Monday, November 1, 2010

Raspberry Jam Cake

The recipe for this cake is in the book "Cakewalk" by Robbin Gourley. It was published by Doubleday in 1994 ISBN 0-385-47174-2 This cookbook contains many delicious recipes for cakes like Hummingbird Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Coconut Layer Cake, and Sweet Potato Cake to name a few. According to the author, her grandmother made this cake in 1912.

Happy Halloween

My little toy poddle, Midnight, posed in his Halloween costume. I enjoy seeing all the young children in their costumes. I had fun trick-or-treating with my children when they were young. I believe that Spiderman was their all-time favorite for the Halloween Parade at school.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Paula Deen's Halloween Dish

You can find the recipe for this cheese ball on The Food Network's website I watched Paula Deen make this on her TV show about 4 years ago. It is so cute!

Halloween Cookies

These beautiful cookies were made by Jinnee Parr and her daughter Emily. They live near Amarillo, Texas.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Beautiful Poem for Animal Lovers

I was just going through some papers and found this poem. It was posted on a blog. Someone had recently lost their dog. The author is unknown....the words are beautiful. I can't read it without tears.

If it should be...

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail it's last has waved,
from pain and suffering I haven been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Now I am giving my little toy poodle, Midnight, an extra big hug!

The Heritage House, Little River, CA

The Heritage House is located in Little River, a couple of miles from the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. My late husband and I spent and couple of days here on our honeymoon in 1981. Reservations were hard to come by. The movie Same Time Next Year was filmed here a year earlier in 1980. I believe our cottage was named "Meadowwood" which was next to the "Same Time Next Year" cottage. These cottage were located at the bottom end of the property at the edge of the cliff. The view was breathtaking. I remember seeing a really cool lighthouse off in the distance. Men had to wear a jacket to dinner in the formal dining room. I remember a very romantic fireplace in the bar area. I haven't been back since and become very nostalgic when I watch the movie.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Apple Pan

My family had a Sunday morning routine when I was young. We attended church in Santa Monica then drove down Ocean Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier. Back then you could drive your car down to the end of the pier and turn around. Then it was lunch at places like Callahan's, Pickle Bill's, NuWay Chili Dogs or The Apple Pan. I loved the Apple Pan. It is located on Pico right across the street from the Westside Pavillion Shopping Center. Back in the 1950s there was a child's amusement park across the street that had a little roller coaster and Ferris wheel.
The Apple Pan hasn't changed much since it opened in the late 1940s. They have the best Hickory Burgers in town. It is best to arrive when they open so you can get a seat at the horseshoe shaped counter right away.