Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Plain and Simple

at the cottage....

Spring is slowly sprouting up around here. This morning I took a walk and took some pictures...

Ash and I are sitting on the back porch working on seminary, reading our scriptures, and enjoying the  morning.
wild jasmine blooming throughout the forest
huckleberries blooming, the bees are busy giving attention to each flower.
dewberries starting to spread their leaves and vines out. Their little white flowers are just starting to pop out.
The maple haves their little spinner seed pods all over giving the trees that wonderful red color. I noticed this morning they have little leaves popping out as well.

Yesterday for Family Home Evening the kids made a choc chip cake with
choc icing.  They also didn it for school since the cake was from scratch and the icing as well. Here it is cooling on the table on the back porch.Yguy and I were sitting there.
Pippin on my lap trying really hard to get to it. He is our chocolate loving cat. He LOVES it as well as peanuts, peanut butter, popcorn, ham, cookies, bread, mushrooms, lets just say most people food. I have never had a cat who loves people food like he does. Our other cats could care less about it.

Taken from The Amish Cook's Baking Book pg 125

Chocolate Chip Cake
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c shortening
1 c sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1c boiling water
6 ozs chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350 F. Lighting grease a 9 x 13 in pan and set aside

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside. In a separte bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla to the shortening mixture. Beat throughly. Add the boiling water and the flour mixture alternatly to the shortening mixture, mixing batter until smooth after each addition. The mixture will be smooth and creamy.

Spoon and spread into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the batter evenly with chocolate chips. Bake until the cake is firm, about 45 minutes.

Let cake cool completely and store in a seal container or cake safe. This cake will stay fresh for 3 to 4 days.

We added a Choc icing that Yguy made. Ash made the cake, she made a little mistake and learned from it and had to remake the whole thing. But, that is how we learn is it not? She did a good job and learned a good lesson. The icing is not nessasary, but I wanted both them to learn to do something and so we added the icing.

I hope you have a blessed day



1 comment:

  1. Oh Erika...what a pleasure it is to stop by your cottage.

    I always leave with such a nice quiet feeling inside.



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