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Wordless Wednesday: The aftermath of The Battle at Broccoli Hill

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Peach Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting


For Rose’s 1st birthday cake I wanted something that was at least slightly healthy and low in sugar.  Peaches are in season right now and when I picked up a couple of pounds at the grocery store due to a HUGE sale, I figured it was a sign to make Rose something peachy.  With a few tweaks, this cake fit the bill.  I reduced the sugar and cut out half the oil and replaced it with apple sauce.  For the frosting I added banana to amp up the flavor and make it a little more healthy. You can substitute frozen peaches for the fresh but make sure to defrost them first so as not to mess up the cooking time.  The recipe gives a cook time for a 9×13 pan.  I used 2, 9 inch pans which took about 30 minutes to cook.

The smash cake turned out delicious!  The cinnamon in the cake blended wonderfully with the fresh peaches, bringing out their sweetness.  The banana added a depth of flavor to the frosting that a standard white frosting doesn’t have. Rose gave it two very messy thumbs up.  It was proof to how much she loved me that she was willing to share.


Peach Cake
adapted from Peach Cake II on

  • 3 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, peaches and pecans. Mix thoroughly by hand.
  3. Pour into prepared 9×13 inch pan and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 50 minutes or until done. If using 9″ cake pans cook for 30 minutes.

Banana Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  1.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, banana, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth. 
  2. In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.


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The great pantry organization

Life on 5 acres can be stressful in the spring.  The garden needs to be planted, watered and weeded, the pastures need to be mowed, because we live on the side of a hill and can’t use a tractor on most of it without fear of rolling down, most everywhere needs to be weed eated for fire safety and snakes, hay needs to be bought, horses need to be vetted and those darn blankety blank trees that keep popping up in the pasture need to be taken out again.  Before Rose, our weekends and evenings would be filled with the above mentioned activities and while it would take quite a few weeks to get it done, by this time of the year we would be mostly caught up.  Ok, we would never be done (who is?) but we would at least have a good handle on the projects.  Now, after Rose, the list of projects grows at a much faster rate than we have time.  Between Steve’s new job and his various activities and me having to keep an eye on the wee one, not much has gotten done (Rose only tolerates the backpack so long and it is darn hard to bend down and weed with her leaning waaaay over to the side to see what I’m doing).  
It’s driving me nuts… 
I’m not an obsessively clean person (my not spotless house can attest to that) but the overgrown property is really starting to get to me.  Luckily we came up with the idea to hire my brother to do the bulk of the weed eating (Thank you Dustin!).  I get just a little bit more sane every time I find a newly cleared area.
In the mean time I am finding projects to do inside the house that can at least partially satisfy my desire to put my life in order and get things done.   The pantry is an example of this.  Last weekend I went to get something from the pantry and after fording through the boxes and bottles on the floor while trying to not be buried alive by the mountain of plastic and paper bags I decided that I had enough.
So I emptied out everything.

Rose assisted me in sorting.  Notice she went straight for her yogurt melts.

All done.  For now.


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