Cooking Class

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

If you look closely at this picture (past my son, covered in mud, who is looking for worms) you will see a rhubarb plant in the background. This plant was purchased for $10 from a lady on Used Victoria. It has been going strong for the past four years, but this year has been its best yield ever. This year we have harvested it at least three times and I am assuming there will be at least two more harvests this summer.

We have been harvesting the rhubarb (and freezing it) while waiting for a chance to purchase some yummy strawberries. It was time to harvest the rhubarb again and strawberries were all over the grocery stores just waiting for us to purchase them (and at a decent price too). Now, I keep wishing that I lived closer to Dawn from 5 Kids and a Dog because she has an abundance of strawberries. You can read about her Strawberry Harvest and More Strawberries.

We were also given a case of pre-made pie crusts (with no egg or dairy too), so I jumped at the chance to make pies. So far we have made four hamburger pies, one big chicken pot pie, two cherry pies, and two strawberry rhubarb pies. The crust dough came in a box that you store in the fridge, they were all rolled out and you just needed to lay them on the pie plate (how easy is that?).

I took this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe and whipped up the pie filling to use in our pre-made crusts. This was one of the pies before they were baked. Unfortunately, they were all gone before I could get another picture of them.

What is your favorite kind of pie? If you don’t like pie, what is your favorite dessert?

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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