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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, 16 January 2013


Hello everyone and welcome to my HOME ~

"Peace ~ that was the other name for HOME." ~ Kathleen Norris

Hope you're all doing well so far in this new year. 

I am celebrating Tea Time Tuesday's third Birthday next week and I invite you all to join me. I am also hosting a Giveaway which you can read about on my previous tea post here. If you are one of my Followers, then please do leave a comment on that post in order to have your name added to the sugar bowl.

"The beauty of the home is order;
The blessing of the home is contentment;
The glory of the home is hospitality;
The crown of the home is godliness." ~ Author unknown

I will not be sharing any features today because I have been sick with a head cold and I have a sprained hand and wrist. I am still having trouble uploading photos on my blog too. Anyone else still having this problem?
Hopefully, by next week, I will be back to normal once again. Please be patient with me....

Today I will share the recipe for the Chocolate Trifle which I showed on my tea party post. It really is decadent and if you have never made a Trifle before, I hope you will give this one a try. It is a winner for sure.

Chocolate Trifle

You can use any chocolate cake. Cut into cubes. 
I use the following recipe which is eggless because I have a good  friend who is allergic to eggs. This cake is very moist and very dense.

Chocolate cake

Mix together and beat:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup + 4 tsp oil
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
Bake in 9 X 13 pan @ 350
For 30-40 mins.
Check with toothpick.

When cool, cut into cubes for the Trifle. Or you can use as is and frost it with your favourite frosting. I often use it as a dessert with Raspberry Sauce and whipped cream. 

Now assemble:
3 cups cold milk
2 pkg {4-serving size} Jello Chocolate Instant pudding
2-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip topping, divided
2 cups raspberries

Pour milk into large bowl, add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk for 2 mins. or until well blended.
Gently stir in 1 cup whipped topping.. .

Place half the cake cubes into trifle bowl, top with half the pudding mixture, and half the whipped topping. Sprinkle in half the berries.  Repeat all the layers.
Refrigerate several hours until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped topping and raspberries. You may add some chocolate curls too if you wish. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Makes about 14 servings.


Thank you so much for joining me at HOME today. It's always a pleasure to have you! If you would like to link up something pertaining to your HOME, I would love to have you join me by linking up below.

I will leave you with this little nugget-

"Treat everyone with politeness,
Even those who are rude to you~
Not because they are nice;
But because you are!" ~ Unknown

I am joining the following parties as well~

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

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi...I love your theme. One of my favorite biblical sayings is I Tim 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain. Definitely a foundation of my life. The trifle is wonderful...but my honey doesn't like trifle, truffles and your trifle...chocolate heaven!

  2. Hi Sandi, the chocolate trifle sounds and looks delightful!! Thank you so much for hosting. I hope your tea arrives soon!!

  3. I missed Tea Time Tuesday yesterday so I'm linking to Home.
    Hope you feel better soon!
    ~ Phyllis

  4. thank you for the recipe! I can't wait to try it. It looks delicious!

  5. Sandi,

    Looks so yummy!!

    Thanks so much for hosting each week!


  6. Your third birthday?.. I wouldn't miss it!.. Sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Sandi, and hope you're on the mend real soon.. As for the trifle recipe? Consider it copied and printed RIGHT NOW! I made a 13x9 DOUBLE LAYER cake recently, IN A HURRY. I took BOTH cakes out of the pans too soon, they BOTH fell apart, and I just totally ruined them. It all got thrown into the garbage, and later my daughter asked me, "Isn't there a recipe for that, when that happens?" Oh my gosh, I should have remembered! (I can smile about this NOW, but then?? NOPE!) See you next Tuesday! ((hugs)) ~tina

  7. I might have to give that recipe a try. It looks wonderful! Thank you for hosting my friend. Diane

  8. Your trifle looks amazing, Sandi! So sorry about you not feeling well. Hope you will be better very soon.
    Blessings, Beth

  9. Sorry your still under the weather it is a terrible cod this year takes for ever to get rid of. Get to bed and get better. God bless

  10. Oh Sandi,
    So sorry you are still under the weather, and your wrist, oh my.

    I know I was able to help with photos before, is there anything that I can help with? I don't know what the problem is so I am not able to help. I have hats'nhospitality on my B&B website and I go to Blogger every so often and make a small post but haven't lately and maybe I'm going to have trouble uploading photos also.

    Your Chocolate truffle looks so yummy, I wish I could send you some favourite teas to get you well but I'm still in NC. Take care my friend,
    Cindy ~00~

  11. That Trifle looks beyond delicious. Thank you for hosting Sandi. Have a lovely week.

  12. wow the trifle looks delicious! I am having trouble with Internet Explorer loading photos from my computer ~ so now I am doing it through Google Chrome.

  13. Hi Sandi,
    So sorry your not feeling well and praying you will be fine soon. Your trifle looks delicious, thanks for the recipe. I had trouble uploading my pics to my blog this week. (Took me two hours!) At first it won't let me even get to my pictures. I don't know what I did but all of a sudden it worked! Hope I can post for your special three year anniversary! Take care, my friend, and get lots of rest.

  14. Hi Sandi,
    Oh what a pretty dessert. Too pretty to eat!!! I'm suddenly craving chocolate and whipped cream.

    I hope that you feel better soon.


  15. MMM, I so love trifle but have never had a chocolate one. I hope your cold is a little better and your hand heals quickly xx

  16. Sandi, Trifle is one of my favorite desserts! Sorry that you have been under the weather. And how on earth did you sprain your wrist and hand? Thanks for hosting. Hopping over to the give away. I will be having one next week.

  17. Hi Sandi, This sounds like a very sweet and interesting party and I am happy to join today! I have always wondered about making a trifle and even have a dish, but I always thought it would be difficult to get the beautiful effect without smudging the glass! I will be back later to visit all your links! Right now I'm excited to be going to a dollhouse show!! Linda

  18. That trifle looks delicious! What a gorgeous dessert! Thanks for hosting!

  19. Hey Sandi, LOVE trifle - such a versatile dessert - yours looks scrumtious! I do appreciate you sharing and hosting,

  20. Hi, Sandi! It seems like it's been a long time since I have stopped by. We've been very busy over at Cairn Cottage! Happy 3rd anniversary! The trifle looks delicious. I've made fruit trifles, but not a Chocolate one. Yummy! Hope you are feeling better soon. And then a sprained do you even type? Blessings to you, friend!
    In His Love, Ann @ Cairn Cottage

  21. Have missed our regular weekly check ins with each other! Trying to get back on track after the holidays and do more blogging. Get well SOON!
    I missed the time for the link this week but will try again next week dear friend.


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