October 20, 2016
I had recently walked by Trader Joe’s at a miraculously non-crowded hour. I found their gluten free all-purpose baking flour. I wasn’t sure what I was going to bake with it but it was dancing around my head.
And then we went apple picking. I found a bounty of apples sitting on my dining table. Most people see apples and think apple pie. I love cake. A google search for apple cake recipes produced a great list. I decided to use elements from different recipes and settled upon this:
3/4 cup TJ’s all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4 large apples
2 large eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
½ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350.
Line and butter a spring form pan.
Cut up your apples. I cut them into big chunks. You can make them smaller if you like.
Combine the flour, baking powder and spices, and set aside.
Whisk the eggs until fluffy then blend in the sugar until the lumps are out. Add the vanilla and rum.
Alternately add the flour and butter a little at a time until it is all combined.
This is where you can add the pecans – my family does not care for nuts in their baked goods but I do!
Then stir in the apples.
Pour the lumpy batter into the spring form pan.
Bake for about 50 minutes – check it to see if a knife comes out clean.
Let the cake cool completely – it will be tempting to want to jump in right away but it will fall apart if you take it out to soon.
Once it is cool you can take it out. If you want you may add fresh whipped cream but you really do not need it.
June 4, 2014
I often play a game with myself to protect my children from potential angry outbursts from their mother – these outbursts are not unprovoked – no one can push your buttons like your offspring but it is my responsibility, my job, to model appropriate behavior. However, I am only human so I must enable strategies to guide my babies into functioning adults.
The game is that I pretend that I am the subject of a documentary or television show and I am supposed to demonstrate good parenting. Maybe this comes from being a Southerner who gives a damn what others think – though this aspect of my psyche is fading with my youth – but this idea had to spring from somewhere.
My children are growing (and so is my body) so I am finding less of a need to “act” like a decent mother. Or perhaps I acted like it so much that as a Method actor I became the Decent Mother!
I have had a new epiphany. You see, I noticed back at Thanksgiving that I was bursting out of my clothes as I gobbled up turkey and gravy and pecan pie and this wine and that cocktail and this cheese and that Pernil.
Something had to give besides my seams. So, I joined Weight Watchers in early December.
It is now June and I am within five pounds of my starting weight. I could celebrate a pound a month but at this rate I may be retired before I hit goal. In December my membership was truly a preemptive act to avoid more weight gain – let me hold steady through the holidays then come January I will slim down. Ha!
I know how to do this as I am a Lifetime Weight Watchers Member but the last time I lost any weight on the program I was nursing a baby into toddlerhood and let him suck the calories right out of me. I don’t know how large the wet nurse market is and I do not need another baby!
So, today I decided that I would use my parenting strategies in my weight loss journey. I will pretend that Weight Watchers has a film crew following me around and I am the epitome of the model Weight Watchers Member. I will make smart choices. I will choose smaller portions, more nutrient dense, high fiber foods. I will eschew my beloved gluten free brownies. When I make my children buttery eggs in a hole I will eat a boiled egg and a half a grapefruit. I will leave morsels behind on my plate. I will choose mangos over cookies.
I will be the envy of those humans bursting at their seams as I begin to swim in my clothes.
Weight Watchers will make me their new spokes person and I will be voted Mother of the Year!