Yesterday we celebrated Dallas’ half yearly marker.
Five and a half deserved half of a cake! While I was at it, I chose to take a photo of said cake giving half the effort.
This gooey yellow cake was rich and filling, without the gluten. I’ve been on a bit of a gluten roller-coaster and am looking forward to hearing what my doctor has to say about it today. My taste buds can’t be the jury any longer, so a blood test will have to be the judge.
The recipe can be found at a blog titled, Artistta: One Mom’s Creativity on Canvas & in the Kitchen.
I should have followed her advice and cooked the cake a bit longer, but everyone was waiting on dessert before bedtime. I’ll do lots and lots of things that may be frowned upon, if it means bedtime comes a little sooner. The fudge poured over the top was a rich mix of melted coconut oil, melted butter, melted (again?) semi-sweet chocolate chips and a dash of vanilla. I’d love to give you a recipe, but I ended up with 2 or 3 cups left over, so I’d suggest experimenting in small quantities!
When you see Artistta’s cake, you’ll notice that mine was cut while hot and isn’t as firm looking. Just wanted to throw in the obvious.
The boys had a relaxing inside day yesterday and took full advantage of the couch. Apparently, they think we own some type of sectional.
Wanna learn about something fun?
They are called SoapNuts and mine are from a great company called LaundryTree.
LaundryTree SoapNuts are an easy way to “green” your laundry!
Soapnuts aren’t actually a nut at all, they are simply the fruit of a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), found primarily in the Himilayas. And they are an EXCELLENT alternative to traditional laundry detergents and cleaners.
A FEW AMAZING THINGS ABOUT SOAP NUTS:
- They are simply a dried fruit – 100% totally natural.
- Clothes washed with soapnuts will have no scent – and that’s how you’ll know they are TRULY clean!
- They are organically grown and are free of harsh chemicals, so they are incredibly gentle. (This makes them especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis).
- They’re totally biodegradeable, so they’re better for the environment than regular detergent. – LaundryTree
Soapnuts are especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis!
Commercial detergents can easily irritate skin that is dry and sensitive, but soapnuts are extremely gentle and chemical free — alleviating the potential for problems. Liquid or sheet fabric softeners may also irritate skin, but since soapnuts make your laundry soft and fluffy, those products are are truly unnecessary!
I’ve had this bag I have used off and on since 2007 and I am almost out. I plan to buy another bag because I love how soft they make my clothes. You can use these little guys and make a soap that works on anything. You can add different smells too, which is really fun.
More pumpkin! More pumpkin!.
Try sneaking a couple tablespoons or more into a bowl of hummus. Homemade hummus is super easy and can be pretty cheap.
Check out DAMY’s hummus recipe page if you need some instructions.
It can also get pretty boring. Pumpkin butter gives hummus a touch of sweetness and depth. Be careful not to overload, it’s pretty sugary stuff. Super yummy with apple slices or pretzel sticks.
Time to go put the wee one down for a nap. Grandpa is babysitting today and he ain’t down for the grumps. Also, I need to wrestle my Tic Tacs out of his hand. They worked so well keeping him occupied yesterday as we shopped together. It was a little like introducing him to coffee. The first Tic Tac was a little bitter for him, now he acts like he can’t even speak to another human without first eating a little orange pebble.
Oops. The Tic Tac box is empty. Tomorrow’s pull-ups should be interesting!