Welcome I don’t really listen to much country music in my adult life, but I did when I was growing up. No surprise, Garth Brooks was extremely popular back then. One of his earlier songs that I still love is called “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” This song’s lyrics are even more relevant in my life now. Today we’re going to talk about priorities in our life and I have another chocolate dessert sensation. Note-I may receive compensation from advertisers or affiliate links in this blog. I am not affiliated with any authors or publishers mentioned in this blog. The contents of this blog are merely my opinion and are not those of my advertisers or affiliates. For further information you may check my terms and disclosure page.
Food For Thought It’s weird, but I haven’t listened to this song in years, but I felt an incredible call to listen to it a couple of weeks ago. I’m going to admit right now that I had goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes as I listened to the words. I have a feeling that most people are familiar with this song, but if not, let me give you the gist: a man realizes that our time on earth is short and our loved ones are taken from us sometimes without warning; so, he contemplates if his wife would know how much he loved her, did he do everything he could to let her know while they were together? It may very well be the stage of life my husband and I are in right now, or the fact that we see our friends and family dealing with health crises, or just reevaluating our priorities, but these feelings and questions are very real. Our days are numbered on earth and life is fragile. We just don’t know when we, or the love of our life, may reach the final day. The bottom line is life is short, spend all the time you can letting your loved ones know how much you love them.
I’ve talked a lot this week about “marriage advice.” Some of the best marriage advice I have read was in Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst. While learning to process my emotions, and not stuff them or let them fly out of control, I read this line (p.92) “If I knew this person wasn’t coming home tonight, would I still let this bother me?” In the past, I have let small issues become major battles, and I thank God it wasn’t the last day for me or my husband, because that would be a terrible way to part our earthly time together. I’m far from perfect, but I definitely have this line in the front of my mind when my husband or daughter does something to irritate or annoy me. Can we just take care of it quickly and move on with life? Is the issue really worth risking harsh words and feelings? I have to remember to keep it in perspective with the big picture. On Monday, I mentioned that sometimes my husband and I go to bed still angry with one another. But there’s a catch! Because tomorrow may not come for either one of us, we must tell each other we love the other before going to sleep. I’ll admit he’s usually the one to say it first when I’m in a snit, but I can’t bring myself to ignore his words, because deep down, I know he loves me and I love him.
Life is short. No one is immune from accidents or tragic events, not even the young or healthy. I have a little girl that is growing up way too fast. I have a husband I love so much, it hurts to think of a time when we won’t be together. So it is extremely important that I let all of the people that I care about in my life know just how I feel about them. I’m trying very hard to get my life’s priorities in the right place. People matter, not things. I should spend my time with people who love me, care for me, and make me feel good about myself and my life. I should use my words and my actions to communicate how much I appreciate my family each and every day. I should spend my time creating memories with those special people. “Is the love I gave them in the past, going to be enough to last, if tomorrow never comes?”
Today’s Scriptures It is beneficial that God provides us with scripture that reminds us of our mortality, so we can check our priorities for this earthly life.
James 4:14 “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes.”
Psalm 90:10 “The length of our days is seventy years-or eighty, if we have the strength, yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
Today’s Recipe There is a saying, life is short, so eat dessert first. I think I can be on board for that! So let’s make that dessert worth our time, especially if you are a chocolate lover! Today’s recipe is Special Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream. If you are online looking for a cake recipe that uses Hershey’s Special Dark, you are likely to find recipes calling for Special Dark Cocoa Powder. I have never been able to find this product, at least not in stores. So I wanted to make a recipe that I could use the special dark bars instead, but still have that deep, dark chocolate richness. Here is what I came up with, and it is indeed rich, chocolatey, and indulgent!
Special Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream
- For Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 pint buttermilk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4.25 oz. special dark bar, melted
- 1 cup hot brewed coffee
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 4 round cake pans. Sift together all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla, beating with electric mixer until smooth. Add in melted chocolate and brewed coffee and stir until combined. Pour batter evenly in prepared pans. Bake 20-25 minutes (they will smell very chocolatey and the middle will be firm.) Cool in pans 10 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan and gently remove cakes from pans, allowing to cool completely before assembling and frosting.
- For Frosting
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 5-6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Hershey’s cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Beat butter with electric mixer until fluffy. Add 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa powder, beating until smooth. Add in 1/3 cup milk and another cup of powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add remaining milk, vanilla, and enough powdered sugar to reach desired buttercream consistency (more sugar will equal a stiffer frosting.)
- For Assembly and Garnish
- 4.25 oz Special Dark Bar, divided, keeping 4-8 squares in tact to garnish; shave the remaining bar into curls or flakes using a vegetable peeler
- Alternate cake layers with frosting, stacking four high. When final layer is on top, trim edges of cake, if necessary, to create an even round cake. Finish frosting top and sides of cake with buttercream. Garnish with special dark candy pieces and shavings.
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