Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

got the fall blues~


Friday, October 4, 2019

Ginger cake with caramel icing

Ginger Cake with Caramel Icing

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground powdered ginger ( I used fresh ginger)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk

For the caramel Icing:
1/4 c butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 TBS milk
3/4 cup powder sugar

Pre-heat oven 350*F. Butter and lightly flour a deep 10 inch ring pan. Set aside.

Place all the cake ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth and pale. Spoon into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes, until well risen and the top springs back when lightly touched, or a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before dumping out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Stir the butter, brown sugar and milk together in a small saucepan over heat until the sugar is totally dissolved. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the icing sugar until smooth. Pour over the cooled cake.

Monday, September 30, 2019

wild weather weekend in the garden

fall arrived with a bang and boom this weekend, like I have never seen in my lifetime! I look out over a vast valley, with tornado warnings and fierce hail downpours, I had a scenic view from quasi afar for hours and hours. I have never seen such huge thunderbolts strike the ground, not the thin spiders that dance in the sky, but the HUGE bolts that only zeus and supper heroes thrust. I wont lie, I was terrified if those bolts were heading our way, since we sit on a mountain top, but thankfully we skirted a direct hit. I have never heard thunder rumble for so long either, full minutes, like a wild animal growling just out our door unabated...

between down pours we worked in the rose garden laying our paver pathways. at our age, this will be a very long process, just one of the largest stones weighs 48 pounds, exhausting to old muscles! (what muscles, I have none, this all falls on my husband!) the salesman warned us how big and heavy they were, I think he was trying to be kind to us, perhaps we should have heeded!