Sunday, July 24, 2011

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

While hanging at the hospital waiting for my dad to get out of surgery, I rummaged through the magazines and found some pound cake recipes that looked amazing. So I decided to make one of them this weekend. It is an amazing cake and taste like a piece of Heaven!!! Give it a try!!
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups of sugar
1 8oz. package of cream cheese
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup of strawberry glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese, beating until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add flour to butter mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. Pour one third of batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Dollop strawberry glaze over batter and then swirl with a butter knife. Repeat procedure once more and then top with remaining batter. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely about 1 hour and then turn over to release onto cake pan.

Cream Cheese Drizzle

2 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 stick of melted butter
4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
about 2 to 4 tablespoons of milk. Just add till you get to drizzle consistency.

Mix with a blender and then pour into a small pan and cook for just a few minutes till cream cheese blends well. Let sit for about 10 minutes and then drizzle all over top of cake.

Slice and serve with fresh strawberry and whip topping.

A little poem to make you giggle. Its by a Cowboy Poet name Joe Kreger.

One of life’s more awesome chores
is follerin’ women around in stores.
It takes good wind and a right strong heart
to accompany your lady through Wal Mart.

You thought us males were meant to lead,
but for shoppin’ trips, we lack the speed.
She’ll bid you “Come” with a little smile,
then she disappears on down the aisle.

She charges ahead—she won’t look back.
She’s in pursuit of the bargain rack.
You foller as meek as an orphan pup,
but she sets a pace that you can’t keep up.

You’re tryin’ to keep her in your sight,
but when you blink, she makes a right.
You make a left, then turn right twice.
You track through miles of merchandise.

You’re makin’ steps that stretch a yard.
You’re sweatin’ now and breathin’ hard.
You shoulda stayed home when she went shoppin’
Your feet hurt bad and your knees are poppin’.

At “Costume Jewelry,” you pause for breath.
What a terrible place to meet your death!
But, there might just be a greater cost.
What if all these folks can tell you’re lost?

It’s time to bow out of this situation,
You’ve had your share of humiliation.
You’ll just wait in the truck ’til she gets through.
She’s bound to be done in a hour or two.

A perfect solution, but dang the luck.
You’ve done forgot where you parked the truck.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Girls Night

Had a wonderful time tonight with my friends Debbie and Shelley. Its been a while since the 3 of us have had a chance to get together. I have missed hanging out with them. We decided to make some cards.
Shelley's card
Jeanie's card
Debbie's card
My dad is home from surgery. He had cancer removed from his face and then had to have reconstructive surgery to repair the place. Its a horrible surgery and he looks awful, but doctor promises it will look better in a few weeks. Praying everything is ok with him. Such a rough time he is having.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Fun!!!

Wowsa, I cannot believe its been over a month since my last post. I really stink at blogging. I guess I am just busy living life. I will give you a quick update of whats going on in my life since I posted last.

1. My daughter fell off of a trampoline and fractured her skull and received a pretty good concussion. We spent 2 days in hospital and a week home recovering. All seems good now. She is on low activity for the summer though. No more falling on her head any time soon.

2. I started and finished "Prayers for Agnes Sparrow". Was a great book with a very surprising twist towards the end of book. Did not see it coming. It is the 1st book of a short series and so I look forward to reading the other books. Right now I have put it on hold to read "The Help" before the movie comes out next month.

3. Awesome 4th of July. One of my favorite holidays. The firework show in our town was amazing this year.

4. Swimming pool up and going and we are really enjoying it a lot this year.

5. Working on Raggedies for the summer. Already finished one I started a few years back, completed one for my friends niece, and starting another. I am also going to be making one to donate to the Quilt Guild Fund Raiser in the fall.

6. My friend Shelley is here visiting from California and was thrilled to find out she is planning to move back to Texas. That makes me very, very happy. I will miss her when she leaves but will anticipate her returning very soon.

7. Still working out every day. Curves, Mon, Wed, Fri. Walking at Civic Center Tue, Thurs. No weight loss, but also no weight gain. So all is good for now. One day maybe my body will let me loose more weight, but for now, I will just be happy where I am.

8. Had our 30 year class reunion from Highschool. It was so wonderful to see all my classmates. Everyone looked amazing. I cannot wait till we all hook up again at the end of July. From this, I got hooked back up with one of my B.F.F.'s and we are just having a great time chatting on the phone and visiting with one another.

9. Kadie's Hamster had babies!!! 4 of them. So adorable!!!

10. Our town now has a train that will take us just about anywhere we want to go in the metroplex. We rode it this month and I loved it. Rode it to a nearby downtown square where I did some major fabric shopping. So much fun.
11. I love my husband and daughter. We are having a wonderful summer so far and hope to have many more fun filled days and memories of our family and friends and time together.

Well I guess that is about it for now. I know the summer will be busy so I want promise to post on regular basis. I do promise to post a update though again soon. Until then, May your summer days be long and fun and most of all STAY COOL!!!!