Feb 16

Vanilla Cake…Made With Love

As simple as it is, this Vanilla Cake recipe is delish! According to Eddie, “The BEST Vanilla Cake Ever”… which is probably a little bit of an overstatement. But maybe that’s because I used the secret ingredient and made it with love… or was it the butter?

Whatever the secret ingredient may be, this Vanilla Cake was fab! Super moist and very fluffy, not to mention so easy to make!

1 Cup White Sugar
½ Cup Softened Butter
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 ½ Cup Flour
1 ¾ tsp Baking Powder
½ Cup Milk

Preheat your oven to 350°F while you get your cake batter ready.

Cream together Sugar and Butter. Beat in the Eggs with a mixer, I put mine on low for a couple minutes. Next, you stir in your Vanilla. Add your dry ingredients, Flour and Baking Powder until it is all mixed in. Finally, you stir in the Milk until the batter is smooth!

I lightly greased a Square 8” pan and  baked at 350°F for 22 minutes, but anywhere from 20-25 should work, depending on your oven.

I decorated mine for Valentine’s Day, but chocolate frosting would be yummy too!



Feb 14


My name is Sarah and welcome to my blog.

The very first thing I have to do is apologize for misleading you a bit with the blog’s title. I’m not actually a Navy “Wife”… girlfriend is more accurate, but I liked the rhyme. My BF, Eddie, and I recently purchased a new home and we’re very excited about it. I have a lovely kitchen to play in now and with Eddie out to sea for days at a time, I thought a blog would help me pass the time.  As for the “Gourmet” part of the title… well, we essentially had this good URL and built the site around it so I could share my culinary experiments (successes AND disasters) with the world.

A little bit about my love of food… I’m a huge fan of cook books, food blogs, and television cooking shows. I was raised to appreciate good food, but I’m not a “foodie snob”. The way my family describes it is “we’re easy to please; difficult to impress”. What I love to see in cooking is an obvious effort. Creative combinations, caring preparations, thoughtful menus are all a part of a gourmet experience. And love or course! (Many people will tell you their secret ingredient is “love”, but it’s usually just butter. Or bacon)