Vegan Chocolate Cake

Rainy days coop us inside sometimes which means I have to get creative with our activities. Usually I’ll just ask Nathaniel what he’d like to do – on this occasion, he told me he wanted a chocolate cake (totally my kid). I had all ingredients on hand and told him we could have some if he would help me bake it. So here we are.

Excited to help!

My favorite chocolate cake recipe comes from Sam at “It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.” She’s actually the source for a lot of my favorite vegan recipes. The cake turns out moist and fluffy every time and has even become our cake of choice for birthdays and special occasions – or rainy Tuesday afternoons. The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake

Best part of vegan cake batter is licking the bowl clean!

The frosting recipe was a new one for me – I was intrigued by its lack of powdered sugar and butter (my southern ancestors turned over in their graves, I’m sure). I was pleasantly surprised! The coconut oil and maple syrup made for a shiny, rich frosting that reminded me of a “Hail Merry” dark chocolate tart – if you’re not a fan of coconut, this may not be for you. My only advice is to sift the cocoa powder to reduce clumps. Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Back in the day, I used to make and sell vegan baked goods at Palafox Market in Pensacola. Baking has always had a special place in my heart and I love that Nathaniel wanted to be involved in the process. It reminds me of baking and cooking with my dad. Special memories for sure. 💖

Summer Bucket List 2018

Ahh, sweet summertime.

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In an effort to soak up as much fun as I can, to savor every beach day, to make outings a teachable trip to enrich the experience, and to just enjoy the amenities of the area I live, I’ve curated a Summer Bucket List. These are things I’d like to do and places I’d like to visit.

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So here it is, my {hopefully not too unrealistic} bucket list for this summer!

  1. Touring Fort Pickens, Pensacola – I just bought an annual pass to Fort Pickens along the Gulf Island National Seashore. I’m excited to use it because the park and the beaches there are gorgeous and more secluded than the main tourist-y areas of Pensacola. Plus the Fort is a neat attraction in that it used to be an operational fort until 1947 and you can climb on the structures and take a tour.
    More on Fort Pickens
  2. Bear Lake/Blackwater Trail – We haven’t been camping since we moved to Florida in 2010. A camping trip would be nice; and I’ve had friends recommend Bear Lake. The area has a hiking trail and camping facilities.
  3. Vortex Springs – I’ve never been; but I hear it’s awesome! I think my first time to the park will be an adult-only trip 🙂
  4. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park – I’ve only driven past it on every cross-country road trip; I think it’s time for a visit. I’m making a note to try and make it to one of the “Living History Crew Days.”
  5. Go to a Blue Wahoos Game! Did you know that Pensacola has its own Minor League Baseball team? The stadium sits right beside the beautiful bay and is just gorgeous during evening games.

Also tucked in this list are other outings in Pensacola – visiting the Pensacola Lighthouse, the Naval Aviation Musuem, Children’s Museum, and just chilling on the beach. I actually can’t wait for school to go back because the beaches empty and it’s so nice.

We just came home from a summer vacation filled with family and a few attractions! Posts on those adventures coming soon 😀

What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Do you live in the Florida Panhandle – what are some of your favorite getaways?