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Out With The Old, In With The New! 
 
Apr. 12, 2014 3:37 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 7:26 pm

In my last blog, I posted my dilemma about broken and worn out kitchen items.

broken kitchen tools

I am happy to say I have replaced most items from Ebay. Of course, I did add a couple of other items. I found an avocado measuring cup, a whole set of orange Tupperware measuring cups, and a set of Tupperware measuring spoons. I also found 3 glass measuring cups, 1 cup, 2 cup, and a liter measuring cup. There is only one drawback, I see so many other items on Ebay, I would love to have. Such as replacement teaspoons for a stainless flatware set I have.

new kitchen items

Now, I am happy about my purchased items and ready to bake.  Thus, I made a delicious moist bundt cake using Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake recipe to celebrate my newly acquired items! Living at high altitude, cakes have a tendency to fall. I have had my fair share of failures when it comes to baking cakes. I found a wonderful recipe for a chocolate bundt cake that worked well at high altitude at http://www.highaltitudebundts.com/2013/04/the-best-chocolate-cake-on-earth.html<   After making the cake a couple of times, I tweaked the recipe even more by using dark chocolate cocoa instead of regular cocoa and buttermilk. If you like dark chocolate cakes like my family, you might want to give this cake a whirl.

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I also adapted the frosting recipe: https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=184&amp;name=HERSHEY'S-PERFECTLY-CHOCOLATE-Chocolate-Cake<  for the bundt cake, too. I wanted a creamier frosting, so I used 1 cup of whipping cream instead of 1/3 cup of milk. I also cut the frosting recipe in a half and had more than enough frosting for the chocolate bundt cake. I do keep this cake in the refrigerator.

High Altitude Bundt Cake Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/64029545/high-altitude-perfectly-chocolate-chocolate-bundt-cake/detail.aspx<

Creamy Frosting Recipe: 

http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/64029537/creamy-perfect-chocolate-chocolate-frosting/detail.aspx<  

CAKE RECIPE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT AT HIGH ALTITUDE: You can still use the dark cocoa and the buttermilk to make your bundt cake. Here is the cake and frosting recipe for those of you who are not at high altitude. here on AR--http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hersheys--perfectly-chocolate-chocolate-cake/detail.aspx<     

--https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=184&amp;name=HERSHEYS-PERFECTLY-CHOCOLATE-Chocolate-Cake<

SEE THE LARGER PHOTOS ON my blog: http://www.lelaskitchen.com/2014/04/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/<

 
Comments
weeble 
Apr. 12, 2014 4:32 pm
LOL...i have sooooooo many old items that need to be replaced. i just can't bring my self to do it, only the broken pieces i'll part with. btw, i have a set of those orange plastic measuring cups. i think they must be over 20 yrs. old! LOL
 
bren 
Apr. 12, 2014 4:48 pm
Congrats Lela. Super finds. I don't dare go on Ebay. Way to dangerous for me lol. Cake sound amazing!!!
 
Apr. 12, 2014 5:10 pm
Lela - Nice to see you! You absolutely have to treat yourself to those replacement stainless steel flatware that you would like. You deserve to have nice things!
 
Lela 
Apr. 12, 2014 5:30 pm
Hi weeble! I love the Tupperware measuring cups because they fit in my drawer and stack nicely. I have a hard time throwing things out. My liquid measuring cups that the markings washed off went to my husband's garage. I just couldn't throw them away. However, the green Tupperware cup with the broken handle went in the trash.
 
Lela 
Apr. 12, 2014 5:32 pm
Hi Bren, Ebay is good if you need to replace things, but it is easy to find so many things that you think you need! I hope you will try the cake someday! I have a super French bread recipe for you. I need to find the recipe and then I will post it on the BUZZ for you!
 
Lela 
Apr. 12, 2014 5:34 pm
Hi Mrs. J-nice to see you, too! For some reason I am missing teaspoons. I am thinking people in my house like pudding with the throw away cups. I also think when the empty pudding cup goes in the trash my spoons also went in the trash.
 
weeble 
Apr. 12, 2014 5:50 pm
LOL! lela, my son used to do that. when emptying his plate into the recycling bin, in would go the utensils!
 
Lela 
Apr. 12, 2014 6:40 pm
Hi weeble-I hope you rescued the utensils. I tell my son to get a plastic spoon in order to save the 6 teaspoons I have left.
 
Apr. 12, 2014 8:54 pm
Lela: I have the exact same green Tupperware measuring cups. I love them! Except I lost the one cup. I think it's in the same location as your teaspoons. I remember the last thing I made with that missing measuring cup. It was a batch of waffles. About 24 years ago. Hope you love all your replacements!
 
Apr. 12, 2014 10:47 pm
Thanks a lot now I have to go to EBay! I'm glad you got your replacements. That cake looks so moist and rich! And you were nice enough to post the recipe for those of us at or below sea level. I love that dark cocoa. Thanks for sharing!
 
Lela 
Apr. 13, 2014 6:03 am
Hi Bikerfamily! You can get only the one green cup on Ebay. It may cost you. I do like the replacements I got. Even though used, the replacements are new to me. It is so much easier to use a liquid measuring cup with markings then guessing with the old liquid measuring cups.
 
Lela 
Apr. 13, 2014 6:08 am
Hello, BigShotsMom! Cruising around on Ebay, you will find too many things you like. It is like going to the Goodwill. You do have to be careful about the shipping costs and do you really need the item? EBay is a place I found some bobbins for my sewing machine. My sewing machine is so old, I can't get the bobbins from the company anymore. However, I did find the bobbins on Ebay. The bundt cake is very good. You could probably make it in any pan. I thought the dark cocoa and the buttermilk added a lot to the cake.
 
Apr. 13, 2014 7:39 am
Good morning Lela, hope your doing well. I still have the cereal containers, orange measuring cups and spoons from Tupperware that I brought to Nova Scotia with me when we moved from Alberta 32 years ago. They are getting worn but still useable, and I won't give them up yet:))
 
Lela 
Apr. 13, 2014 8:06 am
Hi manella! I hope you are doing well also. I do like the cups and spoons because they stack so nicely in a drawer.
 
Apr. 13, 2014 8:10 am
I have the orange measuring cups! I came to have them accidentally but they have been well used. I had a Tupperware party and someone at DH's work asked him to order something for them and it somehow translated into the orange measuring cups. Needless to say, it wasn't what they wanted. So then they were mine. Probably 25 years ago.
 
Lela 
Apr. 13, 2014 8:39 am
Hi It's A New Day-definitely well used measuring cups. I do like the orange color-easy to find!
 
Apr. 13, 2014 9:04 am
I've had the orange Tupperware measuring cups for so long, I can't remember when or where I got them. Have a couple cereal containers, too. So Tupperware is out of business? I haven't thought about them for years, though I use these items almost daily! FYI - did you know there's an Artisan vodka made in Co.? Potatoes grown there, too. I saw it on Rachel Ray...
 
Lela 
Apr. 13, 2014 1:44 pm
Hi Scootersandi! I saw the Vodka on Rachael Ray, too. The vodka comes from Woody Creek Distillers near Aspen, Co. I haven't tasted it yet. Maybe someday! As far as Tupperware, I see there are still online. However, I don't know if you can still get the vintage tupperware.
 
Apr. 13, 2014 2:00 pm
Looks really good Lela! As a side note, Windex cleans slobber marks off of laptop monitors very well!
 
Lela 
Apr. 14, 2014 6:00 am
Hi Doc! Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh! I will make a note of the Windex tip.
 
Apr. 14, 2014 7:20 am
Lela, that chocolate cake looks moist and wonderful, and I prefer the old kitchen tools over the new ones most times-even though yours look quite nice!
 
Lela 
Apr. 14, 2014 10:25 am
Paula T- The cake is my family's favorite. I just don't like my drawers to get stuck and the new measuring cups I have were the culprits. Probably because I had so much stuff in the drawers. Now, I have removed the measuring cups that don't stack from my drawer and no problems.
 
Apr. 14, 2014 5:39 pm
I have those same orange Tupperware measuring cups. I bought them when I was 16 or 17, and buying up stuff for my "hope chest" (in the hopes that one day I'd marry and be the domestic diva that I am today) LOL . . . well, one day my 2/3 measuring cup somehow got to the bottom or my dishwasher and melted on the heating element! It drove me nuts that the set wasn't "complete" anymore, so I had to purchase a new set, complete with a 2/3 measure. I still have the rest of the orange ones (couldn't bear to throw them out). They're my "backup" for when the others are dirty! :)
 
Apr. 14, 2014 7:13 pm
Glad you got your replacement items. Gotta love ebay! And your cake looks delish!
 
Lela 
Apr. 14, 2014 7:30 pm
Hi Kim-I know how you feel about your measuring cup. When I cook, I like having more than one set of measuring cups, so that I don't have to stop and wash a measuring cup when I am making a lot of different recipes.
 
Lela 
Apr. 14, 2014 7:34 pm
Hi Magnolia! Thank for stopping by! My family loved the dark chocolate cake. Especially my son who had more than his share.
 
Apr. 16, 2014 8:39 am
At least you got your photos here :) Cake looks great! Ebay huh, my DH has turned me onto the joys of Amazon :)
 
Lela 
Apr. 16, 2014 7:26 pm
HI Cat Hill. I used wordpress. I found out to first to make a draft of the blog. Then, when adding photos- After the sentence where I want the photo, do not put any space. Just add a photo. So, then I copied the blog here. Cat Hill, I love Amazon, too! There are so many items on Amazon I would love to have.
 
 
 
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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