Ft. Benning Key Lime Cake

I came across this recipe while I was in Georgia for work. A woman who works in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Benning made it for the Sgt. Major. He was raving about her “green cake” begging her to make another one. I was surprised by the ingredients and couldn’t wait to try it myself. It’s a pretty cake for the summer time or holidays, very bright and moist. It’s also good for people that don’t like chocolate (like my boyfriend).

For Cake

*1 box lemon cake mix
*1 1/3 cups canola oil
*4 eggs
*1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored Jello
*3/4 cup orange juice (or any juice you feel like! I actually used lemonade)
*1 bag of key limes

    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients, lightly grease and flour cake pans (I only made two layers, so it looks closer to a key lime pie) and pour in cake mixture. Bake for 35 minutes or test with a toothpick in the center. Toothpick will come out clean when the cake is done. Let cakes cool before you begin to frost them. I would even put them in the refrigerator for awhile.

    Juice about 6 key limes into a bowl. When the cake is cooked and cooled, spoon some of the juice on to the entire top of the first layer to give it some zing.

    For Frosting
    *1 stick butter
    *1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    *1/2 can cream of coconut  (optional but gives it a slight tropical flavor)
    *2 cups confectioners’ sugar (other recipes call for more but I think it makes it too sweet)

    Add room temperature butter and cream cheese to mixer, whip until incorporated. Add confectioners sugar to taste and texture.  Add cream of coconut to taste but mind the texture. (I made my frosting a bit to runny and I had to refrigerate it to stiffen it up enough to stick to the cake.)

    Stella

    I love bittersweet movies. I cried my eyes out (loudly) in the theater with my best friend Jamie when we saw The Notebook and it’s one of my favorite memories with her. There is something about a good “movie cry” that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Although for me it’s easy… I cry sometimes while watching “My First Place” on HGTV. Pathetic.

    This clip is from an 80’s movie that is one of my favorites. My mom and I used to watch it all the time. In Stella “The title character is a vulgar and unfashionable single mother who, determined to give her daughter Jenny all the opportunities she never had, ultimately makes a selfless sacrifice to ensure her happiness” (wiki). The clip enters with Stella crying in her living room. She just pretended to not care about Jenny in order to force her to want to live with her father who Stella believes can give her a better life. The wedding scene breaks my heart every time.

    The Dress that Got Away…

    I first laid eyes on this Alice and Olivia dress almost a year ago during the “After the Final Rose” special on The Bachelor’s Gia. I wanted it badly but it was a bit out of my price range. Here we are several months later and it’s still on my mind. It took pink and sparkly from ditsy/tacky to girlie/classy in my mind. I have a new love for all that is pink or peach with a gold hint or sparkly hue. Should I have splurged?

    All because of you

    P.S. Here is an awesome blog for finding items you may have seen on your favorite shows. She has helped me find all my Bachelorette/Bachelor must haves. www.possessionista.com

    Puppy Update

    Our little Labrador Retriever mix “Honey” (we re-named her) will be ours on the morning of Dec. 18th. She will be 3 mos. old on Dec 29th. We will pick her up from a transport van in DC somewhere, she’s is traveling from a shelter in South Carolina with her brothers and sisters. (Who in the world wouldn’t want these puppies?) She will go straight from the van into our arms.

    We passed our “home visit” on Sunday. Later while I was out with the girls Mr. Big went out and picked up her crate and some honey and oatmeal shampoo, plenty of toys, food, and a sparkly pink collar. We still have to fix some exposed wires in the apartment and figure out where to put her cute pink bowl! I love her already.

    I can’t wait to take more photos when she gets here!
    P.S. This is her brother Kirk. Isn’t he the cutest, cuddly-ist, teddy bear like puppy ever? I wish we could take him too. Lucky Dog rescue in DC., where we found Honey, is an amazing organization. This Christmas the Kane Show on Hot 99.5 is doing the “12 Strays of Christmas” from Lucky Dog rescue, more here.

    “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”

    Just a little peak at our Christmas tree and decorations this year. I got the gingham ribbon and silk poinsettias for the tree along with a glitter pen, three stockings and Rudolf & Clarice for under $25 dollars total today at Michaels. Crazy right? It was a mad house in there.

    This is the first year I have been able to showcase my growing White House ornament collection. I have four, for the four years I have been in the DC area. My favorite is 2007 that depicts Grover Cleveland’s Christmas wedding at the White House. He was the only president to ever marry in the White House.

    I’m off to Georgia for work for a few days and won’t be able to blog. Miss me.