Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pecan Praline Cake with butter sauce

The only cake I will ever make from now on!
Pecan Praline cake with Pecan butter sauce.  Pinterest I love you!
Now, the second time I made it, I did double the sauce recipe.  Don't judge!  You see I did use one fat free can of sweetened condensed milk.  Next time, I will try only fat free.
 May I first introduce you to the sauce!  Only three ingredients needed.  Butter, pecans and sweetened condensed milk.

 May I also introduce you to my new mixer.  Sunbeam from Target, small, easy to store out of sight.  The price is right at $35 !!!  

Does anyone know what those curly, swirly attachments do?
 Yes, you can thank me now.   And yes, licking the plate is allowed, in the privacy of your home of course.  The recipe is below.  

Pinterest link here, The Country Cook

The cake

1 box of butter pecan cake mix
(the first store I tried did not have this flavor, I used yellow butter cake mix.  Most of the family likes the yellow butter cake best)
1 tub of coconut pecan frosting mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
4 eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans 
(or more if you are from Louisiana, just saying)

The sauce

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
(or more if you like pecans, just saying)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Butter or use cooking spray on a 9 x 13 pan
With a mixer, combine all cake ingredients, but save the pecans.  Add them once your batter is completely mixed. Pour into your prepared pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, till the center is done.


In a saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients and stir.  I do not let it boil.  Just warm all the way through.
You may pour over the entire baked cake or by the spoonful, one piece at a time. 

I do refrigerate any leftover sauce.  I heat a slice of cake for 10 seconds in the microwave, re-warm the sauce  and drizzle over the top until the piece of cake is swimming in a little puddle of goodness.  You may use your own judegment.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow and Ice ... but a baby so nice.

MissAllyAnn joined the family amidst our worst weather of the year.  I know the below picture looks like a dusting or maybe two inches of snow.  But, believe me when I say, this pretty much is all it takes to shut down Dallas and the surrounding areas.  
 Once the ice began to thaw, I made my way out to McKinney.  I was a day late on my twin grands babysitting shift.  God Bless, Steve and  Denise, their other set of Grand-parents, for taking over the extra day.   Denise swears she will never watch another Bubble Guppy episode again.
 MissLayton holding her new sister was precious.  I guess MissHadley was trying to figure out the camera app on her Mom's phone.  MissAllyAnn is sleeping, eating and being just a little precious darling.
 Now to Lala's house and some cake making.  One cake to take home to Mom and Dad.
 .... and pretend fun.

 Some fine motor skill practice for MissLayton and a two handed baker, MissHadley.
 Lala added chocolate chips to the mix just for fun.  Needless to say, they did not last long.  Dry flour is a pretty easy clean up too.
After a day full of baking and the next day enjoying some indoor pool fun, we took them home a bit tired (all of us) and the family of five is home and adjusting to the new routine.  

It is a GRAND life!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Precious MissAllyAnn

Welcome to our world!  We are so blessed to have you a part of our lives.
Did you know, nurses get little treat bags as thank-you gifts?

 Four generations gathered to welcome her.

Big Sisters, were tentative, but oh so sweet.  They spent some time with Mama and new sister and then wanted to check out the surrounding.  "What's that?" is there new catch phrase.  Do you know, there are a lot of "what's that?" in a hospital room.
 Look at these little stylista's.  The bow, the shirts, the boots!
 Lala brought STICKERS!  And kleenex, why they love those little packages, I just don't know?!

 Looks like sharing Daddy will not be a problem.  

You are so loved and we are all so blessed.

If anyone is keeping track, we have outpaced the Smith's by one grand and are tied with the Rogenmoser's for a least a week or two. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A golden nursery for MissAllyAnn

Seems just like a few short months ago MissHadley and MissLayton were new to our lives and about three months old.  
Now, as two year olds,  they get to welcome little sister in a few weeks. 
MissAllyAnn's  Mom, with a little help from her sisters and I, have put together the most girly, femine nursery around.  Ivory, gold and pink highlight every inch of space. 
Ann Marie and I found the pouf for her feet today at TJ Maxx.  I found the gold pillows from Pick Your Plum.  The You are my sunshine heritage blanket I found at a boutique in Flower Mound.  Southern Charm Cottage. The Jenny Lind baby bed was from my attic.  Yep, I kept it from when my girls were little.

She will leave a little sparkle wherever she goes.

Ann Marie and I found the most gorgeous fabric at Cutting Corners.  I made the curtain and dust ruffle for the crib.  

Crib sheets her Mom found on Etsy.

Now all we need is little MissAllyAnn!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine Napkin

Happy Day!  My Louisiana Cookin' magazine arrived.  Perfect way to start my day, coffee and cookin'. 
Everyone go out and have a sweet and fun day!
Crawfish Pizza on the cover and a great article about "Spirits" restaurant in my home town of Alexandria, LA.
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