Red, White and Blue Layered Flag Cake

I found an awesome looking cake to make for memorial day, Red, White and Blue Layered Flag Cake. I love Betty Crocker recipes, I can’t wait to make this cake!!!

Ingredients

Red Cake Layers

1
box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix
1
pint (2 cups) strawberries, stems removed, pureed in blender or food processor to about 1 1/4 cups
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
egg whites
1
teaspoon red paste food color

Blue Cake Layer

1/2
box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix (about 1 2/3 cups dry mix)
1/2
cup blueberries, pureed in blender or food processor
3
tablespoons vegetable oil
2
whole eggs
1/2
teaspoon blue paste food color
3
tablespoons Betty Crocker™ white star-shaped candy sprinkles or nonpareils

White Cake Layer

1/2
box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix (about 1 2/3 cups dry mix)
1/2
cup water
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
2
egg whites

Frosting and Sprinkles

3
containers Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting
Betty Crocker™ red, white and blue sprinkles, as desired

Steps

  • 1
    To make red cake layers: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray two 8-inch round pans; place 8-inch round piece cooking parchment paper in bottom of each pan. Grease or spray parchment paper. In large bowl, beat red cake layer ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on high speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Spread in pans. Bake 29 to 34 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 10 minutes; run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes. Gently remove from pans to cooling rack; remove parchment paper. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Flatten cake layers by trimming off rounded tops. Cut layers in half horizontally to make 4 thin red layers. In 1 layer, cut small round out of center, using 4-inch biscuit cutter. Wrap and freeze 1 thin layer and the layer that was cut out of; save for another use.
  • 2
    To make blue cake layer: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 8-inch round pan; place 8-inch round piece cooking parchment paper in bottom of pan. Grease or spray parchment paper. In medium bowl, beat all blue cake layer ingredients except sprinkles with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on high speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Fold sprinkles into batter. Spread in pan. Bake 29 to 34 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 10 minutes; run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Gently remove from pan to cooling rack; remove parchment paper. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Flatten cake layer by trimming off rounded top. Do not cut in half horizontally. Cut small round out of center, using 4-inch round biscuit cutter. Wrap and freeze 4-inch round; save for another use.
  • 3
    To make white cake layer: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 8-inch round pan; place 8-inch round piece cooking parchment paper in bottom of pan. Grease or spray parchment paper. In medium bowl, beat white cake layer ingredients with electric mixer on high speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Spread in pan. Bake 29 to 34 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 10 minutes; run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Gently remove from pan to cooling rack; remove parchment paper. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Flatten cake layer by trimming off rounded top. Cut layer in half horizontally to make 2 thin white layers. In 1 layer, cut small round out of center, using 4-inch biscuit cutter. Wrap and freeze the layer that was cut out of; save for another use.
  • 4
    To assemble cake: Place 1 red cake layer on cake stand or serving platter; spread 1/3 cup frosting on top. Top with 1 white cake layer; spread 1/3 cup frosting on top. Top with second red cake layer; spread 1/3 cup frosting on top. Gently top with blue layer. Carefully spread thin layer of frosting on cut edge inside of blue cake layer. Gently insert white 4-inch cake round; top with frosting and then red 4-inch cake round; press slightly. Frost side and top of cake using remaining frosting. Top with sprinkles. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

 

Firework Hot Dogs

My family and I have decided we will be hosting the Fourth of July party this year! I’ve been looking around for some easy snacks to make. This is the perfect snack, everyone will love and it is so easy to make! These are going to be a hit at the party, just grab an go no need for a plate.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
  2. 16 hot dogs
  3. 16 thick slices colby cheese
  4. 16 skewers

Special equipment:

  1. Star cookie cutter
  2. Wooden skewers

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Take a skewer and stick it all the way through the center of the hot dog length-wise, leaving about an inch and a half exposed out of the top of each hot dog. Take a piece of breadstick dough and wrap it around the hot dog in a spiral shape until you reach the top, leaving gaps in between each spiral. Repeat with the rest of the hot dogs and lay them on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake hot dogs for about 20 minutes, or until the breadsticks are golden brown.
  4. While the hot dogs are baking, use a star cookie cutter to cut out stars approximately an inch in diameter. Let the hot dogs cool and then place 1 cheese star at the top of each hot dog in the part of the skewer that’s sticking out of the top.
  5. Display the hot dogs using a styrofoam ball so they can stick straight up like firecrackers. Serve with ketchup and mustard.

Cook Time

The Cadillac Ranch

Our visit to Amarillo this past week was awesome! We had the opportunity to stop at the Cadillac Ranch and add our graffiti! I was able to add a little graffiti to the cars but it was hard to write a whole word because the wind was so strong the paint would fly away. It was so amazing to see how thick the paint was on the cars. People from all over the world have stopped by to make their mark on the Cadillac’s

   

In 1974 Texas millionaire Stanley Marsh had 10 Cadillac’s buried nose first in a field.  At first, the cars displayed their original paint jobs – turquoise, banana yellow, gold, and sky blue, but barely was the monument complete, when people were scratching or painting their names in the cars. Over time, vandals and souvenir hounds smashed the windows, made off with all the chrome, radios, speakers and even some of the doors. The wheels have since been welded to the axles to prevent more theft. However, Marsh still says “We think it looks better every year.”

 

The Cadillac Ranch is more popular than ever. It’s become a ritual site for those who travel The Mother Road, Route 66. The smell of spray paint hits you as you pass the entrance.  Tourists are always welcome at Cadillac Ranch. If you bring spray paint, make sure to snap some photos. Because whatever you create at Cadillac Ranch will probably only last a few hours before it’s created over by someone

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

During our visit to Amarillo, we had the opportunity to Visit Palo Duro State Park! It is so beautiful I would love to visit again, the park is so big I know we didn’t get a chance to see everything. We only had a few hours to visit but if we ever go back I would love to rent a cabin for a few nights, and maybe try to hike a trail.  You can explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. They have more than 30 miles of hiking, biking, and trails.

 

They have several beautiful campsites with water and electricity to choose from, primitive drive-up sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas.  You can stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four limited service cabins on the canyon floor. They just built  a pavilion you can also rent for a wedding, reunion or meeting

 

They also offer a musical drama called TEXAS, it runs Tuesdays through Sundays in the summer at the Pioneer Amphitheater in the park. Watch the stories, struggles, and triumphs of early settlers. The family-friendly show has singing, dancing, fireworks and lots of Texas humor!

The Big Texan Steak House

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We recently visited Amarillo Texas for the first time last week for a National Narcotics Dog competition and had the chance to visit The Big Texan Steak House.  They are not only a famous restaurant known for the Free 72oz, Steak but they have a hotel, a brewery, a zip line, and a maze. This restaurant is perfect for visitors, they offer a complimentary limo service to and from the restaurant. All you do is call and schedule a pick-up time. They will pick up from hotel, motel, and RV park in Amarillo, and a few truck stops. Local Picks ups came be made at Cavender’s Boot City, and The Starbuck’s on I40 and Grand.

 

No one in our party was brave enough to try the 72oz steak challenge but here are the rules if you are ever in the area and want to accept the challenge! Here is where the contestant will be seated for the challenge.

 

THE 72OZ STEAK RULES

Meal consists of: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.

ROUTE 66 ZIPLINE & MAZE

Imagine being able to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Starlight Ranch from the air. Suspend your fears and take flight as you zip across the entire ranch. Feel the rush of the wind in your face and the adrenaline pump through your veins as you fly high. While we pride ourselves on giving you a thrilling adventure, we also pride ourselves on our dedication to safety. Your equipment is expertly fitted and inspected each and every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic Chicken

I’m having a great time trying these new recipes. I found another great chicken recipe that the family loves! It’s always a plus when everyone in the family likes dinner.

Photo of A Good Easy Garlic Chicken by Julia Green

 

 

3 tablespoons butter

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder, seasoning salt, and onion powder. Saute about 10 to 15 minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.