1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 ounces red food color
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda dissolved in 1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups cake flour
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup crisco
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Mix in food coloring, vanilla, salt and soda/vinegar mixture. Alternately add buttermilk and cake flour. Pour batter into lightly greased pan, bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 1 9x13 or 2 8" rounds.
Over medium heat, make a paste with the flour and milk. While paste is cooling, blend remaining ingredients. When paste is lukewarm, beat into other ingredients.
*Aunt Pam is brings this to our family Christmas every year.
*I made my own cake flour! I followed her directions.
*I substitute whatever store-brand shortening I have for the crisco.
*I use butter instead of margarine.
* I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the frosting-the longer you beat it, the lighter and fluffier it gets!
*I was going to make this for St. Patrick's Day- never got it done. I made it for Easter...only had one ounce of green food coloring-substituted water for the other ounce. Can you imagine if I used that much more?!
Over spring break, several business' and organizations offer free activities for families. Tuesday, we headed out and enjoyed a FREE lunch-outside! Right next to a water fountain. We made it out without getting wet, but some other guest were not quite as lucky!
After lunch, we headed down the street to a FREE movie!
None of us had seen it before, and we really enjoyed it!
After the movie, they talked me into ice cream.
They really were happy about it, but you sure can't tell from this pic!
And then, I was done with spring break.
Even though we had a great time, there was still much bickering, and normal? sibling rivalry.
So, on the way home, I stopped and got a bottle of wine- spring break and I officially broke up over a glass of moscato and a late night movie.
Angle Family Fun Day started on Thursday afternoon (2 weeks ago) with the arrival of my parents.
Friday morning Dad took William, Isabelle and Jackson to the Topeka horse auction, and Mom spent the entire day with Elizabeth and I cleaning.
My brother Ben, sister-in-law Mindy arrived at bedtime Friday evening with their four munchkins.
My two oldest nephews came later Friday night- they are old enough to drive themselves AND bring a girlfriend! oh my.
My brother Reuben, girlfriend NaTasha and their additional two, finally got here Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately, my baby brother and his little family could not make it. We sure missed them!
I took tons of pictures (with the wrong lense) especially of this little cutie:
Miss Ashley Jean.
She is about 1 month younger than Jackson- and totally mothered him while she was here. It was adorable. And she's funny. So funny. Says the cutest things!
An early morning swing session with Papa.
This was our first time meeting Ben & Mindy's baby:
Such a good natured little guy. And, he wasn't completely opposed to me holding him either!
Saturday afternoon Nana made a hopscotch grid for the kids to play on- Isabelle was completely distraught because "Nana DID NOT make it right!" oh my.
The weather was beautiful, and we were outside most of the day- riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, hopscotch, in and out of the playhouse. But the most exciting thing of the day? Uncle Ben fixed Jackson's Gator.
He never let's anyone else drive- but Miss Ashley can hold her own!