Chocolate Chip | Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Bundt photo courtesy of McCormick

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Bundt photo courtesy of McCormick

Chocolate Chip | Sour Cream Bundt
I love a recipe that bakes up in one bowl and very quickly. If you get a heads up that company is coming, you can throw these ingredients together in 10 minutes and have a warm cake to enjoy in about 50. But trust me, you don't need a special reason to bake this moist cake - it's so easy you can make one as a quick treat any time.
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  1. 1 stick of butter
  2. 1 cup sugar ( 1/2 white, 1/2 brown)
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup +2 tablespoons sour cream
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Butter and flour a bundt pan (or a 13x9, or use for cupcakes).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream and vanilla.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, reserving 1 tablespoon of flour. Add to creamed mixture.
  4. Mix the reserved tablespoon of flour with the chocolate chips (this helps them not sink to the bottom of the cake). Add chips to the batter. Combine.
  5. Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake about 40-45 minutes till done. Cool the cake if you'd like to dust with powdered sugar.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. xoxo
The Excellent Wife

Pretty Fall Leaf Cookies


Making pretty fall leaf cookies is as easy as a trip to your back yard!

credit: Epicurious

credit: Epicurious

Follow the directions here for tracing leaf cookies onto rolled out sugar cookie dough. You can also try gluten-free rolled out sugar cookie dough that King Arthur Flour makes. The process is easy, fun for little ones to help, and produces a delicious outcome for your family, loved ones, or neighbors.

A Clean Toilet!

You know all those fancy websites where the bloggers have pictures of their beautiful homes and all the neat DIY projects they do, and of the decorating for different seasons, and of the creative ideas they accomplish for dinner and crafts? Well, this isn’t one of those blogs! (Though I enjoy learning from those sites very much) I’m happy when my head is above water, my house isn’t a disaster, laundry isn’t rotting piling in the hallways, and my family is fed.

Oh, and when the toilets are clean – which is what this short post is all about!

Goodbye toilet stains, hello new-looking bowl.

Scouring sticks.  They’re made of pumice and are the perfect non-abrasive rough surface for scraping off all that gunk that can build up in a toilet. Unfortunately you have to don a pair of rubber gloves and roll up your sleeves to avoid splashing yourself when you plunge your hands in the bowl. But with a little elbow grease you can pretty easily remove all the stains and build-up that have collected.

Pumice stone for multiple household uses.

First I cleaned the toilet with comet and a scrub brush so I wasn’t working in super gross conditions. Then I put on gloves and scraped away all of the toilet gunk. I had to flush a few times in between scrubs and then use comet once more, but eventually the bowl looked brand new!  Funny how little things can make us feel good.  🙂

If you have Amazon Prime you can have these little sticks in two days! If you have time, read some of the reviews for other uses. I’m trying them on my oven next.

I’d love your comments on how to get rid of that lingering smell from when boys “miss”. That’s my next problem to solve.


Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Beware!  With over a pound of butter, salted caramel oatmeal bars are deadly to any diet.

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

These gems form a sugary, buttery crisp bottom that is topped with

oozy caramel and a layer of crumbly oatmeal goodness.  

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars
A crisp, sugar-butter bottom topped with ooey caramel and a layer of crumbly oatmeal.
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  1. 4.5 sticks of butter, melted
  2. 2 T vanilla extract
  3. 2-1/4 cups brown sugar
  4. 3 cups flour
  5. 3 cups oats
  6. 3 teaspoons baking soda
  7. 11 oz bag of Kraft caramel bits
  8. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  9. sea salt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x13 pan with greased parchment or foil.
  2. In a large bowl combine butter, vanilla, sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.
  3. Spread 1/2 the batter on the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the caramel bits and heavy cream in the microwave in 30 minute increments until a creamy caramel sauce is made.
  5. Spread all of the caramel sauce on the cooked crust, then crumble the remaining batter on top of the caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  6. Bake 20 minutes.
  7. Bars must set before cutting or you'll have a gooey mess! (and remember that the caramel sauce will BURN you if you touch it too soon!). Setting can take up to 4 hours, or as little as one hour if you use the refrigerator.
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy.
The Excellent Wife








Summer Learning?

Summer reading lists, book reports, essays, supplemental math.  What do you have your children do, if anything over the summer?

We homeschool, and do so year round.   Learning doesn’t end for us during the summer months, but it does lighten up considerably.   We also like to get a head start on the upcoming school year so we have wiggle room for lots of unexpected days off and field trips.  

Whether public, private, home school, or other – what are your summer learning plans?