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Happy Day to you!  Easter Sunday was yesterday and the streets were a buzz with families all dressed up in frilly dresses, hats, sear sucker suits (say that 3 times fast) as they headed to church!

Me I chose to celebrate the beautiful day by baking and working in the yard. I  followed up the afternoon with some well over due family time with my sis in law, niece and nephew.  It has been months since we have seen each other. With her living out-of-state and her kids being involved in soccer and their social lives, it is hard making time for trips to town.  But we always make the most of our time together and that is what counts.  Which brings me to a new recipe I made for the occasion.  Hoozier Cake.  My Mom gave this to me but she got it from her Sister in Law, aka Aunt Maureen, in Ohio! ( Hi Aunt Mo! Miss and Luv you lots!) It is so simple and you can change it up in just about any way you want.( Except in the one way I tried) I will explain below.   I am using my little point and shoot for these photos so I hope they look ok.  So I guess it is time to get started.

Just to let you know ahead of time, I decided to use 2 round cake pans because I had a great vision in my head of how pretty this cake would turn out. Lets just say I should have stuck with the sheet pan!

Hoozier Cake

Pre Heat oven to 350

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 sticks butter (melted)

4 tbsp Coco

1 cup water

1/2 cup of buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

marshmallows

cookie sheet

ICING FOR CAKE

1 stick of butter

4 tbsp COCO

6 tbsp buttermilk

1 Box Powdered sugar ( 1 pound)

1 cup of nuts ( optional)

1 tsp vanilla

For the Cake

Mix flour, sugar, soda and salt together and set aside.

Mix butter, coco, and water together and pour them into dry mixture.

Add your butter milk, eggs and vanilla.

Mix well.

Grease your pan and pour batter evenly into pan.

I used . . .

Should have used this like the recipe calls for.

I was letting my yeast rolls rise! Oh, Well. I learned my lesson.

Bake for 20 minutes.

At about 18 minutes of bake time you can start your icing.

Put butter, coco  and buttermilk in a pot and bring to a boil.

Take pot off stove and add your powdered sugar, nuts (optional) and vanilla.

Sprinkle marshmallows over warm cake.

(This was the beginning of my disaster)

You can see everything starting to ooze out of the middle!

Pour warm icing  over cake.

I tried to take the best photo I could.

It was the ugliest cake ever!

Let cool a few minutes.

Enjoy!!!!

I have to say it tasted delicious. As you can see there is hardly any left.

I guess looks are not everything!

So Go forth and bake! I hope you learned something from my mistake. I just know that this would have worked. I just need to put more thought into it.

Have a great week.

Until Then,

Wende

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With the  weather really getting warmer by the minute, I decided that I was in the mood for some good lemonade.  Not something you just add water to. I wanted some fresh squeezed lemonade. So I searched and searched for a recipe that I could alter to my taste. It is really good and you know me. . . Easy!

Sorry there are no photos! My camera is very sick so the photos I took of this recipe are not accessible! I hope that we might be able to retrieve them, but not sure about it.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!

1 cup fresh lemon juice. About 6 lemons.

2/3 cup sugar. I like my lemonade  tart.

You may want to add a little more sugar.

8 cups of water.

1 extra lemon for garnish.

Juice your lemons and add to your pitcher.

Add sugar to pitcher.

Add water to pitcher.

Stir.

Cut lemon into thin slices and add to pitcher.

Put pitcher into Fridge to get good and cold.

Make sure to stir your lemonade each time before you pour into glasses.

The sweet settles to the bottom!

Add ice to a glass, lemonade, a garnish lemon slice and . . .

Enjoy!!!

I took my glass to the back yard and sat in the swing for a while. It was relaxing and quite refreshing.

I hope you try to take a moment and enjoy the little pleasures in your life today!

Until Then,

Wende

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