No School Today...

for Ethan (Zoey only goes M-W-F), due to freezing, cold temperatures. Having Papa home during a weekday always makes for a different schedule of events around here. A bit lazier of a morning being one.

Around mid-morning Zoey and I managed to take off for a play date with friends which turned into a late morning playtime, nice lunch and early afternoon playtime with friends. It was really nice to get out and to have Zoey get to play with little buddies (friends that she doesn't see normally when school isn't cancelled, as one goes to school opposite days as her normally) and it was also nice for me to get some good conversation time in with a special friend.

Hoping things warm up sooner than later, forecast isn't that great though for tomorrow it seems...

Here is a recent layout that I did just using scraps of bits and things that were in and around my desk. Photo was taken of my dad when I was in about 6th grade I think, that would make it about 18 years old. That just doesn't seem possible.


And just one more share, (I had to...I can't help but be proud), this is actually the first ever double-layer cake that I have ever made. I am 31 years old (I think?) and just this year I braved double-layer cakes! I think I had an unnatural fear of my cakes not coming out of the pans completely, but I am thrilled to report they did!


I was thinking about my Grandmother the whole time I was baking it (she used to make elaborate wedding cakes) and so it only seemed fitting that I put the cake on one of the beautiful plates that she has given to me over the years. Here is the recipe for this little beauty:


2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Yields about 2 cups frosting.
Susan Beth said...

Yum, that frosting sounds wonderful! And your cake looks beautiful! Love the page too - nice to have that picture of your dad from so long ago.

~Amie~ said...

great job on the cake! my grandmother used to make fancy cakes too :-)

I really like the way you did your title on the layout!

Nathalie Kalbach said...

what a treasure photo and layout of your Dad. And I love the cake...I'm on my way- LOL

DebW said...

Nice LO and what a fab cake! Too bad I live so far away cuz I'd be over in a heartbeat to have a slice!!

Mireille said...

lovely layout .. and that CAKE!!!
unbelieveble!! *drool*

Anonymous said...

What an awesome LO! And I could def. use some chocolate cake right now. Your cake turned out perfect!


this is the chocolate cake I make for all my staff birthdays, it is so easy to make and comes out fabulous!!!! your cake looks beauteous!!!