Today’s Photo

Church down on the corner.

Wooden Cross web

Spice Cake

I wrote I would post a Spice Cake recipe here.

I had to make changes to the original recipe because eggnog was no longer in season. I did not have enough white sugar and cardamom in very expensive, so I never did buy it. Because I only have 9 inch pans, I bake 1 pan at a time. If I bake both pans together, one gets a little burned because of hot spots in my old oven.

Spice Cake

2 ½ C all purpose flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp allspice

1/8 tsp cloves

1 ½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 C unsalted butter – softened

1 C sugar

½ C brown sugar

4 eggs – room temperature

1tbs vanilla

1 C butter milk

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two cake pans. I used 9 inch pans.

Cake – Sift flour, spices, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugars well. About 4 min. Beat in 1 egg at a time. Scrap sides after each eggs is mixed. Mix in vanilla.

Reduce mixer to low. Add flour mixture in thirds alternating with buttermilk and ending with flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool. Frost or use a dusting of powdered sugar.

Here is the original recipe. I took a photo of the pages.egg nog cake spice Click on the photo to make it larger.

Thinking About Food

I was looking through a magazine about tea and cakes. All the cakes were single layer and the loaf recipes only made one loaf. It was an English publication. It got me to thinking about why do I always bake a double layer cake?

I made this Spice Cake for the family and never did post the photo. I did not frost the sides like I usually would. My kids thought that was odd. I said all the mommies on Pinterest do it this way now.

I am a fan of sugar and tasty desserts. I am in control of the food that comes in the house and make most of the meals and desserts. My kids do help, but I buy the ingredients.

A few years ago our family ate large portions and ate a meal too many some days. Of course the children were growing back then and needed more calories, so I let them eat. Dad and I did not need the extra food.

So it has been a slow process of cutting back on portions. We have usually eaten homes cooked meals. By that I mean made from scratch. Same with the baked goodies, although I don’t make bread anymore. I do use canned frosting and spice packets (like for the roast). I rarely buy store bought cakes and cookies.

Anyway, buy not frosting the sides of the Spice Cake, and other small changes we cut calories. I think I will start making single layer cakes for desserts. Birthdays will still be a double layer cake :- } It will seem more special.

Spice Cake Frosted















P.S. I will post the recipe for this Spice Cake soon. It was from a book in the Target clearance section after Christmas.

The book was called Nordic Ware Best of the Bundt® Cookbook.




Love This Photo

I am going through some old photos to show my Mom and found this of our daughter. I do not even remember taking the photo. I am pretty sure she did not know I took the shot. It was taken in 2009.


Sutter Creek’s The Antique Gardener

I made a video of the photos I took.

Ten Dollar Bill

My Mom gave me $10.00. I remember these old bills. But for my children it was quiet amusing. It is from 1934. Depression Era.

It was a good thing the checker at the grocery store knew our family. When my husband used it to pay they were reluctant to take it. Several checkers, he told me, came to look at this $10.00 bill.

1934 10 dollar bill front web

1934 10 dollar bill back web

Today’s Photo

It has been terribly cold in the central valley for days. I guess there is a cold front coming down from Alaska. I had move my flower containers under cover at night so the freeze does not kill them.

I braved the cold this morning and went out and took some photos not to far from our house. The sun was out, but if was still frigid!

Cold Morning 5_web

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