White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting




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White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
I’m a little behind this month so thankfully I found this recipe that I had never posted this past summer. This recipe is for White Mountain Cake. This cake is very special for me for two reasons. Firstly, this cake recipe comes from a long time family friend who passed away a few years ago. His name was John but everyone called him Jack. He suffered from a stroke when I was a teenager and I’d go to visit him in the nursing home often. I’d always sneak in a coffee and donuts. The stroke had left him unable to speak correctly. He has slurred speech and his words were hard to make out. But, if I played a Christmas song for him he would sing it without missing a beat! I still remember how his eyes would light up when I came into his room. I also remember him telling me how he was ready to go home. I knew that he meant his eternal home and not his earthly home. He was ready to be with Jesus. He would always point upwards when he told me this. It makes me a little teary eyed just thinking about it. As much as I miss him, I’m glad he is home with Jesus, and with no more pain and suffering. He’s probably also eating lots of this cake.
The second reason this cake means so much to me is that I got the icing recipe from my Aunt Sherry. My aunt is one of the hardest working women that I know. It’s something that I never told her, but I have always admired that about her. She is also one of the most fun people that I know! She always knows how to have a good time and knows how to throw an awesome party! What I love most about her is her laugh. It’s hard for me to make this cake without hearing her burst into laughter! She has such a throaty, hearty laugh and it’s so contagious! And she’s absolutely beautiful. In fact, years ago she was chosen to in Woman’s World magazine for a makeover. I didn’t think she could get any prettier than she already was, but her makeover was stunning! The magazine did an amazing job.
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One slice of this cake will leave your taste buds begging for more! This cake leaves the most amazing aftertaste and will have your taste buds begging for me! The cream cheese added to the recipe cuts some of the sweetness, which makes it a perfect combination! You do want to make sure to cream your sugar and butter.  This is a very important step! If you don’t it will leave your cake very flat. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! You can also substitute the cherry filling for another type of berry filling such as blueberries or strawberries! Whichever berries you choose, you’re going to love this cake!





Strawberry Crunch Pound Cake

Strawberry Pound Cake

I know I have been making a lot of cakes lately but this strawberry pound cake really takes the cake (pun intended). Due to the upcoming Easter holiday, my sister has come home from New York for the week. I am beyond thrilled! Because when my sister comes home it’s a free for all.. a free to stuff your face with all the food you want with no judgements and no talk of diets kinda all. So far we have been to the long horn for steaks and, of course, she had to one up me and get a steak AND lobster meal. Then the very next day we decided we needed to make a trip to Buffalo wild wings for a sandwich the size of our hands! And as if that meal wasn’t enough, we then decided we needed a slice of pie.. oh, and a coffee from Starbucks. I mean you can’t have pie without coffee, can you? Today she picked my son and I up for lunch at one of our favorite dinners, we did get a salad.. but I am not going to tell you everything else we got =p I am afraid that, unlike my sister, you will judge me. I mean I would probably judge me if I were you too, that’s a lot of food! But it doesn’t happen often, only a few times a year, so we take full advantage. And I am always sad to see her go. But I don’t want to think about that right now. Right now I want to focus on this lovely cake we will be indulging in for the next day or two, three if we’re lucky!

This Strawberry Crunch Cake reminds me of a strawberry scooter crunch.  It is so good! It is a moist strawberry pound cake with a cream cheese frosting and then is topped with “crunch” that is made from vanilla pudding and strawberry jello. This is the perfect summertime cake, your guests will love it!

This recipe was adapted from one of the recipes I inherited from my Nana.

Taco Dip & a confession

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Taco Dip

I have a confession to make.. I am more concerned about what we will be eating at the super bowl then who wins. And since I am being totally honest I also have to admit that I do not even know which teams are playing in it. Somehow sitting in front of the T.V. watching men throw a ball around isn’t my idea of fun. I would much rather spend my time in the kitchen cooking something delicious for everyone to enjoy. So that’s what I do, cook.

When it is time to eat, we call the men, who usually come running out to the kitchen like a pack of wild dogs. They load their plates and head back into the living room to eat and scream at the T.V. My mom and I usually sit at the dining room table drinking coffee and flipping through magazines. And that is what a super bowl Sunday normally  looks like in our family.

This year we are having a bunch of appetizers and this taco dip will more than likely be present. This dip is easy to make with minimal clean up, you really can’t go wrong serving this. Bursting with flavor, this dip is loaded with taco meat and cheese. My brother also informed me that he wants my Buckin Bronco Nachos to be present on Super bowl Sunday… I had better load up on the nacho chips!

What does a super bowl Sunday look like at your house? Is there a lot of food? Do you scream at the T.V.?  I would love to hear how you spend your super bowl Sunday! =)

taco dip


Crock-pot Ketchup & Grape Jelly Ham Sandwiches

 

Ketchup and Grape Jelly Sandwich

 

Equal parts of Ketchup and Grape jelly cooked together  on the stove top make this wonderful sweet sauce. Pair the sauce with some cocktail wieners and you have got yourself one dangerously delicious appetizer. If you have yet to try this sweet and savory combo, you had better put it on your to-do list, and quickly!

Now… Have you ever tried replacing the wieners with ham and loading all this yumminess on a toasted bagel that has been smothered with cream cheese and  topped with a few banana peppers? (pardon the run on, but it had to happen) I have. More than once. Ok, more than twice..  I’m leaving it at that.

Check. it. out.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of deli ham, thinly sliced ( I use cooked or chopped ham, whatever is cheaper)

1 – 1 1/4 C. Grape Jelly

1 – 1 1/4 C. Ketchup ( must use same amount as you used for grape jelly)

8-10 bagels

cream cheese for spreading ( this helps cut the sweetness of the ketchup/grape jelly  ham)

banana peppers to put in the sandwich   (optional)

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Directions:

Peel the ham apart piece by piece ( so the ham will not cook in a clump and so the sauce evenly coats each piece of ham) and place it in the crock pot. Add equal parts of grape jelly and ketchup. Because buying meat from the deli is usually slightly under or over the poundage wanted, start with 1 cup of each. If it does not look like enough add an additional 1/4 cup of each, this should be plenty. Turn the crock pot on low heat and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Toast up some bagels and spread them with cream cheese. Fill the bagels with some of the  ketchup/grape jelly ham and top with a few banana peppers.

* Please keep in mind that all crock-pots differ in temperatures. My crock-pot is the actual crock-pot brand.

 

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