Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Refashion Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Another adorable dress by Grosgrain. Check out her blog for a chance to win this Refashion Frock.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What about Strawberries

I woke up extremely early (for me) yesterday, 6:30 to be exact. Rolled out of bed and straight into my husbands diesel work truck. Chloe' and I decided to spend the day at my Mom's while Mr. Cookie worked. Chloe' loves to play with her cousins and I really enjoy the time with my Mom.
We took pictures around her house of different things. I was happy to show off my Camera skills or lack there of. LOL I think she enjoyed it. She was running around finding fun things to place together for me to photograph. We got a kick out of this one. Now before you judge, and wonder why the toilet is outside in the field, I have to say that it was removed from the bathroom and replaced with a new shiny one. We just happen to move it around and get a funny picture of it before it was hauled off.
Mom made a funny, and said she was "Going Green" LOL

We then moved to prettier things like these yummy Tennessee Strawberries. TennGa berries to be exact. They are grown on the Tennessee Georgia line in none other than a town called Tenga.
After all the photo fun I sat out on the patio cutting the berries up to make Strawberry Jam. It was such a gloriously beautiful day for this. The breeze blowing and warm sun on my face really relaxed me.
We were making jam ,cooking, dinner, and dessert at the same time. Surprisingly it all went smoothly with 6 kids running around. :)
We had fried chicken, pinto beans, Mexican cornbread and tea for dinner. And for dessert.....Cream cheese Pound Cake with fresh macerated strawberries and freshly made whip cream.

Of course I took a picture! What kind of questions is that? LOL

I'll even give you the recipe, cause I'm nice like that. It is the one my Grandmother makes all the time. Hope you like it.
So that was my Marvelous Monday. How was yours?

(This recipe can be baked in loaf pans as well. It will not hurt the results)

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

3 sticks butter softened
3 cups sugar
1-8 oz. pkg cream cheese
2 tsp. vanilla
6 eggs
2 3/4 cups AP Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Grease and flour bundt pan

Combine flour,salt and soda in bowl and whisk together until well sifted.

In separate mixing bowl combine all other ingredients and blend well. Raise mixer speed to medium high and mix for about 4 minutes until really fluffy.
Return to slow speed and add flour mixture a little at a time until well blended.

Pour into pan and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Use a knife to loosen edges and remove from pan. Cool on serving plate or wire rack.

Top each serving with fresh berries and whip cream.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Coffee Cake Recipe Throw Down and Contest Entry

I am so psyched about this awesome giveaway Maman and Gourmand is sponsoring. It really brings out the foodie in me. :) So much, that I entered the Recipe Throw down for extra entries.
Carole Walter has even offered a cookbook for the giveaway. The cover itslef makes me want it.
Check out her site here. Carole Walter

Here is my recipe and picture for the entry. Confession....this is the first coffee cake I have ever made. The recipe is pretty good but I am sure I can do better next time I just have to tweak it a little more. Nonetheless, try it out and let me know what you think. Wish me luck on the entry too. WooHoo!

Rise and Shine Coffee Cake Mini's
3/4 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 cups AP flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour mini bunt pans
Combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large mixer bowl.
Beat until fluffy.
Combine flour,salt,soda, and baking powder in separate bowl
and whisk together.
Add flour and sour cream alternately into butter mixture until blended.
Combine filling mixture in small bowl.
Add a small amount of filling mixture into bottom of mini pans, then add batter half way full in each. Top with more filling and more batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Yields 8-10 mini coffee cakes.

Visit Maman and Gourmand for a chance to enter too!

Amazing Mother's Day Blowout Giveaway!

If you haven't been here and entered this giveaway, you must do it soon! Oh yeah, when you enter and leave a comment at Maman and Gourmand, please add my blog name to it and I will get an extra entry too.