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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Ode to the hum of my vacuum cleaner

Moving is always stressful... but our move last week was... well...

First there was the weather... which pounded upon us in a storm that had Claire stranded on the Island for an extra day.  It's not easy to move when rain is coming down in sheets.

Then there was the fact that the work that they were doing on our new place wasn't finished.  We couldn't move stuff into the master bedroom, bathroom nor the upstairs hallway. (It still isn't finished, but I've put the painter off for a month so that we can go away while he finishes painting the hallways and staircases).

However, the most difficult aspect of our move was the fact that Uliana finally started to crawl forward.  Which is great!  But she is the sort of baby that picks up anything larger than a grain of rice and automatically puts it in her mouth. 

So... we moved our stuff in on Saturday... the painter was sanding paint off the walls on until Sunday... and Uliana became mobile on Monday... So I have to vacuum every time we move a box to prevent her from eating a flake of paint. (I am not as worried about the bits of cardboard, paper, and lint that she's eating).

This weekend gave us a chance to really get settled:
-at least half the boxes have been unpacked
-we now have a washer and dryer
-and we had our first set of friends over for some cake... which was also the first thing we've baked in our new oven!

Honey Almond Cake
Cream together: 1 cup butter, 1 cup honey, 3 large eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Combine with: 2 cups flour, 1 cup ground almond, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cocoa, 1/2 tsp salt.

Pour into a greased and lined cake pan (I used a 10" spring-form cake pan).  

I topped my cake with peeled and halved apples, but any fresh fruit would do.  This is a very rich and sweet cake, so the fruit helps to lighten it.

Bake at 350F (175C) for 90 min. (This is a new oven for me... so maybe it's a bit cool?  I'd check it sooner then that.)

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