Friday, January 27, 2012

Orange Cake

I made an orange cake for the first time yesterday and was very pleased with the result.  I was a little afraid the orange-y flavor would be overwhelming but it's really not.  Nor does it taste like a cake from a mix!  
1 package vanilla cake mix
1 (3oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4c orange juice
1/2c vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. orange extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 TBSP orange peel
For the Glaze:
1/3c orange juice
2/3c white sugar
1/4c butter
1.  Preheat oven to 325* and grease a Bundt pan.   

2.  In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. 
3.  Add 3/4 cup orange juice, oil, eggs , orange extract, vanilla extract, and orange peel.
4.  Beat on low speed until blended.
Then beat another 3-4 minutes on medium speed until well blended.
5.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake approximately 40 minutes.
6.  Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes in pan
before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
7.  Make the glaze by combining remaining ingredients
in a small saucepan.  Boil 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
8.  Pour glaze into Bundt pan and return cooled cake to pan. 
Allow glaze to soak in for about 10-15 minutes
before turning out onto a serving plate.     
We had this for dessert last night and all morning
 I have resisted the urge to have a piece for breakfast!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Week's Dinner Menu

We have a new baby in the house so things have been a little hectic around here.  I'm finally working on a menu/grocery list today though and this is what I have so far regarding dinners for the remainder of this week:

Tomato and Basil Quiche
Sauteed Broccoli or Asparagus
Toasted English Muffins with Parmesan Cheese

Sausage and Sauerkraut (in the slow cooker)
Green Beans
Pumpernickel Rolls

Steak Kabobs
Garlic Rice
Sugar Snap Peas

Also planning to make an Orange Cake at some point.
Probably not today; maybe tomorrow.

We'll most likely go out for dinner over the weekend. 
If not, there are always leftovers in the fridge.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What Happened??

Last night as he was putting the leftovers of our pizza dinner away, my adorable husband asked, "What happened to the refrigerator?"  I admit, it's getting a little bare but my response to him was, "I'm trying this new thing where we eat the food we have before buying more.  It seems to be working."

It's true that lately I have not been grocery shopping as frequently as I was before.  I go about once a week now, which I realize is the norm for alot of people but as someone accustomed to going a minimum of twice a week, it's a big cutback. 

I have an excuse though.  I am very pregnant right now.  As in, baby is due any minute.  So, I don't always feel up to shopping and the dinners have gotten faster and easier around here in order to minimize the discomfort of standing too long. 

Make no mistake about it though, no one is going hungry!  Our freezer and pantry are ridiculously full!  It's just one kid and me for dinner tonight so I think I'll be serving leftover pizza.  Pretty sure there won't be any complaints.  ;)


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