Friday, February 22, 2013

Family Favorite Dessert

Queen Anne's Cake
This is by far one of the richest cakes I've ever had but it is so delicious. I am asked to make this for friends and family during the holidays, birthdays and just because. :)



  • 1 box (roughly 18 oz) devil s food cake mix               
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 1/2 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 48 oz hershey bar (I buy the multi packs that have snack size bars) *important--freeze bars prior to grinding them up in food processor. Then  put them back in freezer until ready to add to frosting mixture*               
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 18 oz cool whip


For cake, blend all ingredients with a mixer and pour into three 9-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured. Cook at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugars. Blend until it's not quite so grainy, for about 2-3 minutes. Fold the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture.Blend chopped Hershey bars into the cream cheese mixture.

Frost the cake and decorate as desired.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Valentine's Recap

I know..I'm a week behind but I was on vacation last week and my family had top priority. Here is a recap of what our Valentine's Day looked like:

Homemade cake balls for the teachers

Semi-homemade Valentine's for friends

Flowers from my hubby

A beautiful cake on display at a local bakery

Valentine treats for my babies
We ended our special day with Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
I will be back soon with the goodies that we found last week while thrift shopping. Happy Thursday!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


reading: The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie's full of laughs!
waiting for: more patience. I need it.

excited about: our "stay-cation" next week
trying to: get over a cold/sinus infection that I've had for close to 3 weeks now
working on: a bathroom upgrade (more on that later). We've purchased paint and a new shower curtain. Just working on the details now to pull it all together.It will include some of this:
enjoying: the Spring like temps we've had this week. Nothing makes me happier than comfortably wearing a pair of sandals and jeans to work
using: Pinterest for more dinner ideas. This is what's for dinner tonight
wearing: lots of sheer blouses (with a shirt undernearth of course!). I like them because you can dress them up with a pair of boots or wear them casually with a pair of sandals
planning: Valentine surprises for my hubby and kids

singing: One More Time by Gary Allan. I can't get enough of that song.
needing: more peaceful sleep
learning: Quality, not quantity
listening to: CBN Contemporary Christian radio station
wishing: there were more hours in a day to spend with my kids and less hours working
doing: less eating. I'm down at least 5 lbs so far
dreaming of: a summer vacation to Georgie and Alabama. For these two reasons:


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Recent Craft Projects

Just in time for Valentine's Day!


Our Recent DIY Projects

Custom table made by my husband:

Finally took the plunge and painted stripes on one of our walls: