Tuesday, March 17, 2015
This place is for real......
and this is where I'm headed.
I've had my stints in many different places,
been halfway around the world.
This is the place I want to be for the last go-round.
"Country Roads, take me home!"
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
How's this for a consolation prize?
This recipe is very chocolatey. Mmmmmm.....
Keep it in the refridgerator.
I cut mine into four layers, and used LOTs of frosting.
I did not hold back on anything, this is the "full monty."
Recipe, adapted from Gooseberry Patch
Prepare 2 - 8 inch round cake pans (greased and floured) and set aside.
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup buttermilk
(and Frosting--recipe below)
Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt) in a small bowl, set aside. Beat butter in a large bowl (or stationary mixer) at medium speed, until creamy. Add sugars and beat one minute.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well, and then add vanilla. Add sour cream, and beat 30 seconds. Stir in melted chocolate, mixing well. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture alternatively with buttermilk, and beat well.
Pour into prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees F oven for 25-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on pans on a wire rack 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
I cut my two layers in half, using a piece of dental floss, and make four layers.
1- 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 - 32 oz. powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 oz. square unsweetened chocolate, melted
5-6 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
Beat cream cheese and butter together, until smooth. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, then the cream or half and half, and mix together well. I like to do all this in the stationary mixer, and scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
You can keep this in the fridge until the cake is cooled, then frost generously!
Keep cake in the fridge!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I have this fascination with fashion, and it reaches it's peak around the Oscar's.
The creation of my folk art doll, "Camellia", is an expression of that fascination. I could never wear these dresses, I'm not that 36-24-36 kind of gal, but this lady can sure wear it!
She's pink and sassy, with a boatneck neckline, held together over the shoulder with bits of velvet. Her belt. . .
. . .is a fragment of a fancy trim, circa 1950's, from Dottie Rose' sewing trims;
her dress fabric a shiny pink, satin-like, also from Dottie.
Now lets look at that headdress!
A variety of cotton and brocade- can you recognize
the Kaffe Fassett print? The center is a button from a bygone
article of clothing.
She's also wearing a "pearl" necklace and earrings from Dottie's old jewelry collection. This is why "Camellia, Going to the Oscars" is not for sale.
Camellia in her evening dress.
Latino Camellia, "Mi Corazon".
Dressed to go out for the evening, in nothing I could ever wear. I live on a farm, in the country. So I live through Camellia vicariously. She can go anywhere!