Sunday, April 3, 2016

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Hi everyone!

Tomorrow is opening day for our major league team, the Milwaukee Brewers!  In typical opening day fashion, it is going to be a cold and windy 38 degrees for a high during the game. In Wisco we have some pretty hardy fans and it will definitely be a sell out with  lots of tailgating before the game. And tailgating in Wisconsin means grilling out and Miller beer!

Mr. Bluebird's office always does a workday cookout for opening day.  He and his partners grill up bratwurst, hot dogs and burgers for their staff members, along with all the yummy fixings that one would typically have at the game.  (Of course, they will have to forgo the Miller beer since it is during the workday, lol!) This year I am sending along a super easy "poke" cake  for the sweet tooths of the bunch and I am excited to share the recipe with you.

In his younger days, Mr. Bluebird was an avid softball player and I think when Baby Bluebird was born he had high hopes of her becoming a player as well.  These are pictures of her t-ball glove and a fly ball she caught at Brewer game when she was younger. That tiny glove is the sweetest thing.

Alas, she was to become a dancer - and a wonderful one at that.  However, she did inherit her dad's love for watching the sport!

And now for the yummy, yummy - but super easy - cake!

Salted Caramel Turtle Poke Cake

Prepare your favorite box mix per package directions in a 9x13 cake pan.
Remove from oven and immediately, using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake.
Drizzle on 3/4 bottle of caramel ice cream topping on top of the cake.
Refrigerate one hour to let the caramel work it's magic.
When the cake is cooled, frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.
Top with a large bag of nuts - I used walnuts, but pecans, peanuts or cashews would also be delish.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup coarsely crushed pretzels on top of the nuts.
Drizzle with the remaining caramel topping.
Sprinkle generously with sea salt.
Refrigerate overnight.

After using the treadmill for 5 - 7 days, enjoy a small forkful of cake! Moist and decadent, sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Simple and oh so yum!  There are a gazillion poke cake recipes out there and they are fun to make and always taste wonderfully.

Opening day is a big deal around here and for me, it always signals the beginning of spring and the promise of warming weather.  We are blessed to have an amazing ball park (Miller Park) and a major league team to root for.  Lot of good memories there with family and friends.

How about you? Are you a baseball fan?

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  1. Our opening day is soon and wil be a cold one I ama fraid here in Detroit. Janice

  2. LOL, treadmill and that cake in the same post. LOL.

    I remember when the Brewers were the Braves and spent many days/nights at the old ballpark as a kid. Good luck, it's so miserable today---hope you dont' freeze your 'pretzels' off. Grins, Sandi

  3. Oh love when baseball starts. It is the hope of Summer to come. The cake sounds so yummy!
    Have a great new week Jane.

  4. That cake looks yummy!!!! Enjoy!

  5. Hi Jane,
    Oh yes, I was listening to the game. :-) Mr. Baseball ... nothing like listening to Bob on the radio. It will take me a little while to get use to Jeff, I loved Joe Block.
    Go Crew!

  6. I am KEEPING that recipe!!! Thank you so much!!!
    While I am not a big baseball fan, my oldest son IS!!! He was there at The Texas Rangers opening game today and he is usually there for their spring training camp as well!!!
    I do love football but for some reason I never got into baseball! Except for the year the Texas Rangers were in the play offs and I listened to the games while we were camping. Good memories. I think we lost, though.....

  7. It's nice that y'all have a family tradition of going to the game together. I have never made a poke cake before but after reading your recipe, I see it looks easy. I bet that is very good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope that your team does very well this year.

  8. This looks amazing! I've been to one professional baseball game and it was in Texas years ago. I didn't know you could have so much fun at a baseball game. And boy was the food great!