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Thursday, April 14, 2016

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

German Sweet Chocolate Cake 1, that is what it is called, but in all our time in Germany, I don't think we ever had a cake as sweet and gooey as this one.  Hmmm.  Here is Phil's requested birthday cake.  I only made one change to the instructions.

You can find the cake recipe here at the All Recipes Site, German Sweet Chocolate Cake 1

I did not use squares of German Sweet Chocolate, as I didn't have any at the house.  So I used chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup, melted.  I did not mix the chocolate with the water.  Instead I added them separately to the batter.  The picture on the site is a round layered cake.  But I used a 9X13 pan as the directions said, and it worked great.  Phillip loved it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wow What an EGG!

My hens have been laying for a couple of years now, so we have seen our share of large eggs, double yolk eggs and even tiny eggs.  But this is the LARGEST egg I have seen yet.  SO HUGE!  I feel for the poor hen that laid this egg.  Whew, what a hen! As a comparison, most of the other eggs in that carton are also large, so large that the lid does not shut.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Phillip's Granola boys have vastly different personalities and tastes.  They do not like the same cereal, so I make two different granola versions.  This one is Phillip's Granola.

-4 cups oats (not the instant or quick cooking oats)
-1/2 cup craisins
-1/2 cup dried blueberries
-1/2 cup chopped pecans
-1/4-1/2 cup honey

I mix this all together in a large bowl, starting with 1/4 cup honey.  I add a little more honey if I think it needs it.  I want everything to be mixed nicely.  You will see how you like it, there is no right or wrong way.  Does it look coated with honey enough for you?  

You can add any other dried fruit, nut, or seeds, you like.  I will post Dallen's recipe in the future.  

Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Cook at 275 degrees for 10 minutes, then take it out and turn it over, mixing it up, with a spatula and put it back in for another 10 minutes.  Keep repeating this until it is nice and golden brown, like my picture.  It generally takes me about 30 minutes of cooking.  Then just let it cool completely before storing in a container.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mustache Wax

I am posting this here so I can find it again.  I saw this on an essential oil facebook page, and thought I would try it. I have one son growing out his mustache and he was commenting about the undesirable ingredients in so many commercial products.  So I decided to make this for him to try.  It is called a "beard balm" but if you want to use it for a beard you would need to use less beeswax.  I would probably use 1 tsp beeswax and see how that worked.  As is, it is very much a harder wax, than a balm.  But it is perfect for a mustache.

I don't know who the gentleman is in the picture, and I can't read the web site imprinted above his head.  So I can't link it here. If anyone else can read it please leave a comment.  I am always so happy to give credit and link back to the original source to increase traffic to useful web sites.