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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Kendra over at My Insanity. She's been featured here before, but I couldn't resist giving her this spot again so I could show you the amazing Christmas cookies she put together! Here, check out THIS particular cookie...
I was astounded when I saw these photos, as were my kids when I showed them. I would love to try this next year. Maybe life will be simpler. Okay, who am I kidding. I'll have two almost-year-olds, but I can think wishfully, can't I?
If you haven't already been to Kendra's blog, you're going to absolutely LOVE it, so click HERE to see all of her amazing Christmas cookies and to peruse her other insane ideas! Thank you, again, Kendra! You're the best!
MINE: I am going to talk about cake balls again. I mentioned them in a previous Sabbath-Prep Saturday post and said that I was dying to make them, so I did. And they turned out better than I could have ever imagined. They're fun and easy, too. Here's how you do it...
One box of white or chocolate cake mix
One can of frosting
One bag of chocolate chips
1. Make and bake the cake, following the manufacturers instructions, in any size pan...
(It helps if you wear a glittered pink Santa hat.)
(Make sure to lick the spatula and mixers.)
2. Dump out the cake into a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat up the frosting in the microwave for about 45 seconds, or until it can be poured into the crumbled cake.
4. Pour the frosting into the crumbled cake and stir until well blended. It should resemble some kind of paste.
5. Cover cookie sheets with wax paper and let the mix cool for about an hour, or until it can be easily rolled into balls.
6. Roll into cookie-sized balls and place on wax paper.
7. Freeze for two hours.
8. When cake balls are ready, in a double boiler or on very low heat, stirring constantly, melt the package of chocolate chips.
9. Roll the cake balls in the chocolate and place back on the wax paper...
(Your fingernails will look like this, even after you wash your hands...)
10. Serve when cool in a little parfait dish...
...or on a cake platter...
I have to tell you that this was a HUGE hit at our Sunday dinner. Many people were moaning and rubbing their stomachs because they had gourged themselves on these cake balls. While this is not necessarily a good thing, it does prove that they are extremely delectable. We also used these variations to the recipe:
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting dipped in melted chocolate chips
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting dipped in melted peppermint bark
Spice cake with vanilla-cinnamon frosting dipped cream cheese frosting
For more variations and the original source for this recipe, go to allrecipes.com by clicking HERE.
One last note. Try to refrain from actually saying the words "cake balls" around teenage boys. Trust me.
OURS: Okay, let's see what you've got for us today. It's a new year, so any New Year's homemaking resolutions? Feel free to link your post in Mr. Linky today. Thanks again for your patience as I wasn't able to post my blog until just now. Here's the previously posted disclaimer in case you were wondering why:
(Sometimes stuff happens... like you put one twin to bed, then he wakes up, so you give him to your loving husband to care for while you put the other one to bed, then the other one wakes up, you switch with the husband again, then the other one wakes up, so you switch again, and the toddler is running amuck amongst this insanity and the teenaged girl is giving everyone, including the toddler, faux-hawks and so on and so forth. I think I just confused myself. All I know is, it's almost midnight and I have only begun to blog Homemaker Monday. So..... here is Mr. Linky for all of you who have prepared something for today, or for those of you who would like to search your archives for anything homemaking!)
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