Granny’s Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at my grandma’s house learning to make her mom’s Devils Food Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing.  We made it in a 9×13″ pan, but it also makes a nice round layered cake too (either three 8″ rounds, or two 9″ rounds).  It’s so good!  Here’s how we made it: Continue reading

Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

I just returned home last night from a brief trip to the Antiques and Garden Show Nashville.  This was my first time attending the show.  I went with my friend, Kate, and we had a great time!

The stunning entry was designed & created by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.

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Bathroom Floors

When deciding what type of flooring to install in our bathrooms, Blaine and I looked for options that would relate to the age of the house and look better over time going forward. 

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Fehrenbacher Cabinets

When deciding which manufacturer to use for our kitchen and mudroom cabinetry, we looked at many options.  Ultimately, we decided on Fehrenbacher Cabinets, Inc. due the high quality product they make and their ability to customize.

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Old Fashioned Divinity Candy

Divinity candy is a meringue-based, fluffy, chewy, smooth, swirled nougat-like confection that originated in the early 1900s (along with the invention of corn syrup).  It is so delicious, and until now, I hadn’t had much luck making it. 

Grandma’s go-to recipe since she was 18 years old

The ingredients are simple.  And actually so are the instructions.  But there are two key steps that if not done right, the candy will be a failure. 

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Popcorn Balls

Hope y’all had a Happy Halloween last Tuesday!  I spent the afternoon of Hallow’s Eve learning to make my Grandma Jones’s famous popcorn balls.  When I was younger, she used to make them by the dozens, especially around Halloween.  Now in her eighties, she doesn’t make them nearly as often, so I asked her to teach me the recipe so I could start making them from time to time – she graciously agreed.  

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