All is quiet on the home front

I suppose it happens to the best of writers, the novice writers, bloggers, and just about anyone else that writes. Now It has happened to me. I have nothing to write about.

I stare at the blank page and try to think of something interesting to say. Unlike  Gwendoline, excited about an actual book she is having published, I cannot even seem to complete an actual post much less an entire book! With my very generic name-mommermom-I could write about anything really. I was going to update my cheesy-zucchini-rice. Getting all excited about sharing it, I took pictures and wrote down the changes but then it hardly seemed worth mentioning in a full post. If I were a more confident seamstress I could post another sewing tutorial or offer an update on the project I am currently working on-sewing 150 of my zippered bags.

wpid-20150605_080640.jpgIf I were a true gardening blog, I would tell you marvelous stories about our little garden and how exciting it is to cook up some fresh zucchini.

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(which I may still do as the garden yields more veggies). Sarah over at Coffee to Compost helps to keep me motivated.

I could share the sad saga of our cat,

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that we had put down after 16 years of being a faithful and beloved pet. There has been no vacation this year as we stayed home and nursed our ailing Kitty Boy until the end.

If I were a great photographer like Two Trails One Road ,  I might share some amazing photos.  I could post about the weather (again) but with all the heartache, flooding, and weather related tragedies going on in so many places, it seems a little shallow to talk about the May gray that is now turned into June gloom.

I take time to read many blogs and have chuckled to wonder what happened to Marlene’s grinder  or the next gorgeous painting taking shape over at The Contented Crafter, what adorable sewing projects Scooby or Sewlovable have stitched up or delightful recipes Rosemarie’s Kitchen has shared. Masgautsen might have taken another delightful trip or an enjoyable long weekend. She always seems to have such fun.  Lani recently got back from a beautiful Hawaiian vacation and I envy how comfortable she is in far away lands! I could tout the joy of retirement (which only gets better) but that can soon become an old topic for those who have been at it awhile or those who get up early to head off to work. Colin is no longer tramping in the woods but has moved on with an exciting new blog and Stonecrop Sister is also making changes to her blog. I too would like to make changes but am at somewhat of a loss as to the more technical aspects of WordPress.

Actually, life is good. Thommmee, 12 grandchildren, 6 grown kids, our large family, wonderful friends, church activities, gardening, sewing, cooking, catching up with many more blogs, and life in general keep me plenty busy! I have even started reading again.

Right now…

I just don’t seem to have much to say…

Yogurt and Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

I borrowed this from a  great blog I have followed.  Although it was not what I would consider a ‘guiltless’ dessert, it was certainly worth the indulgence. (You may want to check out her blog. She has some great recipes!

http://simplymadekitchenandcrafts.com/2014/03/03/yogurt-and-cinnamon-apple-coffee-cake/)

Yogurt and Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt

2/3 cup oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)

 1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

4 small tart apples, peeled, cored, and diced

2 1/2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray with cooking spray, a 9×13″ baking pan. Mix together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.

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Fold in chopped apples.

(I used 3 large apples instead)

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(I forgot to peel first-much harder my way!)

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Stir into liquid ingredients until no lumps remain. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon with the brown sugar and butter.

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Pour half of the batter into the cake pan. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture onto the cake, pour in remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining mixture on top of the cake. Bake 45-55 minutes until lightly browned.

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Cool before serving.

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Enjoy!

(Seems I must like apple cake as this is my third apple cake recipe!)

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