before dinner time I throw the rest together, pop it in the oven, and it’s ready to go.  Simple and something I know the whole family will eat.

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When making this recipe I have used both handmade, fresh pie dough and I’ve also used frozen (Pillsbury) pie dough.  They both turn out well.  Here is my Mom’s recipe for pie dough.

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Let me know if you make yourself some pie for dinner.

Saturday Morning Pancakes

Almost every Saturday morning I make pancakes.

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The first I hear almost every Saturday is usually the girls asking me to get up and make their pancakes.  Most of the time they have chocolate chip and I have pecan, but sometimes we do strawberries and whipped cream.  Other times we do “seasonal” pancakes – hearts for Valentine’s Day, snowmen when it snows, turkeys, pumpkins, Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse…. Just this morning Breeley asked for a mermaid.  I tried, but I am not a food artist!

I like to make our pancakes from scratch.  These pancakes are just as fast and easy as any box mix.  Plus they are very yummy.