1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) (did not add)
1 (18.5 ounce ) box yellow cake mix
1 (6 ounce) package vanilla Jell-O pudding (I added cheesecake flavor since all I had was that or chocolate)
1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (oops...none of this either...so I added 1/2c fat free sour cream and half a cup fat free milk)
3/4 cup hot water4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil (yeah...I never have this-I added 1/3 applesauce instead)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter extract (I ignored this all together)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) (thought I had these...totally did NOT...I don't miss them)
Brown Sugar Icing
1/3 cup light packed brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup whole milk (used fat free)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and lightly flour a 9 by 13-inch pan. Set aside.
To make the cake, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts (if using) in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Set the bowl aside. Measure out the chocolate chips (if using) and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream and hot water. Mix well. Your mixture will be thick. Beat in the eggs, vegetable oil and extracts until very few lumps remain. (Yeah, so I basically mixed everything together...adding one item at a time from the top down)
Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle all of the brown sugar mixture over the cake batter. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, or whatever topping you’ve chosen. Carefully spread the remaining batter over the brown-sugar and chocolate chip mixture. With a butter knife, spread and swirl the cake batter and brown sugar mixture. (since I had mixed everything together already...I just sprinkled the top with brown sugar and cinnamon).
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake form the oven and cool slightly.
To make the icing, combine the sugar and the flour in a bowl. Set the bowl aside. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a medium-sized, heavy saucepan. Whisk the flour and sugar mixture into the melted butter until the mixture becomes moistened. The mixture will appear to separate from the butter. Decrease the heat to low and keep stirring, it will come together after about 2 minutes, becoming slightly stringy.
Stir in the milk. Raise the heat to medium and cook until the mixture becomes thick and smooth, stirring frequently. It will look like gravy. Remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract. Let cool to lukewarm and drizzle over warm coffee cake. (I poked holes all over the top of the cake so that the icing would melt on in there. :))
See you can't mess this up...it still tastes great after all my attempts to maim it. :) Plus the icing is to die for...tastes like a maple caramel...yummm. :)And just for fun...a photo to make you smile. :) That is a photo of his trains that he is holding.
My back pain is still crazy bad (I made this cake earlier in the week when I could walk normally)...I think I must have pulled something and it is just aggravated by my pregnancy...and is in addition to all the other fun pregnancy pains, which on their own I can handle ok. Poor Doug got to deal with a sobbing wife...I am fighting cranky and crying at the same time. Not fun. But I am trying my best to keep my chin up...and ignore the fact that there are chores to be done, my freezer that is empty (on my to-do list is to use up those recipes and FILL that freezer!), my almost empty fridge and the fact that I fed my son fruit and yogurt for dinner because I am in just too much pain to stand...or walk. But the GOOD is that I can still sit at my sewing machine and on the couch in comfort. :)
Tomorrow is another day and GOD IS STILL GOOD...this I know! :) Thanks for all your sweet words and emails...they really help more than you know. :)
Come back tomorrow for a super fun GIVEAWAY!! :)
And as a result...I am fighting cranky minute by minute. And yes, I know, it is all for a good and wonderful reason. Yesterday I had an internal debate for over an hour about closing the shop from now until March...or April.
But then came to my senses...I would seriously go crazy then.
Be blessed today and try, with me, to focus on the good and the very good. :)
And p.s. knee high socks do NOT prevent cankles...but they do add a new phenomena that I have dubbed kn-alfs. :) I will let you figure out what those are. :)
Is there a favorite spot in your home that you love to redecorate a lot?
And I will be emailing the swappers tonight! Let me know if you don't get an email! :)
Hope your weekend is great!! :)
We distracted ourselves with getting the nursery ready...we are now 98% there. Just a few small things I want to get and then we are done...but we could bring a baby home to his own room now. :) The photo at the top is one of the last projects I had to finish for the room. I just took a canvas, painted it gray and then stamped lots and lots of action words onto it. :) I made all of the letter A's a different shade of yellow so they would stand out. I guess you could say that our "theme" is initials. I have thing for initials. :)
Some other things that are making me happy today...
Hope you are finding happy distractions in your day. :)
P.S. I will do my best to send out swap partners tomorrow sometime. :) It's not too late to sign up. :) Email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com (no spaces) if you want to sign up. :)
(Yes, we bought a couch for the nursery...it is in a delicious shade of gray and will serve not only as seating (I gave up the rocker idea-this couch cost about half as much), but will also serve as a changing table (once I buy the changing pad) and convenient nap spot for mommy or daddy).
Back to the Paypal fairy...it would be super awesome of you to make an error in my favor...not a HUGE greedy error but just enough to buy these adorable little goodies I found for the soon-to-be newest man in my life. :) I would of course be forever grateful and show that gratitude by continuing to allow you to charge me fees for holding my money.
Then there is this cute little diaper changing station from Lily Claire...
Who also makes these cute booties to match. :)
You can throw in a couple of these cuties too...from Lucabella0522...while you are at it. :)
That's not too much to ask, right? Consider this my "baby registry" since I won't be registering anywhere else this go round. :)
And if guilt will talk you into this error...then let it be known that I suffer from endless heartburn, inability to sleep, severe leg pains and have an overall elephant like sluggishness to me. :) PLUS, I have to go to the doctors to get weighed in today. :)
Thanks for your consideration!
Your faithful, Paypal fee payer,
It can't be anything spicy or too crazy...my darling husband is not a fan of foofy foods...he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I would prefer things with chicken, hamburger and maybe sausage...plus all the good filler ingredients. :)
Also...while we are at it...I would love to hear your favorite crock pot recipes too...easy ones...like dump it in and walk away kind of recipes. :) Got any of those?
Please share...don't let me down, now. :)
Looking forward very much to hearing all of your tasty suggestions. :)
Thanks for being fabulous...all you lovely folks who take the time to read this...I treasure each and every one of you! :)
Have a great Tuesday!! :)
Don't worry...he is not deprived in any way...he still gets lots of variety but I get to spend less time getting stains out of clothing and the carpet. :)
Do YOU have a crazy little habit that you are just dying to share? I'm waiting to hear it...
I can't help but to start getting a little excited for the day my two little boys meet...I have high hopes that Moses will be a GREAT big brother. He refuses to talk to the baby through my clothes...it has to be bare belly all the way...
I have started putting new items in the shop today...lots of yummy towels...if you want a certain color, I'd be happy to reserve it for you...I have no idea how long I will be able to carry the bright colored ones so grab them while you can.
I'm off to try to catch up with some of my ideas...don't forget my question:
Do YOU have a crazy little trick/habit that you are just dying to share? I'm waiting to hear it...
Moses will now consistently say "Peace out" to you when he leaves the room. Not sure if we blame Doug or I for this one. :)
Last week Doug and I watched "P.S. I Love You". It's a movie about a woman whose husband dies. At one point she is going through his things to get rid of them all. I turn to Doug and say "Honey, what would you do with my things if I die?"...INSTANTLY he says "Craigslist". And goes back to watching the movie. Gee honey...have you given it some thought?
Today at lunch, to some request of Moses' I said "N.O. Moses". To which he immediately responds, while leaning in intently "M.K. mama". Hopefully M.K. isn't baby slang for something I am not aware of.
P.S. Of course my husband is always joking when he says these things...that is just our shared sense of sassy and sarcastic sense of humor. :)
And just for good measure...I thought I would share that I have officially LOST count of the number of people whose eyes about fall out of their heads when they find out just how many more weeks I have to go. Ugh. Yeah, thanks for that random people. :)
Anywho...hope you are all doing something you love today. :) I am going to go craft my way through nap time...and then DVR'd football time...and maybe then some. I hope to have lots of new goodies for the shop starting tomorrow...still have lots I want to/need to buy for baby A so that is my motivation. :)
It started with my Christmas cheer packages. I had wanted to do something like this the year before...and ended up doing nothing because I convinced myself that what would be in the box wasn't enough. But this year I went for it. Most boxes contained little more than some cookies, candy and an ornament or note. Just a little something. I sent to those that I felt like I should. I did not worry myself with not being able to send to everyone. I did what I could. And you know what? God totally showed up in those boxes. I can't tell you how many people told me that their box showed up at the perfect moment, turned their day around or helped them to feel loved just when they needed it. I delighted in that...that I was not missing a God moment. :) It helped me to know that I was growing in an area that God has wanted me to for some time...
So now...I am making it a life mission to always do SOMEthing instead of nothing. Yes, I may want to cook a fancy meal to take to friends but if all I can do is make some brownies...then I will do that. I may want to make a super amazing gift for a friend's new baby but if all I can do at the time is buy something cute from the store...then I will do that. I may really want to send someone a great birthday gift...but can only think of something small to get...then I will get that something small. I may want to comment on every blog that visits here...but if I can only do a few...then I will do that. :)
SOMEthing is better than nothing.
I am even applying this to stuff I have to do around the house...just today I knew that the bathroom HAD to be cleaned...I did not have the energy for it so I took down all the towels, bathmat, etc and washed and dried those...I did SOMEthing and that feels a whole lot better than doing nothing.
Have I lost you all yet? Do you do this to yourself too? Do you find yourself wanting to do something but usually end up doing nothing because you feel like it isn't enough? Well, I can tell you that I just started on this new mission and already I can see a change...in me and around me. I am not so quick to dismiss a thought but instead think on it longer to see how I can make it work for me to be able to do SOMEthing. I can "see the change" around me in that those in my life can see/feel/hear/know that I was thinking about them and as a result, know that they are loved.
After all, doctors don't say..."Well I can't cure everyone, so I won't cure anyone". Missionaries don't say "I can't reach everyone...so I won't try to reach anyone". Right?
So...I want to motivate you to change this...for me to keep changing it, too. So I thought I would host ONE MORE swap before the baby comes. :)
ALL you have to do for this swap is buy three things:
Your favorite hot drink (cocoa, tea, coffee, etc).
A sweet treat.
How about that? Are you up for it? Just a little something to brighten someones day...I hope that it will get us ALL into doing something instead of nothing and get us into a refreshing new habit. :)
To sign up please email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com (No spaces).
I will assign partners NEXT FRIDAY the 16th and you will have a week to get a package in the mail from that date. :)
:) Even if you don't want to swap, as always I would LOVE to hear your thoughts! :)
Today I also got the baby clothes out to wash...looks like we will be able to use Moses' baby clothes for the first couple of months but summer may require a new wardrobe for the little one...dang it! I also got our infant hammock up and ready...but that may come down to go to the hospital with us.
Still need to make curtains...using this fun fabric. I also have another large canvas project that I am working on for the nursery. It's coming along...slowly but surely.
I am LOVING the butter yellow and shades of gray color scheme we are using. :) It feels boyish but still sweet. :)
Tomorrow I am planning to stay home and recuperate from the busy(but good) day we had today...MOPS, lunch out, Micheal's, post office, working on the nursery and then since Moses didn't nap today we went to the mall to walk around for distraction...almost two hours of walking has worn me out!
Tomorrow (or Saturday)I hope to have a fun announcement for you...in hopes that it will inspire you to change some thinking you may have...and give you a boost in the right direction. :)
Take care of you until then! :) xoxo
Let's see...in three years of marriage...we had a baby (got pregnant with Moses on our honeymoon), we bought a house, Doug has worked towards a great job, I started a business!, we moved to C'ville, we are close to having our second little boy and we have grown closer to the Lord and to each other every. single. day. :) The above photo was taken at Sunset beach...the week Doug proposed. :)
(above is a photo from our wedding day!).
I love so much about him...
Like his sense of humor...he can take my sass and hand it right back to me (not many people can). :) ...like the time he held his hand under my very pregnant(with Moses) belly and asked me how many fingers he was holding up.
I love that he also reads my blog, and comments...and loves it when I talk about him. :) Say hi!
I love how he attacks(in a playful way!) me when I have gotten him good(with a joke or by scaring the bejesus out of him).
I love him so much more today then when I married him and I am SO excited to see what the future holds for us!!
Happy Anniversary to my Honey!!! You are the best a girl could ask for...and more! :)