Sunday, June 29, 2014

Best Chocolate Mug Cake- No Egg Needed-Dairy Free Option

I love this mug cake! I've made it so many times I have it memorized. I first made it when my son was a newborn and I wanted something easy at the end of the day. Something just for me, because we all know newborns take a lot out of us. So... this is it! The best cake (to me). If you want it dairy free you can use almond milk and exclude or substitute the chocolate chips.
I found the original recipe somewhere online. Can't remember where. Sorry!
Original Chocolate Mug Cake
3 Tb flour
3 Tb powdered sugar
2 Tb cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
dash salt
3 Tb canola/veg oil
3 Tb milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp chocolate chips

Erin's Chocolate Mug Cake
3 Tb flour
3 Tb powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tb cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1 Tb applesauce
2 Tb canola oil
3 Tb almond milk (Sometimes I substitute 1-2 Tb with leftover coffee)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp chocolate chips (Sometimes a dollop of peanut butter too!)

Mix everything except for chocolate chips in a mug. Sprinkle chocolate chips in the center. Microwave 1:05. (You might have to vary it, but DO NOT OVERBAKE. You want to see some gooeyness) I usually race the microwave and try to clean everything up while the cake is cooking. Top with ice cream, leftover frosting, caramel/chocolate sauce.... and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Look What Mommy Did! She Moved the Movies

Our basement is divided into two parts: my craft side where I run my home business & the rec side where my son plays. However, I noticed as he is nearing two that he loves putting movies and dvds in the player. He knows how to get them playing, including turning on the tv.
   Now, we have lots of fun toys in the basement so there is plenty to entertain him. And usually he doesn't tend to just sit around and watch the movies. Sometimes he does but sometimes he just puts movies in and out of the player.
   What's a momma to do? I could tell him no, and teach him not to play with it. We do have lots of things around the house that we use this approach for. But movies are just so enticing. Just look at the colorful spines! So.... I moved the movies. No, I didn't pack them. And this pregnant momma didn't want to hoist them anywhere. So I simply moved them to the bookshelf to the right of the TV and turned them so that all of the ends of the movies faced the room. Doesn't look as nice but I'm thinking it'll work. We're not House Beautiful anyways. We're House Lived-In.
   I then arranged his toys on the empty shelves and in front of the drawers he always liked to pull out. Hoping the new arrangement of toys will spur some imaginative play.
   And, oh yeah, I even unplugged the VHS/ DVD player. We can easily plug itnin when we want to watch a movie.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Peach Picking

We picked some peaches a week ago. I want to get them before the bugs do. I used a fruit spray a couple of times. It's called Nutria I think.  It's safe for organic gardening and I think it really helped!
   And then last night my one year old and I were out picking more before dark and before a storm with hail rolled in that night. He was a big helper... but he wanted to throw them around too! We picked two dozen more.
   And check out how far our tree is leaning over!
   What do you like to make with peaches?  We have an abundance, I love them all by themselves.

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