Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Weekend

For the weekend of the 4th of July my Sister from another mother came to visit. She is not my blood but a sister none the less. Her mother passed away just a month ago and We really needed to hug one another. So she came, and we talked all night, laughed and cried, and drank wine.

Me on the left, her on the right. 
We got together with my neighbors and had this wonderful bbq outside. It rained but we enjoyed how it cooled the air off. We were under the giant tent anyways so neither us or the food got wet. (much)

There I am way at the end of the table.
We were enjoying the dessert. Some of us had the cake I made and others had strawberry short cake with biscuits (is this a southern thing or do people everywhere except California eat strawberry short cake with biscuits?) My cake was delightful, and healthy, well as healthy as a cake can be!

4th of July Cake
And just to top off the day I will share my recipe with you all.
(I found the recipe in an old betty crocker cook book and modified it)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup honey
2/3 cup butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup vanilla flax milk

bake in 2 bundt cake pans (one smaller then the other) for 35 minutes at 350*
Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together. alternately add dry mix to wet with milk. Do not over mix. Grease and flour bundt cake pans and divide batter into each.

2 packages low fat cream cheese
1 8oz jar of marshmallow cream

Soften cream cheese and blend until smooth then stir in the marshmallow cream and stir again until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use. I also will use this to just dip fresh strawberries in. It is sweet and creamy. I got this recipe from my wonderful Mother in law, we used to use it to eat our strawberries with in the summer when I lived down the street, except she used one package of cream cheese to one 8oz jar. I like the extra cream cheese.

Strawberries and Blueberries top off the cake. I sliced my strawberries and added the blueberries at the end. I only added 1 tsp of sugar for the whole bowl because I did not want to much "juice" in the bowel, just enough to coat the berries.

I also made pasta salad, and my husband made Hawaiian Sweet Potato Salad, and we made bbq chicken.


  1. Looks like bunches of fun! Really, I'd love to get that sweet potato salad recipe. Pretty please?

  2. I was thinking of posting the recipe for that as well... but we had to use Yams because apparently the people on the east coast don't understand that Yams are the red colored root veggie and sweet potatoes are actually yellow or golden in color with a light tan skin. We have found no place here that sells an actual sweet potato. The salad tastes ok with these yams but not quiet the same.

    So I will have to take pics of the salad and post the recipe for that too. :) It is yummy.