As allot of you know who have been reading along since I started this little piece of internet land back in July. My husband (Stevie) and I have been together since 10th grade and have known each other since we were 7/8yrs old. At one point in our childhood... we were next door neighbors (but didn't know it!)
So I guess you can say he is my oldest friend.
With the exception of our two other best friends... who are also married. Matt and Chrissy. Matt and Stevie have been friends since they were in the fourth grade. Then Chrissy and I became besties our Freshman year of high school. The four of us started dating our spouses at the same time and have been together ever since.
In addition to starting dating at the same time... we even all got married the same summer. (July and August of 2006)
THEN we had babies right around the same time... only difference is they stopped at one where we kept popping them out!!
Matt and Chrissy's son Caden just turned four yesterday. My 2 sons (ages 3 and 5) consider him their best friend/cousin. My hopes is that the 3 boys being so close in age will maintain their friendships into adulthood like us parents have... how cool would it be to say "We've been friends since before we were born!" ?
|From left to right Owen, Chase.... and Caden showing off that belly!|
We all had plans over the weekend to get together for dinner. So we adults can hang out and the boys can play as well.
For dinner I made a baked mac n' cheese (I think I make it every time we have them over) and a chili.
Then for dessert I made a cake inspired by Caden.
Reason being is that every time he comes to my house or we go to his... he pounds peanut butter and ritz. The boy loves his peanut butter.
So I decided to make a Dark Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as Caden did!
Dark Chocolate Cake w/ Peanut Butter Buttercream
Adapted from Food.com
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 a cup of dark coco powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2/3 of a cup of boiling water
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease and Flour 2 8 inch cake pans. Set aside
In the bowl of your electric mixer stir together your dry ingredients. Add in milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and beat on medium/low speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water by hand.
Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
For the frosting:
2 sticks of room temperature butter (1 cup)
1 cup of cream peanut butter
2 cups of confectioners sugar
2 tbs of half and half
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. On medium/low speed add in powder sugar than half and half until it is smooth.
Frost cooled cakes.
How many of you have also maintained friendships from grade school?