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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is a classic made-from-scratch cake. The delicious layers of moist light chocolate cake topped with a signature coconut-nut filling frosting.

Made from scratch layered German Sweet Chocolate Cake. A light chocolate cake with a creamy coconut and pecan frosting.

German Chocolate Cake takes me back to family dinners at my grandma's house. She is always baking up yummy desserts! German Chocolate Cake is definitely a popular favorite at family occasions.

Made from scratch layered German Sweet Chocolate Cake. A light chocolate cake with a creamy coconut and pecan frosting.

The cake itself is moist, dense and a light chocolate flavor. It pairs wonderfully with the filling and frosting. The frosting is packed full of flavors!! Sweet with a creamy, milky texture, nutty with the tastes of coconut and pecans, and a sweet hint of vanilla.

Made from scratch layered German Sweet Chocolate Cake. A light chocolate cake with a creamy coconut and pecan frosting.

Grab a glass of milk or cup of coffee and enjoy a slice!

Made from scratch layered German Sweet Chocolate Cake. A light chocolate cake with a creamy coconut and pecan frosting.

Made from scratch layered German Sweet Chocolate Cake. A light chocolate cake with a creamy coconut and pecan frosting.


German Sweet Chocolate Cake 

Ingredients for German Chocolate Cake 

Cake: 

4 oz. German Sweet Chocolate 
2 1/3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder 
1/2 tsp. salt 
2/3 cups butter or margarine
1 cup butttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Coconut Pecan Filling and Frosting: 

2 cups evaporated milk 
2 cups sugar
6 egg yolks, slightly beateb
1 cup butter or margarine
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
2 cups flaked coconut

Directions for German Chocolate Cake 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottoms of three 9-inch round pans with parchment paper, set aside

To make the cake: 

2. Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt over low heat, and set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

3. In a separate large mixing bowl, stir the butter or margarine to soften. Add the flour mixture, 3/4 cup of buttermilk and vanilla. Mix together just slightly to dampen the flour, beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add the melted chocolate, eggs, and remaining buttermilk. Beat for 1 minutes more, making sure mixed well together. 

4. Pour batter into prepared layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes, or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake layers and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool the rest of the way on wire racks. 

To make the frosting: 

5. In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine or butter, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans and coconut. Set aside to cool to get to a good spreading consistency, mixing occasionally. 

To assemble: 

6. When the cake layers are cooled completely, spread the frosting on top of each layer and stack together.

Made from scratch layered German Sweet Chocolate Cake. A light chocolate cake with a creamy coconut and pecan frosting.



This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

Are you looking for a great side dish to feed a crowd? Crock Pot Cowboy Beans are a delicious Southern-Style bean and one of the best comfort foods. This recipe is packed with three different beans, flavorful bacon, ground beef, and flavors of tasty sweetness.


Bring these Crock Pot Cowboy Beans as a side dish for your next cookout, family reunion, or tailgating party. They will sure be a hit! This hearty dish is easy to prepare and make right in your crock pot. Nothing says summer BBQ or get-together like some slow cooked beans!


A few weeks ago, we had our County 4-H Fair! I always like to plan ahead on some meals for our family to have during the week. So when I was thinking of some sides to make for the week, these Cowboy Beans came to mind. They are quick to throw together, they feed a crowd, and the leftovers freeze well for later. On busy show days, it's nice to have some food prepared and ready for the lunch break. These beans and some grilled hot dogs were perfect!



Since the freeze up well, the left overs I froze and saved for the following weekend when we headed to the lake and stayed in a cabin with family. We enjoyed the beans there as well.


These Cowboy Beans will be great for fall tailgate parties and meals in the field during harvest as well! I love using my Indianapolis Colts Crock Pot and it will be perfect this! This recipe makes a ton of beans so it's perfect for serving a crowd.



Crock Pot Cowboy Beans 


Ingredients for Crock Pot Cowboy Beans 

1 lb ground beef
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 -15 oz cans kidney beans
2 - 15 oz cans white beans 
3 - 15 oz cans pork and beans 
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup 
4 tbsps yellow mustard 

Directions for Crock Pot Cowboy Beans 

1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until the meat is browned. Remove and drain any grease. 

2. Cook the bacon to crispy and crumble to pieces

3. Drain and rinse the cans of kidney beans and  white beans. 

4. Combine all the cans of beans, ground beef and onions, and the crumbled bacon ingredients in your crock pot. 

5. Cook for 4 hours on high. 

Ready to serve and enjoy! 



Sunday, July 29, 2018

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip

Are you looking for a simple chip dip to take to your next get-together? With only a few ingredients and a little time in the crock pot, this Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip is an easy dish to take to any carry-in, party, or tailgate. It couldn't be easier to throw together, grab a bag of tortilla chips, and there you have it! Plus it's always a crowd pleaser!

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip. A delicious 3 ingredient crock pot chip dip

Make up a batch of this and you'll always bring your crock pot back home empty! It's a great appetizer or goes along with any other foods at a pot luck meal.

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip. A delicious 3 ingredient crock pot chip dip

Velveeta cheese, ground sausage, and a can of Rotel with green chilis make up this easy party favorite. Paired with your favorite tortilla chips and you're ready to go. After a few hours in the crock pot and some stirs in between, the dip will be nice and melted.

It makes for a perfect side dish or appetizer for any summer cookout, family reunion, or tailgate parties.

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip. A delicious 3 ingredient crock pot chip dip

I love making meals and side dishes in my Indianapolis Colts Crock Pot! Cheer on a favorite football team as well as make great meals. Fall harvest is happening during football season. I help my dad and brother with fall harvest by running the auger cart. A lot of thinking can be done while running the auger cart during harvest and meal planning and recipe brainstorming always gets done during this time.

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip. A delicious 3 ingredient crock pot chip dip


Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip. A delicious 3 ingredient crock pot chip dip


Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip 

Ingredients for Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip

1 -32 oz block of Velveeta, cubed
1 -15 oz can of Rotel with Green Chilis
1 lb Sausage, browned and drained

Directions for Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip

1. Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker and mix them together. 
2. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, occasionally stir the mixture until smooth and prevent burning. 
3. Ready to serve with tortilla chips. 

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip. A delicious 3 ingredient crock pot chip dip


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are thick, soft, and chewy. They are loaded with oats, raisins, and delicious flavor. This old fashioned cookie has the perfect texture and soft flavors of cinnamon and raisins. It is sure to be a tried and true oatmeal raisin cookie recipe for your recipe box.


There are so many different types of cookies, but when I think of my favorites, I often feel like I like the simple classics the best! I have always been a huge fan of oatmeal cookies because there are so many things you can mix together for yummy cookies. But this classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie would be at the top of the list.


This recipe is super easy to make and the cookies always bake up beautifully. The oat to raisin ration is perfect balanced, with a nice addition of cinnamon to tie this cookie all together.


We just had our county 4-H fair a few weeks ago. My oldest son is in his second year of 4-H and shows swine and poultry, so we camp out at the fairgrounds for the week. I always like to have a lot of snacks for the kids, and sometimes their friends too, to come and grab throughout the day. I made up a few different types of cookies for the week, with this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie being one of them.




Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE

Ingredients for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

1 cup butter (softened) 
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal (quick cooking oats) 
1 cup raisins


Directions for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

1. Cream and beat together the butter, brown sugar, and eggs in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. 

2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a separate bowl. 

3. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend all together in the stand mixer or with a handheld beater. 

4. After the two mixtures are well combined, add the raisins and mix in gently with a spoon. 

5. Drop teaspoons full of cookie dough onto a lightly greased or lined with Parchment Paper cookie sheet. 

6. Bake at 350 Degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven before they get too brown. 

7. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. 

Enjoy!
  





This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own



Friday, June 29, 2018

Key Lime Pie

Are you looking for a dessert that is great any time of the year?Especially perfect for summer! Key Lime Pie is a classic dessert! This pie brings together sweet and tangy flavors in the creamy, citrusy filling. It's paired with rich graham cracker crust, creating a refreshing dessert.

Key lime pie made with graham cracker crust and the most delicious and refreshing filling. Key Lime Pie is a perfect addition to any celebration!

Key lime pie is perfectly tart, creamy, and smooth and a dessert favorite! The texture is so lovely and rich. When serving pair the pie with a nice big dollop of whipped cream to complete the dessert!

Key lime pie made with graham cracker crust and the most delicious and refreshing filling. Key Lime Pie is a perfect addition to any celebration!

A key lime pie starts with the graham cracker crust. You can always buy a premade crust, but crusts made from scratch are so much better! So I've included crust directions in the recipe. While the crust is baking, you can make the pie filling. Fill the baked pie crust, bake a little more, and then let the pie cool. Refrigerate overnight and then your pie is ready to enjoy!!

Key lime pie made with graham cracker crust and the most delicious and refreshing filling. Key Lime Pie is a perfect addition to any celebration!

A key lime pie is called that for a reason. It calls for key limes, but sometimes they can be harder to find. But key lime juice can be found in the juice isle at the grocery store and always works great for that key lime refreshing flavor!

Key lime pie made with graham cracker crust and the most delicious and refreshing filling. Key Lime Pie is a perfect addition to any celebration!

Key lime pie made with graham cracker crust and the most delicious and refreshing filling. Key Lime Pie is a perfect addition to any celebration!

Key Lime Pie

Ingredients for Key Lime Pie

PRINTABLE RECIPE

For the crust: 
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp butter, melted
5 Tbsp sugar

For the filling: 
1 cup sugar
4 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp Clabber Girl Cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups water
4 large egg yolks,
4 Tbsp key lime juice
2 tsp butter
1 tsp grated lime zest
whipped cream, additional lime zest, and thinly sliced key limes, optional for garnish


Directions for Key Lime Pie

Crust: 

1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Mix until blended well. 
2. Press crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan coated with cooking spray.
3. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F, then cool on a wire rack.

Pie Filling: 

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, Clabber Girl Cornstarch, and salt together. Gradually stir in the water.
2. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens.
3. Remove from heat and add egg yolks and stir in immediately.
4. Return to heat and stir constantly while bringing mixture to a gentle boil and cook for 2 minutes longer.
5. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice, butter, and lime zest.
6. Pour into cooled crust. 
7. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees 
8. Remove from oven and let cool 
9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours for a cool dessert or freeze overnight for a semi-frozen dessert
10. Top with whipped cream, lime zest, and lime slices when serving. Refrigerate leftovers 

Key lime pie made with graham cracker crust and the most delicious and refreshing filling. Key Lime Pie is a perfect addition to any celebration!


This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Top Canning and Preserving Recipes

Growing a garden has always been a big part of our summer. We plant a large garden each year. The time and work it takes is so rewarding when collecting all the bountiful produce. I love to grow different fruits and vegetables to enjoy fresh from the garden. There's nothing like biting into a fresh tomato right off the vine from the garden! Or fresh green beans straight from the garden for dinner! Do you have a favorite from the garden?


When planning and planting our garden each year we plant extra seeds and plants so that we are able to canning and freezing any excess if the garden does well.  Preserving the garden is a great way to enjoy homegrown produce all year.


Gardening is becoming more and more popular. Not only for the joy and love for gardening, but ultimately for the ability to feed their families better tasting and healthier food as well as saving money.


I have rounded up several canning and freezing recipes from my farmgirl blogger friends and myself that are great ways to preserve food from our garden.


Top Canning and Preserving Recipes 

Canning Recipes









Freezing Recipes








Here are a couple ways to freeze sweet corn: 





Here are a few canning and freezing tips.










This post is sponsored by Indiana Soybean Alliance, but all thoughts/opinions are my own. 




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