Recipes

My GrandMother’s Favorite Cream White Cake

White Cream Cake

I can remember as a child my grandmother in the kitchen making my favorite cake. The one thing that sticks in my mind is she hardly ever measured anything when cooking, and I hope one day I will be able to do the same. So today I am sharing a family recipe with you. So let’s go to the kitchen and get started.

Ingredients needed:

2 cups sifted flour

2 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

3/4 teaspoons salt

3 egg whites

1 1/4 cups of white sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease 2-8 inch cake pans.

In a mixing bowl combine flour,baking powder, salt, and set aside. Next, beat egg whites until foamy and add 1/4 cup sugar; beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

Cream together butter, 1 cup sugar and cream until light and fluffy. Next, add flour alternating with milk and beat after each addition.Add vanilla and butter to  batter. Fold in egg whites to cake batter.Place the cake pans in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Half way through the cooking process you can check the cake with a tooth pick to see if the cake is done.

Buttercream Frosting

2/3 cup butter, softened
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar
4-8 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract, or more
1/2 tsp almond extract, or more (optional)

Cream the butter and salt together, then slowly add in the powdered sugar. Add 4 tablespoons whipping cream, and vanilla and almond extracts. Beat on high, adding more cream until you reach the desired consistency. Keep beating on high for 3-4 minutes, far longer than you might think is necessary. The longer you whip, the lighter and fluffier your frosting will be. Taste, and add more vanilla and/or almond extract to suit your taste.

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Orignal Sewing And Quilting Expo

I love this sewing machine.

Last week I attended my very first Quilting Expo and had a great time. There were vendors selling all kinds of fabric, sewing notions, sewing machines, embroidery machines, make it and take it projects, and a fashion show. The quilting expo had classes that you could take and learn from well-known people in the quilting field. I  had the opportunity to meet a lot of people on site who shared their knowledge and abilities which I will take and apply to my quilting project.  The Quilting Expo is once a year and you should attend even if it is to see the quilts on display. Some of the quilts took a year or longer to make and that is impressive to me. Below you will find some pictures that were taken at the Quilting Expo.

Make it Take it!

Quilting

Quilting 101

Starting April 6th Rebecca Johnson will be teaching an online quilting 101 class that will last for 12 weeks. The course outline is already posted on her blog and it looks like a lot of fun.  You will learn everything from fabric, cutting, sewing, basting, quilting.  There will also be lots of  Giveaways and heaps of fabric. Make sure to mark your calendar ladies and we will have a lot of  fun learning to quilt. Below you will find just one of many quilts Rebecca has made.

Eden's Garden' Quilt
Recipes

Chicken Pot Pie

Well hello there, and welcome to my kitchen for some great comfort food. This evening we are going to make a chicken pot pie so grab that apron and we will begin.

Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients needed:

2 cans of peas (drained)

2 cans of carrots (drained)

2 cans of  potatoes (drained)

2 cans of corn ( white or yellow) (drained)

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

1 can chicken broth

3 large boneless chicken breast (bite size) cooked

1 small white onion (chopped fine)

salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the crust

  • 1 cup of Bisquick
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 stick of  Land o Lakes butter (melted)

Preparation:

In a large bowl combine vegetables, cream of chicken, chicken broth, chopped onion, chicken already cooked, salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well blended.

Preheat oven 375 degrees.

How to make the crust:

In medium size bowl mix; bisquick, melted butter, and milk. Mix with spoon until well blended. I add the milk slowly.

Next, lightly grease a 13x9x2 baking dish. Pour the vegetable mixture into baking dish and then add the crust mixture on top. Cook for about 20 to 30 minutes until the crust is brown.

Note: This recipe makes a lot and will go far. I usually go ahead and divide mine into 2 small casserole dishes.

Sewing

Square Pincushion

I’m sure most of you might know or may remember the old fashioned tomato pincushion. Sew, I decided to make a square pincushion myself and it really turned out well and was very simple to make. Below is a photo of the pincushion I made.

Country Square Pincushion

Make visit over to paper.string.cloth and you will find directions on how to make a square pincushion. Another great site is called TipNut and you will find all kinds of different pincushions to make.

Here is just one of many pincushions that I like.

Log cabin patchwork with heirloom puffing.
Recipes

Sheppard’s Pie

Deciding what to cook!

Are you trying to decide what to cook for dinner? Well, I have a great recipe you might want to try. This recipe is easy to make and taste really good too.

“This Sheppard’s Pie is a layered casserole of beef, carrots, and potatoes”.

Ingredients needed:

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste

5 carrots, chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 pound of lean ground beef

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon ketchup

3/4 cup beef broth

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Next, add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion, and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Bring a large pot of  salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm. next, drain, mash and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until transparent. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Pour off excess fat, then stir in the flour and cook for about a 1 minute. Next, add ketchup and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce and heat for about 5 minutes.

Spread the ground beef mixture in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next, spread a layer of mashed carrots. Top with mashed potatoes mixture and the remaining shredded cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy.

Note: You can use canned carrots if you wish.

Sheppard's Pie




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Strawberry Festival

My husband and I attended the strawberry festival in Plant City Florida and had a blast. If you have never been you should mark your calendar and attend next year.  There was a variety of entertainment, rides, food from fried Oreos  to bacon dipped in chocolate. I was not brave enough to try the Oreos and bacon with chocolate. However, there were a lot of people saying how good it was.

Of course you know me, I had to see all the different types of quilts and you could tell that a lot of time and effort went into the quilts. The quilt that won the grand prize was beautiful. However, all the quilts that were on display were very eye-catching. Even the baking goods that were on display looked so good but of course they were behind glass.  I also came across living room furniture that someone had crochet and of course it won the grand prize.

The festival runs from March 3-13 every year so make your plans and go have some fun! Take plenty of money because there is lots of things to buy. Oh, don’t forget to buy strawberries and have a strawberry short cake on me. Below you will find some pictures of the festival.

One of many rides
Cake judging
Judging Jam
Cheesecake with of course strawberries
Chocolate Dipt Bacon
The Judd's