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National Pancake Day

Today is National Pancake Day, which is pretty cool since I rather like pancakes.  Then again I made waffles for breakfast, so maybe my breakfast love is more of a breakfast triangle, and don’t get me started on eggs and hash browns…mm…eggggs.

Ahem…anyway…  One of the cool things going on for National Pancake Day is over at IHOP.  You can visit your local IHOP and get a short stack of their pancakes, which aren’t bad, but the cool part is that they are also collecting monies for various charities around the country.  Here in Utah all the proceeds go to Primary Children’s Hospital, which is a wonderful place.  My sweet Bunneh’s second son was born with a lot of problems and left us early, but Primary Children’s was a crucial part of the little one’s care and we’ve tried to do all we can to encourage support of this lifesaving organization.  Soo…go eat pancakes and take your pocket change.  It’s good for the stomach and the heart.

Jana

ihop pancakes

Easy Chocolate Orange Cake

It was Bunneh’s birthday a  couple of weeks ago and my day  was…how do i gently say…crazy!!!  So I knew I needed a cake, but there just seemed to be no time.  I couldn’t fail the bunneh though, so I went for simple, but ever so tasty.  I’ve talked about Cheater Chocolate Cake before and this is a yummy adjustment on that recipe for a fresh but decadent cake.

Easy Chocolate Orange Cake

1 box devil’s food cake (I like Duncan Hines or Pillsbury)

1 9×13 sized dark brownie mix

zest of one orange

juice of one orange

Combing cake mix and brownie mix in a large bowl.  Follow the recipe on the back of each box adding 1/2 cup Ultra Gel to the dry mix and substituting the fresh juice for some of the water.  IE: If the total in the recipe is 1 1/2 cups water and you got 1/2 cup orange juice, add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup juice.  Fold zest in last before pouring batter into a greased and floured 9×13 dripper pan.  Bake until tests done.  Serve with favorite chocolate frosting.  In my case I made a Ultra Gel chocolate whipped cream and added more orange zest to that!

Decorate with candles only if husband is under forty….

Jana