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Thursday, December 4

kicking off the christmas season!

in going through my grandmothers photographs, I've found some of the greatest treasures. my parents 3rd Christmas married...time to get yourselves ready for the Christmas season! 



Thursday, November 27

grandma's chocolate pound cake

after my grandmothers passing earlier this year, i acquired a little yellow recipe box and a second edition, 1961, version of Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book that was very well loved {read: tattered up so bad barely one single page is still in mint condition}. i could not wait to start making some of her recipes. the more tattered the better and I'm starting with the top and going down the list! bring on the shortening :)
Chocolate Pound Cake

what you need...
3 cups sifted all purpose flower
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
5 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
2 TBSP grated unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract

*grandma notes: decrease the sugar to 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups but then increase the flour to 3 1/4 or 3 1/2 cups depending on the amount of sugar decreased. she also scratches the additional 2 TBSP of unsweetened chocolate. I added chocolate chips ;)

what to do...

sift flour with cocoa, baking power and salt; set aside
lightly grease a 10" tube ban and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl of electric mixer at medium speed beat butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
with mixer at low speed beat in flour mixture, in 4 additions, alternating with milk, in 3 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. add grated chocolate and vanilla.
turn batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 our and 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out of pan; let cool completely on rack. If desired serve with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.



Friday, November 21

king mack!

the first boy ever to be allowed at girls weekend did a great job holding down the fort! there was no shortage of babies to love on this weekend! love sweet baby mack! 









Thursday, November 20

sweet Millan!

little Millan was the oldest little one at our girls weekend! at 6 1/2 months old she surely showcased her smiles and giggles...cannot wait to watch her grow up!!!







Tuesday, November 18

lainey grace

my sweet little friend Lainey Grace & I had some pretty good bonding this past weekend! a few of the photos we captured of her precious little face! two months and looking just like her daddy!