Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday Food Fun

Oh, what a beautiful day! The sun is shining, and it's going to get up to 70 degrees! What a beautiful gift from God. A little teaser for spring. Fortunately, this has been a fairly mild winter, but I think I've been slammed with spring fever! The birds are chirping and making their nests in our vents ... AGAIN ... the rabbits are out in full force frolicking around and pooping all over our yard ... it really makes my little dog curious, all these new animally smells around her, and she looses track of time and instead of taking 5-10 minutes to do her business, it takes her 20-25! I, personally, think she's got A.D.D., but who knows? Other animals traipsing through "her" yard can be somewhat of a bother to her. Oh, and some of those little bulby flower thingies are starting to pop up!!! What's not to love?!? Yes, my friends... Spring Is In The Air!

On another note, I heard this song on the way in to work, and I love it soooo much. I just wanted to share it with you... and ask that you take it as a personal challenge for this weekend.

Lifesong (by Casting Crowns)

Empty hands held high. Such small sacrifice. If not joined with my life, I sing in vain tonight. May the words I say, and the things I do, make my lifesong sing, bring a smile to You ...

Let my lifesong sing to You; Let my lifesong sing to You; I wanna sign Your name at the end of this day, knowing that my heart was true; Let my lifesong sing to You.

Lord I give my life, a living sacrifice, to reach a world in need, to be Your hands and feet. So may the words I say, and the things I do, make my lifesong sing, bring a smile to You

Let my lifesong sing to You; Let my lifesong sing to You; I wanna sign Your name at the end of this day, knowing that my heart was true; Let my lifesong sing to You.


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Now, after yesterday's very un-wise choice of snacks on my behalf, I almost hesitate to publish this recipe ... but it is so lip-smackingly, chocolate-satisfyingly deeee-lish! I just have to share it with you. The cake is so easy to make, and the frosting even easier, but once the cake is put together, it is so pretty, that it will become a favorite for pot-lucks, house-warming gifts, Christmas gifts, etc. For example ... This past Christmas, I went to the dollar store, purchased some pretty glass plates (and some of the ingredients, too), and made this yummy cake as Christmas presents for my Pastor and his family, and some of our closer neighbors. Also, a friend of mine just bought a new home, and moved into it last week. I'm planning on getting one of those cool plates they sell at Target and giving her the plate and cake as a housewarming gift. How cool is it that you not only get a cake, but a cake plate, too?

Any way ... a couple of notes first... If you're not quite a cherry lover, don't worry. You can use raspberry or strawberry pie filling instead, but I promise ... you don't even notice the flavor of the cherries in the cake. Also, you really need to use the almond extract, and not substitute it with vanilla extract, although if there are allergy related issues, I'm sure vanilla would work just fine. So .... with out further delay ... here is Friday's Food Fun ...

Chocolate-Cherry Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

1 pkg Devil's Food cake mix (the pudding-in-the-mix kind)
Ingredients (eggs, water) needed for the cake mix (less the oil)

1 large can (16oz.) cherry pie filling
1/2 t Almond extract

Instructions:

Make the cake mix according to package directions, except omit the oil. Beat for two minutes. Add the cherry filling and almond extract. Beat for a few seconds to blend and to break up the cherries a bit. Pour cake mix into a greased and floured bundt pan (or rectangle pan) and bake according to the package directions.

Optional Decoration

Maraschino Cherries (large sized)
Milk Chocolate Bar

Instructions:

Remove about 8 cherries from the jar and place them on a paper towel to remove the extra juices.


Slightly melt chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring to complete the melting process. Partially dip each of the cherries in the milk chocolate so that the top part of the cherry is still showing through. Place the cherries evenly around the cake.

Dip a knife in the remaining chocolate and splatter/drizzle a thin line of milk chocolate around the top of the frosted and decorated cake. This is not a necessary step, but will provide a semi-professional and contrasting finishing-effect on the cake.

If I didn't loose you at the mention of Friday's Food Fun, and you try this recipe out, let me know how you liked it and how it turned out for you! I'll try to get a picture of it at some point so you can see what my finished product looked like.

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Don't forget ... May the words you say, and the things you do, make you lifesong sing, bring a smile to God!

15 comments:

Morning Glory said...

I'm wiping up the drool and printing off your recipe. Can't wait to try it!

I wish it was 70 degrees here. We're still at about 37. Ugh, it's cold!!

Rachelle said...

Yummy recipes! I will have to try it.

shannon from rocks in my dryer said...

I LOVE that song. Thanks for the reminder. Have a good weekend!

Faith said...

Love that song. Listen to it in my car. Yummy recipe. We are at 78 degrees right now. Yiipee!

Kristen said...

Yeah, spring was in the air where I live, too. Read this. But now I'm looking out my window and what do I see (and have seen for the past 3 days?) SNOW! I hope your spring sticks around for you!!

HolyMama! said...

hi! it's been ages since i've been here. wanna know why? i thought i was visiting you daily at some other blog. i was confused. i'm not even sure now which one it was, but in my head it was gibee's blog. ooops! i'm back, though!
ps i loooooove that song, too. thanks for sharing the words - i probaly only knew half of them before.

flipflop said...

One of my favorite songs. I sing it all the time. Pass the bag of Doves over here, will ya?

GiBee said...

Kris? KRIS!!! From Flip Flops??? Yeah! Welcome to Kisses... Umm... you've probably already been here... I'm just a wee bit slow (Spring Brain, and all!). Love your blog, babe! Well, while I can't pass a full bag of doves around, there's about 5 or 6 left I can fling at you!

Kristen - great post! I know what you mean about all the weird things in a mom's purse... boy do I ever!

Holymama - I did that too... with Morning Glory! It was a "Doh!!!" moment!

Morning Glory -- isn't there a song with that in it? Oh, never mind. I think I'm thinking of ... Morning has broken like a something or other... Not so good with song words by memory... But it will warm up soon! Promise!

Now all of you ... get off my computer and enjoy the day ...

Lauren said...

Love the song.

"Now all of you ... get off my computer and enjoy the day ..."

Don't like to be told what to do by a youngster!!

kpjara said...

You are an absolute JOY, do you know that?

I think I'm armed for the weekend and I may just make that chocolatey scrumptious cake for our small group...that way I can still have a SMALL piece...

Peach said...

Yummy to the cake. May need to try that soon. Also love the Casting Crowns song. Tho' there isn't a song by them I haven't absolutely loved!

momrn2 said...

70 degrees?!?!?!?! I'm so jealous! It snowed here this week. AARGH! Where is Spring? Oh wait, never mind... I guess it's at your place. BOO HOO HOO...

GiBee said...

MOMRN2 YOU'RE BACK!!! Yea! We ALL missed you mucho mucho mucho! (that's spanish for a lot)

Don't ever go away again. Ever. Sorry -- you'll just have to live, eat and sleep next to your 'puter.

Shalee said...

Casting Crowns is one of my all time favorite groups. Their Voice of Truth really resonated with me too.

Bethany said...

I'm gonna try it. Chocolate and cherries...sounds good to me.