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Breaded Pork Tenders & Weekend Potluck #266

Happy Friday!!!! I hope y'all had a wonderful week? Weekend Potluck is in full swing and we have some delicious recipe features to share with you!!! Breaded Pork Tenders was the most viewed recipe at last week's potluck!!! Our other featured recipes include, Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak and Luscious Lemon Bars. This weeks hostess recipe comes from Sweet Little Blue Bird and she's sharing her recipe for 3 Ingredient Pancakes. OK everyone find a seat at the table and let's get this party started!!

 
New to Weekend Potluck: If you're new to Weekend Potluck here's a little run down. Weekend Potluck  is a place where each week food bloggers come to link up their favorite recipes! Every Friday we share the most viewed recipe from the previous weeks potluck, features that caught our eye and recipes shared for the new potluck. Make sure to check back throughout the weekend because new recipes are always being added. I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to spring those clocks forward.  


  Recipe with the most views   
Breaded Pork Tenders by Julia's Simply Southern 


  Recipes that caught our eye  
Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak by Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen 


Luscious Lemon Sheet Cake by The Better Baker


  Hostess Recipe  
3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes by Sweet Little Blue Bird



 Your Hostesses 


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Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting

This cake is the one Olivia Walton made in the movie "The Homecoming", which was the basis for the TV series "The Walton's" and mentioned in several of the television episodes as John-Boys favorite cake. 
 
Today I'm sharing a recipe for a delicious cake! Not just any cake, but Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake! If you're a fan of the TV series, The Walton's I'm pretty sure you've heard about Olivia's famous Applesauce Cake. 

Whenever there is something to celebrate in the Walton house, Olivia would always make her special Applesauce Cake. This delicious cake is also featured in an Earl Hamner's Novel. "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" airing in 1971 upon which the series pilot was based.  

 
I watch The Homecoming every Christmas and I still watch all the Walton's episodes on INSP. Olivia despised "The Recipe" (bootleg whiskey) from the Baldwin sisters, but she made an exception and used a bit of "The Recipe" in the frosting for her applesauce and raspberry cake.  

In the episode from season three "The First Day" which was about John-Boys first day at Boatwright University Olivia makes John-Boy, his favorite cake which was her famous Applesauce Cake to celebrate his first day of college. At the end of this episode John-Boy is enjoying a slice of this delicious applesauce layer cake after experiencing a horrible day of mishaps at the University.  

That applesauce cake looked so good and after hearing all about Olivia's famous cake from all the Walton episodes, I finally baked it using the recipe I found online (which is also included in The Homecoming). 

To be honest, I made this recipe three times before it actually turned out. The first time I baked this cake I made it exactly as the recipe was written, but it turned out very heavy and dense. The second time I made it, I used cake flour because the original recipe did not state what type of flour was used, but that recipe was a flop as well. 

After almost giving up, I decided to try and make the recipe one last time. I took all the comments on The Walton recipe forum into consideration and went from there. People had mentioned that the cake was too heavy, too dense, not sweet enough, and just plain bland.

So after a little experimenting, I finally found the perfect combination. I used self -rising flour instead of all purpose and omitted the baking soda and salt from the recipe. I added one extra egg, vanilla extract, increased the sugar by 1/4 cup and adjusted the spices a bit. To my surprise the cake turned out!!!!  I was so excited and even more excited to finally be able to share this recipe with y'all.  

I have to say the addition of the Whiskey included in the frosting really does make this cake. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you do make it, please stop back by and leave me a comment letting me know how you like it. 


Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting

3 - 1/2 cups self-rising flour, sifted (no substitutes)
2 1/2 - teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 - teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 - teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 - cup butter, softened
1 1/4 - cups sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
3 - eggs
2 - cups applesauce, jarred or homemade
2 - cups golden raisins 
1- cup walnuts or pecans, chopped


Jane's Whiskey Frosting

5 - tablespoons butter, softened
3 - tablespoons cream or half and half
3 - cups powdered sugar 
4 - tablespoons bourbon whiskey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans (remove excess flour). Set prepared cake pans aside. 

Add the raisins to a small bowl, add one cup very hot water and let the raisins sit for 10 minutes, then drain. This will soften and plump up the raisins. 

In a large bowl, sift together the flour and spices. Remove 1/2 cup of the flour mixture into a small bowl and and stir into the nuts and raisins. Set both aside. 

In another large bowl, with an electric mixer or kitchen aid mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs one at at time, beating until combined. 

Alternately stir in the flour mixture and applesauce. Beat on medium speed until everything is combined. Fold in the raisins and nuts. 

Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 25-35 minutes)

Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing. Turn cakes out of pans onto a baking sheet or baking rack. Cool cakes completely before frosting with Jane's Whiskey Frosting. 

To prepare the frosting in a medium size bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, then cream and whiskey. Using and electric mix or kitchen aid mixer, whip until creamy, adding more cream if needed to reach desired consistency.

Frost cooled cake. 
 

servings: 12
adapted from: The Walton's

Cook's Note: I've seen this recipe in The Homecoming using a bundt cake pan and then I saw it again in The First Day episode as a layer cake. By far I prefer this recipe as a layer cake for special occasions and during the holidays as a bundt cake with the frosting made a little thinner drizzled on top. 


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Restaurant Style Mexican Rice & Weekend Potluck #265

Happy Friday!!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful week? Weekend Potluck is in full swing and we have some delicious recipe features to share with you!!! Restaurant Style Mexican Rice was the most viewed recipe at last week's potluck!!! Our other featured recipes are Lemon Ice Box Pie, Hummingbird Cake with Caramel Icing and our hostess recipe comes from The Country Cook and she's sharing her recipe for Make Ahead Breakfast Bowls. OK everyone find a seat at the table and let's get this party started!!


The Most Viewed Recipes was
Restaurant Style Mexican Rice by Mirlandra's Kitchen 

If you're new to Weekend Potluck here's a little run down. Weekend Potluck  is a place where each week food bloggers come to link up their favorite recipes! Every Friday we share the most viewed recipe from the previous weeks potluck, features that caught our eye and recipes shared for the new potluck. Make sure to check back throughout the weekend because new recipes are always being added. I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to spring those clocks forward.  


Recipes that caught our eye


Hummingbird Cake with Caramel Icing by Spicy Southern Kitchen 

Hostess Recipe
Make Ahead Breakfast Bowls by The Country Cook 



Your Hostesses  


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Deep Dish Taco Squares & Weekend Potluck #264

Happy Friday!!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful week? Today is the last day of school for my kids and then it's 💮 spring break!! We have a few projects planned around the house and we're finally getting started on our vegetable garden, so I'm super excited about that. Our starter seeds are doing great so I can't wait to get them all planted in the ground. 🏡

Weekend Potluck is in full swing and we have some delicious recipe features to share with you!!! Deep Dish Taco Squares was the most viewed recipe at last week's potluck!!! Our other recipe features include Irish Butter Shortbread Cookies, Whole Wheat Banana Bread and our hostess recipe comes from me and I'm sharing my recipe for a delicious Lemon Surprise Bundt Cake! OK everyone find a seat at the table and let's get this party started!!

If you're new to Weekend Potluck here's a little run down. Weekend Potluck  is a place where each week food bloggers come to link up their favorite recipes! Every Friday we share the most viewed recipe from the previous weeks potluck, features that caught our eye and recipes shared for the new potluck. Make sure to check back throughout the weekend because new recipes are always being added. I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to spring those clocks forward.  


The Recipe with the most views

Deep Dish Taco Squares by The Farm Wife Cooks 

♥ Recipes that caught our eye 
Irish Butter Shortbread Cookies by Big Rigs N LiL Cookies 

Whole Wheat Banana Bread by Nancy Creative 

♥ Hostess Recipe 

Lemon Surprise Bundt Cake by Mommy's Kitchen 


♥ Your Hostesses ♥ 



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Hello Spring! The Free Mrs. Meyers Spring Cleaning Kit

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Spring is in the air! Well, at least it is here in North Texas. We've had such an unseasonable warm winter that I can't help but to jump into spring mode. It really is one of my favorite times of year, the warmer weather, chirping birds, blooming flowers, piddling in the garden, and spring cleaning. And yes, I said cleaning. 

I'm a bit different than others as I love to clean, especially during spring. For me, beautiful cleaning products in a fresh scent make cleaning feel like less of a chore. There's no better feeling than having a nice fresh home after a thorough cleaning. To achieve that feeling I use my favorite Mrs. Meyers  Natural Cleaning Products to help me along the way.

My motto is ....... if I'm going to do dishes and clean it might as well be enjoyable. All the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products are formulated with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils. Mrs. Meyers cleaning products make cleaning your house fresh, fun and fragrant. I'm so excited to be teaming up with Grove Collaborative to offer you a Free Set of Mrs. Meyer's spring cleaning products!  

New customers will get a Mrs. Meyers dish soap and hand soap in the Limited Edition Peony and Lilac spring scents, a beautiful Grove Collaborative glass spray bottle and two Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges. This spring cleaning kit is valued at over $30! 

Here's how it works: When you place your first Grove order of $20 or more, you'll get a seasonal kit to help you get a jump start on your spring cleaning. This is what a New Grove Collaborative Customers gets with their first $20 or more purchase

If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive a Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle at 50% off perfect for making your own fresh scented cleaner! I love my glass spray bottle and use it on a daily basis. I filled mine with Mrs Meyer's Lemon -Verbena Vinegar Gel Cleaner mixed with water. I use the spray to clean all my stainless steel kitchen appliances. It's also great for hard water spots and soap residue.

Mrs. Meyer's products are by far my favorite cleaning products to use in my home. I love getting new products of my choosing delivered straight to my door each month. The best part about Grove is that I'm not stuck getting the same items each month. I can easily change up my order anytime I please. I can add items, try new products or keep on a regular product schedule. It's all up to me and Grove makes it super simple.  

Wondering what my favorite Grove Collaborative products are? Lately I've been using Dr. Bronner's pure-castile soap, Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Cleaner in Honeysuckle, Bluebell, Lavender and Peppermint (oh how I  the peppermint ). I also love the dish soaps, hand soaps and the Lemon -Verbena Vinegar Gel Cleaner and Baking Soda Cream Cleanser. 

The baking soda cleanser easily scrubs away all that grease and icky grime off my glass top stove. Seriously, these two cleaners are awesome and I use them on a daily basis to clean my kitchen counters, stove and appliances, so I always have them on my re-order list.    

Did you know that the Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface sprays can also be used to make wonderful scented bathroom sprays (aka poo spray or poo-pourri). I add my favorite multi-surface cleaner scents to 3 oz size bottles and keep one bottle in each of the bathrooms in my home. One 16 oz bottle of Mrs. Meyer's multi surface cleaner makes endless amounts of bathroom spray saving me pennies. Just 1-2 quick sprays before and after using the restroom will keep those BM odors right where they belong.  😉

I love making handmade crocheted washcloths, face scrubbies and dishcloths as gifts for family and friends. Mrs. Meyers hand soaps, daily bar soaps and the Yes to Coconut Milk bars are the only soaps that I include in my gift packages. With all the hand soap scents and coordinating colors I love coming up with new gift box varieties.   



Are you ready to get started on spring cleaning? See the details below on how to claim your free Mrs. Meyer's kit. This offer ends on Sunday, March 12th 2017, so hurry supplies are limited. 
  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here or click the photo above and the offer will be automatically added to your cart. 
  2. You'll answer 4 quick questions about your current cleaning routine, which Grove will use to recommend products for your first basket (this takes under 30 seconds).
  3. You can customize your order by adding or removing items - as long as your order is a minimum of $20, you'll qualify for the offer. 
  4. You made it! Click and Finish & Pay and place your order. 
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