Posts tagged ‘tradition’

December 7, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treats: Day 10 {Julie-Ann’s Apple Cake}

This one is a long family tradition on my husband’s side of the family. Being that they are Polish and have long-standing polish traditions and recipes, you would have to have a recipe for Apple Cake in the mix. This is a wonderful cake. My husband likes it refrigerated and for a breakfast treat with coffee. Enjoy!

This is the picture of my two-year old daughter, being “squirrely” while she was helping me make the apple cake.


Julie-Ann’s Apple Cake

For the cake:

4 C flour

1 C shortening

4 eggs

1 1/2 C sugar

4 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

3/4 C Cream of Wheat

5-8 small-medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced

Sugar-Cinnamen mixture to taste

Blend flour, shortening together in medium size bowl. Add eggs, sugar, baking powder and salt to flour mixture till well combined. Spread cake dough in a thin layer on a buttered cookie sheet. Sprinkle cream of wheat on the cake.

Layer the sliced apples in rows on top of the cake. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Sour cream topping:

1 pint sour cream

2 egg

1 C Sugar

Combine sour cream, egg and sugar. Pour over sliced apples.

Bake cake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until cake is set.

Let cool and enjoy. Best when enjoyed after being refrigerated.

|| Your Desert Momma ||

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving with kids – What are they thankful for?

Thanksgiving is here, ugh…do you still have to head to the market like I do? Good times!

So, it’s coming to the surface, that my husband and I are raising a spoiled little toddler!:) I’m not too worried about it, because I was pretty spoiled myself, BUT I do think there is something I can do about it, or at least ways to embed a little meaning to the important things, like Thanksgiving.

We do have time-out, she goes in the corner, we have “sit-down” talks, we try to set boundaries, but seriously….fact is, she is a toddler who wants her way EVERYDAY! She doesn’t know that Belle from Beauty and the Beast doesn’t visit every little girls birthday party, does she? Or that every little girl has a full mini pink kitchen in her playroom. Nope. Why would she yet? She is only two.
Being that Thanksgiving is here, made me think, what has happened to Thanksgiving, and what are we thankful for? And, where has Thanksgiving gone? Everywhere I look it’s Christmas, not Thanksgiving? I just got an email from a big craft store, saying they are have a huge 50% off sale today (the day before Thanksgiving), off their Christmas stuff. How are they already having a sale on Christmas, when it isn’t even Thanksgiving, nor have I even put up any red and green decorations? I feel like Thanksgiving has just been rolled over in November, and it’s all Christmas. So a few years back I tried to start a tradition of having all my family and friends that attend my Thanksgiving dinner, to write down what they are thankful for, and in return, I shared how much they all meant to me. Well, I was thinking about how can we incorporate that with my “everything is MINE” little girl this year? I came up with a fun Thanksgiving tradition that I am starting this year (again), and wanted to share it with you.

To help teach my daughter about thanks-giving and gratitude, I found a simple activity to do before or after we all gorge ourselves at thanksgiving dinner.



FREE printable: Thankful cards from Disney: here

Bowl or container to put the cards into

What to do:

Have all your guests take a moment to write down what they are thankful for, and have them put in bowl once finished. Then you can go around the table and have everyone read their own, or read at random. This is a great way to get everyone to focus on what the meaning of Thanksgiving is, before we rush to the indulgences of the Christmas season.

Breath…and be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.

|| Your Desert Momma ||


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