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Our progress so far!

Hello, and thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe.


This update like the last one is being written on my cell, and while technology has been on a fast track, my skills have stayed in the slower right hand lane!

We now have or little RV boondocking  at our kids place while we stock the cupboards and make everything ready for our first journey off the driveway. Bringing this bad-boy home was a bit of an adventure and (unfortunately) our new hitch was destroyed in the process. The loss was a bit steep financially, but I need to remember that no one was hurt and no other property was lost.

A new replacement hitch was been received, and will be installed after moving a few more piwces of furnitere. Plus we have an appointment for a receiver to be added to our truck for a bike rack.

I have enough pots and pans I will be able to start cooking again very soon. This pleases me on two fronts, first, my enjoyment of cooking wholesome food and second, I want some experience using this kitchen before we hit the road.

Without a doubt we over estimated on how much would / could fit in our new little home, which means we are downsizing again. I cant even remember some of the items we sold or gave away before we left the pwninsula, so i believe rhis next phade will be fairly painless. If nothing else this new adventure has been one surprise after another!

I hope this update finds you enjoying a lovely springtime! Until next time, take care and thank you for your continues visits to Our Sunday Cafe!
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We have found our new home!

Just a little update on our journey, we have found our new home.

Our new little home for travel!

Dining table.

Comfy chairs for reading and relaxing.

Couch for TV viewing and overnight guests.

Our bedroom suite, complete with cedar lined closet.

We take delivery next Monday, and will begin to unpack our things. I am pretty sure we will need to do another donation station visit for some extras we won't need!

Thank you for continuing to visit OurSundayCafe, and share in our journey for full time travel, we appreciate it more than you know.

PS, we are not set up with our computer as yet, this post has been completed on my phone. 


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Moving Day!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…  moving!


We will be moving for the next few days, having achieved our dream to sell our home to travel full time. We will be back, right here, as soon as is possible!

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Banana Bread, with Pan Roasted Bananas

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Butter Roasted Bananas, Banana Bread
Roasted Bananas, Banana Bread

Banana Bread, with Pan Roasted Bananas
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

6 large very ripe bananas
1/4 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c oil
1/4 c milk
2 eggs
2 c flour - whole wheat flour works great here!
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c walnuts, chopped small (I think that helps keep the slices intact)


Combine 4 bananas and the butter in a skillet. Saute over medium heat until golden. Turn as needed. When soft cut into smaller chunks, continue turning to brown all surfaces. When all sides are golden brown, remove skillet from the heat source and allow to cool.






Combine the remaining 2 bananas in a large bowl along with the sugars. Use a fork to mash the bananas and sugars together. Add eggs, milk, and oil. Stir to combine all ingredients making sure the eggs are well incorporated into the mixture.



Combine the flour, salt, and soda in a medium bowl. Whisk to distribute soda and salt throughout the flour.

Gently mash the cooked bananas with a fork Stir the cooked bananas (along with the browned butter) into the banana milk mixture. Stir well. Add the flour mixture to the bananas. Stir well to combine. Stir in the chopped walnuts.



Pour into a prepared loaf pan.  Bake 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes until tests done, in your oven. Let cool in the pan 10 minutes, turn out onto a rack or towel and allow to cool completely. This bread is delicious, a good keeper.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Chocolate Cupcakes, the self filling kind!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

These delicious mini cakes scream party! They are very easy to make, using common pantry ingredients plus they bake up moist and not needing anything additional, but hey when you are having a party, sometimes more is better! 

This platter of mini cakes is perfect to share with friends at any gathering or send along as a thank you for those that have given you help oh say moving or building a driveway because they are that good! And for those camping trips, they don't need fancy serving ware, just grab, and enjoy...

Easy Cream Cheese Center in a Chocolate Cup Cake.
Self-filling Chocolate Cupcakes. 

Chocolate Cupcakes
adapted from:  The Frugal Foodie Cookbook
350 degrees

Chocolate Cake Batter
3 c flour
2 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder (press through a sieve)
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 c cold water
2/3 c oil
2 T vinegar
2 t vanilla

Combine all dry ingredients, in a large bowl. Add all wet ingredients, mix whip a whisk, until smooth.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Filling
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/3 c sugar
1 egg
1 c chocolate chips


Cut cheese into 1-inch cubes, combine with sugar and egg, until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.

Assemble the cupcakes:

Divide batter into 24 prepared muffin cups. Top with the filling, evenly.

I can be a drippy dipper with batter, don't let the messy look deter you from these goodies!

Bake 25 minutes or until done in your oven.


Makes 24 cakes

Serve with vanilla ice cream! For an extra special dessert, top with your favorite chocolate buttercream frosting or glaze.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls, the easiest Cinnamon Rolls ever!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Simple things are usually the best.....like these delicious Cinnamon rolls.

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls, the easiest Cinnamon Rolls ever!
Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls

The thing is though, you might want to get your skill down with a "practice" pan. That way you will have a really good idea of just what a great gift this pan of cinnamon rolls would make. However I need to be honest; you don't really need practice, because these rolls are really easy.

You can also make the recipe through the final rise, cover and refrigerate overnight and bake fresh for breakfast the next day. Yeast doughs are usually very agreeable to an overnight rest in the fridge.

The process and ingredient list do look involved, but (please) do not let that sway you in your decision to make these cinnamon rolls. I assure you, the ingredients are every day easy, the steps are easy and the rolls are delicious.

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls
adapted from Yakima Herald-Republic Newspaper - Yakima WA
currently in my little black binder, on a very splattered page
makes a 9X13 pan of rolls

Dough
1 c milk, heated to very hot, but not boiling
1/4 c butter, sliced into pats
1/4 c sugar
1 t salt

Place butter, sugar, and salt in a large glass bowl pour hot milk over let sit until warm to the touch. The hot milk will melt the butter and warm the bowl. Prepare yeast mixture.


1 package yeast (2 1/2 t)
1/4 c warm water
pinch of sugar
Combine and let yeast activate or bloom.



To make the dough, you will need:
up to 41/2 cups of flour, measure out the full measure of flour and dip from that, do not use more.
1 egg

When the milk mixture has cooled to warm, stir in about 1/3 of the flour, beat well (11/2-2 minutes with a hand-held electric mixer is a good measure, you will develop enough gluten for a well textured and yet tender roll).



Add the egg, stir well.



Add another portion of the flour, beat until smooth (another minute works well).

Stir in the yeast mixture, and beat until smooth.

Add enough (or all) remaining flour or enough to make a soft dough - do not exceed the original 41/2 cups.
Mix well, the dough may appear lumpy.


Do not worry.
No kneading required, you could not knead this dough. It is very soft and will produce a soft roll.



Cover bowl and set aside in a warm place to rise, rising time may be 1 - 2 hours depending on how warm your kitchen is.

When doubled, deflate the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

For rolling/patting out the dough, you will need approximately 1/2 c flour.

 I prefer using a jelly roll style pan to keep the boundaries, both in terms of clean up and size of the patted/rolled out dough.

 You will need to use about 1/3 c flour on the pan, then sprinkle about 2 T flour over top of the dough. 
Important to remember:  This is a very soft dough, you will need to simply proceed with the directions, knowing that all will turn out as promised.


Turn the dough over in a tossing gesture, to gently coat with flour. Roll/pat dough out into a flat rectangle
about 1/2 inch thick.

Spread with the filling, to within 1 inch of the perimeter of the dough. You will want the outside edges free from the filling so that you can keep the filling in the dough together before cutting.

Filling
3 T melted butter
6 T sugar
3 t cinnamon
3 T brown sugar
Combine to make a spreadable paste.

Starting on the long side, roll up the dough.


Cut the rolled up dough into 12 equal pieces.

 I prefer to work in sections, I divide into four sections, then cut 3 rolls from each section.

Because the dough is soft, it may not keep a pretty shape, again do not worry. Simply proceed to cut each section and place the dough rolls into the pan.


Place in a prepared 9X13 pan. Cover again and let rise until doubled, 45 - 60 minutes.



Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool. Glaze if desired.

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls, the easiest Cinnamon Rolls ever!


Glaze
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 1/2 t milk
1/4 t vanilla
1 t butter
Beat until smooth, spread lightly over cooled rolls.

Makes 12 large rolls

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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How to Make Sugar-free Snipped Dates. Naturally sweet and delicious!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I love dates, they are not only sweet and delicious, they are very healthy. Dates are the perfect natural ingredient to use for sweetening other foods. The problem is that they are very very sticky! Commercially prepared snipped dates are sugar coated to keep them separated and easy to crumble over the top of oatmeal or other foods. Convenient yes, but I don't want or need that sugar...

For me, that sugar is one reason I don't buy commercially prepared snipped dates. Which sent me into the kitchen to create my own jar of sugar-free snipped dates. It is easy and only takes a few minutes to get the job done. Plus, sometimes I like this type of busy work, kind of like meditation, it helps me sort through life's decisions.

You might notice that my bag of shredded coconut is reduced fat. This purchase was actually an error, one of my great superpowers is to grab the wrong package from a shelf when I shop at a new store, and that is exactly how this ended up in my cart and then my kitchen. At first, I was going to return it, but my dear husband read the package and the fat is pressed out, no chemically removed. And it turns out it was perfect to use here. It is very dry in texture, but works very well to coat sticky stuff, like these dates! Plus I am thinking energy balls and homemade Lara bars would travel very well wrapped up in a bit of coconut.

How to Make Sugar-free Snipped Dates. Naturally sweet and delicious.
Sugar-free Snipped Dates.

Sugar-free Snipped Dates
by the seat of my pants
makes approximately 2 cups

18 Majool dates
1 - 1 1/2 c finely shredded coconut

Begin by opening the dates and removing the seed. Lay the sticky side down into the coconut. Start out with 1 cup of the shredded coconut, adding more as needed.

How to Make Sugar-free Snipped Dates. Naturally sweet and delicious.

Once all the dates have been opened and laid into the coconut to coat the sticky side, begin cutting into matchstick pieces. Use kitchen scissors for this, they work great!



Carefully coat the exposed sides of the matchstick date pieces. Remember the thinner you cut the matchsticks, the smaller the cubes of dates will end up.


And finally, cut the dates once more across the stick, into small cubes. Once they are all cut, toss in the remaining coconut, adding more if needed, until all the cut surfaces have been coated in coconut.

Transfer to a jar with a screwtop lid.

To use, spoon over cereal or other foods where you would enjoy a sweet flavor.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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Individual Blueberry Cakes, a small batch recipe!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Freshly made dessert for just the two of us has been a bit difficult. Since I no longer have a seething sweet tooth, it has not been a priority. But I am very happy to work on more recipes for just the two of us. My dear husband could eat ice cream every night and be completely satisfied (and truth be told, there is pretty much ice cream available, all the time), but sometimes I want a bit of dessert too...

These little individual Blueberry Little Cup Cakes are delicious! They are also very easy to whip up on a moment's notice, but I will tell you right now. My husband has requested that from now on, I double the recipe....

Individual Blueberry Cakes, a small batch recipe!
Individual Blueberry Cakes, a small batch recipe.

Individual Blueberry Cakes
by the seat of my pants
375-degree oven

1/3 c self-rising flour, you can find our whole grain recipe here.
1/4 c sugar
1T melted butter
1/2 t vanilla
1 t cider vinegar
approximately 1/4 c milk

1 c blueberries, frozen is fine
1 T sugar

Prepare 2 small baking dishes for baking, set aside.

In a small measuring cup, add the vanilla along with the cider vinegar. Add enough milk to equal 1/4 liquid total. Set aside for milk to clabber slightly.


Melt butter, let cool slightly. Add sugar, milk mixture,  and self-rising flour. Beat well with a spoon (about 25 strokes). Set aside.

Combine berries with 1 T sugar, mix well.


Divide half of the berries between the two baking dishes.


Top each baking dish with 1/2 of the cake batter.


Scatter remaining berries over the top of the batter, including any sugar that might be left behind.

Individual Blueberry Cakes, a small batch recipe!

Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done in your oven. Note:  if using frozen berries you will need to increase baking time by 10-12 minutes.

Tip: Place the small cups in a baking pan for baking, one larger pan is easier to remove from the oven than the little cups.

Let cool before serving, and if desired, top with a bit of whipped cream or ice cream.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!
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