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A little more than a month ago Jodi from https://lifeinbetween.me/2017/10/16/peanut-butter-chocolate-triple-layer-cake/posted a cake that checked all my boxes for decadence, and had my son’s aka Big Baby Boy’s favorite candy bar in the world as its theme/ingredient.

Right then I was inspired to make this cake for Big Baby Boy’s November birthday.  Mind you. He hasn’t actually been at home on his birthday since he was 17 yrs old.  He went to college out of state when he was 17, so we’ve been celebrating his birthday when he comes home for Thanksgiving since.  A long time. He won’t like me telling you how old he is now.  It makes me feel ancient just saying that I’m the mother of child that age! So, we’ll just say 29…again. 🙂

The cake.  Okay, mine came out a little uneven, and my chocolate ganache  was a bit too thick to drip as nicely as I wanted it to, but OMG! It’s so delicious, and it looked pretty good despite its flaws. 🙂

Jodi said she saw the recipe over on the blog called Life, Love, and Sugar  here which inspired her to make the cake.  Jodi is a very accomplished baker, cook, and artist so she’s always changing up the recipes she finds.  Me. I like to make the recipe as prescribed the first time, and make changes if needed on the next go round.  I headed over to Lindsay’s blog to check out the original recipe, and decided to use hers b/c she used 8 inch round cake pans which I have, and Jodi’s version had 9 inch ones which I don’t have, and she used milk for the cake rather than half and half which shaved a few calories plus there’s a frosting/decorating video at Lindsay’s which helped me a lot since this cake looked really challenging to frost.

I’ve linked to both Jodi, and Lindsay so you can read both postings.

Thank you so much Jodi for the inspiration it was a HUGE hit with whole family! Thanks for sharing Lindsay’s link too the video was great for me!

I would definitely make this again.  I’d add a wee bit more heavy whipping cream to loosen up the Chocolate ganache,  and figure out how to level my cakes better.  This cake was gone in 2.5 days! 🙂

I hope everyone in the States had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone everywhere has a lovely week-end!

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I must be nuts. It’s 90º here and I’m in a baking mood! We bought oodles of fresh blueberries and rather than freezing them to keep them for shakes, snacks, and topping for cereal I decided to make a cobbler with them since I already have some in the freezer from last week.

Ready to bake… This recipe went together pretty quick.

Ready to Bake Blueberry Cobbler

35 minutes later…

Just out of the Oven Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler:

4 cups, or 1 1/4 inches of blueberries, fresh or frozen (no need to thaw)
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
9 inch dish- square or oblong are transitional, but I used a round pie plate

TOPPING

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter- 1 stick

Preheat oven to 425º. In medium bowl mix the blueberries, cinnamon, and flour to coat. Pour into pan. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Add wet ingredients to the flour, stir until blended then drop by heaping spoonfuls over the blueberries.
Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

He-Man made me a happy woman. He had seconds! 🙂

The recipe is from Cooks.com.  I can’t wait to get this house done and bring in the box with my cook books!

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Tres Leches Cake Challenge

In April Lili of Lili’s Cakes blog challenged her readers to make a Tres Leches Cake and since I had never made one I decided to participate. The deadline to have my cake made was approaching fast so, on Mother’s Day I made my cake.

I used a Martha Stewart recipe I found online since I couldn’t get to the box with my Mexican Cookbook. 90% of my books are packed and stacked in boxes in the garage while we’re working on the house.
Anyway, the recipe was pretty easy, and I think the cake is delicious. Unfortunately, aside from #1 Grandson, and me no one else in my family likes milk so it didn’t get rave reviews here. 😦

So, I gave most of it to friends, and the work crew working on my house. What are friends and work crews for right? 🙂 I did save myself one piece though, and it was even better the next day!

Tres Leches Cake Challenge

To see all the other Tres Leches cakes that were made and get recipes click here.

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Home-made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

P52 15 of 52 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

baked with love, packed with care…

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I added a ribbon for a bow…

P52 15 of 52 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

… and tied it all up in a perfect box for Spring.

Spring box of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you have a lovely day, and fantastic week-end!

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News Flash! Woody Catches the Gingerbread Man!

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I’ve been cooking and preparing more meals at home since He-Man and I are “home bound” these days. He’s says I’m spoiling him. I am just a little because he deserves it.

Today’s lunch was on the lite side: a Turkey, Avocado sandwich on Multi-grain bread w/Jarlsberg cheese, tomato, and Wasabi Mayo. The Wasabi mayo is so good, but one must use caution when adding it. It can open up your sinus’ , make your eyes water, and take your breath away if you add too much. 🙂

Dejeuner Chez Moi

I’m choosing this image for my Project 52 this week, because I don’t know if I’ll photograph anything else.

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