Entry No. 66

Lynn’s Honey Cake

IMG_1920So, once the 4th of July has come and gone, it only takes a few days, my thing for Summer fades fast and I’m peeking around the corner trying to catch even the tiniest glimpse of Autumn.  I know we need Summer, the sunshine to snag a tan, the heat to bring crops to harvest – I just so prefer cooler weather.  Were it not for its purpose, I could skip Summer altogether.

Anyway, it’s been years since I’ve baked this cake.  It’s a favorite in my family, one my mother made popular with a recipe she found on a cake mix box thirty years ago and tweaked to make it her own. So, I turned on the oven three days after the 4th, tied aprons on my girls and myself and made some memories.  This one’s not so bad to bake at the peak of summer as the oven’s moderately cool at 325.  It wasn’t long till my oldest daughter caught a whiff of warm cinnamon and honey scented air with a hint of coffee wafting to her upstairs bedroom.  I heard her footsteps descending the flight moments later, “Oh, Mommy. It smells like Fall!”  Ah, yes.

IMG_1664My mom’s recipe has since been morphed into muffins occasionally, by my cousins in New York, I tried cupcakes too with Mascarpone frosting. Still, I prefer the original loaf my mom always served though – sliced, warm and spread heavily with whipped cream cheese.  This cake stores best wrapped in plastic wrap, then zipped in a zip-locked bag on the counter for a few days.  It makes for an Autumn-scented home and breakfast with tea and coffee each morning till it’s gone.

Lynn’s Honey Cake

Ingredients:

1 Package of Pound Cake Mix {I used the Betty Crocker one}

2 Tsp Instant Coffee

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Allspice

1/2 Tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Honey

2 Tbsp Shortening

2 Tbsp Oil {canola or vegetable)

4 Eggs

Directions

Heat oven to 325 and grease an oblong loaf pan, the usual 13″ x 3″ size is fine.  In a mixer bowl, combine all ingredients and beat until fluffy.  Scrape down the bowl to make sure you’ve incorporated everything and pour into the baking pan.  Start testing the cake at around 40 minutes.  It’s very important not to over-bake this one to keep it from drying out. The bake time can range up to 50 minutes. Slice and serve warm with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey.

 

Entry No. 53

Thinking today how God wanders the rooms of our heart, our soul, much like a home. He’ll be our Bread and Water in the kitchen, our Peace that surpasses all understanding as we crawl into bed at night. He’ll delight us with joy in the family room for a game or two, and wash us with the water of the Word when we turn on a faucet. His favorite place, of course, is by the fire – in the comfy and worn chair beside Him. It is here He restores our souls, it is here His love is strongest and burns away the chaff, it is here we feel the warmth of His presence and hear the depth of His voice.

Often though, it seems our favorite place to meet Him is the corridor, we’ll leave Him here alone in the revolving door or, at most, ask Him to sweep away the darkness in the entry while leaving all the other doors locked. How delightful to allow God to move in completely, let Him sit down, serve Him a warm drink and some conversation. To let Him live and breathe in our lives, not just be the doorman and tip Him as we come and go. How wise to let him remodel, scoot the furniture around a bit, change the art. Even take down a few walls and perhaps; as He rebuilds, allow Him to add a few windows. You know, to let the Sonlight in…

Entry No. 44

photo(13)Last night, I started yet another crochet project.  It’s just my way, having a few projects going at once.  I can switch between them depending on how much time I’ve got to sit and work {longer for complex projects, shorter for simpler ones}, what type of stitch I’m in the mood for and even what colors suit me at the moment.  They are all completed eventually – that’s what matters, right?  So, This stitch, the Basket Weave, is considered and intermediate level crochet stitch.  I tried out a swatch of it last week and I love the rhythm of both front and back-post double crochet stitches.  It’s way easier than it looks and was my first try working post-type stitches. The yarn I chose is different from what the pattern calls for; the color is Terra Cotta from Hobbly Lobby’s ‘I Love This Yarn!’ collection.   It’s working up quickly and I’ll post more photos and the pattern next week.