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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Mango Coffee Cake with Streusel topping

Mango Coffee Cake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 mango diced
Streusel Topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold and cut into small pieces
Pre-heat the oven to 350 and grease your coffee cake pan with shortening or non-stick cooking spray.

Step 1 - dice one mango

Step 2 - 

Mix flour and butter together and using a dough blender, cut the butter into the flour until it is crumbly.  Next add the remaining dry ingredients.  Next mix wet in ingredients in a separate smaller bowl.  Combine wet and dry with a hand mixer or kitchen aid, or mix by hand if you choose.  The last step is to add the mango and this should mixed by hand so they do not get smashed.  Finally, spoon the batter until the prepared coffee cake pan.

Step 3 - 

Blend the streusel mix with the dough blender.  You can use the same dough blender that was used earlier.  Once the mixture is crumbly, spread evenly over the coffee cake.  I use a spoon to shake it over the batter.  It should look like this when finished.

Bake for 50 - 55 minutes.  Insert a knife to test if it's cooked through, if the knife comes out clean then it is done.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  

My oldest daughter is a huge Mango fan so this was really well received.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Why I did not renew our Prime Membership

This year I've been on a campaign to cut unnecessary spending as much as possible.  I've been a Prime member for many years and like most recurring expenses, it continued because it was convenient to order online and receive items two days later.  There was also the idea that Amazon was cheaper and originally they were!  

This year I noticed packages were not coming in two days and more importantly, Walmart and Target have been price matching or beating Amazon so why wait two or more days for packages?  

What about the other services Amazon offers?  Their Prime selection of new content is mostly rated R with sexual content I don't want to watch or language I don't want to listen to so after a series of disappointing shows, I had no reason to keep Prime for their new content offerings.  

I canceled Prime in July and since then I have realized I could still order with free shipping as long as I spend $35.  Walmart does the same thing for Pick Up orders so I'm used to this.  It may take 5-7 days to get an item but if I order it on Prime, it's because it's a unique item I can't easily find elsewhere and I'm willing to wait for it.