One Bowl Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Icing

I have never been much of a cake fan.  But there is one kind that when I eat cake I must have, it is chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.  Just the thought of a piece of decadent moist chocolate cake with a light homemade peanut butter frosting and a big glass of milk makes me need to eat a piece while writing this post!

The chocolate cake recipe is amazing!  Everything goes together in one bowl and is super quick to through together, just as quick as a box mix and you cannot even begin to compare the taste! The cake recipe is so good there was no need for me to change anything in it.  The original recipe comes from Valerie over at Valerie’s Kitchen.  You can click the link and follow her recipe and directions and you will get the best chocolate cake ever.  And it only takes 35-40 min to cook too so this is something that I just whipped up last night when I needed a dessert in a pinch!

Her chocolate icing recipe is also to die for and came out perfect when I tried it!  Again no worry about having icing in the cupboard as I always have powdered sugar on hand so you can just make you own and again it’s THE BEST!  I will post her recipe below as well but drop by her page and give her some love for sharing this amazing cake and frosting recipe. –Just a side note, her cake and icing recipe call for buttermilk which I never buy but that is a simple fix; by adding one tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 cup of milk you will make the perfect buttermilk.–

Now for the other best part… peanut butter icing!  Yes there are a tone of recipes out there and there are so many different ways of doing it.  My mom likes to mix peanut butter into a chocolate icing and use that!  This is my favorite and one that I have come up with to produce that perfect light ( not too peanut buttery) but also one gets nice and stiff.  I am do not like a watery frosting on a cake and this one is light and melts in your mouth but it will set up so beautifully on the cake!

Whether you needing a dessert in a pinch or you are craving that wonderful chocolate peanut butter combination or you just want to make something completely from scratch with ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now and you want to wow everyone with your skills… this is the recipe for you!

Peanut Butter Icing

The best light and fluffy yet nice and firm peanut butter icing recipe for all your bakes goods!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons milk

Instructions

  1. 1. In a bowl cream together the butter and peanut butter. ( handheld mixer or with your whisk attachment to your stand mixer)
  2. 2. Mix in vanilla.
  3. 3. Add your powdered sugar to the bowl and slowly mix in the milk starting off with 2 TBSP and adding the other as needed... you can add more milk as needed to get the desired consistency.
  4. 4. Place icing in your pastry bag and pipe onto cupcakes or spread over cake with your spatula. Will ice a 9x13 cake.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake ( From Valerie’s Kitchen)

Ingredients
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup very hot water

Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
• 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 6 tablespoons buttermilk
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 16 ounces (4 cups) powdered sugar, or as needed to reach desired consistency
• 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

For the Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat in eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Add hot water and mix until combined. Batter will be quite thin.
3. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan before frosting.

For the Frosting:
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over MEDIUM heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, buttermilk and vanilla. Turn heat to LOW and whisk in powdered sugar until you’ve reached desired consistency. It should be thick but pourable. Continue whisking vigorously until smooth. Stir in chopped nuts, if using.
2. Immediately pour frosting over cake and use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread it out evenly over the surface. Allow to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving the cake.

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Yoga & Christianity

 

How it began

I sat down one evening and just wrote out my thoughts on the matter.  Yoga and Christianity. I love Instagram. Instagram is my social media method of choice. I find Facebook too depressing while the little squares on my IG feed just generally lift others up and encourage! My IG feed is basically all yoga. I started my account just over a year ago as a way to keep myself accountable and track my progress as I finally decided I needed a healthy lifestyle change. Very quickly I found the yoga community, or it found me, either way we found each other and have been close ever since! There are so many inspirational yogis and yoginis on Instagram whom I follow. What originally started offline as a 30day health challenge 30days before my 30th birthday quickly turned into a new found love of yoga.

I must admit I never tried yoga before. I always shrugged it off as the “old lady” exercise. Et voilà Instagram and my eyes were opened to a whole new world! This was very exciting for me and I instantly fell in love with it.

I have been completely self-taught. Well IG taught. I would see something on Instagram and start it myself or watch a few you tube videos then try it or read a few articles etc. The nice thing about being self-taught is I was able to leave out the mumbo jumbo and work on the asanas (the poses or postures).  I do believe there are so many health benefits you can reap from yoga. Not just the different stretches and poses and what that does for you physically but also the mental side of it where you are working towards a goal of a pose or where you must overcome fears and failures. Where you will learn to accept some days you have it some days you don’t.

As I said before I follow a number of people most of them are yogis.  Some of them claim to be believers (Christians) probably more of them do not. Here’s where I fall on that spectrum…

 

I love God first and foremost.

 

I have been born again, covered by the blood of Christs sacrifice to pay my penalty. Through God’s grace and by faith. I do not deserve this gift of everlasting life of sin covering atonement but it has been given to me freely and I love God and wish to serve Him above all else because of this.

So enter the yoga community and there is a lot of rubbish out there. Sure I still like nice quotes about peace and calm and focus etc. But none of that is going to make your life better. Sure there are temporal things which may seem to make your life better or bring you fleeting happiness.  But we are not temporal beings.

 

We are eternal beings.

 

Whether your eternality is in Heaven with God or in eternal torment in hell; we are eternal. We are also beings created to worship. So often we get this wrong. A quick read through just about any book in the Old Testament and you will see where we human beings have failed to worship correctly. And we still do. We now have the internet and resources untamed at our fingertips. There are apps that you can get on your phone to read the Bible wherever you go, or listen to it, that give you too many different translations to count! There are apps you can listen to sermons and pod casts and even apps to be able to quickly translate the Greek or Hebrew text so while reading you can be a Berean and search down the meaning of the text. We have so much available and yet we know so little.

 

We fail to put our time and effort into what matters and put our time and effort into what doesn’t.

 

Which is exactly where Satan wants you to be. If he can keep you there in your lostness worshiping the moon or the earth and he can keep you content in that he will. He doesn’t want you to see the truth! So sure maybe you are a happy person. But are you a lost person? Are you going to be a happy lost person up to the gates of hell then your eyes will be opened to the truth when it will be too late? I see so many yogis on IG, who claim to be a Christian, fall prey to this silly nonsense.

The biggest point I want to talk about is our worship. It’s what you will see so much of in yoga in relation to spiritually. Let me put this disclaimer out there that the “American Christendom” is not the true way. In America I live in a society where people will easily say they believe in God and therefore call themselves Christians. But they don’t know the gospel. So you are left with people who call themselves Christians and can even speak christianese (since most of these people have “gone to church”) but are so far from the truth. And that blurs the lines for all those onlookers. In yoga there is much practice and talk about self.

 

Everything is wrongly rooted in self.

 

Even where yogis look beyond self to a higher power it’s directionally off. I recently heard a yogi talking about the moon phases and about gravity and “imagine if it does this stuff to the water and the earth what it does to us” and basically praising and fearing the moon.  Don’t get me wrong moon phases are cool. And I love science. And the moon phase t-shirts, tattoos and jewelry all appeal to me because I think, again, the moon is pretty cool.  It’s big and beautiful and just neat. My son had a little section in his 5th grade science this year learning about the pull of the moon and the tides. It’s pretty cool stuff look it up if you’re interested. But stopping at the moon with our worship is just silly. Why you ask? Because who created the moon?

The one and only God did. He is the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8, 22:13) the beginning and the end.  The Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Col 1:17, Ps 135:6-7). Why would we let our worship center and focus on the created instead of The Creator?

I think the biggest error in yoga practice is all those that are getting swept up with the created instead of getting swept off our feet by the Creator. 

 

Here are a few things I know about myself.  I do not have power. There are those famous rich pastors out there who love to preach a prosperity gospel. “Health, wealth, happiness” however this kind of teaching doesn’t line up with scripture. No matter how much I visualize something I cannot make it happen. Heck I cannot even stop myself from getting allergies or a little cold even though I wash my hands and use the cart wipes when I go to the store. If I can’t even prevent myself from getting a little sniffle why would I be disillusioned to believe I have the power for these great amazing things? God has the power. Through the Holy Spirit in me God can do a great work not for my glory but His. He is the point. He is the point of his creation and for all of his created beings to worship him, bring glory to him and enjoy him forever. But we get confused and lost and worship other things. Don’t let your focus be stopped at the creation (which includes self) that’s just where Satan wants it to stop.

 

What my yoga practice kooks like. 

That one night when I sat down and wrote out everything, all my feelings on Yoga and Christianity I didn’t share them right away.  I feel like I may have just gone on a rant and I did not want to do that.  This is not about a rant, or about being holier than thou.  I asked on my IG for people to share any questions they have.  I am more than happy to address something specific if someone wants to know what it looks like for me in my practice.  How I do not compromise on my beliefs.  Some practical things… I don’t Om.  There is no power in that word.  There is power in the name of Jesus so that will be the word my lips proclaim.  I do not use malas or pray repetitive prayers or sit in yoga meditation.  I pray to the one true God.  I pray Scripture back to him.  I meditate over the Word that God has given us to grow in my relationship with Him, to know him more, to love him more and to serve him more.  If you are interested in what my practice looks like or have any other questions please reach out to me.

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Guest Posting

You guys!!! I’m so excited to share with you that I am a guest blogger today over at Proverbs 31 Woman.  Below is just a little snippet of the article I wrote, please head over to their site by clicking here to read the full article and check out their blog!

Covetousness: The Case of My Mini Van & the Green-Eyed Monster

Posted at 7:00 AM , on February 9, 2017
Covetousness

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:17

Do you covet?

I do. It’s a hard question to answer honestly. In most circumstances if someone were to ask me that question I would be quick to say no. And I would feel it to be an accurate answer.

When I think of coveting my neighbor’s things I think of people who want what they don’t have. Things such as the bigger.. or newer.. or prettier house than mine and all the beautiful decorations to go in it. The fancier and newer and even cleaner vehicles than mine. Some times I may even examine a little deeper and compare their family versus mine.

And again I would answer NO. I do not covet.

I am happy with my mostly messy mini van that could probably feed another child for a week just by dropped lollipops and amputated teddy grahams……….

 

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