Kahlua Cake

Today, I am making a sweet treat that has been traveling through our family for a little while now. I think my cousin Joy started it, then my mom picked it up and it has become an instant favorite. It is a chocolate cake with Kahlua, yum! It is so moist and decadent, no frosting is needed. So here is the simple recipe:

KAHLUA CAKE

1 BOX CHOCOLATE CAKE
4 EGGS
2 CUPS SOUR CREAM
1/3 CUP KAHLUA
1 SMALL INSTANT CHOCOLATE PUDDING
3/4 CUP OIL
1 CUP CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Mix the first six ingredients together, then when blended add the chips.

Pour into greased bundt pan. NOTE: I don’t have a bundt pan so I baked mine in loaf pans and a cupcake pan. Both worked well; just take them out a few minutes early.

BAKE @350 FOR 55 MIN.

Props to my mom for posting this recipe on her blog. Once I couldn’t remember all of the ingredients while at the store, but I was able to look it up on my phone on her blog…saved the day!

Anyway, enjoy! (I know I will!)

Mushrooms

There aren’t a lot of foods that I don’t like. For as long as I can remember, mushrooms have been my biggest offender. “They taste like dirt.” “It’s like eating styrofoam.” These were the reasons I often uttered. But lately, I am singing a different tune. I’ve let them slip into certain dishes I eat at restaurants. I’ve stopped hunting for the offending bits to separate them out for my husband to eat.

Then finally last week, it happened. I actually bought some mushrooms and sauteed them in butter on my own. I loved it! I’ve since eaten mushrooms 3 times. People, I am a reformed mushroom-hater.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. I am all for having preferences where food is concerned, but hating certain kinds of food and refusing to try them different ways is just silly. There isn’t much out there that I won’t eat and enjoy if it is well-prepared. This is just one more food I have to love, and I will keep trying more, cause I love food and I don’t want to miss out.

Will you be mine?

Valentine’s Day is a nice reminder to tell the person you love that they are special to you. It is nice to show your appreciation for a loved one, but that is true any day of the year. Expecting roses, jewelry, candy and fancy dinners are the results of commercial brainwashing.

I say, talk with your significant other beforehand about what you would like to do to celebrate your love. Set an expectation. That way there is no disappointment, no hard feelings. There can still be an element of surprise, but trying to guess what someone would like to be surprised with is ridiculous.

Most years, my husband and I try to do something different so that we do not have to deal with long lines at See’s or a 2 hour wait for dinner. Maybe we go out to a nice breakfast, or walk on the beach, or have a picnic, or make dinner together at home. This year was no exception. We had a great time.