Friday, September 25, 2015

Autumn is finally here!

The air is a little chillier; the sun a little dimmer. The wind wisps through the tree's causing its coloring leaves to flutter gently to the earth below.

Autumn is finally here!

Some love hot summers filled with swimming pools and trips to the beach. Other's prefer the rain of spring. For me, one of my favorite seasons is fall!
After a very long and hot summer, the new season is very welcome. I love when it's cold and crisp outside and your breath floats away in little clouds. I love jackets and boots. Hot cider and flickering candles. Crackling fires, fresh baked bread, and pumpkin goodies covering the counter.
Mm... nothing beats Autumn in my book.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from
the autumn tree.”
Emily Bronte 
What is your favorite season? 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Silver Star, finally!

Well we did it! We finally made it to "my" beautiful Silver Star!
Though it ended up being a very hot day, I still enjoyed it immensely. Who couldn't love those views of rolling hills and great white mountains that tower above you? I think I could stay there forever; leaving the loud and worrisome world behind me. Breathing in clean air and soaking in the sunshine.

Maybe I did inherit something for that place from my ancestors? I love hearing stories of my Grandparents who walked those hills before me, and their great love for Silver Star.

Stopping for a rest

Marita and Kaysha
All the girls (missing Sue, my Mom, and Liberty)
The men!
Made it to the top!

Breathtaking views
Roger, Kaysha, and Charlie

Stopping for a drink at the water trough!

Until next time...

Monday, September 7, 2015

Today We Remember

Today we remember someone who went away
Someone who laughed and loved and in our hearts to stay
June 15, 1956 - September 7, 2007

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pollyanna Cake

Chancy turned fourteen on Monday. To celebrate we asked what he wanted for dessert. His response?

"A Pollyanna Cake"

Remember the good old movie "Pollyanna"? What about those cakes the cook whips up for a bazaar and Pollyanna nibbles on while wrapped in a napkin?
 They do look yummy! I searched recipes online, found one we had ingredients for, and attempted to bake my brother a "Pollyanna Cake".
It didn't turn out perfect. I should have baked it longer, and it made only one layer instead of the three the original shows. But hey, we have to try don't we?

Pollyanna Cake:

1 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
4 egg yolks (reserve whites in another bowl)
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place ingredients in a mixer and mix for about five minutes until smooth and creamy.

In a separate bowl:

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter

Using a hang mixer, whisk until soft peaks form. (Longer than you think)
Once it looks about right, slowly begin adding:
1/4 c. sugar
and mix until stiff peaks form. (Like a meringue). Carefully fold into the first mixture. Place in a sprayed cake pan. I used a spring pan but I think it would work in three regular cake pans.
Bake at 325* for about 45-50 minutes.
I didn't hang the cake upside down and it fell a little. Maybe if you did, it would stay taller and fluffier?

Once it was cooled I frosted with

Whip Cream Frosting:

1 c. milk
5 T. flour
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix flour and milk in a pan. Boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Let cool completely. (I put in fridge on a hot pad). Cream butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and beat well.

So there you are! My attempt at baking a "Pollyanna Cake". Maybe someday I'll find a better recipe, but this will do for now!]

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

For several months I have been dreaming about going to Silver Star with the gang and hiking to the top. Weeks went by and we never planned it. Then trips began getting in the way. The ranch, New Hampshire, and Tri-Cities. Those were awesome but I still wanted to go up to my beloved Silver Star! Finally, we planned it for a Sunday. It has been a horrible drought so weren't we a little disappointed when we awoke Sunday morning to a down pour of rain? (Though it was a answer to prayers!)
Colten suggested going to a air museum he'd seen instead. So, after lunch at Rocky's, we headed out! And it wasn't a disappointment! We loved seeing all the old planes, as well as the replica's. If you ever have the chance, you should make a visit!
We didn't have as much time as we would have liked and were rushed through the space section, but it was still very interesting.
Mm... my personal favorite pizza. Ever.
Almost there!
Here we are!
The wing of the "Spruce Goose". It's H-U-G-E!

Soviet Union

Nazi German plane
I found this interesting as I had never heard of it before!
The space section had two stories but we were only
able to rush through one as we only had twenty minutes to closing!