Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chocolate Truffle

This dessert was very experimental.
I had no recipe, but just put some things that sounded good together.
It started with a German chocolate cake mix made by following the package directions.
The cake was baked in a 9 x 12 inch pan, and then it was torn into pieces.
The layers included:
German chocolate cake pieces
Hershey's chocolate syrup
Chocolate Instant pudding and pie filling
Cool Whip
The chocolate syrup is only on the top.
Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pepsi Cake

So, at our house right now...we have freezing rain.
For us this means SCHOOLS OUT.
If you are looking for a warm dessert for a cold day, look no further.
This Pepsi Cake has a hot sweet syrup poured over the top that makes it super 
moist and delicious when it is served warm. 
Grease a Bundt pan well and sprinkle the bottom with 1/2 cup chopped nuts (Nuts are optional; I usually leave them out.)  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
You will need:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box (3 1/2 oz.) vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Pepsi
4 whole eggs
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Beat until smooth.  Bake for 50 to 60 minutes at 325 degrees.  As soon as the cake is taken from the oven, pour the following hot syrup over the cake while still in the bundt pan.

For the syrup, you will need:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Pepsi
1 stick butter or margarine
Mix all ingredients in saucepan.  Heat to boiling. 
Boil 3 minutes. 
Pour over hot cake while still in pan.  Cool and remove from pan.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Knitted Dish Clothes

My Lynchburg Sister has been busy
 knitting as of late. 
She is making the most of her recent retirement and using her time wisely.

I really like the colors of these knitted dishcloths.

Which do you like the best?
The blue or the red?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter Flowers

It is nice to be able to keep a little bit of summer on into the winter.
This is a stem I broke off a plant about a month ago.  It had a bud on the end of it, and that bud has just now begun to bloom. 
It is a really nice addition in my kitchen, especially after putting all of the Christmas decorations away. 
I would love it if this stem would root.
We will see.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Seven Layer Salad

Happy New Year
Let's start the new year with a new recipe...
This is a good one that I have borrowed from a friend.
You will need:
Romaine lettuce
chopped onion
chopped green pepper
1 can drained sweet peas
1 to 1 1/2 cups mayonaise or salad dressing
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 lemon (juiced)
small curd cottage cheese
spam (diced)
shredded cheese (mild cheddar)
bacon bits

Dice the spam, pepper and onions
 into very small pieces. 
I actually used half of each for this salad.

After washing and draining the lettuce,
chop it into very fine pieces. 
I used two Romaine hearts for this salad.

Place the lettuce in a large decorative bowl.

Add the onion, pepper, and green peas.

Mix together with a whisk the mayonaise,
lemon juice, and sugar.

Spread the mayo mixture on top of the peas, and then spread the cottage cheese on top of the mayo.

Next, add the diced spam.

Add the cheese and the bacon bits.

I just used my own judgement about how much of each ingredient to add for the size salad I was making.  This is a beautiful dish to carry to a covered dish meal or a family gathering.