Someone in our house had a birthday this past weekend (me). You know how that goes...way too much eating. :) The men in the house made me this Hummingbird Cake and it was to die for! You have to try it. Of course, this recipe is from our trusty Southern Living Cookbook.
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not beat. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; then sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Yield: 1 three layer cake.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 ounce) packaged cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Hummingbird Cake is a southern favorite. Definitely one of my favorites!
We've been spending the evenings and mornings out in the yard. It's pretty hot here already!
Fortunately, it keeps raining and that's what we need to have beautiful plants and flowers.
We have happy hostas all over the yard.
I didn't get a picture of it but the moss that grows on the boulders is gorgeous!
The nandinas all have these flowery things on them. Honestly, I don't know if that's flowers or the start of berries. Whatever it is..it's gorgeous.
Just a pretty pot at the edge of the pond.
You know I'm partial to this pathway.
The new path on the other side of the yard is coming along nicely too. The pennywort is taking off.
What? You've never seen red gummy soil? Well that's what we have here.
Took me forever to get used to it. It's not very pretty but it's fertile.
This is a new bed going in behind the house. It's the sunniest spot in the yard and will still only get about 1/2 day of sun. Hubby would like for us to have it planted by the time he lands back here on Friday. Can we do it? Sure!!
Yesterday son #2 said, "You know, really, our yard is kind of epic." Not a bad compliment coming from an 18 year old guy. :)
On my way to take hubby to the airport today, I diverted from the path and took some pictures in one of my favorite neighborhoods here in Oklahoma City.
This pretty flower bed below is in a median. Isn't that a great way to beautify a neighborhood?
Now doesn't the home below just make you sigh? Love that ivy!
A great Beaver Cleaver type home.
I would have loved to take more pictures but Paul said, "Stacey, you know you are kind of eccentric." I said, "Wouldn't you just love to live in an older established neighborhood like this?" He said, "I don't think these are my kind of people....it all looks a little too hoity toity civilized."
Why is it that most men think they are Daniel Boone at heart?
You can see more pictures of this gorgeous neighborhood by clicking HERE.