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, December 30, 2010


This was my favorite new recipe this Christmas season.  My sister-in-law, Alicia Chilcote,  made the cake for my birthday in November.  I liked her version but thought it needed a little orange zing in the cake and the sauce.  I also have an Orange Crunch Cake I like and decided to put the crunch topping on this.  I cut half the fat from the original sauce and the cake only has 3 T. of oil, which I questioned but it works.  The fresh cranberries add all the needed moisture.  This is a very nice holiday or winter dish.

THE CRUNCH TOPPING  -  Crush 3 whole graham crackers (1/2 C)  and mix with 1/4 C brown sugar, 1/4 C of  fine chopped nuts (optional) and 1/4 C melted butter  -  Press into the bottom of a well greased bundt pan and up the sides a little.  

2 Cups flour    
1 Cup sugar  
1 egg beaten
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp salt
3 T Oil
3 cups fresh Cranberries (sort out the squishy ones)
The juice of 1 large orange and milk to make 2/3 cup
1 T. finely grated orange peel

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add orange juice mixture, egg and oil.  Mix well (will be a stiff batter, add 1 T of milk if it seems too dry)  add cranberries and peel.  Pour over the crunch mixture carefully.  Bake @ 350 for about 35-40 min.   This can be made in a 9x13 pan also.  I have had a little problem getting the middle top cooked in the bundt. pan.   Serve with warm sauce.

Melt 1/4 C butter in a sauce pan add 2 T flour and stir for one minute on medium heat.  Add  1 C. sugar 3/4 C. fresh orange juice and 1 T. orange peel and 1/2 C whipping cream.  Bring to a boil.  Serve warm over the cake. Lovely, lovely!

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