This weekend was a whirlwind for all of us at Pretty in the Peak. You might know our girls are Cheerleaders and this weekend was the start of our competition season. Our Junior PeeWee Team came in 2nd place and our PeeWee girls came in 1st place – Woohoooo. Next month they will both head to regional competition here in Raleigh and then hopefully on to Disney for Nationals. Trisha’s daughter Gwyn is a Mighty Mite and they got to perform non-competitively as well – they are SOO CUTE!!! We are still finishing our football games so that means Saturday we had games, practices and hair parties (yes, I said hair party – that cheer hair doesn’t do itself ya know!) and then all day competition on Sunday. Basically, we all woke up Monday morning and wondered what happened to our weekends!
Here are some of our girls plus a few of their good friends before competition. We had a tailgate before the competition started so they had some time to hang out with their friends and relax before the big event. I’m looking at this picture wondering what was going through her heads. They said they weren’t nervous but I just have to wonder what they were thinking before the competition. They have been practicing so hard for months so I kinda think there must have been some nerves going on. I would be a wreck!
I had to share this picture because this is the look I always get from my girls when I’m trying to take their picture. I always tell them that they will be sorry one day when the only pictures they have of themselves are selfies from their iPods! Still think its a cute picture. This is a great recipe for busy weekends. These Dutch Butter Cakes remind me of shortbread and they live up to a recipe that has the word BUTTER in it’s name:-). You will definitely want to spring for good quality butter because when you have a recipe that doesn’t use a ton of ingredients quality makes all the difference. I think I used Plugra when I made these but honestly if you only have regular ol’ butter they will still taste great. Enjoy! This Dutch Butter Cake Recipe is originally from Hidden Ponies blog.
- 1 1/2 cups good quality butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 cups
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (you can leave out if you are using salted butter or cut in half)
- 3 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract (or a mixture of the two)
- Milk or cream
- sliced almonds - optional
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add eggs and almond or vanilla flavoring and mix well
- Combine baking powder with the flour and add to the butter mixture
- Spread into two 9"cake pans that have been lined with parchment paper (alternately you can bake in a 9X13 pan and bake a few minutes longer.)
- Brush tops with cream and sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired
- Bake for 28-30 minutes until tops are lightly browned
- Let cool on a wire rack and then slice and serve.
Here are some other EASY sweet treats you might enjoy, too! I actually made both recipes this weekend and frosted with vanilla buttercream. The girls helped me decorate with gold and black sprinkles. We wrapped them up in little treat bags and tied with ribbon that had cougar prints on them. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture:-(.
Speedy Brownies – My mom shared this recipe with me and it is now my go to brownie recipe – girls ask for these all the time. They are so quick to prepare because you just dump everything in the mixing bowl – hence the name!
Amish Sugar Cookies – These are my favorite sugar cookies and they are so easy to make and sturdy enough to frost (without having to roll the dough.)