Chocolate Cake

Homeschool Mother’s Journal

In my life this week…

My week has been full of snuggles and hugs and kisses from kids with coughs and sniffles.

In our homeschool this week…

We are plugging along with our curriculum. I have already made my list for next year and big changes are coming. I am so excited.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

My niece had a birthday and we had the big family party at our house. There were six adults and nine children eleven and under. It was crazy. It was loud.

My hubby made four large homemade pizzas. They were so good.

Pizza
Pizza from my niece’s birthday.

I made a double layer chocolate cake (it was really good) using my eggless diaryless cake recipe.

Chocolate Cake
My niece’s birthday cake.

Hosanna thought it was really good.

Hosanna
Hosanna with chocolate cake on her face.

Right down to the last lick.

Hosanna
Hosanna licking chocolate cake off her face.

I made a fun creative writing journal for my niece. She loved it.

Creative Writing For Girls
The creative writing book I made for my niece.

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My favorite thing this week was…

Zion (2 years old) clasping his hands together and begging me to use my new mop to wash the hall floor. Isn’t this every mother’s dream?

What is working/not working for us…

Being adaptable is working for us. You can read more about that here.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I am trying to think outside of the box for Elisha for next year. He will be using Teaching Textbooks, and taking some on-line courses. Do you have any other creative ideas for me?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

There is a chocolate theme happening at our house.

Chocolate Cupcake
Chocolate cupcake from Elisha’s birthday.

I am linking up to the Homeschool Mother’s Journal.

Large Family Good Eats – Cooking Class and Chocolate Cake

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We only have five weeks of school left in this year! I can’t even imagine where the time went. Did you have a chance to hop over and visit my guest post on Saturday? I know it was Mother’s Day weekend (Happy Mother’s Day by the way!) and many of you were busy with family things and may not have seen my twitters about it. (You do follow me on twitter, right?)

I also visited two amazing posts about mothers that I wanted to share with you. Dawn over at 5 Kids and a Dog had a really awesome post where she shared memories of her mother. Sara over at Saving For Someday also had a great post reflecting on her mother and her own motherhood.

Cooking Class

Monday afternoons have become our cooking class. This week, we are baking cookies among other things… Yummy! More about that next week…

This past week I made play dough with Moses. Although that recipe needs a little work, we still had fun making it and all the kids enjoyed playing with it.  Next, I made chocolate cake with Malachi. And then last but not least, I made brownie bites with Elisha using the chocolate cake recipe. Then daddy made pizza dough with Moses… we love our homemade pizza. One of these days, I need to share that recipe too.

The kids really enjoyed cooking class last week and this week. We have 4 more weeks of cooking class, will you join us again?

I was tweeting about the chocolate cake we made last week and had a request for the recipe (which has NO EGG and NO DAIRY). This cake is seriously AMAZING!

Chocolate Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups of oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups water

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour the pan (9 x 13 rectangle). Put the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk. Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until the batter just comes together. Pour the batter into your cake pan. Bake your cake for 35-40 minutes. Store wrapped on the counter.

So, what are you cooking these days?

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