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  • This is a family recipe. My mother baked this cake every fall. Add a little extra apples for a moister cake.

    Ingredients:

    • 4 eggs
    • 2 cups of sugar
    • 1 cup of oil
    • 2 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
    • 3 cups of flour
    • 3 tsp. of baking powder
    • 1 tsp of salt
    • juice of one orange or 3/4 cups of OJ
    • 4 large apples
    • 3 T of sugar
    • 2  tsp. of cinnamon

    Peel and chop the apples and sprinkle with the cinnamon and 3 T of sugar. Beat the eggs and add the 2 cups sugar and oil, juice of orange and vanilla. Sift flour in separate bowl and add to the eggs and sugar mixture.  Put half of the batter in pan, half of the apples and then rest of batter and top with remaining apples. Grease and flour pan and bake 1 1/4 hours at 350 or until done.

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  • What’s the best answer to someone who calls you a turkey? To find out, get your calculator and try this: Enter 1000, subtract 53, multiply by 400 and add 9. Turn your calculator upside down to see the answer.

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  • One of the easiest meals to make with your children, and a perennial favorite in our house, is homemade pizza. It is hard to mess up (although it is messy) and children can really get creative. You could cheat and purchase prepared dough or pizza crust, but it you want your child to have the sensorial experience of mixing and kneading dough, you really should make it from scratch. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • I just discovered this wonderful blog about cakes called appropriately, Piece of Cake Decorating. My favorite was how to make a slumber party cake. It’s adorable. Check it out. You can also order custom cakes on-line as well as cake guides on how to make your own great cakes.

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  • It’s that time of year again when the pressure is on to come up with some creative alternatives to the usual lunch box fare. Get the kids involved and you are more likely to entice them to try out their masterpieces. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Educators have been telling us for years that children learn best by “doing”. It is much easier for them to understand a new concept when they can relate it to their world. The subject of math is one that is best learned through tangible activities. Measuring flour to bake a cake teaches fractions. Counting change for an ice cream cone teaches the value of money. The following simple math activities can help your children discover the applications of math in their every day lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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