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Blueberry Chocolate Cake with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

Sunday night was also my Dad’s birthday and birthdays are kind of a big deal in our family. There are a few unique things that I think make a birthday in this house a bit different than what you might see elsewhere.

  • There are usually 7 of us, and now with Brent there are 8. So, it’s loud. Picture the stereotypical Italian family getting together and multiply that by 6 girls. Seriously loud.
  • Dinner is all out. The birthday person gets to pick what they what for dinner and that is what is whipped up. This time was a seafood pasta.
  • When singing Happy Birthday, sing as loud and as out of key as possible. Ear splitting high notes, piercing notes and anything else you can make your voice do. This is usually when the dogs run away in terror. If we have company, they think it’s weird at first then they join in with something we’ve never heard before. We all think it’s hilarious.
  • When picking out a card, it NEEDS to pop up. If it doesn’t pop up, put it down and find another. If you can find one that sings AND pops up, you probably have a winner. There is a competition for the best card and strangely enough, we have never shown up with the same card. Only every once in a while from year to year. Those immediately lose. Sorry.
  • Have fun. Obviously.

For my Dad’s birthday, I decided that I would make the cake and his favorite thing in the world is blueberry. So I decided to make a blueberry cake. Originally it was going to be a Blueberry Lemon Cake, but he didn’t really like that idea. He wanted chocolate. Chocolate it is.

Chocolate Blueberry Cake

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Water 1/2 Cup Blueberries, melted
1 Egg

 

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter, softened 4 1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla 3 Tablepsoon Milk
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, thawed and drained

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients. Then, with a blender, blend the blueberries, egg and water.

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2. Whisk the wet ingredients in with the dry. Be careful not to over mix the batter.

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3. Bake in a greased round 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I made two of them in order to stack them for the cake.

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For the Frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Then gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar. Lastly, mix in the blueberries, and milk. Use the milk to get the consistency that you would like.

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Easy! When the cake is completely cooled, COMPLETELY cooled. You can start frosting it. Just know that it needs to be stored in a chilled area because the frosting is made of butter.

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I was struggling a little bit with the icing of it. But that’s a skill that I will pick up eventually 🙂

We all sat down for dinner and Maggie gave us a mini wine lesson on the two that she had picked out for dinner.

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We sat down and had some seafood pasta with a delicious red sauce.

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As we were sitting down, I grabbed one of the naked rigatoni still sitting in the strainer just to munch on. I was talking at the same time, and decided to goof around a little bit, so I blew through the rigatoni…IT WHISTLED! I felt like a five year old that just discovered the best thing ever! Why I never realized this when I was younger, I have no idea. I know I would have driven my mom nuts if I did figure it out earlier.

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So fun! You just have to pinch the sides of it a little bit to restrict the air flow and it will make this loud, high pitched whistling noise. 🙂

 

After dinner, the cake came out and I was honestly a bit nervous about how it was going to go over. I have never made one of a birthday cakes and this one was a bit different in itself. I don’t know if you noticed…it has NO OIL. There is no butter, no canola oil, no nothing. The icing obviously has butter but the cake itself. Nada. It’s a healthy chocolate cake. YUP.

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But it was delicious! The cake itself was really rich. The chocolate flavor really came through in it. The blueberries were also really apparent in the frosting. Big hit!

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It was even better the second day. The blueberry flavor came out a lot more the second day.

When cake was finished and we were starting to clean up, my dad brought over the wish bone that I had been waiting to dry out for a few days. Brent and I broke it and I guesssssss my wish won’t come true. MER.

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Happy Birthday!!

Do you have any weird traditions in your family??

 

Pumpkin Picking Kind of Evening

After running around for the morning and into the afternoon, I headed home quick to make some lunch and then head back out. For lunch, I had been trying to think of something else that I wanted to do with the Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken. And did I find something to do. I used a pita pocket, 60 calories, and made a yummy! sandwich.

 

Ingredients:

2 Full Pita Pockets, Halved 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Buffalo Sauce 1/2 Cup Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken
2 Slices Muenster Cheese, Halved 2 Handfuls of Lettuce

 

Directions:

1. Mix the greek yogurt and the buffalo sauce. Then put 1 half muenster cheese, lettuce, 1/8 Cup buffalo chicken and 1/4 of the greek buffalo sauce into each half of the pita. FINITO!

 

 

The sauce was really delicious. I’m thinking about how to modify that into a layered dip for some parties 🙂 I think it would be fantastic and a great alternative to a cream cheese based dip.

After gloating about my delicious lunch, I went back onto the road and visited a few more accounts. I finally finished my visits with stopping at a doggie boarding place for this weekend.But I’m not sure this is the place. My usual doggie day care/boarding only has their VIP room available and it would cost about 100 bucks for 1 night. No thanks.

Anyways, there was still an hour or so of day light when I finally got back and Brent and I went PUMPKIN PICKING! I’ve been dying to go. DYING. A church about 2 blocks from my house was having a pumpkin picking deal, and we definitely hit that up. They had such a cute little set up.

 

 

 

 

I can’t even tell you how many pumpkins there were. It really didn’t help my indecisiveness. They had little red wagons to help you bring them to the car.

STORY TIME!

The little red wagon was a staple of my childhood. My brother and I used to play with our little red wagon all the time. But BY FAR, the story that sticks out the most is the time that my brother, 4 years old at the time, ventured next door with his little red wagon in tow and tried to sell his wagon. Hahaha! The neighbor ended up calling my mom and letting her know that he little boy was next door trying to pawn off his wagon. Some day I hope to find out exactly why he was looking to liquidize his wagon. That’s like Brent selling his flat screen! Big life decision!

Back to pumpkin picking 🙂 We ended up walking around for quite a while looking for THE PERFECT PUMPKIN. Parameters…

  • Short and Fat (Perfect for carving)
  • Perfectly round
  • Stem in tact
  • No blemishes

Let me tell you…that PERFECT pumpkin just doesn’t exist. It really doesn’t. You think you found it, then you look at the opposite side and there is a seriously large scar. There is definitely some symbolism/parallelism that you can read into here, but I’ll leave you all to think about searching for the perfect pumpkin.

We did find one! It’s not THE PERFECT pumpkin but it is perfect for what I wanted.

 

My arms were legit BURNING from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp yesterday morning. I almost threw it on the ground after I was in so much pain. What I think is actually kind of funny…the pumpkin I am holding, is the SAME pumpkin Brent is holding.

 

 

How much bigger does that one look?! Wouldn’t you think it would look smaller in the hands of a guy that’s 6 foot 5? Mind Bending!

 

We had fun picking out our pumpkin and I can’t wait to dig into the sucker this weekend to showcase my expert pumpkin carving skills, and maybe make some pumpkin seeds. I’m not really an expert pumpkin carver.

 

 

He’s my favorite pumpkin 🙂

Off to work for today! I’ve got some BIG plans for November so mark your calendars for the November 1st post! Should be exciting!

What’s your favorite thing about pumpkin picking?? Is it carving it afterwards?? Searching for the perfect pumpkin?? Roasting the seeds?? Making pie?!

I love the act of picking the pumpkin the most. It’s a great reason to be outside, walking around and is always a fun time.