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Never-Fail Blueberry Almond Cake

Never-Fail Blueberry Almond Cake

Although the almond flavoring is one of the things I love most about this recipe, it’s not crucial to the cake. You could easily nix the extract and chopped almonds if you just want a simple blueberry cake. You could experiment and use other frozen berries– strawberry, raspberry, blackberry! If you decide to use fresh berries, check the cake about ten minutes earlier than prescribed if you used frozen ones.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tsp. for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp.almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp.baking powderp
  • inch of salt
  • 1cup flour 1 cup frozen blueberries (make sure they’re not frozen into large clumps)
  • scant 1/4 cup chopped almonds

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9″ spring form pan with some butter and scatter chopped almonds on the bottom. Set aside while you make the batter.Beat the butter and sugar together until very well combined. If the butter is at room temperature, you could use a wooden spoon and a bowl. I like to use my stand mixer, but either way is fine. Add the eggs and extract and mix to combine. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt right on top of the butter/egg mixture. Add the mixture to your electric pasta machine.

Stir to combine. The batter should be the consistency somewhere between scones and pancakes. Pour or spoon it into the waiting almond lined spring form pan. Lightly smooth out the dough so it is even. Sprinkle the frozen blueberries on top and then the extra two teaspoons of sugar on top of that. Bake it for 55 minutes to an hour. The edges will be golden and a cake tester inserted into the center should come out mostly clean. Remove to cooling rack, loosen the cake around the edges with a butter knife, remove the spring form band, and let cool until you decide what to do with it.

You could eat it warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream (a delight!) or eat it cold with a drizzle of warm custard. This cake freezes well and can be kept frozen for several months as well– but why wouldn’t you want to eat it immediately?Join the discussion and see more photos from this recipe!

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What to Consider When Buying a Grinder or a Vaporizer?

What to Consider When Buying a Grinder or a Vaporizer?

When you are planing to buy a quality product its important to make sure you have all the boxes checked and ensure you are buying an authentic product. Here is a list of things to consider when shopping for a new grinder.
Basically at the end of the day, the quality of the grinder you get depends on how much you want to spend. Straight off the bat I highly recommend that you stay away from anything under $25, this price range is full of fake grinders that are made to a low quality standard. Many friends have been through 3-4 of these over just a few years. Buying quality pays off, my Space Case is 3+ years old and still kicking ass, still sharp as hell.

 

Size

Here is another big thing to consider, there are 3 main sized of grinder. Small medium and large, think about how much herb you use in the average week. A rough guide would be if you smoke less than a gram a week, get a small grinder. If you smoke between 1 and 3 grams a week get a medium sized grinder. When you are grinding more than 3 grams a week, its time to bring in the big guns. Use a large grinder, this will excel in group sessions. Bare in mind a large size grinder will not fit in most pockets and will be less stealthy than its smaller counterparts.

Finished Product

Different methods of enjoying your herb will require a different type of grind. I have compiled the main types and the perfect grinder to fit that task.

 

Vaporizing

Finding the best portable vaporizer grinder (check our MrVapo.Com) is important as finding the right vaporizer. The perfect grind can be the difference between a great vaping experience and an utter fail (burning the herb). The finer your herb is ground the more vapor that will be produced. Furthering this, a fine consistent grind ensures that material is vaped evenly. This will let you rip huge clouds and get you where you need to be. More on this HERE!

Bongs

When you are mainly using a bong you don’t need to be too picky about the way your bud is ground, it will burn evenly regardless. If you usually smoke with a combination of bongs and blunts read the rolling section bellow and make a choice that will benefit both styles.Rolling
Contrary to belief, you need a consistent grind that is not too fine, too fine and you will get side burns and you can suck herb through the filter. If your grind is not consistent than you can experience a poorly burning joint. When rolling J’s or blunts it is helpful to use a larger grinder as it acts as a rolling tray. Give it a try!

 

Cooking

To release the maximum THC from your material a super fine grind is requited this is why many use a coffee grinder to break down their herb before cooking it into canna butter. An electric coffee grinder will make fast work of your herb and can process an ounce very quickly. This is important as cooking with cannabis often calls for quite a lot of herb.

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Community what is it?

Community what is it?

It is all about me at least this is what the media would like us to believe. It is all about getting more, having more, keeping up and moving up. All well and good until you stop, lose a job, a partner, a friend, a house and so forth. Then it is all about who is there for me? Because although society thrusts the notion of perfection upon us no one wants to walk a tough road alone. Your community may be as small as family friends and co-workers or as big as neighborhoods co-operatives or nations. It doesn’t matter how big or small all communities have to figure out how to function interdependently in order to meet the needs and wants of the individual and the group.

 

Community is in part like family it is a place to find a sense of belonging on the flip side like it can also possess the same dysfunctional dynamics as a some families do. Two of these being don’t speak about it and don’t acknowledge it. It is not uncommon for a culture to develop within a community where closed dialogue prevents people speaking up and shuts off all lines of communication. When this happens people also tend to have an attitude of if I don’t acknowledge it I won’t have to deal with it. These are difficult things to overcome firstly because people become defensive and lose the ability to see any other position than their own and secondly creating change requires a commitment and we tend to stand back waiting for someone else to be the solution.

 

 

We are all part of some form of community whether it be work family or society. We depend on others whether we can see it or not and they in turn depend on us. The ‘I don’t need anybody’ is false bravado everybody needs someone. Community can be the place you find a sense of belonging, a sense of hope or purpose. When you fall there will be many hands there to help you up, when you need to be heard there will be someone there to listen, when you need an encouraging word a welcoming smile a place to simply be you your community will be there.

 

And you get to have the immense joy of being there for others you get to share your knowledge your passions your love and kindness. It is a two way street of giving and receiving. What is community? For me it is stepping into family stepping into my humanity and walking together towards a world of kindness peace and harmony. Forgive me if that sounds like some kind of old Beach Boys song. Marianne Williamson said “in every community there is work to be done and in every heart is the power to do it.” You can make a difference in your community because you are very much part of a bigger picture.