Kincade Star Barn Quilt

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The Best Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble Pie

The most requested pie recipe on my blog is this amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie, so here it is again for the beginning of summer!  My garden patches of rhubarb are growing so big and wide, I am harvesting the first batch and will be making gone of these this weekend.

Mother nature is amazing.  The hearty nature of rhubarb is why the pioneers and homesteaders would bring starts of it when left to go across to the plains.  It served as a vegetable and fruit for them.  For us, it is the perfect tart compliment to my other favorite fruit, the strawberry.

Strawberries are in season and rhubarb is obviously ready to harvest, so this past weekend we made my favorite pie the Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie.  This pie is so simple with only a few ingredients.  It showcases the fruits of the season without the spices that some fruit pies add, which in some cases detracts from the pure summer goodness of the fruit.  My favorite way to eat this pie is cold, ice cold!  The crumble hardens crisp and the fruits are tender and sweet...with a little tartness.  Oh my heart!  

In addition to how delicious this pie is, it is super simple to make.  You can either make your own pie crust or use a store bought crust.  Sometimes it's just nice to keep it simple and buy the pastry already to go.  Here is the rest of the recipe...

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

2  Cups Medium Sized Chopped Rhubarb
3 Cups Fresh Strawberries, Washed & Chunky Sliced
1 & 1/2 Cup White Sugar
3 Tablespoons Corn Starch

Mix these first four ingredients together in a mixing bowl and set aside.  Preheat your over to 375 degrees.
Roll out your pie crust in a deep dish 9" pie dish.
Lightly toss the fruit mixture into the unbaked pie shell.
Make the crumble.

1 & 1/2 Cup White Flour
1 & 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Cold Butter
Dash of Vanilla

Mix the flour and brown sugar together.  Cut in the cold butter using a couple of knives or a few pulses in your food processor.  It will be just right when the crumble looks like the size of peas.  Add a dash of vanilla and toss.  

Sprinkle and spread over the fruit pie mixture.  Bake in over uncovered for 50 to 55 minutes or until the crumble and crust is lightly browned.
Remove from over and let cool.
Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream, but plain is just
 fine with this baby!

Now that you have the perfect summer pie, go find your self some rhubarb.  Most Whole Foods stores have it in their produce section now and differently in their freezer section, in case you can't find a patch of it.  I hope you enjoy this "taste of summer in one bite" pie.

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Cheddar and Biscuits

One of my favorite breakfasts as a child was my grandma's Cheddar Biscuits.  We would watch them puff until golden and slice them open and eat them with a slice of sharp cheddar, crisp bacon and a fried egg.  The heat from the biscuit melted the cheddar and the golden yolks were better than butter over it all.  It is one of the most simple and elegant breakfast we had on the farm.  

Her Cheddar Biscuits are the inspiration for the Cheddar & Biscuit Barn Quilt that is in The Shop this week.  The barn quilt diamonds represent the perfectly golden trays of biscuits with the Prairie Paint color, Cornsilk being the perfect soft yellow representing the cheddar cheese that came from the Holstein cows on the farm.  The barn quilt is available in three sizes, framed and ready to light up your country mornings.

I am so happy to share this perfect biscuit recipe with you...
it will be your new favorite!

Grandma's Cheddar Biscuits

 5 Cups of Baking Flour
3 Tbs Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
1 & 1/2 Cups of Cold, Salted Butter (Cubed)
4 Large Eggs (Reserve 1 for the Brushing)
1 & 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
3 Tbs Chopped Fresh Chives

In a food processor add flour, baking soda, baking flour and the cubed, cold butter.  Use the pulse feature to cut the butter into pea sized  bits o' butter in the flour ingredients.  Dump the butter-flour mixture into a mixer and add the milk and eggs.  Mix till sticky and together.

Grate the cheese into the mixer with the dough and use kitchen snips to cut the fresh chives into small 1/4 pieces.  Mix with the dough to incorporate.  Your dough should be together, yet sticky.  If it is too dry, add more buttermilk.  If it is too wet add a little bit of flour.  It should hold together but be sticky to the touch.  Cover and refrigerate for  30 minutes to an hour.

While you wait for the oven to heat, beat one egg and a Tbs of buttermilk together with a fork.  Brush over the top of the biscuits.  Pop into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden flaky and irresistible.

Let cool and enjoy with breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We love to eat them warm with a slice of cheddar, a slice of bacon and am over easy egg.   They are also a favorite dinner biscuit because of the savory chive and cheddar baked through them.  We are having some tonight with Salmon!

You will love this recipe forever and this barn quilt too!  I love how the star in the center can be seen through the "golden biscuits".  The pattern is available as a PDF Download or as a paper pattern in The Shop.

So get yourself some good cheddar and enjoy this barn quilt and recipe!  It is like a burst of morning sun.

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Summer Barn Quilt Workshop Too

We are so excited to announce that we have filled our classes for July and are adding a second workshop to the summer schedule.  We are calling it Summer Barn Quilt Workshop Too!  The workshop will be on August 15th in our meadow in Woodland Hills, Utah. 

This is our "Paint Anything" all-day workshop where you receive instruction on design, layout and how to paint a barn quilt.  We pre-make all of your barn quilts that you want to paint that day.  Which means you can paint a big huge one or lots of littles.  You are able to choose from any of our patterns or bring a design that you would like help patterning onto a board.  Our hands on workshops are the best days of the year, because creativity is flowing, there is lots of support and great food...laughs and friends too!

All of your supplies are included as well as a fabulous lunch and lots of healthy and not-so-healthy snacks.  Due to the social distancing we limit the class size to 25 people with plenty of distance between each other in our open field.  Our July class filled over last weekend, so don't delay if you and your friends are wanting to come spend a day painting together.  

All of your materials and lunch are included in the registration fee.  This also includes a 22" barn quilt if that is the size you want to paint.  If you want a larger barn quilt, framing, furniture legs, clock parts, etc...there will be additional charges that can be paid the day of the workshop.  We will send you a form where you can see the options and pre-order your upgrades and any dietary restrictions.  We also supply plenty of caffeine with our soda bar for a great afternoon pick-up!  

To register, go to Our Shop and scroll down to where you see the Summer Barn Quilt Workshop Too picture and purchase your registration.  We will send you an email with information you will need for the day and get your requests for the barn quilt(s) that you want pre-made, any framing, or extras.  

The great thing about our summer classes aside from all the fun and food is having our workshop right there with all the tools to tweak or add anything you wish.  We have loved our summer workshops the best because of this and you will too!  Make sure to register this week before our Celebrate, Dream, Create Sale ends on May 31st!  You will save 20% on your codes needed!  

We hope to see there for another epic day of barn quilt painting!

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Angels in Scrubs

Our Angels in Scrubs Barn Quilt was designed for an office in France who wanted us to design a quilt block to pay honor to the medical angels who used their gifts to save us and serve us through the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The painted barn quilt of this block is beautifully hand painted with our Prairie Paints and features the Red Cross symbol with angel wings in white representing  grace, peace, life, and hope.  Four wings and four gifts we receive from those who sacrifice and work so hard to keep us safe and healthy.   Of course we used our favorite Lambs Ear Green for the scrubs background.  It’s simply beautiful and hope it honors our medical angels well.  
We have three sizes available in Our Shop and will have a fabric quilt pattern released in June, so watch for it.  It has been a joy to design this block to honor those who bless us everyday.  Thank you!

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Rays of Hope

I have always loved rainbows!  After every storm I go out and look to see what colors appear in the sky.  Forever rainbows have been a symbol of hope.  Over the past couple of months through Covid19 and the unprecedented changes that we have all experienced, there have been many "signs of hope" in our communities and families.

For as many fear driven stories and realities played out on television screens and in personal accounts of loss there has been stories of hope.  We see it in the front line essential workers who have served us, kept us fed, worked long shifts and I can't even begin to express the awe and gratitude to our medical workers and leaders.  I am equally touched by the way our teachers have kept spirits up with parades, zoom parties, gifts to door steps and their smiles that offered hope.  

Around us I began to see rainbows.  Many colors.  Rainbows in windows, chalk drawn on driveways, flags of color flying from porches, and of course in our skies after the rains had passed.  That simple blending of light creates something magnificent that we all can see as a symbol of hope, much like the small and mighty acts of kindness and service we have witnessed during our Covid19 pandemic.  My heart breaks and then I look for hope.  It's a daily thing for me.  

I created this Rays of Hope Barn Quilt as a symbol of this time.  Just like barn quilts and hexes in history with their symbols and colors all signifying some memory, I wanted a quilt from this time to remember there is always a ray of hope before us.  This barn quilt is framed and comes in four sizes in Our Shop.  We also offer a pattern and kit for those who want to paint it themselves.

The pattern comes in full color step by step instructions with a traceable pattern and tracing sheet.  This allows you to enlarge the pattern to the size board you want to paint, lay down the tracing sheet and trace the pattern onto the wood.  How simple is that?

The Rays of Hope Barn Quilt is available now for order now with 20% off your entire order until the 15th of May.  No codes needed and as always we offer free shipping on orders over $50.00.  We want to thank you for being one of our Rays of Hope during this pandemic and social distancing time.  Your orders and support have kept my bills paid and have been a huge blessing to our family.  I drop to my knees with every order and thank God for answering our needs through you.  So, thank you and we love you!  Stay safe and stay strong...and continue to look for your rays of hope.

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Farm Roasted Chicken

There are few dinners more farmhouse classic than the chicken in a pot or Farm Roasted Chicken.   It's simple flavors combine to be what we call God's meal.  What I love is how it looks like you have prepared something so special, but secretly you know it took less than twenty minutes and just a few ingredients.  It makes you a hero!

To make the perfect Farm Roasted Chicken you need to purchase a whole chicken.  Look for one that is plump and fresh.  Bring it home and unwrap it.  Clean it with fresh water and make sure there aren't any pin feathers.  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.   Get out a large dutch oven or a large flat roasting pan.  

Bring together a lemon or a lime.  Some flaky salt and pepper.  Some soft butter.  A cluster of garlic, and a bunch of fresh thyme.  Reach inside the chicken cavity and make sure you remove any "extras" they might package in there such as the heart, liver etc.   Run the inside of the cavity with two teaspoons of flaky salt and a half a teaspoon of fresh ground pepper.  Quarter the lemon or lime and add to the cavity along with the thyme.  Slice the garlic cloves and add to the cavity.  Using some kitchen twine, tie the legs together to help keep the juices in the breast meat.

Place in your roasting pan or dutch oven and rub with softened butter and run in a teaspoon of flaky salt and ground pepper.  Using butter helps to make the skin brown and become crispy.  You'll love it!  Add rough cut root vegetable like, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, leeks, etc.  Add a cup of chicken broth. around the veggies.  

Place in a preheated 425 oven and bake for an hour and a half.  Bring out of the oven and let rest for 20.  This allows the juices to pull into the white meat and make it buttery good.  I like to add a little butter to the drippings with the vegetables and stir around until the juices thicken into a gravy without flour (gluten free).  If you wanted to add a little flour and heat into a gravy you could and it would be thick fabulousness.

You can see in the pictures above I had to snitch a piece of the skin off the leg.  It was unbelievable.  Crispy with golden butter and a hint of salt and pepper.  How can something so simple be oh that good?  Pull off the drumsticks, legs, and slice the breasts.  Any leftovers can be pulled and refrigerated, and I will tell you, it's even better the next day.

I hope this post helps inspire you to purchase a whole bird and enjoy every bit of the experience of making something so humble and good.

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Harvest Star and Black Eyed Susan Pattern Release Day

You have been asking for a couple of years when we would release the patterns for the Harvest Star and the Black Eyed Susan Barn Quilt, and today if the day they are completed and in The Shop.  This was for sure one of those patterns that was worth the wait.  We were so happy to add full color diagrams and templates to these two patterns and to offer them as a PDF Download for those of you who can not wait for snail mail!

Each of the patterns has the color design diagram, a black and white diagram template, a Prairie Paints color pallet and our step by step guide to painting a barn quilt.  These patterns will fit any size barn quilt you are wanting to paint from the itty bitty to the "momma pull over the car" size.
You can find them in The Shop this week during our Spring Sale where everything is 20% off with no code needed & free shipping too!  We hope you love these patterns as much as we love them!  They are a joy to paint and we'll let you in on a little secret...the fabric quilt patterns are in the works and with testers as we speak...or write!
But beyond sales and new products we hope you are all hanging in there through this Covid quarantine time.  We miss seeing all of you at workshops and classes, but we know we will be be back together soon.  Please stay healthy and happy, and keep finding something everyday to celebrate, dream and create.  xoxo
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Cotton & Star Barn Quilt Kit

What do you do when you have 300 amazing kits from cancelled workshops that are ready to ship to your favorite friends?  You add them to Your Shop with free shipping!

Our Cotton & Star Barn Quilt Kits include everything you need to make this fabulous farmhouse barn quilt sign.  Yes, everything!  It is the perfect kit to get and make for yourself, or for Mother's Day.  The box kit includes, the 16" framed farmhouse barn quilt sign, base coated, and template to paint with the included Prairie Paint Milk-house White.  We also through in the instructions, stain, brushes, sandpaper, cloth, and the cotton ball stems to make into your own 8" Cotton Wreath!

I will be adding a video this week on how to paint it and hang it and maybe a few suggestions on how to add it to your home.  To grab your wreath while they are still available, go to The Shop and get your order in!  When they are gone...they are gone!  

We hope you are having a great weekend staying home and staying safe!  It won't be too much longer and then we will all be out dancing in the streets.  Love ya!  xo

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Natural Egg Dyes for Easter

I have been wanting for years to try dyeing my own Easter eggs with natural ingredients and with the extra quarantine time and not being able to go to the store for Easter stuff...and let's say the Easter decor is burred under hundreds of Pinners Kits for later this year...I decided that his was the year to try dying eggs with ingredients I have in my kitchen, and it worked!

I wasn't so sure when I started chopping wilted cabbage and peeling onion skins, but it did work and and I love the colors and results.  They are so pretty!  The best part is they really are easy to dye. 

I first started with white eggs from the coop and the store and soft boiled them.  To soft boil, I add the eggs to a pot with cool water.  I heat the water up to boiling and then shut off the heat and cover the pot.  I let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes and then drain off the hot water and rinse with cool.  

Here is what I used for each color, and again all of these ingredients were what I had on hand.  You can get creative in mixing colors, adding leaves and flowers or all sorts of other things to decorate your eggs.  I wanted mine plain and as bright as possible.

Natural Easter Dyes

Yellow - 1/4 cup Turmeric powder,  4 cups water,  1/2 Teas. vinegar

Green - 1 bunch of fresh spinach (chopped), 4 cups of water, 1/2 Teas. vinegar

Tan - 1 cup instant coffee grounds, 4 cups of water

Purple  - Half a head of red cabbage chopped, 4 cups of water, 1/2 teas vinegar

Blue - 2 cups of frozen blueberries, 4 cups of water, 1/2 teas. vinegar

Orange - skins of 4 yellow onions, 4 cups of water and 1/2 teas vinegar

Red - 4 cups of red onion skins, 4 cups of water and a 1/2 teas of vinegar

In all of these dye baths, I added the ingredients for the color I wanted, heated it to boiling and let it simmer for 30 minutes.  Then I added the vinegar.  Let cool and added the eggs.  The color will vary depending on how ling you leave them in the solution.  I left mine in for five hours.  If I had left them in overnight...the colors would have been more intense.  

I hope this gives you a little encouragement to try dyeing your own eggs naturally.   You will love what you create and so will your littles.  Happy Easter and stay safe while staying home.  xoxo

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New Dates for our Summer Workshop

Our Spring Workshop that was set for April 25th is being moved out to a summer date of July 18th!  We are sad to miss out on the Spring Workshop date, but are happy and feel a good sense of peace about setting a date in July.

Our workshops are the best days of our year and believe me, we will be so ready to spend a day painting with you in the sun.  Our Summer Workshop will be an all day event at our home in Woodland Hills, Utah.  This is our paint any barn quilt, size, pattern, or color event.  We have our workshop on site, which allows for extras like table legs, framing, lazy susans, and clock parts to be added that day, so you go home with your project ready to hang and love.

To register, go to  I will email you additional information as the time nears.  This has been a tough spring for many of us, and I know we will all be so happy to be together creating again!!!  

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Dutch Baby Breakfast

This morning we were anxiously waiting the beginning of our church service to begin on television due to Covid19 and not being able to meet, and we were wanting something different, easy and fun to make.  I knew about Dutch Babies from one of my dear young adult friends, but had never made one.  It was so much fun to make, and quick, perfect for a weekend morning.

I poured over three or more Dutch Baby recipes and found a combination that came together to make a perfect puffed pancake.  In total, it took about 35 minutes and just a few simple ingredients.

Dutch Baby Pancake

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and put 2 Tbs of Butter into a cast iron pan.  If you don't have a cast iron pan you and use a 9" x 13" pan.  Place the pan into the oven and heat.

To a blender, add;

 4 Eggs
3/4 Cup Whole Milk
 1 Teas. of Vanilla
 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  1/4 Teas. of Salt

Blend for 30 seconds.

Add 3/4 Cups of Flour and blend for an additional 30 seconds.

Bring the hot pan out of the oven.  Swirl the melted butter up the sides of the pan.  Pour the batter into the pan and return to the oven.  Bake at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  Turn down the heat to 300 degrees and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until puffed and golden brown.  

Remove from the oven and brush with 2 tablespoons of butter.  Serve hot with a drizzle of maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, or even ice cream!  

This is what the pan looked like after a short 10 minutes!  I topped ours with a maple buttermilk syrup and pan sugared bananas.  The rest of it was gone within an hour.  How could I have gone this long in my life without this delicious and simple breakfast wouza treat?  One pan, simple ingredients and so quick.  It is a perfect breakfast to enjoy together.  

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Keep Your Face to the Sun

Keep Your Face to the Sun and You'll Never See the Shadows, is one of my favorite embroidery patterns.  It was designed about twelve years ago for a young friend who had lost her mother to cancer.  As she was trying to figure out how to make choices that each young adult gets to make, we would talk about this saying and that the "shadows" were fear and the "sun" was the love around her.

Last week the image of my original sampler for this design popped up into my personal Facebook feed at a particular moment when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with worry about our current situation with Covid19.   It was a sign and a message from my past and brought me comfort in the remembrance that we can get through any tough time by focusing our attention on love.   

I am so happy to share this pattern with you at no cost.  It is a simple stitch to make, the more primitive the sweeter the message looks.  All of the letters are stitched in a simple Backstitch, and I purposefully allowed for my lives to not match to give it a more primitive look.   

In addition to the lettering being primitive, I added scraps of fabric in an overlay method of Sashiko Stitching to look tattered, mended and loved.  To add the scraps of fabric to the base piece of fabric, I used a little glue stick and glued the fabric in place and let it dry prior to stitching.  I added rough dashes and x's to the patches and then stitched the sun and flower stems over the patches.  

It is a simple pattern to stitch and helped my get me mind off of things.  I often share about celebrating, dreaming and creating.  Sometimes the creating comes first in just making something that is familiar like baking bread, or gardening, or simple no-thinking stitching!  This is for you!!!
To get the pattern for this stitch, shoot me an email at and I will send you the PDF for the artwork and the instructions for the stitching.  My gift to you!  I am also making up kits for the Prim Stitch version of this pattern complete with painted buttons and everything you need to make it.  Just go to Our Shop to get your order in.  I think I have enough fabric and goodies to put together 15 kits.

I hope that you have made it through another week healthy and hanging in there.  There really is no magic cure to this situation for any of us, other than to focus on love, one day at a time.  You are all in our prayers and thoughts.  Elbow bumps and blown kisses.  xo
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Homestead 80/20 Bread

With the extra meals being prepared at home now, we have brought out our family's favorite recipes to bring a little extra comfort.  For me there is just about nothing more comforting that a hot slice of homemade bread slathered with butter.  My hubs loves to slather his in honey, but that is another story!  

I learned how to make bread on our farm as a little girl.  It's funny how many skills you lean on when you can't go to a grocery store or restaurant for your meals.   My grandma had this huge, deep, metal, hand-crank bread maker.  I loved turning the handle to knead the bread.  The best type of bread was a mixture of wheat and white.  I love to call it my 80/20 bread.  

I love the texture of this bread with 80% enriched baking 20% fresh ground wheat.  If you don't have the ability to grind your own wheat, you can find 100% ground whole wheat in most baking sections of stores.  The other ingredients are so easy and simple.  I do want to add a link for my favorite flour.  I absolutely love Big J Milling , Golden Loaf Baking Flour.  It is so good!  Everything I make with it is light and perfect in texture.  
Homestead 80/20 Bread

3 cups of warm water
3 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Honey
1 Teas. Flaky Salt
2 1/2 Fast Rising Yeast

Mix together is a mixer or large bowl.

Slowly add 2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour mix together.  Add 3 cups of flour one cup at a time.  Mix together and switch to your kneading attachment if using a mixer.  Add the last two cups of flour if needed.  Up to 7 cups total.  Add a little Olive Oil if you thing the dough is too dry.  The dough should be soft and slightly sticky.  Preheat over to 375 degrees.

Let the dough rise for a half hour, divide into two halves.  Spray a loaf baking pan and form the dough halves into loaf shape and carefully lift into pan.  Tap the pan on the bottom to remove any air bubbles.  Let rise 15 minutes.  

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush with butter or olive oil.  Enjoy with a slather of butter!

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Nothing But Honey Bundt Cake

A little of this a little of that and you have a honey of a bundt cake!  This is one of my most asked for recipes.  It is a cake that can be made in advance and refrigerated until the party begins.  It takes a few ingredients from your pantry and an orange.  You will love this comfort cake especially this spring, with resources limited and we are all craving a bite or two of something sweet.

It had a hint of honey and orange, and the fragrance made my kitchen smell like my favorite Tea & Honey candle.  Oh my gosh I was in heaven.  It only took about an hour to make and because it isn't too sweet, it would be a perfect cake for a brunch too.  Again the secret to this cake is the pudding in the mix and the Honey Orange Glaze that is brushed over the cake. This extra hint of flavor sends it over the edge.

To make this cake you will need....

Nothing But Honey Bundt Cake

One Yellow Cake Mix
One Small Package of Vanilla Pudding
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup of Water
1 Teaspoon of Real Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 Orange
3 Tablespoons Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixer add the cake mix and pudding packet.  
Add eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sour cream.  Mix together.
Zest the rind of the orange and add to the batter.  Squeeze the juice of the orange into the batter and mix together.  Add honey.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  Tip over and tap the bottom to release the cake.   Let cool while you make the glaze.

Honey Orange Glaze

1 Cup of Sugar
3/4 Cup of Water
3 Tablespoons of Honey
Juice of one Orange

Add ingredients and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. 
 Brush onto cake with a pastry brush.  Let soak in while you make the frosting.

Cream Cheese Orange Frosting

4 oz. of Softened Cream Cheese
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Juice and Zest of One Orange
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3-4 Tablespoons of Milk

Add all ingredients in a mixer and whip on high. 
 Add milk a little at a time until you get a smooth consistency.  
With a large spoon drizzle the frosting over the cake in a back and forth motion to cover the cake.  Sprinkle with a little orange zest.  

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