With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 1/24/10 - 1/31/10

Friday, January 29, 2010

Surprise Carrot Bundt Cake wit Cream Cheese Filling

I needed to whip up something for Bible study this week so I made a quick browse through my dessert recipe file. I pulled this one from an old Philadelphia Cream Cheese Cookbook because I had all of the ingredients on hand and because it is a really moist and tasty cake. Though I love traditional carrot cake slathered with rich frosting, the "surprise" cream cheese filling in this version is a very nice contrast in taste and texture. The addition of 3 cups of carrots is an added benefit and a dusting of confectioners sugar completes the cake.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A bit of Showin' Off Grandson Solves Rubik's Cube

When our oldest grandson, Jared was just 9 years old he received his first Rubik's Cube. His Uncle Brad told him about algorithms and gave pointers on how to solve this challenging puzzle. He spent two weeks doing little else but practicing the steps required to solve the puzzle quicker than his uncles. It has been a few years but he can still complete the puzzle
in less than 2 minutes.

He is happy to share his skill with you:

From Wikipedia:
The Rubik's Cube is a 3-D mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architectural Erno Rubik. Originally called the "Magic Cube", the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toys in 1980 and won the German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle that year. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes have sold worldwide making it the world's top-selling puzzle game. It is widely considered to be the world's best-selling toyFor more Show & 

Finished Craft Projects, Wooden signs and crocheted Dog Sweater

One for my sweetie's birthday this weekend...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shrimp Bisque Recipe from Ina Garten

This is delicious!
No more words needed to describe this wonderful soup!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Promenade & Apple Muffins

After enjoying lunch at Panera Bread we (I) spent some time snapping pictures on a cloudy, overcast day. 
These photos were taken at The Promenade, an up-scale shopping plaza in the business area of our town.

Even in January there is vibrant color in these bushes.

A pair of statues enjoying a game of checkers.

More statues intended for the enjoyment of those strolling by.

Back home, it was into the kitchen to warm up and make some homey apple muffins. Nothing fancy but full of rustic goodness. They are on the dense side with a crisp outside and tender inside and loaded with apple and raisins.
They are a hearty breakfast favorite in our home.
Apple Raisin Muffins
See update below
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup milk (I like to add a splash more)
1 extra large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (large) peeled, finely chopped tart green apple
1 package (1 cup) Sun-Maid Baking Raisins

HEAT oven to 400 F. Grease or line 12 (2 -inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.
COMBINE flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
COMBINE butter, milk, egg, vanilla and apple.
ADD to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
FOLD in raisins.
SPOON batter into prepared muffin cups.
BAKE at 400 F in upper third of oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
For 24 mini muffins, bake 15-17 minutes.
VARIATION: Substitute grated carrot or zucchini for chopped apple.
Makes 12 muffins.
RECIPE UP-DATE October 2011
I experimented with this recipe because I wanted to reduce the amount of butter and because I thought the batter a bit too dry.  I like the new results.  Here is what I changed:
* Decreased the butter to 1/4 cup
* Added 1/3 cup  unsweetened applesauce
* Made 10 muffins instead of 12

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cambrie Noelle ~ A Baby Smile and God's Masterpiece poem

Look who learned to smile at her Mom-Mom...
if you listen real close you'll hear her tiny little coos.
We had a delightful conversation!
Babies are bits of stardust blown from the hand of God.
Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.


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