I Cheated The Whole Day

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On Sunday morning I woke up washed my face, brushed my teeth, threw on some workout clothes, attempted to comb my hair and gave up really quickly, grabbed my cycle shoes and ran out the door. You see If I am working out early in the weekend then I need to stay focused and run out the door or, I will start folding laundry, putting dishes away, and start running my mouth talking a mile a minute ton, my husband. Which, he hears every other word if that. Read More

One Year Down…​Thank You For Giving Me A Chance

It has officially been 1 year since I started this particular blog and I have been welcomed into the blog world with open arms. I have to admit that every time I write something I second guess myself. I wonder if it’s interesting enough to get you to come back and view another post. I always try to just be myself and that alone is scary.

I remember when I first started my blog I was approached by a well known public figure and he gave me THE BEST pointer. He told me if I wanted my blog to be successive then I had to remain truthful to myself. Choose topics that hit me deep in my core and then just go. Talk the way I do every day, and make sure my personality is present at all times. When he told me this I said well what if people don’t like me or what I have to say?

He responded, “Do you have friends”? “Do they like to engage with you”? “After 17 years does your husband still like you and engage with you”? But most importantly “Do you like you and find yourself interesting”? I thought fair enough!

So here we go! My content is going to be bananas this year, filled with food, diets, crafts, workouts, real talk, and my Life. I am elated to welcome you all to my world.

I know that there are thousands and thousands of blogs that you could have joined or read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

Sweet Sammie Rae’s Strawberry Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

I have a slight dislike and LOVE for my kids birthday. Dislike because they are getting older and closer to being adults. That is just a depressing thought for me. So we are going to stop talking about that RIGHT NOW! Okay, Moving on.

I love birthday time because I get to create a new cake and design it anyway my kids desire. I may not be a huge fan of some of the flavors they want me to make. But this isn’t my birthday, so I do what they like. Which brings me to Samantha’s birthday cake this year. She loves strawberry cake and I never knew just how much until now. I have never made this cake and I must admit that I wasn’t very hopeful.

The first thing I did was hit Pinterest for some awesome ideas. I was quite concerned that I would get a bad batch of strawberries which would destroy the flavor of my cake. I then stumbled across a recipe that hit right on my issue. The recipe called for frozen strawberries. I learned that you should always use frozen strawberries because the taste will remain consistent.

Often times the cake batter will call for gelatin but I chose to go without it in my recipe. Not for any particular reason, just didn’t want to use it. Also please note how I always place parchment paper at the bottom of the pans. This is a must for me because I have been known for not greasing my pans enough, which will cause your batter to stick.

Ingredients For a 3 Layer Cake

Preheat Oven 325 degrees

Bake for 25-30 minutes

  • 3 Cups Flour
  •  2 1/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cups Oil
  • 4 Eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 Ounces Cream Chesse ( (2) 8-ounce packs)
  • 3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Sugar

Whip the cream cheese, Vanilla, and Sugar. Slowly add heavy whipping cream. Whip Until stiff peaks form.

Please Watch the Video Below for step by step process.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~BellaDonna~