Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tres Leches Layer Cake




A couple of weeks ago, I was at a birthday dinner with friends at a local restaurant. When we were getting ready to go, we asked the waiter to take the obligatory birthday photo of us all. When he found out it was a birthday celebration, he offered us a free dessert: Tres Leches cake.

Of course, I have seen this cake online and had heard of it. I do not know why it took my this long to make one. Man, oh, man...it is so good. Decadent, milky..it is like tiramisu with out the coffee flavor. Seriously that good.

Our oven is on the fritz but that did not stop me from heading to the local dollar store, buying up some disposable square pans and using the toaster oven. I. had. to. make. this. cake.

For Cake
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large eggs

For Sauce
1 can of evaporated milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

Whipped Cream
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar

Cherries (fruit of choice)
Cinnamon

In bowl mix all dry ingredients for the cake. Once mixed, add in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix until smooth and creamy.

Pour into cake pan. (I used a 6 inch sqaure pan)

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes until golden at top or toothpick comes out clean and it does not sink in when pressed lightly.

Remove from oven and poke with fork through the cake.



For the sauce, mix all milks together.

Use a spoon to spoon the sauce of the cake. I soaked mine 4 times. I covered it, let it soak in, the covered it three more times.



Allow to cool.

Bake another  for layered cake.

For whipped cream, in a mixing bowl, pour in heavy cream and sugar. Mix on high until whipped cream forms. Stiff peaks should be present. Do not overmix, you will get butter!

Now assemble your cooled cakes, coating with whipped cream. Top with cherries or strawberries...or even blackberries. I was so close to using blackberries today.



This recipe makes two 6 inch cake layers.







Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another School Lunch Idea



I do not pack lunches for my kids everyday. In fact, usually only one of my kids request lunch and she only takes one three days a week. I try different stuff with the lunches and if anything makes its way back home, I know to never pack that lunch again.

I have never packed a sandwich in a lunch before other than something in a pita or a falafel but I saw this idea on pinterest. It is the case of 'if it looks good' they will eat it. For the first time in like ever, all of my kids asked to take this lunch to school.

Nothing extraordinary, just a sandwich....on a stick.



In this one, I made two. Turkey and cheddar and roast beef and cheddar. I included fresh honeydew melon, cottage cheese with strawberry sauce, raw broccoli, watermelon chunks and blackberries. Of course, could not forget the pickle.

It is just a sandwich. Stacked on a stick and topped with a cherry tomato. They loved it.

I used french bread that I cut into cubes. And layered with the meat and lettuce. I do recommend thinly sliced cheese...otherwise it will break when folding it.  I used Sargento's Ultra Thin Cheese Slices.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Man Food on Pinterest

Have a man in your life who loves sinful eating from time to time?

Check out my pinterest board for tons of delicious recipes and ideas that will have men drooling. These are perfect for game night too! I can't wait to make some of them and watch a little football with my boys.

If you are interested in adding pins, let me know!


Follow Divian Conner's board Man Food on Pinterest.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies



When I was growing up, my mom always baked something for each week.  We had dinner together as a family once my dad came home, talked about our day and enjoyed whatever sweet treat my mom had made for us.



Now that I am a mom, I remember just how special it made me feel that my mom thought of us and took time to make us things. Of course, I am far from a baker, so I like shortcuts. Where have I been? How did I not know you can make cookies out of cake mix?

I feel so behind but I am so glad I found this out (thank you, pinterest and Cooking Classy).

These are so good and I am going to enjoy trying different cake mixes for different tastes.

You will need:
1 Box of Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Makes 20 regular sized cookies.

In bowl, mix your ingredients. Mix well until a dough forms. I use a rubber spatula to mix.



Form into one inch balls (I topped some of mine with more sprinkles) and place onto a nonstick cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.





I even filled a few with some frosting. So good. So easy. So quick!






Sunday, September 7, 2014

Oxtails and Butter Beans....


Here is another oldie to tide over while I get some delicious fall inspired recipes done. I do not cook for my blog, I cook for my kids. So I wait until we have it for dinner before I make what you see here on the blog. That way, I don't waste food and these four beauties of mine can let me know if the meal is a winner or a loser! This fall I will be sharing some of my family's Southern fall favorites. 

I remember growing up, my mom cooked a full dinner 6 days a week. Her only off day was on Saturdays. On Saturdays, we took a trip to the local mall (if you can call it that, it was more like a shopping center with a food court that consisted of two choices). My dad would give us our weekly allowances and while my two younger sisters made their way to the toy store, I ventured off into the bookstore and used my money to buy fresh great smelling books and paperdolls. 

On those Saturdays, we ate at a cafeteria in the mall, but I remember one Saturday, she said we were not eating at the Morrison's Cafeteria...she had food for us waiting at home in the crockpot. It was oxtail stew. I do not remember my mom making oxtails for us often but oh boy oh boy do I remember that Saturday. It was so hearty, so refreshing and I had myself a fresh new set of books to read after dinner.

I have no earthly idea why it has taken me so long to make oxtails but I do know I tried them today and oh wow....I will be making them again.

Quite a heavy meal for summer but gosh darnit, I did it and have already set myself a google calendar reminder to make it again this fall. 

So, here goes, my easy (because seriously, everything I make is easy, right?) recipe for Oxtails and Butterbeans.

You will need:

Oxtails
Vegetable or Olive Oil
1 can of Fire Roasted Rotel Tomatoes
4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
Creole seasoning to taste
1 sliced or chopped carrot
1 can of drained butter beans
Black Pepper
Brown Gravy Mix


Rinse your oxtail and then season with creole seasoning. In a deep skillet, pour about 4 tbsp of olive oil. Heat the skillet on medium high and place your oxtail in it. Braise all sides of the oxtails. Then add in one can of fire roasted tomatoes (rotel makes a great can of fire roasted tomatoes), add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 cup water. cook down on high for about 20 minutes. Lower to medium, then add brown gravy mix. pour over everything to thicken. Cook on medium for an hour, lower heat to low and cook one to two more hours depending on how tender everything is. Add in chopped or sliced carrots, can of drained butter beans. 

Serve with rice.

I cooked mine in a skillet but I think since the cooking time is long, it would be a perfect recipe to make in a crockpot. Taste the sauce throughout cooking to make sure it tastes the way you want it to, if not, add more seasoning.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Somerset Digital...



Back in the day I use to scrapbook.

I did digital.

I was horrible at paper scrapping but I loved digital. I guess that is why I got into photography.

I was one of two digital scrapbooking members of the popular site SIStv. I loved it.

I have not scrapped in years. I took a photo of my daughter and scrapped it. I submitted it and it made it.

I am happy.

My daughter is happy. She asked to take it to school.

That made me smile.

*and yes, this post was made with simple sentences because I kinda like simple sentences.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halloween on Pinterest

Of course, Pinterest has become a go to place of inspiration. I find things I like all the time. I also like combing the internet for new things and pinning to my boards.

We have only just barely stepped into September but it is now time to think of Halloween. I am excited. If you take a peek at my Halloween inspiration board on pinterest, you can get an idea of the things I like.

Feel free to follow this board for continued inspiration that I find as we get closer to finalizing those Halloween plans!


Follow Divian's Halloween Board on Pinterest.
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