Monday, March 21, 2011

Van Donsel Family Fishing Tournament

This weekend we had our family fishing tournament and it was a blast! There was about 20 of us who gathered at Rogers Lake to fish this year. The winning pot was split between Aunt Terri and Cathy. We enjoyed playing bean bags, grilling out, and watching all of our dogs play on the ice!

 Nick and Kelly enjoying a beer on the lake!
Bill drilling some new holes!

My Fishing Hole!

Josh and I didn't catch any fish this time, but we sure tried!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Grandma's Red Velvet Devil Cake

This is the best cake of all time!!! My Grandma has made this cake for me every birthday since I was little! I decided to share with friends! I hope you enjoy!

3 Squares Unsweetened Chocolate
1 Cup boiling water
1/2 cup Shortening
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 eggs

Step 1: Grate or Chop 2 Chocolate Squares into Pieces, place in bowl.

Step 2: Boil 1 cup of water on the stove. Add 1/2 cup shortening, Stir until melted. Add to bowl with chocolate.

3. Add sugar. Whip. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk. Add 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring. Add dry ingredients sifted together. Stir until smooth. Lastly, add two eggs.

4. Pour into greased pan, bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until  toothpick is clean. (Bake shorted time for smaller pans.)

Homemade Chocolate Frosting!
1 square unsweetened chocolate chopped
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Crisco
Heat all ingredients until boiling. Let boil 1 minute.
Add 1 teaspoon Vanilla.  Remove from heat.
Frosting will thicken upon standing. Frost cake!
Enjoy a wonderful Cake!

My Brothers Wedding!

I wanted to post some of the pictures I took from my brothers wedding in Texas! It was a wonderful day filled with love and I was so happy to be a part of it!

Our time in Texas was filled with so much fun and laughter, we loved every moment of it!
This a photo of the beautiful bride doing her last minute touch ups before she was to walk down the isle to meet her future husband! And the Mayras hair was simply beautiful! She had it done professionally and clipped an elegant flower clipped in!
This picture is the couple at their joint bachelor/bachelorette party with our family and friends. We had a blast at the country bar!

The above photo is a shot I took of the brides shoes before the ceremony. I loved these shoes! They were the perfect shoes for the perfect day!

The couple stealing a kiss at the dress rehearsal!

This special photo is a picture of my brother putting on the necklace he gave to Valeria at the grooms dinner, she loved it so much! She said she is going to wear it forever, even if it were to get dirty or broken! Precious!
This special photo is the family opening a gift from my parents! It was a poem that my mom had framed of my brothers that he wrote when he was in grade school about what love is!
Mom putting some sparkles in Valerias hair before the ceremony!
This is one of my favorite photos of the beautiful bride on her wedding day! Despite the rough path and hardships getting to this point, the day was going to be perfect and the bride would be stunning!