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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday 24 October 2012


Welcome HOME! {Heart Of My Environment}

Hello lovely friends ~ I am so excited to begin my new HOME party!  And would you believe my camera broke when I was planning this? The whole bottom broke right off.

Then my knight in shining armour came to my rescue and surprised me with a brand new camera to get me by until we can get a better one. He is my hero!

Old one to the left, new one to the right.

I'm telling you, I have the best hubby there is!! I have also been having many issues with Blogger, have you? So my very first post this week will be short and sweet.

Home is far more than a residence; home involves the character of living that goes on inside the house. A real home is a shelter from the storms of life, a place to enjoy, a place in which to relax, a place of peace and rest. ~ Dr. Clifford R. Anderson

Over the years as a home maker, a mom, and a pastor's wife, I have done a lot of entertaining. Something I gained a reputation for was my desserts. So today I thought I would share this very easy, very pretty, and very decadent dessert with you ~
Black Forest Torte. This is a wonderful treat for your family or when you're expecting company.

Easy Black Forest Torte

You will need:
1- Chocolate cake mix. I used Duncan Hines deep chocolate. 
I - 8oz. container of Cool Whip.
I - 21oz. can cherry pie filling.

Mix and bake cake according to directions on the package.
Bake in a greased 10-inch tube pan @ 350 degrees. Cool.
When cool, split the cake into three layers. Spread 1/3 of whipped topping, then 1/3 cherry pie filling, between each layer and top.  If you wish, you may add chocolate curls for an extra special touch.  Refrigerate until set. Enjoy!

This cake always brings a smile to someone's face so I hope you will give it a try. Bake Someone Happy!

Do you have something you would like to share? You are welcome to share anything pertaining to your HOME such as ....

Cooking and baking, recipes, antiquing, home decor, ceramics, crafts, crocheting/knitting, quilting/sewing, floral arranging, gardening, homemaking tips, hospitality, refinishing furniture, renos, tea time, tablescapes, thrifting etc.... Maybe there's a new baby in the family or you have a new fur baby you would like to introduce us to. They are welcome too!

Anything and everything which makes your HOME more enjoyable to come HOME to, for your family, your friends, and yourself.

My tea friends are welcome to link up their tea posts here as well.

I am joining these wonderful parties too~

Share Your Cup Thursday
Cottage Style Linky Party
Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits
House and Garden Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Open House

I am working on getting an Inlinkz thumbnail account set up so I hope you will be patient with me. In the meantime please use the Inlinkz below. Have a delightful day everyone!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi! I just linked up and I am so excited for your first HOME party :) Thanks for hosting and I look forward to seeing what others link up. Your husband sounds very thoughtful and sweet...and your recipe is going on my list of must-try :) Have a wonderful day!


  2. Sandi, that is so good your dh gave you a new camera, and the chocolate dessert looks delish.

  3. Sandi,
    So thrilled to be joining your new party!!

    I plan on joining in each week!!

    Congrats to you and thanks so much for hosting!!

    Many Hugs,

  4. I have a recipe similar to this only I put the cherry pie filling in the cake mix and bake it in it. Then I frost with cool whip and add reserved cherries for dollops on the top. I like your idea too. It is delicious! Congrats on this new meme. I'm will try to get post done later today and link up. Blessings, Pamela

  5. Just linked up and so excited about your new party- this will be awesome.


    TYSM for the delish recipe.

  6. Good Morning Sandi!
    Congratulations on the first day of your HOME party. I will be spreading the word about your new blog party.
    Oh...My goodness! Just look at that chocolate...and, those lovely red dishes! What a beautiful and tasty looking dessert. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    I am sending Blessings and sweetness to add to your day,
    Carolynn xoxo

  7. For me, the blogger worked well but. I can not get navbaren on the blog. How wonderful to have a new camera. My being scarcely together I use screws and tape. I need to buy a new one! But choosing ... You will tell me if the camera you are satisfied with the you received. For then perhaps it might be something for me. I take most pictures to the blog and on the family. Lovely cake and so beautiful you bake. This weekend, I make a Schwarzalds-cake for my parents. Easy recipes and my father's favorite. They celebrate fifty-five years of marriage. Bless you! Hug Zinnia

  8. Sandi, what a great looking cake, I will be sure to add it to my recipe box. I love the thought of this new party and thanks so much for hosting..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  9. Sandi, what a sweet hubby you have! We are both blessed. I'm happy to join your first HOME party! This is exciting. You always have the sweetest guests at your parties. Thanks for hosting and your cake looks so easy AND delish!!

  10. Hi Sand!
    I am happy to join your new party. Thank you for having me. The recipe you are sharing is wonderful as you know I LOVE chocolate.

    Wishing you and your sweet hubby a great week.

  11. Thanks for sharing your recipe,Sandi, I love chocolate! Always looking for simple and easy recipe's. I am excited about your HOME blog.


  12. Hi Sandi,
    Your chocolate & cherry cake looks so delicious! I will definitely be making this for my family. Thanks for hosting your new party.


  13. i jumped over thanks to Pamela Gordon "Playing With My Camera" ... what a sweet hubby & love the gift. practical is always my way of going with gift giving. so smart & useful for sure. your recipe looks delicious!! yum! have a great day. big hugs. (:

  14. Happy first Home party, Sandi!
    I love chocolate cake and your Black Forest looks wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe.
    Your hubby is a real "keeper" - enjoy the new camera :-)
    love and blessings..Trish

  15. Your cake is beautiful! Such a nice simple list of ingredients. I am sorry about your camera. Thank you for hosting! Love the theme of this new party!

  16. Hi Sandi, What a great looking dessert! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your new party.
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

  17. Mmm your dessert looks wonderful..

    I'm joining in thank you for the recipe and hosting the *Home Party*

  18. Hello Sandi.. I am happy to be linking to your first HOME party.. How wonderful.. That cake looks amazing.. I have to give it a try this weekend.. That camera looks pretty nice.. Have fun with it.

  19. ok, that cake made my mouth water! Sorry about your camera but congrats on the new one!!

  20. Hi Sandi....The cake looks absolutely yummy.

    Just signed up. It's actually my Thursday post but just realized your new party, Home, started today! So I hooked up!

    Thanks for doing this! Nice job! Susan

  21. Sandi, your cake looks SO delicious!! And easy too. Great post.

    Jocelyn @

  22. Hi Sandi,
    I just found out about your new party! That cake looks so pretty and delicious! I'm not much of a cook, but it sounds easy enough for me to make, too! Have a great weekend! I'll have to look at my posts and see which one I want to link up!
    Hugs, Cindy

  23. Hi Sandi,
    Just joined in the Home Party, glad to be part of. Your cake looks yummy and you are right simply and delicious I have everything and it is on the list of things to do today. ~oo~ Cindy

  24. Your cake is a winner for new homemakers! Gets them baking and in the kitchen! Lovely!

  25. That cake looks so awesome and something the kids could probably help me make. Home....I never learned to cook....or sew....but whenever people come over they always say they feel at home. I love that....

    And Sandie....have fun with that new camera. Hugs to you...

  26. Hello Sandi
    I have lots of catching up to do, and I missed the first week of your home party as well as tea on Tuesday.
    The cake looks decadent, something I know my hubby would like.

  27. Hi Sandi...I'm trying to catch up too! Missed my blogging last week as life is pretty busy with family right now. One of theses days, I'm going to join one of your parties. I do love reading about them and enjoy your fellow bloggers who join you.
    Your cake looks so yummy.

  28. That dessert looks delicious! I never would have thought to bake it in a tube pan. I always wondered how that was done. I think this might be our cake for Christmas this year!

  29. Hi Sandi!
    I coudn't miss your first HOME party, although I'm a bit late, sorry!
    You know you shared a very special dessert to me?
    The first time I got to taste a Black Forest cake was on my last birthday when my daughter and son-in-law made one for me...for us... for the family...
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, it seems to be easy (for me it must be easy :))
    All the best for you and your sweet hubby.

  30. Hey Sandi, this looks marvelous - beautiful cake. Love the concept to your new party - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    I appreciate you sharing,

  31. Hi Sandi, I don't really care for anything chocolate: cake, cookies, pie, or ice cream. Crazy I know, but I just love white. lol! However, this looks divine. I think I would be tempted to have a least a bite. Excited about your new party. I will come and link up now that I am home from Hawaii.
    Congrats and thanks for sharing with SYC.


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