Sunday, October 28, 2007

When life gives you pumpkins.............

You turn them into an amazing mouth watering Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake....and I'm not just saying that because I gave you the recipe, but because I made it last night and after one bite I literally felt like I was floating towards heaven. Well, not really, but it was THAT good.

You eat it warm or cold, of course the aroma in the house was the determining factor because by the time the cake came out of the oven, the only thing that kept me from shoving my face into the cake pan was the heat....oh and the fact that it would be socially unacceptable?!?!? LOL

See the whipping cream dripping as it melts???? Tell me you don't want to just stick a fork in it and take a big bite??? I have yet to find a cake that screams Fall as this one does, it's going to become one of our family favorites, that's for sure.

But you can't have cake without some kind of beverage to go along, so I reached for a Viennese Coffee and again, the floating and heaven thing happened all over again.

VIENNESE COFFEE

3 c. strong brewed coffee
3 T. chocolate syrup
1 t. sugar
1/3 c. whipping cream

Optional: 1/3 c. chocolate liqueur
Garnish: whipped topping, chocolate shavings.

Combine coffee, syrup and sugar in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 2 to 2- 1/2 hours. Stir in cream and liqueur, if using. Cover and cook on low setting for an additional 30 minutes, or until heated through. Ladle into mugs, garnish with dollops of whipped topping and chocolate shavings. Makes 4 servings.

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I must say, it was a great day in the kitchen, let's not forget that for dinner I fixed Johnny Marzetti and it was SO good, Nicholas who is the picky-never-hungry eater, had two servings and mmmm'd and ooooo'd throughout the meal.


I still haven't had the chance to go blog hopping, so I know a lot of you are wondering where I am or if I just forgot about you but I didn't and as a matter of fact, I've allocated myself time tonight to do it.

As a matter of fact there's a couple new blogs I found that I'm loving and want to share with you all, so I'll do that soon, maybe tomorrow morning, hopefully, if I remember LOL

Jasmine's reading corner was the best idea I could have had, I just wish I had thought of it a year or two ago but hey, better late then never right? Here she is, actually enjoying reading and as she put it "this is so comfy, I like it now".


I just recently got her into the Junie B. Jones books, she was never interested before even though she has pretty much the whole collection, but last week thursday I took one off the shelf and started reading it and laughing, not faked laughing because if you've read Junie B. Jones you KNOW that is hilarious. She came up to me and asked what I was doing and before long she had taken off with the book herself to read.....can't tell you how happy it made me :)

Here's the best part though, through the Junie B. Jones website I found a link to another one called Teachers@Random and what it is, is different activities and ideas to do with the kids in the classroom, now of course I'm NO teacher but I can still use these for Jasmine. They even have it set up by the different books, like for example, Jasmine is busy reading "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" so they have a page for it with different activities that go along with the book. I am so thrilled you can't even understand, I almost want to dress as a teacher and set up a classroom just so I can play "school" LOL

Of course I won't do that, but I will be working with her and doing the different activities, I think she'll enjoy it. But don't think it's just for Junie B. Jones, you can pick what grade you're looking for and what books you want to work with etc......seriously, take some time and browse through the site, it's fascinating.

Feeling - Inspired

Drinking - Viennese Coffee

Writing - Grocery lists and menus for the week to come

Thinking - that I need to get some crafting done

Contemplating - Sewing or knitting

Knowing - that I'll probably start the knitting before the sewing

Listening - to cartoons on the tv

Jumping - everytime one of the kids runs up to me and yells in my ears

Savoring - Audio book of Pride & Prejudice (via Librivox), can't tell you how happy I am to have found that website

Resisting - the temptation to have yet another slice of Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Eating - Nothing right now

Hiding - my fast break candy bar so the kids don't eat it

Feeling - impatient for the fall weather to finally arrive in Arizona

15 comments:

Tashasc30 said...

my 9 yr old has a collections of the junie the jones books and shes really enjoys them alot. , i will check the site out.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

What a nice "comfy" post!! Pumpkin dessert and good coffee..now that is just rates a "comfy" rating for sure.
Thanks for stopping by today!! I so enjoyed teaching Madison. She is quite the QUICK learner. Sandy

Lulu said...

thats looks so delich, Sandra..i cant wait to try..
your baby sure looks comfy in her reading corner..

Simply Stork said...

It's a perfectally perfect post for today...our house is chilly and pumpkin cake and coffee sounds nice to me...
~simply~

Michelle said...

wow that picture does look so tempting! Can I come over and have a piece?! :)

So glad the reading nook is working out for Jasmine!

Amanda said...

Thanks for posting about Junie B Jones books. I had never heard of them before but they do sound fun and I'll have to remember them for when my son is older.

I also didn't know about librivox until now.

Two new things from a single blog! Thank you.

Thanks also for leaving a comment on my blog.

Mari said...

I copied the recipe for the pumpkin gingerbread cake last week and now I want to make it more than before, but I have to buy some molasses. Glad the reading corner is working!

Jen said...

That cake with the cool whip looks wonderful......how has life been with you? Are you thinking of Christmas yet? Madison read those Junie books too...very cute.

Jeannene said...

Sandra,
You always and mean ALWAYS have such neat and inspiring things to share with us/ME!! Love your daughter's reading corner, and as always your yummy recipes, and also your little list of info. about yourself. Your just too darn fun..wish we lived closer.
xoxo
Jeannene

annie said...

Hi Sandra!
Yummy looking recipes.

Rick said...

I was trying to figure out what a SAHM was - thought maybe it was some kind of eastern mystic spiritual leader - then I figured it out (I'm a little slow). Still, I think I was half right.

http://www.organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

That pumpkin gingerbread looks divine- I am making that this week! Yummy!

Michelle said...

oh thanks *i think* for posting the pumpkin gingerbread cake looks oh so yummy ;)and so does the coffee..maybe during naptime.

Renee's Ramblings said...

I'll have to try the coffee with the cake! Both sound so yummy! Glad to hear your dtr is enjoying reading!

Renee'
http://rmboys2.wordpress.com/

gail@more than a song said...

That pumpkin gingerbread cake looks so good, as does the coffee and your dinner meal! And you're so busy being crafty too!