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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Get in my belly! Tunnel of Fudge Cake!

My daughter made this cake last night. Oh My. SO good! She found the recipe in an old issue of Cook's Country Magazine.

We gave some to my parents, the neighbors, my daughter's friend's mother ... it had to go. Otherwise, I would still be eating it.

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.


3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting pan
1/2 cup boiling water
2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups pecans or 2 cups walnuts, chopped fine
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened


3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 4 1/2 hrs

1 Do not use a cake tester, toothpick, or skewer to test the cake-the fudgy interior won't give an accurate reading. Instead, remove the cake from the oven when the sides just begin to pull away from the pan and the surface of the cake springs back when pressed gently with your finger.

2 Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with cocoa powder. Pour boiling water over chocolate in medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Whisk cocoa, flour, nuts, confectioners' sugar, and salt in large bowl. Beat eggs and vanilla in large measuring cup.

3 With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. On low speed, add egg mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Add chocolate mixture and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Beat in flour mixture until just combined, about 30 seconds.

4 Scrape batter into prepared pan, smooth batter, and bake until edges are beginning to pull away from pan, about 45 minutes. Cool upright in pan on wire rack for 1 1/2 hours, then invert onto serving plate and cool completely, at least 2 hours.

5 For the glaze: Cook cream, corn syrup, and chocolate in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and set aside until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Drizzle glaze over cake and let set for at least 10 minutes. Serve. (Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Loose him and let him go."

Reading through Joanna Weaver's new book I came across this ...

Someone has to do it. And that's one of the factors of Lazarus's story that shocks me most. For while Jesus Christ did what only He could do--bring a dead man back to life--He invited those who stood around watching to help with the process.

"Loose him, and let him go." It's the same command Christ gives the church today.

I love what Jerry Goebel says about this passage of scripture [John 11:43-44]. "The work of Jesus is to bring life; the work of the congregation is to unbind people from the trappings of death. The words that Christ speaks are so full; he literally tells the 'congregation'; 'Destroy what holds him down. Send him forth free.'"

Unfortunately, most of us would rather observe a resurrection than actually participate in one. Like the priest and Levite who passed by the wounded man [Luke 10:30-35], we shy away from actually getting involved in the work of loving someone back to life. Some of us prefer to the role of cynic, refusing to belive that God has really changed a person or that the change can last.

"All too often, we never unbind those who Christ has resurrected," Goebel says. "We would rather continue to see them with the haughty eyes of the skeptic. We are more excited for them to fail than to change ...".

An attitude like that breaks God's heart. And it can actually add another layer of graveclothes to someone who is tyring to walk out of the tomb of his or her past. Goebel writes:

We bind people through our attitudes toward them. We bind them when we hold onto their faults instead of lifting up and encouraging their attempts to change. We bind people when we don't forgive them. We bind them when we gossip to others about their faults. Whenever we treat people out of our smallness of instead of the Lord's abundance; we keep them bound.

We free them when we are determined to see new life in them. We free them then we praise God. We free them when we forgive them. We free them when we smile and welcome them, saying; "I am so glad you are here; do you have anyone to sit with today?" We free them the most when we seek them in their tombs and, "snorting at death," we command them in the name of Christ to come into new life.

Whenever we treat another out of Christ's greatness and not our smallness; we free them.

That is the work we are called to as brothers and sisters in the Lord -- unbinding, through acceptance and love, those whom Jesus has resurrected. However, as I've pointed out, helping people walk out into a new life can be a messy process. Though a person has received Christ as Savior, it may take a lot of time and effort before the outer self catches up with the inward work. None of us is born -- or reborn -- into this world squeaky clean.

Still, if God isn't threatened by the stink, they why are we?

Monday, April 11, 2011

How to Be God's Little Princess KINDLE Giveaway and Facebook Party!

Sheila Walsh is celebrating the release of How to Be God’s Little Princess with a KINDLE giveaway and Facebook Princess Tea Party!

“In How to Be God’s Little Princess, it’s my prayer that young girls will learn important life skills and discover for themselves how to navigate the do’s and don’ts of life. I want them to see that making wise decisions about clothes, friends, family, make-up, and more can be FUN! – Sheila Walsh

Read what people are saying here.

Sheila has put together a Princess prize package worth over $200!

One lucky winner will receive:

    * A brand new KINDLE with Wi-Fi & New Pearl Screen
    * How to Be God’s Little Princess (autographed copy)
    * A Princess Tea Kit (includes princess backpack, tiara, book, jewelry making kit, & mug)

To enter click on entry ports below, then tell your friends! Hurry, giveaway ends 4/30! But wait! There’s more … On May 4th join Sheila at her Author Page on Facebook for the Princess Tea Party! She will announce the winner of the KINDLE, connect with readers and give away a ton of fun products from the Gigi and God’s Little Princess line! Tweens invited! Don’t miss the fun! She is looking forward to connecting and learning more about you – so be sure to stop by on May 4th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MST, 7 PM CST, & 8 PM EST).

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