Two years ago, I used this time to work on myself, pray as hard as I could, take on resolutions to do better with everything, in the hopes that G-d would see and finally let me have a baby. It must have worked, because almost exactly one year later, I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl.
I had hoped to spend that Rosh Hashana thanking Hashem for this amazing blessing, but when the time came, I was just such a mess, so exhausted, and so overwhelmed, I barely noticed the holidays pass by.
And then we get to this year. I am exceedingly grateful for my daughter and all the amazing gifts I've been given, but as Rosh Hashana approached, I was yet again too busy to properly prepare myself. I still have almost a week until Yom Kippur, and my goal is to use them as best I can. If any of you have suggestions, please let me know. How DOES a wife, mother, student, intern, etc., make time to introspect and do proper teshuva leading up to the Yamim Noraim? At minimum, I want to be better prepared for next year.
With all that said, I would like to wish all of you a G'mar Chasima Tova, a sweet new year, and all the blessings and joy you can handle. :)
Now I know it's too late for Rosh Hashana, but I would like to share the cake recipe I made for yom tov this year.
My original plan had been to keep everything as simple as possible, which meant using a cake mix and a can of icing. Unfortunately, I discovered too late that I had no cake mix! (For shame!) So now I was stuck in a tight spot. I could go without any dessert for yom tov (unthinkable!), or I could make something from scratch. I flipped through my cookbooks looking for a one-bowl cake with ingredients I had on hand. I ended up back at my old staple: Vanilla cake!
As I hunted through my cabinets for the ingredients, it dawned on me that I had no vanilla extract. I'd used it all up on Friday when I'd made my most recent batch of challah. (Gulp!) What to do?!
I had to think fast. It was getting late and we were facing several days with NO CAKE! I got the shakes just thinking about it. So I thought, "Okay! I have almond extract. I'll use that! And look! Honey! How festive!" So I made some tweaks to my go-to recipe, and here's what I came up with:
- 3/4 C oil
- 2 C sugar
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 C honey
- 4 eggs
- 1 C milk/Coffee Rich/soy milk
- 2 + 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2.5 C flour
- Combine flour and baking powder in one bowl
- Combine all other ingredients in another bowl
- Mix all ingredients together
- Pour into pan
- Bake at 350 for ~30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean
Ice it with canned icing like I did, or go homemade if you like.