Saturday, September 28, 2013

Vintage Fall Mosaic

Do you love vintage cards and ads as much as I do?  I think they are quite beautiful.  The colors are so rich and the art work beautifully detailed.   I hope you enjoy this little mosaic highlighting the beauty of this season!

Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Reading Room Update

I thought I would share my reading room with you before the  "redecorating" bug hits again and I change this room into something else!  I had been playing around with our reading room this past summer and think I have it the way I like it.  My husband won't believe that!  I am always asking him to move furniture.  This room is directly off the kitchen and off the center hall that runs the length of our home.  My grandmother's dining room table and buffet are treasured pieces in this room.  I am using my grandma's table as a reading table of sorts.  What do you think?  I also added two comfy recliners for reading a good book on a dreary day.  Between the chairs is a turtle table purchased for a song at an antique store in Florida.  I love this room.  I have found it to be a perfect spot for my morning Bible study.  My husband does his Bible study in this room as well. Another added bonus is that when I need additional dining room seating, I can bring in the chairs, clean the table off, and I have an additional dining room for guests.
Here is a view of the buffet table.  It has the original glass knobs that as a child, I found fascinating.  I also remember sitting on the slats under the table.  For some reason, I thought that no one would see me!  My sweet boys hang above the buffet.  There is also a plate on the buffet which has the verse, "These are the sons God has given me" Genesis 48:9.  They are certainly a gift from God.  I picked up the plate several years ago at Mistletoe Market Place.  Mistletoe is a fabulous fundraiser held by the Junior Auxiliary of Jackson, MS.  There are always unique and lovely items at the event. 
While I was taking these pictures, my little maltipoo, Luke Bailey, was darting in and out.  I laughed when he finally plopped down as if to say, "Take my picture too"! 
Luke and I wish you a wonderful week!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Fabulous Chocolate Cake

Do you love a rich, moist chocolate cake?  What about one topped with a fudge like frosting?  If you answered "yes" to those questions, then this cake is for you.  I have been making this cake for 30 years, but fell in love with it's chocolaty decadence while I was a student at Mississippi State University.  My college boyfriend's mother made this cake for me and I have been crazy about it ever since.  When I got married, a sorority friend gave me The Pick of the Crop cookbook.  I was thrilled to find the recipe in the cookbook.  It is my go to dessert for just about any occasion. It is a quick and easy homemade cake.  This page from my cookbook is a testimony to my family's loves for this recipe! 
So, let's get busy making this yummy cake!

The Starting Line-Up:

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups of all purpose flour                                            1 cup of water
2 cups of sugar                                                            1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 stick of butter                                                           1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup of shortening                                                    2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons of cocoa                                                 1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 stick of butter                                                             1 box of powdered sugar
3 tablespoons of cocoa                                                  1 cup of pecans
6 tablespoons milk                                                         1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl.  Bring to a boil: butter, cocoa, and vanilla.   
Pour over flour and sugar mixture.   
To buttermilk, add soda, eggs, and vanilla.  Add this mixture to the sugar and flour mixture.  
Blend well.  Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 12 pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.  If you notice in the recipe, it calls for a 16x1/1/2 inch pan and cooks for 20 minutes.  I have always used a 9x12 pan and add 5 minutes to the cooking time.  While the cake is baking let's make the icing.
For the icing, bring to a boil 1 stick of butter, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, and 6 tablespoons of milk.   Whisk to combine.  Remove from heat and add the mixture to 1 box of powdered sugar, mixing thoroughly.  Add 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Add pecans and blend well.  Pour over cake while cake is still warm. 
Since it cooks in a 9x12 cake pan, it is easy to carry to events.  You never have to worry about cake layers sliding around!  This is sure fire way to take care of any chocolate craving!  Cut yourself a big piece and enjoy with a cold glass of milk.  Delicious!