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Desserts: Cakes & Cupcakes

List of Cakes to try out

Frugal Hausfrau

Here’s my collection of cakes and cupcakes, some old family recipes and some new favorites- there’s a little something for almost any occasion whether it’s just for family, for birthdays or for special occasions. I hope you’ll find something you like.

cupcakes

layer cakes

down home faves

perfect for potlucks

fun for a dinner party orholiday

individual chocolate sumpins

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Zesty Asparagus, Prawn and Mint Risotto

Wish to Dish

Yes, asparagus and I are having a moment currently…

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Today the aforementioned asparagus is getting married together with prawns (a match made in heaven may I add) to give us this oh so creamy risotto.

I am very often asked what my favourite dishes to cook and to eat are and risotto is always towards to top of both lists. Every time I make it I am in awe of the capacity of the humble grain of arborio rice. When cooked in stock it gradually and generously releases starch into the risotto which is how it becomes so glossy, thick and creamy even before it has been coated in butter and parmesan. I find this cooking process so therapeutic – you have to constantly stir and watch over the pan to facilitate peak starch production (PSP). In a world of fast food and fast living this is a brilliant excuse…

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Cold Green Borscht

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You might recognize it as Schav, but we called it Cold Green Borscht, as opposed to Hot Green Borscht, as opposed to Cold Red Borscht, as opposed to Hot Red Borscht. Enough confusion? There is also Cold Shchi, as opposed to Hot Shchi, as opposed to Sour Shchi… Ok already!

The long and short of it is that we make it for Shavuos, and the only similarity between our recipe and the green stuff in a glass jar at your local supermarket, labeled Schav, is the presence of sorrel. Actually, sorrel is not even necessary, as we only added it to spinach which is the main ingredient. I use it when I can get it, and if I don’t get it, I just use more spinach.  In Poland, they used exclusively sorrel in the old times. It was the soup of pour people, and sorrel was a weed kids were…

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How to Cure Procrastination

goal settingSomewhere, I once read “The Future Me is a Jerk”, the procrastinator in me found the statement oddly profound. So here I am trying to write a post on procrastination. Well, how can we cure procrastination? Using the word “cure” implies it is a form of illness.  Illness or not, the future me is a jerk and I need to improve my relationship with this jerk.

 

Get Perspective:

First, there is the need for getting perspective.  Understanding what future impact the procrastination is going to have.

Let’s say I’m setting a goal for getting in shape in order to run a 5K race. To achieve this goal I need to set a smart goal.  {Check the The Purple Almond Blog for helpful forms) I decide, I go to the gym every morning.  Doing this, I have to understand my future self and present self. My future self, the jerk in me, which I will lovingly call Henry.  Even though I’m super motivated and excited about achieving my goal. Present me, which we call Mary, is visualizing the goal, me, easily sprinting across the finish line, arms raise high and with a big smile.  I’m super motivated by present me, Mary.

Then my future self, Henry, having the most dysfunctional relationship with my present self, Mary. Henry will do everything to sabotage my plans and silence Mary.  Even though I have told myself, I will get up at six am and go to the gym, Mary motivating me, telling how great it will be.  Henry will come along, silencing Mary, saying” Have another piece of pie, watch the end of this movie, have another glass of wine. It is only another half hour. Only thirty minutes passed your scheduled bed time.”  Then 30 minutes later Henry will say, did you check your Facebook, you need to check your blog, you need to check your emails, you need, you need, your need.

There is the little quiet voice of Mary, not having totally given up saying “you can still get up early”  The next morning not even a fire under my mattress will get me out of bed at six am to go to the gym after 4 hours of sleep.

Understanding the future impact of not going to the gym and the dysfunctional relationship between Henry and Mary will help to tap into some motivation.  For example, if I don’t go to the gym and say “I go tomorrow” what if tomorrow never comes and in stead just turns into another tomorrow excuse.  With each passing day the goal of getting in shape will move further way.  Eventually running the desired race will be out of reach unable to attain, not enough training time remains.  So I would need to pick a new race far enough in the future to have enough time to train and get ready.  That date now may be the following year. Understanding the future impact, understanding the possibility of missing the starting window, having to pick a different race, which may now be the following year, will bring the realization that if procrastination continues the goal may never be attained.

Motivate Yourself:

Motivation is the reason why we work towards a goal in the first place.  Setting  goals is important, setting realistic goals  is even more important. If I set my goal and picture the end result, imaging how I will feel having achieved it. Hence, listening to Mary.  The exhilarating feeling of having accomplished a goal, complete a miles stone.  Digging into this motivation and everything is going to be much easier. Setting up smart goals with a number of small mile stones will help you and keep you motivated.

Clear Confusion:

There have been items on my to-do-list which were moved from one day to the next.  I realize that this isn’t Henry, who is keeping me from completing my task.  This one is little Sue crying boo hoo. The item is moved from one day to the next because there is an element involved where I’m unsure how to tackle it.  Is it still procrastination or lack of proper planning?  Either way I think it happens to all of us and understanding why the items isn’t completed is part of the battle. Re-assessing the situation, clearing the confusion and setting aside time to reach out to someone or researching the topic online will help. A plan of attack needs to be formulated before an attack can be attempted.  No plan, no success or as for me an item moved on my to-do-list from one day to the next.

Perfection:

Being a perfectionist is a very easy way to procrastinate.  Lucky me that isn’t always my problems  True I would like everything I put my name on, to be of the utmost best but I did realize long time ago, I’m human and being perfect is just dream, I dream.  So starting a project because I’m afraid it will not be perfect that isn’t really my problem, finishing a project because it isn’t as perfect as I would like, now there is my problem. Maybe my middle name is perfectionist after all.  At this point it helps me to remember Monet’s waterlilies. He painted over 250 of them.  Each time finishing one but not being completely satisfied he started another one but the key is, he finished.

5 Minutes:

In my perfect world I have my five-minute rule.  True at times I forget about it but most of the time if something takes less than five minutes I just go ahead and do it.  If I stop following my five minute rule my life quickly spiracles out of control.

As for the big stuff, I make a schedule and built healthy habits.  I started to use Jena’s Habit Tracker it is an awesome tool and it keeps me on track. Just as you get up and take a shower every day, Jena’s Habit Tracker helps me creating healthy habits.

Buttermilk Pie

I always associated Buttermilk Pie with England. Little did I know, the old fashioned Buttermilk Pie is a Thanksgiving Favorite in Texas, or so I was told.

This is a wonderful quick recipe if you have a handful of unexpected guest, it freezes well, stays fresh and moist for days with or without aluminum foil. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip up.  Bake time 50-60 min.

Fafa, this is a easy recipe for you to try out.

buttermilk Pie

Ingredients

3 eggs

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Optional: nutmeg, lemon juice, raisins, pecans, almonds.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C).

Beat eggs until frothy; add butter, sugar and flour. Beat until smooth.

Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, and other optional items; pour into pie shell.

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until center is firm.

Happy Mother’s Day! (Chocolate Pie Recipe)

Bern Bakes

Hello guys and happy mother’s day moms! Hope everyone has been having an awesome day. Usually I bake something for my mom every Mother’s Day, but this year I was having some trouble figuring out what this year’s desert would be. I mean, i couldve chosen from millions of things! I decided to use my noggin and think about my mom- she loves chocolate! So what better way to express this flavor then a brownie, but wait, its a pie! In the end i made a chocolate pie with homemade caramel sauce (il be giving that recipe in a few days or so) and topped it off with a side of ice cream. My mom said she couldnt stop eating it! Enioy the recipe!

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Chocolate Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (120g) butter

3 oz. of unsweetend chocolate, cut up

1 prepared Pie Crust (9 inches or 23cm) (il have the…

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