Cake Bakin’ Stepford

I have had an amazing day! Sometimes, life just comes together in beautiful symmetry and you are in the mood to do stuff and you have the ingredients to make stuff and the baby is behaving and it all just works.

This morning did not start out that way at all…

We got up at our normal time but instead of having our morning bottle in bed, I brought Little Darling downstairs to her highchair and let her have some Cheerios and her bottle there. I have been starting to mix some whole milk into her morning and evening bottle to get her ready to wean at the end of the year. Breakfast went well. She was happy, I was happy.

After breakfast I decided we needed to get a shower. I have been introducing her to showers since they are slightly less messy than baths and easy for us to take together, thus answering the question of what to do with the baby while I shower on the days she wakes up before I do. She loves playing in the water and splashing around on the bottom of the tub, I enjoy not wondering what she is getting into while I am indisposed. Everybody wins.

I got the shower going and started undressing Little Darling. After she was down to her diaper, I went about getting myself ready to get in. I took my eyes off of her for all of about 3 seconds while I took my shirt off. She managed to flip the full length mirror onto herself, its not hung because the bathroom isn’t finished yet. Thankfully, it isn’t really heavy and it mostly just scared her, but she fell backwards and hit her head on the floor and the mirror landed on her arm. She was screaming and crying and shaking and holding on to me like the world was ending. It was fun. Let me tell you.

I managed to get my clothes and her diaper off and we got into the shower. She instantly perked up and began playing in the shower spray and completely forgot that just two minutes she was near death. I finally unglued her from my hip and got her to play on the tub floor while I indulged in some hot water and shampoo. As I am rinsing my hair, she crawls in between my legs and looked up. Shampoo right in the eyes, of course. More screaming, more crying. It just wasn’t my morning.

Everything got better after her morning nap. She was much happier and had completely forgotten the disasters of the morning. I was in the mood to work on some food so we got to work. I got my butternut squash in the oven to roast. All I did was slice it in half, clean out the guts and seeds, sprinkled each half with some lemon salt and put a slice of butter on top.

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In the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour. Then all I had to do was remove the skin, chop up the flesh, and get it into the freezer. I now have 4 squashes in my freezer to make some delicious soups this winter.

After the squash, I still wasn’t satisfied with my kitchen time, so I cleaned all the pomegranates I had bought at the Aldi sale and put those in the freezer too. Then I got to thinking that I should bake something with those pomegranate anils.

I poked around on Pinterest for a while looking for an easy recipe and finally decided to just make one up. The result was delicious, moist, protein packed pomegranate cranberry cake!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt (I used vanilla because that is what we had)
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 -1.5 cups pomegranate anils

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Recipe:

  • Mix it all together and put it in an 8×8 pan
  • Bake for 45 min to 1 hour

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This cake was delicious! It was so moist and flavorful. I would love to use unsweetened cranberry juice and plain greek yogurt next time to cut down on the sugar, and use cranberries instead of pomegranates to make it a true cranberry cake. Maybe as a holiday dessert? I may also try putting it into a 9×13 pan because the 8×8 took FOREVER to bake and I was concerned the edges were getting to dark while the inside was still complete goo. I added a glaze to the top, just powdered sugar with some melted butter and a few splashes of milk, to make it pretty.

The vanilla yogurt has 20 grams of protein per cup, so you are getting a healthy dose of protein when you eat it, you can almost feel good about taking a second slice. Which I guarantee you, you will want to. It was all I could do not to eat it all in one sitting.

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