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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Marvelous Monday



Happy Monday! It has literally been months since my last Marvelous Monday post! So here is what I'm loving this Monday!

The Music of SMASH

Haha now don't laugh . . . but I love NBC's show SMASH! I know a little Corny . . . but what can I say I'm a musical loving nerd! This is currently on my IPod and I'm loving it!


The other night, my dear sweet friend Amanda( pictured above with her beautiful little girl Paige) had me over for a girl's movie night! Rich was out in the field training, I was visiting my parents ( who live on the same street as Amanda and her dear family) and Amanda's hubby was working late, the babies were asleep . . . so, this called for a Girl's Night In! Amanda made some A-mazing warm, chewy cookies with yummy ice cream on top. Then, we rented a super chick-flick, "The Vow". So much FUN!! Thanks Amanda, I so needed a night off. :) Super cute movie for all you hopeless romantic movie watchers like myself!


I am a huge Food network fan! I have so many favorite chefs. . . in fact, too many to name them all! Recently, I have started watching The country singer Trisha Yearwood's new show on Saturday mornings called Trisha's Southern Kitchen!
Trisha shares fabulous family recipes, stories, songs and so much more!


On Thursday, I am hosting a dinner for my husband's Grandparents  and their dear long time family friends at our home. This is one of Trisha's dessert recipes that I can hardly stand the wait to make!! I will definitely be making this cake on Thursday!!
Doesn't this just look DE-VINE!!!! I mean really!!!

Here is the recipe, I will let you know how my cake turns out on Thursday!

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Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min
"We had a big birthday party for my daddy when he turned seventy. He was a pretty humble guy and was embarrassed that so much attention was being focused on him, but he ultimately loved visiting with all of his friends, some he hadn't seen in a long time. Over two hundred friends and family signed the guest book that night; that's a testament to the man. I think of him when I make this cake because we served it that night. I miss my daddy, but there are always things to remind me of how much fun we had as a family."
-Trisha Yearwood

Ingredients



  • CAKE
  • 1 3-ounce package lime-flavored gelatin
  • 1¹/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Key lime juice (from about 25 small Key limes or 4 large regular limes)
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • CREAM CHEESE ICING
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1-pound box confectioners' sugar

  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.
    In a large mixing bowl, mix the gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir to mix well.
    Add the eggs, oil, orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla.
    Divide the batter evenly among the 3 pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Test for doneness by lightly touching the tops of the layers or inserting a toothpick.
    Cool the layers in the pans for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto racks.
    While the layers are still hot, mix the lime juice and confectioners' sugar and pour it over the layers on the racks. You can pierce the layers with a fork to allow the glaze to soak in better. Allow the layers to cool completely as you prepare the icing.
    Cream the butter and cream cheese. Beat in the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is smooth and easy to spread. Spread the icing between the layers and on the top and sides of the cake.
    The cream cheese icing is optional. This cake is beautiful and tastes great with just the glaze poured over it.
    Key limes can be hard to find. Substitute regular lime juice for key lime juice without sacrificing flavor.
    FROM BETH: This is a very moist cake. It can also be baked in a 9 x 12 x 2-inch pan to be easily served in squares.
    FROM GWEN: This recipe comes from family friend Angela Spivey. She uses whichever variety of lime is available in the local grocery.
    Serves 12

    Courtesy Trisha Yearwood, "Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood."

    Oh, and before I forget. A few weeks ago, one of my sweet readers asked me about the name of this particular baby product. I LOVE this little helper called The Itzbeen. It keeps track of when you last fed, changed, nursed, diapered baby and how long baby has slept! A lifesaver, let me tell you! It is available at Target and Amazon.
    And finally . . .
    My new pasta bowls that my Mama bought me for Mother's Day! Just because they make me smile and the thought of eating warm, cheesy pasta from them makes me very happy!
    I think that's about it for tonight friends! Have a great week!
    Which reminds me of a cute quote my Dad was sharing with me from the great Sophia Loren;

    Blessings,

    1 comment:

    Making The Most of Each Day said...

    My mouth is watering. That cake looks so refreshing. PLEASE, freeze a piece for me. If I like it, I will make one the next time you visit.
    I hope you have a great visit with your dear friends and Rich's Grandparents!:)