Category Archives: foods

A back-in-the-day sorta post

I really had no idea what to title this post. Back in the early blogging days, one of my favorite weekly posts was the menu planning. As I get back into blogging, I want to start sharing my food “stuff’s again. I never stopped menu planning and I never stopped taking pictures of my food. I still love cooking.

So….menu planning Monday is back!!

A note about lunches: While I’m home for summer lunches are a little looser but still sort of planned. When I go back to school, I will plan breakfasts and lunches, at least for school days.

Since Big Man has been home from the hospital, we have been adjusting our diet. His doctors have recommended the Mediterranean diet so I’ve been looking up recipes and finding new ways to eat that use less salt, more fresh produce, and are still delicious. I grabbed these two cookbooks from the library and so far, I really like what I’m seeing, cooking, and eating. I’ll keep you posted with more pictures and posts.

Brown Sugar Brunch Cake

On Sunday, I woke up and enjoyed my coffee and decided I needed to bake. I went looking for a recipe but found a few I liked. I combined and came up with what I am calling “Brown Sugar Brunch Cake” and it was delicious!!! 

Cake ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup veg. oil
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

Crunch Topping ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 4-6 tablespoons soft butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F 
  2. Grease your pan – My pan is approximately an 8X11 but a 9X13 or muffin tins could just as easily be used. 
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, white & brown sugars, salt, and baking powder. Break up all sugar clumps. Stir in oil, eggs, and milk until well blended with very few lumps.
  4. Optional step – fold in fruit (berries, bananas, chunks of apples)
  5. Fill your baking vessel
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together the Crunch Toppings ingredients. Crumble over top of the batter. 
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes. If making muffins, check after 20 minutes. Toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean when cake is done
  8. The longer you let the cake cool, the crunchier your topping becomes!