Aug 232012
 
Today is National Sponge Cake Day.  What makes Sponge cake more spongy than other cakes?  The eggs are whipped into a foam and then added to the cake.  Here is a great recipe to try.
Sponge Cake

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, warm the milk and 2 teaspoons of the butter together over medium-low heat. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whip, beat the eggs and 1 cup of the sugar on medium-high speed in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and tripled in volume, about 8 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the warm milk mixture. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a small mixing bowl. Add half the flour mixture to the egg mixture and blend thoroughly until smooth. Repeat with the other half. Add the vanilla and mix gently. Grease a 17 by 12-inch baking pan or jelly-roll pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour the cake batter into the pan, spreading it evenly. Bake until the cake springs back when touched, about 15 minutes. Cool for about 2 minutes, then gently flip it out onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Let cool completely.

Aug 212012
 

It’s National Spumoni Day! This Italian dessert is made from layers of ice cream, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts. It is typically made with three layers of flavor: chocolate, pistachio, and cherry. Each layer of ice cream is mixed with fruits and nuts. Spumoni should always be sliced, never scooped. First made in Naples you can find it in any large Italian communities.

Aug 192012
 
Today is National Potato Day.  The potato is a versatile food source and contributes to so many favorite recipes worldwide and have been a popular part of diets for centuries.

Did you know that more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year? Have your potatoes your favorite way to celebrate National Potato Day!  Here is one of my favorite recipes.

 
Hashbrown Casserole
Ingredients
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion flakes
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 4 ounces extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes cereal
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the soup, sour cream, butter, dried onion flakes, and pepper. Stir in the hash browns and 1/2 the cheese. Pour into the prepared baking dish, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and top with crushed cornflakes.
  3. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Aug 182012
 
Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day. J.F. ‘Granpda’ McCullough and his son Alex, are the founders of the Dairy Queen, created soft ice cream back in 1938. Because it’s served at a warmer temperature, it’s easier to taste soft ice cream’s full flavor. And because it comes out of a machine, it’s served in a fun swirl! 


Aug 162012
 
Last Days of Freedom Giveaway Hop

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & The Elliott Review

August 17th to 22nd

I am giving away a $10 Amazon Gift card.  Giveaway will end on Aug 22nd, 2012 at midnight PST. Must be 13+ and live in the US. Only one entry per person – extra points for following. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another will be selected.
This contest is now closed – the winner has been emailed and will be announced shortly.

Aug 152012
 

This was a really cute story and makes you believe in love.  Once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down. 
Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a sweet happy girl, the kind everyone likes.  She is kind, loving and compassionate character even though she is having some financial problems, but not because of her doing.  Sunny takes any job she can even being a princess at an amusement park working for an employer that is not that easy to work for, that is until she is fired for being late after help some lost children find there workaholic father. 
After losing her job she is desperate to find another job.  She runs into the Sam Calloway who happens to be an internet guru at the coffee shop with his children, these are the same children she had helped at the amusement park.  He is looking for a nanny to help him out while in town.  Sunny talks him into hiring her on a trial bases to see how she does.  The children love Sunny and she ends up working for Sam. There are some sparks between Sam and Sunny – you will need to read the book to find out what happens.  I would love to know more about Sam and Sunny and hope there is sequel.