Zucchini chocolate cake with cream cheese matcha frosting

This recipe was submitted by @subtleskeptic_ from a recipe book called The Alternative Baker. These look simply delicious! Ingredients 8 oz zucchini 1 cup packed organic light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/4 cup light olive oil or sunflower oil 1/4 cup whole milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder 3/4 cup plus 2 tspb sorghum flour 1/4 cup sweet white rice flour 2 tsp baking power 1/2 tsp fine sea salt Frosting 6 oz cream cheese softened 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1 tbsp good quality culinary grade matcha 1/8 tsp fine sea salt To makeRead More →

I have been married for what will be 12 years in May of 2019. I have had many experiences in my marriage that sometimes take couples an entire lifetime to sift through. When we got married we were very close. He and I were inseparable. When he came home from Iraq, he changed. Please see my posts on A Journey Through Struggle Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  and Part 4 for more details on my journey. I am going to gloss over quite a bit of it, and talk about one major point here. REKINDLING THE FLAME. What Exactly Causes a Flame to go Out orRead More →

recipe exchange borscht

Borscht is an old traditional Eastern European soup provided by @xtrisarahtops . This wonderful recipe was created by her grandmother in law.    Recipe Note: I used enough ingredients to fill a LARGE soup pot, so I recommend eyeballing and adjusting the amount of produce to fill 1/3 of the pot. Ingredients 1 lb beef (I used cubed sirloin tips) 5-8 raw beets (peeled and cubed) About 4 cups of little purple potatoes, cubed 1 onion chopped 1 bag of chopped/shredded purple cabbage (for color) 1 can crushed tomatoes White vinegar Purple carrots, chopped 12 oz vegetable stock Instructions In a large soup pot brownRead More →

  This recipe was submitted by @SewTrad, a wonderful woman who makes wonderful food with southern grace and charm! This is sure to be a holiday favorite in your home! I know I am going to make it this year! Ingredients 1 Prepared 8×8 pan of cornbread 4 eggs 1/4 cup butter 3 boiled eggs choped 1 1/2 cups soft bread 1 onion diced (equal to about 1 cup) 1 bunch of celery diced (1 1/2 cups) 1/2 tbsp dried sage 1/2 tbsp black pepper 28 oz can chicken broth 1 tsp salt Directions Crumble cornbread into a large bowl Stir in soft bread crumbsRead More →

This recipe was submitted by @altwestwife. This will be a great addition to anyone’s recipe drawer, especially with the colder months coming. This Recipe perfectly fills my 2 1/2 quart corningware dish Crust Ingredients 3/4 cup very cold butter 1/2 tsp salt 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cups very cold water Directions Using a Pastry Blender, combine butter, flour, salt in a mixing bowl. Finished product will consist of small pea sized chunks Using a wooden spoon, slowly begin adding cold water to the mixture. Eventually it will become easier to use your hands to finish mixing When the dough is mixed thuroughly-removeRead More →

Meatloaf is always a wonderful comfort food. @mtnhousewife has a great recipe that is sure to find its way to your favorite recipes! Backstory This is the first dish that @mtnhousewife made for her husband. Obviously, it was a hit as they have been married for quite some time Ingredients 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef 3/4 cup cracker crumbs 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 egg 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp prepared horseradish (optional) 1/2 tsp orgeano 1/8 tsp pepper 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 8 oz can tomato sauce 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese (for topping) Directions CombineRead More →

effects of complaining in marriage

I Had to Be Still I had to be still and pray for a moment today before writing this blog post. This post is based on an event that occured in my life today. Sometimes, as women, we need to just be still and watch what unfolds around us. My husband and I are volunteering for Veterans Community Response. My husband serves as a peer mentor, and I help in the kitchen feeding all the hungry veterans. (To learn more about what Veterans Community Response does, please visit vetcomres.org.) Now, that I have found clarity, I will share my lesson on the effects of complainingRead More →

language of love

According to Gary Chapman, author of the 5 Languages of Love, there are five ways people show love. What of this is your Language of Love? Gift Giving Physical Touch Quality Time Acts of Service Words of Devotion   As a couple, it is important that we recognize our partner’s Love Language. Here is a great video on Love Language by Iyanla Vanzant, a renowned Life Coach. Speaking Different Languages This brings me to my next point. Many masculine males function on Acts of Service as their language of love. My husband is one of those people, especially since he came home from Iraq. IRead More →

Every time I have a slice of jello cake, I think of my wonderful grandma Julie. She made it for me every single time we came to her house. It makes me smile just to think about it. In my mind’s eye, I can still see that wonderful woman coming to the table with it, reminding me how much she thought of me to always make me my special cake. Of course you can vary this recipe by making your own white cake from scratch. You can also make homemade cool whip. But, this simple recipe was how Grandma whipped it up.   For myRead More →

organizing desk

In our house, I am the keeper of the budget….and all papers for that matter. Over time, I realized I could not find anything. Nothing had a place. Nothing was organized. Nothing made sense. It was time for a change. I sat and thought about my office for a while and came up with several ideas to make it all make sense. For some, an office ends up being a “catch-all.” I had papers on the kitchen counter in a pile, and I had more piles of paper in the office. NONE OF IT WAS ORGANIZED!!! De-Clutter To de-clutter, start by gathering three boxes. LabelRead More →