Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Give me all the guilt free chocolate cake!

Hey guys! As promised, our favorite Chocolate cake recipe! Its so easy! and bakes in 30 min! win. Enjoy! 

*** Before you make this cake, First make you frosting. I hate it when I make something and then I find out that a part of the recipe needs additional time to set up (clearly, this is a learn from my mistake type of advice :)) So, the night before you make this frosting put your can of coconut cream in your fridge.  The next morning you can make your frosting, it needs to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, so I usually make it in the morning, then I'll make the cake in the afternoon. 

Frosting ingredients

1 can coconut cream

1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Making the frosting, melt the chocolate in a sauce pan over low-medium heat. Grab the coconut milk from the refrigerator but don’t shake the can or turn it upside down before opening. Open the can and scoop out the solid parts with a spoon, placing them into the pot with the chocolate. It’s okay if it the solid parts aren't completely separated, just try to get as much of the thicker portions as possible. Melt the coconut cream and chocolate together then transfer to a large bowl that you can later use to whip it in. (note: if the melted chocolate/coconut milk mixture still appears really dark you can add more coconut milk to lighten it up so that the end result isn't bitter)
  2. Allow to cool on the counter then cover and refrigerate for several hours, until thickened. Once it has thickened, remove from the refrigerator and beat on high for thirty seconds to one minute, until a fluffy icing has formed. (I made mine the night before baking the cake).
Cake Ingredients
2 cups cooked quinoa*
1/3 cup milk (or preferred milk)
4 whole eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup or organic white sugar/ or coconut sugar (I do 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup coconut sugar)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use raw cacao that i order off amazon)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and then line two round cake pans (or a 9x13” pan) with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract then blend for ten seconds to combine.
  3. Add the cooked and cooled quinoa along with the melted and cooled butter and coconut oil (could also use all regular butter) then blend until completely smooth, about thirty seconds to one minute. -side note: I never shy from good full fat butter, I am a believer in healthy fats, so don't worry!
  4. Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl (cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt).
  5. Add the wet ingredients in the blender to the bowl with the dry and mix together until well-combined.
  6. Divide the batter between the two pans. *My favorite tip: trace your pan on parchment paper and cut it out and put it in the bottom of your pan, it will come out so nicely! Bake for 27 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool.

  7. Transfer the cakes to a surface for icing with the bottom side up. I recommend that you only transfer the cakes once as they are fragile and difficult to hold together once removed from the parchment paper.
  8. Frost the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve. The icing will melt in really warm conditions but should be fine for a few hours in cooler settings.

Quinoa Chocolate Cake!!!

once you've made your batter divide it into two round cake pans

If your lucky like me, you get the cutest little taste tester!

don't worry, she approved, and I washed her hands...after and before hehe.

Once they come out, let them cool and then your ready to frost your cakes

*Now, I didn't make my frosting ahead of time. However, in this case I had whipping cream in  my fridge that i didn't want to go to waist, and sometimes I like to make it into a Cookies n' cream cake instead. I mean, who doesn't love that? Its so delicious. I definitely recommend both ways. but the frosting mentioned above is incredible.

Also, its fabulous the next day for breakfast :)

I hope you enjoy this recipe! We sure love it. Let me know if you make it, I'd love to hear how it goes!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

No bake Peanut Butter Bars, hell yes

Hey there!

 I am getting back on the health band wagon...Yeah, it's about time. My biggest weakness as I am sure so many have, is SUGAR! Gah. The crack cocain of food. 

Instead of not having it at all, which just makes me angry, I am on the hunt for something healthy and indulgent at the same time... That doesn't seem possible right? Well it is! Win win! I introduce you to the No bake Peanut butter bars! Holy amazing! I love these. So. Good.

I whipped these up last night. So easy!

Notice I use the same bowl to mix all three layers? Another Win. 

Little sneaky taste tester hands are my favorite

I can't take credit for these yummy beauties (wish I could!) I'll always give credit where credit is due. I adore, creative people and their strengths, so Hop on over to this cute girls blog here to get the full recipe!

Also, I keep mine in my fridge so they don't melt. Then I just tiptoe over five times a day... Okay six, and sneak little squares.  


Monday, February 15, 2016

Learning to listen

Hey, I am trying this out again. I feel like I have so much in my heart and mind to say, but i fall short and end up closing my mouth. I am not putting expectations on myself for this blog. Because heaven knows i don't need another reason to feel like i am failing in life! :)

I am just going to dive in.

subject: KATE aka: Kitty, aka: Kitty Whitty, aka: Crazy Kate

Before I had Kate, I had every confidence in myself that I was a great mom. I had some bad days with Everett, Harry, and Jane, but for the most part we had great days. I thought I was really good at my job of being a mother, and all that comes with balancing it all. Then I had Kate, my fourth, and then we moved to another state away from family. All I can really say is, that in the last almost three years I have never felt like such a failure at my job. I thought I had amazing kids, because i was an amazing mom. Turns out I just had REALLY easy kids as my first three.

Kate, Kate, Kate. Wow, she is teaching me so much about patience. We mostly butt heads. I will tell you what, she is the most stubborn human I have ever met in my entire life. Lucky for her she has really easy going siblings and a mother who doesn't give in to her antics.

I think she is going to be amazing with this stubbornness. I think most confident, successful people were probably the most hard children to parent --Please tell me thats true. lol

bottom line. Love her. she is one amazing girl. I have never met a little girl with such Pazazz, and i mean that. She is hilarious. sweet. ambitious. determined. opinionated. and theatrical most of all.

Below are pictures taken a few Sundays ago, Where the sun was shining, we went to church, I made our traditional big sunday dinner, while hearing the kids playing and laughing outside, and well, it was just a beautiful day. I love my job.

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Halloween 2015

I am trying to be better at posting all the pictures I take and writing on this blog more. Truth be told, i am intimidated by writing. I always admire beautiful writing, but I feel like I am tone deaf in this area. I know how I want it to sound, but often feel like it doesn't come out that way. 

So, here I am. Not a great writer. maybe with practice I will be? Only time will tell I guess.

Halloween this year for us was great. We had the Trunk or Treat a week before Halloween. Since we have 2.3 million costumes constantly bulging from the dress up drawers, I told the Tribe we were re-using costumes this year, or they could dress up as something as long as it wasn't buying a brand new costume. So, back to the Trunk or Treat, all the kids opted for last years costumes. Jack and I dressed like Adriane and Rocky Balboa, apparently Jack got many concerned looks with his fake black eye, which only means that I am a wizard with makeup! :) Many photos to ensue. 

Halloween night was a whole different story. Don't ask me exactly how, but all kids (aside from Kitty) ended up with a new light saber (Thank you do their Dad) and I grabbed them some robes so they could be Star Wars, Luke Skywalker, Anakin, and if you ask Jane she was "Darf Vador". I love this age. I love their hilarious homemade costumes. I love how happy their new light sabers made them. I loved watching Jack act out battle scenes with all his children throughout the house. This season of life is the absolute hardest and best.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Now is a good a time as any

I am going to start to jumpstart my blog again. I realize as much as Instagram is so handy dandy, I really am missing out on documenting stories, feelings, and the darn cutest things or not so cute things said by my kids. I also feel frustrated that I am not a good writer, I love reading blogs that I can hear their personality in what they write. Well this is me. Not a pro writer. But a girl who needs a a lot less reasons to not do something, and more reasons to say why the hell not.

So lets start, shall we?

Our Magical Pumpkin Patch

Last week we ventured back to our
favorite pumpkin patch (its not a tradition until you have repeated the trip, now we have, now its a "tradition" Yay!) from our last magical visit last October. The wonderful magical thing about this place is that has "homemade" written all over it. It's the kind of spot that you hope to find, the kind of sweetness you see in movies. It's like the first sip of the best hot cocoa. You can't quite pin point why it so delicious, all you know, is that you want to drink it all up and not give a tiny smidging sip to anyone else. I give you, Kadee Farms folks.

Watching our children run around this place made us so happy. I kept grabbing onto Jack, linking my arm in his arm, resting my head on his shoulder, and then giving out the most content sigh I would say, "isn't this just so perfect? So much better than those overpopulated, over priced places." or "Oh, I just love supporting places like this" etc.  Jack just loves how gushy and mushy these places make me. I can't help it. Places like this speak so deeply to my soul. Almost as if  I ran a place like this in another life. Oh, I just love it so. 

We left Kadee Farms with four happy little children, each with a face full of art for the first time. They had a Pony ride, a hayride, a train ride, ran through a maze, swung on homemade swings from old tall trees, and the vey favorite spot was the old 1960's Fire engine truck. We loaded up the back of the trunk with as much pine and oak wood that we could muster. Now, every time we build a fire this winter, we can remember that beautiful place we call "Ours"