Summer Cake…

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Finally, things have slowed down a little….or maybe they haven’t really.  Maybe I just decided to make the time to throw this cake together….or maybe it’s because this cake takes no time at all.  Well, at any rate, I made a cake.  A peachy vanilla cake with a light fluffy topping.  Add raspberries and your all set. Set for what?  A summer brunch, iced tea on the veranda with dear friends, a barbeque, evening coffee on the back porch…..hmmmm…maybe for breakfast with coffee during quiet time. Yes, please.

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I just call this Summer Cake.  Because it reminds me of summer. 
This was adapted from two recipes.  One being a recipe by Sandra Lee.  The other source I’m not sure of.  This cake could be changed up with so many different flavor combinations.

Summer Cake
1 box of vanilla cake mix
Follow the directions on box but replace the water with 1 cup of peach juice from large can of peaches.  You can add 1 1/2 tsp Rasberry flavoring (though I’m not sure I could really taste it).
Pour into 2-8″ or 2-9″ cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake according to box.

Fluffy Summer Fristing
1 -8oz Cool Whip
1 -8oz peach OR raspberry yogurt
Fold together gently and frost the middle and top of cake.  Top with fresh raspberries.

Enjoy!

Yesterday……

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Woke up to God’s beautiful fall morning!  He is the master decorator, painter, inventor of all things lovely, isn’t he?  Sigh….

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I didn’t have to work yesterday so I enjoyed an extra long quiet time in the morning to read God’s word and to pray.  I’m currently working on reading through the chronological Bible.  I’m really enjoying it.

The chill morning reminded me it was time to get the “smelly candles” out.  Cinnamon Apple Streudel.   Smells so yummy.

My husband lit the gas fireplace for me.  I then spent 15 minutes of my “lovely quiet time” battling the wasps that had fallen in when he opened the flu. Of course they appeared dead until he warmed them by lighting the fire. 

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Spent a few moments planning the day.  Things I was hoping to accomplish.  I’ve had a knitting project I’ve been working on since last October. I thought if I wrote it on my “To Do” list I’d be more likely to work on it.  I didn’t.  I did get the baking done though.  In fact, my daughter helped.  She taught me a new way to separate eggs.

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I thought this was pretty amazing.  She saw it on the internet. Of course.

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And no fall day would be complete without this. 

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And finally, my son just aquired a Gilly suit.  Every wardrobe should have one, don’t you think?   Why you would want to wear this while running uphill in the woods carrying a 10 pound gun and trying to avoid being shot by your friends, is beyond me.  But then again, I’m not a 16 year-old boy.  I’m sure it’s loads of fun.

I’m thankful for…..

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God’s beautiful sunrises…

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Walking through the woods on a beautiful fall day with my kids and their friends…

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Kids helping in the kitchen…

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Breakfast at The Coffee House with my girls and my son’s girlfriend…

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Window shopping downtown…

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God’s beautiful flowers on my kitchen window sill…

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New Walmart opening just minutes from my home…

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Sleepy kitty….

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Teenagers who will still camp out on the living room floor while I read out loud to them…

So many blessings!
What are you thankful for this week?

Birthday Fun!

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What sweet blessings on my birthday! I love not having any expectations about what I want and watching how God comes in and blesses it!

Saturday morning the kiddos drove up to Starbucks and came back with a coffee and a SB gift card for me. Super sweeties!

My friend Patty gave me a SB gift card, and her sweet daughter made the super cute flower jewelry and headband. So fun!

My sweet brother, who never forgets a birthday, also sent me a SB gift card.

Saturday evening my oldest, Calvin, took the other kids to church for a wedding. I stayed home with our daughter Emily who was recovering from a bad infection in her leg. While the kids were gone I decided to enjoy a brownie. And everybody knows the best brownie comes from the center of the pan. Am I right?

God is the God of fun and surprises! What a fun day!

By the way, God answered our prayers and Emily’s leg is healing nicely.

Two Simple Summer Treats

These are so simple I feel silly for even posting them.

Frozen bananas on a stick.  Okay, not really a recipe but it does go to show that something as simple as a banana can be served, if not as desert, you can at least call it a treat. 

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Easy peasy.  Bananas seem to get sweeter when you freeze them.  Of course you can dip them in chocolate and roll them in nuts, but we keep it simple around here.  We dip them in peanut butter as we eat them. 

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Silly, I know.  But just a reminder that dessert can be simple, too.  I toasted large shred coconut in a skillet and sprinkled it on top to make it look more like a dessert than just a bowl of cantaloupe.  I bet your impressed, huh?   Well, I did tell you I would be sharing “simple” recipes this month. You were warned. 

What are some of your super simple recipes? 

Sunday ramble…….what we did this week.

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Started to prepare for our 10th grade homeschool year which starts next Monday. Haven’t gotten very far. Guess I’ll be working on that some more this week.
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Learned how to poach eggs. I know, I’m 40-something and never poached an egg. What’s up with that?
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Had the opportunity to make lots of simple meals, using simple ingredients and garden abundance. Lord willing, I’ll be sharing some of those recipes soon.
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Went for a drive in my husbands new Nissan Leaf. It is actually reducing our monthly car/gas expenditure by roughly $400 a month.
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Caught some Sunday nappers. Man and beast. By the way, the beast was snoring rather loudly.

The best part this week was the blessings that poured in from God through our church family in the way of groceries and prayer for a job for my husband. Our freezer and fridge are stuffed! God answered those prayers, and several days later He blessed my husband with a new job. The best part wasn’t the groceries, and it wasn’t the new job. It was knowing and seeing that God is the provider. That He takes care of His children. God is over the top!

I hope you had a great week!

Leftover chicken and a Honey Mustard dressing recipe

A few days ago I shared a recipe for Blasted Chicken. (I think it actually came from one of Mary Hunt’s Cheapskate books.) Today I’m going to show you what we did with the leftover chicken.

Since the blasted chicken loses it’s crunchy skin once you refrigerate it, it also loses some of it’s appeal. I took the skin off the leftover chicken thighs, pulled all the meat of the bones, and saved the bones and skin in a bag in the freezer for making stock. I cut the meat into chunks and served it over a bed of spinach. Each person could then add extras as they liked.
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I found a recipe for Honey Mustard that was super easy and everyone loved it.
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I doubled the recipe and it made almost a pint. This was last night, and today it is almost gone. My daughter ate it with pretzels for a snack this morning. We enjoyed it on a salad at lunch this afternoon with cucumber lime infused waters. So refreshing on a warm summer day.
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How do you use your leftover chicken? Have you ever tried making homemade dressings?