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Happy Birthday to Grandad and Robert!
Here’s the recipe for Robert’s favorite chocolate cake. It comes from the Cook ‘Em Horns cookbook and all I did was substitute flour to make it gluten free.
2 sticks butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups gluten free flour mix (I used rice, tapioca, and potato)
2 cups sugar
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 stick butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
6 Tbsp milk
1 box (16 oz) powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Boil together butter, cocoa, and water. Sift together dry ingredients. Pour boiling mixture over dry ingredients, beating constantly. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, vanilla; mix well. Pour into greased 9X13 pan. Bake @ 400 degrees for 30 minute.
Icing: Boil together butter, cocoa, and milk. Remove from heat; add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until thick and spread over warm cake.
oil for sauteeing
1 onion, chopped
2-3 tomatoes, or 1 can whole tomatoes, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 – 1 tsp each – salt, coriander, and cayenne (smells sooooo good!)
2-3 pounds stew beef
4 cups GF beef broth
Place stew beef in covered baking dish and bake @ 300 degrees for 2 hours – until tender.
While beef cooks:
Peel plantains, cut into cubes, coat with lemon juice, and set aside
Heat oil in large pan. Saute onions, tomatoes, and garlic until tender. Add broth and spices – simmer.
Add beef to the broth mixture. Simmer 30 minutes.
Add cubed plantains to beef and broth and simmer together until plantains are tender.
Our other activity was TV watching. This house has several TVs AND cable! Imagine our kids’ delight to lie in bed and watch shows they have never seen – on channels they never dreamed existed – History Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Home and Garden. And Robert and I stayed pretty glued to Fox News getting, well, another perspective on the presidential election and candidates. Hmmmmm…someone isn’t telling the whole truth.
2 1/4 cups GF flour mix
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
7 Tbsp butter, chilled and chopped into pieces
3-4 Tbsp cold water
3 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
Mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt together. Using fingertips, work butter into the dry ingredients. Stir in 3 Tbsp cold water, honey, and vanilla. If dough is too dry, add a little bit more water, a teaspoon at a time. Roll dough into a ball and refrigerate for about an hour.
Roll dough out to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. Use flour mixture to dust surface, or roll between parchment paper if desired. Cut into 2X3 inch pieces and prick all over lightly with a fork. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minute at 325 degrees until golden brown. Cool on rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
Variations: Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over before baking for cinnamon grahams.
For chocolate grahams, replace 1/3 cup plus 3 Tbsp flour with cocoa powder.
After the apple picking, we headed to the local dairy farm for ice cream and coffee. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon – we even fit in Coop’s tennis lesson, Kory’s football game, and a baby shower!
3 large apples, cored, peeled, cubed
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place apples in large bowl. Add cinnamon, 1/3 cup brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, and nutmeg, and gently mix together. Place in baking dish, cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes.
Place potatoes in large suacepan and cover with water. Add 1/2 tsp salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and mash adding butter, cream, vanilla, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and remaining salt. Mix well. Transfer to a serving dish and top potatoes with apples before serving.
Makes approx. 10 – 1/2 cup servings
Well, we don’t really ever “finish” church for the year, but in the fall when the students from the 5 College Area return, it feels like we are beginning again. This year marks our 10th “fall launch” as Robert calls it, and it always brings new faces and lots of activity. The 10th fall launch also means our family is entering our tenth year of ministry in Massachusetts!
And I started leading another women’s small group Bible study which I always look forward to. We’re studying the Five Aspects of Woman: A Biblical Theology of Femininity, which is my all time favorite Bible study – ever! The group ranges from undergrads, to graduate students, to young married women. I have lost count of how many times I’ve been through this material, and yet it inspires me, convicts me, motivates me as a woman, and encourages my faith in Christ each and every time. Here are the ladies for this year’s course (minus 2 in this photo):