Friday, June 10, 2011

Cake Pops

My kids and I first caught onto the cake pop craze while visiting Starbucks on rainy afternoons here in the Midwest. And, then I found this book.....which although I do not own yet I plan too for nothing but the sheer fun of it!

Sarah and I got together on Wednesday with our small herd of youngins and we decided to really kick off summer. Both of us have been feeling summer days passing us by too quickly, so we made lemonade, wore bathing suits in the yard, brought out the water toys, and made cake pops!

Here is the thing with cake pops....(and I do not mean the fancy adorable Katie could never do those kind ones).......

1. They are incredibly easy to make.
2. Kids love putting them together.
3. They are versatile, you can look at my recipe, but can easily use your own cake recipe. .
4. They are even more fun to eat. Cake, on a stick. Proud that this invention is in my generation. :)

We started by baking a cake.
I made a basic white cake.
4 egg whites
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1 3/4 cup Rapadura (sugar)
1 1/3 cup cultured buttermilk

Mix the dry. Mix the wet. Put em' together. Botta bing, botta boom. Bake it until done in the center, which is about 45 minutes at 350 degrees......

Let it cool. This is important. You can even put it into the fridge for a while.

Then, let the fun begin.
1. Break up your cake into lots of little crumblies. The kids loved this.
2. Mix in some jam. Lots of people use icing. I bet that is delicious. I used raspberry jam and it turned out great. Basically you need something in there that is going to be sticky and hold that cake together in nice little ball of deliciousness. I do not know how much jam I used...maybe a half cup.....eye ball it.....
3. Stir it all together and then start forming the balls. Really get your hands dirty!
4. Pop the sticks into the cake balls. We dipped the ends in melted chocolate to help them stay in the cake balls. This worked great, not sure if you must do it though....

5. Stop the progress, take a break, and put them in the freezer for at least a half and hour.
6. Meanwhile, melt chocolate of your choice. We melted on really lovely pack of dark chocolate and then in another pot we melted an uneaten chocolate Easter bunny. Both turned out great !
7. Dip your pops in that chocolate, roll them around, decorate them if you like.

Eat up!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A quick message of perseverance for moms.

Everything you do matters. Even when you can't see where God is at work, you can trust that he is. Check out this tidbit I read from one of my favorite blogs.

"We need time for our faith to grow. When we plant seeds, we can't repeatedly dig them up and pull them out of the ground to see if they are growing. We have to leave them in the ground. Those planted seeds (that we can no longer see) need to be watered by our faith. During the process we must learn to be content with seeing nothing while knowing that God holds everything in His hands, and that He moves on every act prompted by our faith, as the Scripture says."
-Susie Larson
This visual application seemed incredibly relevant to me today, as a mom of young children in a season where seeds are planted, but the fruit has yet to show itself. Keep watering your plants dear mommies. Hold onto your faith, persevere through the rough seasons, and praise God in the good seasons. Hope this message is encouraging and uplifting for you. Praying God's blessing on you today!!

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9