#1 Fans and a Birthday

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Just after we got home from FL we were visited by the girls' #1 fans: G&G Gardiner

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Easy finished off his Paternity Leave for the week and I feel like we did almost absolutely everything there is to do in NW Ark with these guys. We hiked, visited the square, went caving, ate yummy food, visited War Eagle Mill, went to Crystal Bridges, and celebrated Easy's 32 birthday.

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The girls also stole the iPad whenever possible.

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And they taught us the art of making Gardiner Green Drinks.

It's not for the faint of heart.

Ingredients: apple juice, broccoli slaw (mix of shredded broccoli, cabbage, and carrots), kale, romaine, parsley, cilantro, lime, cauliflower, and crushed ice

Down it fast!!


And we slowly devoured this baby. Slice. By. Slice.

2 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water
6 TBS butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line bottom of pan with round of parchment paper, butter paper, and sides of pan.

Finely chop chocolate and in a bowl combine with hot water and cocoa powder. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

Into a large bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs (adding one at a time) until thickened slightly and lemon colored (about 3 minutes). Slowly add coconut milk, and melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined well. Add flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.

Pour batter into pan, and bake in middle of oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 20-25min.

Cool cake completely before frosting.

Chocolate Coconut Buttercream
6 TBS butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-6 TBS coconut milk,
1/2 tsp - 1tsp pure coconut extract, depending on how coconut-y you want it.
(be sure to get pure coconut extract, and not imitation, or your cake will taste like sun-tan oil.)

Beat butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, and coconut extract, and add coconut milk a little at a time until you reach a consistency you like.


Lori said...

I'll skip on Kent's green drink (blech), but I started taking some of his advice that he gave me 12ish years ago. I'm sure I've shared this story with you, but we were in town for Eric's mission farewell. We told Kent we were going to El Pollo Loco and he asked me, "How often do you use a spare tire?" I said, "not very often." Then he said something about the Word of Wisdom and "eat meat sparingly... like you would use a spare tire." haha! Then he said, "you really should eat fast food." and walked back into the house.

Lori said...

"you really *shouldn't* eat fast food."

Easy said...

That sounds like my dad.

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