Cake in a Jar and a Bittersweet Farewell

Wow, why is it that when you start a vacation it seems like the week will go on forever…………
…….and then all of a sudden, before you know it, it’s time to pack up and head home? We’ve had a wonderful week with family and have created a thousand sweet memories and funny stories to carry us back to these fun, lazy, magical days at DeBordieu beach in South Carolina. We have always loved our days together at the beach, but since our daughter and her family now live in England, these family vacations are especially precious.

The first day I posted about Debordieu, I called it “a bit of heaven on earth”. I wanted to re-cap that today with a sweet story. Our middle granddaughter and her daddy, Josh, were wading into the sparkling emerald ocean one cloudless beautiful day this week when she looked up and said “Daddy, is it the same God here as the one we have in London?” Josh was able to share that indeed, it’s not only the same God here and in London, but He’s the Creator and Lord of every place and every person on the face of the earth!

Just like a wonderful meal ends with a delicious bit of sweetness, I’m finishing up this week’s blog posts with a sweet, fun treat I made for picnics on the beach. I had a bit of batter left from the Wedding Cake I posted about on Saturday. I sprayed some half pint canning jars with cooking spray, poured them half full of batter and baked them for about twenty five minutes. After they cooled, I topped them with a spoonful of yummy raspberry jam, piped some Butter Cream icing almost to the top, placed the lids on and stuck them in the freezer. I pulled them out of the freezer an hour or two ahead and voilá – a fabulous dessert for a picnic or any other time of the day that the sweet-tooth fairy strikes!

Here are just a few more pictures and a re-cap of our week at Debordieu

This is how we all felt at the beginning of the week!

Views from our house…..
fun on the beach………

early morning bike ride sights………..

…….and a few members of the super-friendly team you see – here, there and everywhere who keep this place looking so amazingly beautiful!

……….oh, and this is a bit how we’re all feeling today as we leave DeBordieu and our amazing beach week!

If you’re interested in spending a vacation in a paradise like this, check out Debordieu here!

Cake in a Jar

one batch of your favorite cake batter – I used Perfect Yellow Homemade Cake from Chef Talk, a super easy recipe that can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes (plus baking time)

one 8 ounce jar of your favorite jam – I used Raspberry Freezer Jam (just like the Fruits of the Forest Jam but with just raspberries)

one batch of your favorite icing – I used Classic Butter Cream Icing from Savory Sweet Life 

one dozen half pint canning jars sprayed well with baking spray

1. Add one half cup of batter to each jar and bake at 350˚ for 25-30 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

2. Dollop about 1 tablespoon jam on top of cake and pipe (or just swirl) as much icing as you like on top of the jam. Place lids on top and freeze or take on a picnic. They’re also a fun, unique dessert, dressed up a bit (with some fresh fruit or a sprig of mint) for a dinner party!



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