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That Almond Cake

Thought I'd do a variation of That Chocolate Cake...

Stacey's That Almond Cake Ingredients:

2c sugar, organic
1c unbleached white flour, organic
3/4c whole wheat flour, organic
2 tbs cornstarch
3/4c almond flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs, organic
1/2c sesame oil
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1.5c whole milk (cream top organic)
1/2c boiling water

10x10" cake pan
Parchment paper

First, I preheated the oven to 350F and lined the cake pan with the parchment paper.  Then, I mixed all the dry ingredients together.  I slightly beat the eggs with the oil, and heated the milk with the vanilla in the microwave for about a minute - temp gun said it was about 90F.  I added the wet ingredients (minus the boiling water) into the dry ingredients and mixed.  Once it was mixed, I added the boiling water and stirred until it was combined.  It was really soupy, but I figured I'd just give it a try.  I poured it into the prepared 10x10" cake pan until…

Photo -> Ink Drawing #1: Picnic

I went out to have a picnic with two of my best friends, Ester and Young out in Napa.  We brought Ester's dog Fergus and I took a picture.


I've started a new hobby of trying to turn my photos into drawings (and maybe paintings someday when I have the time).  Here is my first (and perhaps only) attempt at an ink rendition.


I did pencil first, since I tend to have problems with proportions, then filled in later with ink. You can click on the images for larger versions.

Mango Soap

Time for another soaping recipe!  I have so many soaping supplies/ingredients, I decided I can't buy any more soaping stuff until I use it all up.

This recipe was to use my Fresh Mango fragrance oil from Bramble Berry.

Stacey's Soap Recipe #B2 (b for blog) with Fresh Mango scent:
(soapcalc.net results)
Solid Oils
13.44 oz Palm Oil (crisco or shortening)
5.76 oz Coconut Oil (76 deg)
2.56 oz Palm Kernel Oil / Flakes
.64 oz Red Palm Butter
Liquid Oils
8 oz Castor Oil
1.6 oz Olive Oil

12.12 oz distilled water
4.51 oz lye NaOH

1 oz Fresh Mango fragrance oil
Glossy Tray Mold
Old pot used only for soaping

3/17/11 - First I made my lye solution so it would have time to cool.  I always put the lye solution container into some ice water (make sure none of the ice water bath gets into the solution) to help it cool faster.

Then I put all of my solid oils into the pot and melted them over low heat. Melted... Once the solid oils were melted, I added the liquid ones... This time the oils were pre…