Irish Cream Cake

Fresh out of the oven. Needs to cool down before you put the glaze on top.
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Glazed, wrapped, and ready to be delivered!
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Here’s the recipe:
CAKE INGREDIENTS:
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur. I used Bailey’s

THE GLAZE
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C). Grease and flour a 10″ Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over bottom of pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in eggs, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur. Beat for 5 minutes on high speed. Pour batter over nuts in pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto the serving dish. Prick top and sides of cake. Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake. Allow to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is used up.
4. To make the glaze: In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur.

Side note; I used 7 mini-dishes. The cake rises a good amount, I filled the mini-dishes 3/4 full, and baked for 40 minutes. If you are nervous about using a Bundt pan, I would just use a 9″x13″ dish. After cooling-poke holes as directed, drizzle glaze on top of cake. Do what’s comfortable for you :-) Have fun and enjoy the delicious cake!

Would you care for a glass of………..lights?

A very talented friend of mine made this wonderful piece of art as a gift for me.
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Using an ordinary wine bottle, you drill a small whole in the backside. Then feed the lights into the bottle, leaving the plug on the outside of the bottle.
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Plug in, and viola!
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Debbie used a multi colored string of lights in this bottle. In others she used white, yellow or blue. Every bottle is a unique creation. I have such great and talented friends :-)

1929 Blower Bentley

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I love old cars, they fascinate me. I love the trunk on the back of the car. And check out the exhaust pipe. It’s on the left side of the car. It’s “y” shaped and relatively flat. With an exciting rumble from the engine, this car is super cool! Here’s a bit of history about this 1929 Blower Bentley:

“The Bentley 4½ Litre was a British car based on a rolling chassis built by Bentley Motors.[1] Walter Owen Bentley replaced the Bentley 3 Litre with a more powerful car by increasing its engine displacement to 4.4 L (270 cu in).

Bentley buyers used their cars for personal transport and arranged for their new chassis to be fitted with various body styles, mostly saloons or tourers.[1] However, the publicity brought by their competition programme was invaluable for marketing Bentley’s cars.[citation needed]

At the time, noted car manufacturers like Bugatti and Lorraine-Dietrich focused on designing cars to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a popular automotive endurance course established only a few years earlier. A victory in this competition quickly elevated any car maker’s reputation.

A total of 720 4½ Litre cars were produced between 1927 and 1931, including 55 cars with a supercharged engine popularly known as the Blower Bentley. A 4½ Litre Bentley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1928. Though the supercharged 4½ Litre Bentley’s competitive performance was not outstanding, it set several speed records, most famously in 1932 at Brooklands with a recorded speed of 222.03 km/h (138 mph).”
source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentley_4%C2%BD_Litre

“Art is inspiration wrestling with constriction, the constriction of the physical doing battle with the idea.”

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Love this quote…

Originally posted on The Art of Quotation:

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“Art is inspiration wrestling with constriction, the constriction of the physical doing battle with the idea.

…For in whichever medium the artist chooses to clothe his muse, he must struggle with the characteristics and the limitations of that medium. After all, he is trying to coax that which is beyond the physical to reside within the physical.”

– Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair, photographer


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Tywin Lannister

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I just love to hate this Character from the Game of Thrones show/A Song of Ice and Fire book series. The actor, Charles Dance is a brilliant actor. He is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. You may have seen Charles Dance on the big screen, in such movies as; Alien 3, Phantom of the Opera, and Neverland. I highly recommend the tv show Game of Thrones!
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Oooopsie!

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My daughter and I were at the Orange County airport waiting for our plane, and we saw the luggage cart drop this piece of luggage. Ugh, probably ruined someone’s day. The woman driving the cart was driving like a mad woman, it’s no wonder only one piece of luggage fell off. An airline employee picked it up, but took it in the opposite direction that the woman had been driving. I will never again take for granted that my luggage makes it to the carousel!