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Spice Up Your Coffee Break

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Tis the season to enjoy flavors like cranberry. And what better way to eat this rather healthy fruit than in a Cranberry Coffee Cake?
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 1 can (12 oz.) cranberry sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • Nonstick cooking spray or extra butter
Materials:
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 9-inch tube pan
  • Mixer
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Small bowl
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven 350°.  Lightly grease and flour tube pan.
2.  Cream butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add applesauce and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3.  In medium bowl blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add alternately to creamed mixture with sour cream, starting and ending with dry ingredients. Add 1 teaspoon almond extract.
4.  Spoon half of the batter into tube pan.  Top with half of the cranberry sauce.  Spoon remaining batter on top and top with remaining cranberry sauce.  Sprinkle with nuts.  Bake 55 to 60 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on rack for 5 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Combine confectioners’ sugar, water, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in small bowl.  Drizzle over cake.  Cool 1 hour before slicing.

 

After you enjoy your snack, why not read a good book?

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Chris Pavesic continues the amazing story of Cami Malifux with Book 2 of the Revelation Chronicles.

Escape from a world of darkness into a magical realm of limitless adventure.

In Starter Zone Cami kept herself and her younger sister Alby alive in a post-apocalyptic world, facing starvation, violence, and death on a daily basis. Caught by the military and forcefully inscribed, Cami manages to scam the system and they enter the Realms, a Virtual Reality world, as privileged Players rather than slaves. They experience a world of safety, plenty, and magical adventure.

In the Traveler’s Zone magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as Cami continues her epic quest to navigate the Realms and build a better life for her family. But an intrusion from her old life threatens everything she has gained and imperils the entire virtual world.

Time to play the game.

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