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Friday, February 14, 2014

See Beautiful-A Funny Valentine Treat

Today is Valentines Day and See Beautiful Friday so it's time to share the love.  

For the last few Fridays I have been posting some of my favorite 1950s and 60s film strips, which are always good for a laugh, and of course laughter and love go hand I hand. Today I have one of my favorites What To Do On A Date in which a mid century teen wonders how to keep a girl entertained. (I actually have two versions here the original and the version that was riffed by the television show MST3K).  Hope you get to share a laugh today with one you love and don't forget to See Beautiful

Oh and if you want a sweet treat here is a recipe for

 Red Velvet Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups salted butter (at room temperature)
2 cups plus 4 tbsp sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp red food coloring
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 lb cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 stick butter (at room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 box confectioners sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 and line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners.  In a large bowl whisk flour, cocoa, and baking soda together.  In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter until light and fluffy and then add the sugar and beat for 3 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Add vanilla and red food coloring and beat at low speed.  In a measuring cup combine the butter milk and 2 tsp vinegar.   Add the butter milk mixture and flour mixture into separate additions beginning and ending with the buttermilk (so add buttermilk mixture 3 times and flour twice).  Beat well after each addition.   Spoon the batter into cupcake papers and bake for 18-21 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for ten minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  Frost with the cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat the cream cheese and butter together in an en electric mixer until light and fluffy (one minute on high speed and then 3-4 minutes on medium speed).  Mix in vanilla extract and add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  

Im on winter break from teaching next week so I will be forgoing blogging to spend some extra quality time with my fur babies.  I hope everyone has a great week.


  1. You all look beautiful.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
    Dip and Elliot x

  2. Have a beautiful Valentine's Day and enjoy your time off!

  3. Happy Valentines Day
    Mr Bailey Hazel & Greta

  4. Share the dogginess, share the love... and keep on wagging! Happy Valentine's Day!

  5. Sorry we are late over because of the time difference but Happy Valentine's to you and all your love one. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. These photos are very sweet! We hope you had wonderful Valentine's Day xoxo

  7. I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day! Jen says she thinks she's seen one of them clips before. If there's any cake left over, can I have some?

  8. Oh we are sooooo behind. Hope you had a wonderful Valentines and those sound yummy :) xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  9. Yes, pretty please!!! Red velvet + cream cheese frosting sounds like taste bud heaven to me! You always share such appealing, easy to make recipes, dear Kate, thank you!

    Enjoy your winter break!
    ♥ Jessica

  10. I'm sure that even as a write this you are enjoying some lovely quality time together. And probably eating something very delicious :-)

  11. Sorry I missed you on Valentine's Day - hope it was

  12. Hope you guys had a great Valentine's Day! I love your festive outfits. And look at how big a sweetheart Bob is in that photo! Thanks for the MST3K clip, too - my dad likes that show.

    Hope your mom had a nice week off and got lots of play and snuggle time with all of you.



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