Friday, March 30, 2012

TGIF - Gratitude

I just found out that Jen from Just Jennifer had some pretty amazing news today. And is celebrating her good news by spreading a little gratitude.

Its a nice change from complaining and whining that seems to be going around here, Mostly just by me.

So here are a few things I am grateful for

  • My husband - Not only does he go to work and make 98% of the income, he come home and helps out with Jakah because I am exhausted. And for the past 3 months while I work tax season, he has been doing it alone and making dinner. He rocks.

  • Being able to stay home - While I miss having adult conversations and feeling like I am contributing financially or being productive, I am thankful I get to stay home with my kids while they are little. Its only for a few years and then they will be off and in school. 

  • Being pregnant - As much as I hate it, and am happy to be almost done, I do realize there are some people who can't  have children at all. And would give anything to be pregnant. I am very fortunate I can. 

  •  Budgeting - As much as I want a smartphone or an iPad (or anything else awesome!), I am grateful that we are on a budget. We have a lot in savings, put money into retirement, have fun spending money, can pay our bills and have virtually no debt (except our  mortgage). Not many people can say that at the age of 30
Of course these are just a few things I am grateful for this week. 

What are you grateful for?! 

This is linked up with Just Jennifer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Traditional German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Walnut Frosting

 My husband had requested a German Chocolate Cake, which I hadn't made in forever. I used to make them all the time, but found them time consuming. Although after making it again I have no idea why I thought it was time consuming.... 

So anyways I had my traditional "go-to" recipe and then I found a new one that I wanted to try. So last Friday I decided to have a German Chocolate Cake-Off. I baked both versions and had my husband test them out. I asked if he could taste the homemade one (the other recipe is a Doctored up cake mix) He chose correctly and wanted the traditional on. The "loser" went to work with me the next day, where it was gone in seconds. 

Here is my traditional German Chocolate Cake recipe. It is out of my 1969 Betty Crocker cookbook (my favorite cookbook!) I can't find the exact recipe online either... Changes or tips are in blue

German Chocolate Cake
by Betty Crocker

1/2 cup boiling water
1 bar (4 oz) sweet cooking chocolate
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of butter or margarine, softened
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour (or 2 1/2 cups cake flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Heave oven to 350. Grease 2 square pans (8x8x2 or 9x9x2), or 3 round pans (8 x 1 1/2 or 9 x 1 1/2). Spray bottom and sides of pans with cooking spray. I used one 9x13 pan

Pour boiling water over chocolate, stirring until chocolate is melted; cool. I found chopping the chocolate up first speeds up melting 

Mix sugar and butter in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Beat in chocolate and vanilla on low speed. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Add alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition until batter is smooth. 

Fold in egg whites

Divide batter between pans.

Bake 8-inch squares for 45-50 mins, 9-inch squares 40-45 minutes, 8-inch round 35-40 mins, 9-inch rounds 30-35 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 9x13 pan was about 38 minutes Cool cakes for 10 minutes before taking out of pans.

Coconut - Walnut Frosting
by Betty Crocker
(Its supposed to be coconut pecan but I like walnuts better, so use what you like!)

3 egg yolks Room temperature eggs work best
1 cup of evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts (or whatever nut you choose)

Beat egg yolks and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in sugar, margarine and vanilla. Cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick. I say stir constantly or else you could get scrambled egg frosting, which is gross. I've done it a few times Stir in coconut and walnuts. Beat until frosting is of spreading consistency.

Sorry about the pictures, still trying to learn my new camera I bought yesterday

I may have added a little too much coconut, because there was only a little left in the bag. But it still tastes delicious! You should try it!

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