Butter, Baking & Dreaming

Hubby and older son are traveling to Dallas today to visit the AIMS center. AIMS stands for Aptitude Inventory Measurement Service. We know several people who've taken their kids there for aptitude testing. The information they provide is very specific and informative. Helps people (not just kids) decide what they might want to do with their lives as a career. Also helps with college choices, etc. We are excited to get the info for Spencer because he really has no idea what he would like to do or be.

I said butter, right?

I'm sending a little goody with them when the go visiting.

Perfect Pound Cake
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup oil
3 cups sugar
4 eggs beaten
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Blend dry and wet ingredients together and pour into Bundt or tube pan. Place in cold oven. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake 50-60 minutes. Test with toothpick.

This recipe is guaranteed to please and oh so easy to make!!

Now, because January can be so long, these pictures below are just to remind us that warmth will come around again.

Morning glories on trellis in my front yard.

Some mysterious ground cover that came in from the woods and mixed with my begonias. I like it. Anybody know what it is?
Dividing the daylillies back in October.

Have a great day!

17 comments

Rachael said...

Stacey ~

Thanks so much for the Bar Keepers recommendation. I will DEFINITELY buy it now!

One of my favorite cleaning products is Method's "Wood for Good" on my hardwood floors. It is wonderful! It gets them clean, but does it very gently. They are shiny and nice smelling afterwards too!

Love the pictures of Spring...you must have read my mind, it is cold and rainy here and I am sick of Winter :(

Thanks for all your great posts...and the pound cake looks YUMMY!

Glad your doggie is doing better and hope your son finds success with the meeting in Dallas!

Rachael :-)

Ps. I did show Jack the post about the "middle child" and he is feeling VERY special right now :-)

Amber said...

Pound cake is my absolute favorite. Yummy!!!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

When I saw the flower pictures I went to look to see where you lived, then I saw the comment you made! :) We have a ways to go, don't we?

Pound cake looks divine!

I do love the Method brand of cleaners..so fresh smelling and good for our environment.

Nice to meet you! ;)
Donna

JudyBug said...

I'm closing my eyes to the pound cake. Started weight watchers on Monday. Love your morning glories. Hubby is building an arbor and I would love to get some growing over it.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Stacey, thanks for stopping by! Man, your pound cake looks delish. I may have to copy this one. We love sweets too much around my house.

OK, on the monogrammed lampshade. I got the burlap, cut it to fit the shade & sort of placed it in the middle of the shade so I could tell where the letter would end up & then had it monogrammed. I think you could easily get a local shop to do it for you, just cut the burlap first.

Susie Harris said...

We have those same kind of weeds. When you go to pull them out the are attached to a very long white runner. We always called them dial weeds if Im not mistaken. They kind of look like a little lilly pad. They tend to grow in damp areas of my yard... my flower beds! Hope you new year is going great. Take care`

April said...

Hi Stacey!

My hubby loves pound cake and I've yet to find a really good recipe. I will definitely gives yours a whirl...it sounds so good!!! For some reason, a few of your photos didn't download...I'm so bummed!

Simply Dandy said...

Ooh I love pound cake!! Get a cup of coffee and I'm good to go! Could you please send some my way, not that I need it BUT.... It is snowing here today and it is so pretty! I love snow! I am one of those weird winter people!!

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

You wanted to know what is with the begonias. It looks just like what was in my yard when we moved in here nearly four years ago. I thought it was cute too. I figured it looked like a nasturtium. But it seems to be a weed that is EXTREMELY invasive! Now I weed it out as quick as I see it!
Brenda

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Thanks for the photos...they really are heartening to see! Sounds like a really cool opportunity for your son, too...let us know how it goes! :)
Carrie

Daphine said...

One of these days, you and I will get to meet since you all seem to come to Dallas every now and then. I'm already looking forward to it friend!

Thanks for the recipe on the pound cake. I never knew they could be so easy to make. I'll definitely try this out!

The pictures are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing such a great post!

Carol said...

Hi Stacey!
Thanks for sharing the cake recipe!
Smiles,
Carol

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Stacey, Thanks for your visit! Your pound cake sounds wonderful! I'm craving something sweet! Kristen

Amy said...

Yum...pound cake is one of my favorites. I will have to try your recipe. It looks sooooo delicious! Amy

Ms. Tee said...

My teenage son and I were just wondering if there was some kind of *test* he could take to see what he might be interested in doing - I'm so glad you shared that - thanks so much And the cake recipe, AND the photos ;)

bj said...

OK...I'M MAKING THAT POUND CAKE TONIGHT...oh...wait a minute...I made FUDGE last night...can't have 2 sweets in the house at the same time...OK....tomorrow I am MAKING THAT POUND CAKE....

Gini said...

Susie Harris is right. Those are dollar weeds. Thats funny they do actually look good there with your begonias.