friday’s favorites

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My favorite things this week…

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{“We’re all in this together…”}

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{the best 10 days in my yard are when my dogwood is in bloom}

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{brought back this creamed honey from the Pearl farmer’s market in San Antonio, and the jar is almost empty…so yummy}

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{a fun birthday (not mine) dinner with friends at a new local restaurant}

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{so when two of your daughters show you a shirt at a darling boutique in Gruene, Texas that they think looks like you, you must at least try it on…of course, I then purchased it}

Happy weekend, everyone!

my texas food journal…part iii (san antonio)

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

By now, you probably know my family recently spent a week exploring Texas AND that I’m sharing my food journal of all the eating experiences we had while in the LoneStar State!  If you missed it, click here to read about Austin and here to read about Waco.

Today, I’m sharing queso, margaritas, and gelato in San Antonio!

Vaudeville…This upscale bistro is located in Fredericksburg, about an hour outside of San Antonio.  The restaurant is located in the basement, with the main floor being a lovely retail store…definitely allow time for browsing!  The menu is a combination of reinvented classics and items from local farmers and ranchers.  I ordered the V Reuben on Marble Rye, and let me just say it is the BEST reuben I’ve ever had!  They make it with pastrami, but the big difference is the brussel sprout kraut on the sandwich…so flavorful and the texture gives the sandwich a little something extra.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Aldaco’s…We went here on the recommendation of one of my husband’s college friends, who has lived in San Antonio for nearly 20 years.  I think it was more about the views than about the food, though.  You can sit outside on the patio from one of the highest points in San Antonio.  It was really a beautiful evening, and we definitely enjoyed the views!  I ordered the Tacos Del Mar (which are shrimp tacos) and a margarita.  The food was good, the margarita was even better, but I think it was more about the beautiful view of San Antonio.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Down on Grayson…Our friends, who had relocated to San Antonio from Toledo almost three years ago AND who were hosting us during our visit, suggested we experience the Pearl area during our stay.  The Pearl is a revitalized neighborhood in San Antonio with restaurants, cafes, retail businesses, live music, and a farmer’s market.  It has a really fun atmosphere!  While there, we enjoyed lunch at Down on Grayson…a casual, American restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.  Of course, we sat outside.  And of course (because it was the weekend), I had a Bloody Mary…the BEST Bloody Mary I’ve ever tasted!!  Bacon AND olives…yum!  For lunch, I ordered the Thai Steak Salad (a mixture of marinated filet, mango, greens, and almonds) and it was just delicious.  I can’t say enough about this place…great food, drinks, and atmosphere!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company…Our friends LOVE this place, and I can see why!  The owner lived in Italy and studied as a gelato apprentice.  Most ingredients are imported from Italy, with everything else being sourced locally.  So who would have thought that we would have found authentic gelato in the middle of Texas!  I ordered the Ricotta Blackberry and the Goat Cheese, Caramel and Cashew.  I’m not sure which one was my favorite…both were soooo good!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

Cafe Ole…After exploring the Riverwalk one warm afternoon, we were ready for a relaxing beverage and we found just that here!  After my husband and I each ordered a margarita, the server talked us into sharing their specialty 60 ounce margarita…yep, I said 60 ounces.  And since we were on vacation, we said “why not!”  It was so refreshing, and a great accompaniment to the queso and chips.  And the perfect setting…enjoying the views of the Riverwalk!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

Gristmill River Restaurant…This restaurant, which is in an historic building in Gruene, is a multi-level structure located in a grove of trees with great views of the river below.  We were there on a very rainy day, so it was difficult to enjoy the outside…however, I’m sure the atmosphere is wonderful when the large glass doors are open to the outside.  We ordered queso and chips as a starter.  Now we ate A LOT of queso and chips during our week in Texas, but I thought these were the best…the chips were warm and homemade AND the queso had a great flavor!  For lunch, I ordered a pulled pork sandwich and onion rings.   Once again, great tangy flavor!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

The Hoppy Monk…This is not your typical Texas eating establishment…not so much of a BBQ place, but more of a farm-to-table menu.  It is also known for it’s wide variety of beers…hence, the ‘hoppy’ monk.  Our friends suggested we try the chicken wings (sweet and savory and marinated in spicy gochujang sauce)…so yummy!  For dinner, I had the Ricotta and Apple Salad.  With pistachio ricotta and compressed apples mixed in red oak lettuce and lemon vinaigrette, it is definitely a unique combination of ingredients.  I did like it, and it was nice to have a salad after all the heavy food we had been eating.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt…This ice cream place is more about the experience than the taste…although, it did taste pretty good!  They make the ice cream right in front of you using liquid nitrogen.  So fun seeing all the vapor go up in the air as it is created!  And I’m here to tell you the Peanut Butter Bonds was delish!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

L Taco…Besides our friends from Toledo and my husband’s college friend, we have another friend who lives in San Antonio…I taught second grade with her way back before we both had kids and moved away.  In fact, we hadn’t seen each other in 20 years!  She told us we must have a breakfast burrito while in Texas, and she suggested this taco place.  I had the L Dumpster Breakfast Taco, which has egg, potato, beans, bacon, and cheese in it.  Interesting combination and I can say I tried it!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Thanks for joining me this week as I’ve shared all the food experiences we enjoyed while on vacation in Texas!  I know…it was a lot of food AND a lot of pictures!  And if you’re ever in Texas, I hope you might try some of my suggestions…

 

my texas food journal…part ii (waco)

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

If you’ve been reading my posts lately, you know we just returned from a week in Texas!  Yesterday I shared our food experiences while we were in Austin (click here if you missed it)…today it’s all about food trucks, cupcakes, and burgers in Waco!

So you can’t go to Waco without visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos!  We actually spent an entire afternoon there…even eating two meals (lunch and an early dinner) from the food trucks.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Hot Dog House…When you have a family of five, everyone has different preferences when it comes to food.  After arriving at Magnolia at lunchtime, my older daughters headed off together to find something they would like.  Rather than stand in two (or three) different lines, we decided to go to this hot dog food truck because we knew they would have something our youngest would like.  While I’m not a big fan of hot dogs, I thought the Demo Day Dog (love the name) looked interesting…Dr. Pepper chili, cheese, bacon, and crispy onions topped with Frito chips!  Remember, we are on vacation…calories don’t count!  It was so loaded with toppings that I used my knife and fork to eat it, but it was very flavorful.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Silos Baking Co…Well, you can’t go to Magnolia without indulging in one of Joanna’s cupcakes!  The line was looong, and we were told that it would be a 45 minute wait…but we didn’t come all the way to Waco without getting a cupcake!  It was actually about a 30 minute wait, and the line moved quickly.  They even give you a small card with a menu on it while you are waiting, and you write your order on it so you are ready when you reach the counter.  I thought that was pretty efficient!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Now for those cupcakes…I went simple and ordered the Shiplap Cupcake (thought it went well with my Demo Day Dog).  It is a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting, topped with an edible magnolia leaf.  So rich and creamy!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

  my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Cheddar Box…After exploring more of Magnolia and the city of Waco, we decided to go back to the food trucks for an early dinner (since they close at 6:00).  There were so many food options, we wanted to try more!  The line for this place was so long at lunch that I wasn’t surprised that most of the items were “sold out” when we went back.  I wanted the Sweet Granny,” as did my oldest…so with one left, we decided to share it.  This gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is made with Granny Smith apples, cream cheese, cinnamon, and honey on sweet potato bread.  YUM is all I can say!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

In and Out Burger…Now, I know what you are thinking…”In and Out isn’t a locally-based restaurant.”  You’re right, it is based in California (we actually ate at one outside of Palo Alto a few years ago)  However, we don’t have any in Ohio and when those munchies hit us later in the evening after our early dinner at Cheddar Box, we headed out for a burger.  That special sauce of theirs adds just the right flavor to the meat!  My vegetarian daughter tried fries topped with the sauce…no burger for her!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

And that ended our food experiences in Waco!

Check back later this week when I share our meals we enjoyed in San Antonio…

my texas food journal…part i (austin)

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Earlier this month, we spent a week in Texas exploring various cities and the sights!  It was our spring break trip with the girls…our college daughter was even able to join us for a few days over the Easter holiday.  Having all five of us together made for one happy mom!

Part of our exploration was finding local, authentic restaurants while in Texas.  I mean, who wants to go thousands of miles away only to eat at a chain restaurant that you have in your own hometown!  So we are always on the lookout for fun and interesting places to eat while on a trip.  And calories…who’s counting!  We’re on vacation, remember…

We were in Texas for a week, and that’s a lot of meals (and pictures!)!  So I’m breaking my food journal into three parts…

Today is all about donuts, chili, and BBQ in Austin!

Voodoo Doughnut…They started their donut story in Portland, Oregon, but now have five locations, including one in Austin.  There are over 90 different donuts on the menu, with fun names like the Grape Ape, Captain my Captain, Maple Bacon Bar,  the Loop, the Pot Hole…and of course, the VooDoo Doll doughnut.  And as whimsically decorated as they are, they taste just as fresh and good!  I, of course, just had to try the VooDoo Doll, which has a raspberry filling.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

There is plenty of seating in the eclectically-decorated Voodoo Doughnuts, and SO much to take in while you’re indulging in your donut…tables that are decorated with celebrity obituaries, large chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and a large U.S. flag painted on the wall and accented with lights.  This place is a feast for the eyes and tastebuds!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Texas Chili Parlor…After touring the state capital building, it was time for lunch and an employee at the capital suggested this place.  Actually, she recommended Chipotle, to which I responded…”We have those in Ohio.  I want something unique!”  She quickly directed us to this small chili place just a few blocks from the capital.  Now, if you think the best food comes from those dive, hole-in-the-wall kind of places…then, this is your place!  The decor is nothing to boast about, but the chili is some of the best I’ve ever tasted!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

I immediately felt at home when I ordered  my standard beverage of iced tea with lemon, and I clarified it by saying UNsweetened (since we were in the south)…AND he said that’s all we serve here!  Now for the chili…I had trouble deciding what to order so I went for the “chili taster”…a sampling of three varieties.  I chose the white pork chili, the black bean and sausage chili, and the gumbo.  They were all sooo good that I don’t know what my favorite was!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

Salt Lick…This well-known BBQ place is located in Driftwood, about 30 minutes outside of Austin.  My husband had eaten there on a business trip and brought back a jar of their sauce, but it was my first time there.  There was a 45 minute wait, and we sat outside in the rustic patio area and listened to a guitarist while we enjoyed a beverage.  Somehow, I forgot to take pictures of this area, but trust me…it had such a fun vibe!  Lots of wooden picnic tables and benches, white lights strung around the trees and arbors.

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

We decided it was a good thing that our oldest was not with us for this meal, as she is a vegetarian!  Not too many meatless options on the menu!  We ordered the “Family Style”…which is all-you-can-eat beef brisket, sausage, pork ribs, and potato salad, cole slaw, and beans.  The sausage and ribs were my favorite!  Such great flavor!

my texas food journal | polka dots and picket fences

And that was our day of eating in Austin!

Check back tomorrow when I share the meals we ate in Waco…

 

friday’s favorites

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite things this week…

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{who would have thought I’d find true Italian gelato in the middle of Texas}

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{absolutely loved our visit to Magnolia…unfortunately, no Chip or Joanna sightings}

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{whimsical seed packets spotted in an antique shop in Gruene, Texas}

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{what’s more Texan than a Saturday night at a rodeo}

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{sampled a lot of chips and queso this week, but the Gristmill River Restaurant had the best}

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{authentic horse rides at Stricker Trail Rides in Boerne, Texas}

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{enjoying a Texas-sized margarita along the San Antonio Riverwalk}

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{all things Texas spotted in this cute display}

Happy weekend!

We are home from our trip to Texas.  Loved our time there!  I’ll be sharing some blog posts about some of our experiences there in the near future…

tea talk

tea talk | polka dots and picket fences

tea talk | polka dots and picket fences

It’s time for April’s tea talk…so grab a cup of coffee or (if you’re like me) some tea and join us as we discuss the question for this month!

“What is your go-to hostess gift when attending a party or dinner hosted by a friend?”

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Nashville,  Tennessee
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children: two

I like Archipelago boxed candles in Pomegranate Citrus, Mango Tangerine, or Verbena Basil.

I also love anything from Williams Sonoma.  Their kitchen towels, logo towels, and little holiday towels are fun.  I love their Essential Oils Kitchen Essentials with dish soap. hand soap or lotion, and countertop spray.  The olive oil and balsamic vinegar sets are wonderful!


  • Name:  Wendy
  • Age:  47
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  financial advisor
  • Number of Children:  two

If I find something monogrammed that’s appropriate for a hostess gift, I buy it and set it aside until I can use it.  Some examples are soap, cheese boards, notecards, and coasters.  Otherwise, I’ll pick up something seasonal from Williams Sonoma…a pumpkin bread mix, hot chocolate, etc.


  • Name:  Jill
  • Age: 47
  • City:  Cincinnati,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  teacher
  • Number of Children:  two

My go-to a lot of times is a Yankee candle in a “generic” scent, like Vanilla Cupcake, or a seasonal scent for that time of year.


  • Name:  Tammy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Pauline, South Carolina
  • Occupation:  homemaker
  • Number of Children:  2 daughters, 1 heavenly daughter

I try to personalize my hostess gifts as much as possible…whether it be “themed” along with the party I’m attending or something I definitely know the hostess appreciates and enjoys.  My favorite idea when attending a dinner party is to provide a breakfast bread, coffee, and a couple of mini-bottles of Baileys or OJ/champagne for the hosts’ morning after breakfast.


  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Toledo,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mom, wife, and corporate executive
  • Number of Children:  two

I like utility or consumable items.  My current favorites are:

  1. Corkcicle, which is frozen and used to cork and chill wine
  2. Mrs. Meyers linen spray, dish soap, counter spray, etc.  My two favorites are lavender and geranium
  3. Philosophy Amazing Grace body wash
  4. Godiva chocolates

  • Name:  Lauri
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mother, coach, and retired attorney
  • Number of Children:  two

A great bottle of wine that the host will love.  As a level 1 Sommelier, I sometimes bring something I think the host may not have tried before, but really like.


  • Name:  Kathy
  • Age:  61
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  development officer
  • Number of Children:  one

I have several go-to hostess gifts when attending a party or dinner hosted by a friend.  A nice bottle of their favorite wine or pretty cocktail napkins (depending on the host).  But if it’s a special friend, I usually take a jar of American Spoon preserves, jelly or spoon fruit.  That way it’s a gift the entire family can enjoy.


  • Name:  Julie
  • Age:  48
  • City: Sylvania,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children:  three

Wine is probably my easiest pick up.  I also enjoy perusing Hallmark or TK Lane (a local boutique) for a fun gift, often seasonal.


  • Name:  Meredith
  • Age:  40
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  former licensed nursing home administrator…now a household engineer
  • Number of Children:  four

I would have to say Paula Brown sells a pistachio dish for about $20 and then I get a bag of pistachios.  It’s kind of my go-to gift for men or women or for a couple.  It is also great for cherries.  There is a separate bottom dish for the shells or pits.


As always, my friends shared some great ideas!  I will definitely remember these suggestions the next time I need a hostess gift!!!

friday’s favorites

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My favorite things this week…

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{so be honest…who rushed out to shop the Victoria Beckham line of clothing at Target last Sunday}

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{the bluebonnets have peaked, but the endless red poppy fields at Wildseed Farms totally made up for that}

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{I DONUT regret going to VooDoo Doughnuts…as yummy as they are creative}

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{come on…we’re in Texas, you have to visit the hole-in-the-wall chili place}

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{creative expression in Austin, Texas at Grafitti Park}

Happy weekend and enjoy the Easter weekend, everyone!

And if you want to keep up with our Texas adventures, you can follow Polka Dots and Picket Fences on Instagram (be sure to check out my Insta stories for all the fun escapades)!

glow in the dark egg hunt

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

I love Easter egg hunts!

I remember hosting my first one many years ago…my oldest (who is now 19) was two years old at the time.  We invited her playgroup over for snacks and to hunt for eggs.  I thought I was being super organized and got up early to hide the eggs in our backyard.  That didn’t go well because, along with our dog, the other critters (squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, etc.) in our yard began hunting them long before our little friends arrived!

Suffice it to say, I’ve learned a thing or two about hosting an egg hunt since then!  With my youngest daughter getting a bit older, I decided to make it a bit more intriguing this year with a GLOW IN THE DARK EGG HUNT!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

We started the evening with a craft project…decorating baskets to use for collecting those eggs.  These plastic baskets were perfect for tying strips of brightly-colored fabric in each of the cutout circles.  Each basket turned out very colorful and unique!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

Now about those eggs…

I purchased glow stick bracelets and large-sized plastic eggs…you need a bit of extra room to fit the glow bracelet inside the egg.  Simply bend the bracelet to activate the glow and place it inside the egg.  Wait until the very last minute to do this, so that they are still glowing while your guests are hunting.  And then hide those eggs!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

Now all we need is for it to be dark!

To keep everyone entertained until the sun set, we made glow in the dark slime (recipe for that is here).  I’m not sure if it really glowed, but they had a lot of fun making it!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

And a party wouldn’t be complete without some sweet treats…neon green cupcakes, hot pink marshmallow bunny peep and donut hole kabobs, pretzel popcorn chocolate mix with neon sprinkles, and pop rocks!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

I was so excited to find glow in the dark plates, bowls, and cups!  We had fun turning off all the lights and turning on a black light to illuminate them before eating the fun snacks.

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

When it was finally dark outside, the girls ran around the yard hunting for the glow in the dark eggs.  Of course, the girls themselves were also glowing with light up rings, glow necklaces, and glow bracelets!

I think they had so much fun that we decided every party should have a glow in the dark theme!

 

four-layer vanilla bunny cake

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

Easter is just around the corner, and it’s time to begin planning those brunches and dinners for everyone to enjoy after church!  And a day like this calls for a special dessert…

How about a four-layer vanilla bunny cake!

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

I’m sharing the recipe for the cake and buttercream frosting at the end of the post, but it is essentially a boxed cake mix with some extra ingredients added to enhance the flavor.  The fun part of this cake is decorating it after the layers are assembled and frosted.

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I kept it simple by using just three items…edible green grass, gummy carrot candies, AND THE BEST PART…the chocolate bunny!

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

fou-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

Really, it’s all those small details that make it so appealing to the eye.  Now that sweet, creamy taste of the cake…that’s appealing to the mouth!  And the chocolate bunny…he’s really too cute to eat.  Maybe just nibble a bit on his ear…

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

four-layer vanilla bunny cake | polka dots and picket fences

Print

Four-Layer Vanilla Cake

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 white cake mixes
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 sticks butter (room temperature)
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Cake Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the cake mixes together with the milk, vegetable oil, and eggs using a beater.  Add the vanilla.

  2. Pour the batter equally into four 9" round cake pans that have been greased and floured.  

  3. Bake as directed on the box. 

  4. Cool completely.  Place cakes in the refrigerator to cool.

Frosting Instructions

  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the vanilla and mix.

  3. Add one cup of powdered sugar and one tablespoon of milk, alternating until you have added 4-5 cups of powdered sugar.  Add a little more powdered sugar or milk until you have the desired consistency.

  4. To assemble the cake, place the bottom layer on the cake stand that you will be using to serve the cake.  Top it with a light layer of frosting.  Repeat with all four layers.

  5. Cover the cake with a light layer of frosting.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to seal in the first layer of frosting.  Don't worry if there are crumbs showing, as you will cover those with the second layer of frosting.

  6. Remove the cake from refrigerator.  Frost the cake with the rest of the frosting and decorate it as you wish.

 

friday’s favorites

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My favorite things this week…

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{roasted cauliflower with goat cheese from social gastropub}

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{what to do when they don’t have your favorite flavor?  try a new one…the pineapple express bubble tea did not disappoint}

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{eggs + colored dye = a creative evening with my daughters}

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{mother daughter pedicures}

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{pretty floral napkins}

Happy weekend!

Hope the springtime weather allows you to enjoy some outside time this weekend!!!