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Thursday, July 20, 2017

33rd Anniversary Cake

A little while back I watched an episode of “Begin Japanology” that talked about their confectionery. I discovered they have a take on strawberry shortcake(which I already like) that uses sponge cake instead of biscuit layers. They looked SO good!


My mother liked the idea of me making a desert for their wedding anniversary—so I made a couple of layers of hot milk sponge cake, layered sweetened whipped cream and sliced strawberries in the middle, frosted the outside with said whipped cream and (obviously) topped with more strawberries.


The combination was heavenly. It didn’t last 48 hours. Thanks to cousin Jonathan for taking pics since I didn’t have my camera on me. :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bulb Salad #2

Look closely.

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Things are peaking out all over now—in both bulb patches,

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And all over the yard—tiny violet leaves, tiny lilac buds, tiny rhubarb leaves… I am looking forward to making rhubarb desserts. :)

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Sigh. I keep envisioning a creamy white cake with rhubarb and strawberries between the layers. Perhaps that will be a furure post.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bulb Salad 2016

Between dad and I, hundreds of bulbs were planted last year in strategic layers.

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We dug two large trenches.

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I had been wanting, hoping, and planning to do this for a long time. It was such a joy to be able to accomplish(and a very good workout). The project spread out over more than one day; and I finally finished on December 1st.

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I am now awaiting snowdrops, crocus, checkered lilies—on, and on, and on… How wonderful.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bits of October

Drawing with sidewalk chalk

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Making my first batch of rosewater from my beloved David Austin bushes

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Wandering around looking at wild mushrooms

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If anyone knows what these are, feel free to help me identify them. :)

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This one was my favorite

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Eating funky “wild” mushrooms purchased safely from the store

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Ah Dinesen

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Visiting my first alpaca show

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Haircutting and Preston: A Couple New Adventures

I cut my bangs by myself for the first time in a long time(since childhood?)…

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…and am so happy! They actually turned out the way they’re supposed to!

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Yay Youtube tutorials! In other news we adopted Preston.

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He is rediculously sweet and loving. I would imagine you will be seeing more of him. I never blogged the hollyhocks. They are winding down; but I’ll show you a few pics of them in their glory. They were too beautiful not to mention.

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This white one was a surprise in with the burgundy. I think having to wait ‘til the second year for blooms made me want to appreciate them even more.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

My First Bloom…

…on “Golden Celebration” from David Austin Roses.

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A very rich(antique?) sort of yellow.

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Hhhmmm now I need a bright, lemon yellow one, and a couple hundred other bushes from this company, maybe.