Recipe: Sprinkle Cake

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This past weekend, I had a family reunion with my dad’s side of the family. We have it every year, and I always love going! It’s great to see my family, plus there’s always really delicious food. I was talking to my dad a couple of days before and he asked me what I was going to bring. “Wait, what?” I’m still used to being a child and not having to bring food, but I guess since I’ve been a responsible adult for a full year, I’m capable of bringing some sort of dish to a function. So, I decided to make one of my favorite recipes that’s beyond easy but also delightful. And I made two, because I wanted to keep one for myself.

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Sprinkle Cake!! Y’all. This cake is probably my favorite. It’s simply a pound cake with sprinkles inside! Confession: I only make this to take somewhere when I know I will have plenty to bring home. Not a joke. I like to eat it for breakfast. It’s just SO GOOD. Also, people love it, because it’s fun! You know how people have “signature dishes” that they’re asked to bring to functions? I want this to be mine. “Kristen, bring that sprinkle cake, it’s so good!”. That is my dream.I clearly have too much time on my hands. So anyways, here’s how you make this:

I got this recipe from The Sweet {Tooth} Life, so I can’t really take credit, but I would love to share!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

-1 cup of sugar

-4 eggs

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp salt

-2 cups of flour

-1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles (I used Jimmies… I honestly hate that they’re called that so much but I couldn’t think of another way to explain them. Ugh Jimmies. Such a stupid name.)

Here’s what you’ll do:

1.First, cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl.

2. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each.

3. Mix in vanilla and salt until fully incorporated.

4. Add flour and stir until smooth!

5. Add the sprinkles and give it another stir

6. Transfer to a buttered & floured loaf pan

7. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour

8. Enjoy!

This is a great quick dessert to bring to an event, or for whenever you feel like something sweetie. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Monday’s Musings

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Happy Monday! It is finally starting to feel like fall in Houston, but only because it’s been raining. It was nearly 80 degrees last week, and my sweaters are literally crying in my closet because they want to be set free. It’s to the point where I’m about to wear them anyways. I mean, it’s cold in my office so that counts, right? I think so. Otherwise about 45% of my wardrobe will sit unworn, and I just can’t have that. I digress.

I love to turn everyday objects into lessons about life. For me, it makes things easier to understand if I can compare them to something tangible. I came across this adorable little analogy, and I loved it!

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How cute is this? And it’s so true. It’s important to be confident and stand up for what you believe in, but also important to still be sweet to everyone you meet. It also gives a great answer to the question, “If you were a fruit, what would you be?” I think I may add this to my collage wall, when I get around to that. Also pineapples are very trendy right now, so we should all aspire to be like them.

Don’t forget to be a pineapple this week!

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Recipe- Apricot Arugula Prosciutto Pizza

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It’s Pre-Friday! That’s my new favorite way to refer to Thursday thanks to The Skimm. I feel like this week has gone by super fast- it seems like it was just the weekend yesterday! Speaking of weekends, one of my favorite things to do when I don’t have other plans is to make something new for dinner. It’s a long process that keeps me entertained for quite some time: I find a recipe, go to the grocery store, and then go home and make myself dinner! I know this makes me sound SUPER lame, but I promise I don’t do this like, every weekend. But I always find really great recipes, and I’m going to share my latest treasure with you!

I found this recipe in my Pioneer Woman cookbook, and I’ve been wanting to make it for a while. I had every intention of making it just as the recipe said, but the only fig spread I could find was about $6 for a tiny jar, and the other ingredients were getting pretty expensive, so I opted to use apricot jam instead! It turned out really delicious!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 pizza crust (I’m not actually Ree Drummond, so I didn’t feel obligated to make my own- I used a refrigerated crust!)

-1/2 cup apricot jam

-One 12oz log of fresh mozzarella

-8 oz prosciutto (I just found a small package in the deli section, pre-sliced and ready to go!)

– About 1 &1/2 cups of arugula

-Shredded Parmesan cheese

Here’s what you do:

1. First, roll out the pizza dough onto a slightly greased cookie sheet. Spread it out evenly until it reaches the edge of the pan, or as close as it will get.

2. Next, spread the apricot jam evenly on the crust, leaving a little space on the edge.

3. After that, slice the mozzarella into thin rounds, and place them all over the pizza.

4. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is cooked.

5. Then, place the prosciutto slices on top of the cheese. I tore a couple of mine into smaller pieces to make sure there was prosciutto everywhere. 

6. Next, pile on the arugula. I didn’t pile mine too high, because I knew I was going to have over half of the pizza left over, and I wasn’t sure how it would keep in the fridge (update: it was perfect! The arugula didn’t wilt or anything!).

7. For the finishing touch, sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza. Enjoy!

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I had to stop myself from not inhaling this whole pan by myself. The combination of the sweet apricot, creamy mozzarella, salty prosciutto, and spicy arugula is genius. It reminds me of my favorite pizza from Napa Flats in College Station: it’s date, prosciutto, and truffle oil and it’s also the perfect combo of sweet and salty. UGH so good. This pizza will change your life, I promise. You could whip this up for a night with friends, or you could make it for yourself and eat it for three days straight like I did! Either way, you can’t lose. Thanks again to Ree, my Aggie basketball bestie for the recipe!

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