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Who is more loyal than your mother?


I come from a long line of amazing women.  I did not know Maudie Coyle, in fact the stories of her generation were always of Daddy Coyle, her vivacious husband.  I suspect one of her legacies is a quiet calm and grace.  It is a hallmark characteristic of both my grandmother, Marguerite and mother, Marcia.  Smiling and ever present in our lives, their many contributions have always been subtle yet endlessly supportive.  The phrase "wind beneath my wings" describes both to perfection.

Known for their eloquent letters, letting people know they are not forgotten is a habit my sister Marita has taken up in her own lovely way.  I have gravitated toward baking Maudie's coffee cake when ever a friend needs a bit of comfort.  My leaning towards food over letters most probably reflects all that I have learned from Rocci Cecchini.  "A force of nature" is the only phrase worthy of describing my father's mother.  I see her zest for life in everyone of her many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 

A mother's love is fierce.  How she portrays it is a varied as our own personalities.  Quietly supportive or dynamically aspiring,she feeds you, clothes you, takes care of you when you are sick and fills your world with possibilities. 

Who is more loyal than your Mother?

Our Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake Mix (from Maudie's recipe) to everyone who posts a picture of their Mother on our Facebook Page.

Delicious treats to make your Mother's Day:


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Carrot Cake

image from This is one of those days when I hope it rains.  Yesterday I biked 36 miles and today I am tired.  I am also yearning for carrot cake.  I have not had it for years.  Everytime I make our Protein Packed Carrot Muffins my desire is slightly sated, but the holiday has inspired me to create a version of the real thing that I can eat.  Actually, it is not enough for it to be something I can eat, it needs to be one that creates a cake eveyone else at the table is trying steal off my plate.

Here goes;

Preheat oven to 325F.
Whip eggs, water, honey and melted butter together.   In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients, including carrots, raisins and walnuts.   Pour into 2 greased 9" cake pans.  Bake for 35 minutes bake at 325F degrees in a well greased pan.  Cool to room temperature and frost.

What you've shared:

Angelica Grieco Thank you for your recipe. This cake is a wonderful remember of my first trip in Usa in 2006.  It was the first american cake that I tasted with my lovable brother Marcello, in Houston,Tx. Beautiful moments.Happy Easter Julie!

Lauren Hoover • Me too, the carrot cake that is! OMG, I'm so excited it uses ingredients that I use in my cookbook! Coconut milk, Agave and Earth Balance! I cannot wait to play with this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it. :)  Great way to get more veggies into kid's especially if you use Coconut Palm Sugar which is low glycemic. Substitute equal amounts 1 to 1 for white sugar and the kid's will not be bouncing off the walls!  You can read more about Coconut Palm Sugar on my blog site:

Lenette Hernandez • I think coconut milk is under used and it has so much to offer. Thanks for sharing this recipe; it will be a great addition to my Easter meal.
Happy eating!



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