White Chip Pumpkin Spice Cake

My friend Shalee sent me the recipe for this cake, and it was awesome!  Plus I love making bundt cakes because it means I have an excuse to use my pretty cake plates.

cake

1 pkg. Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
3 large eggs
1 C. pumpkin
2/3 C. evaporated milk
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1 C. white chocolate chips

White Chip Cinnamon Glaze:
3 T. evaporated milk
1 C. white chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12-cup bundt cake pan. Combine cake mix, eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes; stir in chocolate chips. Pour into bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 25 minutes; invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle HALF of glaze over cake; serve with remaining glaze.

For White Chip Cinnamon Glaze:
Heat 3 T. evaporated milk in a small, heavy-duty saucepan over medium heat just to a boil; remove from heat. Add 1 C. white chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon.

Almost Famous

Have you ever been almost famous?  I hadn’t until today, and now I can officially say that I am almost famous.  I will never be totally famous so I have to take what I can get. 

Today at work my friend KaLee sent me an e-mail to let me know that Pioneer Woman picked my picture to be on her blog post today, and pretty much it has made my day ever since.  If you didn’t know, I am in love with the Pioneer Woman, she is #7 on my list.  She has a photography blog and as part of it she has a flickr group where she will give assignments for you to do and then post your picture in the group.  If she likes it she will put it on her blog.  She also picks a few of the entries to win prizes and I am still keeping my fingers crossed that I might win something tomorrow.

This week’s assignment was to make your pictures have rounded edges in Photoshop.  I took this picture while I was in Alaska this summer and I have been wanting to edit it, I just haven’t had the time.  I started messing around on Sunday with it and thought it turned out pretty fun so I decided to enter it and now I am super glad I did!

 Here is the screen shot of Pioneer Woman’s blog.

PW

Hurray for being almost famous!

A Few of My Favorite Songs

I have been slowly putting together my birthing playlists.  I have one with just pretty instrumental songs already done, but I want to have another with pretty mellow songs that aren’t exclusively instrumental.  I have been listening to last.fm, which is the coolest thing ever if you haven’t ever tried it.  It is a radio station, you put in a genre or group you like and it plays that group and others that are similar.  I have been listening to “acoustic” which has been playing some awesome songs.  Here are a few of my favorites from this week that I am thinking of having on my alternate playlist.

As always if anyone has some great suggestions for my playlist I would love to hear them!

Pumpkin Pancakes

These were way yummy.  We also made the cinnamon syrup that I blogged about here, and it made them even better.  I wouldn’t eat them without this syrup or one really similar, I think maple would taste funny on pumpkin. 

pumpkin pancakes

Again I got the recipe from my new favorite recipe place, The Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Cake Flour (We just used regular because that is all we had) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1-¼ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (We put in extra) 
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1-½ cup Buttermilk
  • ½ cups Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • ¼ cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 whole Large Egg

Preparation Instructions

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl. Mix.

In a smaller bowl, combine buttermilk, pumpkin, water, egg, and oil. Mix well.

Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture.

Mix until moistened. Batter may be lumpy, but that’s okay!

Pour batter onto greased griddle. As always, I used my favorite, Pam baking spray!

These pancakes turned out delicious! They have a subtle hint of pumpkin and are moist and fluffy! If you like a little more pumpkin, just add in some extra!

Tip: This recipe makes about 12 large pancakes. You can double the recipe and make smaller pancakes, then freeze the extra! Just pull them out of the freezer and toss them in the toaster!

 Syrup
*1 C. Sugar
*1/4 C Water
*1/2 C Light Karo Syrup
*1 tsp Cinnamon
Boil for 2 minutes add:
*1/2 C Canned Milk or Cream
Cool for 30 minutes

Monday Night Confessions

  • My belly has now taken over and I am left with no room.  What does this mean for my morning bowl of oatmeal?  Well it means that in order for me to fit any inside me I have to prop my feet up on a chair and lean back so I can make room.  Otherwise I have to stand up to eat and I am way too lazy for that.  So basically if I owned a Lazy Boy I would move it right into my kitchen so I could eat in comfort. 
  • This weekend John and I attended a birthing class.  And let me tell you what, it was 2 whole fun-filled days of non-stop goodness.  I am going to have to say that my favorite part had to be the movie.  Here is what I am still troubled over, why in the world was the woman giving birth totally, and completely buck naked?  Why?  Where were her clothes?  Ok really it wasn’t so much that, I mean if that is how you feel most comfy ok, but really I am intrigued by the fact that she allowed people to film her giving birth totally nude and then let them make it into a film to show hundreds of other people.  Why?  Someone please tell me why.
  • Last weekend I learned that just because my pregnant feet can fit into my cute red shoes at the beginning of the night does not in any way mean that after 3 hours in a hot theater that they still will.  I felt like Cinderella’s step sisters trying to cram my big fat feet into shoes that were about 4 sizes too small.  It was a good lesson, only flats for the next month.

shoes 
(That’s my big belly and my itty bitty red shoes)

  • Back to the birthing class, after watching the above mentioned video John and I had a few things we needed to cover before Tiny Baby gets here.  First, John has very specific instructions to not tell me anything.  As a matter of fact, I told him that he if even dares trying to give me a play by play of the gory details going on below my eye sight that I will promptly kick him out of the room.  There is no way that I want to hear about it.  After he is born I will hold him and be just fine, but until then I would like to pretend as much as possible that what is happening to my bits and goods down below isn’t really happening. 
  • Second thing, if he tells me to touch the baby’s head as it is crowing, like the woman’s husband in the movie did, he will be banished from the hospital all together.  I don’t want to touch anything until he is good and out of me. 
  • Oh and just in case you are wondering, I haven’t gotten any sleep for the last 2 days because I have been having terrible dreams about giving birth.  Stupid birthing class. 

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE! 

Hospital Bag

I need your help.  I need suggestions and ideas about things to pack in my hospital bag.  I want to get it all finished up and organized but I want to know what real moms have taken in their bags, and not what dumb books keep telling me to take.  So if anyone has anything they wouldn’t go to the hospital without please tell me.  And please be brutally honest about things I for sure need! 

Thanks!!  

Red Suitcase by unconed.
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