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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!

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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?

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?

Welcome to this weeks edition of W.o.W.

What’s on…..your windowsill this Wednesday?

Yes, I realize this is the same title as the last time that I did a W.o.W. post.  In fact, it’s been almost a year since I did my first one, but it IS different this summer!  
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Got these glass jars at a garage sale for 50 cents each. I love jars. Empty or full.
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Recognize the butterfly? It’s the same one from last summer. It’s been on my windowsill for almost a year now. My daughters cactus is still there, just a little bigger. It started to lean a little, so she propped it up with a fork. My glass bluebird, same. The jar closest to the cactus has an itty bitty white dove sitting on top.
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This morning my daughter put the little blue fish bottle on the sill with a sprig of lavender from our backyard. I think the fish bottle belonged to my grandmother. I also have scripture and encouraging words taped up there and in the little frame. I enjoy washing dishes. It’s a great time to pray and meditate, so I like having something to read posted there. I need to change it up so that it doesn’t just become part of the scenery.
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And last but not least, a tiny bird in a tiny ceramic nest.

It wasn’t planned, but each jar has something with wings perched on top of it. A good reminder to rise above the pull of the world.

Now, as someone who cleans houses for a living, I would not like to have to dust around this kind of clutter. But in my kitchen window it makes me smile, and I just live with the dust until I can’t bear it any longer.

What’s on your windowsill? Does it make you smile? Can you put something beautiful and encouraging on your windowsill?

Sunday Ramble…..what we did this week

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Made a French onion soup casserole in the cast iron skillet.  Amazing!

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Played around with camera trying to capture pictures of steam. Yeah, I’m easily entertained.

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Watched an amazing You Can Overcome TV show on Wednesday night.

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Made cinnamon rolls with an orange sugar glaze because we had no powdered sugar.  I prefer a traditional icing but we made do.

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Enjoyed a most beautiful Saturday afternoon on the deck.  Isn’t God’s spring decorating amazing? Look at how blue that sky is! And those beautiful blossoms! Happy sigh….I love to be outside and just be amazed by our creator.
I read God’s word. Worked in my Exodus Out of Egypt workbook.  Made a meal plan and grocery list for the week.  Shopped the pantry first as we are trying to cut way back on spending these days.
Planning on starting a price book to help in this endeavor.

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While sitting on deck, noticed how much weeding and yard work needs to be done.

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So I went inside and made SCD Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Cinnamon Butter Glaze that Hannah could eat.  They turned out really well. 

How was your week? 

If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake.

So you didn’t show up, but I baked a cake anyway.  Sunday just seemed like a good day to bake a cake. I didn’t have to leave the house all day, which was a good thing because this cake took me the better part of the day to make. It’s not that the cake is complicated, it’s just me.

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For starters, I only have one of this particular size cake pan. But I love the size.  One cake mix or one cake recipe will make three of this size.  So take 25 minutes of baking time times three plus 10 minutes of cooling in the pan times three.

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Then I needed to make a double batch of frosting.  Whew! That’s a lot of powdered sugar, butter, and shortening.  And without a stand mixer, that’s a lot of beating with the handmixer to get a fluffy frosting.

Oh yes, and then I decided I should make a simple syrup and then use a fork to poke holes in each layer in order to absorb the syrup better. Not too much syrup, just enough to keep it moist.

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And theeeeen….I had to watch a YouTube video on how to make frosting roses.  But of course it took lots of time trying to find the right video.

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And of course there’s all of the cleanup involved afterwards. Don’t you just love the baggie turned pastry bag drying rack? A sweet friend made it for me for Christmas.

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And finally…….

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And I may or may not have put an extra thick layer of frosting on this cake.

Yum!

I had fun being creative in the kitchen.  I was going for a shabby chic/vintage look.  I also love the the look of a cake on a cake stand.  There’s something so homey and domestic about it.

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I bet you wish you would have come by. Well, maybe next time. Don’t worry, we were blessed to get to share it with friends. We didn’t consume the whole thing ourselves. Although I may have been seen eating some for breakfast. What?

This was a simple, homemade yellow cake with buttercream frosting.

Do you have a favorite cake? Please share.