Sunday, April 6, 2014

back in the saddle again...

I guess I'm coming out of my winter doldrums.  Not that it is melting here, mind you, but I did see bluebirds at work.  I was in a bit of a funk for awhile.  I am snapping out of it.  I'm back to baking, started some seeds, shoveled and chipped my way into the greenhouse, and back to making Pinterest projects.  Here are a couple of my Pinterest baking projects:


1 box chocolate cake mix
1 box chocolate pudding
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1 cup chocolate chips
4 eggs
Flour a chocolate cake pan with cocoa so it won’t show after baking
½ cup oil
½ cup water
½ cup kahlua
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Bake in a Bundt pan that has been greased and floured for 40 to 50 minutes at 325. Make topping. Remove from oven and while warm, pour topping over cake.

Rosemary Sea Salt Flat Bread
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary plus 2 extra sprigs
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil plus more for brushing
Flaky sea salt such as Maldon


Preheat oven to 230°C/450°F with a sturdy baking sheet on the middle rack.

Sift flour into a medium bowl and add chopped rosemary, baking powder and salt. Make a well in centre, then add water and oil and stir with a wooden spoon to form a dough. Knead dough gently on a clean work surface until you have a nice ball (doesn’t require much kneading).

Divide dough into three pieces, setting aside two of them in plastic wrap. Roll out your remaining dough on a sheet of baking paper until the dough is thin and in a shape you like (I went for oval, because I am bad at rolling and that’s just what happened).

Brush the top with extra oil and lightly press some extra rosemary leaves into the dough. Sprinkle with sea salt. Gently lift your baking paper and dough onto your pre-heated baking sheet and pop in the oven until golden, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer flatbread to a rack to cool, discarding baking paper.

My chamomile is up and so is the spinach I planted last fall.  The greenhouse is maintaining a pretty warm temperature.  Today it was in the 90s. 
I have faith spring is around the corner.  Thank goodness.  I know I am ready.


  1. OMG save me a slice of that cake, have to give it a try

  2. Craving Rosemary Sea Salt flat bread now !
    Glad your stepping out of the duldrums :))

  3. Yeah spring will do that and it is coming right:)? It is going to be wonderful. Hug B

  4. I think I will need to make that flat bread. It looks wonderful I will be so glad once you have lots of spring. Seeing blue birds is always good.

  5. The Rosemary Sea Salt Flat Bread looks really good. I may have to try it next week-end.

  6. The cake and flatbread look delicious! Too bad those are off my "list". Actually, the flatbread in small doses might be ok. I'm glad to see you're out of the winter doldrums and into spring. Love those tiny green things growing!

  7. i will have TWO pieces of that yummy cake...PLEASE!!!

    the sun and warm temperatures are so invigorating. it's been gorgeous here at the jersey shore!!

  8. Nothing like a good chocolate Kahlua cake to help you out of the doldrums. Yummm, everything looks delicious, even if I am full on carrot cake!! Have a great Sunday, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my birthday!

  9. Winter can be so gloomy. I hope your spring is soon to arrive, then the appearance of flowers and colours and sunshine make such a difference to your days. Then , you will be so busy, planting, growing and wonder at how fast the days go by, not enough hours in the day. The garden will be bursting with new growth and life.
    Best wishes, hope the sun is shining, the birds are singing and you are enjoying a lovely weekend.
    The chocolate cake looks good. Have you been sewing ? Glad you enjoyed seeing mine.


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