Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Milky Way Cake Recipe …

 

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My 3 1/2 year old grandson, JP, sent me this adorable flower cupcake for my birthday today  ❤

We went to dinner last night for his daddy’s (oldest son’s) birthday and then back to our house for Milky Way cake, a recipe passed down from my mother-in-law that my boys always request for their birthdays or holidays.   It’s so good and birthday calories don’t count, right?

Here’s the recipe:

Milky Way Cake (makes 2 three layer cakes!)

8 regular size Milky Way bars

2 sticks butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup pecans (optional)

4 eggs

1/2 t. baking soda

1 ¼ cup buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream one stick butter and sugar and set aside. Melt one stick butter and candy bars in double boiler until candy is melted.  Beat eggs into sugar and butter one at a time.  Put baking soda in buttermilk, then add to melted candy bar mixture (take off of heat).  Add chocolate mixture to butter and sugar and beat, then add flour a little at a time and beat to combine.  Add nuts, chopped, if using.

Put into three round 8 inch pans, greased and floured, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.

(You will need to make this recipe twice for each recipe of frosting and to make two three-layer cake

 Frosting

2 ½ cups sugar

1 small can  (5 oz.) evaporated milk

1 stick butter

6 oz. chocolate chips

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff

Cook sugar and milk over medium heat (until soft ball stage) about 4 minutes after it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Add 1 stick butter, chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, beat until smooth.  Cool until almost cold before frosting cakes.

The cakes freeze well, frosted or unfrosted, wrapped well in plastic wrap and then foil.

#atozchallenge, W is for Wishes…

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From what I’ve been reading, a popular belief seems to be that putting candles on birthday cakes was a custom started by ancient Greeks.  They would place candles on a cake they offered to Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon.  Candles were placed in a circle to make the cake glow like the moon.

The custom of placing lit candles on a cake-like bread was thought to be a way of communicating with the gods that ancient peoples believed lived in the sky.  And some felt that when a person made a wish while blowing out the flame a signal or message was received by the gods and the prayerful wish would be granted.

More modern day birthday cakes with candles are attributed to 18th Century Germans who celebrated Kinderfest or birthday celebrations for their children.  Today in the UK, Australia and North America, one candle for each year is generally placed on the cake (space permitting, of course 🙂 )  Sometimes an extra candle is added for luck.  And the birthday person makes a private wish that will only come true if all the candles are extinguished in a single breath.

If you would like detailed instructions for creating a birthday wish (hey, no judgement) you can go here to check out an insructional video.  I prefer to just close my eyes, wish for another wonderful year, and blow out the candles!  (But shh, don’t tell anyone or it might not come true!)

~ Diane D.

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays.)

#atozchallenge, V is for Vacuum…

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The appliance that cleans, not the space devoid of matter.  Now you’re probably saying to yourself, what does a vacuum cleaner have to do with birthdays?   Well, let me tell you a little story…

Once upon a time when a husband and wife were newly married, they decided they needed a new vacuum cleaner.  Hubby decided to buy it for her as a birthday present.  Yes, I know, relative newlyweds and he thought a household appliance would make a sensible, useful gift. (Did I mention hubby is an engineer in this story?)  He swears it was not for her birthday but a few weeks later for Mother’s Day.  Because, yes, that would have been a much better time to gift his wife with a necessary housecleaning appliance…

Well, on her birthday, and she knows it was her birthday, she opened her present, saw that it was a vacuum, and very calmly and graciously explained that it was not a good choice of gifts.  And never, ever to do that again unless she specifically said something like, “Gee, honey, please, please, please get me a toaster for my birthday!”  She might also have cried and thrown a somewhat childish temper tantrum, but she can’t really remember all the details.  But she does remember it was a gift for her birthday…

Hubby wisely never bought another appliance for her birthday or Mother’s Day or Christmas.   And they lived happily ever after because thank God he had other redeeming qualities.

The End

~Diane D.

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays.)

#atozchallenge, U is for Uniparous…

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Uniparous is an adjective referring to an animal that only gives birth to one baby at a time, like an elephant.  (And if the elephant were born between April 20 and May 20, it would be a Taurus, or — wait for it — a bull elephant 😀 !)

Human beings are usually uniparous, though they occasionally have multiple births like twins, triplets and maybe even more.  You’ll most likely find a description of an animal as uniparous in zoology class, although it’s sometimes used to describe a woman who has only had one child in her lifetime.

Or U can be for Unicorn, the mythical horse-like creature with a spiraling pointed horn on their forehead, which doesn’t really scream birthday, but I have this really cute graphic that does!

 

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~Diane D.

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays.)

Ta, Ta, a Limerick…

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You’re tired of me, I’ve had enough of you

Two became one, now we’re going back to two

We might still talk but that’s about it

Hell, no, we can’t be friends with benefits

I’m leaving now, but you can still enjoy the view 😉

~Diane D.

In response to Mind and Life Matters Limerick Poetry Challenge, Farewell