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December 21, 2014

THE YELLOW CAKE....AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FAVORITE!



A busy weekend for everyone I am sure. We have finally finished the last of the shopping.
Now to begin the wrapping of the gifts!
I just happened to think....wrapping Christmas gifts was my very first job.
I was fifteen years old and a sophomore in high school.
My very best friend and I decided to work over the Christmas holidays and we were a successful "wrapping duo" at the Emporium in Jackson!
The year was 1968. 


 Christmas Past....my mother at three years old. .....Miss Helen Margaret! 


Christmas present.....Noah and Abbigaile


Now isn't HE going to make a lovely gift for someone special? HO-HO-HO!


It's time for the baking to begin!
I think I'm ready......
And the merry bells keep ringing....Happy Holidays to YOU!



I had featured this diving yellow cake in an earlier post and promised you the recipe!
Here is the most heavenly, homemade yellow cake you will ever taste!
It's a bite of heaven! 
If you have not finished your Christmas baking as of today, 
you may just want to add this one to your hit parade!


His favorite cake, is a yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting! I am always striving to perfect their all time favorites. This homemade cake is just about the best ever! I baked this on Saturday afternoon as a treat for helping finish the outdoor lighting. I knew it was going to be really feather light, moist and delicious from two things.....BUTTERMILK and whipped egg whites! Boy Howdy.......we all took one bite and there was silence for a moment! The sounds of "mmmmmmmmmmm" said it all. Nuff' said!


  
ESTELLE'S PERFECT YELLOW CAKE
  1 cup unsalted butter, softened, room temperature
  2 cups white sugar
  2 eggs, separated, room temperature
  3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  2 cups cake flour
  1 tablespoon baking powder
  1 teaspoon salt
  1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

 Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Set aside.
  
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg yolks and vanilla, mixing until fully incorporated. Set aside.
  
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk.
Mix until batter is fluffy but be careful not to over mix.
  
Beat egg whites until foamy and thick. Very gently fold egg whites into batter and mix until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans and spread into even layers. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  
Remove from oven and let cake cool in pans until pans are warm to the touch.
Carefully remove cakes from pan and place on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
When cakes are completely cooled, frost with chocolate buttercream frosting.




December 20, 2014

SLOW COOKER MAPLE DIJON PORK CHOPS


You are going to LOVE this recipe! This is probably the best pork chop recipe that will WOW your family! My husband just loved this the other night for dinner. It is SO easy, with few ingredients, smells heavenly and the end result is a delicious, tender, moist and very flavorful pork chop!! I served ours with homemade mashed potatoes and those divine "buttah beans!" Yankees refer to them as "Lima Beans!" I love good slow cooker recipes, that can allow you to continue to decorate while dinner is cookin'! Y'all are going to just love this, promise!

December 19, 2014

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS JOY


"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

December 18, 2014

CHRISTMAS EVE 1894...A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA AND A VISIT TO A VICTORIAN HOLIDAY HOME


Have you read any good, romantic novels for the Christmas season?
Here's what's on The Reading Corner List at Estelle's!

Christmas Eve 1894


Wrapped in a cloud of steam, the engine rolled to a stop, 
the screech of metal against metal filling the frosty air. 
Snow blew across the railway platform and 
around Meg’s calfskin walking boots. 
The weather definitely was not improving.
She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and 
sweet mincemeat tarts displayed beneath a bell jar.

Later, perhaps, when her appetite returned. 
At the moment her stomach was twisted into a knot.

“Anything else for you?” the cashier asked as she handed over the tea, 
steaming and fragrant.
Meg was surprised to find her fingers trembling when she lifted the cup. 
“All I want is a safe journey home.”
“On a day like this?” the round-faced woman exclaimed. 
“None but the Almighty can promise you that, lass.”

December 17, 2014

CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE SNACK CAKE! HOLIDAY ADVENTURES IN ATLANTA!



Are you looking for a quick and delicious treat for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? 
This is one of my all time favorite recipes which
 will always produce a fabulous, moist snack cake, which is
perfect to serve for unexpected company or the children's little house party! 
I love that it 's only an 8-inch cake and perfect for two people, 
if you prefer not to bake an 11" x 13" cake! 
It would be a great little after school delight for the kiddos 
with a big glass of milk served in a Santa mug! 

December 16, 2014

IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME....WHAT'S EVERYONE DOING?


 Christmas is a feast for the eyes isn't it? Sharing.....it's what Christmas is all about! The joys of holiday events can bring smiles to both children and those of us who stay young at heart! I love to see what's going on in some of my favorite places! Care to join me?



Third Monday Trade Days in our hometown offers Santa train rides around the grounds! It's a merry way to shop the vendors for treasures and collectibles! That's the great thing about living in Texas....some days in winter, you can still wear just a sweater!

December 15, 2014

THE SUGAR COOKIES....SIMPLE, SWEET, COMFORTING AND FAMILIAR



I can probably bet that all of you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe! You bring out this time treasured family favorite every year in December, to bake up a batch for all the cookie lovers in your home. I have one too! Miss Mimi, who lived next door to us in Jackson and was the organist at our wedding, presented me with her sugar cookie recipe, when we married. What a wonderful gift for a new bride, I thought! Well, needless to say, I have baked her recipe every single year, for the last 42 years!