Recipe: Strawberry Lovers Valentine Delight Cake

BY: - 13 Feb '14 | Recipes

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So after you make your loved one a Romantic Steak Dinner, you of course make dessert!!  You take a Moist Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Fresh Strawberries and prepare it for your significant other for Valentines Day and watch the melt down!  This cake will surely hit the Valentine Day jackpot!  First let’s talk about the thought, because really the thought does count, so the fact that you are taking your precious time to bake something sweet for your sweetie already put you ahead of the game.  But when they take a bite of this strawberry love feast, you will be let’s just say on the good side of things for a long time!  And come on, it starts with a boxed cake mix, the rest is easy ~ certainly worth the effort for your honey, right?!!?!

OH YEAH BABY!  

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SO SIMPLE TO MAKE ~ BUT SO GOOD

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STRAWBERRY HEAVEN

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OH SWEET ICING, HOW I LOVE THEE

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FINISHED NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD

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STRAWBERRY LOVERS VALENTINE DELIGHT

STRAWBERRY CAKE INGREDIENTS:
1 Box of Strawberry Cake Mix + ingredients listed on back of box
1 2.9 oz. box of strawberry Jello (the powder, do not make the jello)
2 tsp. unsalted butter (to butter the pan)
2 tsp. all-purpose flour (to flour the pan)
Fresh strawberries to garnish top of each slice of cake

STRAWBERRY TOPPING INGREDIENTS:
2 cups Strawberries (cleaned and diced)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 tbsp. corn starch + 2 tbsp. water (mixed together)

CREAM CHEESE ICING:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
2 cups confectioner (powdered) sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

READY, SET GO:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. LET’S MAKE THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING ~ Add diced strawberries to boiling water, turn heat to medium and allow to cook 2-4 minutes
  3. Add sugar and corn starch mixture and stir – allow to cook an additional 3-4 minutes then set aside
  4. LET’S MAKE THE CAKE ~ Whisk together ingredients from box instructions + plus add powder from strawberry jello
  5. Lightly butter and flour 13×9 inch rectangle baking pan and add cake mixture, bake for 34 – 40 minutes
  6. LET’S MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE ICING ~ While cake is baking add butter, cream cheese, confectioner sugar, and vanilla to mixer and mix until smooth and set aside
  7. When cake is done remove from oven and while hot poke holes all over top of cake with a fork, then pour the Strawberry Topping all over the cake, set aside and allow to completely cool
  8. Once the cake is completely cooled, spread cream cheese icing on top
  9. Add fresh strawberries to top of each slice, ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY.

Utokia ~
Sizzle Sizzle Baby

 

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Utokia Langley wrote 46 articles on this blog.

Utokia Langley is the video cooking mean machine and blogger behind She's Got Flavor, a written and video blog created to Sass up your kitchen experience and assist you in creating flavorful dishes that will surely please! She,s Got Flavor is developing a seasoning line that will help intensify the flavor in your food and make life easier and less cluttered in the kitchen for you, stay tuned. Above all Utokia is a child of God, a wife, mother of two beautiful children who think Mom's videos and food are da bomb and a true friend to many.

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Recipe: Homemade Laundry Detergent for My Son’s Sensitive Skin

BY: - 21 Feb '14 | Recipes

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Since the birth of my son Jackson, I have been purchasing every sensitive skin product available seems like. His skin is so sensitive that even fragrance in my laundry detergent, lotion, and toiletries must be unscented or he will have a visible breakout at the point of contact.

Before the realization of making my own detergent I was spending $25 (including taxes) every month and a half. Imagine how elated I was to find that I could put that extra $50 dollars ($200 per year) into my savings account or use it to buy diapers. No it isn’t as convenient as that jug of Tide or Gain purchased at the grocer. But it is much cheaper, lasts longer, and very environmentally friendly.

Here is the cost breakdown of homemade detergent:

$5.00          20 Mule Team Borax (76 oz.; sodium borate … not Borat)
$3.50          Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz.; sodium carbonate)
$3.00          Dr. Bronner’s Castille or Fels-Naptha bar soap (I purchase 3 at a time)
$17.50        Total + tax

So, for $17.50 + taxes I can make 12 lbs. of laundry detergent (average cost of $2.50 per 3 lbs.) which will last up to 4 months. That equals $10; $30 a year spent on detergent instead of hundreds. I forgot to mention it only takes between 15 – 30 minutes to make the detergent whether powder or liquid.

To make this miraculous money saving detergent you will need the following:

  • 1 box – Borax
  • 1 box – Super Washing Soda
  • 1 bar – All-natural soap bar
  • 1 – Large mixing bowl
  • 1 – Cheese Grater (I purchased mine from the dollar store)
  • 1 – Measuring cup

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Since I have a 2 year old that is a magnet for stains I use Fels-Naptha bar soap. If you don’t need as much stain power or prefer a fragrant detergent I recommend using Dr. Bronner’s Castille bar soap. All of Dr. Bronner’s products are 100% all natural and essential oil based. You can find liquid and bar soap scents in tea tree, almond, lavender, peppermint and more in the natural products area of your grocer.

Since some prefer liquid over powder detergent, or vice versa, I will provide the recipes for both.

Powdered Detergent

In a large bowl, mix 2 cups Super Washing Soda, 2 cups Borax and the grated bar of soap (of your choice) until evenly distributed. If you are concerned about odors you can add 2 – 4 tablespoons of baking soda.

Once all ingredients are mixed pour the mixture into an airtight container. I use an old Oxi Clean container but you can use a Mason Jar or Tupperware as well. If you are using a large enough storage container, you can just put all of the ingredients in the container shake.

Use 1/4 cup per load of laundry or as needed.

Liquid Detergent

Place 2 quarts of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater. Gradually pour grated soap into pot, stirring constantly until soap is completely liquefied. In a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in your grocers bakery, just ask the manager or clerk on duty) add 4.5 gallons of really hot water (tap is fine). While stirring, add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Super Washing Soda until completely dissolved then add the soap mixture from pot into 5-gallon bucket. Stir very well.

Cover and leave overnight. Stir mixture the following morning until smooth. Transfer liquid detergent into gallon jugs or other containers (old liquid detergent bottles work perfect) or leave in 5-gallon bucket.

Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry or as needed.

BMWK – What are you spending each year on laundry detergent? Have you ever thought of making your own? Would saving up to $200 or more per year be worth 2 hours of your time? Let me know. Let’s talk about it.

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Keith Luter wrote 7 articles on this blog.

I am a husband, father, foodie, singer, musician, style buff (it's a thing) and multipotentialist. I contribute to Black and Married with Kids, Fashion Mingle and my own blog #ImADapperDad. I am a grateful and valued member of the Lakewood Church worship team under the direction of Steve Crawford, Da’dra Crawford-Greathouse, Israel Houghton and Cindy Ratcliff. I live in Houston with my wife and son.

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