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My Daily Bread and Sometimes Whole Wheat and Rye Bread

Whole Wheat and Rye Bread
Whole Wheat and Rye Bread

My Daily Bread means different things on different days.  Some days it just means I want to make fresh, homemade, fragrant bread for my family.  Other days it means I need to spend lots and lots of time in prayer. It means I need the Lord’s strength as food for my soul.
Lately, He has been my strength, my daily bread, my all-in-all, even more than usual.

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”   – Matthew 4:4

On February 20,  my hiking-husband and my cousin Tim, left for an adventure of a lifetime.  They began a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail.  I wasn’t ready for the emotional roller coaster I would be riding  during those first trail days.
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Happy Birthday Mom With Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting

Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting
Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting

What a blessing to celebrate my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday!  Today, February 8 is her birthday, although we have celebrated for several days!

mom cat cakes

Last week she spent time in Missouri with my brother and sister-in-law and their family.  They brought her home on Friday and I surprised her with 15 Bundt cakes that needed frosted for her party yesterday afternoon!

Mom and Kay
Mom and Kay

Mom and my sister-in-law Kay were both good sports as I started bringing  cakes out of the freezer.  I started baking last week and each day baked a few cakes.  Fifteen in all.  Yikes!

Sous Chef Dishwashing Mom!
Sous Chef Dishwashing Mom!

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, lemon supreme on lemon, fresh strawberry with homemade frosting, chocolate with fudge frosting, red velvet, and white on white.  But the hit of the cake parade is my new favorite cake, Butter Pecan with Caramel Frosting!

Mom and Gaye
Mom and Gaye

My neighbor Kathy got in the act by keeping some of the cakes in her freezer.  She dropped them off on her way to watch her granddaughter play basketball.  About that time, my other neighbor Gaye and her mother-in-law stopped by and quickly began frosting the last of the cakes, which were the three Butter Pecan cakes with Caramel Frosting!

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The Butter Pecan recipe was given to me after I ate a piece at a women’s luncheon last spring.  The recipe went into my “to-do” pile and surfaced recently.  I made one cake a couple of weeks ago for my Chief Cake Lover and my sous chef dishwashing mom.  They were both taken by surprised and thrilled with the texture and taste.  I was immediately reminded why I asked for the recipe in the first place.  This one is a keeper!  When you make it I guarantee you rave reviews!

We had a lovely party celebrating “1931 Was A Very Good Year!”

“For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”      Proverbs 9:11

Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you.

~Catherine

Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting!
 
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My new very favorite cake and frosting! You will love it too!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 servings
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 Box Butter Pecan cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
  • 1 can Coconut Pecan icing
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 cup water
Frosting
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • ¼ cup Evaporated milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake pan with spray oil. (Use a Bundt pan or a 9" x 13" baking pan) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the cake, mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  3. After the cake has baked and is cool, prepare frosting.
  4. Melt butter, add brown sugar and milk. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Add in vanilla.
  5. Pour over confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cake immediately before frosting cools and sets. If the frosting is a little too thick, thin with milk.

 

The Gift of Time

Gently falling snow
Today I was given a beautiful gift. The gift of time.  For many of us our daily calendars fill up with running from place to place. From task to task.  UP and out of the house early, in and out of the car, home again and then off to a meeting or the grocery store!

So when a winter storm blows through sending rain, ice, and snow into middle Tennessee, those of us who can stay home  are wise to do so.  One man’s storm is another’s gift.  Icy roads have me grounded today and I am so thankful.  I am truly sorry for those who must go out and drive in the ice, slush and snow.  I am sorry for the hostesses who planned our garden club meeting for this morning. But for me, I am happy, happy, happy!

After a lovely devotional time this morning, which I shared with my husband, I set off to the kitchen.  There is nothing like warming up the house with something lovin’ coming from the oven! But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thank you to all of my readers who have sent emails, left comments, and have taken the time to share words of encouragement for my nephew, Richard.  In case you missed it you might want to read “You Really Aren’t Going To Believe This”.

I decided it is time I get back to some sweet blogging.  2016 seems to be running at Mach speed in my life and this weekend I intend to slow it down a notch! So, let’s make cookies!

TWD Cookie Tower
Last fall I wanted to take cookies to a friend who was under the weather.  I remembered a particularly delicious cookie recipe that comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking With Julia.

Alice Mocha Choclate Chip Cookies

I asked my sous-chef dishwashing mom if she would mind making the cookies.  She quickly said YES and away she went with the project.
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