Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{Thrifting and Partying}

Done a little thrifting after getting a bunch of sugars off this sweet girl.....

I only went to a couple of places but did find a few things I liked.

Isn't she just lovely? 

  What was REALLY lovely was the price! I got this sweet thing for $1.99. 

Ooh...I grabbed this little cabbage teapot up faster than you could blink! I spotted it at a distance and darn near ran over two old women and one man to get to it! And....for $2.99 it became mine!

 Cute purse for $3. 

 Yes, I'm a sucker for baskets and any kind especially one this size and well made for $2.

And talk about partying...We just had a little family birthday party for my oldest grand that turned 12!

Every grand gets to pick what they want for their birthday luncheon and my girl wanted Nana's sausage and potato soup and turkey and ham subs! Now you can't go wrong with soup and sandwiches!


Subway has nothing on me!!!

 Birthday girl was happy! 
YEP...that would be my grandson in the background wanting to blow her candles out!!!! LOL!

And sweet new grandgirl could care less about a party right now! 

A surprise came in the mail for me and needless to say it made my day!

Isn't the card just beautiful. No doubt hand made. 

Love, love, love this cute little pocket card.

But nothing compared to a hand written note from my blogging sister in Christ, Debbie Kay.

Pop over and visit Debbie Kay when you get a chance. She is the sweetest soul and has a heart that encourages.

 And just so you will know. We carried this sweet girl for her 2 week check up and she had gained 1 lb. The doctors only hope that within 2 weeks that newborns are back to their birth weight. Well this sweet girl went over the top! Mommy is feeding her good!

Speaking of encouragement. Have you been encouraged lately by another person? Or, have you yourself encouraged someone? 

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It doesn't take much to encourage another. Sometimes it can simply be a hug or a pat on the back. Other times just a simple phone call will do or an email. But I can tell you that a sweet little card with a hand written note such as what my friend Debbie Kay sent to me speaks volumes. Number one she took her time to do it! TIME is something we all struggle to have but TIME is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to another. Even if it's only to take the time to write a note to another. 

I want to challenge you today to find someone that you can encourage this week. Whether it be a hug, baked goody, card, email or etc. If you've ever been encouraged by another then you know how it feels! 

Happy Day to you all.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

{Oreo Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake} and MORE!

WOW...our sweet grandgirl is already over a week old! Of course she was a week early so maybe to her she is "right on time" right about now huh? 

She had her first little private outing to visit with Papa and Nana on her week old birthday. I think she was ready to see us...I mean it had only been one day since I had seen her! LOL!

 Bright eyed for sure!

My oldest grandgirl turned 12 this past Saturday too! It was like yesterday to me that she was just a little newborn baby....Time surely needs to slow down.

My grandbabies are just too sweet. All 5 of them!

Speaking of sweet I want to share a recipe with you for a cake I made. If you like chocolate, cream cheese and Oreo's then you are sure to love this!

I actually baked four 8 inch round cakes. I used 3 of the layers and then I had one layer left that I used for another gathering. So for this recipe I doubled it for 4 layers. If you are making a double layer cake then follow this recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa (light or dark)

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

1 cup boiling water

  1. In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix on medium speed 2 minutes.
  3. Add boiling water and mix until it’s smooth.
  4. Divide batter into 2 well greased pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.**I use Wilton Cake Release** I NEVER BAKE A CAKE without this! I have my oldest grandgirl hooked on this stuff too since she loves to bake.

  5. Cool 5-7 minutes in the pans, than remove from pans to wire racks upside down (this flattens the top of your cakes a little better) Let your cakes cool. **I usually bake my cakes ahead of time (if I have the time) and freeze but if I do not have the time and I'm in a hurry I put my cakes in refrigerator freezer for at least 15 minutes. To me...they just are easier to put icing on them and makes cutting tops of cake off easier too if needed to level cakes.

 Oreo Cheesecake Filling:
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Cream Cheese-softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
12 Oreo Cookies- coarsely crushed

I used a food processor to crush Oreo cookies. Set aside.

I love how this looks so fluffy!

In another mixing bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until it’s smooth. Then combine cream cheese and whipped cream and stir in crushed Oreo cookies

Go ahead...stick your finger in it!!!

 Okay, now start assembling your cake. Remember, I made 4 layers (  I doubled the recipe and used only 3 for the cake)  that I am showing you.

Layer one of cake:

Use your YUMMY filling you just made and ice the top of cake.

Next layer goes on and icing again.



And again...

If I am carrying my cake somewhere I do cut the tops of cake to even it out. (No waste though...the tops get eaten) LOL! I also use small dowel rods to support the 3 layers. I have used straws too.

Ice your last layer on top and sides. 

Now lets make the Ganache: 
You can use different kinds of chocolate but for this cake I used semi sweet chocolate chips. 

8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave in a glass bowl. I melt mine on high power for 45 seconds at the time until melted. I melt for 45 seconds, stir with a wooden spoon and repeat the process until fully melted. I then add my heavy whipping cream a little at the time and I used a whisk.  Cool for a few minutes. I just love how Ganache has that shiny look to it. (If it seems too runny to you then sit in frig. for a few minutes until it thickens).

Then pour, spoon or swirl your ganache over the top of cake and let it run down the sides or however you want to do it. 

 I added a little shaved white chocolate on the top. (only because I had some in the frig)

 I put a few Oreo's on the side of the cake.

 And WALA!

 What did I do with the leftover cookies?

 Nothing goes to waste at my house!  And I did use the 4th layer.

 Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

{She Is Here!!!}

YEEKS.....We are so excited and thankful for our newest addition to our family!

She arrived on April 9th at 10:11 a.m. weighing 6 lbs 5 oz. and needless to say we are all GIDDY over her!

 Yes, yes and yes and I could just kiss her whole face 1000 times and more!

 This sweet girl has so much sugar that it is dripping off!

 Needless to say we are proud grandparents. .

Great Grandfather was basking in a little glory too!

Needless to say...Daddy is love struck!

Her hair in the back is longer than mine!

So precious.........

God was so good at how He answered our prayers. Short labor...easy delivery, healthy baby and mama. Praise His Holy Name!

And....the winner of the cake platter and server is.............

My friend from Jacksonville, Fl....Connie Royals. I know I said the winner would be someone that guessed the weight without going over and that didn't happen. Connie was surely the closest. She guessed 6 lbs 8 oz. Connie doesn't have a blog (Though I keep telling her to GET ONE) so can't even send you to visit her!  Connie, I have your address and your win will go out to you this weekend! And for the record Connie, I have two of these platters just alike so that winded up being a good thing or I would have kept it! LOL!

I know that several of my blogging friends prayed for my girl during her pregnancy and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! We are grateful!

The sweetest miracles from God come in tiny packages.................

 Hugs and blessings, Cindy