Saturday, February 21, 2009

Something Yummy for Sunday Morning

There is something nice about spending time with loved ones on a Sunday morning and enjoying something yummy to eat. Below you will find a recipe for a breakfast cake that you make the night before. You simply wake up, pop it in the oven and in less than an hour and some cooling time you have a Delicious sweet breakfast to enjoy with your coffee, mimosa, tea or milk. Pair that with some fresh fruit and you have a lovely Sunday breakfast.

Overnight Whole Wheat Apple Breakfast Cake

2/3 cup butter softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 packets instant Apples and Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
a dash nutmeg
a dash cloves
1 cup buttermilk

Combine butter, sugar and eggs. In a seperate bowl combine dry ingredients and mix together. Slowly add dry mixture to butter mixture and blend, alternating dry additions with buttermilk. When ingredients are combined and cake batter has formed... Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 and pour batter into the dish. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a packet of plain oatmeal and sprinkle over the top of the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refridgerator overnight.

The next morning remove cake from the 'fridge and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. When oven is heated pop the cake in the oven. Start your coffee and fresh fruit preparations. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool a bit. Enjoy your time with your family.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Cake

I love baking. Others don't like it so much because I bring it to work. I once was accused of "bringing cakes to work to make co-workers fat like me", she who said it no longer gets to enjoy my cakes anymore as I don't work with her and after 15 years I realized she was not a friend. Baking relaxes me and it makes me happy to be able to share these creations with people. If the baked good ends up being their breakfast or a snack for the day, mission accomplished!

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Cake

One box Spice Cake mix
One packet Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
1/2 cup lowfat milk
1/2 cup olive oil
3 eggs

One packet Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
Cinnamon Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom of a 11 x 9 inch disposable aluminum casserole tin. Spray the bottom with non-stick spray.

In your mixing bowl combine, cake mix, oatmeal, milk and oil. Mix. Add cinnamon and mix again. Add eggs one by one and mix after each addition. Pour half of the batter into tin. Sprinkle half of oatmeal packet, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and cinnamon. Pour the remaining batter over oatmeal layer and then sprinkle a little more sugar and the other half of the oatmeal on the top.

Bake for about 45 minutes. Toothpick test. Once cooked, allow to cool. Serve with fresh fruit and coffee or tea. Enjoy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Frugal Faux Mocha

With every single thing carrying a higher price tag. It kills me to pull 5 bucks out of my wallet for a Mocha at the local Coffee Slinging Joint. I have gift cards carrying balances, but I am saving those little babies for a rainy day when I am in desperate need of a something to make me feel cozy and a caffeine fix. On camping trips in remote locations where there are no Starbucks on any corner you pass, I created the Frugal Faux Mocha.

The Frugal Faux Mocha

Fresh brewed strong coffee
One packet hot chocolate mix
flavored creamers if you want a fancy FF Mocha
Canned Low Fat Whipped Cream

In your favorite coffee mug or disposable camping cup, dump the contents of one hot chocolate packet. Fill with your freshly brewed strong coffee. Gently stir as if you were a Barista. If you want to make your FF Mocha fancy add a bit of flavored creamer.

Sit back and enjoy. Daydream about the shoes you could buy with the money you save from not buying the expensive coffee alternative every day in one week.


You can use flavored coffee. Like Hazelnut, Vanilla or add cinnamon to your favorite coffee. Then you won't need flavored creamers.

If camping and you don't have Canned whip cream use a few of the marshmallows you would use for S'mores! (:

Question for the Day? Do you think Starbucks would ever make a drive thru that would accomodate a large truck and a travel trailer?