Sunday, October 30, 2011

Volcanos and an apple cake

Happy Sunday!  Way to go Minnesota Vikings!  You won....barely but you won.  That's all that matters right?  Maybe we could get our vikings shirts back out of the closet and start being proud to wear them again.. Another cold day again and no sun.  Kind of sad but that's the way it goes.  The boys are so excited to trick-or-treat tomorrow night.  We'll get their costumes all laid out and ready tonight so we aren't running around after work tomorrow trying to find everything. 

So what do you do on a cold Sunday afternoon when you can't go outside because it's too cold and it's drizzling outside?  You make a homemade volcano!  Really simple, and it was about 2 minutes of fun and it was over.  I should read up on how to make a better volcano creation.

Thank you Brady for showing us what we'll need for our volcano.  See the vikings glass?  Was that a good luck charm for today's winning game? 
Homemade Volcano

1/2 cup vinegar
food coloring of your choice
as much baking soda as you want!

It was fun, but very short lived. Not nearly as great as I was hoping for.  Still, it made the boys happy and they thought their mom was cool for coming up with an idea on how we could possibly blow something up or make something overflow. 

My supervisor at work brought in an apple cake this week for everyone to try along with bags of apples from her trees for anyone that wanted some.  The apple cake is so good and so simple!  I made an 8x8 cake and took it to my mom's right from the oven this morning to share.  She loved it as well.

Topped with a dollop of whipped cream and there you've got yourself a yummy fall dessert!  I made sure I got a little piece before my boys got into it because I knew it would be gone right away. 

Apple Cake

1 cup sugar
2 cups diced and peeled apples
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

IMPORTANT:  Make sure you mix these ingredients in the order listed.  My mom made it today as well and didn't do that and had a crumbly topping that you'd make use for a pie crust.  Spread into an 8x8 greased pan. This mixture will be very thick so you'll have to move it around the pan to spread it.  I baked mine for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Every oven is different so remove it when your toothpick check comes out clean. This cake will be so moist and flavorful and make your house smell wonderful!


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