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Depression cake..

This cake was created by our grandmothers and great grandmothers when times of war were wreaking havoc on our world. In some countries the Great Depression started in the late 1920s and lasted till the late 1930s. During this time food like dairy were scarce. Women had to come up with ways to feed their families off of $5 a week.

This cake is called many things. Wacky cake, depression cake, grandma’s cake, boiled cake, boiled raisin cake, the list goes on and on. I will refer to it as depression cake, being this is where it originated from. This cake is safe for anyone with dairy allergies, because it has NO dairy! Wait, what?!? Yes that’s right, no eggs, milk or butter! It will still be very moist and filling!

Because I wasn’t sure if our kids would enjoy the cake I made a half batch, but this recipe will be a full batch. My mother remembers eating this cake when she was a child. You can use pretty much any dried fruit you want, but the normal is raisins. This is a spiced cake. Soo I told my youngest, it’s like pumpkin bread without the pumpkin lol.

This cake is most enjoyed with a cup of coffee, milk, a dusting of powdered sugar, or just plain.

2 cups water

2 cups raisins

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup oil

2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Cloves

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

2 tsp. Water, separate

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Salt

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

Powdered sugar, optional

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In a medium saucepan over med-high heat combine sugar, water, raisins, oil, and spices. Bring to a boil and continually stir for 3 mins. Remove from heat and let cool down 20 mins or so. You should be able to put your fingers it it before using it. In a small dish add 2 tsp. Warm water and dissolve salt and baking soda. In a medium bowl mix flour and baking powder. After raisins cool down, add your salt/soda mixture into the raisins. The batter may bubble a little. Next add wet mixture into dry and mix and stir until raisins are equally distributed. You may either grease a 9×9 pan or line with foil and leave an overhang on all sides. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 325* F for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. After it’s done baking let rest for 5-10 mins and either flip upside down or use foil handles to remove and further cooling.

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I left mine sit too long after I flipped it and it has lines, but that does nothing to the flavor and the lines are not normal lol.

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Dear day light savings..

Dear day lights saving,

I am ever so happy and thankful for your shinin rays of light. The reminder of a new day. The natural heat you produce when the wind is a bit chilly on a warm spring day. I also love the extra time we get durin the summer days of summer vacation when we can stay out all night to play. However….might I remind you that some of our children have a built in alarm clock?!? So when the sun comes up late durin winter months my lil red rooster will stay sleeping until 8 am. Which is awesome to be able to sleep in! But also brings us to summer vacation months when the sun is up at 6 am. Yes..that means my lil red rooster is also up at 6 am ready to get into somethin he would normally not because mommy is still sleepin! No, he is not a real rooster, just the youngest child who is like a rooster and wakes when the sun rises. Come back winter! I would like to sleep till 7 at least! At least he is not a good whisperer or tip toe-er.

Sincerely,

Extremely exhausted and tired Mom

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Blizzard 2015..

Let me start off by sayin that I am a born Northerner. I moved to the south for a couple years, found and married my husband (who is also a born Northerner), and decided to move back North with our family. Our kids are so young and haven’t gotten a real chance to live the snow life. Growin up I had the chance to deal with a couple snow blizzards and was the best thing ever! From igloos, to tunnels, to sledding there was always somethin fun to do! With all the ice we got last year we got a chance to have a small snowball fight which led to an approximate 10 ft. by 5 ft. igloo or as we called a long house. This year was a big tease! It never really snowed decent enough to go outside and enjoy it let alone when it did were we off work at a decent time, lol. Finally, it started to snow Saturday morning and didn’t stop until early Sunday morning, ending with ice showers. Yep..the weekends we work morning and get out shortly after lunch! 😀 Yay, can it be? Is it possible we can actually enjoy what everyone is callin “Blizzard 2015”?! We sure did, we got dressed very warm to the point of not being able to move, since the temperature is about 15 F plus the snow is still fallin with a slight wind, grabbed the 3 runner sleds, 1 saucer, and our swimming tubes and took off to the park..No one was there when we first arrived, next thing you know there is about 3 adults and 6 kids not includin our 4 adults and 3 kids (my mom drove us). We decided shortly after we arrived that we would make a ramp, yes a ramp! So we gathered snow as a family. Dad is shovelin the snow onto the sleds, kids pullin the sleds to me where I built the flume. At first we built a single ramp with walls down the hill, shortly after my sister-in-law arrived with her son we decided we would build a double ramp with walls to the next ramp! So much excitement you can’t even tell how cold it is! So after an hour of play we went home to enjoy coffee and hot cocoa. A fun outside winter sport to keep the family active!

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Our home <3

Heat mid winter..nah Ill pass said no mother ever..

So when we moved into this place it was October, therefor when cleanin and first dealin with the house is was the endin of summer with very warm temps boostin the house temp normally. Givin the false impression that the house is well insulated, we thought we could manage the heat durin the winter with some space heaters, fireplace (yes we know its not to keep the house warm, however it keeps a room warm), and dressin in layers. However, shortly into November we realized the house does not keep the heat, most of the windows feel windy, and hardwood floors are ice cold! So we decided to get a delivery of oil hoping to make it last all winter by regulatin the temp at a comfortable 64 F with long clothes on, slippers and a robe (or a blanket if you like to snuggle). About a month later I go to the basement to see how much oil we’ve used…hmm.. the fill gauge is on empty nah..it’s probably stuck, so I bang on the gauge..bang on the tank..doesn’t budge. The furnace is still runnin, the tank is obviously not empty. So we realized the gauge is broken and we have no idea when were going to run out of heating oil. In high hopes we think positively that the oil will last all winter, we are being conservative after all. Eh.. It lasted until January, not bad..hoped it was longer. So now we have the question to buy oil or not? Well being that it’s January, we haven’t had snow yet really, and winter has only 2 more months we thought we could manage stayin warm. The kids stay at my mothers on the weekends so we have to put the space heaters in their rooms during the week. After 2 weeks of testing this theory we realized this is not going to work either! Ok! Think Jazzy, you can figure this out…yeah get more heating oil! No your stubborn and realize you can do this, its not that bad plus it is teachin the kids that life isn’t always great, easy, and smooth..there are rough patches, hard times, and things are never easy! But if we come together as a family we will always get thru! So needless to say we have a quilt stapled to the upstairs doorway, we keep all the bedroom doors open, the boys have the heaters in their room (our room in the middle of theirs) and with slippers and a robe we can stay warm and the upstairs is maintainin about 64 F. Now the downstairs is a different story, it stays at 42 F…brr that’s fridge temp. So I hung a blanket on the entrance of the kitchen and exit of the dining room (all the rooms are connected in a circle, drives me nuts when I have to chase an animal or kid around it!) If I turn the oven on 450 F for 10 mins it heats both the rooms to about 68 F. Did I mentioned its the end of January and we just got about a foot of snow in the past day and it’s still coming down? Lol. But if you think about it, the Amish community doesn’t believe in using electric, so many of them are toughin it out as well! Why? You might ask. Because I think this is a great life lesson for the kids and its really not that bad. Stick around to see how long we make it.

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Bakin bread..

Whew..I’ve been tryin to bake the “perfect” loaf for 2 weeks, about every other day I would try again. Yeast is very tricky but well worth the end result! I have the texture I’m lookin for but can’t seem to get the color, I don’t know if I’m scared to leave it in that long after it’s finished or somethin I’m doin wrong. However, I’m pretty confident that every time I bake a loaf I get closer and closer to the “perfect” loaf. Join me as I take you on my journey of trial and error on bread bakin.

Here are the ingredients and tools required:

Non-stick spray, pans, TBSP, TSP, liquid measuring cup, pot holder, salt, sugar, yeast, flour, mixing device, mixing bowl, and lukewarm water.

Bread bakin necessities..

Don’t forget your daily dose of coffee 😀 and good music to help pass the time..

Coffee :-DGood tunes..

It is very important that you use warm liquid with bakin bread. Yeast is live, so if the water burns you..it will burn your yeast which will not allow your bread to rise. Same happens when usin too cold of water. Preferred temperature would be around 100 F. Just don’t drop your thermometer into the water and break it 😦

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Any ways.. I will be showin you how to make a double batch. Dependin on your shape and size depends on how much it will yield. I’m making a couple 9″ round loaves and some regular shaped 8″ bread pan. It can yield 6 nice sized loaves, or 3 french bread sized. I was off today and decided I would make 5 batches of bread. I got 21 loaves out of it and split it between my mom, sister-in-law & family, and my brother & family. I also played around a lil bit and make some sesame and cinnamon loaves.

Back on subject, add 4 cups of lukewarm water into mixing bowl. Add 4 tsp. and 1/2 tsp of yeast and stir until dissolved. Dependin on what kind of yeast you have (active, instant, live) depends on how you need to activate the yeast. The instant yeast I’m usin here you can add into your flour and mix with warm liquids to activate the yeast. I am used to activatin my yeast in the steps I am listin below. The sugar is what allows the yeast to become active.

lukewarm water is the trick..

Make sure to read what kind you have.

Make sure to read what kind you have.

Like so..

Add yeast and stir..stir until dissolved..

Add 2 tbsp. of salt and stir until dissolved. Next add 3 tbsp. of sugar and stir until dissolved. If you have instant yeast you can move on to addin flour, otherwise you will need to wait about 10 mins or until the mixture becomes foamy. (This step will not be pictured, next time I bake bread I will add one)

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Next, you will need to add 6-10 cups of all-purpose flour. Yes, you can substitute with whole wheat flours. You want the dough to remain in tack without crumblin apart. When you get enough flour in it to knead the dough you will want to spray your work area and your hands with non-stick spray and only use flour as needed in sticky situations, lol. Sometimes the middle isn’t getting enough flour when it’s still in the bowl so as your kneading the dough you will find sticky batches, add flour there. Continue to knead the dough for about 5 mins. Before you put the dough back in the mixin bowl you will need to spray the bowl. Put the dough back in the bowl and flip it so the now greased part is on the top.

. Add flourspray bowl

Cover it with a clean dish towel and let proof for about 1-1/2 hrs or until doubled in size. Make sure your room is at least 75 F for best proofin, I turn my oven on 350 F and set bowl on door. Now is when good music comes in handy, you can dance the time away..also helps you stay in shape. Don’t forget to spray your pans ahead of time.

cover in heated roomSpray your pans..

Get your work area ready again by sprayin it with non-stick spray in advance.

Seperate dough..

Time to check the dough. And it has doubled in size…Now its time to take our anger out..spray them hands and punch that dough down!

Doubled..Punch your dough..

Let’s split the dough, be creative..if you want french bread make a 6″ log and make 3 cuts in it, to make dinner rolls make 1″ balls, if you want to make bagels just accidentally put extra flour in the dough and simply cut out 3″ circles and a 1″ middle. However, I tried out sesame seeds on top. Just lay out the seeds on a plate and place dough of top of seeds to coat the dough and place that side up in pan. Otherwise flip the dough to the greased size up again. One more waitin period for the last proofin stage. Only a short 30-60 mins or until doubled in size.

Split the dough..Last proof..

Bake breads at 400 F for about 20-30 mins dependin on size. Rotate breads around in the oven about half way thru cookin time. I rotate mine every 10 mins to try to equal out the cookin.

Bakin bread..

Flip the bread out of the hot pans immediately after removin them from the oven, the bottoms will get soggy. Let cool at least 5 mins before you cut into them, bread is definitely best when hot and smothered in butter..mMmM..

Finish product.. Cinnamon bread..

I tried out somethin new. My Hubby had an amazin idea with cinnamon bread. When shapin the bread I simply pressed the dough out and sprinkled 1/8 cup of cinnamon sugar on the dough. Gave the dough a quick knead to spread the cinnamon in the dough. It was sooo goood!! Gonna try it with some icin drizzled over top heated.

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