I’ve had such a fun little weekend (and week) I thought I would make a post about it. To start off with my hubby and I just celebrated our Silver (25th) Anniversary. It is hard to imagine that we have been married for that length of time, some days it seems like just yesterday, though once in a while there is that moment when I think I feel every second (just kidding hunny).
We have been blessed in so many ways, but the best blessings are our four children. We are thankful every day for each incredible and unique one of them. Well despite celebrating 25 years together our Silver Anniversary was pretty low key. Originally we were going to celebrate with the kids and go on a Disney Cruise, but our new goal (of being debt free) caused the cruise idea to be put on a back burner for a future date, hopefully for the celebration of reaching our financial goals. We did find other ways to celebrate the establishment of our family, these included flowers (picture), going out to eat, Krispy Kreme, memorable moments posted on social media….you know the important things (haha). One of my favorite ways we celebrated was the gift from my youngest son, personalized Saturday breakfast. He began planning this at the beginning of the week. We were to have a happy faced breakfast (see photos). Hubby’s was plain,
Hubby’s Saturday Breakfast
but mine was adorned with tomatoes to represent “red kissy lips”. While I was very thankful to be served a most lovingly made breakfast I did have to explain the importance of balancing carbohydrates and protein (one eye was a bagel and the other a doughnut) haha. Apparently
My Saturday Breakfast
my breakfast also has a black eye with the chocolate doughnut. It is actually my favorite Krispy Kreme confection, chocolate custard filled (not to be confused with cream filled). My second is their Cinnamon bun.
While the pictures may prove contradictory to what I am about to post, I assure you it is a matter of perspective. For the most part we try to make healthy choices and limit our sugar intake to an occasional treat. Well maybe instead of saying “we” I should say I try to influence them. Are we perfect at this…NOPE! One particular healthy choice thing I do in spurts is bread making, sourdough to be exact. I felt the urge to start another starter about 2 weeks ago, this time we named our starter Stephen. Yes, we tend to name them. Over the years we have had other starters with names such as Mike or Bob. Doing a starter is very very easy…Filtered water, rye flour or spelt if you like a really sour starter (equal parts) leave on the counter feed every day after pouring a little out. (Yes there are more detailed directions somewhere in a blog post around
Stephen in his pickle jar mansion
here..hahaha). Stephen has grown and performed beautifully. We are thankful for his giant palace of a home. Many pickles were sacrificed by a friend of mine so he could have this wonderful mansion. ( Excuse the not so pretty picture.). Stephen made his first loaf of bread this week, just in time to travel as a gift to a special lady who LOVES my sourdough bread.
So here comes the part that will seem contradictory after my “healthy” assertions in the paragraph above. I came home this past Sunday from a delightful few hours of Wizard of Oz practice to cries of “there isn’t any dessert in the house” I won’t name any names on who the crier was…I will leave that to your best guess. Of course what follows was an invention of what we had in the house and cupboard. A S’mores Torte cake. Here is what I did. Preheat oven to 325 deg.
Make 2 chocolate cake mixes (mixed according to package directions), I had a devils food and chocolate fudge, add 1 &1/2 cups chocolate chips. Using my really long Wilton bread pan I lined it with parchment paper (not sure if it was
necessary but I didn’t want to take any chances) I then layered Graham crackers, Marshmallows, and cake mix batter. Repeating these layer until the batter was 3/4 the way up the pan. I baked this at 325 deg. for 60 minutes. Cake is done when knife inserted comes out clean. We did leave it a teeny bit fudgey/underdone, because well Fudgey! Turn cake out immediately on a foil lined cookie sheet. Let cake cool then spread one jar of Marshmallow fluff or creme over the top and part of sides. Over low heat mix and melt Sweetened condensed milk (15oz) and 1 cup (maybe a little more )choc chips . Take a spoon and drizzle over the Marshmallow creme frosted cake. This will cool and firm up into a nice fudgey topping
What made this fun was that as the cake baked the graham crackers made a unique pattern inside . Remember those four precious gifts I talked about, they and the husband voted this an invention worth repeating. While it may not look super beautiful it was absolutely delicious!