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Cake in a Cup…

A cake in a cup…who figured this one out?  No more guilt from eating your way through an entire cake in a weekend.  Now you can have a piece of cake anytime…now that I think about it, this could be a bad thing.  A really bad thing.  a piece of cake only a minute away.

3-2-1 Cake. 

This is a recipe for a single serving of cake baked in a coffee cup


1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix
1 box of Cake Mix (any flavor)
1 gallon size Ziploc storage bag
1 small microwave safe dish or coffee cup
3 tablespoons of cake mix
2 tablespoons of water

Add the two boxes of cake mix together in a Ziploc storage bag.  Mix well.  Add 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water to a microwave safe container.  Place container in the microwave for 1 minute. 

Remove the cake from the cup…top with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry or eat it plain.  I rather like plain cake. 

I changed the original recipe…I doubled the recipe and cooked the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds. 


Cake in a Cup for One!

If this little post peaked your interest check out all of the cake in a cup recipes on Pinterest…one of two things will happen.  Happiness or Regret!

This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge. One post every day for the month of April, except for Sundays.  April 1st was the letter A…etc. 


Filed under All Things Foodie, Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge

(d) is for decorating (a-z challenge)

I enJOY making things look pretty!  Decorating our home or the bookstore that I manage or simply arranging the buffet line in the church cafe gives me a great sense of accomplishment and JOY!  It is my happy place!!!

This past weekend my husband and I hosted a birthday party for his mother.  She celebrated her 75th (B)irthday

  I had the pleasure of spending time in the kitchen with my Mom prepping and cooking the appetizers and desserts for the party.

  While my mom was whipping up the italian creme birthday cake, carrot cake cupcakes, oatmeal cranberry cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries. I was working on the crunchy veggie dip, texas caviar and antipasta salad.  

 When all of the food was ready I was able to focus on the one thing I have a knack for… decorating.


I have linked up with Tossing it Out who is hosting the Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge.  It’s a post a day for the month of April excluding Sundays.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the “A-Z Button” in the right side bar. 

I am linking up with Tablescape Thursday hosted by Naps on the Porch


Filed under Blogging Challenges, Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge, Home Sweet Home, postaweek2011, Snapshots of Life

The Challenge of the Cheesecake…from my dayspring inspirational wall calendar

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It’s hard to tell when a cheesecake is done.  When the baking time is up, the cake is still wobbly in the middle-but by faith you take it out and hope for the best.  A couple of hours later and in spite of your great act of faith, the cake cracks right down the center during the cooling process.  Sigh!  As the baker who refuses to give up, you proceed to pour one cup of heavy cream into a bowl so that you can whip it into the perfect topping for the not-so-perfect cheesecake.  And now you have it: a cheesecake worthy of presenting to dinner guests. 

Not giving up is a beautiful thing.  How very often I take a deep breath and thank God for hanging in there with me.  What a comforting thought to know that when we finally meet Him we’ll be “covered” in His mercy and forgiveness, white as snow, and presentable, regardless of how many times our efforts (to act or do as we should) crack.  God never gives up on us or the purpose for which He created us.  It’s good.  It’s satisfying.  It’s the longing we carry in our hearts wrapped in the dream we envision in our minds.  We need only to decide to get on board with the God who refuses to turn away from us or throw His hands in the air in frustration.  Another crack in this one?  That’s O.K.  I have grace enough to fill it.  Wobbling again? Good.  I think I’ll teach them to lean on Me even more. 

Cheesecake is the dessert we’re told to reserve for special occasions because it’s full of the stuff we should enjoy sparingly.  What a wonderful contrast , then to know we can indulge in every good thing God has for us without the least bit of restraint-and it just doesn’t get any sweeter than that. 

God’s grace and goodness are infinite-and they’re sweetened with unconditional love.


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Christmas cookies…Sandra Lee, eat your heart out!

I really enjoy the food network show Semi-homemade.  Sandra Lee pulls her show together with all of the ingredients for entertaining!  The cooking, the presentation and the decorating.  Total eye appeal!!!

Here are a few semi-homemade ideas that I think would make Aunt Sandi  proud.  The recipes and pictures can be found on-line at Better Homes & Garden, 100 days of Holiday. 

The Cookies!!!

Three-Layer No-Bake Bars

Layers of creamy vanilla pudding and melted chocolate top a buttery graham cracker crust.

Ginger Dips

Dip store bought molasses cookies in melted white chocolate, then sprinkle on snipped candied ginger to create a sweet, fragrant dessert.

Red Velvet Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

The Packaging!!!

And to finish it all off there must be a special beverage from Aunt Sandi’s recipe book.  The best hot chocolate ever!

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