Sunday, July 5, 2015

Talk to my Mema

The sour cream pound cake I made yesterday makes me want to talk to my Mema. I would tell her it has been so hard not to eat the whole thing! If I wasn't diabetic I would have.

                                             As it is we put a hurtin' on it.

If I could talk to my Mema I would tell her how much her first grandson REALLY enjoys her recipes. The first time I made her coffee cake after the first bite all Charles said was, 'Man! I remember this!'.

This cake like the coffee cake are memories. It happens every time. Sour cream pound cake has joined us at my moms table, traveled to Uncle Busters and fed the Labrador retriever at our Aunt Frans.

I would tell my Mema. . . She did good!

P.S.  Read about the cake stealing dog on this blog at 10/03/2013.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Memas sour cream pound cake

A southern favorite sour cram pound cake is always a hit. My Memas was must at family dinners.  

Simple to make from scratch it is close to the brothers heart.  This a lemon version.  

Sour Cream Pound Cake
    By my Mema

2 sticks butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups all purpose flour
6 large eggs 
1 tsp vanilla (or flavoring of your choice)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Prepare 10 inch tube pan. Heavily grease & flour

cream butter and sugar
add sour cream and incorporate
in a second bowl shift flour and baking soda
break all eggs and vanilla into 2 cup measuring cup without mixing
add flour and eggs alternating to creamed butter/sugar 
mix well after each addition

Once mixed well pour into tube pan.  Smooth out top. 
Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes.
cool 10 minutes in pan.
Remove from pan, cool completely

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mickey Mouse Bread. . .Not quite

I was trying to make a designer bread. I wanted each slice to have the Mickey Mouse icon. Fail.

It looks more like a puppy.  Especially when it is toasted. LOL!

Don't worry Mickey!  I will keep trying.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jerk Ribs

Tonights dinner was so gooood!  Charles made Jerk Pork Ribs.  I made green beans and apple salad.

We are soooo full.  Always over eat when Charles has been grilling.  

P.S.  This is my summer table.  Polka dots, ladybugs, bandanas and bees all over.  We eat at the table a lot.  I love it when the settings cute.

Close to you. . .

I have heard and seen that dogs are partial to the scent of their 'pack'.  Our dogs are exhibiting this behavior too.

Trixie misses Charles so badly sleeps in his closet all day. Finally we put her bed in there.  I guess this is where she can smell him most. His clothes and shoes are there.

Sweet girl! Loves her some Charles!

During the day Lady is my shadow. She is in bed with me, but she loves to sleep on my clothes. Especially the apron I have been baking in all day.

I have to put some cookie dough in the freeze one day soon. I'll save that apron just for her.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pink Terror

All the streets in our community are lined with crepe myrtle. SO allergic to blooming trees. The crepe myrtle outside my apartment knows that. Truly!

Beautiful pink blooms break out on this tree before all the rest.  The blooms hang around longer than any others.  I hate it!


I have learned a few new tricks as I battle the pink terror.  For me the most helpful are easy.

When coming in from walking the dogs I go straight to the bathroom an blow my hair and clothes.  Using my hair dryer with the exhaust fan going I get rid of any pollen clinging to me.  If I am wearing make-up I will blow my face as well. If not, as is usual, I will wipe my face with a damp cloth.

Because my eyes are very effected I make sure all the pollen is out of my lashes and brows. This does help keep the daily attacks at under control. When the air turns yellow with pollen more drastic measures are needed.

If the pollen is REALLY dense throw your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes after spending more than a little while out in it.  The filter in the dryer will keep the deamon dust at bay.

I hope these little suggestions help you as you battle your own blooming terrors.  Whatever color they may be.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New gadget.

I told you that Mom and Dad visited a few weeks ago.  Knowing my habit of baking fresh bread they got me a neat little gadget.  A slicing guide.

It works like a charm! Such a basic tool, but such a big help.  I have looked at these for years but just never did anything about it.  So glad my folks did!

It has 3 different thicknesses. I use the medium. My electric knife fits just right. The best thing is that it folds down for storage.

So much fun!