Good Monday morning, my friends! I am settled in my spot on the couch; the house is quiet except for the dishwasher humming in the background, my coffee is hot, and the fireplace is lit, adding some warmth to this cold room. I snapped the above pictures right before I sat down, just as the lake woke up. I hope you had a lovely weekend, whether cozy and warm inside or fun and cold outside. Some of us snuggled in for mass and football, while others, Peyton and Chris, skied on the freshly packed snow.
I am happy to report I also did some much-needed bathroom scrubbing on Saturday. As I age, I have to be in the mood to clean. I am slow getting started, but I always feel so good once I do it. I love the feeling of having super clean and sparkling bathrooms. Even if that feeling lasts all of an hour or so! Today will be a relaxing day with homeschooling, laundry, leftovers for dinner, and The Bachelor this evening.
Oh! Thursday, January 27, is National Chocolate Cake Day! As you know, we love to celebrate all things holiday, so why not celebrate cake? This easy cake is a favorite in our house, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you, just in case you want to celebrate chocolate cake too.
The cake is known as Depression Cake. The recipe I use is right HERE. I double it and bake in a 13x9 inch pan for our family. The frosting recipe I like to use is a sour cream chocolate frosting that pairs perfectly because it is not too sweet. I found it in an old cookbook called The Cakemix Doctor. Just combine 1/2 stick of butter and 3 oz. Semisweet chocolate chunks in a small saucepan. Melt over low heat for about 3 minutes until smooth. Let cool and stir in 1/2 cup sour cream. Put this in a mixing bowl, and on low speed, mix with 1 and 1/4 cup of sifted powdered sugar and a tablespoon of hot water. (I always sift the powdered sugar!) Then add 1 more cup of sifted powdered sugar and 1 more tablespoon of hot water. Beat until it is the right consistency, and then add1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat a bit more until smooth. We like to refrigerate this cake and set it out before serving.
Well, that is about it for this morning. I hope you have a wonderful day doing whatever you have planned. Thank you for visiting. I am always happy that you do!