Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day. My day was great! Just stayed home and relaxed. My middle son came over and spent the afternoon with us. My oldest called to wish me Happy Mother's Day, he is in the Navy and could not make it home. My youngest son grilled chicken this time and it turned out great, did not get burned like Easter time when I tried to grill it, Middle Son remembered this incident and brought some brisket just in case (I think he was trying to be funny or maybe he just wanted to make sure we had something to eat in case it happened again, He! He!). We had Hummingbird Cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert. Very addicting. Here's the receipe for Hummingbird Cake:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 can 8 oz. crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups ripe mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon together into a mixing bowl. Add eggs and oil to dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple and 1 cup pecans. Stir in the bananas. Spoon the batter into 3 well greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. (I used 2 pans which were a oval). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn onto cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Crean Cheese Frosting:
2-8oz. pkgs. cream cheese room temperature
1 cup butter room temperature
2 pounds sifted confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine cream cheese and butter, cream until smooth. Add powndered sugar, beating with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Frost the top layers, stack and then frost sides. Enjoy!

Below are pictures of the sterling silver ring I won at Across The Pond Designs by Casey. Thanks for having such a nice giveway. I need to practice taking pictures, these came out a little blurry. The ring is gorgeous, I love it. Sorry for the bad photos.

Looky! Looky! These are the first of some peppers from our pepper plants. Its an assortment of banana peppers, cayenne, and jalapenos. Hedwig seems to be doing a great job. He has managed to keep the birds and squirrels away. Nacho is on call waiting to be backup just in case.


Farm Chick Paula said...

Beautiful ring, Irma.. and it looks so pretty on your hand, too!

Yay for the peppers! I can't wait for ours to come along... I want to make some homemade salsa. *YUM*

I believe your recipe for the Hummingbird cake is the exact same one my Mother used to make... I'm going to my recipe box and look it up. I haven't had one of those in years- she always made one for church dinners. I may have to have one again! Thanks for bringing back memories with that recipe!

Rosa said...

Hi Irma,
I see you hada great Mother's Day!
Your son is very thoughtful.
Congrats on winnig the ring!
Have a great day!

Sand Flat Farm said...

Hi Irma - Glad you had a good Mother's Day! I did, too. Got to see all my family (except my oldest son in Nashville)

Love your ring - I love silver jewelry.

I've already copied your recipe - I think my grandmother used this recipe, too. It was very similar! I'll have to whip one of those up in a couple of weeks. We're having our first big get-together at the newly remodeled farmhouse!

Have a great week! Vickie

Wood n' Whimsy said...

Hi Irma. Cake sounds fabulous, but I am not a baker. I am a great cook, but am not good at baking as I don't have the patience to follow recipe to the letter. I'm a pinch of this and a handful of that kind of cook. Very pretty ring. Cocgrats! Til next time...God Bless, Celene

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Irma, lovely to 'meet' you! Happy Mother's Day for Sunday, I hope you had a really lovely day! That hummingbird cake looks absolutely delicious, I will have to try your recipe very soon as I LOVE baking cakes! Congratulations on the win of that gorgeous ring, what a great prize! Thanks for visiting my blog, and taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate that, and hope to see you again soon!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

That recipe sounds so yummy! Can't wait to try it out!

Christine said...

Lovely ring, Irma, and that cake looks mahvalous! I have never made that one, so thanks for posting the recipe. Anything with cream cheese in it has to be wonderful.

I'm glad your Mother's Day was special. It's good to have our kids around.


Joy said...

Pretty ring, congrats on your win!
The cake looks good, thanks for sharing your recipe.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

MMMM... I've GOT to make that cake! Sounds fabulous!!
Hugs, Sherry said...

I can tell it is a pretty ring, even through the blurs.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Congrats on the beautiful ring. Now, I want to know how you keep such beautiful nails doing all that vegetable gardening!!!??

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