Monthly Archives: July 2013

Old Fashion Chocolate Cakes :D

Old Fashion Chocolate Cakes-

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
12 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 cups stong, hot coffee
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
Confectioners’ sugar, for duting
fresh rasberries, for garnish, (optional)

I. Whisk together flour and baking soda in large bowl. Set aside.
II. Combine chocolate and butter in medium heat-proof bowl. Pour hot coffee over chocolate-butter mixture, and stir until chocolate and butter have melted. Set aside until mixture is cool enough to touch.
III. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line 28 muffin pan cups with paper liners.
IV. Beat eggs in large bowl with electric mixture until frothy; add sugar, and beat 1-2 minutes, or until mixture turns pale yellow color. Fold in half of cooled chocolate mixture, then half of flour mixture. Repeat wih remaining chocolate mixture and flour mixture. Fill prepared muffin liners 3 quarters full, and bake 15-20 minutes.
V. Cool 10 minutes in muffin pan, then unmold, and cool completely pn wire rack.
VI. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, and garnish wth berries, if using.

PER CAKE;
225 calories
3 grams protein

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Dear God- July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013
Dear God,

Thank you, God, for showing me this wonderful reading in the Bible today! You truly are the love of my life. Forever and always will you be in my heart! I love you so much, Lord. Thank you for bringing me life today. You again have opened my eyes into something new! It’s so amazing to read your Word, knowing that what I just read came from you. You gave me this today. So want to thank you so much!

I prayed to God this morning, as I was feeling read down and sad all morning. My day hasn’t gone too good so far.
First, I woke up and it was real early in the morning like 5-ish AM. It’s super hot one second, and then super cold the next. So I cover up with my blankets but then take them off again, constantly. Then I wake up cause I hear noises in the bathroom. Like in shower, but no water was running. It sounded like shampoo bottles falling on the ground. In the middle of the night!! So I figured that maybe it was my brother or something. So I eventually fall asleep again. I wake up again, and its like 6:00-6:30 AM. And my dad gets ready to leave and that’s when my kitten gets up and she’s running around wanting to play. And then I see that she has to go to the bathroom. Her litter box is in the bathroom, so I get up to take her. And I see a sign on the door says, ‘There’s a mouse trap in here, keep the door closed.” But I know I have to go in there to let my kitty go potty. So I go in there, and I see the mouse run behind the sink. And then there’s a mouse trap right next to my kittens litter box! I don’t know why somebody had to put the trap right there. If Zeva (my kitten) gets a hold of that trap, it could easily break her paw. Thankfully, she didn’t touch it. I wanted her to hurry up as fast as possible, I did NOT want that creepy mouse near my toes or me at all!! So after she’s done, I grab her real fast and out I go from the bathroom. I set her on my bed and she runs off into the living room. Which is good for me because I’d really like to get some sleep. I don’t end up getting much sleep because she comes back. She always feels playful when it becomes 6 or 6:30 in the Morning. It’s insane. So I try to go to sleep, but I cant get comfortable. So i just lie there. And every so often I hear my kitten getting into something. Like on my brothers side of the room. Getting herself into some trouble. She is one stubborn little kitty. When I finally fall asleep, I wake up cause of some stupid bird outside that wont be quiet. I end up just giving up on sleep and I go into the living room and to get something to eat. After a while, I go on my laptop to play some games and to write. And I end up reading my Bible. I remember from yesterday that my grandma gave me some of my cupcakes that I made and she put them in my purse. Feeling happy that I had some cupcakes, I go to my purse and grab them. I open the bag and take a big bite out of my chocolatey peanut-buttery yumminess. And I set the bag down next to me and after I finish the cupcake I put the cupcake liner on top of the bag. And I continue writing and reading my Bible. After I’m done writing on my laptop and I look over at my kitten. I see that she had the bag of cupcakes and she had the cupcake liner in her mouth. I grab her gently and I put my finger in her mouth to try to get the cupcake liner she just took a bite out of. But I failed because she ended up swallowing it… crazy cat. :/
After the crazy incident with my crazy cat, I started thinking about me and my life. I began to think about how I wasn’t able to do anything today, cause my mom doesn’t have to go into town today. And I was feeling quite bored and lonely. I started to think about one of my best friends and how she now has a boyfriend and I don’t really get to hang out with her that much anymore. And then I thought about one of my other best friends. His name is Jesse. And I thought about how I missed him. And that I can’t ever see him that much and actually have time to be with him and hang out with him because he’s a guy and my mom doesn’t want me to hang out with guys. Because we both like each other. I’m allowed to date right now, but since he’s ‘too old’ I can’t date him. He’s only 3 years older than I am! I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but to my parent’s it is. So I can’t date him…..yet. 😉
So anyways, I started to think about many other things as well and I began to pray. I prayed to God, asking him to help me to have strength. Because I know if he wants me to be with this guy, Jesse, then It’ll happen sometime in the future when the time is right. He gave me comfort. And I asked him to give me somemthing out of the Bible today. because I’ve been feeling so down and sad lately. And I don’t know exactly why. I don’t have any reason, I just don’t feel like doing any thing anymore. I don’t know why though. So I asked God to help me. And I opened up my Bible and out comes 3 cards that I need to mail out. So I put them aside and I see half a chapter that’s highlighted. So I read them, and their from;
Ecclesiastes 3. I read the whole chapter. The number one verse that spoke out to me is verse one;
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
This is EXACTLY what I needed. And PRAISE THE LORD He gave it to me! 🙂 I love Him, He is absouly amazing to me. I continued reading on down through the whole chapter. And every verse was like calling out to me. It helped me open my eyes to see that there really is a purpose for everything. And if my parents don’t want me and Jesse to date right now, then so be it. But if God wants us to be together, then it’ll happen sometime in the future. I just need to be patient. And patience is so very hard. I mean we live in a day and age to where if we don’t get our food fast enough from the fast food drive though, then we just leave and go to a different place. So I alsso need to learn to have some patience. You should read Ecclesiastes 3. It is an amazing chapter. It spoke to me, I’m sure it’ll speak to you! 🙂

Thank you, Lord. I love you!
-Chelsey! ❤

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened best-quality cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
• 1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
• 1 teaspoon white vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 eggs
For the cream cheese frosting:
• 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
• 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Preparation
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line 15 muffin tins with paper liners.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute, until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients alternately in 3 parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, and mix until combined. Stir with a rubber spatula to be sure the batter is mixed.
Scoop the batter into the muffin cups with an ice cream scoop or large spoon. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Do not overbake! Cool completely in the pans and frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.
To make the frosting, place the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mix on medium speed just until combined. Don’t whip! Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

Amazing Homemade Pumpkin Seeds! :)

PUMPKIN SEEDS!

Original recipe makes 2 cups

2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1/2 cup white sugar, divided
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, divided
Directions
Remove all the pulp and strings from the pumpkin seeds, then wash and thoroughly dry the seeds.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the melted butter in a bowl, toss the seeds in the butter to coat, and pour them onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon over the seeds, stir the seeds around to mix the coating, and spread them into a single layer. Bake the seeds in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
Remove the seeds from the oven, and sprinkle them with another coating of 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, mixing the seeds together and spreading them out as before. Bake 5 more minutes. Repeat the coating and baking step one more time, and bake the seeds for 5 more minutes.
Sprinkle the seeds with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, mix, and bake the sugar coating onto the seeds, about 10 more minutes. Let the seeds cool on the baking sheet before eating

Sandwich King Crunchy PB&J

PB&JSandwich King Crunchy PB&J_

(Makes 4 Sandwiches)
1 cup Peanut Butter
8 slices of Bread
1 cup Strawberry Preserves
Bananas, sliced thin (optional)
2 cups Plain potato chips
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups Cinnamon Toast cereal, crushed by hand in plastic bag

Directions_
Spread some peanut butter on the bread. Then spread some preserves on the other slice of bread. Add some bananas and a pile of potato chips on top and sandwich the two pieces of bread together.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Dip the sandwich in the egg then the cinnamon cereal, pressing down to make sure the cereal adheres. Repeat with the other side.
In batches, fry the sandwiches on each side, low and slow until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and add more butter to the skillet and fry the other sandwiches.

3-Ingredient Peanut-Butter Cookies!

3-ingredient Peanut-butter cookies!

• 1 cup peanut butter (best with smooth and not reduced fat)
• 1 egg
• 1 cup Sugar
Directions
1Preheat Oven to 325 degrees
2Mix all ingredients with spoon in a bowl until a dough forms
3Spoon out cookies on ungreased cookie pan.
4Squish down with fork tines to make criss cross pattern
5BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes until they are a slightly lighter color (they don’t always look done but they are!)

Dear God- June 29, 2013

June 29, 2013

Genesis chapters 6-9
Genesis 9:13-16
Dear God,

So today, I seen a FULL DOUBLE RAINBOW! It was amazing. But the amazing part of it was that the whole day I was praying to see a rainbow. I could just feel it! I could see that all day the sun was out and that it was sprinkling on and off today. So I just knew that there would be a rainbow! Iwas at home, watching television and every time the comercials would come on I’d run outside to see if there was a rainbow, even after a couple of times I didn’t give up. I just knew there was gonna be rainbow out sooner or later. And all of a sudden I yell, “Theres a rainbow outside! A rainbow! MOM!” I was so happy! But even more happy and feeling blessed when I seen a FULL DOULE RAINBOW! It was absoulely the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It was soooo beautiful. ❤ ♥ I am SO glad God let me see that today. I tried to get pictures of it, but what was funny was that the rainbow was so big I couldnt capture the entire rainbow on the camera. But wow, it was a BEAUTIFUL sight! Indescible! I have pictures that I uploaded on my account, if you'd like to see the pictures I did get. 🙂 There still very beautiful. It was a breath taking experience!!! 🙂
Thank you so much dear God, for letting me see this experience! You are soooo wonderful, full of beauty and admiration!
And seeing this full double rainbow inspired me to read about Noah. So thats what I read for my daily Bible reading today. Is Genesis 6-9.
Genesis 9:13-16 says,
"I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth."

So God's talking about the rainbow He put in the sky for Noah after the huge flood God put upon the earth. But everytime you see a rainbow in the sky,think of this, it's a promise to God that He'll NEVER flood the earth EVER again. That's His promise. And He's kept that promise over a few thousand years now. And I know He'll still keep that promise forever!
But something came to my mind that really and truly struck out to me. And its this; Today, seeing that wonderful, amazing rainbow that I seen. Just think how much more amazing the rainbow God put in the sky for Noah and his family. I mean, the rainbow I seen today was indescriable and unbelieveably breath-taking! But just think how much MORE amazing and MORE breath-taking the rainbow God made for Noah! I mean, it's almost hard to imagine! Honestly, it is hard to imagine! How I wish I could of been there to see it! Oh, it would of been so incredible! 🙂
I am so happy and thankful that God puts rainbows out for us on earth to have some joy and happiness. Cause for some people, and even me sometimes, the weather can really put you in a mood. A mood where you dont really feel like doing anything and you just feel tried, worn-out and draggy. But wow, how much of a blessing it is to see the results of a dreay, cold, wet, soggy day that drags out into nothing and then…. BOOM! A rainbow pops up in the sky, that totaly changes your mood. Cause theres now red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple and even pink in the sky! And not just plain ol' gray. It really can change your mood into something woderful.

So today, I especially write this letter to My LORD. The one who created the rainbow today. Which changed my mood into something wonderful. You, LORD, are so glorious! 🙂

I love you, Heavenly Father,
Your daughter, Chelsey! ❤