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Red Berry Cream Cheese Sponge Cake

Red Berry Cream Cheese Sponge Cake

First, we make sponge cake.

This is how I make like to make it . It is another great way to use my favorite kitchen tool, my handy immersion blender with my whip attachment for this fluffy sweet treat.

4 eggs
1.5 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter (lightly salted)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks in two bowls.

2. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. (with your stick blender, this step might take 3 minutes, think soft whipped cream. Do not skip this step!

3. Add sugar to the yolks and beat until pale and fluffy.  Add vanilla and stir on low until just combined.

4. In a third bowl, sift together dry ingredients.  Add to egg yolk mixture until just combined. (I use the whisk with no power for this one)

5. Add milk and softened butter, beat just until combined.

6. Fold in whites, small batches at a time until fully incorporated. (I use the whisk with no power for this one)

7. Pour into two greased and floured 8″ round cake pans or one large bunt cake mold.

8. Bake at 325 until the middle springs back when touched, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand in pans for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto wire cooling racks and cool completely.

Hint: Cakes are close to being done when you start to smell them.

While the cake is baking you make the frosting.


  • 2 ounces butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange/lemon juice
  • 4 ounces whipped cream or coolwhip type topping.


In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Add 1 teaspoon orange/lemon juice. Fold in the whipped cream.

After you ice your light and airy Sponge-o-riffic Cake-o-rama! Top it with mixed berries of your liking. I had these frozen strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry melody garnished with a sprig of mint from our garden! ENJOY.

Beautify your eggs in the morning

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Every-Veggi Spaghetti Sauce

There is no good reason to stick to tomatoes alone when making homemade spaghetti sauce. In fact, the more the better, IMHO. Make a large batch and save some for later. This recipe will cover three pounds of pasta or about three jars worth or three meals in my house.

You need to grab hold of my very favorite kitchen tool for this one, an immersion blender.

Grab your goods:

  • 3 cans tomatoes (any kind you like-fire roasted, stewed, crushed, whole, etc- about 6 large fresh would work too)
  • 3 cups chopped veggies (Choose: carrots, zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, celery, onion, beets, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapenos, etc)
  • 3 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • swig of red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cooked Italian sausage, ground beef (you can add more; this is optional but adds so much flavor)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt (you will be reducing this sauce, so wait till the end before adding additional salt to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I use turbinado sugar, use whatever you have on hand)

Combine all the ingredients (except the meat) in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for an hour. Whip out that immersion blender and blend until smooth. Add the meat and cook for another hour or so. Taste the sauce! If it tastes a little bitter, add a bit more sugar. Salt and Pepper to taste. and serve over cooked pasta, use on top of your pizza or in any dish that calls for tomato sauce.

I pour out two jars full and put them in the fridge or freezer and use the remaining for the meal of the day!

This is a great way to eat your veggies, plus it makes your house smell awesome.

Stock Pot Freezer bag

Quick kitchen hacker tip for you.

Keep the vegetable trimmings like ( onion tops and bottoms,  tops and stems in a bag in the freezer with chicken bones. Once the bag is full, fill a pot with water and pour in your veggies! No waste here!


Turn any smart phone into a free voip phone + free text message

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Have an old smart phone lying around? Why not turn it into a free voip house phone?  I only have experience using this with an android phone (with no cell service attached). Thanks to google voice and you can easily make 100% free phone calls over your wifi. You are already paying for wifi at home, why not use it to make free calls? Of course this technology is not as reliable as your regular cell phone service, or as convenient in some cases since you can only use your phone wherever  wifi is available (good thing starbucks is everywhere!). And I have had some trouble using it to authenticate a craigslist account so there might be other instances where this option might not work for you.

Bundled with google voice is the ability to send and receive sms messages right to your inbox or to your android.

Setting up your phone is easy to do:

 Get a Google Voice number.

 Download Sipdroid application on your phone

 Open the Sipdroid application on the phone. Select settings and add your Google voice account information.

Sipdroid will register automatically register an account for you at and configure your google voice account also.  While you’re in settings you might want to check the Call Options (I  and Wireless Options (Here, I check the options Select Wi-Fi Ap & Screen on) to make sure your settings are all in order.

Once you have a little green light, you’re ready to make calls. IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you register with through the application, you should log into your account at and update your information, othewise they might delete your account and you have to register a new one.

Text messaging works a little different, to use that download the google voice application or just send from your gmail inbox!

Good Luck!

English: Sipdroid 1.0.7 on a HTC Hero mobile phone

NOTE: Sometimes Pbxes stops working for no real reason, but it is easy to resolve. Simply log into your account. Click Personal Data then change your time zone and save changes. Then change it back to the correct one. Actually any change to your settings seems to refresh something and gets your voip working again.

Zucchini Carrot Piña Colada Bread

Zucchini Carrot Pina Colada Cake

Zucchini Carrot Piña Colada Bread

by me, homesteadhacker!

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup cream of coconut (you can find this in the mixed drink/hard liquor section of the store)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple in juice, drained ( Reserve juice for frosting. btw, I used pineapple chunks)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrot

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