Saturday, August 21, 2010

How does your garden grow?

This year our gardens didn't do anything.   Nada, Zip.   The picture is from 2009.  We had a good year with our garden crops in 2009  but not in 2010.  This year the vegetables did very poorly, not a good crop of berries they just didn't ripen, the fruit the blossoms didn't get pollinated so there wasn't allot of fruit.  We had really nice weather at the end of January and early February - it was 60+ degrees and then it turned cold and rained, and rained some more. 

Sunflowers 2009

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I love pies . . .

but I want cake for birthdays and our anniversary.  Derin made this cake for our Anniversary.  Such a sweetie - he knows I love anything made with real chocolate.  It is from Dorie Greenspan's  Baking - From my Home to Yours".   Our recommendation - we have made many of the recipes in this book and they are good.   If you like to bake I would buy it or put it on my gift list.  The recipe is The Devil's Food White-Out Cake, it is made with cocoa, bitterweet chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate.   The chocolate layers are filled and frosted a "billowy, sweet marshmallow" filling/frosting.   Dorie says "I've sometines thought that if my mother had been a baker (she wasn't), and if she had ever made me this cake (which she didn't), it would have been my childhood favorite."   I agree - it is one my favorites.

Happy Anniversay Cake
Devil's Food White-Out Cake