I had a great weekend. I know this post is late in coming, but I have been feeling slightly exhausted… So that’s my excuse. There you have it folks, Kayleigh is exhausted. But getting better. :)
Back to my weekend. My parents went away for the night on Friday, so I was going to keep my youngest brother for the night. I had the [brilliant!] idea of inviting his best friend over, and her little sister ended up joining us too. So I actually had some female company for once, and we weren’t outnumbered, which was really weird, but great.
This is our story. Friday night, we had s’mores on my new fire pit thing (that my wonderful parents-in-law bought me for my birthday) – the kids loved it. And I LOVED watching them have fun. They snuggled up on the driveway with blankets and roasted marshmallows and stuffed their faces.
Then we came inside and they snuggled in to watch ‘The Quest for Camelot’ (my most favourite movie ever).
Then came bedtime (midnight). (One of my other brothers decided to crash here that night too (he was in for it… keep reading, haha)). One slept on a couch, two on the floor, and my brother took the other couch. I didn’t hear them at all until 7 the next morning (I got to sleep in!!). However, my brother wasn’t quite so lucky. Apparently, they had been awake since 5:30.
Anyhow, I got them settled into another movie (Robin Hood) and they enjoyed some ‘baby tea’** while I started cleaning up and getting ready for breakfast. After the movie, breakfast still wasn’t ready, so they took some chalk to the driveway and coloured it up.
**Baby tea is really milked down, sugared up tea. About 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 cup tea and fill to the top with milk. Kids love it, and get to feel ‘grown up’ too.
Breakfast menu – Homemade waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, smoothies and perked coffee (for those old enough to have it). Breakfast went great.
The youngest girl told me that ‘You make the best waffles ever!’ Then she thought about it for another minute, and decided she’d better not say that, so she changed to, ‘You make the second best waffles ever (after Mommy)’.
I thought it was pretty cute. After breakfast, we went for a walk, and then made cards for my Dad for his birthday. Then their mom came and picked them up, and I had to get started on my dad’s birthday supper and cake! Whew. What a day.
So – my father had a birthday and I want to share his cake with you!
He requested a Hershey recipe that he loves to make (and eat too, apparently!).
The link to the recipe is here. I’ll type it out for you too though. I did make a few changes to the buttercream icing, so I’ll give you my version of that. :) Hope you enjoy! The icing is amazing – just to warn you.
Oh oh oh! And I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the first time ever! It was really awesome. I can’t wait to use it again. I know, I know, you’re probably asking yourselves why I haven’t used it before. Well, I am slightly old school, and a tad lazy. Old school: I tend to use a wooden spoon or a hand mixer for a lot of things (but I just couldn’t for cake, it needed a REAL tool). And lazy: I just didn’t want to drag the mixer over to my counter (it won’t reach the plug in my under-sized kitchen) and then have to clean all the parts… *sigh. But it was totally worth it.
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
I’ll give you my directions, as I make things differently than most recipes tell you to… I just can’t follow directions!
Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together sugar and vegetable oil. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt, and beat well. Add cocoa and boiling water. Mix until combined. Mix in milk. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and stir until smooth.
Pour into two 9×9 cake pans that have been greased and floured. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let them cool for about 10 minutes, and then take them out of the pans and cool them on wire racks. Frost with One Bowl Chocolate Buttercream Icing.
One Bowl Chocolate Buttercream Icing
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 2/3 cups icing sugar