Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baking


Over the weekend I did a lot of baking and cooking. We had Homecoming at church and I always try to prepare a lot of delicious food to share with my church family and guests as well. We want to make sure everyone has plenty to eat and enjoys their time together as we have a meal and fellowship after our worship service. 

But on Saturday afternoon, I had to take a break from cooking for the church and turn my attention towards another project. My Dad is turning 60 this year and they were having a surprise birthday party for him. I couldn't think of anything he might like better than a black walnut cake. His Aunt Lucille used to make them for family reunions and he loved them. I don't have her recipe, but I tried my best to come close. After having a piece, my Dad said that this recipe was better than hers. My Aunt Lucille was a precious lady and a wonderful cook... so I take that as a very high compliment! 

This cake is wonderfully moist and rich. Have a nice hot pot of coffee brewing to help cut some of the sweet. ;)

Black Walnut Cake 

Cake ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp black walnut extract
1 cup chopped black walnuts
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Frosting ingredients:

3/4 cup butter softened
12 oz cream cheese softened
7 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp black walnut extract

Cake Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed.
Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In another bowl, combine buttermilk and soda; stir until soda is dissolved.
Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
Mix after each addition.
Stir in vanilla and black walnut extract.
Add in 1 cup black walnuts; stir well.
In another bowl, beat egg whites (at room temperature) and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form; fold egg white mixture into batter.
Pour batter into 3 greased/floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake in a 350° oven for 22-25 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.


Frosting Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter together; begin adding powdered sugar a little at a time. Once incorporated add vanilla and black walnut flavorings. Beat til light and fluffy
Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
Press additional chopped walnuts onto sides of cake.




Monday, June 26, 2017

Fishing

The week before family camp, the kids wanted to take some of their money they earned and buy themselves a fishing pole. None of them had much knowledge on the subject... but Eli had been several times before. We visited Bass Pro Shop and the kids found poles that fit their needs and their budgets. 

They used them on our camping trip, but because the water was so cold, there wasn't much biting. Eli and his cousin Logan did catch some catfish though! 

Last week a sweet man from our church allowed them to come over and fish in his pond. Carlie and Abe caught their first fish and they were so excited! 
They ended up catching several each and that just thrilled them to pieces. 
I'm so thankful for those who invest in my children's lives. To help give them opportunities to learn and grow and experience new things. 
Have a wonderful day!