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Favorite Ingredients Friday!


Overwhelmed With Joy is sponsoring Favorite Ingredients Friday~Valentine’s Day Chocolate Edition and I’ve been waiting all week to share this recipe with you! I thought it would be one that not too many people knew about~but I was wrong. I thought I see if there was a picture of one out there and did a Google search. Do you have any idea how many links came up? 22,600! Anyhow, I did not find a good picture so after making it the other day, I took pictures. Here’s the recipe:


1 chocolate cake mix
20 oz. can cherry pie filling
2 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1 c white sugar
3-4 T. margarine
1/3 c. milk
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cake: Mix by hand the cake mix, pie filling, eggs and almond extract until blended. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool in pan.
Icing: Heat in saucepan the suger, margarine and milk. Boil 1 minute only, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and immediately add chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Pour (while still warm) over cooled cake, making sure to seal the edges with icing.

It is sooooo easy and sooooo good. It’s very moist and won’t last long! ENJOY!!!


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Sarah from To Motherhood and Beyond is hosting the Carnival of Beauty ~ The Beauty of Bread today and the deadline is 3:00 p.m.

While growing up, my mom did not bake bread so I never learned how. After Hubby and I were married (23 yrs. ago), we began attending a Mennonite church although neither of us were raised Mennonite. If you know anything about the Mennonite ladies, you know they cook and bake … a LOT! So of course, I wanted to as well.

I got out my handy dandy Betty Crocker cookbook and decided to give bread baking a whirl. It worked! Then I branched out and used some of the Mennonite recipes I had and we ate homemade bread for years.

When the girls got in school, I went back to work and that ended the bread baking until I got a bread machine…I really like the “fix it and forget it” aspect. I still don’t bake as often as I’d like, but when I do, my family likes this recipe.

Honey-Whole Wheat Bread
*for a 1-1/2 pound loaf:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened (I use butter)
1-1/2 cups bread flour
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Measure carefully, placing all ingredients in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Whole Wheat or Basic/White cycle. Use Medium or Light crust color. Remove baked bread from pan and cool on wire rack.


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