SUNny DAY Post: X-Mas In July…….in August!

It’s that time of year again! Actually, it was that time of year again last month for our annual X-Mas in July “Epic Southern Living Magazine Christmas Cake Baking Party!” However, this year one of my nieces couldn’t make it for any dates in July so we moved it to August. And, once again, it was a chaotic, but fun, success!

Here is the cake we decided to make this year:

X-Mas in July Cake!

Ta Da! We did it! The Southern Living Magazine Chocolate Citrus Orange Cake with Candied Oranges and Chocolate Ganache Filling!

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Sunny, (and hot! ;) in the Kitchen: Recipe for Disaster!

If you need a little break from all the Thanksgiving festivities, and all the family togetherness (ha!) just go stick your nose in a book ~ or a magazine ~ or here online at my column from B-Metro Magazine. I hope it gives you a little laugh. If you need more time away just read it again, slowly:) And, Good Luck making my mom’s famous Banana Pudding from her recipe ~ lol!

Happy Cooking! ~ Sunny

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Sunny’s Entertaining: 2nd Annual Xmas in July! #family

I am happy to say that our 2nd Annual Xmas in July Southern Living Magazine Christmas Cake Baking Party was a success!

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with Sam, Esar (my niece’s lovely French foreign exchange student-who was the stand-in for my daughter) and Lauren

Last year I got the bright idea (?!) of getting the girls in the family together with my daughter and my nieces, along with my mom, to bake a Southern Living Magazine Christmas Cake. Despite the heat, outside and in the kitchen inside, we had so much fun that a tradition was born. However, just like the recipe for the cake itself, it takes a lot more planning than you would think trying to coordinate everyone’s schedules and get everyone together at the same time.  Continue reading

X-Mas in July!

Christmas in July!

My God, I’m Hot!-In the kitchen!-In July!! 😉

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Here we are with the finished Southern Living Gift Box Cake!

A couple of month’s ago I was texting with my youngest niece, Sam, when she sent me a picture of a cake she had baked from scratch and she said it reminded of her of a Southern Living Magazine Christmas Cake. (If you haven’t read my essay I wrote for B-Metro Magazine on my daughter’s and my adventures with baking those cakes every Christmas for several years, you can find it in my book “LMAO! A collection of humor essays to help you lose weight!” at amazon.) We decided then and there that we would get together and have a Christmas in July Party and bake one of the Southern Living Christmas CakesContinue reading