Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Explosion Cake from Williams-Sonoma

I have wanted to make one of these yummy looking
"Explosion Cakes" 
for a while now, so while we are at the beach this week, I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to do some cooking with the kids!
We have also painted...a lot.

and beached.

and tennised.

and played.

and napped. (thank God)

Williams Sonoma sells the kit btw.


So...some of you may know this but my Ever's is really kinda like a master baker.
Let's just put it this way, she can teach us a few things.
At age 10.

Here's what cha get

It does not come with the small pans so you will have to buy those 
also. I only bought 2 because they were 20.00 each πŸ€ͺ. 
Seriously. A little ridiculous.
So, because I only had two pans the cake took longer than normal.


we separated the batter in to 6 bowls

and with a little help from Catiebug dyed the batter for each layer.
We added a little more dye because we wanted the layers to be extra bright!
 *the dye is included in the mix

then we baked all of them but forgot to take pics....
And covered them to finish the next day

Off to Shunk Gulley on 30A

a little disappointed that they haven't gotten on the paper straw bandwagon.
But, they had a GREAT band playing

Back to the cake
We were up bright and early to finish.
(I promise)
We found a 2" circle (champaign) glass to cut the hole
*tip - do one at a time, lay the next layer on the bottom to use the first one as a guide so that the hole will all line up.

 like this!
and this
now for the icing

mix it all up really well.  Remember what I said about following the directions?
They are very specific.

put a dollop of icing on a rotating plate (this really really helps if you have one)
I had a rotating cheese plate
Then put down the first layer

and ice
Be sure that you don't get the icing inside the hole

and then the next one!

Icing each layer as you go being sure to line it up perfectly straight
(why the holes need to be all lined up)
you get to the final layer with the hole and then 
pour all the yummy sprinkles into the hole!

add the top layer and ice.

This is where 10 year old Ever's schooled me.
Crumb Coating the cake.
(never heard of it beforeπŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺ)
after I told her just to ice it she said
(my bad)
head hung low I was schooled on baking.
Sadly our hands were too messy to show how you coat the outside with the sprinkles.  But, after taking the cake out of the fridge, you finish icing completely.  Put the entire rotating pan on a large baking pan and starting from the bottom and using your hands you carefully coat the entire cake with the sprinkles.

You cut in to it and all those yummy sprinkles and stuff come billowing out!

Y'all, I highly recommend this.
It was SO SO fun,
and really good!
And easy!!!

Have a great day y'all!!!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Dog Days of the Beach!

We all hopped in "W"s car yesterday and headed down to the beach.
Sandestin to be exact.
We have a little bungalow down here and decided when we bought it that we could give each one of our kids a week out of the year.
We also rent it out and luckily...
it stays rented.
Well, I say luckily, I'm re-thinking this rental program thing after a few things were broken this time and moved around and just plain not here.
But, that's to be expected right?
Anyway, this is J and E's week and they graciously invited me to come along with them and the kids.
I was ready to be at the beach
***side note....
I'm going to limit myself to 2 hours (or less of tennis each day)
20 hours in a week like I did last time I was here allowed me to not walk normal for 2 weeks.
I'm. old.

Beach Bound.
But first, a stop at Peach Park...
and y'all, the peaches this year are THE BEST they've ever been.

 I learned something new yesterday.  I didn't know that "extra" was the "cool" word to say nowadays.
Guess it is right up there with 2 other things that DRIVE ME CRAZY...
"I love doing life with you"
"they are living their best life" (talking about a 1 month old)
sorry if I'm offending.
but really y'all.

 See that sign on the bottom? I bought that.
I really like the copper one too, that was a close 2nd.

 this one would literally live on vacation all of her life.

Made it in perfect time for a wonderful lunch at The Bay.
Fun, comfortable, relaxing, pretty good food.
I'll give it 3 stars. Get the garlic rice though.  And the collard greens were YUM.
I've had better fried shrimp tho and really, they need to add hush puppies.
and they have a beach for the kids.

and a beer

I asked them to drag my BM through the garden and they took it a little literallyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I'm earning every one of those 60 year old wrinkles and I am proud of it.
earrings from

And then Baby Boggsy came over to spend the afternoon with us!

and then we ate and went to bed!

Have a great day y'all!

Friday, June 28, 2019

"THE BEST" Pimiento Cheese Recipe EVER!

Kendall Boggs Pimento Pomonto Piminto Pimiento Cheese

First you need to learn to spell pimiento


But really y'all, this is the best.
ever. youngest's husband turns 35 tomorrow!

Along with a few other birthdays that they are celebrating, they are having a HUGE backyard hoe down with a bunch of fun adult events.
They rented this
That's him.
And that's a huge water slide.
How fun!!!
So..lets get to the best pimiento cheese EVER!

Start with these ingredients:
I have two versions of this recipe

Kendall Boggs' Garlicky Pimiento Cheese

2 bags of finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
and one extra bag for (I'll show you in a sec)
1 large jar of chopped pimientos
fresh peeled garlic
Dukes mayonnaise (only Dukes)
nothing else (I promise) will make it taste this good
cayenne pepper

Pour two bags into a bowl that someone left at your house about 30 years ago.
Sorry, you're not getting it back!

Only finely shredded cheese works for this recipe!

dump in the drained pimientos

stir that all up
add about this much mayo

I added a little too much mayo so I added a little more cheese (hence the 3 pkg. of cheese)

Add two cloves of pressed garlic

Stir it up and add....
cayenne pepper!
to taste.

about this much
and you're done!

Now to my second recipe
Kendall Boggs' Spicy Bacon Pimiento Cheese

Do the same as above, except use a large jar of shredded pimientos
and chopped chili peppers
and this

(I should have used real bacon)

Mix it all up and....
Dump in two separate containers
I wish I had made more
Learn how to spell

and send it to a special guy for his birthday!

***I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how to ship something cold

First, go to Publix and get dry ice and a Styrofoam container
(the person behind the desk has to get this for you)

If you want it to stay cold, put the dry ice on the bottom of the food
If you want it to stay frozen, put the dry ice on the top of the food

But....before you go out of your house you must print off a Fed Ex Dry Ice sticker to put on the outside of your box.
With the amt. of dry ice. this time, you are getting a little irritated
Find out before you drive all over town WHICH Fed Ex will ship out dry ice
(only a few have the scanning device for this)

Put in a box and overnight the food with the dry ice sticker on the outside

Please note if you publish or are using this recipe professional or personally, I would love the credit! 
Have a terrific day y'all!
And Happy Birthday "Haha"! Just think you're halfway to 70!