#BeMine

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Happy Valentines Day! Last week I shared about some ways we celebrate this holiday. Today I’m letting you see our baking adventure we had in preparation for today. I hope you enjoy some of these moments as much as I. Making memories with the little people in our lives is such a treat. Even more so than the ‘treats’ themselves! I realize that now… but by the look of these kiddos faces, I think they still find that the actual treats themselves are pretty awesome! The appreciation for memories will settle in their hearts later on…

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We spent an afternoon baking and decorating heart shaped sugar cookies. Okay stop right there. I need to rephrase that; Actually, my good friend Fred Meyer spent the day baking and Betty Crocker prepared our frosting for us this time. Yes, it was one of those weeks. Not everything can be homemade overtime in my life. So we go with the help of others as often as needed. And I have learned to be okay with that. Remember my post last week?! Keep it sweet and simple. So for us, this was our sweet and simple. And you know what, the kids loved every moment of it (even the purchases at the store were a thrill because they anticipated the creations and consumption all the way home)!

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I had to keep at least one on a covered pedestal for myself or else the kids would want to eat them all, but look what happened…

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Look at Seth Luke’s (my two year old) eyes. Don’t they innocently scream “I want that!” I was upstairs and then came down to this…I happen to have my camera on me to capture his sneaky mission… ha!

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He took the lid off, dipped his finger in the frosting and was on repeat for about 5x before I said, “Seth Luke, what are you doing.” And this was the face I got. Lol. Now many of you are probably like, “Well why in the world did you leave that on a table he can reach?!” Well let me answer that, I had left it there for some IG pics I was doing a few minutes prior to me having to run upstairs for something. Within seconds, he was a smart cookie to figure out how to take a little bit at a time so mom wouldn’t notice. He hasn’t learned moms have eyes behind our heads yet, nor cameras that allow us to share it with the world. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oatmeal Apple Cake

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We lived in Portland, OR for five years before moving back to our hometown in Washington state. This recipe was a favorite cozy, winter cake to have that reminded us of back home while we were away. After all, Wenatchee is the Apple Capital of the World!…according to our signage as you cross the north end bridge coming into town. I like to believe it to be true. We hope you find time to enjoy a piece of our hometown goodness from the White Barn Farm home to yours!

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Ingredients:

1 3/4 C oats

1 Cube butter (I use non-dairy butter or coconut oil for my dairy intolerant hubby)

1C white sugar

1C brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/3C flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

2 medium apples peeled and diced into 1/2 inch chunks

*Place oats and butter together in a medium bowl and pour 1 1/4 C boiling water over top. Mix thoroughly and let stand for 20 minutes.

Then add the following ingredients and mix all together.

Bake @ 350* for 30-35 minutes in an uncreased 9×13 pan.

Optional- add a cream cheese frosting once cake is fully cooled. Ours usually doesn’t last long enough to make it to the ‘cooled’ state. Gobbled right up while it’s just out of the oven!

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