Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Thursday, April 1, 2010



I really enjoy the Pioneer Woman's Blog (See my blog roll)  Recently she had a recipe for frosting that she said was the "Best frosting I've ever had."  I used to have a recipe like this but it was made with shortening and since I don't cook with trans fats anymore I haven't made it for a long time.  But when she said butter, I was in for a try.  This is easy and indeed delicious but I thought it needed a couple of changes.  The first would be that it was too salty for me and needed to be made with unsalted butter.  I think a pinch of salt might be OK.  The second problem for me was beating it in my Kitchen Aid.  It didn't quite get the bottom mixed up good enough so I need to make sure if I beat it in this mixer again that I scrape the bottom with a rubber scraper a few times during the whip time. 

 1 cup Milk
 5 Tablespoons Flour
 1 teaspoon Vanilla
 1 cup Unsalted butter
 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)
A pinch of salt to taste.

Preparation Instructions
Bake your favorite chocolate cake and let it cool or any cake that needs a rich buttery frosting.  This is my favorite homemade chocolate cake.

In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If I’m in a hurry, I place the saucepan over ice in the sink until it cools.) Stir in vanilla.

While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.

Rubber scrape the bottom of the bowl often while whipping.

Taste Test

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