Archive for March, 2008

Red Velvet Cake Balls

March 31, 2008

Red Velvet Cake Balls

1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
                  can’t find red velvet cake mix…..see recipe below.
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark/melting chocolate (regular or white chocolate)

Cook cake as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

I also only melt a few pieces of chocolate bark at a time because it starts to cool and thicken. It’s easier to work with when it’s hot.
 
Red Velvet Cake (when you can’t find the already prepared mix)
 
1 box white cake mix (2-layer size)
1 box (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 ounces red food coloring
Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, cocoa, vinegar, milk and food coloring; beat for 4 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times. Grease and flour cake pan.
Distribute the batter among the pans evenly. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.Cool cake on racks

Spring is in the air

March 30, 2008

Yellow tulips

I had to post a picture of the beautiful tulips i have on the dining room table. my favorite color is yellow as many of you know and i recieved a gift of yellow tulips on easter. at the time the tulips hadnt opened, but now they have. They are just beautiful. I am going to try and plant some in the yard, but I dont really have a green thumb. we also seem to have a critter in the front yard that is making multiple holes in the mulch and ground. I also heard that squirrels like tulips, but i know bruno would defend my precious yellow tulips from the squirrels, if he didnt dig them up first. although the last thing we need is more squirrels in the yard….

Red Velvet Truffle….

March 30, 2008

are the words of today…Recipe coming…..

I got together with some friends today to meet a friend’s special baby boy. The food was just fabulous, everyone made delicious dishes. im sure i can speak for the other gals when i say that those red velvet truffles were a bite of heaven

making my own decisions

March 28, 2008

FROM BRUNO:

Boy did I have fun last night. Mom and Dad took me in the yard to run and play with my favorite toy, the cuz. however i had other plans and wanted to impress mom and dad with my natural abilities. so remember how i mentioned that dad has not finished MY fence yet,  i busted thru the side of the temp fence last night.

we have lots woods behind our house with TONS of good smells and we live on the landing of a BIG hill. i ran into the neighbors yard boy oh boy there were good smells of SQUIRRELS. i kept running and running really fast to try and find them. i went up and down the big hill in the woods many times. mom was trying to keep up i think, but not sure i was too busy to notice, she and dad said they looked me in the eyes and called me but i think they are lying, i never saw them. a few times i tried to alert mom and dad with my bark that i had found something but they were no where to be found. i heard them calling me, but im big boy and can make my own decisions, i dont have to listen to them… the smells were too good and i needed to keep going. the more i ran and smelled the better it got, i was totally lost in the smells and i was doing what my instinct told me “make my own decision”  i was hoping to find something good but i never did. i kept searching and searching, i was out there all alone having such a good time by myself.

all of a sudden i see dad’s car, he was throwing treats out the window, as much as i love food i wanted to do my own thing, something kept telling me to. then all of a sudden i see mom, she didnt look so good. but i didnt care i wanted to keep going, then suddenly dad grabbed me and gave me a yummy treat.   

yes im a good boy, i came close to you and i got a treat. suddenly the instinct to make my own decisions was gone and i immediately obeyed what dad told me to do. mom could barely breath she got very winded from sprinting after me thru the woods up and down the big hill, i heard coughing a lot and i heard her say her chest hurt. 

I dont think mom and dad were too impressed with me. i  do love them, love to obey what they say but when i find a good smell nothing else matters and i just CANNOT help myself. mom gave me a lecture but all i heard was “blah, blah, blah” and “i love you Bru”

March 27, 2008

Trying to stay warm

Trying to stay warm

I wish i was blessed with a better bark

March 26, 2008

Sleepy Bruno

FROM BRUNO:

well i LOVE squirrels, i just love to chase after them.  i dont know who my canine parents where but they blessed me with scent and sight hound traits as well as a lovely girlie high pitched shepherd like bark. boy do i love to tree and squirrels and maybe if i had a more coonhound like bark those little fury things would listen to me to and not run away. it’s a sight to see when i tree those guys. i try to climb the tree too and i bark at them with my crazy high pitched bark. i have attempted to jump thru doors and windows to get those guys and  i even show off my fence jumping skills to chase them. I dont think Mom and Dad(my human mom and dad) are very impressed when i jump the fence because i am now leashed when we go into the fenced yard, until dad finishes putting up the real fence…..speaking of which….hey dad are u EVER going to finish it??? i really need to inspect the yard and i wanna sunbathe without being tied up. not to mention a boy likes his privacy when, well you know…..

ok back to the squirrels. it seems like there are so many. whenever we go for walks I see them. mom’s arms seem to be attached to her body really good because when i see a squirrel i run after it and usually end up pulling mom. just wanna make sure she has strong bones 🙂 she corrects me and tells me to “heel” but i hate to listen when better things are going on, like squirrels. i have to say i do enjoy being obedient and doing what mom asks. i am her smart little boy and i LOVE to impress her. but…….when i get on a good smell or see something small and fury moving nothing gets in my way.

Hello world!

March 26, 2008

hey everyone

we started this blog to let everyone know what is going on with us. FYI bruno likes to blog too!