Friday, December 31, 2010
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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Friday, December 24, 2010
My Mom was excited to have Christmas at their new house for the first time so everyone is on the way! She has so many decorations around..many from my childhood
this has been around for as long as I remember..
pink flamingo trees
our tree has memorial ornaments for our family pets no longer with us..
My one request for the holidays is my Mom's Italian Cream Cake...she just finished it and our house smells unbelievable. This is the moistest, delicious cake.
Italian Cream Cake
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup soft shortening
2 cups sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 can (3 1/2 oz.) flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Have ingredients at room temperature. Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg yolks and beat well. Combine buttermilk, soda and vanilla. To the creamed mixture, add milk and flour alternatively, beating well after each addition. Add coconut and nuts.
Beat egg whites until stuff but not dry and fold into batter. Divide among 3 greased and floured 9 inch layer cake pans. Bake in 350 degree oven 30 minutes or until done (when toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 min. remove and complete cooling on cake rack. Frost cake with thin layer of frosting between each layer of cake.
Cream Cheese Icing
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/4 cups (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pkg. (1lb) confectioners sugar 4x
Have ingredients at room temperature. Combine cream cheese and butter and beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and sugar until thick and creamy. Makes enough to fill and frost 3 layer Italian Cream Cake. p.s. she added a touch of red food coloring to the frosting this time
Yum! I can't wait to eat this for dessert. So excited that it is Christmas Eve today! Wishing all my blogging friends the Merriest Christmas and Happiest Holidays!! xo
this is what the cake looks like inside.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
As well as these holiday beauties...
You can see more of Caitlin's work here. I am officially obsessed!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Everywhere I looked, there were Christmas touches..
Monday, December 13, 2010
She is so sweet!
Friday night, we ate at home and Heather and Devon came over. It was so fun to see everyone.
Saturday, Meg and I headed to South Park to go shopping. More on my shopping exploits this week..but there is some great shopping in Charlotte for sure.
Sunday morning, Ashley had her Birthday Hat on.
She loved her balloons and opened a bunch of her presents. For lunch.we packed up and headed to Meg's parents for a family party. It was getting colder and a little rainy, so everyone was bundled up. I spent a good amount of the party with my camera out trying to get a good picture of the birthday girl. She is too fast and my camera is too slow, so there are a ton of cute shots of the back of her ..
her looking down..
or looking away... I did catch her with her cupcake cake and cousin Oliver looking on..
I had so much fun..part 2 Tomorrow...