Our Homesteading Dream

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Friday, March 5, 2010


Menu for the day was:

Breakfast- Scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast with butter, sliced strawberries and kefir.

Lunch- Egg salad sandwiches, and sliced up oranges.

Dinner- Baked chicken leg quarters, boiled potatoes, and green beans.

Dessert- yummy chocolate cake made with kamut (instead of white flour) and Sucanat (instead of white sugar)....I was surprised by how well this came out...it was a quick, throw together cake and I'll post the recipe at the end of this post.

Yesterday was a slow day for us. We were all exhausted from the late night and early morning. We did the basics in school and housework , had lunch and all took a nap! lol...I can't remember the last time my older children willingly took a nap :P

We ended up waking up from our naps about the same time my husband woke for the day. It was nice having some quiet time to chat with him and snuggle with the kids.

Around 4pm, my husband took the van over to the inspection station (hallelujah, it passed!) and I started working on our dinner. I peeled some potatoes and covered them with water, sprinkled some herbs and spices on the chicken...and popped it in the oven. Frozen green beans finished things off..and were quick and easy. While the chicken was in the oven, I took a small pork roast out of the fridge and diced it up into small pieces for this evenings dinner. I put the pork into the crock pot and tucked it in the fridge.

Dinner was very basic, but filling and yummy. My oldest daughters took care of the kitchen clean-up after dinner and then my little boy decided we needed some cake.

It was hilarious...he kept telling my hubby that after the kitchen was tidy, Mama was going to make him a chocolate cake! :P He asked me sooo nicely "Mama, will you please make me a chocolate cake to share with Daddy?" How could I resist...I caved and went into the kitchen to throw together a quick cake. lol.

My husband made some homemade chocolate ice cream a few days ago, so we had a scoop of ice cream with our cake...yummy! Then it was time to get cleaned up and ready for bed. (Teeth thoroughly scrubbed lol) Not long after, my hubby was off to work, and I was heading to bed too.

Here's the recipe for the chocolate cake I made:

3 cups of kamut
( you can use whole wheat, or all purpose flour, but the kamut was delicious)
6 Tablespoons of cocoa powder ( can sub carob powder)
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups of sucanat (you can use cane juice crystals, or white sugar if you need to)
2 Tablespoons of white vinegar
2/3 cup coconut oil (or light flavored olive oil..or another oil of your choice)
2 cups of cold water
2 teaspoons of vanilla (not the imitation, chemical junk)

Preheat oven to 350*. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Pour batter into an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. (I use glass pyrex dishes)

Tap the pan on the counter to help remove some of the bubbles in the cake batter. Bake at 350* for 30-35 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool and frost. My favorite frosting for this cake is basic vanilla butter cream. (Though this cake is so yummy and moist, you really don't even have to frost it.)


1/3 cup softened real butter (no margarine please lol)
3 cups of powdered sucanat (or regular confectioners sugar if thats all you have)
3 tablespoons of cream (or whole milk)
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

Blend butter and sugar together. Stir in cream and vanilla until it's nice and smooth. (You can add another drop or two of cream if it's not the consistency you like.)

This recipe came from my paternal Grandmother and it's been a looong time favorite in our family. This recipe also works really well for 24 cupcakes. The cooking time is a bit shorter...more like 20-25 min.


Sheila J. said...

Hi Kelley, I don't have kamut or sucanat. Where would I buy them? Thanks so much for posting this. I can't wait to try it. I am also excited to find a white sugar substitute. Sheila

Homesteading Dream said...

Hi Sheila!

Whole Foods is a great place to try different grains and sweeteners. They have such a large variety in their bulk bins:) If you can't get to a Whole Foods store, you can also order small amounts of these on-line to try. Finding a local co-op would also be a huge blessing.