Arora bakes with Grandma Kathy

Arora and Grandma Kathy are baking together. Arora gets the little step stool. They carefully measure the sugar, flour and other ingredients. They are making a special birthday cake for my 28th birthday. Later that evening grandma has to frost and decorate the cake alone because Arora went to bed early as she was adjusting to the time difference.

Happy Birthday to me! The cake was wonderfully dense and chewy.  I included the next few photos so you can see how quickly Ender goes after the cake.Here is the recipe Kathy used:

It come from the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book (Circa 1981)

Yellow Cake                   heat oven to 375

2 3/4 cups flour

2 1/ tsp baking powder

1/2  cup butter

1 3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/4 cup milk

1 tsp salt

Beat butter and sugar add eggs  one at a time, then and vanilla.

Mix dry and ingredients and then mix with wet ingredients .

cook 30-35 minutes .

Butter frosting

6 table spoons butter

4 1/2 sifted powdered sugar

1/4 cups milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Beat butter then slowly add  1/2 of sugar and  add milk and vanilla, Then slowly beat in rest of sugar.


The best oatmeal I have ever tasted

I recently stumbled on an amazing food blog, budget bytes. The author not only has terrific recipes but also break down the cost of each recipe and portion. I poked around the dessert section like I  normally do, then found a recipe for baked oatmeal. I had never heard of baking oatmeal, just the normal boil it for five minute routine. The pictures beautiful and the recipe was easy enough. Arora and I made it this morning.

Slicing peaches and tossing in fresh picked blueberries from Grandma’s back yard. It came together quickly but needed to cook for about 45 minutes. The results were fabulous! So creamy and hearty. I loved the baked fruit and the custard like filling. This recipe is definitely a winner.

You should check out her site.

Mr Cookie Baker

Last week we went to the public library twice. I forgot how much fun it is to find new books. One of the ones we checked out is called Mr Cookie Baker. The words are simple enough for Arora to read the the pictures are well done. My favorite part of the book is that it includes four of Mr Cookie Baker’s recipes.

So far we have tried two of them, Sugar and Oatmeal. The sugar cookies were good Arora and her cousins had a good time frosting and decorating them.

The oatmeal cookies were the best oatmeal cookies I had ever made. Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup butter

1 C brown sugar

1 egg

1 TBS milk

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup flour (we used whole wheat)

1 cup oats

1/2 cup raisins ( we used 1 cup chocolate covered raisins. yum!)

heat oven to 350

cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg and milk. then mix in spices and flour. Add oatmeal and then raisins. Drop on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.

I found these to be super soft, almost crumbly soft, which is the way I like my cookies. The chocolate covered raisins were a great addition because the chocolate melted into the cookie dough.

The Gingerbread Man

We have copy of “The Gingerbread Man” that Arora has been quite enamored with lately. So I decided to have us make some gingerbread cookies. The recipe we used was not great, really dry and crisp. Arora didn’t mind and has been snaking on them for a few days. She also is very insistent on everything having two eyes, a nose and a mouth. So this was a good activity for her.

making applesauce

I have mentioned Arora’s love of the TV show “Sid the Science Kid” on here before. We recently watched an episode about why food changes from one thing to another. In the episode they make some applesauce, demonstrating that once it is applesauce it cannot be turned back into an apple.

We had a stack of apples that wasn’t getting eaten very quickly.  Today we decided to make some apple sauce. We did it just like on the show. I let Arora try to mash the apples before they were cooked, and then after when they were soft. David and I really liked how it turned out. Arora ate two bites and was full.  Here is the recipe I used.


pumpkin bars

We planted our first garden this year. In it we have about 10 pumpkins, I have never cooked with fresh pumpkin before. My sister in law Heather said to just cut it up, clean it out and bake it until it gets nice and soft.

Here is an amazing pumpkin bar recipe.

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

4 eggs

blend these together. Then add:

2 cups flour

2 tsps baking soda

pinch  of salt

1 TBS cinnamon

1/2 teas nutmeg

2 cups or 1 small can of pureed pumpkin.

Mix well and pour into a greased cookie pan with an edge. Bake at 350 for about 20-23 minutes. Let cool then frost with cream cheese frosting.

8oz  cream cheese, room temperature

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

whip well, and spread over the cooled bars.

As you can see I had 2 before typing this up, they are that good!** Edit: My sister in law Stephanie found this link about making your own pumpkin puree. It looks really strait forward.

blueberry muffins

My in -laws have an abundance of blueberries this year. David took Arora over a few days ago to pick to their hearts content.  We munched on them for a few day and still had around 1 cup left. Today we decided to make some homemade muffins with them. I found this recipe here.  I made a few changes that I will (highlight) in the recipe. I already have our camera in the hospital bag, and so there are no pictures.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 cup oat flour)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 egg white (Whole egg)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (applesauce)
1/2 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons margarine, melted (Butter)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Use vegetable oil spray to grease 12-cup muffin tin. Set aside.
2. Mix 1/4 cup of the flour with the blueberries. Set aside. Beat egg white and 1 tablespoon oil lightly in bowl. Stir in milk and melted margarine or oil.
3. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Sift dry ingredient mixture over egg white mixture. Stir just long enough to moisten flour. The batter will look lumpy. DO NOT OVERMIX. Fold in blueberries. Fill each tin two-thirds full with batter. Bake in preheated oven 20-25 (18 minutes was plenty) minutes or until golden brown.