It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Too much birthday cake and chocolates??

Time to get caught up with unfinished business.  Like yesterday I started cleaning, did a couple of rooms and was just p**ped out so I quit.  Well, maybe I overdid it a bit on the sweet stuff yesterday.  I bought a birthday cake for my daughter.  She came over yesterday morning and I had a big piece of the cake (Italian cream) with a cup of tea.  The cake was very good although I have to braggingly say that my own homemade Italian cream cake is better.  (Recipe below)  Naturally I sent the rest of the cake home with her.

Cream together:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
Stir 1 teaspoon soda into 1 cup of buttermilk.  Add 2 cups of flour alternating with the buttermilk mixture.  Add:
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
Beat the 5 egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8 inch layer pans.  Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes.  Check for doneness with toothpick.
Beat one 8 ounce package cream cheese with 1 stick of butter, add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 box of powdered sugar, and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.  Continue beating until spreading consistency is reached.  Fill the layers with the icing and around the sides and top.  Garnish with coconut.

And now I have cleaning to finish, stuff like the dreaded bathroom and mopping the kitchen floor.  But first I am going to the nearest drop box to mail a card.  Since the drop box is in the Kroger parking lot I will have to go in the store.  Eye rolling smile  My daughter asked me why I get all of those free Kroger coupons in the mail and she doesn’t get any.  I think it is probably because I am one of their best customers.  Let’s put it this way.  The path from my back door to the Kroger store falls in one of my comfort zones.  You see I have what my daughter calls my comfort routes; how I get from point A to point B without getting on any of the one way streets.  Works fine for me.

Enough procrastinating, which I have stated before is one of my biggest faults.  Now I have to get busy.

Red heart  Beth


  1. Hi Beth. Just popped by to say Hello. Do not come onto Blogger very often, but have a quick look every now and again. Thank you for your comments on my WP Blogs x

  2. Hi Beth,

    Your comment about driving, took my back to when I used to drive. I would go the longest way round to avoid nasty right hand turns. Love your new background btw Hugs Nita

  3. I love Kroger's. I go there all of the time. I get the coupons too. :-) Same reason.

    I would love to have been at the table yesterday for a piece of that cake. I will make do here with a cookie! :-)

    Do well and have a good day my Twin! see you soon.

  4. I know what you mean about comfort zones! Your cake sounds delish! Hope spring will arrive soon for you guys---you've had enough winter for several years already... Enjoy the day and don't worry about procrastinating---as long as stuff gets done eventually. And I'm sure it does! HA!

  5. As one wise woman said "It won't matter 100 years from now." ;-)
    I wish you a wonderful day on the sunnyside!

  6. Thank you Ms Toodie, I needed to be reminded of that. :-)

  7. Cleaning, ugh. Well, I do have to admit that once it's done, it looks so good and I'm so glad; but I have to say, if someone walked in on whatever day and actually had the gall to say, "oh, I see a speck of dust over here...blah blah blah", I think I'd first declare them a non-friend and then murder them on the spot. Bottom line, I agree with Toodie. Nobody will ever say and my grave, "Yes, I knew her for 60 yrs but didn't really know her at all, but wow, she kept a clean house".
    Beth, the new header is really nice, but it's the quote underneath that I LOVE. What a goodie that one is!
    My last tax docs didn't come in the mail today, darn it. Maybe tomorrow.

  8. (***AT my grave, not "and" my grave)

  9. I know the feeling but I tried very carefully to behave myself on my birthday...I'd say my success was mixed...or is that a nice way to say I failed? I'm off to Chicago on Thursday and the weather is supposed to get a lot colder with snow...sigh...guess I'll stick with Toodie's philosophy!

  10. Did you have a moment of guilt when the thought ran through your mind that this cake could possibly replace German Chocolate cake or be my naxt favorite dessert? Sounds absolutely yummy. Glad that I don`t know your daughter`s address or I may have raided her fridge for a leftover piece.

  11. Baking and eating cake sounds a whole lot more fun than housework! :-)

    Take care and have a great week :-)


  12. Hi Beth that recipe is indeed worth a try, yum. It's raining here trying to brighten up a bit about 8c/ 46f not bad enjoy your day .Hugs Sheilax

  13. HI Beth, you made me smile with your description of your comfort route path, I can just imagine it, maybe with your name 'Beth's path' marked on it too...Hope your day went really well, and as everyone says, that cake recipe sounds to die for...(which would be defeating the object, so I'll just grab a BIG slice before I go !!) ;-)

  14. Your cake sound wonderful,keep your comfort zone's, we all have them Beth
    Hope you have a good weekend
    Take care

  15. Much as I love to indulge in my comfort zone Beth, I think your cake would be a step too far, it would be a case of 'Eat it today, wear it to-morrow' and I'm hoping to offload about seven pounds before summer, I think I said that a couple of months ago. probably LOL


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