Daylights saving is rough. I love the extra evening sunshine, but losing an hour of sleep requires an adjustment period. Over the past week, I’ve tried to modify my nighttime routine to get a full eight hours of sleep, but much to my dismay I find myself lying wide awake in bed while the clock ticks away.
Beep. Beep. My morning alarm chirps right on time. It’s time to start my day, but all I want to do is pull the covers over my eyes and snuggle up next to Ian. Slowly, my sleep schedule will be back on track and mornings won’t be so rough, but for now – “The snuggle is real.”
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In elementary school St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with green milk, shamrock sugar cookies and Rolos. While green milk is something I would like to stay in the past, I have tried to hold true to the tradition of creating festive treats for the holiday. As years have gone by, I’ve tested out Lucky Charm bars, Guinness Brownies and Irish cream cocktails. This year, I chose to go out of my comfort zone and try something different – a mini tiered Whisky walnut cake!
To keep things simple, this recipe uses a boxed cake mix. After walnuts and coffee are folded into the batter, you won’t even recognize that this is a store bought mix! Topped with silky whisky buttercream, this St. Patrick’s Day inspired cake is sure to be an instant hit with friends and family!
Whisky Walnut Cake
- Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix
- 1-1/3 C. strong coffee
- 1/2 C. coconut oil, melted
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 C. walnuts, crushed
For the frosting:
- 3 C. powdered sugar
- 1/3 C. butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 Tbs. bourbon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and greese two round 6 inch cake pans.
- Mix together cake mix, coffee, coconut oil, eggs and walnuts until well combined.
- Pour equal amounts of cake batter into each pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Set cakes aside to cool. Mix together frosting ingredients until buttercream is smooth. If texture is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistancy.
- Frost cake as desired and enjoy!
It may have just been a case of the winter blues, but I felt like I was in a rut in February. I cut back on my blogging schedule, only posting once a week, and ultimately I felt uninspired. In an attempt to shake off my melancholy, I focused on the things that made me smile. This month those things were maple syrup and hockey.
To kick off the month, Ian and I drove to Madison on a 60˚ springlike day. We spent the afternoon with my family walking around campus, stocking-up on alumni gear on State Street and grabbing dinner a few blocks away from my college apartment. We ended the night by cheering on the Men’s Badger hockey team to victory.
Before we headed back home, we were able to witness my parents’ new hobby – making maple syrup! Luckily they were already hard at work before we came to visit and we were able to sneak home with a bottle of our own! I have a feeling we are all going to get hooked on homemade maple syrup and it will be hard to go back to store bought!
After our trip to Madison, everything changed overnight. The hints of green grass we saw over the weekend went into hiding under a thick blanket of snow. I shouldn’t have been surprised, we live in Wisconsin after all! But it was difficult to transition back into winter gear after a glorious weekend basking under the warm sun.
As we enter March I am hopeful that we will be graced with warmer weather, but we have a few fun events planned that will keep our spirits high regardless of how much snow is on the ground.
I hope you all had a wonderful February. I would love to hear the highlight of your month in the comments below!