Love and Marriage


As I’ve said in previous posts, I like to make the gifts I give to others. Wedding gifts. Christmas gifts. Birthday gifts. Just because gifts (okay, I don’t do that one very often). I like the challenge of coming up with something unique and interesting and I honestly enjoy crafting. This summer I’ve had the opportunity to craft quite a few gifts. We’ve had some new babies added to the family and we’ve also had our fair share of weddings to attend. In this post I will be writing about the wedding gifts I’ve made. I was too busy at the beginning of the summer to make gifts for the first two weddings I attended but I did manage to make them for the final three. I’ve lumped pictures of all three gifts into this one blog post rather than writing about them all separately, that way you can see how I progressed into making each project better than the previous.

The first gift I made was for our friends Billy and Bobbi. A couple of years ago I fell in love with a print that I found about marriage. I gave that print away as a gift and vowed to make myself a copy. I have never made myself a copy but I have re-produced it a few times for gifts.

Here’s a picture of the original.

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When I first thought to re-produce this print my plans were to type it up in a pretty font, create a jpeg and then print and frame it. Before I could do that though I purchased a Cricut and decided that I would use my awesome skills to cut some vinyl and apply it the inside of a piece of framed glass. It literally took me months to learn how to design something using Cricut design space but I finally managed. There are lots and lots of videos on YouTube that helped me, as did my friend Patti. While I am far from having awesome skills I didn’t do too bad for my first attempt.

Here’s a picture of the gift I made for Bobbi and Billy.

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My initial idea when I made this was to just have the glass in the frame which would allow the recipient to hang it on the wall with the color of the wall showing thru. The type of frame I ended up using did not allow me to do that so I started digging around the house to find a pretty paper that I thought I had. The pretty paper wasn’t as pretty as I recalled, however I found some crinkled up brown packing paper which worked perfectly. Having zero photography skills it’s hard to see in this picture just how nicely this turned out but it has a pretty antiqued look. I wanted to keep it for myself.

Having asked my daughter Jerika what she thought of the picture she told me that she thought it would look better with a different font, thus began my search for the perfect font. There is a website that my friend Patti told me about called Dafont and it has lots of different fonts that you can download for free. You can even preview what you will be writing which saves a lot of time. The font I settled on is called Luna. I love it!

Here is a picture of the one I made for Luke and Jordan.

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Below is a picture of the one that I made for my nephew Josh and his bride Tawni.

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In between making the first picture and the second I discovered books of pretty paper at JoAnn Fabrics. I bought a couple of the books and I now have 360 pieces of pretty paper from which to choose to place behind the glass. Not knowing the colors that the couples would like I included two other prints that the initial print could be swapped out with. Anybody that knows me knows that I can be rather indecisive…I hate making decisions, therefore I asked for some help from others in choosing the papers to use for the pictures. Jerika picked out the three prints for Jordan and Luke and my sister Cynthia picked out the ones for Josh and Tawni. I think they did a nice job.

This is a project I will keep making. First I will make one for myself and then I intend to make some to sell. If you love this saying as much as I do, and would like me to craft a framed copy for you, just get in touch with me and we can discuss price and colors.

Until next time,

Sandi, aka The Queen

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FLORA and the afghan made with Oma love


Last Christmas after I found out I was going to be an Oma again I started making my plans to make an afghan for what would be the newest addition to the family. The first step was to pick a pattern. Bruce and Kendall didn’t plan to find out the gender of the new babe so they had to pick a neutral pattern. And neutral colors.

After convincing the kids that the afghan had to be crocheted and not knit (I prefer to not knit if I can help it…………I end up drinking too many adult beverages when I try to knit………) they decided on a pattern that they found on Pinterest.

Here’s a picture of the pin. The pattern is called Bavarian Crochet Baby Blanket and you can get it at Ravelry.

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After deciding on a pattern, the baby mama and I headed to the nearest JoAnn Fabrics store, easily one of my favorite stores. Kendall had a pretty good idea of the colors that she and Bruce would like for the new afghan but I think she was a bit overwhelmed when she saw just how many colors and textures there were to choose from. And that would be why I made her go with me. I know some people have a hard time believing it, but I can be very indecisive sometimes. Kendall picked out some color combinations and after sending pictures to Bruce they decided on coral, cream, grayish brown, and sea foam. At least I think those are the names of the colors, of course I didn’t think to write them down. You can see the colors for yourself when you view the pictures of the completed blanket.

Armed with the yarn and pattern I attempted to start the afghan. I say attempted because I had no idea how to do a Bavarian crochet stitch and I had a hard time finding just the right YouTube video to learn from. After spending a bit of time searching I found the perfect video. Mikey from the Crochet Crowd was awesome in his tutorial. I tried to get a link to share but I guess I’m not very computer savvy today….I took a screen shot instead. Here it is.

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I’m usually pretty fast at crocheting (that’s the main reason why I like it more than knitting) but it took me ALL MORNING to learn how to perform this stitch. All I can say is it’s a good thing I love those kids so much……..I actually say that A LOT when I crochet something they ask for. I swear they must think I can do anything…….I guess they know I hate admitting defeat. While it took me all morning to learn the stitch it was a fun stitch to do and it got much easier once I got into the third or fourth row. Before finding Mikey’s tutorial I tried to learn from others but there was no comparison. Mikey’s was the best and he made it seem so easy. If you decide to make this for yourself and don’t know how to perform this stitch make sure you check out Mikey’s tutorial.

Below is a picture of the completed afghan with my granddaughter Flora as the model. The afghan looks a bit different than the one in the picture on Pinterest because I used a bigger hook. I love the way it turned out, and so did Bruce and Kendall. I made the hat in this picture too. It’s knit and a copy of one that someone else made for Amos when he was born. I didn’t have a pattern for the hat so I had to wing it. By the time I completed this hat the house was littered with half completed hats that weren’t just right. I really don’t care to knit……

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As I was crocheting this afghan Kitty, a friend of mine, told me that when she makes afghans she always uses the leftover yarn to make a doll blanket for any older siblings the new babe may have. I loved that idea. Below is a picture of the doll/teddy bear blanket I made for big brother Amos. Don’t I have the best models?

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Here’s a shot of the doll blanket before I gave it to Amos. Totally different model.

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I love making baby afghans and I can’t wait to make the next one………..hopefully it will be for another new family member…….

Until next time,

Sandi, aka The Queen

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Corny but cute!


I’ve been pretty busy this summer making gifts for bridal showers and weddings, and of course for all the new babies in my life. My last post was about the casserole dish and its “clothes” that I put together for my nephew’s bride-to-be Tawni. This time I am writing about the casserole dish and the clothes that I made for the daughter of some good friends of ours. As I wrote about in my last post I just love putting together this kind of gift. I really don’t like giving money or gift cards as that seems so impersonal. I prefer to make my gifts if I can and this particular gift is my usual “go to”. This year has been a bumper crop of weddings and babies so I’ve had many opportunities to make stuff. Unfortunately I was too busy to make gifts at the time of the first two weddings of the summer but I now am back on track.  In my last post I included two awesome bean recipes. In this post you will read about two even better (in my honest opinion) recipes for corn. First let me tell you how I put together the casserole dish.

When I make a lot of my crafts I like to re-purpose whenever I can. When I say re-purpose I am referring to visiting thrift shops in search of the perfect item to turn into something new. Obviously I can only re-purpose certain things. I can’t re-purpose yarn for my crocheting projects but I CAN re-purpose casserole dishes and frames. There is more than one reason that I like to re-purpose. Probably the biggest reason is that I enjoy the hunt. There is nothing more exciting than finding exactly what you’re searching for and I’ve got a whole room filled with stuff to prove it! Okay, let’s be honest here, I’ve got a whole room filled with stuff that I’ve found that might make it as gifts and some that might make it no further than my own cupboard. For whatever reason, I just love bowls. When I started my search for the perfect casserole dishes for some gifts I needed to make, it was very hard to find something for someone other than myself. This summer I found a couple of items that I just couldn’t bear to give away.

Before I started this hunt I spoke with the bride’s mother to make sure that her daughter, Jordan, wouldn’t mind getting something “used”. Not only would Jordan not mind, she loved to collect vintage Pyrex. In my search for the perfect dish for Jordan I found a couple of items that I just couldn’t bear to give away.

The first casserole dish that I found that I just couldn’t bring myself to part with was not actually a casserole dish, but a bean pot. Isn’t this just the cutest thing?

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Don’t judge me on my awesome photography skills…..I have none.

The next casserole dish I found may not actually be considered a casserole dish either and that’s what kept me searching. The fact that I didn’t want to give it up might have influenced me just a little.

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Finding all these neat dishes that I wanted to keep for myself compelled me to promise Art that for every new dish I brought home for myself I would get rid of one. I’m fairly certain that I won’t be able to keep that promise but I will try!

Since I so desperately wanted to keep for myself the two dishes that I had found I went on a power search for the perfect dish for Jordan. At the fifth shop that I searched I found this….

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Isn’t she cute?

And I dressed her like this…..

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I just love the colors of the “clothes” for this little dish. Jordan told me that she does too!

I’m pretty sure that Jordan is the last bride for this year but a new crop of brides will be here next year.  I’ll just have to force myself to keep searching for the perfect casserole dish for future gifts……sigh……the things I must do……

Along with the casserole dish and her clothes I gave Jordan my recipes for green bean casserole, baked beans, and two different scalloped corn dishes, along with some of the ingredients. You can read about the bean recipes in my prior post “Beans Beans the Magical Fruit”.

My family enjoys two different scalloped corn recipes. One is my father in-law’s recipe and my son frequently makes it for his dish to pass at our family dinners. The other recipe was one that my daughter in-law’s mom frequently made for our dinners and it’s MY favorite. Nobody needs two different corn recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas so if one recipe is made for Thanksgiving the other is made for Christmas.

Click here for the recipe for dad Salter’s scalloped corn Scalloped corn-dad’s recipe

Click here for the recipe for MY favorite scalloped corn Scalloped corn

Until next time,

Sandi, aka The Queen

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Beans Beans the Magical Fruit


No, this post is not about the magical power of beans, but if you read this entire post you WILL read about two different bean recipes. Did the title catch your attention? If it got you here it did what it was supposed to do. When I first started my blog a couple of years ago, my intentions were to write a couple times a week. HA! That didn’t last long. I then told myself I would write at least once a week…….that didn’t last very long either. I was then happy to write a couple times a month and eventually that slowed down as well. It’s been a few months (probably actually longer than that, I’m afraid to see just how long if I’m totally honest here) since I’ve written and it is once again my goal to get back on track.

When I first started writing I wanted to write a blog that would someday make a little money….I’ve come to the realization that’s not likely to happen. I am so busy with everything else in life I just don’t have the time it would take to be a successful blog writer. Will that stop me from writing? NO! One of my greatest regrets is not taking the time to write. Anybody that knows me knows that I like to talk and writing is just a form of talking. It’s a well-known fact that once I get started it’s hard to shut me up. In order to get back into writing I decided that each time I finish a craft or a new recipe I must write about it before I can start another project. I had good intentions but I must admit that I’ve already gotten off track. This post (along with a few others) should have been written a couple of weeks ago and it’s my hope that “maybe” I will now get on track. Hopefully I can get this written without too many interruptions from the kid next door, aka my grandson Kavik.

The first project I am going to write about is the shower gift I made for my nephew Josh’s fiancée Tawni. Tawni and Josh are getting married on September 16th and I attended their shower on August 6th. Whenever possible I like to make the gifts that I give away, I find that it is more personal.

Insert interruption #1 here  -under demands from the kid next door I must now get on the floor and put a puzzle together……………

Okay, I’m back.

One of the gifts that I received at my own bridal shower about 34 years ago was a casserole dish that came with a wicker basket, it was one of my favorites. I used the wicker basket to dress up the dish for our own table and I also used it to transport the casserole dish when I attended a pot luck and needed to take a dish to pass. All those many years ago I mostly used the casserole dish for green bean casserole. I loved that casserole dish so much it is the gift I like to recreate to give to the future brides in my life.

In an effort to ensure that my bride will want to use my special gift I do my best to find out what colors may be her favorite. In this case I told Tawni that I would be making something for her kitchen and I sent her pictures of yarn that I had and asked her to choose two or three. Tawni choose purple, gray and cream. While I loved my wicker basket weaving is not one of my specialties, but crocheting is. I crocheted a basket for a casserole dish that I had found at a thrift shop (I like to re-purpose when I can) and I think it turned out pretty good! At the time that I completed this project I wasn’t thinking about writing about it so I didn’t think to take any pictures. I asked Tawni to take some and send them to me. Tawni passed that chore onto Josh and this is what I got….

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And that my friends is how I got pictures of the gift I made Tawni for her bridal shower. Along with the casserole dish I included the recipe for Josh’s favorite baked beans, the recipe for green bean casserole (Josh’s mama’s favorite) and recipes for two different kinds of scalloped corn. I also included the ingredients. I just LOVE putting together this kind of gift! Recipes for the bean dishes are included in this post. You can read about the corn recipes in my next post when I write about the casserole dish I put together for another bride………..lots of weddings this year!

Click here for the recipe for  Green Bean Casserole

Click here for the recipe for Aunt Sandi’s famous baked beans

Until next time,

Sandi, aka The Queen

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No doubt about it. He can “rock it”.


Hey Matt! I think I’ll crochet a pair of shorts for you. What colors do you want?

The colors that I was asking about were in reference to the pair of crocheted shorts I was always threatening to make for my son Matt. All of my friends know that I love to crochet and are always tagging me on Facebook referencing various projects that they think I should make. One of the projects that I receive numerous tags for are a pair of crocheted shorts. I always respond and tag Matt as he is the one that I like giving crap to, probably because he’s always giving me crap, but that’s a whole different story.

Here are some of our Facebook conversations regarding said shorts:

From my friend Sue

From my friend Beth

One day I even got TWO tags! From my friends Rebecca and Barb

I guess one tag wasn’t enough for my friend Barb (or perhaps I wasn’t moving fast enough) she sent me a second one

I’m sure I was tagged a few more times but I can’t find the posts and I’m pretty sure you’ve gotten the idea by now.

I finally decided to put my crocheting expertise to work and get to making Matt his very own pair of crocheted shorts. Usually the first place I look for patterns is Pinterest or Ravelry but I couldn’t find any patterns that I liked, at least not anything free……so I decided to wing it. Since Matt refused to cooperate and give me some colors I decided to cut corners and use an old afghan that I had on hand. I had purchased the afghan at the Goodwill quite some time ago with the thought that perhaps I could sell it online as a vintage/retro item. My theory has always been that ugly sells……..the uglier the better…………except in this case. While nobody wanted to buy the afghan to adorn their home I felt it would suit the bill when it came to creating that special pair of shorts for my favorite middle child.

Matt’s thirtieth birthday was just around the corner…..what better gift could there possibly be?  The shorts were actually quite easy to make. Since the afghan was made of granny squares I was able to disassemble them without much damage. Using two big squares I sewed them together with the seam going down the front and up the back right over his crack. You could say I sewed from junk to trunk. I also crocheted a waistband and created a drawstring closure so he wouldn’t ever accidentally show his junk if he should decide to actually wear them out in public (which he did).

Even though he didn’t want them (mom always knows best) the shorts were a big hit. Here’s Matt showing off his new britches.

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And here’s the Facebook response

After I made those special shorts I received this tag

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We’ll see Matt………….we’ll see.

Until next time,

Sandi, aka The Queen

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Pull my finger! Please………just pull my finger!


“Hey honey, do you suppose we could stop at a store on our way out of town so I can get something for my stomach?” Two days later……….”hey honey, do you suppose we can stop at the store on our way home so I can get something for my stomach? I’m feeling rather gassy”. The next day………”hey honey, I think I’m having phantom pains from my hysterectomy……I feel like I’m having menstrual cramps which is impossible since I no longer have a uterus”.

All of the above was uttered by me to my husband a few years ago right before my appendix burst. The first time that I felt like I needed something to help me feel better was on a Thursday, after we got done eating dinner and before heading home from a day at the casino. I just didn’t feel right. I felt like I had to fart but couldn’t. Believe me when I say that I don’t usually talk about farting, at least not when it concerns me, but I do so now in an attempt to educate. You will never ever catch me farting in front of somebody else and definitely not around Art (at least not on purpose). I do have to admit though that if I felt a fart coming on while in the presence of my sister or my son Matt I wouldn’t hold back………that would be a payback. The fact that I willingly told Art that I was having issues was testimony to how crappy I felt. Unfortunately, whatever over the counter medication I got at the time did not work, because two days later I was once again requesting that we stop and pick something up as I still couldn’t fart. That medication didn’t work either. Sunday found me rolling around in pain and nothing would help the pain go away. Since the pain now felt like a menstrual cramp (along with a feeling like I had to fart but couldn’t) I googled “menstrual cramps after hysterectomy” and was convinced that I was having phantom pains akin to the pain some amputees report experiencing. I took some ibuprofen and curled up on my bed waiting for it to take effect while Art snoozed in his chair (it was a Sunday after all).

Once Art woke up from his little nap and found me writhing in pain he did a little googling of his own and he found something entirely different from what I found.

With this list in his hand:

  • Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/ or vomiting after abdominal pain begins
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Inability to pass gas

Art – “Describe your pain, where is it at”?

Me – “lower part of my belly”

Art – “which side”

Me – “right”

Art (may as well call him Dr. Art at this point) – “have you had a loss of appetite”?

Me – “you know I have”

Art – “want me to read to you the symptoms of a burst appendix”?

Me – “are you kidding me? I never thought of my appendix, I’m sure it’s just phantom pains from my hysterectomy”

Art – “seriously, let me read you these symptoms”. He then proceeded to read the list of symptoms to me. Once he got to “inability to pass gas (I think the actual list he found spoke of it as fartlessness) I said “that’s it, let’s go!”

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I quickly put my shoes on and we headed to the emergency room of our local hospital. By the time we got to the hospital I could no longer stand up straight and was all hunched over, another symptom. The staff wasted no time getting me into an examining room and started running tests. At this point I was still not totally convinced that it was my appendix and thought it just had to be pain from the right ovary that I elected to not have removed when I had my hysterectomy years earlier. I somehow convinced the staff to check my ovary first, to rule out the possibility that was what was causing my pain. The ultrasound they performed showed that it was not my ovary and they then did whatever tests they needed to do to see if it was my appendix. While waiting for the test results I was in excruciating pain. I was also very thirsty but I wasn’t allowed any fluids just in case surgery was needed. I don’t know which was worse………the pain or the thirst. Of course my thirst wasn’t helped any when my son Matt showed up (after calling his dad demanding to know why I wasn’t answering my phone) and drank a great big glass of icy cold water right in front of me knowing full well I couldn’t join him. Turd. As for the pain there wasn’t much I could take that would help. Morphine simply doesn’t work on me, I’m allergic to Vicodin, and while Dilaudid has worked for me in the past it also makes me vomit (even with the anti- nausea drug added into the mix). So alas, I was stuck being in pain and thirsty. Shortly before midnight the test results showed that my appendix had burst and a doctor was called in to remove the offending organ. I felt so much better after the surgery.

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I spent two nights in the hospital and Matt stayed with me both nights. I still don’t know if Matt was so eager to stay with me because he’s a mama’s boy or because I had a male nurse. Doesn’t matter, he was great company!

I am happy (or maybe not so happy) to report that I can fart again. I have spoken to others that have had appendectomies and it appears that farting becomes more frequent when you no longer have an appendix and that’s for life. More than one person has told me that taking a probiotic would help the farting issue and I am happy to report that it does indeed work. If I ever were to skip taking one of my many supplements I can guarantee that my probiotic would not be one of them………it works that well……..I just wish it worked that well on somebody else that shall remain nameless.

This article was written with the intent to educate by telling of my experience with appendicitis and the symptoms that may be hard for some individuals to speak of. In no way should you take my word over what a doctor tells you. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms you are advised to seek medical attention. I’m not afraid to say that if Art had not discovered what he discovered I may not be writing this story…………I was THAT convinced that it was nothing and that I was just being a baby. I have a very high tolerance for pain and I once walked around on a broken foot for four months thinking it was just arthritis. Always listen to your body (or your spouse or significant other) and get things checked out when you feel that things just aren’t right. You never know what you will find and it just may save your life, or at least some pain.

Until next time,

Sandi, aka The Queen

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The “OMG” I should never had made this carrot cake, carrot cake…..it’s THAT good…..


So………..a few weeks ago I was on Facebook and I came across this picture on a friend’s profile.

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I commented that while that looked good I intended to make my grandmother’s carrot cake. I’m not much of a cake eater but I DO love my grandma’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and Art has made it for me lots of times for my birthday. Even one of my best friends, using my grandma’s recipe, made my favorite carrot cake for my fortieth birthday. Correction, my friend used my grandma’s recipe minus the cinnamon she forgot. It wasn’t quite the same. We still joke about it years later.

At any rate, like I mentioned earlier, I commented that I intended to use my grandma’s recipe. And then I read the recipe attached to the picture that my friend posted. Oh my. This wasn’t just any old carrot cake, it was carrot cake AND cheese cake. Again, oh my. I quickly commented on my friend’s post letting her know that I perhaps I would just have to try this new recipe for Easter.

The closer we got to Easter though the busier I got and I tried to get out of making this new recipe. First I tried to pawn off the making of the cake to my niece Kristi. Kristi was coming to my house for Easter and offered to make a carrot cake. “That would be great Kristi, do you suppose you could use this recipe? I’ve already told everybody this is the cake we are having for dessert”. Kristi agreed to use this new recipe and I thought I had gotten out of making this new labor intensive cake. A few days before Easter though Kristi contacted me with the news that her brother wouldn’t be coming to my Easter dinner and she was now going to bring the green bean casserole that he had been in charge of bringing to dinner. Crap. Now I was going to have to make the darn cake after all. How do I get myself into these situations? I already had a perfectly good recipe and now I’d gone and offered to make something that I’d never made before……something that had a number of steps and that had to be made a day in advance…………the same day I already had plans to be gone most of the day to a friend’s Easter shindig.

“Hey Art”! I’m thinking maybe I won’t be making that new carrot cake after all, would that be okay? I think I’ll just make grandma’s carrot cake………..I’ve made that lots of times and I know it would turn out. What do you think?” I guess I don’t have to tell you what Art thought. Art thought I should make the new recipe and being the good wife I profess to be, I agreed.

I followed the recipe and everything was going great until I tried to get the cake out of the pans. They wouldn’t come out. Hey! Why aren’t these cakes coming out of the pans? I greased AND floured the pans and the darn cakes still wouldn’t come out nicely. That’s when the cake earned a new name. I can’t really go into detail as to what the new name is as it’s rather naughty but I can tell you that it was bad enough that even Art wouldn’t say it out loud in front of my mother and instead chose to text the new name to my sister. My son Matt had no problems saying the name out loud though, but only after he elicited a promise from my mom that she wouldn’t get mad when she heard it. I have to give my mom credit, her only response was “I didn’t know you knew that word Sandi”. Let’s just say the new name started with an “f” and ended in “uck”. Say that a few times and add an “ity” once and I’m sure you can figure out what the new name is. I really don’t say that word often (you may want to note that I have to make that claim as my mother will be reading this) but sometimes there is no word that will better describe the situation and you just have to go with it…………never in public though………or in front of your mother………and that would be why she didn’t know I knew that particular word.

The rest of the conversation as I was trying to get the darn cake out of the pan went like this “well, at least you can mold the cake into any form you like………….nobody will see it after it is frosted” said Art after I finally gave up on trying to get the cake out in one piece and just scraped the it out of the pan. Maybe I didn’t wait long enough for it to cool before attempting to remove it from the pan. Maybe I should have used real “grease” instead of spray when I greased the pan. I have already decided that the next time I make this particular cake I will be using parchment paper to line the bottom of the pan, just like I did with the cheesecake layer. We, and when I say we I mean Art and I (after all, Art did have a vested interest in this cake) finally hit upon the idea of freezing the remaining layer of the cake to see if it would pop out any easier. I am happy to report that loosening the sides and then freezing the remaining layer allowed Art to pop it out of the pan the following morning.

While I did do the mixing and baking of the cake Art is the one that gets credit for the assembly. As I showered Easter morning Art made the frosting (yes, it really does take TWO sticks of butter, that’s not a typo) and assembled the cake. After Art frosted the cake he sprinkled it with some toasted pecans that he found in the cupboard (not realizing that I had put walnuts INSIDE the cake) and topped it with a Butterfinger egg that he found in the candy dish. I love nuts so the addition of the pecans was a nice touch. The cake was such a hit that I think it will forever be our Easter dessert. Art even declared it the best part of dinner and as such he will be getting it again for his birthday next month instead of the German Chocolate Cake that I usually make him from scratch.

carrot cheesecake
Here’s a picture of the cake that I baked and Art assembled.

For those of you thinking that two layers of carrot cake, along with a layer of cheese cake, is just too much rest assured that the cheesecake is just two thirds the size of a regular cheese cake as the recipe calls for two blocks of cream cheese instead of the usual three.

While I can take credit for advising as to how to get a stuck cake out of a pan I cannot take credit for this awesome recipe. Click here for the full recipe. http://bit.ly/21OW1VV

That’s all for now. I think I’ll go walk on the treadmill for a while so I won’t feel too guilty when I have a piece of the cake I intend to make Art for his birthday next month. I just hope I get a whole piece this time as I only got a half of a piece the first time………it disappeared too fast……….it was THAT good……

Sandi, aka The Queen

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