Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe & Southern Living Cookbook Giveaway

Mississippi Mud Cake

This Mississippi Mud Cake is out of this world delicious.  As soon as I spotted in the new Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts cookbook, I knew we had to try it.   My mama brought over some pecans just so we could make it ASAP.  Then Justin & I teamed up.  Well, I mostly read the instructions and he did all of the cooking since I can’t stand for more than a few minutes.  Yes, I do know he’s a good, good man!  ;)

Here’s the thing though- Justin doesn’t like chocolate cake.  Crazy, I know, but true.  Something funny happened when he pulled the Mississippi Mud Cake out of the oven, assembled, and took a bite- he loved it.  He even called it amazing and one of the best things ever, then he proceeded to tell me not to make it too often, because that wouldn’t be good for his figure.  (haha)  It has received two thumbs up from all of our taste-testers.

Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe


4.5 from 2 reviews
Mississippi Mud Cake
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Recipe courtesy of Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 15
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (10.5-oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 (16-oz) package powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Places pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.
  2. Microwave 1 cup butter and chocolate bar in a large microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute, stirring at 30-second intervals.** Whisk sugar and next 5 ingredients into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from over, and sprinkle evenly with miniature marshmallows; bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle warm cake with Chocolate Frosting, and sprinkle evenly with toasted pecans.
**Instead of using the microwave, you can melt the butter & chocolate mixture on medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat then continue with original instructions. *To thin frosting, add 1Tbsp. milk. To serve remaining Chocolate Frosting over pound cake or ice cream, microwave frosting in a medium-size microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 15 seconds or until warm.

Mississippi Mud Cake

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Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair – Review

Tripp Trapp High Chair

When it comes to infant products, I try to invest my money wisely.  I look for quality products that will last.  I research everything before I buy and always try to find the best value.  Two things I’m not willing to sacrifice quality on are car seats and high chairs.  I’m brand loyal when it comes to both of these products.  Our high chair of choice is the Stokke Tripp Trapp.

We bought our first Stokke Tripp Trapp when Bryson was a baby and started using it when he was right around one year old.  I had never saw one in person until we purchased ours, but I’m so glad that I picked the box up and brought  it home.  We loved it- we still do.  He’s three now and we still use it daily.  It has held up to his messes and being pushed around the kitchen to help himself to the cabinets or watch us cook.  It’s even held up to me using it a step ladder.  It’s in almost constant use and when I take the time to scrub it down, it looks like new.

When Bella came along, I planned to move Bryson out of his Tripp Trapp.  Then, the time came and I just couldn’t do it.  Instead, the kind people at Stokke sent Bella her very own Tripp Trapp in pink!  I was so excited for it to arrive and we (meaning Justin, haha) put it together immediately.  It isn’t difficult and the instructions are very clear.  I think it probably took around 30 minutes and that was with two kids under foot.   We are currently using it with the baby seat attachment for added security.  We never had one with Bryson and I really like it.


Stokke Tripp Trapp Details

  • Seat and footrest are adjustable to the size of your child from approx 6 months to adulthood
  • Ergonomically designed to provide stability, comfort and confidence
  • Made of cultivated beechwood, providing strong, solid and durable product
  • Five-point safety harness
  • Holds up to 300 pounds

I know that the price ($264) seems expensive when you think about a high chair, but the Stokke Tripp Trapp isn’t just a high chair.  You’ll never have to get rid of it- it’s a lifetime piece.  It gives your children the freedom to sit at the table with the entire family.  Bryson has spent hours in his Tripp Trapp at the dining table crafting, creating, and painting.  Not to mention, I don’t have a huge piece of plastic sitting in the middle of my floor.  This high chair is made of wood and it looks nice.  It matches my home and it’s as sturdy as it gets.

This little girl?  She loves it too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll answer in the comments.   Overall, we really, really love this high chair.  I can’t think of anything bad to say.  The only thing that could make it better is if it cleaned itself.  Now, wouldn’t that be something!?

The kinds folks at Stokke sent us a Tripp Trapp for Bella.  All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always.

Seventh Generation Brings Natural Scents to the Kitchen #Giveaway

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In our first home, we didn’t have a dishwasher.  Let’s be clear: I hated washing dishes by hand.  So much so that I made a deal with Justin- if he would clean the dishes up after meals, he’d never have to touch the laundry.  For the most part, we kept that going until we sold that place.  When we found our current home, I was so excited to see a dishwasher.  And a laundry room.  Our first home didn’t have a dedicated laundry room either- just a washer and dryer in a little nook in the hall.  Whew, what fun that was!  Not.

I’ve gotten use to scrubbing dishes now and after changing dirty diapers all day, it’s almost a welcome task.  Almost.  I definitely prefer to simply load the dishwasher and let it do the work, but we own several pots and pans that are just easier to hand wash.

Seventh Generation recently introduced a natural dish liquid line. There are four scents available: Free & Clear, Lavender Floral & Mint, Fresh Citrus & Ginger, and Lemongrass & Clementine Zest.  Seventh Generation dish liquid contains only essential oils and botanical extracts.

In a spray bottle, I mixed up water, vinegar, and a few drops of the Fresh Citrus & Ginger soap to use as my kitchen cleaner.  It’s worked very well so far and I’ve used it on everything from the counters and dining table to the appliances.  I love that I’m using less chemicals and it smells fresh and clean!

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