A Pot Rack and Chocolate Mayo Cake = Happy 46th Birthday!

This past week was my 46th amazing birthday!!!  I was very blessed to have most of our children around to enjoy a beautiful weekend with me....and of course, my sweet hubby!  In our family, birthdays last for weeks, which is awesome for the birthday girl!  This weekend I was treated to breakfast in bed,  a ticket to Washington to see our grand babies and the pot rack I have been searching for all summer!!!

 I have serious spent hours searching antique shops and thrift shops this summer for an antique fence section to make into a pot rack for my kitchen.  I found a couple, but they were either too heavy or too expensive.  My handy hubby was in Home Depot last week picking up some fencing for a client, and found a piece that was light weight and only $19.00!  Thank goodness he is smart to find it and buy it on the spot.
 I screamed I was so excited (if mamma screams she is very very happy :)  It took one section (which was pre-drilled with holes for hanging), chain at $3.00 per foot, and some S-hooks for $9.00.  Super easy!!!
 To hang the rack we laid out where we wanted it to hang and held a plump from the spot on the ceiling to the corner of the rack hooks to mark the spot on the ceiling where to anchor the bolts.  We took a stud finder to make sure we were anchoring into a stud and drilled starter wholes for the bolts.  Once the bolts were in place we measured off lengths of chain.
We used S-hooks to hook the rack onto the chain and trimmed off the extra links of the chain once we had leveled off the rack.  We did spray paint the S-hooks to get them aged black and bronzed to match the finish on the rack and chains.

I was soooo excited to have this hung and sporting off my red and blue collection of pots and pans...now I need to pick up the green cast iron I have been eyeing to balance it all out! Maybe they can go on my Christmas wish list for Santa.  After the rack was all hung I screamed again, probably loud enough for the deer to hear.

I was treated by my kiddos and husband to an old family recipe Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with fudge Mayo Frosting!   I know it sounds gross....but it was one of my favorites as a little girl and I still love it.  Trust me...the mayo makes for the moistest rich chocolate evah!!!  Since I can't share the cake (it's almost gone)  I can share the recipe.....

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake 

3 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
2 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cup Water
1 1/2 Cup Real Mayonnaise
2 Teaspoon Real Vanilla

Grease and flour two round pans and line the bottom with wax paper.  Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Sift together dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Stir in mayonnaise.  Gradually stir in water and vanilla until smooth and blended well.  Pour into pans.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched.  Cool and then remove from pans.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Frosting

1 Cup of Unsalted Butter
2 Tablespoons of Real Mayonnaise
1 Cup of Semi Sweet Chocolate (melted and cooled slightly)
2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Pinch of Salt

Beat the butter and mayonnaise in a stand mixer on high until light and fluffy.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the melted chocolate.  Continue mixing on low speed until all of the chocolate in whipped in.  Turn off the mixer and add half of the powdered sugar.  Add the salt.  Mix in until smooth and gradually add the remaining sugar until you achieve the desired stiffness.  I personally love mine light and fluffy.  Keep in refrigerator for up to a week.  Frost at room temperature.

I have a superstition about birthdays.  The best years are even years...which means, if I was 30...I would rather say I was a year older and was 31 just to get the "luck" of an even year rather than be younger.  I know it sounds weird...and 45 was a good year, but I am very happy to be 46 and have the blessing of an even year ahead of me.

I hope you have a fabulous fall week and enjoy a piece of Chocolate Mayo yumminess on me!

All Joy,


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