German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake 

It was my little ones 3rd birthday and he requested a chocolate cake.  One of my favourites is German Chocolate.   Not too sweet and oh so delicious.  Sadly I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand that I needed. So I made do with what i had the result, amazing!

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German Chocolate Cake
Yields 2
Not too sweet and very moist this cake is perfect for any occasion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of flour
  2. 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp of salt
  6. 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  7. 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 1 tbsp vanilla
  10. 1 vanilla bean
  11. 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease cake pan set aside
  3. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda
  4. Combine milk and lemon juice and set aside for 5 mins
  5. Place sugar and butter in a bowl , cream until light and fluffy
  6. Beat in eggs one at a time, mix in vanilla until smooth
  7. Scoop out vanilla bean , mix until combined
  8. Slowly add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture until mixed thoroughly
  9. Add batter into cake pan until firm to the touch or knife inserted in centre comes clean about 40mins
  10. Remove from oven and let cool , frost and serve
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Things I never thought I would say to my kids

Things I never thought I would say to my kids

 

Being a mother of two boys its interesting at times.  Hell being a mother at all can have you saying things you never thought you would.  Here are 10 things I have found myself saying.  

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1: Put your penis in your pants!   

Being a mother of boys this is a regular occurrence in my household.

2:  We don’t lick the cat

Yes , yes it’s happened. 

3:  Who are you Poo-casso? We don’t do that to the wall. 

I walked into the living room one day and saw the unimaginable.  Poo + wall.  Well I am sure you get the picture. 

4: As my son is picking his nose. 

Me: Does that taste good?

3 yr old: It tastes like Jelly Beans

Me:  Um ok.  Touche

5:  Stop licking my arm!

6:  No your brother is not a zombie.   

7:  Me:   No we can’t sell your brother.   Would you want to buy him?

5 yr old: No 

8: Don’t put that in your nose!

9:  No, your brother won’t poop if you push on his head. 

10:  No fish don’t like milk!   

This of course happened after I walked into the room as my son was pouring a glass of milk into the tank.  Believe it or not the fish survived. 

 

What have you said to your children that you never thought you would have to say?

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Homemade Beauty Tips : 5 Tips and Tricks

 Homemade Beauty Tips: 5 Tips and Tricks 

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Photo Credit: Naturally You Skin Care via Compfight cc

 

I’m always looking for ways to make different products at home.  Cost effective and easy to do here are five tip and tricks to help you get started. 

1: Blackhead Removal 

There are many recipes out there but this one seems to work the best. crush up a few plain regular aspirins (non-coated) then add a tiny amount of water to make a paste.  Apply this paste like a mask, let it dry and then remove with a warm cloth. 

2: To Remove Built up Residue from Hair

Use every two weeks.  Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms and then massage into damp hair.  Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse with water.  Shampoo hair. 

3: Facial Scrub  (Oatmeal and Honey Scrub)

Combine 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal,  3 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 to 1 tsp of water.  Add mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 10 mins. Using a soft cloth apply some warm water and gently rub the skin in a circular motion as you rinse it off.  ( make this before you are to use it, cannot be stored. )

4: Hand Butter

warm 1/4 cup of beeswax and 1/4 cup of cocoa butter in a pan until melted.  Add 2 tablespoons of safflower oil and remove from heat. add a few drops off essential oil (if so desired) and beat with a whisk until cool. while its still soft put it into a container.   This will be firm but will melt in your hands when you use it. 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar for clear skin 

Got eczema or acne ? Mix apple cider vinegar with some Epsom salts and add it to a warm bath for a skin cleansing, healing and detoxifying treatment.

What are some tips and tricks you use ?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Yesterday I the urge to make my chocolate chip cookies but the boys wanted ice cream.  So I thought why can’t i have both.  These cookie bowls are delicious and not that hard to make. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl
Yields 12
A bowl you can eat what could be better!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup white sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1 vanilla bean
  7. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  8. 1 1/2 cups flour
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. in a mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. add egg, vanilla and mix
  3. in another bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and cream of tartar
  4. add slowly to butter mixture and mix well
  5. stir in chocolate chips
  6. preheat oven to 350
  7. chill dough mixture for at least a half hour
  8. lightly grease muffin tins
  9. take a small amount of cookie batter and roll , press into muffin tins
  10. take another small amount and press into sides to form a cup
  11. take a piece of tin foil place into cup and fill with beans, macaroni or another other weight
  12. bake for 12- 15 mins or until done
  13. remove from oven let cool slightly and remove foil
  14. fill with ice cream and enjoy!
Notes
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Press cookie mixture in bottom of tin
Place foil with beans or macaroni to weigh it down during the baking process
Place foil with beans or macaroni to weigh it down during the baking process
And there you have it! Cookie bowls
And there you have it! Cookie bowls

 

Baking Hacks

Your in the process of making a cake and then the unthinkable happens.  You don’t have that one ingredient that you need.  We have all had it happen.   It happened to me two days ago.   Where there’s a will theres a way or a hack ;)  Here is a list of baking hacks that can save your dessert.

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What baking or cooking hacks do you use?

 

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S’more Cookies

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August Adventures : S’more Cookies 

 

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August is almost wrapping up and the end of summer is upon us.     I’ve been spending my time taking advantage of the nice weather and the time i have with the boys before my eldest starts school.  One thing we have done lately is sitting down for movie nights .  I am very fortunate to be a part of Netflix Canada’s Streamteam and find myself watching Netflix all the time.  This month the focus has been on Adventure.  Some of our favourite shows this month thus far. 

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When I  think of Adventure , I think of the outdoors and s’mores.    So what better way to celebrate some August Adventures then with a cookie recipe.  Lets get baking! 

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S'more Cookies
These cookies will bring you back to roasting marshmallows over the campfire.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup white sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 1/3 cup flour
  8. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  9. 1 cup marshmallows
  10. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (milk or dark)
  11. 1 jersey milk chocolate bar broken into squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. in a mixer cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla mix until combined.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and graham crackers and mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture mix until combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows, stir just until combined.
  7. Drop 1 tbsp of mixture onto your baking sheet and top with a jersey milk square then add an additional drop of dough to cover.
  8. Cook for 13-15 mins
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 **I am part of the Netflix Streamteam, all opinions in this post are my own**

 

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Cloud Vitamin A : Review and Giveaway

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Cloud Vitamin A  with Retinyl Palmitate : Review and Giveaway  

The summer weather not only brings a ton of outdoor time for myself and the boys it brings many sunburns.     Being fair-skinned we sadly burn all too easy so sunscreen is very important.   So when the people over at Cloud approached my to try their inaugural product I was more than happy to give it a try. 

 

My boys and I have very sensitive skin that burns easily.   I can remember the days of being lobster red when I would go out and forget to apply my sunscreen more than once.     and have a hard time finding products that I like or can actually use. Many products tend to irritate my skin. Needless to say i was pleasantly surprised with Cloud.
Cloud Vitamin A with Retinyl Palmitate is the first consumer sunscreen to guard against the suns full spectrum of rays.   Cloud Vitamin A is proven to reverse existing damage and signs of aging by stimulating the natural production of collagen within 6 months of regular use.    It is free from parabens, fragrances , preservatives and animal testing.    

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What I love about Cloud :

  • The Ingredients are simple Purified Water, mineral oil, white petrolatum , retinyl palmitate , glaxal cream base.
  • Its Economical , One pump is enough per application that means a whole tube contains 1000 pumps
  •  It is free from parabens, fragrances , preservatives and animal testing.
  • Easy on sensitive skin 
  • reverses existing damage and signs of aging 

 

 

You can learn more or purchase Cloud Vitamin A with Retinyl Palmitate here on their website

The people over at cloud want to give you a chance to win a sample of Cloud Vitamin A and a Cloud beach mat.   Enter to win below.  *Open to residents of Canada * 

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