Monday, May 21, 2012

Have your Cake and Eat it too

    As many of you know, I have gone off white flour and as a result have had great weight loss results.  White flour is just one of those things that turns to glue once it enters my body and attaches itself to every single fat cell it can find.  Dieting can be a bit boring at times, even for the most determined....thanks to hormones and the like I still crave the occasional chocolate "bad" food.  I used to think nothing about treating myself to a candy bar at the grocery store checkout...but sometimes I go to the store several times a week so this could be a problem as you can probably see.

    I have found a *spectacular* whole wheat chocolate cake recipe that passes the Bittersweet Household muster test...I have even been told that this cake tastes like the Tasty Kake Chocolate if you are familiar with Tasty Kake then you know what that means.  I found this particular recipe on I Dare You to Eat It....which is a blog mostly about food storage.  This chocolate cake is made without eggs or butter, and it is AMAZING.  Yes, it has sugar, but everything in moderation can't be too bad for you. it is

Fresh Ingredients
Storage Ingredients
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold water
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into a 9 inch by 9 inch baking pan, two inches deep. (The pan does not have to be greased.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. Test with a fork for doneness.

Please keep in mind that this cake will taste much different once cooled than it does when warm....the "whole wheat" aroma and flavor will subside into a nice plain old chocolate cake aroma and flavor and those who don't know it's whole wheat will never know unless you tell them.

                               Photo courtesy of Aubree Lane on Etsy
How cute are these tags?  They would go so well with handmade gifts that include chocolate...hop on over to Aubree Lane and get them while they're still fresh!

Blessings for a Great week!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Friend is having a Giveaway

            Hop on over to Country Thyme Primitives and enter to win these lovelies!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Hope it's a wonderful one:)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Still here

                  (photo courtesy of LilPunkinHead)

Oh my...I have been neglecting my little blog and it's become a festering breeding ground for all kinds of spam!  I'm still here.....I have a lot to catch up on...LIFE has been happening all around me and I have just been so wrapped up in things that I haven't had the urge to sit down and blog.  My son is in his 11th year of school at home and I have to's challenging.  Daughter starts a full time job soon (thank goodness) and Walter is growing like a weed.

    I must say, this Washington weather is really getting to me and I am no longer enjoying living in the Pacific Northwest.  The lack of sunshine can really zap your spirits and not only that, I am so sick of the muddy mess being tracked in by the dog.  Why people voluntarily live here is beyond me.  My heart will always be in New England and I can really see myself going back there someday.  I did enjoy living in Colorado...the mountains were beautiful but it's landlocked...and I like living near the ocean.  Washington is a bit like New England in that aspect and it's much more lush than Colorado but just too darn wet !

    I have recently gone off white flour, sugar and almost all carbs and as a result, have lost 15 pounds.  Some of you may recall I did this a few years ago and lost quite a bit of weight (25 lbs) but I also got gall stones from the rapid weight loss and had to have my gall bladder    I am more motivated now as I am eager to make some lasting life and exercise being one of them, and really evaluating my life.  I've had quite a bit of unhappiness and I know it's not how the Lord wants me to live my life.  I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out my role and my life's purpose and I still, still don't have it sorted out yet.

  All is well and I am truly Blessed...I have my health and that of my family.  I am realizing that I need to put myself first because I have been last for so long and that nobody can make me happy except myself and the choices I make......disrespect and bad feelings no longer have a place in my life and I have a great new outlook.

    I am on Pinterest and Facebook occasionally so if any of my wonderful friends would like to link up...let me know :)  I promise too much time won't go by before I post again.

(...and I very much dislike the changes Blogger has made...anyone else? )

Have a Blessed Week!