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Month: July 2015

Birthday Cake Battle Winner

Birthday Cake Battle Winner

So here’s what happened. I made a post about the Birthday Cake Battle in June. I asked readers to vote for their favorite cake and I would make that cake for my birthday. I got two votes for two different cakes. So I got to be the tie breaker 🙂 Because Shane’s mom made me a surprise cheesecake for my birthday I thought I’d go with the…(drum roll)…

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The Chocolate Italian Love Cake!

Here’s my review

      This cake is not much to look at. The picture on the site and even my picture above make it look pretty amazing but the cake as a whole looked like…well, meatloaf. Don’t believe me?

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Believe me now? I told Shane that I feel like if I ever needed to make a cake that looked like meatloaf I know exactly what to do. We are considering selling the idea to Cake Boss.

But don’t give up on my meatloaf cake yet. 

As I added each layer I became more and more unsure of my decision. I kept thinking about that Caramel Cheesecake I could be eating right now. But I hate wasted ingredients so this thing was happening.

As it baked it smelled wonderful. So wonderful. I let it cool on the counter and prepared my icing. The recipe never said to thaw the Cool Whip so I didn’t. I feel like that was a flaw in the recipe because it was impossible to fold in frozen Cool Whip. That contributed to the meatloaf look. Also, in Canada we don’t have the same size pudding boxes as in the States. So I had to use what I could find and it made the icing much thicker than it should have been. So, if you are going for the meatloaf look, use frozen Cool Whip and too much pudding mix.

I hope I haven’t scared you off yet. I am just giving this cake a hard time. Once it was sliced and set on my plate I started to feel a little better about this cake. It looked pretty 🙂 Things got even better when I took a bite. Each layer on their own are nothing special. But when you put them together everything makes sense. With each bite I felt more sorry for ever doubting this cake. Sorry, cake.

Then after THOROUGHLY ENJOYING this cake I delivered some pieces to my family and friends around town. That was as much fun as baking the cake. So, the question…would I ever make this cake again? YES! Definitely!

Let me know if you try it and what you think of it!

Note: I halved the recipe because of the cost of the ricotta cheese. Also I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free cake mix.

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A Clean Crib

A Clean Crib

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This week has been so crazy. I am not too sure why. It just has been. Some days at the end of the day I sit and look around. The only thing I had accomplished that day was one load of laundry. Some days that one load of laundry was being thrown back in the washing machine for the third time because I forgot to switch it to the dryer…again. One morning this week I sat down and thought I just need a TO DO list. If I make a to do list I can get all the chores done. But, I better check Instagram first 😉 Sounds silly but I am glad I did that day. Anna from Grace Happening had written something like stop making our to do lists and start asking God what He would have us do. What perfect timing, right? I mean, I was just about to make my to do list.

So right there I prayed and asked God what He would have me do that day. He immediately put it on my heart to read my Bible. I usually don’t do this in the morning. I usually wait until the kids are taking their naps so I can have some quiet time. But there, in the midst of dirty laundry, dishes, and children God wanted me to stop everything and read my Bible.

I have been trying to follow along with Women Living Well’s Good Morning Girls Bible study. That day they were on Proverbs 14 so that is where I started reading. It didn’t take me long until I learned what God wanted me to learn that day.

Proverbs 14:4 says, “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”

The lesson is simple: If there are no oxen in the stable then the stable stays nice and clean. Yay! A clean stable! (I desperately need a clean stable!) BUT much increase is by the strength of the ox. So if I want the increase from the ox I need to have an ox and accept the mess that comes with it.

My children are messy. They are just messy people by nature. I am thinking mine aren’t the only ones like this. Some mornings they just wake up messy. Then when they walk through rooms toys magically appear all over the floor. It’s amazing the other day I found ketchup in Pepper’s hair…she has never eaten ketchup in her life. I am still not sure where that ketchup came from. Today Jenn was missing her gum for two hours. Shane found it stuck between her belly and her dress. Kids are messy. I could have chosen a clean stable, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

I need to accept that yes, my house is messy. It may be messy for the next 20 years. But as long as I am giving my 100% in raising these blessings for the Lord they can be a great blessing not only to me but to all those around them. They are worth the mess and I need to invest in them!

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