Monday, September 27, 2010

Rainy day baking,apple cake (egg free) banana chocolate chip cookies and cake. Fun Crafts!

What a busy day! Whew, I'll sleep good tonight! LOL

Do want to point out real quick that my email has changed. For those of you who may have already saved me under the old one, please update so I don't miss your emails. :-) Thanks!

We went for a little walk today in the rain, and in my mailbox found a nice surprise, my new Tea time magazine! This is the first issue I've ever seen and I can't wait to read through it all. :-)

                   We even managed to find a feather on our walk! Rain can't stop us from exploring!

                                              Heading back up the driveway with ol faithful Sally

                                 Sally did think to turn around as if to say "are you coming Mom?" :-)

                    So since it was so dreadful out we decided to bake! Boy did the house smell so good!!!

                              I grabbed my new apron, and we got busy cooking and messing up the kitchen!
                                                 First thing we made was Egg less Apple Cake

                                                    6 apples, peeled,cored, and chopped

                        Someone needed an apple of her own to eat while I was slicing the others :-)

2 cups plus a 1/4 cup sugar
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream or yogurt (We chose yogurt)
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2) In a large bowl with a wooden spoon, combine apples, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon until apples are completely coated, set aside
3) In a separate large bowl, combine flour, remaining 2 cups sugar, and baking powder;mix a well in center with a spoon and stir in oil, sour cream or yogurt, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Batter will be thick.
4) Spoon out one third of batter into prepared Bundt pan, spoon out half of apple mixture (drained of excess moisture) around ring, being careful not to touch sides of pan with apples. Spoon out another third of batter over apple layer. Spoon out remaining apple mixture in same fashion and top with remaining butter.
5) Place in oven and bake for 45 mins, then remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil (so it doesn't overbrown) Return to oven for another 20-25 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
6) Remove and cool in pan on wire rack for 20 mins before turning onto plate.

                   We were enjoying the smells of the cinnamon and sugar.....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

                                                          Preparing the pan for baking.

                         Next I was sure to make a chocolate cake for the guys at Jerry's work :-)

I found this yummy recipe on Chris's blog.  She is baking different recipes from the Gooseberry books so I had to try it! :-)

Banana Chocolate chip cookies:

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix together
Mash banana
Gradually add 1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips (I used a cup :-)
1/2 to 1 cup walnuts ( I left these out )
Scoop onto tray, I like using a regular scoop for this, especially these they were sticky.
Bake 10 mins or until golden brown

                                                                     So delicious!

                                        We decided to have fun learning and exploring our apples.

                                                        Putting apples on our apple tree!

                                      But of course, some fell on the ground! :-)  LOL

                   We talked about parts of the apple, counted the seeds and painted with them.

                                                        She wanted to be sure to add the stems.

                                We also had a great time exploring with different color combinations.

                                   Then she requested regular paint brushes too, as she loves to paint!

By the time all this plus regular lessons were done, then dinner and cleanup it was time for Hayley to go to scouts and me to start school work. What a busy day, laundry was accomplished as well. Tomorrow will be busy too. I'll be posting Simple Woman's Day book Entry tomorrow. Thanks for visiting and have a lovely evening!


A Gracious Home said...

It sounds like you had a great day. Your cakes look great. Your little girl is so cute. Have a great week. Doylene

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

She is adorable. I know you are enjoying being a mom. So fun to teach our girls how to enjoy the good things in life.
God bless you.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Jill: She has such a great smile. I bet it is hard to say no to her. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Mama Hen said...

What a great day you had! I love when it rains!The pictures are great! The craft with the apples is so cute! I have to try that with Little Chick! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

colonialhomestead said...

You always have the greatest crafts. Every thing looks so yummy! Have a great week.

Veronica Lee said...

Your little girl is super adorable. Your cakes look YUMMY!!

Have a nice day, Jill!

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

I am so jealous, that looks like some fun fall activities! We are dying here in the heat. This evening, when I took my oldest to gymnastics it was still over 100 degrees. When Chloe walked outside she said, "too hot!" and turned around and went back inside!