Sunday, September 28, 2014

The BEST German Chocolate Cake

An oldie but goodie!  Try this yumminess.  It is to die for delicious!


I made this deliciousness for my Mom.

Don't ya just want to stick your finger in the frosting?

This double layer yumminess was so good!

I used a chocolate cake mix and "jazzed" it up a little. 
Follow directions on the cake mix EXCEPT:
- Instead of water use 1 C. Heavy Cream.
- Add 1 C. sour Cream
- If you aren't using a cake mix with pudding in it, add 1 large pkg.of dry pudding mix.

Bake the cakes in two round cake pans. While they are baking, you can get to work on the frosting. 
Did you know that  the traditional German Chocolate Cake is just layers of the cake with the coconut pecan frosting? I mean it would be good that way, but  I wanted to make one that had both Chocolate Butter Cream and the Coconut Pecan, the best of both worlds!

I found this recipe for Butter Cream Chocolate Frosting from The Sweet Life on pinterest
It looked so yummy, I had to try it.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
-The Sweet Life

6 T. Butter
2 2/3 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 C. Cocoa Powder
1/3 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
dash of Salt

I doubled the recipe, but NOT the cocoa powder. I only use 1/2 C. total.

Then I made the coconut Pecan frosting. 
With this frosting I had sink full of dirty spoons to wash because I just kept tasting it.. really is that good!

Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 1/4 C. pecans
1 C. granulated white sugar
1 C. Heavy Cream
3 Large egg yolks slightly beaten
1/2 C. unsalted butter cut into pieces
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove for oven, let cool and then coarsely chop. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar,cream,egg yolks,butter and salt over med, heat stirring constantly, and when the mixture begins to boil and thicken remove from heat and stir in chopped pecans, coconut, and vanilla extract, let cool until spreadable.

After everything was cool. 
(I didn't take pictures of the process...UGH!)

  1. I used a large Wilton star tip to pipe the chocolate butter cream frosting around the edge of what would be the middle of the cake,(on top of the cake to hold the pecan frosting in) 
I hope that makes sense.
2. Then I filled it with the pecan coconut frosting and the butter cream became the barrier to hold it in.
3. I layed the other cake on top of those and then frosted the entire cake with the butter cream.
4. I put it in the fridge for 30 minutes and let it just 'sit' 
5.  I piped the star edging around the bottom of the cake, then on top of it. Then put the rest of the Coconut Pecan frosting on top of the cake. 

That's it. 
Seriously you guys, this was wicked good.
Of coarse I left it for her you know, cause it was for her birthday and all.  

Ooh, and the best part is...this will not burn your tongue! 

Happy Birthday to my cute Mom!  Love you more than forever!

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Creamy Tuna Casserole

This recipe is a family favorite! 
 It is so creamy, and it's one of those recipes that get better the second or third day...AND I love that it stays creamy! 

" Tasty Thursday's" Recipe is.....Tuna Casserole my way...with a few twists..turns..but lots of yumminess involved!  I'll make this short and sweet!

3 Cans Tuna  (drain two cans)
2 10 oz, Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 1/2 C. Milk
1 1/2 C. Frozen  Pea/Carrot Mix
1 C. Fresh Mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
1 tsp.Garlic Powder (to taste)
1-2 tsp.Season Salt (to taste)
1 Pkg.Egg Noodles
2 C. Shredded Cheese
2 T Butter
1 1/2 C. Bread Crumbs
In a large pot fill with water and start boiling for the pasta.  In another large pot add sliced mushrooms.frozen veggies,season salt,garlic powder, tuna (one with juice also) milk,mayo and cook on medium heat until it starts to boil, then turn down to a simmer. In a bowl melt butter and add bread crumbs with a additional tsp. of garlic powder and mix.  When noodles are finished, drain, and add them to the tuna mixture.  Scoop into a 9 X 13 pan. Sprinkle with Cheese, then add the bread crumb mixture on top.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 25 minutes. (I put it on a cookie sheet just in case it bubbles over.) 
Printable Tuna Casserole Recipe

After 25 minutes....
Hot and bubbly and Ooh so yummy!  See that arrow... that's where a bubble popped just as I was taking the picture.  Yes, it was lovin' right from my oven!
Now go make you some tuna casserole!  ENJOY!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Candy Corn Cuteness!

This is a ca-ute jar I made for my beloved candy corn last year!

I love candy corn. 
Like really really A LOT. 
Like probably will gain 10 lbs after Halloween a lot! 
{Darn candy corn}
I've always liked it, but, it seems like the older I'm getting. I'm liking it even more! I've already bought 5 bags...but it's to fill my cute pedestal canisters and....OK, no excuses...I just plain love the stuff!

Although I did do something pretty darn cute with it. 
Hence today's tutorial.

See! Told you, isn't it CA-UTE!


-Stickers or vinyl

I got my jar at the DI, (thrift store) for $.75
I picked up the stickers at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon they were $1.50
The ribbon I had from my potty prize jar, but I found the Halloween one at the dollar store and you can pick up the other ones at Walmart for .$47 a spool!

Fill your cute jar with candy corn and then eat a couple pieces,
next you start tying on the ribbon around the rim of the jar...then eat a couple more pieces
Find out how I did this HERE 
Once you are all finished, stick the stickers or vinyl on the jar- WALAH!
You are done!

Uh...Love it!

Now...this one is Decoration Only...meaning... NO EATING IT! 
That's why I have three canisters to munch on!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloween Yummies

Wow....It has been a while.
  We've moved, most of our things are in storage and we are hoping to start building our new home next month.
  We are staying with my parents, which has been a HUGE blessing since I have to take it very easy, (pretty much bed rest) until our little guy is born in the middle of next month.
   I tell ya, I NEVER have easy pregnancies.
  I guess it just makes me appreciate this miracle a little more!
  So, I haven't been crafting, or cooking.
  My sweet Mom is running the show. Taking good care of all of us! I sure love her! enough about me. I'm wanting to do some re-posting from last year.... first one up....

Who wants a MUMMY DOG?  Maybe a  TATER BUG?
Not real ones silly...Yummy ones!
Every year since My Pretty Princess started kindergarten it has become a tradition that we we make one Halloween inspired treat/dinner a week.

So... Yesterday we made Mummy Dogs and Tater Bugs!  

Want to make your own? You do? 
Well then, let me tell you how I made mine!

-1 package hot dogs
-8 Pillsbury bread sticks...(or make your own)
-2 pepper dots
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Make eyes with dots of mustard and put the dots of pepper in the center.

-tater tots
-uncooked spaghetti
-carrot sticks
-sour cream (optional)

Bake Tater tots at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Take out then use piece of the spaghetti to connect 3 Taters together. Bake for 7 minutes more. Julianne some carrots (or you can buy the matchstick kind} Stick two on each side of the bug to make legs. Stick tiny broccoli florets in for the antennae. You can use a little dot of sour cream and cut up tiny olives for the eyes if you want.

Bake for 5 minutes

I used baby carrots and sliced them, broccoli, dried spaghetti

"Thread" three Taters onto the spaghetti

 This is what they will look like when you put them in to bake for the remaining 7 minutes.

When they come out of the oven, stick the carrots (legs) into the sides. I cut two little slits into the tops for the antennae. Then stuck the broccoli in. The spaghetti cooks and helps hold it together so you get to eat the whole thing!

Cute little buggers...

Pretty Princess and her friends gobbled them up!  They loved 'em!  Now go make you some Halloween'y yummy fun-ness1 (Yep, I just made up my own word...I'm good at that!)


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blast from the Past...Paper Pinwheel Cuties

Hey guys... I wanted to share a "blast from the past" I made these last year, they were super easy and I loved how they turned out...

All right...I know the 4th is just a round the corner, but I got so excited when Wayward Girls Crafts did a step by step tutorial on how to make a pinwheel. I have seen these but never learned how to do it. When I saw how easy it was, I uh...just had to copy! I had some fun patriotic paper so my adventure began!

They have a GREAT Tutorial so click on their link above,and it will take you to it.

What you'll need though is:
-Scrapbook Paper or other colored paper
-Glue Gun
-Brads for the middle
-Wooden skewers
-Something to put them in!

After I made the pinwheels I cut strips of the star paper I used and just wrapped them around the skewers securing each end with a dab of hot glue.

I had washed and saved an old stew can thinking I could use it for something....yes...I hot glued the matching paper onto it, printed of the word FREEDOM and tore it out and glued it on! YAY!!!

 Here they are in all their cuteness!  It was a fast easy process. It took more time to arrange the pinwheels just how I wanted them then actually making them! Jeesh! I'm really liking how they turned out! So fun!

I KNOW I'll be making more of these cuties! They just have a way of bringing a smile to your face!

Go stop by and check out how to make'll be happy you did!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Finally...Mushki Loves My Stuff #26

Mushki Loves My Stuff

Please link up your latest and greatest OLD and NEW~! 

-link up as many as you want!
-visit some other links and show some "loves"


Monday, June 11, 2012

Where have I Been?

Hi you guys.... It's been awhile ...hasn't it!

Here's what I've been up to:
I have been become best friends with the toilet,
 the garbage cans
the sinks.

 Living in pj's and loving my super comfy bed.
My house isn't ever as clean as I would like.

 I can't exercise because I feel like I going to throw up and any given minute,
I don't cook poor hubby and pretty princess are feeling a little deprived.

Yep, you guessed it.

  I am pregnant! 15 weeks and due on the 3rd of December.
My doctor is 99% sure that this sweet little baby we are expecting is a little boy.

  My pregnancies are NEVER easy.

  (More on that another day)

So, I am taking it each day at a time, and we are praying for this sweet little guy!

I DID make a little something for the 4th of July, that I will be taking pics of and hopefully posting very soon!

Love you guys....Have a great day!

And many THANKS for your patience with me....