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Friday, May 13, 2011

A Yummy For Y'all

This post should really be titled YUMMIES For Y'all because I wanted to list a few things I'm currently digging. It's Friday the 13th. I'm feeling frisky. Humor me.

(Be sure and click on all of the links!)

1. Kathy Womack's Women and Wine Series. I LUV KW. She's a magnificent artist based in Austin (one of the yummiest towns). I have to give CeeCee credit for introducing me to the fabulousness that is Miss Womack. Her art will knock your socks off. It's so unique and bold and FUN. I'm the proud owner of three of her prints (and want many more)!

image via TLC's iPhone
this is the "Tiara Tuesday" print that hangs in my office
I think I might start wearing tiaras on Tuesdays
why the heck not?

2. Piggy Pajamas. I big-pink-puffy-heart adore owls. Cute ones. Not scary ones. You can imagine my sheer ecstaticness (that's totally a word) when ELC surprised me with this yummy pair of OWL pj's for my b-day. Oprah wore them on her show (on her camping trip to Yosemite with Gayle) and featured them in her magazine. They are DIVINE. AND, their customer service is, in the words of Rachel Zoe, "BEYOND."  Totally over the moon.

image via Piggy Pajamas
these are much sassier and classier than my yoga pants
can you picture me rocking these around casa de c?
now that I think about it, they would look extra HOTT with a tiara

3. Recipes. My new hobby: collecting and organizing my recipes. Please send any of your favourites (very Royal-ish, right?) my way ASAP. I file them in the same plastic, three-ring binder I used for a Home Ec project in high school. Tres fancy. LOL. Here's a little sumpin' sumpin' I'm testing out this weekend for my sweet Daddio's birthday. It's right around the corner. Though I'm thinkin' about makin' cupcakes. What a shocker.

German Chocolate Cake

No-stick/flour cooking spray
1 German chocolate cake mix
1 c. water
3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 c. veggie oil
1 14 oz. can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
(I eat this straight from the can. You know you do, too. Yes, let's be honest – we have no shame.)
3 Tbsp. butter
1/3 c. chopped pecans
1/3 c. flakes coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
(Every time I see, type or write “tsp.” I think of Sleeping Beauty and those precious good fairies: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. One of them called it a “tisp” – when they were making Aurora a cake. Remember? So darling.)

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with the cooking spray.

2. Combine cake mix, water, 3 eggs, oil and 1/3 c. Eagle Brand in a large bowl. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer until moistened. Then beat on high for 2 minutes. Pour into pan.

3. Bake 40ish minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

4. Combine remaining Eagle Brand, egg yolk, and butter in a small sauce pan. Cook and stir over low heat until thickened (about 6ish minutes). (ELC will be trying to do this part in the microwave – trust me!) Add pecans, coconut and vanilla. Spread over warm cake.

Three Tips: I like to poke a few holes in the cake so the frosting melts down into it. You might also consider substituting milk for the water. (ELC always does that with mixes. And pancakes. And waffles.) And maybe add a splash of vanilla into your mixture. For a twist and good measure.



The Leightons said...

I LOVE these YUMMIES! Woo Hoo!!! And, yes, TLC, I so totally microwave any and every thing I possibly can. I HATE washing pots--would much rather wash bowls. What I really prefer is to use paper plates whenever possible. Don't turn me in to the Green Patrol--I do many other "GREEN" things to make up for (possibly) bad habits. Yes, I do.

Wish we could buy one of Kathy's BIG paintings, don't you? They are tres SPLENDID.

AND, you forgot to say the Piggy Pajamas wash beautifully. You're welcome.

ELC (aka Dame Lovee Darling)

Taylor said...

I also love to find new recipes, in fact we are having three new dishes for dinner this week. Thought I would share a fav website of mine, I love 95% of the recipes she posts. And while I have lots of fav dishes I would love to share, here is one that is always at the top of my list. Who knew breakfast could be SO GOOD!

The Leightons said...

You had me at "chocolate waffles," Taylor.

Thank you for sharing!

Smooches, Doll.