CLASSIC SWEET CORN SPOONBREAD

May 1, 2017

How did corn become so privileged it gets to be considered both a summer and autumn food? Good for you, sweet corn. Because I can do grilled corn on the cob all summer long and still be ready for its fall manifestations too.

Sweet corn spoonbread? On Thanksgiving you totally have to. BUT THAT IS OKAY BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT.

CLASSIC SWEET CORN SPOONBREAD CLASSIC SWEET CORN SPOONBREAD
Serves 5-6

1 box (8.5 ounce) jiffy corn muffin mix
15 ounces cream style corn
15 ounces corn, drained
½ cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
A dash pepper
A dash red pepper flake

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer to greased baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

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CLASSIC SWEET CORN SPOONBREAD
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box (8.5 ounce) jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 15 ounces cream style corn
  • 15 ounces corn, drained
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A dash pepper
  • A dash red pepper flake
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Transfer to greased baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

 

HIDING THE TV MOUNT INSIDE A CABINET

April 27, 2017

Few objects can change the vibe in a room as much as a television. I think it instantly makes a room’s energy and what it feels “for” different. We watch basically no tv, but like to have one because we love movies. Many people have come up with creative ways to hide a television, but one of my favorites came from a friend when I saw she hid their tv inside a built-in cabinet.

I was so inspired and wanted to make my own for our house. The afters of this are kind of funny, because it just looks like a room with no tv! But this is actually the “after” and inside that lower right cabinet is our fully wired and functioning television.

HIDING A TV MOUNT INSIDE CABINETS

To make this happen, we had to find a mount that had a pretty big range of motion. Lots of mounts go out, and even tilt side to side, but we wanted one that did both of those and also moved up and down to clear the cabinet and make the tv’s height at a comfortable viewing level. And it had to fit inside the cabinet, which is relatively small.

With lots of careful measuring and shopping, we found this mount for $135. It was even available on amazon! So easy. I was prepared to pay a lot more for the unique motion we were looking for.

HIDING A TV MOUNT INSIDE CABINETSHIDING A TV MOUNT INSIDE CABINETS

To install it we removed the shelving and center divider from inside the cabinet. The interior of the built-ins is still black from before we painted the living room white, but I will leave them that way because it camouflages the electrical clutter quite nicely. We had an electrician install an outlet in the back for our power source.

Then, we built out a base for the mount to be well, mounted to. This was more measuring to make sure it would clear all the pieces we needed it to and for the arm to fit back in the cabinet while not in use.

HIDING A TV MOUNT INSIDE CABINETS HIDING A TV MOUNT INSIDE CABINETS

A piece of the 1/8″ thick wood we had from our office shiplap was the perfect material to paint (same color as the walls, Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White) and attach to the right door to cover the gap created by needing to remove the center vertical divider of the cabinet.

And just like that, it vanishes! The cabinet holds everything we need, like our remotes and dvd player, perfectly. It shifts up and out and around the cabinet door just as we imagined.

HIDING A TV MOUNT INSIDE CABINETS

The screen has nice viewability from both sofas. Sometimes we move the slipper chairs if we want to have people be able to watch from the floor. Or so you can watch from the slipper chairs.

I love our final set up and one of my favorite things about it is that in winter we can have movie nights by the fire without a tv taking over the room. The best! And Christmas movie nights under the tree. Okay, but it is April. Whatever, movies are a year-round kind of thing and it is so nice that our living room can convert to movie-central or a social space more conducive for conversation whenever we please.

VERY MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE (FROM A BOX MIX!)

April 24, 2017

People absolutely flip for poke cakes. And I think most of the time they don’t realize that the poke cake-ness is what makes what they’re eating so good. And by “good” I mean “moist.” Because a good cake is a moist cake to me, always.

At this point, I barely even bother making a non-poke cake because these are so soft and sweet. My other favorite is wonderfully fluffy & moist coconut one. As for this choco one, one of David’s co-workers said best cake he’s ever eaten!

VERY MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE (FROM A BOX MIX!)VERY MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE (FROM A BOX MIX!)
Serves about 12

1 chocolate cake mix (with ingredients required on box to make cake)
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
13 ounce jar hot fudge sauce
16 ounce whip cream

Prepare cake mix according to package instructions (including baking.) Allow to cool. Poke holes about 50 holes all over cake. I use a chop stick, but a kabob skewer, round utensil handle, or straw could work too. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cake. Warm hot fudge (I did about 45 seconds in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds) and spread over top. Chill overnight. Frost cake with whip cream.

VERY MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE (FROM A BOX MIX!)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix (with ingredients required on box to make cake)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 13 ounce jar hot fudge sauce
  • 16 ounce whip cream
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions (including baking.) Allow to cool.
  2. Poke holes about 50 holes all over cake. I use a chop stick, but a kabob skewer, round utensil handle, or straw could work too.
  3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cake.
  4. Warm hot fudge (I did about 45 seconds in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds) and spread over top. Chill overnight.
  5. Frost cake with whip cream.

 

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