Sunday, August 29, 2010

sweet-face sunday

i can't resist this face

Apple Cinnamon Cake

maybe it was the chill in the air this morning or the unusually cool summer weather we've been having this month, but for the first time this year, today felt like autumn, and i decided to bake one of my autumn favorites. it's easy, requires very few ingredients, and always receives compliments.

Apple Cinnamon Cake

ingredients -
2 cups flour, sifted
3 t cinnamon
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 cup oil (can use 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
3 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
4 cups apples - about 3 apples - (peeled and diced) - i used Gala apples, but Rome, Jonagold, Gravenstein or Braeburn would also work

directions -
1. Mix first 4 (dry) ingredients together in a bowl
2. In a separate bowl, add oil, vanilla and eggs. Use a folk or whisk to mix until eggs are beat
3. Add sugar and mix with a spoon
4. Add apples and stir until coated
5. Add dry ingredients to the apple mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until completely incorporated. NOTE - it's normal for mixture to be very dry and difficult to mix. Don't add any more liquid at this point.
6. Spread cake mixture into a greased (I used butter and flour) 9x13 pan
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (my over tends to run hot, so I baked at 335 degrees for 60 minutes.)
8. Let cool for 10-15 min. before cutting cake


Friday, August 27, 2010

SCARY - the 37 ingredients found in Twinkies!

While I consider myself to be a fairly healthy eater, I've always had a weak spot for Little Debbie and Hostess snack cakes, especially Swiss Cake Rolls! oh, those swiss rolls...

Of course I realize that something you buy box in a 12pk box for $1.09 can't possibly be good for me, but I've managed to keep myself ignorant of what these tasty little treat are actually made of...until today, that is!

The below article breaks down the ingredient list for Twinkies - which can't be that far off from that of Swiss Rolls - complete with pictures. SCARY to say the least!! No longer can I plead ignorance. Knowing that ingredients such as calcium sulfate, a food-grade equivalent of plaster of Paris, make up these tasty treats, is enough to scare me into completely banning them from my diet...for this week, anway!

WAAAAAAAAY too long!

i can't believe it's been about 4 months since my last post!! i blame it on a busy year, busy summer, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon...BUT i have definitely missed blogging, and catching up some of my fav blogs (especially those of my sisters' Nomers and Lyg) was just the motivation i needed to get the ol' blog kick-started again!