Welcome Home Cake

My husband recently had a conference in Orlando and returned a couple days ago. 
I missed him dreadfully!
I wanted to welcome him home to a nice dinner and dessert.
I made burritos for supper and this cake for our treat. 
Unfortunately, he wasn't able to eat anything because he caught a stomach bug from one of his traveling companions!
I just couldn't let it go uneaten!
So I ate a slice, or two...

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Cake

I used this Hungry Girl recipe for the cake.
It's one boxed cake mix, a 6 oz cup of plain greek yogurt, and 1 cup of water.
It was pretty thick to stir, so I think I ended up adding a few Tbsp more water. 
I split the mix in half between two cake pans.
I really had to spread the mix into the pan, it was like the texture of a mousse.

I baked it in a 350* oven for about 25 minutes. 
I made sure to rotate the two pans halfway through for even baking.

While the two halves cooled, I got to work on my frostings!
Yes, plural.
In the middle, between the cake layers, I spread this fabulous peanut butter frosting.
I quartered the recipe though as I would only need a little bit for the middle.

The top and sides of the cake I frosted with banana frosting.
That was the hardest part of the cake: finding a recipe!
I didn't want to have to go out to the store for pudding or whipped topping, so I was happy to fall upon one that fit my needs.

Based on this recipe, I made a delicious banana frosting.
I used salted butter instead of Crisco.
I also mashed by bananas (about 1.5 bananas) with a tsp of lemon juice.
3 cups of powdered sugar still left the frosting runny, I had to add another half cup.
I then refrigerated it for about an hour to firm up more.

As you can see, my kitchen was still to warm!
The cakes were completely cooled, the frosting chilled, but it is summer.
I only had to frost the top as the frosting dripped down the sides on its own. 
I threw some chopped peanuts (err... cashews! haha) on top for decoration and then put the whole thing back into my fridge.

Yum! I just love this combo of flavors!


Try to Make it Real

My lovely friend Sarah Jean and I had a girl's day Saturday.
We had English tea and biscuits for breakfast, went garage sale shopping, ate burgers at an Irish pub for lunch, and then went on a photo shoot with my husband's 35mm Canon Rebel. 
I had found a roll of film in one of my vanity's drawers.
I imagined it to be old, and it was. 
Usually Abe's camera takes quite gorgeous pictures. 
These remind me of "real" Instagrams! Haha
They came out dark, but it was actually a gorgeous day.
We both got a little sunburn on our shoulders.

We were driving around her neighborhood and came upon this neat brick wall. 
I yelled, "Stop! Photo Op!" and we ran out, left the car idling, snapped some the above and below shots, and drove away... 
Cackling like hyenas.

Lunch outside the pub.
Our next stop was to SJ's friend's house. 
We stopped purely for the lovely garden and lawn.
They weren't home, so we photo stalked with their dogs.

The chickens! Not pictured is the cute pink and purple coop

There is a large amount of wooded area behind the yard, so we had to explore.

What does poison ivy look like again? :P


Sarah's senior picture moment

After leaving the lovely home in the woods, we went to a little state park I never knew existed.
I was beyond thrilled to see sail boats and a lake!!
Since leaving my home in Michigan, I haven't had any trips to any size body of water.
Next time, we'll swim.

The End!

Dress: Thrift
Belt: vintage, gift from grandma
Sandals: Candie's from Kohls
Bow pin: vintage from garage sale
Purse in 2nd pic: Forever21

SarahJean's dress: homemade by SarahJean!


Perfect Pears

This is an oldie, but SUCH a goodie.
And simple too!
All you do is peel and slice a fresh pear, microwave for about 30 seconds, sprinkle cinnamon on top, and drizzle with hot fudge sauce. 

Now I'm wishing I had a pear in my house! I do have apples...



Salmon and Zucchini Pasta Bake

I'm not sure what to call this.
It's not my own original recipe, I made it off inspiration from this blog post.
A meal this good doesn't need a name.
See blog title! Haha

8 oz farfalle pasta, cooked, drained
3 small zucchinis (each approx 5-6 in long), sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
2-3 cloves minced garlic
10 oz fresh wild caught salmon
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 package Knorr white sauce, prepared per instructions
salt and pepper to taste

Boil 1/2 box of farfalle bowtie pasta, drain
Saute 3 smallish zucchinis with a Tbsp of olive oil, a 1/2 cup chopped onion, at least 2 cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook 10oz wild salmon in a large skillet and flake when done.

In your baking dish, layer pasta, zucchini, salmon, then a 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup feta.

Repeat layers but before you sprinkle on the cheese, pour Knorr white sauce on top. Then sprinkle cheeses.

Bake in a pre-heated 375* oven for 20 min or until browned and bubbly.

Dig in and your friends will be happy they stopped by.


Savory Tomato Pie

When thinking about what to make for dinner, I usually forget what is in my freezer.
This time I planned my meal around it!
I've had a frozen pie crust sitting at the ready for probably a year. 
I then decided to make a savory pie.
My choices seemed to be quiche or pot pie.
Until I fell upon this tasty recipe for tomato pie!

It is to die for!!
I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd never eaten tomato pie before.
It was like a pizza with fresh tomatoes.
Not gonna lie, I ate two slices.

We had the other half for supper the next night but the tomatoes made the bottom crust soggy by that time, so it wasn't nearly as good. 
Definitely need to eat this bad boy up the day you make it. 
Share it with neighbors, they'll be your best friends.

Savory Tomato Pie
(click above for link)

Adding all the tomatoes to a big bowl

Spices and fresh basil on top, stir and let sit for 10 minutes

A layer of Panko crumbs and mozzarella at the bottom

All my yummy tomatoes piled in! Two heirloom reds, two orange, and a handful of yellow cherry tomatoes

Another layer of bread crumbs and cheese on top

Fresh outta the oven!

Round one!

Seconds! Yumm!

You need to try this! It is basically a summer in a shell. Mmm I might just make it again next week!