Frugal Family Tree

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Delicious Chocolate Cake



The more I bake, the easier it gets when I have a pantry filled with all the ingredients that I need. There's nothing more frustrating than to get inspired about baking something yummy and then discover you don't have all the things you need.

So I've been keeping an eye on what I have in the pantry and jotting down something when it starts getting low as a reminder to myself to pick up whatever it is the next time I'm at the grocery store. And if you knew me, you'd be highly impressed because I'm sometimes the type of person who is out of butter just when it's time to put some on your toast.

Yesterday I decided it was a great day for making chocolate cake, what day isn't great for chocolate cake, right?

I'm discovering that whenever I use sour cream as an ingredient in a cake, it's usually extra moist. This recipe uses sour cream, and I'm convinced that's one of the reasons why it tastes so good. And it's a Martha Stewart recipe and I can pretty much count on her recipes turning out well.


This cake is pretty easy to make, and has a rich chocolaty flavor that you'll love. You can make it in a Bundt pan or a tube pan. I actually have a tube pan that the cake just lifts out and that's what I used for this cake.

It serves about eight good sized portions. We ate it for dessert and had some left over and it was equally moist and yummy the next day.


Recipe for Delicious Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (4 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  •  
    For the glaze:
     
    3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Bundt or tube with non-stick baking spray.
    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix together milk and sour cream in a measuring cup.
    With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until just combined. until just combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Make the glaze: Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan; pour over chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes. Add butter, and mix until smooth. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Pour glaze over cake.


    Patricia

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage

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    When it comes to cooking meals for my family, I try to use recipes that will appeal to everyone and be healthy and delicious. Since we live in the Seattle area, we have great access to salmon at everywhere from our beloved Pike Place Market, to our local specialty grocery stores.

    I always tell my grandchildren that fish is brain food and the more they eat, the smarter they'll get!
    And fortunately they like salmon, so we try and eat it once a week either whole, as salmon burgers, or added into a salad.


    This recipe for Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage brushed with a lemon sauce is a sheet pan supper. Meaning everything was cooked on a baking sheet in the oven. Roasted veggies are a particular favorite for us, and the purple cabbage and kale here cooked up beautifully.

    I'm really loving sheet pan suppers because they are so quick and easy to make, and clean-up is minimal.

    It's so important in our house to create meals that include proteins, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. We try to be conscious of what we cook and eat, and set a good example for the kids. Having healthy foods in the fridge and pantry has dramatically cut down on the snacking we used to do of all kinds of junk food.

    While I love feeding my family meals made with delicious, whole ingredients, it's just as important for our dog to experience the benefits of nutritious eating as well.


    The pets we love and share our lives with need foods made with real, whole ingredients, too. That's why my family and I decided to make the switch to DISH from Rachel Ray™ Nutrish® for our sweet pup, Chewy.

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    I feel good giving him a dog food that was made with so much concern for the heath and lives of our animals. Chewy has really loved trying out the DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit. He can be a picky eater, so I was really glad that he liked this food right away.

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    We have had Chewy for over three years now, and he's a true member of the family. My granddaughter Ashley adores him, and so do my two grandsons, Jayden and Liam. He patiently waits for them in the window when they leave for school everyday, and greets them with licks and wags of his tiny tail when they get home.

    We always say we couldn't ask for a better dog. He's loyal and loving, and even tolerates it when Ashley decides he needs to wear her ballet tutu. And did I mention Chewy gets his own birthday party every year? It's a fun tradition we started because the kids said he deserved a party too.


    So, to make the roasted salmon with kale and cabbage, you're going to toss together the two veggies with some olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake it at 450 degrees, which seems like a very temperature, but it works.


    Then you want to pull the kale and cabbage out of the oven and add the salmon fillet. Season it with salt and pepper, then arrange lemon slices on top and pop back in the oven for 10 minutes.

    This recipe is super easy, and only one pan to wash when you're done. I love cooking, but not the cleaning up afterwards.


    After it's done, brush on a simple to make lemon and Dijon mustard sauce. I brush it on the salmon right out of the oven, and then again just before I serve it. The lemon really brings out the flavor of the salmon and makes it moist.


    Recipe for Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage and a Lemon Sauce

    Ingredients:

    For the salmon:

    1 bunch kale, tough stems removed and roughly chopped
    1/2 head purple or red cabbage, cored and sliced
    1/2 pound salmon filet
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    lemon slices
    salt and pepper to taste

    For the lemon sauce:

    1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together kale and cabbage with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven and stir veggies.
    Season salmon with salt and pepper and arrange lemon slices on top. Add salmon back to the baking sheet. Put back in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together all lemon sauce ingredients. When salmon is done, brush on sauce generously, and once again just before serving.

    Makes 2 servings.


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    Patricia

    Friday, April 22, 2016

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    Laura

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Pear Crisp and Vanilla Ice Cream






    Fruit crisps and crumbles are one of my favorite desserts to make. They are super easy and let you take advantage of whatever fruit is in season. Pears have always been a favorite in my family because when they are perfectly ripe, their sweet taste is just so delicious.

    I made this easy Pear Crisp the other night for dessert and teamed it with vanilla ice cream. My family couldn't get enough of it. I thought there would be enough left over for my breakfast the next morning, but no such luck. That's ok though because there's not a bigger compliment to my baking and cooking than when my family eats every bite.

    This recipe is inspired by an old one from The Pioneer Woman's blog. She's fabulous of course, and has been the inspiration for many a wonderful dish on my table.

    I really love all types of pears, but I've found that Bosc pears hold up the best while cooking and don't get mushy the way some types can. Store any leftovers in the fridge and I think this tastes best right out of the oven or the next day. And topping it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream makes it all the yummier in my book!!

    Recipe for Pear Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

    Ingredients:

    For filling:

    4-5 large Bosc pears
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    For topping:

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
    1 stick butter melted

    Good quality vanilla ice cream

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Peel, core, and dice pears. Put into a bowl and add 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir together, then set aside.
    In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. While stirring ingredients, drizzle in melted butter and stir together until combined. Place pears in baking dish, spread crumb topping over pears evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
    Serve with vanilla ice cream.

    Makes 4-5 servings.

    Enjoy!!


    Patricia

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Flash Giveaway! Sacramento PRO Rugby 4pk Tickets April 17th #prorugby #sacramento



    Rugby is one of the fastest growing youth sports leagues in Northern CA right now. I do not have much experience myself with rugby but as fan supporter of any team from Sacramento I was curious to check out what the league was about. It looks like an intense game and very exciting to watch. We were invited to attend the first game this weekend but do to my working schedule we cannot, but I am excited to say we are offering a giveaway for a 4 pack of tickets to the game at Bonney Field. Its nice to see Sacramento offering a pro sport that only a few cities have. Here is the link to the PRO Sacramento Rugby Team to learn more about the team.


    A few of the Sacramento PRO Rugby team members


    This weekend on Sunday April 17th Sacramento PRO Rugby team's inaugural game against San Francisco. There are only five cities/teams in the league in this inaugural year of the new league. It is sanctioned by USA Rugby. Many of the players are boys from the local market originally who have gone on to play in college or internationally and are lucky enough to get to come back and play pro ball here at home.



    The game is at 4pm on Sunday, April 17 at Bonney Field at Cal Expo - the field where the Sacramento Republic FC play. If you want to purchase tickets to the game here is a link to Ticketmaster.

    I am curious to know if any of our local readers have player Rugby themselves or do your children play?



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    Laura

    Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake



    Pineapple upside down cake really is one of my favorite desserts. Not only is it delicious, but it holds a happy memory for me, because I remember coming home from school, and my Mom would give me a piece, with a cold glass of milk.

    I actually only made this cake a couple of times for my own kids when they were young, but now that they are all grown up, I have more time to bake from scratch.
    I know how tempting it is to use a box of cake mix instead of baking from scratch, but it really isn't that much harder, and it makes all the difference in the world.

    Anyway, this is a recipe from Martha Stewart, and it's actually quite easy. I've made it a few times and it has always come out moist and delicious.




    I don't usually change or tweak a Martha recipe, but I did with this cake. It called for the rind and juice from a lime, but I didn't care for the taste the first time I made it. I used a lemon instead, and that tasted much better to me. The recipe also called for pecans, which I'm sure would be good, but I used the cherries instead, just like my mother did, so many years ago.

    Food has the power to stir up memories, both good and bad, from the past. I love this cake because it does remind me of my Mom, whom I lost when I was only thirty, and I still miss her everyday.




    Recipe for Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Ingredients:

    1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    3/4 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 egg
    grated rind from 1 lemon
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
    1/2 cup dark or light brown sugar
    1 20-ounce can pineapple slices
    1 small jar Maraschino cherries

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the oil and milk to the bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add the vanilla, egg, lemon rind, and lemon juice, mixing just until well combined.

    In a 9-10 inch round cake pan, on the stove, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the brown sugar around the pan. Arrange the pineapple slices and cherries on top.
    Pour the batter evenly over the top, and bake for 30 minutes.

    Remove cake from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn cake out onto a circular platter.

    Eat, and enjoy!


    I originally published this a couple of years ago, but I make it so often and we all love it, so I wanted to share it again. Enjoy!!


    Patricia

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Celebrating The Art Of Homemaking With Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day®

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleanWithMrsMeyers #CollectiveBias




    For many years now I have enjoyed making the little things in life more pleasant. I believe that it's the small everyday moments that make up a happy life, not the big, hoped for events that don't come around very often. And that kind of thinking especially applies to our homes, and how we look upon keeping them clean and fresh.


    I've been using Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® for a longtime now, and I love being able to use products that are natural, hard working, and great smelling to help my home sparkle. I have found that using Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® can make even ordinary and routine tasks enjoyable.


    Since my home includes children and pets, it's especially important to me that I don't expose us all to the harsh chemicals that are found in so many cleaning products that are on the market. Safe, natural, and a pleasant fragrance is what I look for in my household cleaners. I really do find that I clean more now that I use Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® because I know I don't have to endure the toxic fumes that my old cleaners contained.


    I love how so many of the old ways of being a homemaker are being rediscovered. Cooking, gardening, and sewing are becoming more and more popular as people discover just how satisfying and fun they can be. This also includes the art of taking care of our homes, the place where all of this living and doing goes on. Keeping a clean and tidy house really just makes life happier and easier for everyone.




    I love to cook and bake, and it's important to me to have a clean and fresh smelling kitchen. Not using harsh chemical cleaners on my dishes, or cooking and prep surfaces makes me feel really good.


    I'm the kind of cook who likes to clean as I go, it's no fun at all to have a huge mess of bowls and pots just as you're about to enjoy what you've spent your time cooking.


    I use Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® Lavender Dish Soap for hand washing my dishes. It's made with natural essential oils, and Soap Bark Extract, an ingredient from the garden that is one of nature's best degreasers.


    Since I use mainly white dishes and white baking dishes, I love seeing them so clean and shiny.




    There are times though when one of my kids will cook dinner and cleanup requires something a little bit stronger. It's great that they enjoy cooking, but even better when they do the dishes afterwards.


    So I just hand them Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day®  Lemon Verbena Surface Scrub to tackle the mess. The lemon verbena has a wonderful light, mild citrus scent, but tackles all the hard messes with ease. It can be used for many surfaces in the kitchen and the bathroom, but I use it all the time for these baked on casserole dish disasters.


    As much as I cook, dirty dishes are just a fact of life. But there's something very calming about going to bed knowing that all the dishes are clean, and the kitchen is tidy. I've gotten into the routine of doing this, and it really does help to keep up with the little things everyday so that they don't become overwhelming. I think cleaning is so much easier when it's done a little everyday and lets us appreciate all the wonderful comforts of our homes.




    Honestly, cleaning the bathroom is my least favorite thing to clean. That's why I clean it often. When I don't let the dirt and grime build up, it doesn't become a burden that I want to ignore. I like a clean and fresh bathroom, and want it to be nice for my family and guests.


    I keep Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Hand Soap in the bathroom for hand washing. It contains  aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of natural essential oils and plant derived ingredients to create a hard working, yet gentle scented soap.




    All of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® cleaners are made with natural essential oils, are phosphate free, and are never tested on animals. So you can be assured that no matter what cleaner you use, it's safe for you, your home, and family.


    Since I use Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner literally every day, this means a lot to me. I so appreciate using a cleaner that doesn't make me feel lightheaded and dizzy after I've used it to clean the bathroom. That used to be the case, and now that I have cleaners that are actually pleasant to use, cleaning is no longer a burden. Now it's something that makes me happy to do so that I can have a nice clean house.




    Fred Meyer is one of my favorite stores, and they offer a very extensive line of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® cleaners.


    When I first heard of these natural cleaners, I thought I would find them in the aisle with all of the other name brand cleaning products. It just made sense to me at the time, that all cleaners would be grouped together.


    But when I asked about them, I was shown where they are in Fred Meyer's Natural Choices section of the store. I thought this was a great way to show customers that they are different, not at all like the ones that contain harsh and harmful ingredients.


    Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® offers many different kinds of useful household cleaners, including everything you need for doing laundry.




    Since sewing is one of my favorite hobbies, I've made myself some pretty aprons to wear when I'm cleaning. There's something about putting on my apron that makes me feel good, and lets me appreciate that I was taught to sew when I was a young girl.


    My mother also wore an apron all the time, and it brings back a lot happy memories of helping her to bake in the kitchen.




    My youngest daughter is moving into a new apartment, so I thought that a basket of cleaning goodies would be appreciated. She is very into natural products, and she has already discovered Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® and loves it, so I thought this would be a great gift for her.




    Do you have someone that could use a gift of cleaning supplies? It could be for a house warming present, new parents, or someone you know that is moving into a new place. I can think of a few times when I really could have used a gift like this myself. It's very easy to put together, and you can include whatever you think the recipient could really use.


    The first thing I did was gather together some sponges and scrubbers. They are a must for kitchens and bathrooms. You can never have too many. I also included some plain white dish towels which can be used for so much more than drying dishes. And I bought a couple of dish rags for washing dishes.


    I bought an inexpensive container to put everything in so that the cleaning supplies could be kept together. I wanted a cleaning caddy actually, but the only ones I could find were too small. A big enough container encourages us to keep all our cleaners together, and lets us get the job done faster.
    I also bought a dustpan and two different types of cleaning brushes.


    I started layering in the products, starting with the dustpan in the back of the basket. Then I layered the white dishtowels. Next I put in the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® cleaners. You could easily use only laundry detergents and products to make a great laundry basket gift too. What a great gift for a college student living away from home. Next I tucked in the sponges, scrubbers, and cleaning brushes.


    Since I wanted it to look festive, I covered it with cellophane wrap. You can find this inexpensively at lots of stores. If you haven't covered anything with cellophane before, it can be a bit of a challenge.
    Cut a piece long enough to cover the basket, with plenty of extra at the top. Make sure the ends are even at the top, then gather them together. Use tape to secure. Top this with a bow if you like.


    It's a great present that I know will be appreciated by anyone who receives it. And it's a wonderful way to introduce Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® cleaners to someone you care about.




    April is Earth Month, and it's an important time for all of us to reflect on just how we are treating our planet. We only have one earth, and we have a responsibility to take care of it as best we can.


    By using natural and safe products like Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day®, we will leave a better and healthier planet for future generations.


    How do keep your home clean and fresh? Do you use natural cleaners, and how do you like them?


    Leave me a comment, I would love to hear what you think. You can find out more about Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® cleaners on Instagram and Twitter.



    Patricia

    Saturday, April 9, 2016

    Frugal Finds and Why I Love Thrift Shops


    Everyone who knows me knows that I love fresh flowers. They make me happy, and I really get a lot of pleasure from seeing them on my desk or the dining room table. I never spend much money on them either, I buy them from the grocery store or farmers market at a low price.

    Being frugal doesn't mean going without or not being able to enjoy the things you like in life, it just means you look for the things you want at a reduced price. And you can actually make the hunt fun and challenging, especially if you like shopping, which I love.

    This vase was only $2.99 and I consider it one of my best scores ever. I'm a big fan of blue and white, so this is a classic piece that I can see keeping pretty much forever. It came from Goodwill on a day that pink tags were half off.

    That is one of the things I really like about Goodwill, everyday offers some kind of savings. It can be half off, or 30 or 40%, or senior citizens day. Just go to your local Goodwill website for a list of savings days.


    My granddaughter Ashley is a shopper too, and we have found tons of cute name brand clothes for her at a fraction of the price in department stores. Kids grow so quickly that it's a little silly to pay a lot of money for clothes that they outgrow in six months.

    Maybe you're already a thrift store shopper and you completely understand why I love thrift shopping. And if you're not, give it a try.

    There's no shame about buying, wearing, and using thrifted items. I'll never forget seeing an acquaintance of mine, a very well off and chic women, going into the dressing room at Goodwill with an armful of clothing to try on. Even rich people want a bargain!!

    Of course, Goodwill isn't the only place to shop for deals. There's lots of places to seek out in your own cities and neighborhoods. I like small shops that are run by local charities that benefit directly from it's sales.

    Here in the Seattle area, we have a store that benefits Seattle Children's Hospital that I love supporting because of all the good works it does for kids.

    And don't forget about donating too, if there are things around your house you don't need, donations help so much, creating jobs and raising money for a good cause.

    Happy thrifting!!


    Patricia

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Lemon Pound Cake Recipe


    Do you have a favorite cake recipe that never fails you? That you can make for almost any occasion, whether it's a friends' birthday, office party or picnic?

    For me, it's this delicious Lemon Pound Cake. I'm a real lemon lover, so this really satisfies my desire for that tangy, tart flavor. I'll sometimes make it for dessert for a family gathering, and have some left over for a piece the next day with a cup of tea.

    I like recipes for Bundt cakes. Bundt cakes always look homemade and somehow comforting to me. I remember my Mom making the Tunnel Of Fudge cake with a mix that was so popular years ago. But I always think it's worth the extra time to make a cake from scratch, and makes all the difference in taste.




    
     
    
     
    Recipe for Lemon Pound Cake
     
    Ingredients:
     
    1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature, plus more for the pan
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for the pan
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    3 cups granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
    8 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    6 large eggs, at room temperature
    1 cup sour cream
    2 cups confectioners' sugar
     
    Directions:
     
    1. Heat oven to 325° F. Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
    2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and lemon zest on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice, then the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
    3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add half the flour mixture, then the yogurt, and then the remaining flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
    4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining tablespoons of lemon juice until smooth. Pour glaze over cake.
    Serves 12
     
    I published this last year, but it's a wonderful cake recipe for spring, so I wanted to share it again.


    Patricia