Happy Valentines Day!

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Just sending warm wishes to all my readers and passerbys.

My husband and I personally don’t celebrate Valentines. Aside from my oldest doing a Valentines exchange at school, there is no celebration.

I will be on my second day of dipping Strawberries at work for the masses to buy their sweethearts or eat with a glass of champagne on their own.

I would honestly recommend purchasing your own fondue pot and melting chocolate yourself. Or you can use a bowl and microwave your chocolate (but you would need to eat/use it pretty quickly)

If you are single this could be something fun to do with friends. If you want to impress a sweetheart, it can be a fun and a sexy activity rolled into one. And you can dip more than Strawberries. Small cake bites, other fruits like bananas, oranges, grapes, melon, kiwi, marshmallows, pretzels, chips. You name it it can usually be dipped and taste pretty decent. Forget all the fancy dinner reservations and stay home for dessert.

Rather than spend a whole lot of money for half a dozen to 1 dozen strawberries already dipped try DIY.

Again, Happy Valentines Day!

 

If you’d like some light reading about the holiday check out these interesting facts and their source websites:

According to History.com: Valentines Day may have originally been called Lupercalia a pagan celebration History of Valentines Day

Further information about Lupercalia: Lupercalia’s name derives from the Roman God Lupercus the God of Fertility. Lupercalia, the Real St Valentine’s Day

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Summer’s Chocolate Cake

My somewhat ugly  chocolate cake with a shiny cooked frosting (which I did not completely beat enough)

My somewhat ugly chocolate cake with a shiny cooked frosting (which I did not completely beat enough)

Okay so this is a family recipe out of my handy dandy family cook book that was put together by my cousin Jacquie. It was put together in lieu of the 60th anniversary party. My whole family cooks one thing or another, we put together our best and favorite recipes. From Pumpkin Cookies, to Pickled Wieners and even Pad Thai courtesy of my Uncle Bun (who is Vietnamese and Laotian).

This chocolate cake is very basic, and was meant to be served hot in a bowl, with milk poured over it. It’s still eaten that way by my uncles. Every ingredient and item cost money. My grandma at the time with 7 kids never made frosting it could be expensive so the simple adornment of fresh milk is what they did.

Chocolate Cake:

2 Cups Sugar

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Oil

2 1/2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Cocoa

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 cup Milk

1 cup hot water

Mix together sugar, oil, and eggs.  Combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda.  Add vanilla. Alternate flour  milk into sugar mixture.  Add Hot water last. It will be a liquid mixture.  Grease and flour 2- 9″ pans. pouring batter evenly into both. Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

I decided to make a cooked frosting, which was my disaster which I shall share with you. I did not beat the egg whites hard enough while over the double boiler. So hence a very runny frosting. Makes the cake look shiny though.  It does taste good, too.  I always say it doesn’t have to look good to taste good.

 

Enjoy. You might try it like I said, hot out of the oven with milk poured over it. You don’t know what you are missing.

 

60 Years Parents = Kids, Kids = Grand-kids Grand-kids = Great Grand-kids and Family= Cake

this will be a post of my family. Of my grandparent’s 60 years of love coming together. Enjoy

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60 Years and Four Generation's and their families. Missing aunt Joan who passed away 9 years ago. cousin Mark and his wife were not able to make it. My husband is also missing.

60 Years and Four Generation’s and their families. Missing aunt Joan who passed away 9 years ago. Cousin Mark and his wife were not able to make it. My husband is also missing.

7 children originally, 1 deceased. Can you believe how small my grandmother is?

7 children originally, 1 deceased. Can you believe how small my grandmother is?

Just missing my husband. gonna have to photoshop his head in.

Just missing my husband. gonna have to photoshop his head in.

Just Us! Long time since we did just one of these.

Just Us! Long time since we did just one of these. and no I am not pregnant!

Grandkids, but missing one

Grandkids, but missing one

boys girls
grands

 

I promised Cake, We always have cake at any family event.

Cake

 

No, I did not make this, nor did my family. We had wayy too much food to cook.  Haha Later post for you to peruse. How to cook for at least 75 people. and the extras that show up for the free food. (HA)

 

page1Thank you for allowing me to share my family with you! They have been the reason I learned to cook and why I still continue to do it even now.  Without family there would be no food, laughter, love and enjoyment.

I am missing a picture of the great greats (kids) I will post it later.

 

 

Those Tapioca Flour Brownies (Very Simple)

Brownies

Basic Recipe:
4 ounces of chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
MELT Chocolate and Butter together, over stove or in Microwave
COMBINE Sugar and eggs in bowl, Mix til silky, adding vanilla
MIX Chocolate into sugar mixture
Add Flour and mix well

Brownie 2

Pan ready
Heart ready

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit

Pour into Prepared Pan, put into preheated oven. Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean

brownies out of the oven

I didnt bite it I swear