Monthly Archives: December 2013

Make a Blue Ribbon cake from a BOX!


           You CAN make a State Fair, Blue Ribbon winning cake from a BOX!

Strawberry Cake

*This is a fabulous tip I learned from an old boyfriends mom*

   We all love a moist, fluffy cake made from scratch. One that melts in your mouth and is loaded with flavor. One that reminds you of going to grandma’s house.
   If my grandma were here today to give us a cake baking a lesson.. she would have said SIFT! SIFT! SIFT!
    Ask any Blue Ribbon winner at any State Fair and they will all tell you that the ‘prefect cake’ requires the dry ingredients being sifted a minimum of THREE times.
     But for us ~ Once is great. Twice is divine.  ~ Boxed cake mixes settle and get clumpy. Sifting eliminates that and puts the ‘fluffy‘ back in.     

A suitable alternative

    Get out that sifter you’ve tucked away and never used. If you don’t have one- have whatever you have on hand. At the very least put the dry mix in a Tupperware and flip over a couple times.  If you want, add a teaspoon of Baking Powder for extra fluffiness.

Substitute the Oil for Applesauce for extra moistness or a heaping spoon of sour cream for moistness and Tang.
                              and viola~ Make and bake as directed.
   Want to really rev it up?  Add some flavoring or food coloring.. Making a German Chocolate one? Add coconut and pecans.  Add candy sprinkles from the Dollar Store for ‘FunFetti’ ..
        Use your imagination!

Happy Baking!


Christmas memories

         My earliest Christmas memories are of short dresses, Mary Janes and my Daddy.

I still have my Angel stocking!

As we got older, on Christmas eve, my dad would take my brother and I out for a drive to see the lights and for hot chocolate while ‘Mrs. Claus’ put out the presents.

  My dad loved decorating and entertaining and holy cow- could that man wrap presents!

Playing at the Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Co.

  They were perfect. All the creases exactly straight, the tape never showed, all be-ribboned and labled (except the year after we got into them…)
    My daddy has since passed away, but the memories are the best!

~Merry Christmas~


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