Friday, March 27, 2015

Neapolitan Fundraiser Cake


 
 
Hello everyone.  Just a quick shot of the cake that my daughter and I made for a  dessert church auction for Scouting and Girl's Camp.  It has chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla layers, corresponding to the frosting colors.  The concept was not original to me, we saw it all over Pinterest. 
 
The cake fetched $34, but I think it would have been able to bring more had it been brought out in the middle of the auction, when people's pocket books started to open up a bit more.  It was a really fun experience, and the youth of our church raised over $1700 to go to Girl's Camp and Boy Scouts Camp.
 
Thanks for dropping by the couch where I occasionally blog. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pink Velvet Cookies with Maraschino Cherry Filling

 
Welcome to Red Couch Recipes and to five years of blogging this month!  I am celebrating the five years by coming back to blogging after I fell off a blogging cliff in September of last year. See below for details on my blogging absence.  Many times are lives are filled with sweet happenings, while other times are lives tend to make a dive.  My life took a dive, but I hope to be back sharing with you sweet events of my life. 
 
I made these sweet cookies the other day.  They are so easy and so delicious.  The cookies are made from a  Duncan Hines box mix and go together so quickly.  The filling is a Maraschino cherry filling, which is so delicious, and appropriate for the month of February. I think they give the appearance of a French Macaron, without all the fuss.   I gave them to a friend, and also served them to the LDS missionaries who came to dinner that night.  My son was so funny!  He said, "You didn't make these, you didn't make these!"  I kept on replying that I did.  I guess he hadn't SEEN me make these, so he thought I DIDN'T make them.  Of course, this conversation took place in front of our guests ;). 
 
 
Blogging Absence  
 In October, we moved to the Spokane Washington area, from our home in Utah.  On the day our moving trailer arrived, our son, who was living in Utah, called to say he had severely broken his femur.  His femur was broken because the MRSA Staph he had contracted in May, even with 8 weeks of strong infusion antibiotics, had compromised his femur.  After 10 days in the hospital and a plate and 10 screws, and moving him out of his apartment, we brought him to Washington.  He wouldn't be able to work for several months, and it was not feasible for him to stay in Utah.   He is now on his third round of infusion antibiotics (3 times/day for 1.5 hours each).  Hopefully, this will be the course that kills the bone infection.  In April, his orthopedic surgeon plans to take out his metal, which could be the cause of this infection that won't leave.  Of course, when I tried to return to blogging, my computer is all buggy. 

I found this mix at our local Wal-Mart.

 
Pink Velvet Cookie Recipe
 
 
1 Pink Velvet Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together.  Form cookie dough into round balls, about 1 1/2 teaspoons, and then place on cookie sheet.  The balls will spread so allow enough room.  Bake for about 6-8 minutes.  When cool spread frosting on cookie and sandwich it with another cookie.  Sprinkle filled cookies with Confectioner's Sugar.  The mix made about 18 cookies.  Note:  I have made other cake mix cookies, this time I used two eggs, other times I have used only one.  This particular mix needed two eggs.
 
Maraschino Cherry Frosting  Recipe
 
My husband commented that the maraschino cherry filling really made the cookies.  I did not use any of the cherries, just the juice.
 
1/4 cup room temperature butter
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2-3 tablespoons Maraschino Cherry Juice
 
Blend all ingredients together well and use to fill the cookies.
 
 

 
Nostalgia:  The Maraschino Cherry filling reminds me of my mother.  On more than one occasion, she made a heart shaped Maraschino Cake for my father for Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Flooding: Today we won't just talk about service, we will go out and do it.







The text came early Sunday Morning from our Church Bishop.  Church services were cancelled.  Overnight the river had overflown and flooded about 15 homes in our community.  Our beloved Bishop said , "Today we are not going to just talk about service, we are going to go out and serve. "  He instructed us to go help our community members in need.
 
So my daughter and I donned our rain boots and came armed with shovels and buckets.  These boots were so essential; everyone should have a pair.  Many came with just tennis shoes. 
 
 
 
We got to the scene and soon realized that there wasn't enough work yet.  The heavy equipment hadn't come on scene yet.  They needed to suck out water out of the homes and yards, before we could get in there to haul away things.  There were lakes in front of and in back of their homes and lakes inside their homes.  Thirty sheep were lost in the floods.  Another 30 homes in our general community were flooded.  A trailer park was flooded and people were evacuated by boats.
 
So we went home and baked for several hours.  We knew that people would be hungry.  We made about 10 dozen cookies.
 
 
When we got back to the scene, the road was blocked off, so that the heavy equipment could do their work.  All of the labor and machinery was donated, and people were happy to be of assistance.
 
 
We mainly hauled away wrecked items. We hauled away sheetrock and insulation.   We sandbagged.  People were there trying to save what they could and were washing off items.  Mostly, if it was in their basements, it was a total loss --- photos, genealogy, wedding dresses.  One of the men I knew (our LDS Stake Patriarch) had his home flooded and he was going around with a smile.  I told him how sorry I was, and he replied, "It is just things, but I wish I had flood insurance."
 
 
The young were there to help as well as the old. 
 
 
There was no waiting around for the government to help.  It was just neighbors helping their neighbors.  Women from the community brought food, as well as the Red Cross.
 
 
The news agency from 2 hours north came to report.  This is my daughter to the right and a family friend.
 
 
 
 
People worked and worked and even worked when it began to hail and rain again.
 
 
 
 
I could have taken pictures that showed the devastation more clearly, but out of respect for their loss, I didn't.
 
This is the community that I have lived in for the past seven years.  I cried when I moved here and I will cry when I will leave in two weeks.  I am moving to a much larger community where I will miss this kind of community spirit.



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