Archive | February 2013

GFDFSF Coconut Yellow Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Yesterday was my Mom’s (actually she’s my Mother in Law but we are very close) birthday and I wanted to make her favorite cake.  I had NO idea what that cake would be so I devised a scheme where my sister was able to get the information secretly from her husband.  I couldn’t find a recipe online that I liked so I decided to make the entire cake using my imagination.  Sorry, I forgot to take a photo but both of my Mom’s loved it and when I ate a piece I could see why. 

Coconut Cake but not the one I made 2-27-2013

Below are the two recipes I tweaked to make this absolutely yummy Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free Coconut Yellow Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting.  Try it out and see if yours comes out just as tasty.

 

Classic Yellow Cake

adapted from Easy Gluten Free Baking

{Italics is what I replaced the original recipe ingredients with}

INGREDIENTS:

Prepared Cake Pans (Spray with allergy free pan spray or use shortening with paper towel and flour with rice flour or sweet rice flour)

Toothpicks to make sure cake is done;  Little oven safe glass bowl filled with water to place on the bottom rack of your oven (this keeps your cake moist)

DRY                                                                                                                      WET

1C plus 2T sifted White Rice Flour                  1C Butter Flavored Shortening

1C Cornstarch                                                                         1C Granulated Sugar

2t GF Baking Powder                                                           4 Large Eggs

1t Xanthan Gum                                                                     1/2 C  Coconut Milk

1t Salt                                                                                         2t Vanilla Extract

This makes one 8 inch 2 layer cake, one 9×13″ cake or 2 dozen cupcakes

DIRECTIONS:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.

3) In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together shortening and sugar until light & fluffy; about 30 seconds.

4) Add eggs & beat for an additional 15 seconds.  Add dry ingredients and mix until completely combined.  Add milk and vanilla extract.  Blend until batter is thoroughly combined & fluffy.

5) Pour into prepared pans or cupcake holders.

6) BAKING TIMES = For 8″ round pans about 25-30 minutes;  for 9×13″ pan about 35-40 minutes; for cupcakes about 15-25 minutes

7) Pull out oven rack and poke each cake in the center with a toothpick.  As long as toothpick is clean when you remove it, your cake is done.

8) Remove pans from oven & place on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes.

9) Transfer cake(s) directly onto racks to cool completely.

GFCFSF Coconut Buttercream Frosting

adapted from Free For All Cooking

{Italics is what I replaced the original recipe ingredients with}

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 C Butter Flavored Shortening (I use Spectrum Organic Butter Flavored Shortening)

2  1/2C Confectionary Sugar

1  1/2t Coconut Extract

1T or more of Coconut Milk

1/4 C or more of sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes (I used sweetened)

DIRECTIONS:

Blend shortening and extract until thoroughly mixed.

Add sugar while blending simultaneously.

As your frosting thickens, add milk until it is the consistency you want to frost your cake.

After you frost your cake, sprinkle your coconut flakes on top.

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DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS LAW THAT AFFECTS YOUR 14 YEAR OLD TEEN???

I have to share this craziness with you!!  I just found out that here in NJ, once your child turns 14 he/she can stop going to school; not take prescribed medications; sign themselves out of medical institutions at their OWN whim…. This LAW is ridiculous! Oh and even if your child has a disability and is neurologically impaired in any way; the staff at the hospital & school will make certain that YOUR child understands his/her rights and will not accept YOUR child if he/she says NO!!!

THIS IS CRAZY!!! Then the parents are penalized when same child does something against the law BUT the systems that are supposed to help won’t because that same child refuses to take medications; stay in a hospital; stay in school; follow the ‘right’ laws….THIS WORLD IS CRAZY!!!  As a PARENT, you have NO RIGHTS EXCEPT THE RIGHT TO LOSE YOUR JOB AND MIND WHEN YOUR CHILD DETERMINES THAT HE/SHE WILL DO WHATEVER HE/SHE WANTS & YOU HAVE NO LEGAL LEGS TO STAND ON!!!

Is this the law in your State? Do you know if this is a Federal law? WE ALL NEED TO FIGHT IT WHATEVER TYPE OF LAW IT IS!  Last time I checked my family…this is MY child and no one else has the RIGHT to tell him he can go ahead and not go to school; not take his meds; leave the hospital whenever he wants, etc.   These ‘laws’ don’t parent, love, feed, cloth, teach nor live with MY teen/child.  How can they make such a blanket law without the consent of parents??  THEY can come and parent my teen for me since THEY have decided that he’s quite capable of taking care of himself at 14 YEARS OLD!!

To make matters even more confusing, that same ‘child/teen’ can’t get a job without working papers until said teen is 16.  The same teen can’t even drive without an adult until what – 18???  That same teen also can’t make educational decisions on his own until he is 18.  And don’t forget the Truancy Laws so if he/she decides to stop going to school parents and child end up in court and being fined even if this was his/her decision.  Need I go on???  As my son just said – ‘WHOEVER MADE THIS LAW IS CRAZY!’  I completely agree.

Bluntness and Honesty Outside of Our Family Unit and Home

Psalm Chapter 12 Verses 1 – 4

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.

3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
4 those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

I found an article on Facebook and wanted to share it with you.   I start off with my reaction and then you can click on the link underlined below to read the article…

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I liked reading the article but I have tried all of the suggested interventions for the last 10+ years as well as using apps on my son’s Iphone so he can review what to say, who it is appropriate to touch, etc.   So far, he’s 15 and we are STILL experiencing his ‘bluntness’.   I’ve become immune over the years to the stares we receive as a result of his bluntness and though I use each one as a ‘teachable moment’ if something else presents itself and I don’t immediately prompt him with the socially appropriate comments he will say whatever comes to mind.  In fact, even when I do prompt there are times when what he’s thinking slips our anyway.  Also, babysitters are pretty non existent – who do you know that enjoys having there flaws spoken about each time you see them? My son’s bluntness and honesty have been the downfall of many relationships – for him and our entire family.

Since I’m not always around and our extended family is prone to feeling embarrassed, as are other adults and teens;  there are many places our son doesn’t go.  Imagine us trying to get on an airplane or even through an airport.  It would be a nightmare unless he is asleep…..he didn’t talk clearly until 6 1/2 – 7 years old and we thank God he is verbal.  This blessing has come along with many new issues.

He is a social butterfly and would LOVE to have friends but what he says always and I mean ALWAYS ends what can be great friendships.  So, perhaps those ideas will work for others but we are pretty much stuck in a rut here.  I’m a certified preschool thru 3rd grade teacher and many days parenting my son when it comes to social awareness feels like the constant redirection I give to my children at school on a daily basis.

On the other hand, bluntness does run in our family.  His Dad and I are very blunt with what we say but being blunt doesn’t mean you have to be hurtful with your words.  Yes, the truth does hurt many times and a lot of times the things our children say are honest to a fault – not their fault but to our society who is okay with lying to make others feel good.  For all the problems we have with our son’s bluntness many days we feel that the problem is not his honesty but the fact that in order to survive in today’s society one feels that one must LEARN to LIE!

Our son LOVES reading and memorizing verses out of the Holy Bible and one such verse that is a part of our ‘Family Orders’ is :

Tell the truth At All Times ~ “Do things in such a way that everyone can see that you are trustworthy.” Romans chapter  12 Verse 17b.

God’s Word also states in James chapter 3 verses 5 thru 9:

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

The Autism Notebook — 1/18

What do you think? Is your teen/child ‘honest to a fault’?   What are some comments your teen/child has made in public that have made you cringe inwardly or offer an apology to a stranger?  How about some of the comments that you wish you could say but politeness or being politically correct has stopped you?  How do you teach your teen/child when it’s okay to lie and when it’s okay to tell the truth?