Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Empty Nest

Our little nest was empty last night without my sweet little birdie, Alabama! She spent the night away for the 2nd time with her Uncle Bo, Aunt Kathie, and cousin Jenna. We took the opportunity to have a little date night to look at Christmas lights, eat at Cracker Barrell and..... come home early! ha! I was so tired for some reason and came home and fell asleep on the couch after watching the Duggars (who we LOVE!).

It's weird that I actually woke up more last night than when she is actually here! I guess it makes me nervous knowing all FOUR of them are sleeping in the same full size bed. Also, who knows how many Polly Pockets Jenna has let Alabama play with today! ha! I can't wait to get her back tonight! Miss her so much. But before that....this girl's got a lot to do. I've wrapped a few more gifts, I've got two to finish making, I've got a few gifts to pick up, make a few deliveries, and sell a LOT of baskets! I hope there are a lot of men who are last minute shoppers!!!

The reason we chose Cracker Barrell was not only because we love the food, but I really wanted a piece of their Double Chocolate Coca-Cola cake. That stuff is amazing!!!!! I found a recipe online at kopykatrecipes that I'm going to try out for Christmas. I hope it's like "the real thing baby!"

1 Stick of Butter (1/4 lb)
1 C. Coca Cola
3/4 C. Miniature Marshmallows
1 Square of Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate
1/2 C. Shortening
1/2 C. Vegetable Oil
3/4 C. Cocoa
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 C. Buttermilk
2 C. Sugar
2 1/3 C. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
Place in a sauce pan butter, coke, semi sweet baking square and bring to a boil remove from heat and add marshmallows and stir until all is blended and the marshmallows are disappear. Set aside to cool enough to tepid or room temperature.In mixing bowl blend the shortening, oil, vanilla and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and buttermilk and beat until smooth. Mix flour with baking soda, cocoa, baking powder and salt, add half of flour mixture to shortening, egg mixture, and beat. Scrape bowl time to time to clean the sides off so ingredients are blended in batter. Add cooled coca cola mixture and beat. Add remainder of flour and beat until completely smooth about 3 – 4 minutes. Batter will be thick.Place batter into a 13″ x 9″ x ” 2 oiled and floured baking pan.Set pan on top shelf in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Check for completed baking time with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean by sticking in the middle of the cake its time to come out of the oven and cool.

1 Stick of Butter
1/2 C. Cocoa1/4 C. Coca Cola (plus 2-3 Tbsp. if needed)
3 C Powder Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 C Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Cream butter, add cocoa, vanilla, Hershey’s Syrup, and coca cola, beat until smooth. Add powder sugar a little at a time and beat constantly. Scrape the sides of bowl time to time to get all ingredients into the frosting. If the frosting seams a little dry add a little more coca cola and beat well.Frost warm cake. Serve with natural vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy.

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