Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Moist and Rich Chocolate Cake

 Have you tried to get that moist and rich chocolate cake? I did. My cake will turn out dry most of the time. Not anymore! We nailed it this time. I give the credit for my daughter, she made this cake.
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Moist and Rich Chocolate Cake
1 large egg
1 cup granulated sugar
6 ounces plain, vanilla, or chocolate yogurt, sour cream or yogurt.
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temperature or warm
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line a 9-by-9-inch or a 10-inch round cake pan. Spray with cooking or grease and flour cake pan and set aside.

 In a large mixing bowl combine egg, sugar, yogurt, oil, vanilla, and whisk until smooth and combined. Add coffee, Dutch cocoa powder, and mix vigorously until batter is smooth.
 Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and whisk vigorously until batter has just combined, about 1 minute. Make sure the coffee is luke warm, not too hot. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until top has set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake to cool in pan completely, at least 30 minutes, before frosting the cake.

We have a family recipe for frosting that we used.

I hope you enjoyed this cake. I love reading your comment and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Homemade Bread it is so easy

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Here is my favorite food, that does harm to my waist, but satisfies my taste. If I can stop eating bread, pasta, butter and cheese, I think my weight would have been under control. I like to make it with whole wheat, but if I want my kids happier, I will use unbleached white flour. 


3 1/2 whole wheat all purpose flour

3 eggs, plus one more for egg wash

1/4 cup butter or vegetable oil

1/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon dray yeast

1 1/2 cup of water


Mix dry yeast and 1/2 cup warm water and 1/2 cup flour. Cover and let it bubble for 15 minutes. Mix all ingredients together and knead with hand for about 10 minutes. Add more flower if it is too sticky in your hand. 

Make the dough into a ball and place it in a large bowl. Cover and keep in warm place, covered with warm and wet towel. Your dough shouldn't feel sticky, ans should be easy to pull the dough easily.
  Let the dough rise until the dough double its size. Once it double it's size, press the dough with your hand and let the dough rise again for the second time to double it’s size. This time it will take less time to rise. Cover the dough and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.
Start and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Egg wash the dough and sprinkle with sesame seed  ready for baking. Bake for 30-40 minutes.  

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And here you have fresh bread. I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Chocolate Mousse

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If you are looking for simple and quick to prepare ahead, this is it. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and let it chill in the refrigerator while you are cooking your dinner.

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  • 5 1/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish, optional

Place chocolate in a large bowl set over in a double boiler at a low simmer. Stir chocolate until melted. Turn off the heat and let stand.

Beat the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks. Set aside and hold at room temperature. With a mixer, whip egg to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until firm.

Remove the chocolate from the double broiler and using a whisk, fold in the egg whites all at once. When the whites are almost completely incorporated, fold in the cold cream. Cover the mousse and refrigerate until set.
Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
My daughter decided to decorate by layering it with whipped cream:)!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The goodness of God!

God’s goal for us is to make us like His Son.“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.”
We can be growing toward that goal daily; any choice we make that fails to contribute to that goal is going to increase our unhappiness. In other words, we do not always know what is best for us.
My children think they know what will make them happy, but since I know a little better about life, I know better what produces true happiness. So I continue to say no even if I know I am not the best mom when I said no. I always tell my kids, I love you , just trust me I am doing this for your own good.
 True happiness can be found only when we get to know God and grow in the likeness of His Son. Nothing reminds us of that more dramatically or encourages us to grow in Him more effectively than pain and suffering. Without it we might drift away, live our lives apart from Him, and never know true happiness. Suffering does not cast doubt on God’s goodness; it demonstrates it. 
Psalms 119:17,"It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Thy statutes."
Blessing to you my friends!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Good Morning!

This morning, I was at one of my kids soccer game when I took this picture. I don't know about you, but the more I get see His creation I get reminded how Magnificent God is!
We serve an awesome God, don't we?
"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD."
Psalm 150:6
My friends, don't let the day go by without noticing the glory of God. It is always there, we are just too busy to see it.
Have a wonderful weekend!