Sunday, January 25, 2015

Memories, Dreams and Reflections 2014

Just as she has done for several years, Ashley from Ramblings and Photos, is asking us to go through our pictures from the past year and reflect, using the prompts below. It took me a while to find the time to get all these pictures together. In fact, today is the last day to get these linked up. I never did get my post up last year. 

Here are my photos from 2014:


 I Love You

Still Laughing

 Winter Wonderland



I Was Inspired

 Spring Fever

Travel or Vacation

Summer Days

A Day in My Life

All Smiles

Autumn Harvest

Family or Home


Let's Do It Again

I Miss You


Dress Up



My Favorite

Don't Ever Change

Just Because

Hopes and Dreams

Sunday Photo Round Up- January 25, 2015

Time to share my photos from this week! Let's start with Scavenger Hunt Sunday, shall we.

Relax, In My Cup, Light, Looking Down, Weather


It was a day for RELAXing and listening to our new audio drama, In Freedom's Cause.

In My Cup

My daily routine includes some hot green tea IN MY CUP.


A little LIGHT in a window in a shop across from the library.

Looking down

Washing up some potatoes to go with dinner. They are being so cooperative lining up in a row as I LOOK DOWN from above.

LOOKING DOWN on some boots lined up in a row in the snow.


Lovely day with beautiful WEATHER for going sledding with Venture Club.

Photo A Day Round Up

I am participating in a few different photo-a-day challenges this year. The photos are being shared daily on Instagram, but I thought it would be nice to include a collage of them here on my blog as well. Here are my collages showing the pictures from January 18th through January 24th.

The first one is the Photo A Day Challenge from Fat Mum Slim.

The second one is The Bethadilly Challenge (this is where the Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts have come from so far this year).

The third challenge is the Capturing Live, Laughter, and Love challenge.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #107: Crumb Coffee Cake

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)


The linky is at the bottom.

We are reviewing through the letters A-D with the younger children, and I wanted to make something that started with C or D last week. I was searching through my Pinterest finds and came across this yummy looking recipe for Crumb Coffee Cake that I had pinned some time in the past.  I have always enjoyed coffee cake, but I have never made one, so this just sounded perfect. You can find the original recipe on Center Cut Cook.



2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbs butter (softened and cut into Tbs sized pieces)
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk (original recipe called for 2/3 cup)
(We didn't have buttermilk so we made our substitution out of milk and lemon juice.)


1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbs cinnamon


2 sticks cold butter
2 1/2 cup flour 
1 1/2 Tbs cinnamon
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla

We combined the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Then we added the softened butter, a few pieces at a time. We mixed until we were left with crumbles.

We did not have any buttermilk, but I taught the girls how to make a substitute by mixing lemon juice with milk. We added 1 Tbs of lemon juice to a measuring cup and then added milk to the 1 cup line. Then we let it sit for 5 minutes.

We then added the eggs, vanilla, and "buttermilk."

The girls wanted to crack the eggs. They are getting pretty good at it really, but I still have them break them into a bowl, which is probably how I should do it too.

We sort of forgot to only add 2/3 cups of the "buttermilk." Which made the batter a little thinner than it was supposed to be and made it take longer to bake. 

Next, we made the filling. We combined the brown sugar with the cinnamon.

After greasing the 9x13 pan, we added half the batter. We then sprinkled on the filling. 

Next came the remainder of the batter.

We used a knife to make swirls in the batter.

Then it was time for the topping.

We whisked together the flour, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla.

Then we cut in the cold butter until it was crumbly.

We sprinkled the topping over the batter.

We baked the cake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was supposed to be 45-50 minutes, but because I used 1/3 cup too much "buttermilk," it wasn't done yet. I checked every 5-10 minutes and needed to return it to the oven quite a few times. Fortunately, it eventually cooked and ended up tasting great!

The children really enjoyed it. Mommy thought it went great with a cup of tea.


1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2- To make the cake: mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3- Add in butter, a few pieces at a time. Mix until crumbly.
4- Add in eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. Beat until combined.
5- To make the filling: Combine 1 cup brown sugar with 1 1/2 Tbs cinnamon.
6- Pour half the cake batter into a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle the filling on top of the batter. Pour remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife. 
7- To make the topping: Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. Cut in the cold butter until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over the top of the batter.
8- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 20 minutes (45-50 minutes if you follow the original recipe and use 2/3 cup buttermilk).

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:
PhotobucketMore the Merrier MondayFull Time Mama

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky
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