Sunday, June 1, 2014

When It Rains...CHOCOLATE !

Literally, when it rains, it pours! Not to mention all the rain we have been having over the last several days, with more to come this week, + it's the start of hurricane season...let me list the things that have gone wrong...are you ready?
 1. A week ago, Addie's car crapped out to the tune of a fuel pump/tank worth $800!
2. Our BIG TV crapped out to the tune of a new one...won't even tell you how much that cost!
3. They have been trying for 2 weeks to set up the pool...too much rain!
4. New bathtub installed in Jordan and Kristen's house...something wrong with the shower/faucet part.
5. Rene' is walking around like a 90 year old man...between his knee and his back...
he is hurting...knee surgery coming   soon. 
6.Dealing with a couple of deaths in the family...that is never a good thing.
7. Did I mention that we have had tons of rain with more to come?  

But I have always tried to look on the bright side so let me list 7 good things that are happening...
1. The sun is shining really bright as I am typing this!
2. Rene' and Jordan found a great deal on a TV at Sam's that is even larger than the one we had.
3. The bathtub faucet thing can be fixed!
4. Addie's car is running better than ever...altho she has new car fever!
5. A couple of graduations in the family...a new chapter in some young ones lives!
6. Josh makes us smile all the time with his that kid so much!
7. God is Good....all the time!

Pretty good huh? And I didn't even have to sit and think about those 7 good things! So maybe when it does pour...but the sun always comes out at some point! And sometimes, we just have to make our own sunshine.


1box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ butter recipe chocolate cake mix 
3/4 cup chocolate milk 
1/3 cup butter, melted 
3 eggs 
1 container (8 oz) sour cream 
1 package (4-serving size) chocolate fudge instant pudding and pie filling mix 
1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Rich Chocolate Glaze

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter 
3 tablespoons light corn syrup 
1 1/2 teaspoons water

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).  Generously grease and lightly flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan, or spray with baking spray with flour.
In large bowl, mix cake mix, chocolate milk, butter, eggs, sour cream and dry pudding mix with spoon until well blended (batter will be very thick).  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spoon into pan.
Bake 56 to 64 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.  Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack or heatproof serving plate; remove pan.  Cool completely, about 2 hours.
In 1-quart saucepan, heat glaze ingredients over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth.  Drizzle over cake.  Store loosely covered. 

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