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WOW, its been awhile….

Its been more than a year since the last time I posted….Where does time go?? Goldilocks has had 2 birthdays, I have a nephew that is over a year old, We’ve moved… TWICE! there have been highs and lows, baking experiments and cooking fails, snow, rain, ice, sunshine and did I mentioned we have moved twice?! Crazy, right?? I’ve definitely gotten good at packing…. and cardboard boxes are for novices. We have plastic totes! Lol… but truly. Free boxes are really hard to come by anymore. Most stores use the reusable one that have to be sent back to the manufacturer, and to BUY them is ridiculous. Its cheaper to buy plastic totes at Walmart. But I digress….

The first move was just to a different location in the same city we were in. No big deal. We got lucky and some friends helped us move, so we saved the expense of a moving truck. the Second move was BIG. We moved back to Florida!! Woohoo!! Finally!! it has been years in the making, but it finally happened. We are back in my hometown currently, but will eventually be moving about an hour to an hour and a half south.  Anyway, I am soooooo happy to be back in the sunshine state. I’ve managed to make it out to the beach a few times, but for the most part its been a bit too chilly or raining… or I haven’t had the means to get out there,(single vehicle family… Dear Husband commutes for now). We have plans for the beach this weekend and I am excited!! Pics will be coming!

In the past year I have learned how to make ice-cream … Like REALLY good ice-cream! So far I’ve made Vanilla, Bourbon Peach cinnamon , Chocolate-chip Cookie dough, Chocolate, Strawberry….. I have plans for more, but those are the what I have done so far. I have also learned how to make Macarons! I stayed the Dragon!! I was soooo afraid to even attempt them. One day, I just decided I HAD to try. the ingredients are so simple… I knew if I crashed and burned the first time, I would try again. Wonder of wonders, the first batch came out AMAZING! So, I made another, and another… came up with different flavor combos and made more… I LOVE making them! Its fun! They are DELICIOUS!  You can pack so much flavor into a two-bite cookie! I have learned some tips and tricks and they tend to come out pretty good (almost) every time.

Ive made cakes and cupcakes and actually been paid for them! How cool is that?? It started with a slice of coconut cake, and spiraled from there. That first move I mentioned was to an apartment over a little jewelry store. My Landlady was the jewelry store owner, and the apartment was on the historic tourist destination in the city… so lots of Antique stores, old houses and cute one-of-a-kind restaurants. The apartment we lived in (and the jewelry store) was a house that was built in the early 1800’s. Very cute place, and even though we only lived there for a few months, it was definitely cool to live on that street, and be able to walk out the front door and down to the cute shops and such. ANYWAY… I keep running off on a tangent.

SO, we moved in a week or so before Thanksgiving and decided to do a dessert night, with the friends that helped us move, thanksgiving weekend. I made Coconut cake and an apple küchen cheesecake with caramel sauce. Well, of course there was leftovers, so I ran a few slices downstairs to the Landlady and the other lady that worked with her. She went absolutely swoony over my cake! She seriously had me blushing with her compliments! She wanted to know if I would make cupcakes and cakes for money… well of course I would, but never had before. So she started scheduling orders for cakes and cupcakes…. and even made some macarons for a friend of hers after she tried some that I brought down. It is extremely gratifying when someone thinks your stuff is THAT good. I had fun with that for sure. (pics below are some of the deliciousness that I’ve done)

I’ve made a few more quilts since my last post too. Right now I am trying to raise some money for something special, that just trying to save for isn’t going to cover. SOOOO, I am making quilts… mostly baby/crib sized ones, when people request them. This is where belonging to a mommy group is AWESOME. The one I belong to has “small business days” twice a week, so that you can promote your mommy or baby or family related business. I did my first post yesterday and already have a few orders. It gives me hope that I can actually do this. (pics are some of the quilts I’ve made)

I’m sure some of you are probably thinking, “just get a job”…. well, 1 car+360 miles a day(if I kept the car I would have to drive DH to work and back and then pick him up)+then having very limited hours to work(something like 9-3, because I would have to be off in time to get Goldilocks from school and immediately leave to get DH)= not many if any place that would work with me on that on top of spending 40$ or more a day on GAS…. yeah… all that adds up to me not making anything. Between taxes and gas, I wouldn’t be making anything at all. Again… I digress….

I am holding on to the hope that I can make enough quilts and add that to the money I can manage to save every month…. and I can meet the goals I have set. Say a little prayer for me! or send good Vibes… whatever it is you do! I appreciate all of it! Thanks.

P.S. Definitely will be doing better with this whole blogging thing… Sorry the last few years have gotten away from me!

P.S.S. OKRA!!! I made fried okra! and it was so good!!!

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Puppies and Pineapple Upside- Down Cake

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Isn’t that the absolute sweetest picture! That is my sweet little Harley. She is (in three more excruciatingly LONG weeks!) the newest member of my little family. My sweet friend in Kentucky (@southernpridebostonsterriers) is the breeder and her dogs are gorgeous. At just a little over 3 and a half pounds, my little girl is the smallest of the litter but from the pictures and videos I have been sent she is developing a sweet little personality and from what I am told and some of the pictures and videos I have seen she is going to be a snuggler. Anyway, I just wanted to share my happy news, and i just cant wait to get her home! Oh… and here are a few more cute pics:

Now I want to tell you about this cake. It is moist, a little on the dense side and sweet with a little tang to it. Are you ready?

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Pineapple Upside down Bundt cake! Yep, I said Bundt. It is so delicious! Now, I do not care for Maraschino Cherries, but if you do, you can totally add them in. I don’t so  I didn’t, LOL.

Anyhow, I had made the decision that I wanted to make this cake, so I did what I normally do and went to Pinterest to find a recipe. While there are lots of pinned recipes, which I discovered very quickly were pins and re-pins of the same 3 or 4 blog posts/ recipes, I couldn’t find a single recipe that didn’t start with a BOX CAKE MIX! Sacrilege! I only use box cake mix for one thing, and it ISN’T cake! But that is another recipe for another blog.

Because I couldn’t find what I wanted, I decided I would have to create my own. Since all of the recipes call for a yellow cake mix, I knew to get the flavor I needed I would need to use my go to Butter cake recipe for a base. I also knew I would need to change up a few things. I did get the idea for using a bundt pan  instead of a regular cake pan from a pin. I thought it was a stellar idea. I liked the neatness of the pineapple in the pan…the OCD in my brain was very happy ;).

As you can see in the picture with the slices in the pan I also added little chunks of pineapple where some of you might like to put the cherries. But do you see how neat and lined up they are? It’s so PRETTY!  In this recipe you are using a 20 oz. can of pineapple slices and cutting them in half. You are also using all the juice that is in that can, so you need to drain it into a measuring cup for later. I drained the juice into a measuring cup and dumped the slices in a stack into another bowl then used a large knife to slice them in half. Once you have placed them into the cake pan, there will probably be more juice in the bowl. Pour that into the measuring cup too. the total amount of liquid you will have in the cup is 1 and 1/4 cup. This will be a combination of juice and milk. I also add the extracts I use to this measuring cup as well, just to streamline the mixing process. Ready for the recipe? Here we go!

Pineapple Upside-Down Bundt Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened

1 1/2 cups of sugar

3 large eggs

1/4  cup REGULAR Mayonnaise (you can also use a 4th egg, I use mayo for the added moisture)

3 cups cake flour (you can also use All Purpose flour, but the cake will not be as tender)

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp rum extract

3/4 to 1 cup pineapple juice (all the juice in the can)

1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk (remember the total liquid needs to be 1 1/4 cup total between the juice and milk)

20 oz can sliced pineapple

Maraschino cherries if desired

Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare bundt pan by greasing and flouring making sure the pan is coated completely. Line the pan with the slices of pineapple (cut these in half). Also if you are using the cherries add them in between the slices. Set pan aside.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. Cream butter till fluffy, if using mayo add in at this stage. Add sugar, cream together until fluffy. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl if you are using a stand mixer, to ensure even mixing. Add the eggs one at a time and mix in thoroughly. Add the milk  and extracts to the juice in the measuring cup and give a quick stir. Alternating dry and wet, add the flour mix and the juice mix to the bowl in 5 additions, making sure that the batter is mixed completely for the next addition. I use a rubber spatula to scrape down the bowl all the way to the bottom of the bowl to ensure complete mixing. Pour into the cake pan and smooth the top. Bake in 350F oven for 35-40 minutes or until tester come out with moist crumbs. Allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes before flipping cake onto a cooling rack and removing from pan. The cake will release from pan on its own if you allow the 10 minutes, Trust me! Serve warm or cool. You can also make a glaze of pineapple juice and powdered sugar for a more pineapple punch.

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This cake is so good! It is tender and moist and you need to go make it right now! You will thank me!  Your taste buds will thank you! LOL. I had a lot of fun creating this cake. I hope you enjoy it too!