I am TERRIBLE about sitting down by myself and scrappin' -there's always something else I will do (ie: laundry, vacuuming, balancing checkbooks - you get the idea). So, the only way to ensure that I will scrap is to invite friends over to join me. I have decided that I am going to do this once a month for a whole day. From 10AM - 8PM. Friends can come and go to suit their schedule, but I am staying at it all day!
My friend Amy and her husband make chocolate! What a dream - a chocolate kitchen connected to your home! She brought us some of their bars of chocolate, we steamed up some milk and voila' - drinking chocolate. YUMMINESS!!
Years ago I got a recipe from a friend - she use to make it when we would get together and scrap so now I associate the two together! It's one of those simple, throw together, have everything in the house, kind of recipes!
Mandarin Orange Cake
1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1-12 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. nuts (I use chopped pecans)
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp. milk
Mix dry ingredients and then stir in egg and drained oranges. As you stir it will look VERY dry, but keep stirring, as the oranges break down the batter becomes moist. Stir very well. Place in greased 9X9 and bake for 30 min at 350. When the cake is done melt topping ingredients and pour over hot cake. I try to especially spoon it in the edges so it doesn't all go to the middle. The cake will sink in the middle a bit - but then you can save that piece for you with all the nummy topping on it!
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the warm days if they actually arrive!