Daily Archives: July 6, 2012

Key Lime Cake

Being that I live in the land where Key Lime Pie is the official state pie I am a happy camper. It is my favorite pie after all. I mean they have Key Lime everything here. Key Lime Popsicles, Key Lime Ice Cream, Key Lime Cookies, Key Lime Cheesecake,Key Lime Pie On A Stick dipped in chocolate. If it’s Key Lime they have it. So last year my husband said he wanted a Key Lime Cake for his birthday. I was like REALLY! A KEY LIME CAKE. So to not disappoint my Sweetie I began my quest to find a baker that made this specialty. And as the saying goes, “As easy as pie” I found one. So his birthday came and we got the cake. Let me just say the cake left a lot to be desired and I should have went with the idea of baking it myself. So out of total disappointment the Chef in me kicked in and I decided to Google  for  recipes. I thought the search was going to be hard but to my surprise there were loads of recipes for Key Lime Cake. I picked one out that I really loved and decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad that I did. This cake is moist and sweet and tart all rolled up in a pretty bright green package. Warning: Pucker Up! This cake has a real citrus kick.

INGREDIENTS

CAKE
1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored gelatin mix
3/4 cup orange juice

GLAZE
1/2 cup key lime juice
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

FROSTING 
1/2 cup butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine cake mix, gelatin mix, oil, eggs and orange juice. Pour into three 8 inch cake pans. Bake according to instructions on box. While the cake is still hot, mix the key lime juice and confectioners’ sugar together. Pierce the cakes with a fork and pour the glaze all over the cakes on the cooling rack. Allow cakes to cool completely, then frost.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. Mix well and spread over cooled cakes. Eat & Enjoy.

* CHEF’S TIP: If you do not have Real Key Limes or Real Key Lime Juice in your area just substitute it for Regular Lime juice. Happy Baking!

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Strawberry Shortcake

I myself have never been a big fruity type pie person. However I do like them, I just don’t LOVE them like I LOVE chocolate. So when I was shopping in the market one day I was at a lost at what dessert I was going to fix for Sunday dinner. I wanted and craved something different. Something more than the ordinary. So I left the store and went home and Google away until I came upon a recipe I was intrigued by. It was something simple but yet classic. The good ole Strawberry Shortcake. This was perfect because strawberries were in season and I knew that this was going to be a good change.  Besides any recipe that has cream cheese and powdered sugar in it has to be good. With a little re-mixing I made this recipe a true Porter House Original. Try it today, You’ll be glad that you did.

INGREDIENTS

Yellow Cake Mix
Eggs
Buttermilk
Oil or Butter (Depends on Cake Mix)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
8 oz. Cream Cheese (soften)
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
1 container of Strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix the first five ingredients and bake cake according to box instructions (Note: I use a 9 x 13 pan)

2. Let cake cool completely … While the cake is cooling make the topping …

3. Blend soften cream cheese with powdered sugar … After the cream cheese/sugar is combined; Fold in cool whip … After everything is combined frost mixture on cooled cake ..

4. Next step is to wash & cut strawberries … Sprinkle evenly over entire cake …

5. Eat and enjoy … refrigerate any leftovers ..

*CHEF’S TIP : If strawberries are not your thing (BYOC – Be Your Own Chef) and use whatever fruit you like. Happy Baking!

Patriotic Strawberries

Patriotic Strawberries

Ingredients
1 pint fresh strawberries (approx 12 oz)
4-oz white chocolate
Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles

Instructions
1. Line a baking sheet or cutting board with wax paper or parchment paper.
2. Chop up the chocolate roughly with a knife if it is in block form. In a medium-sized, microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave. Heat it in 45 or 60-second intervals, stirring between each time to ensure that the chocolate is melting evenly and not burning. Meanwhile, place blue sanding sugar into a small bowl and set it aside.
When chocolate is smooth, dip the berries 3/4 of the way into the chocolate, dip the tips into the blue sprinkles, and place on wax paper.
3. Berries can set at room temperature if you live somewhere cool, otherwise refrigerate them until ready to serve to allow the chocolate to set up.

*Chef’s Tip: Store the berries in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them, as white chocolate is a little more heat-sensitive than other chocolates. The berries are best eaten within a day or two of being made.

Source: www.BakingBites.com

Krispy Kreme Turns 75

The Gift Of Today

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen
Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how precious and fragile our time on earth really is. It can be so easy to allow little things to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something didn’t go your way, or someone said something upsetting. Even traffic can cause us to get our focus off if we let it. But, we have to remember that each day is a gift. If we choose to focus on what’s wrong, we’ll miss out on the beauty that each day has to offer.

I encourage you today; don’t let the precious moments of life pass you by. Don’t wait for holidays and birthdays to show people that you care. Remember, each day is unique and irreplaceable, a gift from heaven above. You have been given time that can be invested or wasted; hours that can be used or misused. That’s why the psalmist prayed to God, “Teach us to number our days.” He was saying, “Teach us to value every moment we’ve been given so we can live a life pleasing to You.”

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of today. I choose to focus on the blessing of each moment instead of allowing the little things to steal my joy. Keep me close to You always as I submit every area of my heart and mind to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

© 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

“The Green Monster”


Since February my husband and I have been on this lifestyle change to be healthier and I must say that I have been enjoying every minute of it. From the walking to swimming laps, to eating healthier, well majority of the times … You know a sister have to indulge every now and then … LOL … Anywho back to what I was saying, Every aspect of this journey has been great and I am loving the results. So much so that I amp’ d up my journey with a drink that I notoriously call the “Green Monster” A.K.A. Green Smoothie. After researching so many reviews and looking at thousands of recipes and youtube videos I was finally ready to try this drink that everyone is so crazed about. So off to the store we went and let me just add that Whole Foods is the BOMB.COM. In the store I was off the chain buying everything imaginable that could go in a green smoothie. With everything in tow I was set to make my concoction the next morning. Daybreak finally came and the time had finally come to be in smoothie bliss. After one sip I knew that I was in love but I knew there was just one more test this drink had to pass, my husband. He’s not a picky eater but some things are just a plain flat out NO! I slowly handed him his cup and waited for “THE LOOK” and to my surprise he loved it. It was at that moment I knew we had discovered a sure winner.


Green Smoothie

Ingredients

2-3 handfuls of Organic Baby Spinach
1 Apple, Diced
1  Banana, Sliced
1 Mango, Diced
1 20 oz. Can of Pineapple Chunks, Drained
1 6 oz Greek Yogurt (Any Flavor)
1 cup of Organic Coconut Milk
2 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil

Directions
Throw all ingredients into a blender and whirl away. Blend until everything is well combined. Drink & Enjoy!

*TIP –  (1) In the warmer months freeze the fruit the night before for a cold refreshing drink!
(2) BYOC – Be Your Own Chef and use whatever fruit you like. If the green color scares you, start off with a little and work your way up  over time. If mangos and pineapples are not in season use strawberries or whatever tickles your fancy. Play around with the ingredients until you come up with a FAVE of your own.
(3) The smoothie is best drunk fresh but leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 24 hrs.

Stop!

READ: Psalm 131

I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. —Psalm 131:2

Life is a busy enterprise. It seems there are always more things to do, places to go, and people to meet. And while none of us would want a life without meaningful things to do, the fast pace threatens to rob us of the quietness that we need.

When we’re driving a car, stop signs and other signs warning us to slow down are reminders that to be safe we can’t have our foot on the accelerator all the time. We need those kinds of reminders in all aspects of our lives.

The psalmist clearly knew the importance of times of calm and quiet. God Himself “rested” on the seventh day. And with more messages to preach and more people to heal, Jesus went apart from the crowds and rested a while (Matt. 14:13; Mark 6:31). He knew it wasn’t wise to accelerate through life with our gas gauge registering on “weary” all the time.

When was the last time you could echo the psalmist’s words, “I have calmed and quieted my soul”? (Ps. 131:2). Put up a stop sign at the intersection of your busy life. Find a place to be alone. Turn off the distractions that keep you from listening to God’s voice, and let Him speak to you as you read His Word. Let Him refresh your heart and mind with the strength to live life well for His glory. —Joe Stowell

Life can make me weary and stressed at times.
I want to stop right now though, Lord, and take the time
to quiet my soul before You. Speak to me from
Your Word. Please refresh me.

Stop and take a break from the busyness of life so that you can refuel your soul.

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