Sunday, March 27, 2011

Is It Spring Yet?

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens

Can weather make you crazy?

We have had days where we’ve been able to ride around with the top down on the convertible. Days where it has snowed. Days where we had hail and a tornado.

The other day we rode up to Greensburg to order Phil a new pair of glasses at Sam’s Club, and to go to Olive Garden for dinner.  While at Olive Garden, the hail storm hit.

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Everyone was running outside to take pictures of their cars afterwards.  We have a few small dimples in the hood of the convertible.  We later heard on the news that a tornado had touched down several places about three miles from us.

We were in Kansas for a seventeen months, but as often as we went to the tornado shelter at the campground amidst the screaming of the sirens, we never had a tornado as close to us as was the Greensburg, PA tornado.

We went for a drive yesterday.  I can’t wait for it to turn green around here.  All the brown trees and ground is sure depressing. 
I’m sure these guys will be glad for the land to turn green too.

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Love this barn.

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The recipe I want to give you this week is an Orange Cream Bundt cake that I made today.

Orange Cream Bundt Cake

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Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 tablespoons cream cheese softened
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
orange zest
additional for syrup:
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
additional for glaze:
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
3-5 tablespoons milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 350° F
Generously coat a bundt pan with baking spray (I use Baker's Joy)... be sure to get all the nooks and crannies.
Beat the eggs and to this add the milk, orange juice, vegetable oil and the zest of one orange.  Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Add the cream cheese, one tablespoon at a time, and combine well after each addition.
Once all the cream cheese has been added, continue to mix for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake directly on the rack (do NOT bake the bundt pan on a cookie sheet... the air needs to circulate and a cookie sheet will prevent that) in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted halfway comes out cleanly.

Very nice cake, I was please with how it turned out.

Wins this week

 

Fly Me Home PET ID

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3d Rotating Frame from ZD Access Display it 3D and

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50 dollar gift card from Novica and http://thebkeepsushonest.com/ that I used to get this

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Beautiful butterfly wall sculpture made by Mexican artist . Alejandro de Esesarte