...you know: Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional. Fine.
Tonight is the first night that my nightmare of what I thought would happen in a shared room for my girls is a reality. It's 8:37pm (my girls are usually in bed by 7:15pm), and Chloe has already come in and out 5 times: twice to pee, once to poop, once because she forgot her post-toothbrushing drink, and once because Ellie was trying to get into her bed.
"And I don't want her to."
But all in all, it was a productive day. I finished a white bedskirt for Chloe's bed, so now it actually matches.
[If that bedroom door opens one. more. time!!!! I'm fine. FINE.]
I watched most of conference (there were a few crayons-over-the-balcony incidents, and some food demands, and well, a little sleep), and loved Elder Baxter's talk.
And although I didn't "work out", I did push a heavy double stroller filled with children in about 35mph winds. I am tough. As Chloe would say, "Did you know? I'm amazing.
I'm Italian and I can do a somersault!"
So here's another one of those amazing Italian things.
Italian Cream Cake
Preheat oven to 3500.
Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.
Beat until they form peaks and then set aside:
- 5 egg whites
In a separate bowl, cream together until smooth and light:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
Add and beat until fluffy:
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 egg yolks
Alternately, mixing well after each addition, add:
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup buttermilk*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites with a spatula.
Spoon into prepared pans.
Bake for 25-40 minutes, until golden and toothpick inserted comes out with small crumbs.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.
*In lieu of buttermilk, you can add 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice to 1 cup regular milk. Do this step first, then set aside until needed (giving the milk time to curdle=buttermilk).
Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat until smooth:
- 12 ounces softened cream cheese
- 3/4 cup softened butter
Add and mix until smooth:
- 6 cups powdered sugar
Frost cake, then sprinkle chopped pecans all over.
Refrigerate, then serve.
|It takes a lot of pecans to cover - |
pricey, but completely worth it!