Wacky Cake (easy, moist and it’s chocolate)

My mother used to make this when I was young (many, many years ago LOL), it’s fast, it’s easy, it’s moist ….. and it’s chocolate! This recipe is sifted, mixed and baked in the same pan. And there is no eggs, no milk and no butter!

Some say this recipe was invented during WWII when milk and eggs were scarce.

We traditionally served a piece of this delicious cake, warm, and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

For those special days, my mother would split the cake in half, add a layer of cherries in the middle and topping with whipped cream of course!  Huge yummy there!

Serves: 12 people   Prep Time: 5 mins   Total Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 Tbs dried cocoa (stirred before measuring to remove lumps)
1 tsp baking power
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs vinegar
5 Tbs oil
1 cup lukewarm water

Directions

Combine all the dry ingredients in an ungreased 8 x 8 square pan

Make 3 wells (holes) equally spaced in the mixture.

Pour oil in one, vanilla in one and vinegar in other.

Add warm water and mix well.

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 mins or until done

Advertisements
Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Spanish Joe Groundhog Day Prediction

Spanish Joe Groundhog Day Prediction

Spanish Joe, waking from a deep sleep, rubbed his eyes with his little paws, slowly rolled out of bed (hey, you don’t think this famous groundhog lives in the ground do ya?), and put on his slippers.  Looking outside, sipping his wild grass tea, he said, “that sure does look cold out”.

After throwing open the front door to greet his special day, he slipped on the ice, falling into a huge snow bank. Staring up to the sky, he looked down to make sure he didn’t break his darn leg, and there it was…… his dreaded groundhog shadow.

So it’s official……. six more weeks of winter!

I heard him mumble “how do these human types live in such harsh conditions” …. OK, there may have also been a few additional choice words, such as #*%&;#* and @&;*#*%, but Spanish Joe tries very hard to remain a family rated groundhog LOL

So Spanish Joe limped back into his warm house, kicked off those slippers that most likely caused him to slip on the ice, made a prank phone call to Punxsutawney Phil, slipped into his nice warm bed and went back to sleep, vowing not to wake up until all this @&;*#*% snow disappears.

Posted in Humor | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Groundhog Day Predictions from Spanish Joe

Spanish Joe Interview

Spanish Joe was interviewed often by Helen Morley of the Mid-North Monitor in Espanola for his Groundhog Day prediction along with other weather related predictions, ok, ok, and sometimes he rambles on about other things too!

Groundhog Day 2015 – Saw Shadow, Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2014 – Saw Shadow, Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2013 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2012 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2011 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2010 – Saw Shadow Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2009 – Saw Shadow Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2008 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2007 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2006 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2005 – Saw Shadow Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2004 – Saw Shadow Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2003 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2002 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2001 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 2000 – No Shadow Early Spring
Groundhog Day 1999 – No Shadow Early Spring

Photo credit:  Our picture taken Jan 31, 2006

Posted in Humor | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Spanish Joe – the World’s only psychic Groundhog!

Spanish Joe Time.jpg

With Groundhog Day just around the corner, we have recently had a few requests on what Spanish Joe has been up to.  He has been very comfortable in his retirement the last couple of years, but due to popular demand, we will see if he would like to make this his new home.

Who is Spanish Joe?

Spanish Joe resides with his spiritual medium, Rick, in beautiful downtown Spanish, located on the North Channel of Lake Huron.

Joe lived quite happily in the Ottawa Valley until one sad day when he was run over by an Environmentalist protest bus, apparently he was hit with a “green” “piece” of that bus. Shortly afterwards Joe was put under Rick’s care and it became apparent that Joe has a direct link to the spiritual world. Joe is able to pass on such messages from the spirit worlds which are interpreted by his spiritual medium. Joe gives predictions, readings and is sought out by various news media. In 1992 Joe moved up to Spanish with Rick and hence…. Spanish Joe emerged and he has amused the locals since!

I do hope to add his numerous past newspaper articles and recommend you read them, they will certainly give you a good woodchuckle or two.

….. stay tuned!

Posted in Humor | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Basic White Sauce in the Microwave

Basic White Sauce

Making this in the micro is so much easier than on the stove top, and faster.

Times below are based using my microwave, which is 800 watts (you may have to adjust times for your micro).  The first time you make this, just watch carefully so you don’t burn it.

Prep Time: 5 1/2 minutes     Total Time: 5 1/2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large Pyrex 4 cup measuring cup, melt 1/4 cup butter, micro on high 30 seconds.
  2. Remove and stir in 3 tablespoons flour, micro on high for 30 seconds.
    (at this point, it is a roux)
  3. Remove and gradually stir in 2 cups (room temperature) milk, mixing well.
  4. Micro on high 1 min 30 seconds.
  5. Remove from micro and stir thoroughly.
  6. Micro on high 1 min 30 seconds.
  7. Remove from micro and stir thoroughly.
  8. Micro on high 1 min 30 seconds.
  9. Remove from micro and stir thoroughly.
  10. You are finished, now add salt and pepper to taste.

When making scalloped potatoes, be sure to add onion powder and parsley to taste at the end.

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe, this one may surprise you!

Homemade Tomato Soup

Yes, most homemade tomato soups are made with fresh tomatoes, but this recipe, made using canned tomatoes just might surprise you! I know it did me. If using canned, I use premium San Marzano type tomatoes.

Many years ago, I think it was back in the early 70’s, my mother found a tomato soup in one of her French cuisine cookbooks (so popular at the time) and made it her own.

I have never heard of adding rolled oats to a soup, but it really does make a difference and nice touch.

I often add small pasta shells, cooked separately, at the end as an option.

This is a wonderful soup for the family to enjoy on a cold winters day!

Be sure to add a basket of fresh baguettes to the table.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or substitute with vegetable stock)
  • 1 large can (28 fl oz) of quality tomatoes (chopped with the juice)
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with small pasta shells (optional)

Instructions

  1. Sauté onion and garlic in butter in a large heavy saucepan until softened
  2. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, carrot, celery, rolled oats, basil and sugar
  3. Season with salt and pepper and onion powder
  4. Bring to a boil, partially cover and reduce to simmer
  5. Simmer gently for 45 minutes
Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment