Chocolate sheet cake

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When I saw this gorgeous recipe over on thekitchn.com website I KNEW I had to share. I love love love cake and an easy chocolate sheet cake made to share and take on picnics ticks all of the right boxes!

I have so many memories of different styles of sheet cakes with my kids. It’s a regular thing for me to whip up a quick cake and pack the children up and go to a park with the cake for snacking on. The kids can get all sugared up from the cake while mama relaxes with a thermos of coffee and watches them have fun. It’s lovely to get out and the memories of the day lasts for many years to come.

My 19 year old son still loves to talk about our picnic days when he was a little one and I’m sure it will be a tradition that he will pass along when he has his own children in the future.

Here are the ingredients for the cake, for the method, please see their blog by clicking HERE

How To Make Chocolate Sheet Cake

Makes 12

What You Need

Ingredients
For the cake:
Cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup water
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar (about 5 ounces)

For the method please see the blog over on thekitchen.com by clicking HERE

5 Tips From A Hostage Negotiator On How To Handle Your Toddler

So. I just stumbled upon this supposedly insightful piece about how to negotiate with your toddler from the view of a hostage negotiator. And I’ve come to the conclusion that 1, this negotiator probably never has had children and 2, every toddler I have had or known will laugh at these tactics.

Oh I’ve tried the sweet low tone of voice and words of reason – i’ve tried the distractions and the redirecting of thought. I’ve tried it ALL. And none of it works. My tactic, say what you need to ie: No you cannot have that cookie right now because dinner is in 5 minutes and then ignore tantrums. Responding to tantrums makes MORE tantrums in their future.

Check out the article and tell me what YOU think about her ideas. Click the link HERE to view the article.

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