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Keep Calm and Be Sweet!

Today’s post is two fold, it revolves around sweetness.   I want to share a dessert recipe that is one of the most amazing desserts you will ever have.  It is a classic.  It is sweet and you will love it.  I also want to rant a little (at the end of this post)  about life and being sweet. 

The Texas Sheet Cake One of my sweetest aunts, Aunt Sue, made this at several of our family get togethers.  It is one of those desserts that you just  graze all night on.  Aunt Sue is one of those people who just has a kind heart.  She is a “doer” and will help anyone who needs help.  If you are around Aunt Sue, you will see that is she is just a good person with a big heart.

recipe:  (from allrecipies.come)


Original recipe makes 1 10×15-inch jellyroll pan Change Servings

Makes servings USMetricAdjust Recipe (Help)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 cup butter

1 cup water

5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons milk

5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup butter

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10×15 inch pan.

  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.

  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  4. For the icing: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.

Life can be crazy. Life can be so unfair.  Life can be hard.  Life can be so unpredictable.  I know so many people right now who are struggling with really big problems (their child’s health, their parent’s health, mental abuse, physical abuse, mental illness, depression, financial problems, death of a loved one). The list goes on and on. 

Here is my advice for today.  Try not to sweat the small stuff.  I know things may seem big to you but put it in perspective.  If you were sitting in a room talking to a parent whose three year old child was in the hospital fighting for their life, would you feel the same about this “big problem?”  Probably not. 

Try to be sweet to everyone.  Try to be kind to everyone.  Be kind to your neighbors.  Be kind to people who hate you.  There is so much craziness in this world that we live in, we need to try harder (myself included) to be kinder to everyone. I challenge everyone today to not sweat the small stuff.  Think about the things that you are obsessing about and that are making you angry.  Is it worth it?  Would that person in the hospital with an incurable brain tumor trade problems with you in a second?   I challenge everyone to stop….breath….smell the roses…enjoy life….laugh….smile….have fun….read a good book….do things that you enjoy doing….and try to be sweet. 

My Aunt Sue has endured tremendous heartache yet she is still very sweet, just like the dessert she brings. 

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