Monday, September 21, 2009

Birthday Celebrations

We had such a wonderful time celebrating our son’s 22nd birthday over the weekend. It was a double blessing because Grandpa turned 70 on September 14th and two of Blake’s sisters picked him up and brought him home to celebrate there. We basically held one party here, took it next door for awhile and came back down.
A large group of us shared chicken fingers and mashed potatoes (a ten pound bag and several sticks of butter later!) and I made a cake. Brandon had been asking since he got home from Italy for the cake I finally re-found the recipe for.
Granna and Grandpa used to come over anywhere from one to several times a week for a full meal, coffee and dessert and a movie. This cake was Granna’s favorite (well, it was tied with another one) and something so good our son thought of it while away.
I’ve shared the recipe before but I’ll do so again because I still don’t know how to link to previous posts!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Wacky Cake
Servings: 18

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
10 tablespoons butter, melted 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and white sugar.
2. To the sifted ingredients, add the 10 tablespoons butter or margarine, vinegar, and warm water. Mix thoroughly, but do not beat. Pour batter into ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove cake from oven, but keep it in the pan.
4. Cream together peanut butter, brown sugar, milk, and 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Spread icing onto cake. Place under broiler until brown and bubbly.
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We were supposed to play a bunch of games but it didn’t work out. A whole crew of the guys went camping the night before and were all very, very tired. There were also dogs at home needing to be walked, kids running along the floors and sides of the walls… smile.
All in all . . . it wasn’t as spectacular as I’d been hoping and dreaming it up to be but we were together. We were together and he was home after spending the past few birthdays far away from us!

*For any family reading this* Please let me know if I can get pictures of the birthday?

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