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Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother!

Although today is her real birthday we did a few mini celebrations throughout the week to fit in all of our schedules. It has been fun and we are still going strong with more to come! A few evenings ago, we celebrated with one of her favorite desserts. I made her pound cake with fresh strawberries.  This has been a family favorite for a long time as it was my great-great-grandmother’s recipe.  This if very good served with berries and whipped cream.

But, before I share the recipe… I have developed a love for baking things and just being in the kitchen cooking something and this is due to my mother taking the time to teach me how to cook and follow recipes when I was younger. Although this was never a quick or clean task (still not so much) she was and still is patient in letting me learn to cook along side her, we have fun and I owe my passion for cooking to her.  I hope to be as good as she is some day… I still constantly ask her how to do this, or how she does that. It makes me sad that cooking is kind of a lost art for my generation. Anyway, that is a whole separate entry I guess.

Pound Cake

  • 1 lb (4 sticks) room temperature butter (ever wonder why it’s called pound cake?)
  • 3 C white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 C flour
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  3. add eggs one at a time until incorporated and beat well
  4. Add milk, vanilla and almond flavor until blended well
  5. Slowly add flour and once all is in, beat on high for 1 minute
  6. Pour batter into a greased and floured angel food cake or bunt pan
  7. Bake for 2 hours – the cake should be golden on top
  8. Cool in the pan, do not invert pan until mostly cooled off

Here is the cake just out of the oven, slightly browned and a crust formed on the top, if all goes well, the cake will increase in size and form this layer on the top that will almost break apart as you cut it.

Pound Cake out of oven

Here is the final product, after getting it out of the pan. If it is not cooled enough it will be difficult for the cake to stay in tact. I kind of rushed it out of the pan, so it was hard to keep it all in one piece. We wanted to eat it sooner than later.

The Final ProductYes, I love taking pictures, so I took some while the cake was baking of some fruit.

Fruit!Strawberry

 And once again, Happy Birthday MOM!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Mom!

  1. You do have a wonderful mother . She has been a wonderful and patient cooking teacher and is a wonderful cook. I’m sure you will be as good as her because you have watched and learned carefully and you have the desire to be as good as her.

    You are also correct that it is a lost art – home cooking. We are either too busy or too lazy to cook but it is most hospitable to have people in your home and serve good food that you have taken the time to prepare. How many times in the gospels is Jesus dining in the home of someone? Of course, they didn’t have the option of McDonald’s or Starbucks. But sharing food and fellowship is very meaningful and a blessing.

    So may you be an excellent hostess, one who warmly welcomes her guests and humbly shares the food you’ve been able to provide. It could even be your fav- PB & J, if done with love. What matters is your warm welcome and relaxed manner, showing that you care about your guests.

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