Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dance class, crafts, eggless brownies and pumpkin cake! :-)

We got moving early today to drop off a FedEx package and get home to get busy baking! Although rainy, it's been humid and hot, especially having the stove on so it was quite warm in here! But smelled so good!! I'm spoiling the guys at Jerry's work again. It was REALLY hard making the pumpkin cake knowing I wasn't getting a piece. :-(.

But first I want to share a few pictures of Kathleen's dance class last night. I didn't tell her Jerry was coming because we weren't sure he would get there in time from work. Luckily, he got there a little late, but when he walked in her whole face lit up. She was so happy to have all three of us there to watch her. I'm such a proud Mommy. :-) She's a great little dancer.

Great job Kathleen!!

Today we got busy baking! She helped me make the pumpkin cake up until the point of needing to add eggs.
Some of my newer readers may not know, she has a severe egg allergy.

Pumpkin Cake

In a large bowl sift together:

2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

In a mixer (or by hand)

Mix together 2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1 16 oz can pumpkin
Until well blended. add dry ingredients in and mix well. Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 mins.


1 lb. confectioners sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1 stick margarine melted
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix well. I do this in my standing mixer, it seems to work a lot better.

Next we got busy making egg less brownies so Kathleen could enjoy them too. :-)

Perfect moist Applesauce Brownies

3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened applesauce
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, we left them out of ours)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 13x9x2 inch pan.

Put chocolate and butter in a medium microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 1 minute on high or until melted. Remove and stir in oil, corn syrup, water, vinegar, vanilla and applesauce. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda; with a wooden spoon, stir until completely mixed. Pour in melted chocolate mixture and stir until smooth; fold in chocolate chips and nuts.

Spread butter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 mins. Completely cool in pan.


After all that baking we decided to do some fun crafts. The first we drew ghosts on a sheet of black construction paper. Kathleen wanted hers to look like mine so she copied it. :-) Then we took a thumbtack and laid our pictures on foam board to push the pin through the outline.

    This is how they looked before adding them to the window to get the effects of the light. a flashlight held up behind them, especially in a dark room is also a lot of fun!
    Unfortunately we've had rain today, but we had one burst of sunshine and she went running to the window so excited about how they looked!
    Next we had some fun making a marshmallow painted monster! :-)
    Can you tell I'm happy to have my pictures working again? LOL.
    Have a great day!


Vic said...

first off.......she is so pretty.....i love the shots of her :) u guys are some amazing bakers...i envy the fact that you have this mixer....mine is a bit pathetic compared to this one....we have all of these ingredients so we must make this coming weekend...i think that Hannah is just seems a little over the top since i make everything about my kids a big deal but every parent should...i'm sure there are some that don't know half the stuff that goes on which is why she continues to do it....i can't wait to sit down with her....i bite...haha:) have a good day...i must tweet this post...awesome

Nezzy said...

You are so blessed to have such a willing and talented little helper. Not to mention what a precious little doll she is. She is obviously over the top in her ballet class. Thanks so much for sharing. Ahuuummmm...speakin' of sharin' about throwin' me a big old piece of that cake or at least a brownie bite??? :o)

God bless ya'll and have an extraordinary day!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww she is so pretty in her dancing outfit and always smiling, that is just so sweet. I loved the recipes they sound yummy and the crafts turned out very pretty :o)

~Krystle~ said...

She is so adorable! I love it..and omgoodness those recipes sound so yummy. Yall looked like you were having so much fun! Have a great rest of the week!

Anonymous said...

Recipes looked yummy! Nothing better than cream cheese frosting:)

Cindy said...

I love anything pumpkin!
Enjoy the night

Julie Harward said...

You girls have been busy! She is such a cute little dancer! I can just feel her darling personality come through here. Too bad about her allergy but the goodies look great! :D

Amanda said...

Oh, Jill, it was a lovely fall day for your family at the park!

I tell you, I have been meaning to stop by here and leave you a comment on your sweet little blog and I can't seem to find the time to comment alot lately.

The photos you take of your daughters shows that you enjoy spending time with them. These are blessed memories that they will NEVER forget.

They are getting a rich education in living and learning from you on being a homemaker.

May God bless you!


Julie said...

Love the pictures Jill. I think my kids would love the marshmellow painting. We've used Q-tips, marbles, tooth brushes, cotton balls. Gotta try the marshmellows.
Take care Jill and I'll be stopping by again for a look see. God Bless!!

~ Noelle said...

love it!
looks like she is having a great time at dance!
i remember those days!
(did she get a haircut? looks cute!)

A Primitive Homestead said...

You have two very good reasons to be a proud mama! Happy photo day to you. Hubbys work place should give you a bonus. All those yummy goodies just have to encourage the employees to come to work. LOL Blessings to you all.

Veronica Lee said...

Such lovely pics! Your munchkin is ADORABLE! What a doll!!

Have a nice day!

Foxglove Spires said...

You must be delighted to have you photos back!
A wonderful day filled with sunshine even though the rain was around.

Have a wonderful day. xxx

Rayanne said...

I remember those years of dance!
Thanks for the recipes and the sweetness of your little one.

Liz said...

Kathleen is so cute in her dance costume! You are making me so hungry with all those yummy looking treats! I love the idea of using the marshmallows for painting, you are so good!