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Welcome Abby Hughes!

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I am so excited to write to you today and share some exciting news that I’ve kept under wraps for a little while now.  I want to welcome Abby Hughes and introduce her as my new blogging partner!

Abby is as beautiful inside as she is outside.  She is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a degree in Culinary Arts.  Besides being totally sweet and adorable she really knows her way around the kitchen!   Ooops – Sorry Abby, sounds like I am writing an ad for a husband for you … 🙂

Long before Abby attended her first class at Bob Jones University she was delivering delectable treats to our doorstep.  She takes after her mother Gaye Hughes in that department!  In the 7 years since we moved to the countryside of Middle Tennessee and became neighbors to the Hughes, we’ve been gifted with dozens of cookies, countless muffins, a variety of homemade soups, birthday cakes, gingerbread treats,  and most recently fresh yeast rolls hot out of the Hughes oven!


It is Gaye Hughes baked oatmeal recipe that I shared with you many years ago and I made as recently as yesterday!


Abby spent this past summer as a counselor to teenage girls at The Wilds Christian Camp in North Carolina.   When she returned home we had a chance to sit on my front porch and catch up.  It is then that Abby shared with me her wish to begin blogging.  She is highly creative and wants to hone her writing skills.   Abby asked me “how do I get followers on the blog?”  That is when it hit me.  She could blog for years and years and build her following or she could join me and have an instant following!  👏

We quickly started brainstorming what that would like on www.praycookblog.com.  You will see her many talents for yourself as she shares with us her variety of passions from art to crafts and from the kitchen to wherever her heart takes her!

I am thrilled to have her join me at My Daily Bread Body and Soul!  I love her and I know you will too!   ❤️

She has a lot of ideas and you will be hearing from her soon.  Please join me in welcoming Abby Hughes to our little space on the world-wide net!

Grace and Peace,
Catherine

 

 

 

 

Apple Praline Cake

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Has the season changed where you live?  Are the leaves falling, the days are cooler, and the nights are made for snuggling?  Today, September 30 is the FIRST day since early spring that I can remember the temperatures anything less than 80’s and 90’s!  Whew, I am so over summer.  A month ago I changed out my summer clothes to fall clothes.  BIG mistake.  Then 29 days ago I started bringing summer clothes back into my closet one pair of capris pants at a time!

Apple Praline Cake - Fall's Delight!
Apple Praline Cake – Fall’s Delight!

If clothes and the closet aren’t enough hassle I totally wanted to start making and baking autumn food!  We had  White Chicken Chili that my sous-chef dish-washing mom made for us early in September and we sweat it out eating it while the sun blazed 80 degrees outside!

Red Rome Apples
In my mind fall is here when the apples are ready, or it should be that way.  But in middle Tennessee mother nature has a mind of her own and the temperature drops when she says it drops!

Our friends, Ed and Joan have an apple orchard and they share their fall bounty with us each year.  What a blessing to receive 3 or 4 different kinds of apples freshly picked!  Even as the temperatures soared this month we started cooking apples and it has been lovely. This Apple Praline Cake has turned out to be a real keeper!  I have made it twice already and decided it was high time I share it with you, because I know you are going to want to make and bake it with fresh apples of your own!

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The original recipe came from Inside Brucrew Life and I changed it up just a bit.  The recipe listed southern pecan coffee creamer for the icing and I used Coffee Mate’s new creation of Vanilla Caramel.  This stuff is so good you can drink it straight – but save some for this frosting!  I also used homemade vanilla.  Btw- it’s not too late to make homemade vanilla extract for this year’s holiday gift giving.  Check out this recipe!  Since my cousin Jill taught me how to make my own vanilla extract I cannot imagine using anything else!

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For this cake, you can use any variety of apples you want — or mix it up and use a couple different kinds.  That is what I usually do.  If you make the cake please let me know how it turns out and what a hero you are to your friends and family!

Happy Baking!
~Catherine

I love this quote from C.S. Lewis, and I hope it blesses you today:

“I pray because I can’t help myself.  I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time — waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.”     

Apple Praline Cake
 
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Apples and praline pecans - oh my this is fantastic cake. Not your ordinary cake by a long shot. Happy Fall!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups finely diced apples (any variety, or a mix of varieties works well too!)
Praline frosting
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flavored coffee creamer, I recommend Vanilla Caramel but Southern Pecan works well too
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup pecan chips
Instructions
  1. In your large mixer bowl, beat the oil and sugars until they look like wet sand.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, continuing to mix.
  3. Stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly beat it into the sugar mixture.
  4. Stir in the apples.
  5. Spread the batter in a greased 9" x 13" baking dish*. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  6. When the cake is nearly cooled, place the butter, brown sugar, and coffee creamer in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute. Remove from the heat and let cool for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. With an electric mixer, beat together the cooled butter mixture and the powdered sugar. Stir in pecan chips.
  8. Quickly spread the frosting over the top of the completely cooled cake. This frosting will set up quite fast.
  9. Cut into 24 squares and serve or store at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.
  10. *See Note
Notes
* This cake can be baked in the 9" x 13" baking dish, a BUNDT pan, or cupcake tins. I have even made it in mini-muffin tins. Time should be adjusted for the cupcakes and mini-cupcakes.

 

 

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake – Got Blueberries?

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Lemon Blueberry singleI make a lot of food that never makes it to my blog.  Not that it is all terrible (although sometimes it is!) but I only want to blog the recipes that are terrific!!

Lee's Blueberry Bush

Our blueberry bush produced a lot of beautiful berries this year.  I am so grateful to have them in the freezer now.  But if you don’t have a freezer full, the grocery stores still have nice berries for this recipe, because you are going to want to put this recipe on your “to-make” list!

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I used a 9″ springform pan and the cake turned out well.  If you don’t have a springform pan then a regular baking pan will work and you can simply slice and serve from the pan.

Lemon BB single

Even though this is a simple “coffee cake” recipe the crumb topping really sets it apart from others.  But do not pass up on making the lemon buttercream frosting – that is what puts it on the “must make and bake” list!  Your family and friends will thank you!

Do you bake for compliments?  I do!

Happy Baking,
~Catherine

P.S.  As soon as my sous-chef dish-washing mom sees this blog post she is going to want me to make this again!  And I will.

Blueberry Bush July

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake
 
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The weekend is coming and this coffee cake will thrill family and friends. It is fast and easy to put together and a luscious, moist combination of flavors.
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Recipe type: Coffee Cake, Brunch or Breakfast,
Serves: 12-16
Ingredients
Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
Crumb Topping
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9" springform pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the crumb topping ingredients, sugar, flour and 3 T. butter. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, milk and lemon zest. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt and mix just until combined. Gently stir in the blueberries.
  4. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake for 10 minutes and then gently run a knife around the edges and remove the ring.
  7. With whisk or electric mixer combine the powdered sugar, softened butter and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add more lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency. Drizzle over cooked cake.
Notes
Optional: I added a sprinkle of yellow food coloring to the frosting to give it the lemony-look!

This recipe came from Barbara at www.barbarabakes.com

 

If You Can Keep It, by Eric Metaxas – Listen Up!

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Happy-4th-of-July-Independence-Day-300x169Hello friends!  Can you believe it is July?  My head is still stuck in April and I honestly can’t believe May and June have flown by.  It was my intention to give you a super new recipe for the 4th of July but I changed my mind yesterday.  (For my readers from around the world, you may not be doing any celebrating this weekend, but in the USA we are celebrating Independence Day!  Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.)

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yesterday I spent a good bit of time in the kitchen.  My good friend and neighbor Kathy is moving (boo-hoo) and I wanted to feed lunch to her moving crew.  Hearty ham, turkey, and cheese sandwiches were in order for the hungry bunch but I wanted to add a touch of homemade. I did this with a batch of fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip bars (recipe coming) and  our favorite Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting!

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I didn’t use up all my old bananas with the Banana Bars and so I added two loaves of Brown Sugar Banana Bread to the morning activities! (If you’ve never used this recipe for banana bread – you must! It is wonderful.)

KC Bread

Now you are going to really understand what happens in my kitchen sometimes, when I tell you today was my turn to bring 5 loaves of fresh bread for visitors to our church — and so I had my kitchen work cut out for me!

I have several pastors that I listen to regularly, and so it has long been my habit to play their current online sermons or recordings when working in the kitchen.  A friend had told me that Eric Metaxas spoke at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Father’s Day weekend.  I generally listen to the sermons from WOC and so I eagerly went searching to see if his recording was there.
It was!

Eric Metaxas  is an American author, speaker, and radio host. He is Eric Metaxasbest known for two biographies, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.   My husband, sous-chef dish-washing mom and I met him when he was in middle Tennessee after writing Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.  (Which is excellent, highly recommended reading!)

I tell you all this to say when I listened to his presentation about his recently released book If You Can Keep It – The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, I couldn’t help to think what a timely and appropriate message for our Independence Day weekend!

Click HERE —  I have attached the link so you can listen also!  I promise it is worth the time! But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading