May 20 2016

Carrot Cake

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I forgot to tell how yummy the carrot cake from Mother’s Day was! That cake had me saying “yum” with every bite. I am posting this recipe so I can make my own cake. I hope I don’t eat the whole thing.

CARROT CAKE

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 fresh whole eggs
2 cups pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups raw finely ground carrots
4 ounces finely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ounces room temperature margarine
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Directions
Cake Ingredients: Frosting Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, mix sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend well. Fold in carrots and chopped nuts until well blended. Distribute batter evenly into 3 (9-inch) cake layer pans, which have been generously greased. There will be approximately 1 pound 5 ounces of batter per pan. Place in preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool layers in pans, for approximately 1 hour. Store layers in pans, inverted, in closed cupboard to prevent drying. Layers must be a minimum of 1 day old.

To remove layers from baking pan, turn upside down, tap edge of pan on a hard surface. Center a 9-inch cake circle on top of revolving cake stand. Remove paper from bottom of layer cake. Place first layer, bottom side down, at center of cake stand. With a spatula, evenly spread approximately 3 1/2 ounces of frosting on the layer. Center second layer on top of first layer with topside down. Again with a spatula, evenly spread approximately 3 1/2 ounces of frosting on the layer. Center third layer on top of second layer with topside down. Using both hands, press firmly but gently, all layers together to get one firm cake. With spatula, spread remainder of frosting to cover top and sides of cake. Refrigerated until needed. Display on counter or cake stand with a plastic cover.

Filling and Icings:

In a suitable bowl of large mixer, place powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and margarine. Beat at second speed until thoroughly blended. Hold refrigerated and use as needed.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

Recipe courtesy of Robert Clinton from Cliftons

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May 09 2016

Happy Mother’s Day

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I had a nice day but it was full! It started out with a four mile walk. I hadn’t intended to walk that far but I had never walked that end of the trail and wanted to check it out. I saw three deer, a bunny and a squirrel. I also saw many birds. It was a beautiful morning.

Hubby, daughter and I picked up the grandmas and went to a restaurant in Wabash. Twenty is furnished in a retro theme with high quality fixtures. Even the bathrooms are exceptionally nice, with copper fixtures. We were served scrumptious food and brought our desserts home. I will have to eat my carrot cake later.

I worked a little on my Civil War Love Letters quilt but it was tedious so I stopped before I threw my back into conniptions. I was in agony all day Friday and I don’t want to chance that again.

There didn’t seem to be too much on tv last night so I checked Facebook and went to bed to read my new book. I’m reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. It is good, so far. I couldn’t keep my eyes open though so off to la la land it was for me.

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Apr 09 2016

A Night Out

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We had a nice time at the theater tonight. We saw Blues Brothers Revue. The music was fun and upbeat. It seemed like a lot of thought went into planning the show. The musicians were very talented. I wish the band members would have dressed in more professional attire but their abilities on their instruments made up for their lack of show continuity. I have an interest in the Blues era when it comes to music. I often think of Blues as a sad, introspective style of singing but the revue was full of happy lively music. We were clapping our hands and even joined in on a few sing a longs. It was nice to be together as a family and enjoy something different as we await spring to arrive.

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Apr 04 2016

Weakling

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I feel like a weakling while writing this post. My daughter and I just worked out and I am sweating and shaking. I guess that means I did something. I believe it means I can have fresh strawberries and ice cream for dessert later!

I made cube steak, potatoes and carrots in the crock-pot this morning and I was hungry all day just from smelling the aroma.

I finished quilting a t-shirt quilt and am now working on a small wall hanging. I’m doing some intricate quilting on the wall hanging so it will take a while to finish. I enjoy that type of quilting. It is relaxing as long as my thread tension stays steady and my thread doesn’t break.

We watched the country music awards last night. Most of the songs weren’t very country, in my opinion. I did enjoy seeing the pretty dresses many of the stars wore. I couldn’t stay up to watch the end.

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Apr 01 2016

Blues Brothers Revue

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I admit we have had a mild CozyWinters but still, it has begun to drag. We get teased with a few nice days and then it turns cold and rains. Argh!

It helps to keep busy. I have not been in the mood to make quilts or sew lately and that is rare. I really don’t know what the problem is but my mom is back from Arizona so maybe she can spur me to sew.

I am excited about April. Next Saturday, we have tickets to see the Blues Brothers Revue. Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd walked the stage. sited from the Chronicles Tribune.

Backing them will be a jazzy band. That is the type of music I love to hear. Seeing talented musicians who can really make their instruments dance is worth the money for a good show.

We also have tickets for another group later in the month. I’ll tell you about that next time! Have a great spring!

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Mar 27 2016

New Beginnings

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I always think of Easter as a time of beginnings. As the tulips and daffodils work hard to pop up from the cold, hard ground, we can do the same with our lives. We can choose to be mundane or treat each new day as the beginning of something awesome.

This year’s Easter dinner will be simple. We have a lot of yard work we would like to do today so we will be eating late in the afternoon. Hubby is going to throw a couple of ham steaks on the grill. He is also preparing asparagus wrapped in bacon. A few sweet potatoes will round out the menu. It is a light menu but I am hoping we will have room for dessert. I made a new no-bake lemon cheesecake.

Time to put on some old, warm clothes and start raking!

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Mar 19 2016

Spring Has Sprung

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 photo crocus_zpsrfa2e2yy.jpgI have crocus in my flower bed and they have little purple blooms. I always get excited when I first see those green leaves shooting out from the hard, cold ground. I believe it is just another way that God shows us that we will get through hardships and we will shoot out of every complication.

I rarely remember an Easter Sunday that didn’t include a warm coat to cover a pretty Easter dress. It seemed a shame to cover those pretty, fluffy dresses but it had to be done.

My son and daughter in-law will be looking for a cute Easter suit to put my grandson in on Easter morning. My husband and I thought about sending a noisy gift from the percussion store so our grandson would have something fun to celebrate with but decided on some cute little rain boots. I think his parents will appreciate those and we can get the noisy items as he gets older and can be persuaded more easily to take it easy on the folk’s patience.

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Feb 20 2016

What a Week

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Hubby and I babysat our grandson for a whole week. Our kids went on a cruise so we were left to tend the baby. What an honor! We had such a good time but the saying, have your children when you are young is true. I could not wait to get into bed each night. Luckily, the baby slept through the night. I guess that is a rarity so the Lord had a hand in that I am sure.

By Wednesday, we were getting cabin fever and opted to head out on an adventure. Back in September, I had eaten at a restaurant while checking out fabric shops. Hubby and I ended up eating at the same restaurant. I didn’t realize it was the same one until we got there. The place has the best home cooked food. They also have baked rolls and bread that was so yummy. The baby was so good while we ate. It might have helped that we just fed him his own lunch.

From there we went to an Amish Mercantile. They sold fabric, quilts and handmade wood furniture. I had intended on warming a bottle at that store but they only had cold water. Ugh. We ended up laying the milk on the dash of the car and let the sun warm it. Good thing we have a patient baby. As long as he didn’t see the bottle, he was willing to wait.

It was a fun day. The weather was warm and windy. The sun was out and the scenery was beautiful.

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Feb 03 2016

Dying Fabric

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I remember, back in the 60’s, when tie dye was the in thing. We wore tie dyed shirts of many colors. I may have even dyed a shirt or two myself. It was fun to see how the shirts would come out. I suppose we used Rit dye packages for our dye. I really don’t remember. I do remember rolling the shirts and placing rubber bands in intervals down the shirt tube. We then soaked the shirt in the dye and, after making sure the shirt was saturated, took off the rubber bands and hung the shirt to dry. Did we roll the shirt again to add colors? Wish I could remember.

At our quilt guild meeting last night, we dyed fabric. The girls who taught the class had bought fabric that would dye. I thought all fabric would dye but in any case, they provided us with dye able fabric. They had teeny, tiny bottles of dye that we used droppers to gather the color of choice and dropped the dye onto shaving cream that we had spread out on a paper plate. We used tooth picks to gently swirl the dye through the shaving cream. Laying the cloth squares on top of the shaving cream, we pressed them down until the cloth was saturated. We laid the cloth on a flat surface and used a credit card to scrape off the excess shaving cream. Then we took the fabric piece over to the ironing board, laid a pressing cloth over it and ironed until the cloth was dry. We had dyed fabric!

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Jan 26 2016

Oh The Story

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I have heard that one of my favorite television shows will be ending after this season. I love Downton Abbey!

I enjoy the interactions between the characters as they portray citizens who lived in the 1900’s. They are affluent yet very caring in their consideration of the people in their employment. Their concerns for the important aspects of society such as, healthcare show how things have evolved into how things are today. Too bad we can’t go back in time!

I love looking at the magnificent paintings and statues in the large homes. I can’t imagine paying the heat bills for a house of this magnitude.

The clothing is beautiful. Even the underwear is made beautifully. Yes, we see servants dressing the ladies and get a peek at the under garments of the period.

I have enjoyed this season but I find myself wondering how they will tie all the story lines into endings. How can they do that? I will be sad when the show ends.

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