I experience some real joys from living in the country.
In the early morning, I can sit on my front porch in the solitude of nature. I enjoy the sights and sounds of the world coming awake, from the buzzing of the hummingbirds to the babbling of the nearby brook. Often a momma deer and her newborn will come to the creek to drink or nibble on nearby foliage.
Truly, for me, the one downside is the limited quantity and quality of internet service in our area. Our internet is supplied by satellite and I suppose that is better than none. But when 10 family members converged on our homestead the first of the month our internet data allotment slipped away faster than ice cream melting on a hot Tennessee afternoon! Our little 11-month old great-grandson Elijah was the only one who didn’t sport a data-devouring device!
I share this information simply to say … I haven’t had enough data to blog and share some of our fun summer recipes! This morning I got up at ‘O dark hundred and beat back the data gremlins to write for a few minutes!
My Daily Bread means different things on different days. Some days it just means I want to make fresh, homemade, fragrant bread for my family. Other days it means I need to spend lots and lots of time in prayer. It means I need the Lord’s strength as food for my soul.
Lately, He has been my strength, my daily bread, my all-in-all, even more than usual.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4
What a blessing to celebrate my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday! Today, February 8 is her birthday, although we have celebrated for several days!
Last week she spent time in Missouri with my brother and sister-in-law and their family. They brought her home on Friday and I surprised her with 15 Bundt cakes that needed frosted for her party yesterday afternoon!
Mom and my sister-in-law Kay were both good sports as I started bringing cakes out of the freezer. I started baking last week and each day baked a few cakes. Fifteen in all. Yikes!
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, lemon supreme on lemon, fresh strawberry with homemade frosting, chocolate with fudge frosting, red velvet, and white on white. But the hit of the cake parade is my new favorite cake, Butter Pecan with Caramel Frosting!
My neighbor Kathy got in the act by keeping some of the cakes in her freezer. She dropped them off on her way to watch her granddaughter play basketball. About that time, my other neighbor Gaye and her mother-in-law stopped by and quickly began frosting the last of the cakes, which were the three Butter Pecan cakes with Caramel Frosting!
The Butter Pecan recipe was given to me after I ate a piece at a women’s luncheon last spring. The recipe went into my “to-do” pile and surfaced recently. I made one cake a couple of weeks ago for my Chief Cake Lover and my sous chef dishwashing mom. They were both taken by surprised and thrilled with the texture and taste. I was immediately reminded why I asked for the recipe in the first place. This one is a keeper! When you make it I guarantee you rave reviews!
We had a lovely party celebrating “1931 Was A Very Good Year!”
“For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:11
My new very favorite cake and frosting! You will love it too!
Author: Adapted by Catherine Daugherty
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 servings
1 Box Butter Pecan cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
1 can Coconut Pecan icing
¾ cup oil
1 cup water
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
¼ cup Evaporated milk
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
Prepare cake pan with spray oil. (Use a Bundt pan or a 9" x 13" baking pan) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
For the cake, mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
After the cake has baked and is cool, prepare frosting.
Melt butter, add brown sugar and milk. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Add in vanilla.
Pour over confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cake immediately before frosting cools and sets. If the frosting is a little too thick, thin with milk.
Today I was given a beautiful gift. The gift of time. For many of us our daily calendars fill up with running from place to place. From task to task. UP and out of the house early, in and out of the car, home again and then off to a meeting or the grocery store!
So when a winter storm blows through sending rain, ice, and snow into middle Tennessee, those of us who can stay home are wise to do so. One man’s storm is another’s gift. Icy roads have me grounded today and I am so thankful. I am truly sorry for those who must go out and drive in the ice, slush and snow. I am sorry for the hostesses who planned our garden club meeting for this morning. But for me, I am happy, happy, happy!