Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This summer I realised that the girls' dress-up basket was getting too small for their collection and thought that The Trunk would make a perfect place to keep all the paraphernalia needed to become the personality or animal of the moment. And so we hauled out the trunk and went off to the hardware store to purchase a steel brush and some gold spray paint. I had a great time unpacking the trunk and unearthing my pre-motherhood interests, not such a great time finding places to put the things I wanted to keep and saying goodbye to those I didn't.
I got as far as one afternoon's scrubbing with the steel brush and have had to take a break as more pressing issues such as making lunch, doing laundry and getting ready for the new school year have once again taken up my time and energy. I don't know how other moms manage to raise children and pump out fabulous crafts and works of art! (I know a mom - who is actually a dad - who takes care of the kids and manages an entire organic farm, including homemade apple preserve! The mind boggles)
But I look forward to slowly completing the project, and am so grateful for all the wonderful memories of my grandpa that the trunk still holds
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
One is, of course, expected to provide tasty treats. I have found that now that T2 is old enough to allow me the time and energy to try baking I have begun to experiment with actually baking my own offerings for these occasions. I am a novice at baking and so have mostly gleaned recipes from the children's cookbooks that I have. But I have recently managed to get my hands on my mom's personal collection of favourites gathered over the past thirty-odd years which has proved to be a goldmine of easy and tasty recipes. One in particular has been such a hit that I thought I would share it.
Dead Easy Chocolate Cake
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 cup self raising flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Beat eggs well add sugar, beat until creamy
2 Add cocoa and mix well
3 Add oil, while mixing add water
4 Sift together all dry ingredients and add to mixture
5 Bake at 400F for 20 minutes
I use a ring tin and just ice with a basic butter icing. The girls love to then go over the top with various sprinkles and trimmings. And voila! A delicious cake that always goes down well. Enjoy.