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 :(
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!!
From time to time its good for us to TaKe StOcK of our life. Where we’ve been and where we’re going. What has worked and what has failed. What stays and what goes.
I find the end of the year is a good time for this. January one is synonymous with new BegiNniNgs. And here is the question I am pondering:
What OnE HaBiT (if I had it) would give the “biggest bang for the buck”?
Would that one habit be self-control/discipline, faithfulness, truthfulness, love, patience, kindness, diligence, perseverance, humility, better communication skills, or loyalty?
Chances are we all have that “oNe HaBiT” that (if we possessed it) would change the course of our life. If you have trouble coming up with an answer ask yourself where you have the most conflict in your life. It’s most likely in that area you could use some help. Maybe its money problems; relationship problems; low self-esteem issues; or problems in your thought life, personal life or spiritual life.
As 2011 comes to a close, take some time to take stock of your life. Are you headed down a path that will ultimately take you to your desired destination? It’s well worth the InTroSpeCtiOn.
What’s your “One Habit”?
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Need a FuN aNd hApPy twist in your decorating? Why not try something as simple as adding some different throw pillows? I found some fabric I loved and then had my friend, Kendall Follmer, from KeNdAll’s UpHolSterY make these pillows. I think they turned out FaBuLoUs!
PiNk and GrEeN are my two favorite colors! They are my “eYe cAnDy”! Can you tell?
These colors just make me HaPpY! Why not find some colors you LoVe and switch things up a bit? No doubt come fall and the holidays I’ll be gravitating towards other CoLorS and TeXtuRes (maybe fur or crocheted), but these pillows go perfectly with SuMmeR and the way it makes me feel!!
This video pretty much sums it up! Enjoy!
~Lara and Robynn
Mrs. Orange and Mr. Apple L O V E each other. They make a good couple for numerous reasons. Mrs. Orange appreciates that fact that Mr. Apple puts up with her never-ending eMoTioNs, supports her in wanting to try new things and listens to her even when she’s talking in circles. Mr. Apple loves Mrs. Orange because she laughs at all his jokes, has a PaTienT personality, is a great mother to their kids, and enjoys helping him work in the yard. Even though they are very complementary together, they are also very different.
Mr. Apple is very predictable. Like all apples, when you peel back the first layer, there’s nothing but the same fruit underneath. What you see is what you get, pretty much to the core. It’s as simple as that. Mrs. Orange loves that about Mr. Apple.
Mrs. Orange is very COMPLEX. When you peel back the first layer of her exterior BeAUtY, there isn’t just more fruit underneath, but MANY different slices of fruit! There’s the slice that feels she could be a better housekeeper, the slice that’s striving to be a better mother, a slice for improving her figure, and of course the slice that feels intimidated by other oranges. There are just a lot of sections of “stuff” under her orange peel, and to be HonEsT, mostly stuff that Mr. Apple doesn’t understand! Mrs. Orange knows that sometimes it is easier on both her and Mr. Apple if she just calls up her friends and works through some of her more troubling segments. Mr. Apple isn’t bothered by this fact, and takes CoMfORT in knowing God intended it to be that way.
Even though Mr. Apple and Mrs. Orange think and feel completely different, they serve a UniQUe purpose in their well-balanced relationship. They acknowledge their differences, and because of that, make a GreAt Pair when sharing their fruit basket!
May Day is just around the corner. Do you do anything SpeCiaL to celebrate May Day?
For as long as I can remember my mom and dad have had their own May Day tRadiTion. Each spring morning on the first day of May, my dad hand delivers a freshly picked wildflower to my mom. Can’t you just picture him? A hardened Kansas farmer with callused hands and weathered skin, hand selecting the prettiest flowers from the middle of his cattle pasture to deliver to his wife of 36 years? That mental image always melts my heart… Sometimes nature dictates what’s in season. The wildflower may be yellow, white, or blue, but the beauty and L O V E it represents remains the same each year.
Having only been married for 5 years I see how easily life gets in the way of doing the “little things” to express my love. Sometimes the simplest act can show the greatest amount of thoughtfulness and appreciation. This year consider starting a new tradition with your loved one. You never know… it may end up being something you’ll hear your kids talk about after your 36th year of marriage :) Make this May Day a MeMoraBLe one!