Rich Dark Cake with Super Easy Pudding Frosting

34 years ago I met a woman who made 4 leaves of bread each week and never made cake from a box! All her food was made from scratch. We were both nursing moms with baby boys about the same age, served in the same church and we became friends!

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Photographic Tour of the Garden

Yesterday I fertilized all my garden plants in the front yard with Alaskan Fish Fertilizer. That stuff is very stinky, draws flies and my hands and feet always get a soaking while I’m applying it! The things we do to have an organic garden! ;^ } While passing by my blue and gold macaw, Libby, with my smelly self, I stopped to say hi. She literally turned her head and body away from me because I smelled so horrid!

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Life with the Pollinators.

I’ve always loved having my rose garden and flowering plants because they are so beautiful and fragrant. Our garden, orchard and herbs provide us with fresh, vitamin rich fruits and veggies and seasonings to cook with. Since the Bees came to live with us I am looking at everything quite differently now!

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AJ and the Birthday PJs

I wanted to make some fun and funky PJs for AJ’s birthday. At Jo-Ann Fabrics I found tee shirts in assorted colors, 4 for $10. I picked out an easy pajama pattern from NEWLOOK, pattern #6932, size 1/2 – 8 for the pants. The material I chose in bright pink, green, orange and purple floral was on sale. For the pant’s ruffle I used some of my fabric stash at home. I used my 50% off coupon to buy a cute sparkly iron-on flower. Finally, I embellished the flower by embroidering a stem and leaves in green embroidery floss.

Hannah and Grams working on AJ’s pjs!

AJ’s sister, Hannah “helped” me with the sewing!

Our beautiful 8 year old!


Smiley Faces! AJ modeling her new PJs.

Now AJ has one of a kind, custom pajamas made by Grams . . . over at Julie’s!!!

Microwave Lemon Curd

When lemons are plentiful it’s time to make Lemon Curd!

Who doesn’t love lemon curd? It’s one of those pricey gourmet items few can afford to buy, but I have an easy and fool proof recipe to share with you!

Ingredients for Lemon Curd

Simple ingredients for Lemon Curd.

The secret to a-mazing Lemon Curd is giving this recipe your undivided attention for 5 whole minutes! I know you can do it! So here goes!


2-3 thoroughly washed lemons
1/4 + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (I use cane).
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter = 4 tablespoons

  • Finely grate the zest of 2 lemons ( the thin yellow part, not the white).
  • Juice lemons to equal 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
  • To a 4-cup microwaveable bowl add: Lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and butter.
  • Place bowl in microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes of until butter is melted and mixture is hot.
  • Beat eggs with wire whisk in a bowl (I used a 2-cup glass measuring cup).
  • Drizzle hot lemon mixture into beaten eggs, whisking constantly!
  • Return mixture to 4-cup microwaveable bowl.
  • Microwave , uncovered on MEDIUM (50% power) for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stop microwave every 30 seconds to stir and check for thickening. (the underlined is critical to your success!). Mixture will thicken as it cools in the refrigerator.
  • Pour into container with tight cover, and date. I use permanent marker on a piece of cellophane tape.
  • Lemon curd may be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or kept in the freezer for several months.
  • Makes 1 2/3 cups.
Thickened Lemon Curd will coat your spatula?
Lemon Curd labeled and dated, stored in 16 ounce canning jar with screw-on lid.


Zest of 2 large tangerines, don’t use a micro plane, you’ll want the zest a little larger when zesting tangerines.

Juice from tangerines (2 ounces) and juice from 1-2 lemons (2 ounces).


Use Lemon Curd for mini tarts, a great dipper for blueberry scones, filling for mini cream puffs, as a spread on biscuits, or toast . . . YUM!

If life hands you lemons, make Lemon Curd! Our lemon and tangerine trees are loaded with tasty fruit. I can’t think of a better way to preserve their great favors then by cooking up several batches of Lemon and Tangerine Curd . . . Over at Julie’s!!!

The perfect ending to an Easter lunch, Mini Lemon Tarts!


Happy Monday! Julie’s “Buttermilk” Pancakes

Our grandson, John Isaac, spent the weekend with us!!!  We have so much fun when we’re together.  He’s been packing his suitcase for over a week in preparation for his visit.  

John arrived in his PJs early Saturday morning.  While I made pancakes, he unpacked his very full suitcase!  He brought George, his monkey, Ace Fenderbender, his Lalaloopsy doll, Scout, the talking/singing green puppy, mini robots, his sleeping bag, special raspberry bubbles for our big tub and a few clothes to wear.

As you can see by these photos, John loved his Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes!

In the background, over John’s shoulder, is Libby waiting for her pancake!

One satisfied customer!

Why buy pancake mix when it’s so easy to mix up a batch of homemade, without the expense and preservatives?  Here’s one of my favorite recipes for tender pancakes!

Julie’s Blueberry “Buttermilk” Pancakes

These pancakes are light and tender.

2     eggs

1     cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk

1     tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1     cup flour

1     tablespoon baking powder

1     teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1     cup fresh or frozen blueberries, optional

  • In a measuring cup add milk, stir in apple cider vinegar.
  • Preheat griddle or frying pan to med-high.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, beat eggs. 
  • Pour milk into eggs, mix well.
  • In a seperate bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until just mixed.
  • Butter griddle and pour batter from gravy ladle.
  • Add blueberries.
  • Cook until bubbles appear! flip cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Serve with butter and a light sprinkling of sugar or warm syrup.
Parrots’  Pancake

Our parrots love pancakes too but can make quite a mess with blueberries.  So, for their pancake I added sweetened, dried cranberries, sesame seeds and flax seeds.  Parrots also love cinnamon and raisins, apples, bananas and nuts.  Of course so do most kids.  Just stay away from chocolate with any pets, it’s toxic to them.

Hope your weekend was wonderful!  It’s the start of a brand new week just full of possibilities!  

I leave you with one on John Isaac’s jokes . . . Where does a dog go when he’s lost his tail?


(  To the retail store!  )



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