Tuesday, February 16

Reading and having my cake, too........

Last fall, I spotted this book at Barnes and Noble.............

I had to have it but I never quite found time to start reading it. Things got busy with the holidays, my mom's health and the crazy weather. But now, with everything Christmas all packed away, I decided it was time to really read this book. The author is Tara Frey and you will find her blog here . It's a very interesting book. Lots of familiar blogs are highlighted in the book. There are great tips and a lot one can learn. I have learned a lot since I first set up my blog but I realized from this book that I have a lot more I could learn!! I think this is going to be like taking a class as I read this book. If I say I have to quit blogging to "go study", you'll know why!

Would I recommend the book to other bloggers? Yes, I would. You might check your local library so you can see for yourself or stop at a bookstore and thumb through it. If it's a book you know you will want to add to your library, then make the purchase. I do that with most books. I love them and have a huge library of quilting and crafty titles but I don't buy a book without being able to see what's between the covers. I almost ordered a quilting book on-line because I was so sure I would love the book. Then I happened to find it at a quilt shop and when I flipped through it, I realized it was not what I thought it was and decided not to purchase. That doesn't happen very often. I simply like books and just like fabric, can't turn a copy down! With George Washington's birthday coming up, I cannot tell a lie. There was one book that I ordered "sight unseen". Mark Lipinski recommended it on his Yahoo group and I ordered it right away. It was "Crazy Quilts" by Cindy Brick and it is awesome, one of my favorite books!

Okay, so let's change the subject to food..........like something really good from the oven! Last Saturday, our son and his girlfriend came out for the day and stayed for dinner. I fixed a roast and real mashed potatoes and carmelized carrots and then.........there was dessert. That morning, I mixed up a yellow cake mix and poured the batter into two round cakepans. I sliced up some cooked apple slices and placed them in one pan. Then I sprinkled Heath bits over the apples. Finally, I crumbled brown sugar (about a 1/2 cup) over the top of the entire cake. For the second cake, I used chocolate chips, then the Heath bits and the brown sugar. They looked like this before I popped them in the oven...............

And then they looked like this when I took them out of the oven!
I cut slices and added ice cream and then..........there was Hot Fudge to drizzle on the chocolate chip cake and Caramel topping for the apple cake. It was really good and was my Valentine treat for our dinner. :-) So, are you hungry yet?!!! This is an easy way to make a coffee cake and it is really quick. Change the fruit to peaches or add peanut butter chips to the chocolate chip cake and it just keeps getting better!
That's all for tonight..............
Sandi

8 comments:

Pieced Pastimes said...

The blogging book sounds very interesting and your cake recipe sounds so easy and looks so delicious. I will have to give this one a try.

Crispy said...

I almost bought that book a while back. I may have to look at it again next time I'm at B&N's. The cake looks so scrumptous!!

Crispy

Owl Lady said...

I will check the library for the blogging book because I am trying to get up my nerve to jump in. I also like to see books first, and then buy what I am sure that I will use.
The cakes look delicious. I like simple recipes since I can not stand for a long time. I am thinking that I could make one version in a 9x13 pan and top with Cool Whip for our big family Easter potluck.

未來 said...

不費勞力而得者,唯貧困而已 ..................................................

W. Latane Barton said...

Yes, I am hungry. You made me that way, so shame on you. Just kidding. If I was that hungry I'd go in the kitchen and try out one of those yummy cakes.... I think I may just do that.

Micki said...

The blogging book sounds wonderful, and I will try it out.
Micki

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'll be watching to see what you are learning from your new book Sandi.
Both cakes look yummy.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've been wanting to get this book but it is pretty pricey. I understand Pam Kitty Morning has me down as one of her favorite blogs. I am so flattered!

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