Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hail

The other day we had a pretty good storm. Hail, wind, rain...all of it. I have to admit it was pretty exciting. Here in Kansas you never know if the wind and rain will produce a tornado so it keeps you on your toes. I have always loved a good storm. That is probably why my all time favorite movie is "Twister".



So today we have a small storm roll through then it rolled on out. Pretty quick. Several hours later, sun is shining, the power goes out. Crazy that is what I say. It made me realize that I take electricity for granted. I was at a loss as what to do. I couldn't cook, I couldn't sew, I couldn't watch TV or surf the net. Yes I have been taking it for granted. I have no idea how they survived years ago.

So the power is back on, Internet is up and we have tornado watches all around and severe thunderstorm warnings. Will the power stay on?

Well I am going to call it a night. Tomorrow my parents are coming for a visit. I am looking forward to it. I will be tackling that Hot Milk cake again. Wish me luck.

Smiles

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hot Milk Cake

As a child did you just have a special yummy food item that you would crave? Well for me it was/is a Hot Milk Cake. My mother would bake this cake when I was growing up...Oh heck she still bakes it...this year on my birthday she baked me one {yes I am smiling} I love this cake so much that it was what I would just beg my mother to bake it for me. It is such a yummy cake. It is a dense cake like the pound cake but yet it has a flavor all of its own.

I decided that with our move approaching so rapidly that I needed to learn how to make this cake all on my own.

I found my copy of the recipe my mother had given me, gathered my ingredients and got busy. Determined to complete it with out calling mom I studied the recipe and thought every action out.

My cake was not a total flop but it was not like mom's at all. I am not sure where I went wrong...heck i followed the card.

Here is my cake....


After I tasted the cake and noticed it was not like my mom's I did what any girl would do... I called my mommy ! We discussed it and we have no idea what went conky. So with that being said my mother and father are coming to town for my hubby's return home from Iraq and she is going to help me make the cake. I hope that I can come back and post about my recipe sucess.

If you want to try your own hand at this cake you will find the recipe below. Please share your experiences with us. I know I really want to hear all about it.


Hot Milk Cake

Ingredients:
4 or 5 eggs
cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole milk, scaled
1 stick real butter

Preheat oven to 375

To scald milk place your stick of butter in pan with milk - heat until butter is melted and the two are almost to a boil.

In a large bowl beat eggs till they are fluffy. Slowly add sugar and vanilla, blend well.

Carefully and slow add the flour, baking owder and scalded milk.

Grease and flour your pan (my mother uses an angel food cake pan, I used a bundt pan)

Pour your batter in to the pan

13X9 pan bake for 30-35 minutes
funnel pan bake for 40-45 minutes

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Happy Eats!

Smiles

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Coconut Meringue Cookies

Around here we just LOVE coconut anything.  One of our all time favorites is the Coconut meringue Cookies.  They are light and filling all in one yummy cookie.

I wanted to share it with you.  If you make a batch of these please share your thoughts with me... I would love to hear them.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sweet shredded coconut
2 eggs whites
1/4 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
2/3 cups sugar



Directions:




Beat the egg whites, dash of salt and vanilla together














Beat until soft peaks form.










Gradually add in the sugar while beating until peaks are stiff and glossy.











Fold in coconut


















I placed parchment paper over my baking sheet and sprayed it with nonstick spray then I dropped them rounded spoonfuls.











Bake them for about 18 minutes in a 325 degree oven until they are slightly brown and set.








Wait until cool and enjoy.  We store ours in a airtight container.  I am not sure how long they will keep because around here they don't last long...LOL.





***please note I did try to send these to my Hubby during his deployment...they did not make it, sadly enough***





Smiles

T-shirt make over

Have you ever owned a T-shirt that you loved to wear but wished you could give it a make-over? Well that is what I did. I loved this T-shirt but as the years have gone by I found the shoulder width to be a bit small for me. I decided to turn it into a tank top.

***disclaimer - this is my first take at it****

I went at the shirt with a pair of scissors. I first cut off the arms and the neck line (I used an old tank to get the shape). I decided to make a T-shirt bias tape and that is what I covered the cut edges with and I also used it for the straps.



I don't think it turned out too bad for my first go round.

Smiles

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