My First Award!
My friend and fellow blogger over at Grace2882 gave me an award and I want to thank her. I really appreciate all of the support that she has given to me with her visits and kind comments on my blog.
Her blog is full of healthy living tips and great low carb recipes. Visit her blog by clicking on her name above.
Now on to the award…
“Leibster is German and means dearest or beloved but it can also mean favorite. The award is given to talented bloggers who have 200 followers or less, it is a way to show appreciation for other blogs, bring attention to their work and encourage new connections.”
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award
3. Pick our 3-5 favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the 3-5 blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to 3-5 more blogs.
I am so pleased to receive this recognition, I want to follow the rules and tag a few other of our favorite blogs.
I give the award to the following people…
Dee over at Low Carb Pinay…for sharing some great low carb recipes, personal experiments, exercises, and the ups and downs of her low carb journey while trying to achieve better health for herself. Welcome to the USA, Dee!
Nancy over at Blue Skies and Low Carb Pies…for her sweet disposition and self-demeaning nature. She doesn’t even know she’s beautiful! She has lots of great low carb recipes and tips on her blog. Thanks for your inspiration, Nancy!
CJ over at CJ’s Low Carb Corner…talk about an inspiration! This lady has lost a lot of weight and has great menu ideas and recipes on her blog. Way to go, CJ!
I hope they all have as much fun with this as I did. :) Thanks, Grace2882!
In honor of Presidents’ Day…
Courtesy of Cakespy.com
Abraham Lincoln / Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla-Almond Cake: It’s said that this is the one Mary made when courting Lincoln in the early days.
Since they both met and later married during the holiday season–not to mention that Honest Abe declared it to be the best cake he’d ever tasted– we figure it’s a good holiday offering to represent Lincoln’s era.
While the cake itself is good–dense, slightly nutty, and plenty buttery–we’re not so sure about its aphrodisiac powers. We made our cake in just one layer, not two; all the more frosting to glaze on over it all.
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 1 cup almonds, finely chopped
- 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
- White Frosting
- Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
- Stir together the cake flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almonds.
- Gently fold in the egg whites.
- Pour into two greased and lightly floured 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pans.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Fill and frost with White Frosting.
In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and dash salt. Bring mixture to boiling, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
In mixing bowl place 2 egg whites; very slowly pour the hot sugar syrup over, beating constantly with electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Recipe and information courtesy of Cakespy.
Andrew Jackson is from my home state of Tennessee.
His beautiful home, The Hermitage, is located in Nashville. As a 7th grader, my whole school class made a trip to visit the Hermitage.
Since opening as a museum in 1889, approximately 16 million people from around the world have toured the Hermitage mansion, which historians consider the best-preserved early U.S. presidential home.
Misc fact from The Hermitage website
: Andrew Jackson was the only President in American History to pay off the national debt and leave office with the country in the black.
My daughter either dreamed up this idea or saw it somewhere and was determined to make it.
All the items came from the Dollar Tree except the hot glue and ribbon that I already had.
1 apple scented candle
1 pack of cinnamon sticks
1 gift box
hot glue and hot glue gun
With a sharp knife, we cut the cinnamon sticks to about the same height as the candle. Using a hot glue gun, we carefully glued the sticks around the candle, arranging them as needed. The glue is hot, so be very careful. Let each one cool before adding the next.
Finish the candle off by tying a pretty ribbon around the candle. Place in a gift box and present with a smile.
My daughter made this one last year for the birthday of her beloved grandfather, Papa. Being the gracious man he was, he acted very happy to receive such a great gift.
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Have a great Sunday!
A crazy, hectic day at work means I get to re-post some goodies from the past.
When I think about all the great recipes and cooking I’ve done over the years that I never took pictures of…that I could blog about…I get sad.
All the years of Taste of Home and Quick Cooking subscriptions and all the recipes I made when my kiddos were young and I was a SAHM…they got me where I am today. Needing to lose some inches!
The longs lists of goodies made for the holidays, candy trays made for my mom to share at work, loaves of bread I baked for a sick friend…great memories.
My diet has changed, out of neccessity. Now I try to be a little smarter in my cooking and a little more choosy in my recipes.
Some of the old family favorites haven’t changed and probably never will.
Here’s some of my favorite candies and treats for the holidays…treats because that’s about the only time they get made! :)
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
Pineapple Cheese Ball
Peanut Butter Balls
Cheesy Sausage Balls
Another Brownie Recipe
What’s your favorite can’t-live-without-holiday treat?
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