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Homemade Christmas Potpourri

I know I shared this a couple of years ago, but I just had to share this again for anyone that may have missed it!  I LoVe this homemade potpourri!  It is super easy to make and will smell up your entire home for the holidays!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

3 Cinnamon Sticks

3 Bay Leaves

¼ C. Cloves

2 Lemon Wedges

1 Orange Peel

(Top 3 ingredients are found in the dry spice section of the grocery store.)

CoMbiNe all of these ingredients in a small crock-pot.  Add water to cover top of all ingredients.  Leave on low temperature.  As the smell fades, continue to add water and various ingredients to keep the mixture moist for a continuous yummy smell!  EnJoy!

*Be sure to unplug your crockpot at night because all the water will be gone by morning and the potpourri will be burnt!

*If you are ready to start a new batch, drain the water and set out the old potpourri to dry.  Even as dry potpourri it smells AWESOME!  Place the dry potpourri in a pretty bowl on a table as another way to smell up your home and extend the life of your potpourri!

Need a quick X-Mas Present idea?!  Throw the ingredients into a basket or mini-crockpot and give as a gift!  Include a printed version of the recipe by clicking here!

~Lara

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Valentine’s Day Tradition–German Chocolate Cake w/ Homemade Frosting

The one thing I associate with VaLenTine’s DAy is German Chocolate Cake with a homemade frosting.  For as long as I can remember, my Mom made my Dad this double layered heart shaped cake for Valentine’s Day.  It is his favorite cake and we only had it once a year!  What fond memories I have of my Mom smiling as she put the last bit of frosting on the cake.  We were always so excited for Dad to walk in the door, as if every year it was an unexpected surprise to him :)

Oddly enough, when I met Doug I found out that his FAVORITE cake is German Chocolate Cake!  So the tradition continues within my own family.  Outside of the fact that this cake is made with LOVE, it is also extra special because the frosting is one that never disappoints!  Check out my recipe below.  It isn’t too late to whip one up for tonight and surprise your loved one with this cake too!!  Enjoy!!

Valentine German Chocolate Cake w/ Homemade Frosting

1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix

Follow the directions like normal.  I just pour the batter into 2-heart shaped pans and bake for the same time as 2-9” round pans. Don’t overcook!

Allow the cake to cool before removing from the pans.  You may need to cut off the top of each cake so they are flat all the way across.  If you don’t, after you apply the frosting your cake may become a broken heart :(

Homemade Frosting

3 Egg Yolks—beaten

1 C. Evaporated Milk

½ C. butter—melted

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 C. Sugar

1 ½ C. Coconut

1 C. Chopped Pecans

Beat together your 3 egg yolks, evaporated milk, melted butter and vanilla in a saucepan.  Add sugar.  Once all is combined, then heat on stove for 12 minutes until it becomes thicker.  Cook on medium to high heat, allowing it to boil.  Stir often.

 Make sure you beat the egg mixture BEFORE you begin heating or the eggs will separate. After 12 minutes, remove from heat and add the coconut and pecans.   Add to your cake!

* I suggest making 1 ½ batches of the above frosting so you have plenty to work with.  If you don’t, you will barely have enough to cover the entire cake and the extra allows your kiddos to sample as you frost the cake :)  Enjoy!!

~Lara

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Homemade Christmas Potpourri

I know I shared this a couple of years ago, but I just had to share this again for anyone that may have missed it!  I LoVe this homemade potpourri!  It is super easy to make and will smell up your entire home for the holidays!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

3 Cinnamon Sticks

3 Bay Leaves

¼ C. Cloves

2 Lemon Wedges

1 Orange Peel

(Top 3 ingredients are found in the dry spice section of the grocery store.)

CoMbiNe all of these ingredients in a small crock-pot.  Add water to cover top of all ingredients.  Leave on low temperature.  As the smell fades, continue to add water and various ingredients to keep the mixture moist for a continuous yummy smell!  EnJoy!

*Be sure to unplug your crockpot at night because all the water will be gone by morning and the potpourri will be burnt!

*If you are ready to start a new batch, drain the water and set out the old potpourri to dry.  Even as dry potpourri it smells AWESOME!  Place the dry potpourri in a pretty bowl on a table as another way to smell up your home and extend the life of your potpourri!

Need a quick X-Mas Present idea?!  Throw the ingredients into a basket or mini-crockpot and give as a gift!  Include a printed version of the recipe by clicking here!

~Lara

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