Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Happy Birthday

Well another milemarker is swiftly moving into the rear view mirror! To celebrate my birthday today I let myself buy some quilt-y stuff on line - timtex, thread, a few yards of fabric, and batting. I also stopped by a local potter and got a new pot to put on the black stand I picked up at the auction last week.

I played in fabric most of the morning without a lot to show for it...mainly folding, planning , and deplanning (taking fabric out of boxes/bags after deciding I don't want to do that project anymore!) That is one way of shortening the someday list!
I also made myself a Birthday cake.... a Peanut Butter Pound Cake! I got the recipie from a co-worker in North Carolina years ago (maybe 9!) and had never attempted making it myself. It is great. (must be a bit of homesickness coming through....) DH is bringing home chocolate ice cream to go on top so I left off the topping (like that helps the calorie count at all!) It makes a huge cake so I ran some pieces over to neighbors...if it sat on my sideboard I wouldn't be able to zipper my jeans tomorrow! (not the best way of starting out a new year....)
Peanut Butter Pound Cake
1 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
5 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking pwder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
(topping optional)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup evaporated milk
Beat 1 cup butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter at medium speed of a electric mixer until soft ad creamy (about 2 min.) Gradually add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup brwon sugar, beting at medium speed for 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until yellow just disappears.
Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; stir well. Add flour misture to butter mixture alternating with the milk beginning and ending with the flour. Mix at low speed until just blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. pour batter inot a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 35 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10-15 mintues. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the optional topping: beat powdered sugar, peanut butter and melted butter together at a low speed until well blended. Add evaporated milk and beat at a medium speed until smooth. drizzle over cake.


Carolyn said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy the peanut butter pound cake...there are no calories if you eat it ON your birthday! :o)

Fiona said...

Many Happy Returns! Don't you know that cakes made and eaten on your birthday contain no calories whatsoever? (Okay, that's a lie, but it ought ot be true).

Unknown said...

I agree with Fiona and on anyone else's birthdays plus any month with an R in it and of course those that don't have an R in too. Have a great birthday - and here's to many more!!!

Hedgehog said...

Happy Birthday! Cake sounds delicious!

Angie said...

Happy Birthday! The cake sounds yummy...I'm going to try it within the next day or two. :D Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Magpie Sue said...

Hope you had a Happy Birthday! If there's any of that cake leftover eat a piece for me!

Sweet P said...

Happy Birthday. I've never heard of Peanut Butter Pound Cake. Sounds yummy. I hope you enjoyed it.

Bonnie K. Hunter said...

Happy Birthday!! I think I have to make this cake,it sounds SO divine!!


Tazzie said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. That cake does sound delicious, good on you for sharing it. I may not have been so strong!

Tonya Ricucci said...

Happy Birthday!!!! That stand on the new pot look fabulous - I'm glad you treated yourself. mmmm, peanut butter. I understand about that all right.

Clare said...

Happy birthday for yesterday. Peanut Butter - yummmy!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Happy Birthday! The cake sounds wonderful, I've printed this one off! Hope your day was a special one... can't wait to see what you make with your birthday mail-order treasures.

Quilting Memories said...

WOW!!!A peanut butter cake, that must taste like a slice of heaven. Would be for me. Happy birthday.

McIrish Annie said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! It sounds like a perfect day with a perfect birthday cake. I love PB!!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

happy birthday to you! Glad you are sounding happy for your birthday and I'm sure the neighbors were happy too!

Finn said...

A very happy birthday Sio! Wish we could all join you in a slice of cake and mug of tea..*VBS*
Your celebration sound perfect to me!
Love the baby quilt blocks..great choice of pattern, so much charm and class and yet simple enough for beginners. We tend to forget about that as patterns got more complicated. I think it will be a wonderful quilt. Hope the weather holds for you. Hugs, Finn

Darcie said...

Happy, happy day to you, Sio!!! Celebrate!

Your pound cakes sounds incredible! My daughters are going to scream with delight when I show them your recipe...they LOVE peanut butter anything!

Love your new stand and your pottery!

Carol E. said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll have to try it some day (in 9 years, perhaps?). And remember, calories eaten while you are standing up don't count.

Patti said...

Sounds marvelous but I'm not going to copy it - I know this would screw up my chances to lose weight for sureQ