Monthly Archives: January 2010

Chocolate Kahlua Butt Cake

This post is by my sister in law, Leah. She’s unleashing her inner Betty Crocker; and luckily, the family got to reap the benefits over the Holidays! Much like me, Leah calls bundt cakes “butt” cakes. Anyways, this cake is AWESOME – perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
– Aunt Gigi 

My mom’s boyfriend’s son, Rafael, brought this cake to Christmas this year and it was super delicious!  So I made it myself and plan to make many more.  I had to borrow a bundt pan, or butt pan I guess is the appropriate term in this blog, to make it and then I got 2 new butt pans for Christmas.  You can never have too many butt pans right? This cake is super easy to make.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 large box chocolate instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • ¼ cup kahlua
  • ¼ cup vodka

 Just mix all of that together and spread it into a greased butt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until done, 30-40 minutes I think.  My mom’s boyfriend Ralph always has to fancy it up so he sprinkles powdered sugar over the top after it’s cooled and that gives it a very pretty look. You can also spread a thin layer of frosting over the top.

New Year, New House, New Projects

So, January is half over?!

I took a slight break from updating during the holidays, but I am back and ready to be creative. It’s 2010, we just moved into our first house, and I’ve got a slew of projects in the que! 

New house… I’ve been living with my parents for a few years, so my potholder collection was slacking. I bought a few from the D-Tree, but they were completely useless. Might as well have just grabbed pans with a piece of cotton. I needed good, durable potholders. Mom and Dad’s kitchen has great ones. Mom did some Googling and found a pattern, and here is what we have so far:

Just like Grandma used to make! Make a chain of like 30, single crochet down the chain, on the last chain crochet three times. Keep crocheting, and when you hit the other end, crochet three on the last chain. Keep going around the circle. Fold the crocheted goodness so you have two points, keep crocheting until the two sides meet. Connect the sides. Take hot items out of the oven. Enjoy.


Before I can move my craft stuff into the room, I’ve got to finish painting. I picked out the colors last year to paint my bedroom, and then I never did. This awesome paint can’t just go to waste. Yellow, Green and Teal will be inspiring me for years to come 🙂 

I really haven't been slacking! Two walls painted, still need to do the last one. Please ignore the shotty corner job. Will be fixed once I get some more tape.


And today, drumroll please, I baked for the first time in my new kitchen! Dessert of choice: Monster Cookies!

This particular recipe comes from the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waukee, circa 2006. 


  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c butter or shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 t white syrup
  • 1 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 4 1/2 c oatmeal
  • 1/4 lb chocolate chips (ummm, or half a bag?)
  • 1/4 lb M&Ms (ummm, a full bag? And I used peanut…)


  1. Cream sugars and butter, add eggs, soda, syrup and peanut butter (I just realized I forgot last half cup of peanut butter, still turned out fine, also explains why they aren’t as peanut buttery as usual). Get this all creamy – then add your oatmeal. Once you get the oatmeal mixed, add your chocolate chips and M&Ms. 
  2. Scoop on to the pan, try to flatten, and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. 350 for 10-12 is what the recipe said. I pushed mine back to about 300, and had to have them in for about 13-14 minutes. I’m still getting used to my oven.