Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cherry Coffee Cake

Since I first made this recipe years ago it has been a favorite of mine.   The recipe came from a cookbook that was made at my Mom's place of employment that she gave us when we first got married.   This cake is moist and delicious and stays good for days.  The only change I've made over the years is substituting greek yogurt for the original sour cream.



3 cups flour                                               2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. baking powder                                 1 cup greek yogurt
1 tsp. soda                                                1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar                                               1 can Cherry Pie Filling
1 cup butter

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup sugar                                            2 T. melted butter
1/2 cup flour

1-  Whisk flour, baking powder, soda, and sugar together.

2-  Cut butter into mixture until crumbs form.

3-  Add eggs, yogurt and vanilla.  Mix well.  The batter will be very stiff.

4-  Spread half of batter in the bottom of a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.  I use a little over half for this layer.

5-  Spoon the cherry pie filling over the top.  Then spread evenly with the back of the spoon, covering the bottom layer.

6-  Drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter on top of cherries.  Using two forks, spread the batter over the cherries.  You can leave some cherry showing through.

7-  Mix the crumb topping.  I usually melt the butter in a small bowl, then add the sugar and flour.  Stir with a fork until mixed well.

8-  Sprinkle crumbs over the cake.

9-  Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Deviled Eggs


After coloring easter eggs, there is only one logical thing to make ... deviled eggs!  These are a favorite in our family.  I know that many different deviled egg recipes exist, but mine is slightly sweet.  The recipe was developed from combining two recipes from a church cookbook I have from when we first got married, along with a little tip received by my Grandma.  We love these eggs, and we dare you to eat just one.


6 hard cooked eggs
1 tsp mustard
1/4 cup miracle whip
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
sugar to taste
1 T. butter, melted

Cut your eggs in half, removing the yolk and placing in a bowl.  Place each half of egg white onto a platter or egg holder.

Mash yolks with fork until there are no longer any lumps.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.   I usually add 1/2-3/4 T. of sugar, but we like them pretty sweet.  You can use less or more sugar to your taste.

I then place a spoonful of yolk mixture into the hole of each egg half.  If you want to get fancy, you can pipe them full.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Josiah is 11!!

Josiah turned 11 today!


He's funny.

He loves football.

His favorite team is the Bears.

He loves video games.

He never stops moving.

He's sweet and thoughtful.

He hates anything involving work ... including school.

He likes to golf.

He likes to play basketball.


His favorite food is Moroccan Lamb (he had it at Disney).

His favorite song is still "Moves Like Jagger".

His favorite TV show is Adventure Time.

He sometimes runs his mouth when he shouldn't.

He's a homebody.

He makes life more fun.

He's 11!


Wordless Wednesday - Super Egg Hunting


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Organizing Under the Bathroom Sink

Our Master Bathroom sink is very small and we have little storage.  I was not utilizing the area under the sink at all.  It was a disaster most of the time, with everything just thrown in haphazardly.   The small area limited what I could do, but I had a small lidded container that fit one third of the space perfectly.

My embarrassingly messy BEFORE.

So, I made a quick trip to Walmart and picked up 4 more.  They fit my space perfectly.  Although, they aren't pretty, they are functional.  I accidently got the wrong lids for three of them (that's what I get for trying to shop with kids!), so I need to exchange those for the correct sizes.  



A place for everything ... and everything in it's place.


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