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!!
Tonight Lara’s family and my family hung out together. It’s TrAdiTioN. We’ve been doing this on October 31st ever since we met back in 2009.
I’m not into Halloween, but I really am into ThanKsgiVinG AnD ChriStmAs!! In fact, tomorrow is the first official day of the HoLiDaYs (according to me). I actually saw my first Christmas commerical today! Tomorrow I will break out the Christmas tunes and maybe even start hanging up the Christmas WrEaThS in the windows. So, on that note, I want to leave you with this Christmas tune.
Last summer for my daughter Abby’s 1st birthday I bought a silver ChArM bRaCeLeT to give to her. My husband and I planned a LaDyBuG themed backyard birthday party to celebrate her first year and invited all of our family and friends. Since the ladybug theme seemed to be taking over our home in the form of BaLLoOnS, plates, cakes, CuPcAkEs, dresses, and hairclips I decided it would be fitting to find a LaDyBuG cHaRm to put on the bracelet as a reminder of her very 1st BiRtHdAy.
And so aTrAdiTioN wAs BoRn…
Along with the ladybug charm, I wrote a ShOrT nOtE to Abby saying that for her first birthday she received a silver charm bracelet with a ladybug charm on it to SyMbOliZe her first year. In this note I explained that every year on her birthday, she will receive a new charm for her bracelet with a special note to go with it, and when she is 13 she can keep and wear the bracelet as a reminder of the years leading up to her becoming a TeEnAgEr.
This year I picked out a teddy bear charm for Abby’s 2nd birthday. She has been carrying around a little TeDdY bEaR with her since last fall that she doesn’t let out of her sight. It was the first thing I thought of when it came time to select this year’s charm! I am looking forward to all of the possibilities for my DaUgHtEr’S fUtUrE and can’t wait to fill up her bracelet and finally give it to her with all of my letters when she is truly old enough to ApPrEcIaTe it.
Guest Writer Robyn, from New Jersey
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!