Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting = YUMMY!

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Last week, I shared the fabulous Zebra Cake For A Safari Party. Now, it’s time to talk about frosting. Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting. It is relatively simple to make, so I am just going to jump right in.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature

9 ounces chocolate, grated.

3/4 cup sour cream

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Zebra Cake For A Safari Party

zebracake2A major part of every party is the cake. This year was no different and I felt ready to step up my game. Bring on the Zebra Cake!  You will have to forgive me on the darkness of the baking pictures. I made the poor choice of starting my baking a 9pm that led to my laying in my bed at 11 pm listening for the oven timer to ding. Boo. I am glad I did it, but I am not a night owl. Continue reading

Bread Pudding – Paula Deen Revised

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So I set out to make Bread Pudding this week. I did some searching and came across Paula Deen’s recipe. This was not my first time making bread pudding and I was curious as to what the Paula way would be like. She is known for her over the top Southern delicacies ( aka the use of loads of butter on anything and everything) and she held strong to her recipe book with this one. I had to make some changes or this would have been way to rich for my family. Even with the changes it is something to be eaten in small portions and savored. Below is her recipe with my hopefully helpful tweaks. Continue reading

The Samoa Cake

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Every year I bake my husband’s birthday cake. My daughter has asked me at least 75 times what type of cake we would make, every year I make something totally new. I had no clue what I would make until I noticed that “someone,” aka my husband, had eaten the only two boxes of Samoa cookies I bought. I didn’t even know he liked them. They are MY FAVORITE. As far as I am aware his favorite is Thin Mint. So those cookies in my mind were MINE.

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After some funny arguing about how we have been married for 10 years and dang it Thin Mint is what he is supposed to like not my Samoas, I set out looking for a Samoa cake. And I found this! Whoohoo! Thank you Betsy Life!

IMG_1564Off I ran with my list to the store. I have never made a bunt cake so I found this pretty pan at Wal-Mart for $11. Continue reading

Great Green Goodness-Kale Smoothie- My Kids LOVE It

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I have a Diet Coke addiction. Yes, it is true. I have been trying to cut it out of my lunch habit for the past month. I have tried green tea and several other drinks to replace my lunch time D.C. but to no avail. This weekend my daughter and I spent the afternoon at Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, AR, and I decided to get us a snack. I saw they had a new kale smoothie and decided to give it a try. BEST move ever! It was so good! After some searching this was the closet recipe I could find to match. Get that blender out and make it! Continue reading

Valentines Day Dessert – Red Velvet Trifle

This year for Valentines day I wanted to make something special. Something  fantastic. So I searched the internet and found this:

recipe_imageA red velvet trifle by Confessions Of A Recovering Chocoholic. Don’t they look awesome?!

Not to mention that I just bought these little pretties from Walmart last week. They were $1.97 each. Perfect!

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You will need to click  HERE for the recipe and directions. I followed them to the T.

I will note two things-

1. If you don’t have a stand mixer or a electric hand mixer beware. Without one I don’t know if you will be able to whip the cream until it makes peaks.

2. She says that this recipe has a prep time of 1 hour and cooking of 30 mins. This doesn’t include the chill time she requests for the pudding and mousse. Which is overnight or at least 3 -4 hours. Glad I started this early in the day! It took me about 45 mins to make all the different parts. Maybe 15 to get them all into the dishes after the chill time is over.

In her comments some people where asking about the consistency of the baked cake batter. Here is a pic of mine.

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And just for reference here is a pic of my mousse and chocolate pudding.

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I happened to have a small heart shaped cutter. But I found a possible helpful way to make one HERE.

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Take your time cutting out the hearts. I made sure I cut mine from the soft parts of the cake. The edges of the cake are hard and when you press into the cake it makes your heart shape want to break apart. Keep in mind that you can make as many tries as you want. Once you have some pretty hearts you are going to crumble the cake.

Then start assembling!

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Here is my finished product. I easily made 6. I would say I had enough to make 8. Aren’t they lovely!?  More importantly they taste fantastic!

Thank you Confessions Of A Recovering Chocoholic for the great recipe.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup…yummmmm

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I got this recipe from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen and it is soooo good. I have made it at least 10 times now. Not only for my husband and kids , but for guests. It is that good. It makes you look like a superb cook. All I can say is, make it. The only addition I made was a dash of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning. I add it to just about everything I cook.  Salt, pepper and Tony’s. It adds some kick and I am a Louisiana girl so everything needs some kick. Continue reading