Putting In the Garden

Last fall my dear cousin in AZ sent me many vegetable seeds and flower seeds so that we could grow our own food. We had to wait for the frost warning to end here and these past few weeks we have been busy weeding and and hand tilling the little area where we will grow our seeds into some nice food!

We also have 2 apple trees, a peach tree and apricot tree. The peach and apricot tree’s are very old and don’t produce well. My favorite though in a self pollinating cherry tree we planted 4 years ago. This year it should be mature to give us more than the usual handful of cherries!

Here are some photos of the daughters helping out. Our son helped too, but I never got a shot of him – he did most of the work.


Just Blog Something

I am so upset and I feel like I need to write and get it all out…

My husband has been out of full time employment since July 2010. He has had several temporary jobs and is signed -up with more Staffing agencies than I care to think of. *Warning* This may be TMI (too much information). Feel free to click else where on the inter webs as my kids call it.

We found out today that the low paying job that we were desperate for him to take and be employed choose another person. My husband is a warehouse guy. He has kept his forklift driving cert. active with the staffing jobs here and there.

The silliest thing keeps going through my mind. Little Suzy in Miracle on 34th Street. “I believe, I believe, I believe.”

I believe the Lord has a plan. I believe He is and will keep taking care of us. But in my angst and terror of how to pull off several meals a day for 8 people, pay rent and keep the lights on, all I can do is keep repeating “I believe, I believe, I believe.”

This is a photo from last week. I took it as I waited in our church foyer to get a box of food.















In our area, the unemployment is 13%. I know we are not alone in this and many families are having a terrible time making ends meet. I have no answers. I can only say”I believe, I believe, I believe.”

A Little Chocolate Cake Today

My daughter made the Everyday Chocolate Cake after seeing it at Smitten Kitchen.

Actually she has made it 3 times. The last time was the best. She made it a bundt cake, added chocolate chips

and because we could not find buttermilk with a high fat content (our stores only had 99% fat free) the cake was dry.

We also live in California – the low altitude. That may also effect the moistness. Anyway, She did 3/4 c. buttermilk and 1/4 c. canola oil. It was baked for about 28 minutes at 375.

everyday chocolate cake

1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (6 7/8 ounces) firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (6 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (2 5/8 ounces) Dutch cocoa powder (see above for a natural cocoa adjustment)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter and lightly flour a 9×5×3-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a butter-flour spray. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat well, then the buttermilk and vanilla. Don’t worry if the batter looks a little uneven. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together right into your wet ingredients. Stir together with a spoon until well-blended but do not overmix. Scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended. (If you only have a natural or non-Dutched cocoa, you can still use it, but you’ll want to use 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and no baking powder.)

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for about 10 to 15 minutes, at which point you can cool it the rest of the way out of the pan. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries, if you’re feeling fancy.

HGTV’s John Gidding

Photos from Fort Point SF

We had such a nice time at Fort Point. The weather was awesome for SF in February. We enjoy the city so much – but we are country folk, but we love the city life – it’s complicated…

Walt Disney Museum

I took the kids to the Walt Disney Museum. Photography was very limited. We also went to Fort Point and Japan Town. Here are a few photos from the Museum.

More Strawberry Goodnes

A few weeks ago I did a post “The Frog Princess and Beignets”

Today our sweet exchange student made them again. When my other daughter wanted to have them, but she added some yummy goodness to the beignets!

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