Thursday, July 28, 2011

Peach Upside Down Cake

I don't know about you, but I hate cooking the same things over and over again! I am constantly looking for new recipes or new twists on an old one. I was looking through my cookbooks (I have way to many) and found a simple cake recipe that I thought I would try. The cook book is called "Best Recipes from the backs of boxes, bottles, cans and jars". It is filled with all kinds of recipes that are from manufactures of products we use all the time in the kitchen (Knorrs, Betty Crocker, ect.).

I found this Peach Upside Down cake from the Parkay Margarine company and decided to give it a shot, it was not half bad. I choose it because you could use fresh or canned peaches....I had canned on hand.

3 tbs melted butter (or margarine)
1/3 cup softened butter (or margarine)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh peach slices ( or a 16 oz can peaches, drained)
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Pour melted butter into a 8 or 9 inch pie pan. * The recipe does not call for spraying the pan with non-stick but I would recommend it. Some of my peaches stuck a bit.

Sprinkle the brown sugar over the melted butter.

Arrange the sliced peaches in a pattern in the pan.

Cream the softened butter and sugar together.

Blend in the egg and vanilla.

Mix in all the remaining dry ingredients while adding a little bit of the milk in at a time.

Pour the batter carefully over the peaches. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. After taking it out, immediately invert onto a serving dish.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Train Birthday Cake

My oldest, Owen just turned 3 on the 16th of July.  He told me he wanted a train cake and of course I was going to give him one somehow!  I went to google of course and found this easy idea for a train cake from Betty Crocker,  It's so simple.  You bake two cakes in loaf pans.  Do a little trimming and decorations with candy and you have yourself a train cake. 

My favorite box cake brand is Pillsbury.  I found them on sale at Walmart for 98 cents each and bought 3 cans of icing for $1.23 each.  Next I went to the Dollar Tree and bought six packages of candy for $1 each.  I also bought a cardboard cake holder in a 4 pack from Walmart.  When I bake a box cake I always substitute the water for either milk or juice.  It makes the cake taste fresher and homemade.  I baked one chocolate cake and one vanilla in loaf pans.  Then I followed the directions on the Betty Crocker website.
This is my version of their train cake.  Owen just adored it and is still talking about his train cake four days later! 

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Gone but not forgotten

WOW! It has been some time since our last posting but for good reasons. Me and my husband bought our first home. We have been super busy moving in and setting up shop, so needless to say that I have not had time to craft (I have nearly had time to cook).

Also, Lauren has just opened up her own photography studio!!! I can't tell you how proud I am of my best friend. She is an amazing person and I know this is her true calling. Check out here photo blog at