Category: Thursday’s Treasures (Page 2 of 8)

Thursday’s Treasure – From My Garden

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I picked these flowers from my gardens Tuesday, before a spring storm barreled through the area.  The bouquet has yellow snapdragons, two varieties of dianthus, a geranium blossom and a painted daisy (I think!).

It’s this Thursday’s Treasure because little bouquets of garden flowers like this one remind me of my grandmother, Mabel Austin Gibson.  She always had little vases of seasonal flowers around her house.

Thursday’s Treasures – Flowers

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For about the same price as a cup of Starbucks sweetness I can have colorful flowers to brighten my day. An added bonus is that the flowers usually last a week to ten days, much longer than a cup of Starbucks! So pretty.
What do you do to add beauty to your days?

**Thursday’s Treasures highlights the small things that make my life a good life. It may be an item, it might be a book, it could be a song; whatever it is, it makes me smile and is therefore worth treasuring.

Thursday’s Treasures – Chopped Apple Cake Recipe

Our family has a few special recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. One of those is Grammy’s Chopped Apple Cake, Grammy being Mabel Austin Gibson (We have more than one Grammy in our family, so I need to be specific!).

Traditional Chopped Apple Cake

Mix:

  • 4 cups chopped apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Add:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Add:

  • ½ cup oil

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes in a 9×13 pan.

This isn’t really what I consider a traditional cake, more like a cross between a cake and a pie and a brownie. Or a muffin without the muffin shape. Whatever you call it, it is delicious and our family always makes it for holidays and reunions, and to just eat every day!

Plant-based Chopped Apple Cake

In the past I have often deviated from the recipe a bit (as I often do with recipes I know well). I don’t peel the apples anymore (apple skins are good for you!) and I often add raisins for natural sugar and then use half the sugar listed. My dad came up with a nice variation many years ago by adding whole cranberries. Not only does it taste delicious, but the cranberries add some nice holiday color to the cake.
Lately, though, I have been eating a plant-based diet, which for me means no eggs and no oils (in addition to no dairy and no meat). While I have found many new recipes and am really enjoying eating in this new manner, I do sometimes miss some of my old standby recipes. Last night, as I was trying to fall asleep, it dawned on me that I could convert this recipe and have Chopped Apple Cake for breakfast! And so that it was I did this morning, starting out with half the recipe in case it didn’t turn out well.

Plant-Strong Chopped Apple Cake

Mix:

  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 flaxseed “egg” (1/3 cup hot water mixed with ¼ cup ground flaxseed, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Add:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Bake at 350 for 40 – 50 minutes in a greased 8×8 pan

I also added about ½ cup frozen cranberries.

Plant-based Chopped Apple Cake

IT IS DELICIOUS!

Between David and I, we have already eaten half of it for breakfast this morning. There really is no discernible difference between the old recipe and the new, plant-strong recipe. This is definitely a keeper!

**Thursday’s Treasures highlights the small things that make my life a good life. It may be an item, it might be a book, it could be a song; whatever it is, it makes me smile and is therefore worth treasuring.

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