Five minutes is about all the time I have to do anything these days with our busy life. Time just flies by in chunks and before I know it another week, another month, and another year has gone by. I can’t believe my sweet Baby Baker will be 6 months old this week. I have to admit that he is truly at such a fun age, because he has come into his own little personality. He ADORES his big brother and much to mine and Drew’s confusion, thoroughly enjoys it when Hunter gets in his face and just yells?! Not sure what to make of that. City life is always busy. We spend our days rushing to get ready for school or work or karate or dinner or whatever it is that we do that takes up our day. It simply never stops nor slows down!
We just returned from a trip to East Texas to visit my mother and father in law. I took on the feat of traveling with both boys by myself and in true Hardin form, it was literally a cluster as always. Drew was on business in California, so it made little sense for him to fly all the way across the country to fly back across the country so that we could fly together. And then on the way home he had to be in Arizona for business, so again it made little sense for him to fly back to Nashville with us just to turn around and fly back across the country again. Should I have been anxious and panicky and all the other warranted emotions a mother should have when traveling alone with 4 bags, a car seat, a booster seat, a stroller, a giant diaper bag, an overfilled tiger backpack….oh, did I forget to mention the two kids?! It was almost like a sick joke when I found two Southwest drink tickets in my diaper bag, because there was NO WAY I could manage that, too! Anyway, in my true Type-A form, I decided to treat this could-be travel catastrophe as the ultimate challenge of which I would conquer. It kind of felt like Ultimate Ninja Warrior at times with all the crazy maneuvering around everywhere and everything that I had to do, but alas, the trip is over, we survived seemingly unscathed and I am alive and somewhat sane enough to tell you about it today.
So on the opposite end of our crazy city life lives a simple, relaxing country life that seems like another world compared to our usual days. That life exists at my in-laws’ ranch that is filled with beautiful horses, sprawling pastures, mooing cows and country roads that just go and go. There is plenty of time to cook, or take a walk, or a stroll with Baby Baker, or a fun gator ride with my Hunter Bear, or lots of hands of Go Fish…….still looking for date night time with my hubs, but lots of fun family time no less. Making a 5-minute cake came and went so fast that I thought I would have loved to have made a 45-minute cake, but the good part about this cake is that if I can find 5 minutes at home in our city life, it will remind me of the relaxing country life we get to experience a couple times a year and may even help me slow down and enjoy those 5 minutes a little more.
This flat cake is perfect with hot tea or coffee.
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Confectioners' Sugar (for dusting)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Beat eggs into butter using a fork or small whisk. Add the flour, sugar, and almond extract and mix well. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Pour mixture into pan and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I baked this in a gas oven and the cook time was 36 minutes. Time will vary with different ovens).
- Let cool. Run the back of a knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Transfer the cake to a plate or serving dish and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve. This cake is perfect with coffee or warm tea.
Originally known as Keystone Ranch, this is the original farmhouse. It has been added onto and updated, but still has it’s traditional charm!
I get fussed at by my husband and friends for not “getting that boy a dog”, but momma knows her limits when it comes to breathing things that depend on me, so it works out really well for “Hunter’s dog” to live at his Nana & Papa’s ranch. They get lots of quality “country” time together instead of chaotic “city” time.
A little gator ride adventure with my farm buddy! #23 had a baby calf right before we came and #25 had hers right after we left. Pretty creative names for cows, don’t you think?!
“Who are these loud people with their ringing and beeping devices?!”
Lena, the country gentle giant meets Baker the city gentle giant. They were both mesmerized with each other.
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