Monday, March 18, 2013

The Cake You Have Been Waiting For

Oatmeal Cake (taken from the page of Barbara Stewart Anderson)

1 1/4 c. Water, boiling
1 c. Oatmeal, old fashioned, uncooked
1/2 c. Butter
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Brown Sugar, firmly packed
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 c. All-purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 c. Butter
2 c. Coconut
1 c. Nuts (finely chopped) I use Pecans
1 1/2 c. Brown Sugar, firmly packed 
8-10 Tbs. Evaporated Milk

1 Preheat oven at 350 degrees Pour boiling water over oatmeal and set aside for 20 minutes.

2. Cream butter and sugars, add eggs. Beat well.

3. Add vanilla and oatmeal mixture. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well. Put in greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

4. For topping: Melt butter, add coconut, nuts, brown sugar, and milk. Mix well. Frost cake when you take it out of the oven. Place under broiler until the top is brown. (Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.)

One note: After becoming a fan of the Sweet Potato Queens (They have a great cookbook full of wonderful recipes, financial advice, and life lessons. I KNOW!) I NEVER use anything but DARK brown sugar, so they don't come take away my fan membership card. I wish I could give credit for the recipe, but I could not get anyone to confess when I asked on my personal page. Whomever you are, "Thank you from the tip of my tongue to the bottom of my stomach!"
Whew! I am so glad the picture turned out! By the time I got done editing the photo, that piece was gone. I would have had to cut another piece and eaten some in order to take another. Hmmmmm....that the picture look a little out of focus to you? 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Been there, done that!

I am you. Really. We are more alike than different.
When I started my business I was nervous, excited, doubtful. I had done my time in classes, taken notes and read books and lessons, participated in practice sessions, had great teachers and not so great. So, what was I worried about? Mostly, you. How would I know how to counsel you, help you, nurture you, heal you? Who did I think I was, anyway? I came pretty close to paralyzing myself with fear. But the money I had spent and the people who were supporting me pushed me forward. I opened my doors.
Before my first client was due to arrive, I thought I was going to throw up. My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest. I almost called her and cancel. Thank goodness, I did not. I learned a big lesson that day. Trust with a big T. I had to let go, give it over. Do I still get nervous? Yes. But, as soon as I start doing what I do, using the talents I have been given, I am given a flow. Sometimes, I am amazed at what comes out of my mouth or thru my hands. I am tickled when I am telling someone something in a reading and "feel" a little tap on my shoulder and hear a whisper of "Practice what you preach." Everything that I have gone thu in my life, good and bad, is something that I can use to counsel a client. All those things that I have experienced or been witness to goes into my healers' tool box. Pulling out these lessons gives me new perspective and shows you that I have walked in your shoes. I have felt what you are feeling, gone thru what you are going thru. I am so grateful for being in this line of work and I love everyone that I have met. So when I talk to you I can honestly say, "I have been there and done that! (((BIG hugs)))
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