Thursday, September 10, 2015

Beet Spice Cake – The Healthy Version of Spice Cake!

This cake is the most light and fluffy cake I have ever made with beets.  I was trying to get a good recipe together for a ‘red velvet’ cake that included no dye and this was the result.  It wasn’t NEAR as red and I thought it was going to be!  It was so NOT red, that my family all thought it was a pumpkin spice cake until I told them what was in it.  Even the beet-hating husband enjoyed this one!

It must have been the fact that this was the last of the beets?  Or the fact that I threw away quite a bit of the boiling water because I dripped peach jam (that I was making at the same time) into it and had to refill the pot to finish cooking the beets….  But for whatever reason, this cake doesn’t look like beet cake.  It doesn’t taste like beet cake.  But trust me, there are 3 cups of beets in this cake! 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Kitchen Reveal–DIY Light and Bright Kitchen Remodel

I love my new kitchen!!  This kitchen has magically transformed (over the past two years) into something that I look at from the doorway and I sigh.  My kitchen has always been overwhelming wood tones.  The walls were mustard yellow, the cabinets were deep oak, and the floor was wooden parquet flooring, and the appliances were dark chocolate brown of the 1960’s.   It was dark dark dark!

So now lets show some before and afters… because I know everybody loves those.

After an oven fire one day, I pulled this stove (below) out to find charred wood and a space that no oven after 1970 would fit.  So instead of trying to fit a newer model into this same tiny space, I took a circular saw to the cabinets.  Definitely the ‘road less taken’ but in the end, the payoff was huge!  It did start a game of ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ proportions and lasted a full two years, but just check out the difference:


Friday, September 04, 2015

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo (two this week) - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

{Inspired by SouleMama}

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Preserving Food– 2015 so far….

Starting with the most recent and going back to July 12th, here are the preservation pictures for 2015

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Our larder as of August 28th, 2015.  (With links to recipes and tutorials as needed.)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

First day of school interviews

Our first day of school interviews have quickly become one of my very favorite traditions.  Welcome to our table… have some tea and join in.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chocolate Chunk Beet Cake

This cake is dense like a brownie and it’s light sweetness and chocolaty flavor masks the beets and blends them in with no iron-ish aftertaste (my issue with eating beets).  It has become the only way my family will eat beets, so I have decided to embrace it.  Enjoy!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

{This moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo (two this week) - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

{Inspired by SouleMama}

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Roasted Tomato Sauce with a kick

This year was so hot….  Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but seriously…  this summer was SO hot!  And hot summers mean TOMATOES. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For the glory of determined people

I am one of those people.  I will find a way to do just about anything and I have no issue with doing some things twice or even three times before I get it right.  But dog-on-it, I will do anything I set my mind to.  So when I want to spend my time writing again now that life has calmed down, I am going to do it.  With my trusty sidekicks beside me.  Who are just as determined as I am.  Watch out world…  I spawned 4 of me.  Winking smile


See you soon, blogland.  I’ll be back.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Making of a pantry – DIY Kitchen Remodel phase 3

I really love food.  And in this love, I have always had a pantry.  Even when I had to build it myself.  This is the third phase of our DIY remodel and perhaps the most impressive…. because I built a room in my house!  It has been in for over a year now and we used it many times a day.  It is the best investment I have put into my kitchen so far. 
Within weeks of moving in, I had built my pantry on the empty wall.  I actually do not have a true ‘before’ picture of this corner.  So this is the before: