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Showing posts from August, 2012

Brown Sugar Carrot Cake with Cinnamon-Honey Frosting

My husband's grandparents live near us, and our kids have a special relationship with them.  I made this cake for my grandmother-in-law's birthday today.  She's responsible for making sure our hair looks fabulous at all times, is the reason we have a flowerbed to enjoy, and is the most gracious hostess you'll ever meet.

I made this sweet, spicy carrot cake in my 6" pans (highly recommend the Parrish's Magic line).  One, because it's the perfect size to serve the 6 of us without leaving tempting leftovers sitting around afterward.  Two, because 6" cakes are aDORable.

I got to sample the cake from the cuttings I made to even out the layers.  While I was doing it, a scene like this unfolded on either side of the table.

My son in particular, who can count "chocwhat cate some?" among his first inquistive phrases (that's "some chocolate cake for me, please?" for those that don't speak toddler), had been watching the cakes like a…

Amish Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, I've been really blessed this summer by a Wednesday morning play group/book group.  Meeting with other Christian moms (most of whom I didn't know at the beginning of the summer) to discuss parenting and deal with the heart issues it brings out (our own, and our children's), while reading through Rachel Jankovic's quick and encouraging book, Loving the Little Years, has been a real joy each week.  My kids have loved the weekly chance to romp on a playground with friends too.  Today we met for the last time to wrap up and share brunch together.  Like most weeks, it was not without frequent interruptions--calls of "Mommy" and children eating Play-Doh (ok, maybe just my son), vicious quiche-loving yellow jackets, little ones climbing too high on the playground or just refusing to be happy--but that's just what we have right now.  That is the lot God has given us, and it is a good one.  We're all learning to rejoice …

How Our Garden Grows (Late August Ed.) & Other Scenes from Summer

1.  Herb garden 2. Grape tomatoes 3. Green Peppers 4. Costat

Pitas, Falafel, and Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce with Cilantro

Falafel is everything I feel a summer supper should be--light, fresh, quick, easy, and it uses seasonal produce. I've adapted Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce recipe slightly, subbing cilantro for the parsley in the falafel patties and adding some to the sauce as well, while cutting down on the dill and adding a splash of lemon.  If you hate cilantro, you might prefer the original, but I'm not a cilantro lover and do not find it offensive in this--it's just a fresh background note.  My husband called its addition to the sauce something along the lines of "brilliant" the first time I made it this way so I've done it ever since.

I'd just like you to know that every.single.time. I attempt to type chickpeas I inadvertently write chickenpeas and have to fix it.


1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 onion, chopped
1/4 c. fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 egg
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. salt
1 dash pepper
1 …