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Monday, July 4, 2011

Triple Chocolate Poundcake

I know-the words made me swallow hard!  Happy 4th of July everyone.  I hope you all get a chance to get together with family and friends or do whatever you want to do on this beautiful Monday(you can tell I am on vacation!)  I wanted to share this decadent and easy dessert with you.  This cake almost qualifies to be on 5 Ingredient Fix with Claire Robinson on the Food Network(I love that show).  Let's get started: Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.  In a large bowl combine a 16 oz. pound cake mix, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 eggs.  Beat with electric mixer 30 seconds or so.  Add 3/4 cup chocolate milk and beat for 3 minutes more.  Stir in 1 whole package (12 oz) mini chocolate chips.  Pour batter in pan and bake for 65-75 minutes.  Cool on rack.  Frost as you would like.  I made a cream cheese frosting but a purchased can of fluffy white would also be good.  It was very good but very rich and it tasted better the next day.  It was easier to cut the next day also!  Enjoy! 

These are pictures of my screened in porch.  I spent yesterday cleaning it up so we can use it.  In the winter, it becomes a catch-all.  It isn't insulated so we use it as a mudroom and a place to put things we don't know what to do with.  Come summer, we love it for relaxing and eating our supper. 

My husband used our cedar siding on the walls when we went to vinyl siding.  I love the rustic, woodsy feeling.  We have several seating areas as you can see by the pictures.  We also have a dining area and the cupboard next to cute bench(also made from a picture by my talented hubby and painted by me) holds swimsuits and towels for our pool which is pretty much right outside the windows of this porch. 

When I furnished this porch several years ago, I mistakenly thought that because there was a roof on this porch and walls, the sun would not fade anything that wasn't directly in the window.  WRONG!  My cushions are all faded.  I may replace them one by one, but I kind of like the cottage feel they have.  I wash the cushion covers every spring at the beginning of the season and they are getting more comfortable and lived in.  I like that welcoming feeling.  What I didn't like was this
This is a cart type table with wheels that was my Mom's.  I used velcro to attach a skirt I made with Mary Engelbreit fabric.  I loved it at first but it is horribly faded and lost its charm.  I purchased some outdoor canvas that the ladies at the fabric store have assured me will not fade.  I have decided not to try to gather it because it is stiffer and I think will look better tailored.  That is my next project.  Fingers crossed-I hope it will look nice on my porch.  I will pop back in later in the week and show you a picture of it. 

Have a great day and take care.  Nancy


  1. Yummy cake and beautiful festive decor! Thanks for sharing! Love your space.
    Happy 4th!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Loving the porch, I just posted my front porch reveal of our log home if you want to drop by and take a look. Have a great day:) Happy 4th

  3. Oh that cake looks wickedly delicious!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. Your recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  5. That cake does sound decadent! Triple chocolate sounds like a winner to me. I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)


  6. Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can't wait to see more from you on Sunday!

  7. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  8. Looks delish. We'd love you to share your recipe with us at
    Simply Delish.

  9. Featuring your birdhouse bench tomorrow at I Made It! Monday. Love for you to come link up again and grab a featured button while you're there.

  10. This looks so yummy! Thanks so much for linking up.