Sunday, February 1, 2015

14 Days of Valentine's~Simple 10 Layer Mini Chocolate Cake

Thank you so much for stopping by on the first day of 14 Days of Valentine's!
Today's treat is a simple 10 Layer Mini Chocolate Cake.
 So, how can a 10 layer mini cake be simple?
This cake is a lot like one I have made in the past
 with chocolate wafers but with a difference.
The difference is the graham crackers, and with only a few ingredients it is very easy!
This cake would be the perfect compliment to your Valentine's dinner!
It has to be made 24 hours ahead of serving, so there is no last minute work to do!
Chocolate Chip
5 Chocolate Graham Crackers
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Chocolate Chip
Pour the heavy whipping cream in to a large mixing bowl.
Add confectioners sugar and vanilla.
Start mixing on low so the confectioners sugar 
won't fly everywhere. Once the sugar is combined, 
turn the speed to high and mix until the cream has stiff peaks.
Chocolate Cake
Cut each graham cracker in half.
Take some of the whipped cream and form a base on
a piece of waxed paper. Then place a half graham cracker
on top of the base. Cover the top of the graham cracker
with more whipped cream. Spread the cream evenly
over the graham cracker.
Chocolate Cake
Top the cream with another graham cracker,
 and then more cream. 
Chocolate Cake
Continue building the stack of graham crackers and cream
until all graham crackers are used. Start covering
 the outside of the stack of graham crackers with whipped cream.
Chocolate Cake
Continue until all the graham crackers are covered.
Use the wax paper to move the stack onto a small plate.
Cover with plastic wrap, allowing the wrap
 to touch the sides and top of the cake.
Refrigerate for 24 hours.
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After the 24 hours, take the stack and set it on it's side.
Chocolate Cake
Slice pieces of the cake.
Chocolatr Cake
Chocolate Cake
Enjoy your 10 Layer Chocolate Cake!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Stop by tomorrow for 
Day 2 of 14 Days of Valentine's!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party #28

Chicken Fajita Bites

Unless you are stranded on a desert island, you know that it is Super Bowl week, and that the big game is this Sunday. I'm really not sure who is playing, but I will be sure to find out by kickoff! To me, this day is always about the food.  One of the fun appetizers I will be serving are these Fajita Bites. They are tasty and easy to make, with a lot of the prep work done the day before. Win!

Fajita Appetizers
Chicken Fajita Bites

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Super Bowl Eats and Treats!

It is getting close to the day of the big game,
 so I put together some appetizers and treats
to help in your search for the perfect fun party food.
Football and party foods

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Winter Mantel

I have been a crafter and a do it yourself-er since I was very young. I grew up in a house that usually had a reno of some sort going on, and like a lot of large families, there was always a craft or two strewn across the dining room table. My parents were always improving our house and I really think it must be hereditary. My husband and I have renovated just about every house we have lived in. The house we bought last year was built in the early 90's, and needs updating. It was empty for about 5 years before we bought it, but it has great bones, and just needs to be brought into this decade.

We started updating a little bit this past summer, and somewhat during the winter, so I thought I would periodically share some of our do it yourself and decorating adventures. So far we have refurbished the wooden deck, redone the back outdoor porch, pulled out so many over grown shrubs and trees that I can't count them all, and quite a bit more which I will be posting about.

 This Winter Mantel is something I wanted to do as soon as I saw how blank it looked after the Christmas decorations were taken down. I was worried it might be too early for Valentines Day at the time. I wanted the mantel to represent the North Carolina winter as I see it.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party #26!

German Chocolate Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

It is cold, windy and icy outside, but it is warm, toasty, and sweet smelling inside! This German Chocolate Bundt Cake is the reason. The aroma coming from the oven is sensational, and the sweet milk chocolate baked in the cake is tasty and heavenly! This classic cake is topped with chocolate butter frosting and drizzled with a gooey pecan coconut topping. This cake, made in a double layer, from a mix, was a staple in my house when I was growing up.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mini Meatball Subs/#Foodie Extravaganza and a Giveaway!

It's that time of year when we are busy celebrating our favorite football teams with tailgating  and parties. It is also that time of year when many of us are watching what we eat, resolving to try to do it healthier during the new year. I think this Mini Meatball Sub is perfect for watching the
 game, and because it is made with oatmeal it helps you feel better about eating and loving it!

I made this recipe to be quick and easy. It takes longer to roll the meatballs, than anything else. I used a jar of sauce instead of making it from scratch. There were several reasons for this. First, it is easier and quicker. Whether you are entertaining, making dinner or just trying to get a meal done and on the table, quick and easy is usually a priority. Second, I used a sauce that I knew was great tasting, has no added sugar, and low sodium.  I have used this sauce many times, Silver Palate San Marzano Pasta Sauce. I love substituting the oatmeal for the breadcrumbs. The oatmeal gives the meatballs a great texture, just like the breadcrumbs, and oatmeal is packed with vitamin b, and has no salt. Give it a try.
You won't be disappointed!