Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rum Cake

rum cake

My mom makes an amazing rum cake that’s a family favorite. I started making them this year, and they’re always a smash. I’ve made two for work, one for Andrés’ family’s Thanksgiving, and one for our home. My mother-in-law and I could probably eat a slice every day. It’s the best.


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4oz box of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 cup of spiced dark rum (I use Kraken)
  • Crisco
  • Flour
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 lb of butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of spiced dark rum


Prepare the bundt pan by covering it with Crisco, and sprinkling it with flour. Pour the 1 cup of chopped walnuts into the bundt pan. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water, 1/2 cup of rum and pour the batter over the nuts. Bake at 325° F for 1 hour.

Let it sit for 30 minutes.

In a saucepan, bring the butter and sugar to a boil and stir continuously for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of rum. Using a pot fork, poke all over the bottom of the cake (while it’s still in the bundt pan). Slowly pour the glaze over the bottom of the cake and let it sit until the glaze is absorbed. Turn the pan over a plate, gently shake the cake out, and serve.


Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Mr. AFV, always
  • “Thanks for being an amazing internet maven.”
  • Homemade Big Macs
  • Key & Peele marathons
  • ALL the rum cakes!
  • Our wonderful families
  • Two blessed Thanksgivings
  • My sister cry-laughing
  • A fridge stuffed with delicious leftovers
  • Putting up our Christmas Trees (yea, TWO)
  • Homemade stock from turkey carcasses
  • Our house feeling like my home, finally
  • Thrifting with B
  • Globes and all thing honey comb
  • Four day weekend!
  • More new glasses
  • Redesigning the blog

Giving All of Our Thanks

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thanksgiving plate

This Thanksgiving was one of the best I can remember. We did a early afternoon potluck dinner with my parents, two of my sisters and their boyfriends, and Andrés’ mom. Andrés and I made two turkeys (herb rubbed traditional and a pre-cooked Cajun turkey from Popeyes), herb stuffing with beef bacon, bread rolls, and homemade gravy. His mom made black beans, seasoned rice, and mashed potatoes. My sister B and her boyfriend brought adorable muffin tin apple crumb pies and pumpkin pies. My sister Y and her boyfriend made a corn, green onion, and lima bean succotash. My parents brought Apple Mallow Yam Yums (a family Thanksgiving classic), Caesar salad, and broccoli with sautéed onions. All that food made for a colorful plate!

Andrés, his mom, and I went to his aunt’s house for an evening dinner catered entirely by his aunt. She’s a pro when it comes to cooking for large crowds, so of course this meal was fantastic. I don’t know how she does it.

I couldn’t be more thankful for this year. Thankful for my husband, my family, my puppy, our home. Thankful for our beautiful wedding. Thankful for this life we’ve built. Thankful for the opportunities to continue building.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband
  • Being married for a month!
  • New glasses
  • Giant trashcan for the kitchen
  • Ruby in her green hoodie
  • Gingerbread lattes
  • My warm knitted hat from my sister
  • “Law Abiding Citizen”
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Skype dates with my sister
  • Date night with my man
  • My parents being so helpful
  • Amaretto + orange juice
  • Getting a dresser for our bedroom
  • Our well stocked bar cart
  • Thanksgiving prep lists

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband
  • My MIL being okay
  • The privilege of being able to vote
  • Being informed, informing others
  • Major wins, across the board!
  • Pistachio gelato
  • YHL’s awesome book
  • Rum cakes
  • Our new bar cart!
  • Boston Market’s mac & cheese
  • Sweet neighborhood kids
  • Pumpkin donuts
  • House projects getting started
  • Sancocho
  • Three day weekend!
  • My husband & father’s service
  • Eggs + aji
  • Getting started on Christmas shopping

Grab a Prop & Strike a Pose


One of the best decisions we made for the wedding was to rent a photo booth for our guests. We chose the Party Booth from Shifoto, a Ma & Pop photography business based in West Virginia. They were so kind, helpful, professional and communicative.

We asked for all the photos to be in black and white (it’s classic and it hides sweaty flushed faces), and we put out a couple of chalkboard speech bubbles, a 20 piece set of photo booth props, and a framed print of the image above found here on Pinterest.

It was a blast — we got so many compliments on it from our guests — even the minister and his wife hopped in! It helped keep everyone busy while we were photographed after the ceremony and before the reception, and it provided lots of entertainment when people took a break from dancing.

Here are a few of our favorites (so hard to choose!). You can see the whole set here.

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Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Mr. AFV
  • Homemade bread
  • Making is safely through the storm
  • Warm apple pear sauce over vanilla ice cream
  • Lots of sleep
  • Soft almond sugar cookies
  • Two days off of work!
  • Free tacos
  • Making delicious rice & beans
  • Hanging the free punching bag
  • SoA marathons
  • Monogrammed pumpkins
  • Roasting pumpkin seeds
  • Getting lots of trick-or-treaters!
  • Renewed fierce hair
  • Homemade empanadas
  • Organizing the pantry and baking cabinet
  • Ordering a bar cart!
  • Making half alright aji!