Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

My dear husband, bless his heart, baked me a carrot cake for my birthday and even agreed to let the camera roll in the process.

He did a great job; however, I figured you might want a few more specifics like the quantities needed for many of the ingredients so here is the detailed recipe.

This cake was fantastic, and I’m not just saying that because I love carrot cake.  You will not miss any of the oil or sugar (which are substituted) – I promise.  The cake is moist, full of flavor, bursting with carrots and pecans, and is somewhat healthy – minus the frosting.  Sorry, we forgot to get a picture of the finished product before we dove in and enjoyed.

Cake 

1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup coconut oil – warmed and cooled
1/2 cup applesauce
4 eggs
3 cups of shredded carrots
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tea cinnamon
2 1/2 tea baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans.

Mix first three ingredients together. Add the eggs. Mix well. Add the carrots and mix. Combine flour, cinnamon and baking soda and slowly add to the liquids. Mix well. Stir in the pecans. Grease 3 cake pans and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Let cool before frosting.

Frosting.
1 stick of butter
1 package of cream cheese
1 tea vanilla
24 ounces of powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans.
Mix first two ingredients well. Add vanilla. Mix. Add sugar slowly. Mix well and then add 1 cup of pecans.

 

 

Just keep livin!

 

 

 

Today I’m sharing with you four of my all time favorite cookbooks.

I get it, many of you no longer use cookbooks like we all did twenty years ago with the rise of online sites like Pinterest, and allrecipes.com which can provide any 5 star recipe for anything at any time of day but… there are some strange souls still out there, just like myself, who enjoy nothing more than curling up with a real cookbook, in all of its tattered, splattered and mangled glory. I probably own 50+ cookbooks – most purchased at Goodwill or garage sales, including two of the ones mentioned today. All of these can be purchased used on Amazon for under $2.00 – totally worth the pure joy (and tastiness) they’ll bring to your life. Continue reading “Meet my Current Loves – Cookbook Style”

Easter was intentional this year.

Usually it’s the hustle and bustle and mom’s stressed and no one is listening and we’re trying to get ready for church in our perfectly matching outfits, and I’m making a big meal and we’re hardly at all focused on the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and instead we’re (MOM) focused on making sure everything looks just perfectly so. Continue reading “Easter 2018”

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I officially met Brenda online about two years ago. Somehow the two of us connected through Instagram, and she graciously volunteered to review my newly published memoir Sunlight Burning at Midnight.  I was a little awe struck with her being the first real author to volunteer to review my book.  We later crossed paths again at a writer’s conference where I met her in person, and she is the real deal.  She gave me a big hug as I blabbered on and on about how honored I was that she actually read my book. She has recently written another book (she’s way speedier than I am – but most of her babies have flown the coop in my defense), a wonderful book called Fledge, Launching your Kids Without Losing your Mind, which I enjoyed immensely.  I’m not officially in the fledging stage, but I recognize that it is just around the corner, and this book was full of wisdom, laughter, and heart warming stories.  Brenda is not afraid to share her shortcomings and failures throughout the journey, and these honest stories are what connected me to her words, and I’m sure will connect you as well.  Continue reading “5 Truths About Stress by Author Brenda L. Yoder {and a giveaway!}”