Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, June 5, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My perfect angel, on a beautiful spring day, in a sweater set hand knit by her grandmother. Fortunately she wasn't old enough to know that I was still learning to cook. The were times when our dinner was quite literally not edible. It is funny now, but back then we were hungry and did not have the money to spare for a meal out! This is a recipe that requires ingredients usually on hand.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
If I could have wheat, this is one of the first recipes I would make. It is warm and homey and delicious. I used it as a coffee cake, but it is a dessert. Our garden is starting to bloom in profusion.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Does she not look woebegone? We are preparing to move at the time this photograph was taken. Of course, once moved she was "happy baby", again!
My daughter has a daughter now and I thought she might enjoy some pictures from her childhood. We recently bought a scanner and we are using it and our "infant" photo editing skills to digitally store our photographs.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Another good chocolate cake.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Western boots for sale at a sidewalk sale. I am always amused by the vanity of the rugged, Western man. It is touching.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Cobbled stones and an herb garden,
She read one day.
The room so spare.
from "The Essay"
So much to do in so little time. Our sweet Stella is coming for her first visit and we want everything to be perfect so she will want to come back. Albeit, she will only be six month's old, but one can never be too prepared! We've polled for food, sleeping arrangement, and toy preferences, and have begun work on our back yard in hopes of impressing her! Following is an extra-delicious chocolate cake recipe from my own childhood.
1 cup unsifted unsweetened cocoa
2 cups boiling water
2 3/4 cups
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 6-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup light cream
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups unsifted powdered sugar
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1/4 cup unsifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa with the boiling water, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely! Sift the flour, with the baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease and then lightly flour three 9x1-1/2-inch layer cake pans.
With a mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, scraping the bowl occasionally, until light; about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat in flour mixture, in fourths, alternately with the cocoa mixture, in thirds (beginning and ending with the flour mixture.) Don’t over beat the batter!
Divide evenly into the pans, smoothing the tops. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the surface springs back when gently touched. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides of the layers from the pans with a spatula, remove from pans, and cool on racks.
In a medium saucepan, combine the semisweet chocolate pieces, cream, and butter, stirring over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat, and with a whisk, blend in 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar. In a bowl set over ice (especially in August!), beat until it holds its shape.
Whip cream with sugar and vanilla. Refrigerate.
Assembling the cake:
On a pretty plate, place a layer, top down. Spread with half the filling. Place second layer atop, top down, again, and spread with remaining filling. Top with third layer, topside up!
Frost with spatula, sides first, covering the filling first. Swirl rest of frosting on top. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving (I find a minimum of 3-4 better). Use a thin-edged sharp knife to cut.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This pie is rich, smooth, and especially scrumptious! I served this pie, along with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (see an earlier post) for a graduation party. The recipe is from my mother-in-law, Jean.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I am so thankful to my husband for helping me find ways to live wheat-free. He has never complained about the change in our diet. He is always eager to find new ways to carry food with us on little trips, and he is always looking for new foods I might try in the grocery store. He also took this picture, and most others, for me. Fortunately living wheat-free does NOT mean living without prime rib!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A little preview of our yard "to be" - a white, rose-like, Double Impatiens flower. After getting my hair cut at 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning, we went by one of our favorite nurseries and bought a few flowers for our yard.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The title of my next book.