National Day of Prayer and Almond Cake

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2014, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in asking for God’s continued guidance, mercy, and protection as we seek a more just world.”

-Barack Obama

Today, May 1, has been designated as this year’s National Day of Prayer, encouraging people of all faiths and denominations to pray for this nation. We are blessed in the United States to have freedom of worship, and the NDP encourages us to use that right to come together to pray for our friends and families, our leaders, our nation, and our world.

On this day and every day, we give thanks. If you are reading this, you have been educated enough for literacy and have access to a computer. Many citizens of the world do not. The majority of us here in the U.S. have our basic needs met. We have access to free public education. Technological advances of our day and age have We all are guaranteed certain liberties and are able to choose our leaders. For these things and countless others we are thankful, and we pray that we will choose wisely.

We pray for wisdom and guidance upon our leaders. We pray for individuals worldwide denied human liberties, those detained as prisoners of conscience, those wanting of life’s necessities, those whose lives are ravaged by war, and we pray that we may be provided with means to reach to them. We pray for our fellow Americans, such as Kenneth Bae and Saeed Abedini, who are unjustly incarcerated abroad. We pray for our fellow humans in suffering in North Korea and Syria and countless other places on the globe.

I pray for my family in Japan who have not yet found the Lord. I pray that I will know and do what is right. I pray for improvements to my character and I pray that I will find ways and the desire to use the gifts I have been given to serve others.

Will you join me, whatever your faith, in prayer today?

Today’s recipe is almond cake. It is a very straightforward recipe, yet magnificent in taste. It has an dense, moist crumb and a succulent almond flavor. It can even be made in one’s food processor (we also can be thankful for food processors; they make life so decidedly simpler!), but since my food processor is small, I put it together in a large mixing bowl. That’s right, you only have to dirty one bowl! Delectable and easy–what’s not to love?

Almond Cake

From Baking Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup almond meal (or 4 oz whole almonds, ground)
1 1/2 cup sugar or Stevia
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled, or applesauce
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract (I omitted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9 inch circular pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a food processor (or in a large mixing bowl), combine flour, ground almonds, and sugar, and pulse until well combined. Add baking powder and salt and pulse.
Add remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Pour into cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly pressed. When cake is cool, loosen sides from the pan, invert onto a plate and remove parchment paper to serve.

If desired, serve with the blueberry compote provided on Baking Bites. I did not try this yet, so I cannot guarantee the results.

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