Welcoming August With A Hodgepodge…

From this Side of the Pond

After a week off, it feels good to be back joining The Wednesday Hodgepodge again!  Many thanks to brand new “Nana”, Joyce, for taking the time to host this fun meme.  If not for Joyce, I’d probably have stopped blogging altogether, by now!  She keeps me disciplined–at least on Wednesdays 🙂

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

No rules!  I’m retired, remember?  I try to keep a schedule for eating and sleeping, but that’s about it.

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse?

Yes, I’ve visited the lighthouse on St. Simon’s Island. (imagine that!)  The climb up was torturous (I had to stop and rest more than once), but the view from the top was awesome!  Let me also add, enjoying the view was a bit scary, since I’m afraid of heights, and I’ll never climb another lighthouse!

St. Simon’s Island Lighthouse

If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-

Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)

I’d most likely visit The St. Augustine Light since it’s the closest  lighthouse to me, but Bass Harbor Head Station in Maine sounds interesting, too.

When you’ve been away, what’s your ‘lighthouse’ telling you you’re on the right road home?

It’s the little green road signs that say “Gooseneck Community”, about a mile or two from our home.  There are two of them, one south of us, and another to the north.

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing?

Blogging on a regular basis.

Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

I’d like to get back to blogging on a more regular schedule, but I’m not sure when that’s going to happen.

4. We’ve had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

Ed and I had the privilege of helping out with our church’s weekend youth camp, August 4-6.  It was a ‘first’ for both of us and we enjoyed it very much.

5. Tell us one song you love with the word ‘baby’ in the title.

I’m going to show my age by saying this:  “Baby Love”.  That song sure brings back some old memories!!!

Random:

I’ve never been able to bake a decent pound cake.  I’ve tried and tried.  Most  of my pound cakes found their way into the trash can, hardly touched.  All that changed a couple of weeks ago when I made a “Whipping Cream Pound Cake”!

I found the recipe on the back of the Swans Down Cake Flour box, and it’s a winner!  If I can make it turn out good, anybody can make it!

Interesting note:  I found a similar recipe, on-line, listed as Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake.  All I know is Elvis had great taste in cake 🙂

Here’s the link for the recipe if  anyone is interested: http://www.swansdown.com/recipes?id=246

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Meet Me On Monday…And A Few Other Things

Monday mornings will always find me joining Java for “Meet Me On Monday”. It’s a chance to meet and learn more about fellow bloggers, and a chance to share a bit about myself. I’m also joining the “Make Me Crazy Monday” blog hop again this week. I just love that bloghop–and their funny button!

Here are Java’s questions for this week:

1.  What do you put on your hot dog?
I prefer my hotdogs cooked on the grill, and I like mustard, catsup, and sometimes I like sweet relish on them.  I’m getting hungry just typing this…

2.  Do you play Sudoku?
No, I don’t know how, but it looks sort of interesting.

3.  What is your favorite vegetable?
Gee, I’ve never really thought about that!  I don’t know if they are my favorite vegetable or not, but I eat more peas than anything else!  Here in the south, peas are a very popular vegetable–garden peas, crowder peas, white acre peas, zipper peas, black eye peas, pink eye peas, field peas–just to name a few!

4.  Do you color your hair? Yes, it’s so sad, but so necessary!  I have dark hair, so I look “washed out” when the gray starts showing around my face.  My hairdresser, Wendy, along with her bottle of hair color and scissors, is my BFF!
5.  What is your favorite brand of clothing? I’ve never been one to get “hung up” on name brand clothing.  I only like a certain style of clothing(comfortable), and that’s what I’m always looking for.  A lot of my clothes are JC Penney’s “Cabin Creek” brand, and Wal-Mart’s brand “White Stag”.

Now for a few other things…After a weekend filled with absolutely perfect weather, near 70 degrees, I woke up this morning to rain!  What a shocking change!  I did, however, soak up plenty of rays over the weekend.  With Groundhog Day coming up this week, I’m hoping that spring is just around the corner…

Our oldest son came down this weekend and he and my husband rode bikes together.  My son refused to ride my bike, and he told me that my husband refused to ride my bike up beside the highway!!!  Do you suppose it’s my pink flowered streamers that make them hesitate to be seen on it? (smile)

After thirty-nine years, I finally baked an edible pound cake!  I’ve tried to bake pound cakes(different recipes) a few times over the years, and never had much luck with them.  The texture was bad, or the taste wasn’t great, but yesterday I tried a new recipe that I got from Erica at 365 days of my life as a mom and it turned out great–except for the fact that a little of the batter ran over the side of the pan, and into the oven.  Next time, I’ll know to take out a bit of the batter, or use a larger pan.  I guess that just goes to show, success can come at any age! (smile)  Since I’m on a modified diet, I quickly shared pieces of the cake with all family members, and one-half of the cake was gone before it even became cool…I’m sharing her recipe at the bottom of this post, because it’s a good great one!

Country Pound Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 2/3 cups white sugar
5 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions

  1. Do not preheat the oven. Grease 10 inch tube pan and line bottom with wax paper or parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar on low-speed for 10 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, mixing well. Add the vanilla and lemon extracts.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 1 hour. Remove to a cake rack and cool for at least 3 hours. 

 Have a great Monday, everyone!

Published in: on January 31, 2011 at 9:42 am  Comments (10)  
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Pound Cake Recipe…Tuesday’s Blog Hop

The theme of this week’s blog hop is recipes.  Since I spent last Friday trying out new recipes for pound cakes, I am going to share one of those recipes with you.  It’s super quick and easy–and fail-proof!  My daughter and I both tried it, with great results.  Enjoy…

Cake Mix Pound Cake

1- package of yellow cake mix

1- cup of sour cream

1- 8 oz. package of cream cheese

1/3 cup of oil

1/4 cup of water

4 large eggs

1-tsp. vanilla

Let cold ingredients warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.  Bake 50-55 minutes. 

We added a glaze to the baked cake made from a  very small amount of milk( maybe 1/8 cup), some powdered sugar, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla.  Just mix sugar and milk together until you get the desired consistency(drizzles, but doesn’t soak into the cake), add vanilla and drizzle the glaze over the cake.

We haven’t tried it yet, but we think you could use this same recipe with a marble cake mix or devil’s food cake mix–for a different flavor!

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Published in: on March 2, 2010 at 12:43 am  Comments (3)  
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